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River Savante, USA and Nepal

The Power of Stories Podcast by SayItForward.org

River Savante is 16 years old and has already set a world record as the youngest American female to summit Imja Tse in the Nepal Everest region, which is 20,500 ft.

River is training to be the youngest American female to summit Mount Everest, scheduled for next May/June 2025.

In this episode, River discusses:

– going with her mother leading trips to Kathmandu after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal to help with humanitarian aid, and building earthquake-proof homes, and sponsoring schools.

– adding an Everest Base Camp trip to their expedition company as it evolved into a trekking company.

– being asked by her mother to return to Everest in 2022 to represent their company.

– learning from her mother about the importance of adapting to any situation, and watching her accomplish “incredible things” in foreign countries.

– knowing that the life lessons and skills that she has learned will help her when she goes off to college.

– living in Ulaanbaatar now, the capital of Mongolia and loving the vibe and feeling of this city.

– summiting Imja Tse, a mountain in the Himalayas of eastern Nepal, with a Sherpa guide teaching her the skills to use on Everest.

– living in Malaysia and meeting a three-times Everest summitter representing Malaysia, and accepting his invitation to train with his Malaysian Everest summiting team.

– her upcoming season in Nepal in October.

– her focus on school online with her high school in North Carolina, USA, that has been very supportive of her pursuing her dreams.

– reminding us that we are even more capable than we think we are, and that we can lead by example and follow our dreams, and support and encourage each other.

– the importance of offering compassion,  understanding, and listening to each other.

– and wanting women to know that it’s so important to speak their truth and to stand up for themselves and their dreams.

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