Supported by a 20-person strong team, alpinists Leszek Cichy and Krzysztof Wielicki climbed to the height of 8848 meters, despite the extreme wind and deadly conditions.
The son of a Polish alpinist who took part in a 1979 expedition to Annapurna which ended in tragedy is planning to return to the Himalayas.
The expedition, which will travel from Poland to Nepal in an old Jelcz lorry, will honour the exploits of the great Polish climbers of the 1970s and 80s, and the first winter ascent of Everest.
Awarded annually since 2009, the Piolet d’Or award takes into account levels of technical ability, surpassing limits thought undoable and respect for the mountains and environment.
Although it is widely thought that the 49-year-old perished whilst ascending the third highest mountain in the world, her body has never been found and there are still some who believe she is living in seclusion in the mountains.
One of the streets in the northwestern Lithuanian city Plunge has been named after the Polish climber Wanda Rutkiewicz. The third woman in history to have conquered Mount Everest was born there on February 4, 1943.
A Polish woman has climbed to the top of Mt. Everest, becoming the youngest female Pole to reach the summit.