KATHMANDU, APRIL 19
Two Indian women mountaineers created history by scaling the world's tenth highest mountain in the spring season, expedition organisers have claimed.
Priyanka Mangesh Mohite and Sheetal scaled Mt Annapurna on Friday becoming the only two Indian females to have successfully scaled the 8,091-metre peak till date.
Mohite was part of expedition organised by Pioneer Adventure Treks while Sheetal was part of the expedition organised by Peak Promotion Pvt Ltd.
Lakpa Sherpa, managing director at Pioneer Adventure Treks claimed that Mohite scaled the mountain at 1:30 pm becoming the first Indian female to stand atop the mountain summit.
Likewise, Pasang Sherpa, director at Peak Promotion Pvt Ltd stated that Sheetal from Dehradun also scaled the mountain on Friday. According to base camp officials, Sheetal reached the summit point just an hour after Priyanka scaled the mountain. "They are the only Indian females to reach the summit point of Annapurna till date," Sherpa added.
At the age of 25, Sheetal is probably the world's youngest female ever to climb Annapurna, this season.
On April 16, a group of climbers scaled Mt Annapurna, making the season's first successful summit of the peak above 8000 metres.
The same day, six Nepali women scaled the mountain and scripted history as first Nepali women to stand atop the 8,091-metre peak. Photojournalist Purnima Shrestha, Passang Lhamu Sherpa, Dabhuti Sherpa, Sharmila Syangtan Tamang, Dawa Yangjum Sherpa and Nepal Mountaineering Association's vice-president Maya Sherpa successfully climbed the world's tenth highest peak that day.