Marin Minamiya

Born in Japan, December 1996.

Marin Minamiya completed The Explorer’s Grand Slam (Seven summits + North & South Pole) in April 2017 as the youngest person in the world.

On May 23rd, 2016, Marin summited Everest, breaking the record as the youngest Japanese person to do so. On July 4th, 2016, she summited Denali, breaking the record as the youngest Japanese person to climb the highest peak on seven continents (Seven Summits). She reached the North Pole on April 13th, 2017, setting a world record as the youngest person to achieve the Explorer’s Grand Slam.

Marin does not define herself solely as a “Mountaineer/Alpinist”.

Studies at Columbia University in the City of New York, transferred from Waseda University.

南谷真鈴(みなみや まりん)






早稲田大学を経て米コロンビア大学に転入 在籍中。


(Edited 2020. April)

Marin is the Youngest 8000m climber in Japan, the Youngest woman to have climbed Mt.Manaslu (8163m) in the world, the Youngest Japanese to have climbed Mt.Everest (8850m), and the Youngest Asian person to have completed the Seven Summits (Both Bass and Messner’s list), the Youngest person to have completed the Explorer’s Grand Slam in the world, the Youngest person to climb the Seven Summits and ski the polar last degrees.

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2016 AVON Awards for Women – Social Innovator

2016 NIKKEI BP Change Maker of the Year

2017 WIRED Audi Innovation Award

2017 VOGUE Japan Women of The Year

2018 WASEDA University President Award

2018 FORBES 30 Under 30 Japan

2019 MISS JAPAN Special Honorary Award

2019 NEWSWEEK 「世界が尊敬する日本人100

2019 BVLGARI Avrora Award

2020 EY Global Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) Japan Representative

My Expeditions

The Explorer’s Grand Slam

  • January 2015 Mt.Aconcagua – Highest Peak in South America
  • August 2015 Mt.Kilimanjaro – Highest Peak in Africa
  • August 2015 Mt.Blanc – Highest Peak in Europe
  • December 2015 Mt. Kosciusko – Highest Peak in Australia
  • December 2015 Mt.Vinson – Highest Peak in Antarctica
  • January 2016 Reached the South Pole
  • February 2016 Mt. Carstensz Pyramid – Highest Peak in Australasia
  • March 2016 Mt.Elbrus – Highest peak in Eurasia
  • May 2016 Mt.Everest – Highest peak in Asia
  • July 2016 Mt.Denali – Highest peak in North America
  • April 2017 Reached the North Pole 

Other Notable Expeditions


  • October 2015 Mt. Manaslu – 8th Highest peak in the world
  • September 2019 Mt. Kinabalu – Highest peak in the Malay Archipelago


  • August – September 2017 Cape Town, South Africa – Nosy Be, Madagascar (60 days round trip on 66ft. Howard Davis)
  • July 2018 Yokohama, Japan – Ogasawara islands, Japan (10 days round trip on IMOCA60 class race boat)

Aside from sailing and climbing, Marin also scuba dives and collaborates with marine-volunteer organizations to fight sea desertification.

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