Shailee Basnet

Shailee Basnet

Shailee Basnet
Mt. Everest Summiter, Professional Speaker

Shailee Basnet is a professional speaker and freelance trekking guide who has summited Mount Everest. She is the coordinator of the “Seven Summits Women Team,” the world’s first female group to climb the highest mountain in each continent. Shailee started her career as a journalist in Nepal.

While growing up in Kathmandu, Shailee missed being able to play sports. This was her childhood dream, particularly in the outdoors. An opportunity to train for Mount Everest changed the course of her life.

Following the historic success of her Seven Summits Women Team, the 2015 Nepal Earthquake brought new changes in her life. Shailee is now co-leading efforts to rebuild eight schools in the worst hit area of the disaster in the district of Sindhupalchok. Her nonprofit organization is fighting sex trafficking through tourism. She trains young survivors to become adventure guides. When not climbing, Shailee loves to write and perform stand-up comedy.


Together We Reach Higher

Thursday, August 24
1:15–2:15 p.m

Learn the inspirational story of the Seven Summits Women Team as well as how the team was formed. Hear about the daunting challenges they faced while climbing Mount Everest and be inspired by the team’s bigger dream of climbing the highest peaks on the world’s seven continents. In this session, Shailee details how even the most impossible feats, including climbing the tallest mountains on earth, can be accomplished through tiny, yet persistent, steps. See how Shailee and her team are using the experience of their epic mission to change lives of young students in remote villages in Nepal. Plus, she will share the inspirational lessons she learned during her journey that anyone can apply to their own lives, including:

  • You are a powerhouse with the ability to make your dreams come true
  • How to fight the challenges that lay in your path
  • Together, we reach higher