Junko Tabei, first woman to climb Mount Everest, dead at 77

KATHMANDU, NEPAL:  The first and legendary woman Everest summitter, Japanese Junko Tabei (L) receives a letter of felicitation from an unidentified municipal official at a civic reception on the ocassion of the 30th celebration of ''The First Woman's Summit on Mount Everest" in Kathmandu, 01 November 2005.   Junko Tabei conquered the world's 8848 metres (29,028-foot) high Mount Everest 30 years ago and Pang Duo was the second woman to follow.  Women Everest summitters were given a civic reception on behalf of Nepalese people.  AFP PHOTO/DEVENDRA M SINGH  (Photo credit should read DEVENDRA M SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

KATHMANDU, NEPAL: The first and legendary woman Everest summitter, Japanese Junko Tabei (L) receives a letter of felicitation from an unidentified municipal official at a civic reception on the ocassion of the 30th celebration of ''The First Woman's Summit on Mount Everest" in Kathmandu, 01 November 2005. Junko Tabei conquered the world's 8848 metres (29,028-foot) high Mount Everest 30 years ago and Pang Duo was the second woman to follow. Women Everest summitters were given a civic reception on behalf of Nepalese people. AFP PHOTO/DEVENDRA M SINGH (Photo credit should read DEVENDRA M SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

Junko Tabei, the first woman to climb the world’s highest peak, has died at age 77, according to Japanese media reports.

Tabei climbed Mount Everest in 1975, becoming the first woman to reach the 29,000 foot summit. She was 35 at the time.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK said she died Thursday at a hospital outside of Tokyo. She was diagnosed with cancer four years ago, but that did not stop her from mountaineering, it said.

Her milestones went beyond Mount Everest.

In 1992, the Japanese climber also conquered the so-called “Seven Summits” — becoming the first woman to scale the highest mountains on seven continents. The seven summits comprise Kilimanjaro, Denali, Elbrus, Aconcagua, Carstensz Pyramid, Vinson and Everest.

Her last climb was Japan’s Mt. Fuji with a group of high school students in 2011, according to NHK.