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45-year-old is oldest Indian woman to conquer Everest

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Colossal achievement:File photo of Premlata Agarwal (top of second row) with mountaineer Bachendri Pal next to her.
Colossal achievement:File photo of Premlata Agarwal (top of second row) with mountaineer Bachendri Pal next to her.

Jharkhand's Premlata Agarwal, 45, became the oldest Indian woman to scale Mount Everest on Friday.

Ms. Agarwal, who is being supported by Tata Steel, is also the first person from Jharkhand to go on an expedition to Everest.

Her preparation for the final summit push began on May 6 when she went from the base camp (18,000 ft) to C2 (Camp 2 at 22,000 ft), and then she climbed to C3 (Camp 3 at 23,000 ft, where she had to go on artificial oxygen).

She reached C4 (Camp 4, South Col 26,000 ft) on Thursday, took rest before beginning her final climb.

Before going for the expedition, Ms. Agarwal also undertook a climbing exercise at Island Peak (20,300 ft) in the Everest region to acclimatise herself to the conditions.

A mother of two daughters, one of whom is married, Ms. Agarwal started her actual climb from the base camp on April 17.

Hailing her feat, Tata Steel Vice-President (Corporate Services) Sanjiv Paul said: “This is a proud moment for all of us. I extend my heartiest congratulations to Ms. Agarwal for having achieved this feat and especially to Bachendri Pal [the first Indian woman to conquer Everest] for having trained and supported her all the way.” — PTI

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