Who is Santosh Yadav? Woman who climbed Mount Everest twice

Mountaineer Santosh Yadav made history as the first woman to climb Mount Everest, not once, but twice. The climber also saved the life of another climber during his first mission on Mount Everest by sharing his oxygen with him.

Hailing from Joniyawas village of Rewari district in Haryana, Santosh Yadav started climbing Earth’s tallest mountain in 1992. Yadav, then 20 years old, climbed Mount Everest for the first time, making a she the youngest woman to reach the feet at the time. . The record was then broken in 2013 by 13-year-old Malavath Purna.

Yadav also became the first woman to successfully climb the mountain from Kangshung Face.

Who is Santosh Yadav?

  • Santosh Yadav, 54, was born on October 10, 1967 and is the first woman to climb Mount Everest twice. She is also known to be the first woman to successfully climb the mountain from Kangshung’s face.
  • Yadav attended Maharani College in Jaipur and stayed at a hostel, where she got to see mountaineers climbing the Aravalli Range.
  • This inspired her to join the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi while continuing her studies for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).
  • During her first expedition in 1992, she tried to save the lives of two fellow mountaineers who had collapsed from lack of oxygen. Yadav was unable to save a climber but managed to save Mohan Singh’s life by sharing his oxygen with him.
  • A year later, she climbed Everest again with an Indo-Nepalese team.
  • For her contribution to mountaineering in India, she received the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award in 1994, India’s highest honor in adventure sports.
  • In 2000, she received the Padma Shri for her achievements.
  • The mountaineer and environmentalist collected 500 kg of waste dumped from the Himalayas.
  • Santosh Yadav is the first senior guest to be invited to a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Singh (RSS) during her annual Dussehra function held in Nagpur.
  • Yadav’s invitation marks the first time in its 97-year history that a female lead guest has been invited on the occasion.

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