• Mount Everest. Sanjay Hona/Unsplash
    Mount Everest. Sanjay Hona/Unsplash

Looks like there might be another Everest first soon.

Spurning modern mountaineering gear, Bolivia's female cholitas climb wearing their tradionally layered skirts and cardigans.

Although they do swap their bowler hats for climbing helmets and add crampons to their shoes for safety.

They say they have conquered Argentina's Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas at 6961m, as well as the Ojos del Salado, the world's highest volcano (6893m), on the Chile-Argentina border.

Now they are training to climb an even higher peak - Mount Everest.

"I want to be the first woman in a skirt to reach the top of Everest, because I want to wave our skirts and the flag of Bolivia," said cholita Elena Quispe Tincuta told Reuters.

The cholitas say their long experience living at high altitude and carrying heavy weight would help them if they can make it to the Himalayas.

These are strong women and we don't think there'll be much in their way in achieving their dream.

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