|Pando stands on the summit of Mount Qomolangma. She became the world's first woman to stand on the world's highest peak on May 27, 1975. She died of illness at 75 on March 31, 2014. (Xinhua Photo)|
Pando was working as a vegetable planter at the Qiyi state farm west of Lhasa when the Chinese Mountain Climbing Team went there to look for a woman mountaineer in 1959. She promptly signed up, and after one month of adaptive training, she passed the selection to become a member of the team. Six months later Pando and her teammates stood on the 7,546 meter-high Muztagh Ata in the Pamirs, breaking the record set by the French woman climber Claude Kogan.