Chum Pesey on the peak of Phnom Tumpor, Cambodia’s third highest mountain. She is now eyeing Malaysia’s tallest, Mount Kinabalu, and the world’s tallest, Mount Everest.
One of the very few Cambodian women to have successfully reached the Kingdom’s three highest peaks is now eyeing Malaysia’s tallest mountain, Mount Kinabalu, and potentially even the world’s tallest straddling Nepal and China, Mount Everest.
While in many Western countries it is not uncommon for women to engage in extreme sports like skydiving, bungee jumping and mountaineering, in Cambodia, a country that remains relatively traditional and rigid in its gender roles, it remains an unusual sight.
But civil servant Chum Pesey is doing her best to change that.
As a child, Pesey spent her holidays in her father’s hometown of Kampong Cham, where she found herself enjoying adventurous outdoor pursuits.
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