Wasfia Nazreen is a powerhouse. Her story is anything but ordinary. Her life-accomplishments are already the stuff of legends. Instantly upon meeting, I felt a great connection with Wasfia, and our two-hour conversation takes you on a journey through the peaks and valleys of her amazing life (which I sense is only getting started!).
Wasfia is an a human-rights activist, educator, mountaineer, and so much more. As a visionary campaign to celebrate and uplift the women of her native country, Bangladesh, Wasfia became the first Bangladeshi, and first Bengali, to climb the Seven Summits – aka the highest mountains of every continent!
She is the ONLY woman to be named both a National Geographic Explorer & Adventurer. Her passion has always been driven by causes close to her heart — all of which are grounded in a strong foundation of meditation and self-realization practices. She has been blessed to learn from and become close friends with some of the greatest teachers on the planet, including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and His Holiness the 17th Karmapa.
Listen in on a fascinating life story, from childhood abandonment trauma that led not to despair but instead to a life built on fierce independence and drive. Forging her own path far away from the arranged marriages and status quo for women in her country, Wasfia chose instead to look fear square in the eye, to fall asleep to the lullaby of avalanches, and to keep climbing. “That mountain gives you an excuse to give up every day,” she says of Everest. Thankfully for us, she did no such thing.