Jamsenpa scripts history, scales Everest twice in 5 days

Mother of two becomes first Indian woman to reach mountain top for fifth time

Updated - December 03, 2021 05:07 pm IST

Published - May 21, 2017 09:47 pm IST - Itanagar

New heights: Ms. Jamsenpa unfurls the Tricolor on Mt. Everest on May 16.

New heights: Ms. Jamsenpa unfurls the Tricolor on Mt. Everest on May 16.

Climber Anshu Jamsenpa on Sunday scripted history by scaling Mount Everest twice within five days.

Ms. Jamsenpa, a mother of two, had conquered the world’s highest peak for the fourth time on May 16 last. The mountaineer from Arunachal Pradesh began her double ascent on Friday morning, her husband Tsering Wange informed.

Ms. Jamsenpa, along with Nepali climber Furi Sherpa, scaled the peak at 8 a.m. on Sunday. She set the world record for becoming the first woman climber to reach the top of Mount Everest twice within five days. She is also the first Indian woman to reach the top of the mountain for the fifth time.

‘My only aim’

The 32-year-old had achieved the feat of summiting Mount Everest twice within 10 days in 2011. Ms. Jamsenpa had also climbed it in 2013 from the Nepal side.

“My only aim now is to unfurl the national flag once again atop Mount Everest and pay homage to Lord Buddha. I seek blessings and support from my fellow countrymen,” Ms. Jamsenpa was quoted by her PR manager as having said before starting her second ascent.

Prayers were organised in monasteries and temples back home in Arunachal and elsewhere in the region. Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama had flagged off the mountaineer’s double ascent expedition from Guwahati on April 2 this year.

Indian goes missing

An Indian climber has gone missing on Mount Everest after successfully scaling the world’s highest peak, officials in Nepal said.

Ravi Kumar, a climber from Moradabad in U.P., had gone out of contact with the balcony area, the final resting spot before climbers ascend the south summit of the mountain, after he was descending to lower camps.

Chhewang Sherpa, Managing Director at Arun Treks, said Kumar successfully climbed the mountain at 1:28 p.m. on Saturday, the Himalayan Times reported.

American dies

An American climber died on his way to the summit of Mount Everest, expedition organisers said. The 50-year-old mountaineer died close to the Balcony, a small platform above the 8,000-m mark considered the mountain’s “death zone.”

Ex-Miss India finalist shifted

At least six persons, including former Miss India finalist Sangeeta S. Bahl, 52, were on Sunday evacuated from the higher camps of Mount Everest after they suffered from high-altitude sicknesses while attempting to climb the world’s highest peak.

Navy team reaches top

A group of Navy personnel on Sunday conquered the Mount Everest, 50 years after the peak was first scaled by Navy climbers. The feat comes a day after B.M. Sharma became the first Defence Civilian of the Indian Navy to scale the world’s highest peak.

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