A bird's-eye view from the roof of the world with Carina Ahlqvist


Stockholm resident Carina Ahlqvist is one of the most experienced female 8000 m mountain climbers in Sweden. She climbed her first mountain, Mount Kenya Point Lenana 5985 meters, 20 years of age. Today, she has been to five 8000 meters mountain expeditions in the Himalayas. She collaborates with NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), universities in US and Europe, the Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation collecting samples from the face of the mountain to contribute to research in climate change. What started out as an exciting idea in 1987, has become the focus of her life.


"I was born on the ground, climbing mountains has always made me feel at home. You cannot truly conquer a mountain, they are not keen to share their riches, they are however where the earth and heaven touch. It's their sheer scale, their brutal magnificence that compels me to climb them. It takes my breath away to climb up on the roof of the world, but it makes me feel 200% alive."

The Makalu Climate Climb


The objective of Makalu Climate Climb expedition was to contribute to research in climate change in collaboration with NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). The founder of the expedition, Carina Ahlqvist, attempted to become the first Swedish woman to summit Mount Makalu 8 481 m. Mount Makalu is the world’s fifth highest mountain, located 19 km southeast of Mount Everest, harder to climb than Everest.


An international trekking team of 11 persons including researchers from ESA followed Carina to base camp at 4 870 m, assisting to collect rock samples and do experiments for NASA and ESA. The team also visited homes in the mountain villages in collaboration with the NGO The Himalayan Stove Project to report on how climate friendly cooking stoves function in practice at high altitude. The trekking team then returned collecting garbage to be transported and recycled in Kathmandu. All flights and transportation for all individuals were offset by Carina's sponsor Tricorona, to the transfer from coal to renewable energy in a village in India.


Carina continued to aklimatise towards Makalu summit. Carina and Pasang Sherpa reached 8 150 m where they had to return due to bad weather. At 7 600 m Carina got snowblind, climbed down blind 1 000 altitude meters over rocks, snow and blue ice, and was evacuated by helicopter after 3 days on the mountain.

She is now planning to go back to Mount Makalu 2019 to fulfill her mission.


Official collaborators were NASA, ESA, The Explorers Club, The Himalayan Stove Project,

Black Diamond, Suunto, Addnature, Fjällräven US, Tricorona, Pathfinder Travels





2018 Carina was approved a formal NASA collaborator of the NASA project "Large landslides and landslide/glacier-dammed Himalayan and Karakoram rivers and the potential for transboundary disruptions" to the NASA Announcement A. 28 Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science.



The European Space Agency (ESA)


The Makalu Climate Climb, founded and designed by Carina Ahlqvist, was partly funded by ESA, the Climate Change Initiative (CCI). The objevtive of the collaboration was to raise awareness of climate change from the top of the world. A report from the expedition results is now being drafted and will be presented by ESA.



The Explorers Club


2018 Carina was approved Member in The Explorers Club in March and The Makalu Climate Climb was approved a Flag Expedition. Since 1918, the flag has been carried to all of the Earth’s continents by the clubs explorers, to the Moon, to the depths of the ocean, and around the globe as well as under the sea and into into stars in space. "It was a great honor to carry the flag to Mount Makalu", says Carina. "I carried the flag to amplify the voice of the planet and the mountains in the Himalayas. The planet doesn’t belong to us. We belong to the planet. I also wish to honor the Nepalese people", she concludes.

Exploring history















Nepal Mount Makalu 8 481 m, ascent to 8150 m


Nepal Mount Manaslu 8 163 m, ascent to 8150 m foresummit


US visiting over 20 National Parks in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado


China Tibet Mount Shishapangma 8 027 m, ascent to 6 300 m where the expedition was canceled due to crevasses


Nepal Mount Manaslu 8 163 m, ascent to 6 800 m where the expedition was canceled due to bad weather


China Tibet Mount Cho Oyu 8 201 m summit




France biking from coast to coast

Italy biking from coas to coast for charity to Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation (Svenska Barncancerfonden)




Peru Mount Pisco 5 752 m

Peru Mount Huascaran 6 768 m summit




Spain Alicante Sella rock climbing

Nepal Island Peak 6 189 m summit




France Verdon rock climbing




France Sormio rock climbing




China Tibet Mount Everst Basecamp 5 200 m with my son 14 years




Norway Svalbard icebear scooter safari, cave excursion

Italy Dolomites Alta Via Uno trekking




US kayaking in Yosemite, trekking in Sequoia National Park




US trekking and paragliding near Grand Canyon




Nepal Machapuchare Basecamp 3 729 m solo trekking

Indonesia Sumatra volcano Mount Sibayak 2 212 m

Indonesien Sumatra volcano Mount Merapi 2 910 m




Africa travelling alone 8 months in 7 countries

Nature Conservation reforestration project

Kenya Mount Kenya Point Lenana 4 985 m

Kenya volcano Longonot 2 776 m

Botswana kayaking in Okavango Swamp delta river

Cho Oyu 8 201 m Nepal 2014

Biking for charity through taly 2013

Excursion Svalbard Norway 2006

Reforestration project Kenya 1987

”Exploration is all about the sensation of curiosity and finding pure happiness in your way of experiencing life.”

2018 Carina was approved Member in

The Explorers Club

Carina has collaborated with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation

Contact Carina


+4670 318 95 56


Skype carina.ahlqvist67