A woman on the top of Lhotse: One woman’s story of resilience and self-belief on the edge of life
Victim at 25 of a serious brain hemorrhage in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas, near the samadhi (tomb) of one of the greatest spiritual figures of modern India, Ma Anandamayi, also named the “Mother of Joy,” Orianne Aymard, a few years later, defies the medical prognosis which condemned her to give up high altitude, and decides to pursue her dream and climb Lhotse, the satellite summit of Mount Everest and 4th highest peak in the world.
The only woman in her group, and not an experienced mountaineer, she embarks on a journey that will take her to the edge of death. Despite the chaotic progress of her expedition, on May 23, 2019, she finds herself on the top of Lhotse, contemplating in front of her Everest, Chomolungma in Tibetan, the Mother Goddess of the World.
In total simplicity, Orianne Aymard tells us about her daring, her victories, and her doubts and shares with us the key stages that led her to the top of Lhotse. This is a real lesson in learning to surpass oneself and face crisis situations, but also to strengthen one's capacity for resilience and one's leadership.
In turn diplomat, humanitarian delegate, consultant, researcher, university teacher, and writer, Orianne Aymard (Ph.D.) has visited and lived in many countries. As part of her missions with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in particular, she spent time in Africa, as well as in Haiti in the midst of the post-earthquake emergency.
Orianne Aymard also worked for several years at the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs on human rights, violent extremism, and religion. She also holds a Ph.D. (Religious Studies) from the University of Quebec in Montreal and has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, as well as a Research Associate at the Harvard the Humanitarian Initiative (HHI).
She is the author of When a Goddess Dies, published by Oxford University Press (OUP) in New York, and is currently in the process of publishing a second book on her ascent of Lhotse (8516m).
Orianne is a great inspirational speaker, she speaks from the heart and is so smiling and enthusiastic that it’s difficult not to be engaged by her story. Listening to Orianne’s experience is a real account of what resilience truly means. The keynote she delivered to my team was exceptionally high in emotion & intensity. I highly recommend her.
I am impressed by Orianne, a powerful and daring woman whose Himalayan climbing feats inspire me for the challenges to come. Her worldwide and human-centric experiences act as a leading force in our changing environment