Sophie Lavaud | English

Mountaineer who loves climbing above 8000 m in the Himalayas…

Sophie successfully climbed Mount Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma (central), Gasherbrum II, Broad Peak Manaslu and K2, I summited Annapurna I,  Kangchenjunga,  Gasherbrum I, Dhaulagiri, Lhotse and Manaslu main summit in 2022, ShishaPangma main summit on April 26th and Nanga Parbat on June 26th.

On 26 June 2023, by reaching the summit of Nanga Parbat in Pakistan, the 9th highest mountain in the world at 8126 m, French-Swiss-Canadian Sophie Lavaud completed her challenge: to climb all 14 of the world’s 8000 m summits. She has thus completed her Himalayan grand slam, an ambitious project that began in 2012. Sophie Lavaud becomes the first French to have climbed all 14 of the world’s 8,000m summits, the first Swiss woman and the first Canadian.

On 26 June 2023, Sophie Lavaud made Himalayan history.

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Holding Swiss, French and Canadian citizenship, I settled in Geneva over twenty years ago. Having worked twelve years in the hotel industry, I continued my career in the luxury and cosmetics industry before running an event management company with my brother. Today I devote most of my time to Himalayan mountaineering while also giving lectures and being a consultant in external affairs for the coaching institute futura21.

On June 26, 2023, I reached the summit of Nanga Parbat (8126m), giving me the new nickname of “112’000 Lady”, my fourteenth summit over 8000 metres after K2, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Gasherbrum I & II, Broad Peak, Manaslu and Everest, Annapurna, Kangchenjunga, Dhaulagiri and ShishaPangma.

With this fourteenth summit, I become THE first French climber (man and woman) to have climbed all 14 of the world’s 8,000 m peaks, the first Swiss woman and THE first Canadian.

My great dream has come true and the Grail has been reached!! 

In realizing my dreams, I try to help women especially in Nepal and Pakistan to achieve theirs.

This year, as ambassador of Terre des hommes, I am involved in a project in Nepal named “Prayaas”. It contributes to improve maternal and newborn survival in perinatal period through a blend of on-site capacity building activities for auxiliary nurse midwives, strengthening of an enabling environment for service delivery in rural birthing centres and community outreach activities.

Teaser “K2-Une journée particulière

“Everest, summit of desire”

“K2-Une journée particulière”



Nanga Parbat – 8126 m – June 26, 2023
ShishaPangma (main summit): 8027m — April 26, 2023



Manaslu 8163m main summit — October 1st, 2022
Lhotse 8516m — May 14, 2022


Dhaulagiri 8167m — October 1st, 2021


Gasherbrum I: 8068m — July 12, 2019
Kangchenjunga: 8585m — May 15, 2019
Annapurna I: 8091m — April 23, 2019


K2: 8611m — July 21, 2018
Kangchenjunga: 8586m — abandoned attempt at 8455m
Daulaghiri: 8167m — abandoned attempt at 8455m due to the weather


Manaslu: 8163m — September 26, 2017
Broad Peak: 8051m — July 11, 2017
Kangchenjunga: 8586m — abandoned attempt at 8200m


Makalu: 8485m — May 23, 2016
K2: 8611— abandoned attempt at 7500m


Gasherbrum II: 8035m — July 16, 2015
Makalu: 8485m — abandoned attempt due to the hearthquake in Nepal


Everest: 8850m — May 25, 2014


Cho Oyu: 8201m — May 25, 2012
ShishaPangma: 8027m central summit – May 11, 2012



Antarctica – Vinson: 4892m — January 8, 2024


Asia – Everest: 8850m — May 25, 2014


South America – Aconcagua: 6963m — December 31, 2007


Africa – Kilimanjaro: 5895m — January 6, 2007

Training and team-building

Over the years, Sophie Lavaud becomes a motivational speaker.
She offers conferences and workshops that use her success mountaineering stories to illustrate some of the important fundamental lessons learned for overcoming obstacles.


Looking for a speaker ? Story-telling of her climbs in the Himalayas

Film projection “Everest, Summit of desire” or “K2, Une journée particulière” by François Damilano with Sophie Lavaud.


You need to bring out a strong message to your team ?


The “followership”: secrets of a successful climb – A dream, a project, a summit”.
This conference is all about the story of this successful ascent to the world’s highest mountain by the North East ridge, and reveals the secrets and the power of the followership.

“On behalf of the EMEA Women’s Leadership Council (EWLC), I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to you for the great presentation you have delivered! Your delivery was very engaging. By any measure you are an amazing speaker and leader!” – V. Gancheva – on behalf of HP EMEA Women`s Leadership Council team

“It is safe to say that this was our most popular and most frequented function in years.” – P. Keller Schläpfer Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Toronto

“I thoroughly enjoyed the stories you shared at the IAC. I subscribe completely to the notion that a lot can be learned in business from sports” – D. Sorio – Business strategy for startups

“You are not only dreaming your dreams, you are living them ! Congratulations. You have persuaded me to go ahead.” Eve – CWF member



Tribune de Genève, Bilan, Le Monde, Entreprise Romande, 30°, Le News, 24heures, Le Dauphiné Libéré, Vertical, L’illustré, VSD, Libération, La Montagne et Alpinisme, Spirit Outdoor, Sphere, Les Alpes, Montagnes Magazine, Le Matin.
TF1, RTS, Léman Bleu, France 3 Alpes, LaTélé, France Bleue, One FM, Radio Cité, Dukascopy TV, 8 Mont-Blanc, MBLive TV.
blobs abd social medias : Danone, Downtoearth, Millet, Libération – chroniques du K2, Petzl, LedLenser…


« Lady 8000 » 90 min – production RTS Swiss TV by Lisa Röösli
« Sophie Didi, K2 Summit ! » 13 min Caravan production 2018
« Everest, summit of desire » 52 min 2014 by François Damilano
« K2-Une journée particulière » 52 min 2017 by François Damilano
> Best film of Adventure at “Morrocco International film festival”
> Grand Prix – Verona Mountain Film Festival 2018
> Prix Terre Alte Monde – Temù Mountain Film Festival 2018
> Best Documentary – Winter Film Festival 2018


« Une femme, sept sommets, dix secrets » Co-writers Sophie Lavaud and Didier Chambaretaud – Editions Favre – March 2019
Contributor : « Mythologies Alpines » JMEditions.


TEDxIESEG Paris / TEDx Paris « La meilleure façon d’atteindre le sommet » / Banque Pictet / FIFAD / Groupe Richemont / Pacifica / Allianz-Patrimoine / Allianz-Francfort / BCGE / Orange / TPG / Lombard Odier / UNESCO Paris / Forum des Sciences, Lille / Club du Lundi / CCI Franco- Suisse / Total Totsa Trading / Musée Olympique / Danone / Evian Resort / Hewett Pacard / Copré /  Millet / W.I.N. Conference / CCI Suisse Canadienne, Toronto / Maulini / Led Lenser / Migros / CPG Genève / Club Alpin Suisse / Rotary / Salon Bitoubi / Institut futura21 / Festival Himalayen, Lausanne / Antaes / American International Club /Carrier Women Forum / Petzl / IFRC-Croix Rouge / First-FER Genève / Bächli / Caisse d’Epargne / Pictet Academy / TRIMA / Sport Quest / Crédit Agricole / Ambassador Club / Cliniques Hirslanden / / We-Champ / Festival International film & livre d’aventure, La Rochelle

Ambassador volonteer of Terre des hommes – helping children worldwide

Ambassador for the RTS La 1ere radio show “Altitudes”
Ambassador of RECCO® for Nepal and Pakistan
Technical advisor and Ambassador: Millet Mountain Group / Grivel / Tingerlaat / Altitude Eyewear / OGSO Mountain Essentials / Air’n Outdoor

Thanks to my sponsors & partners