Press Trust of India, Itanagar,
Arunachal Pradesh mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa has become the world’s first woman to scale Mt Everest twice in five days. She unfurled the tricolour on Mt Everest on May 16 at 9.15 am and again on May 21 at 8 am. PTI FILE PHOTO
Arunachalee climber Anshu Jamsenpa on Sunday scripted history by scaling Mt Everest twice within five days.
Anshu, a mother of two, had conquered the world’s highest peak for the fourth time on May 16 last. She began her double ascent on Friday morning, her husband Tsering Wange informed.
Anshu along with Nepali climber Furi Sherpa scaled the peak at 8 am on Sunday.
The mountaineer from Arunachal Pradesh had reached the top of Mt Everest at 9.15 am on May 16.
Anshu set the world record for becoming the first woman climber to reach the top of Mt Everest twice within five days.
She is also the first Indian woman to reach the top of Mt Everest for the fifth time.
The 32-year-old had achieved the feat of reaching the summit of Mt Everest twice within 10 days in 2011.
Anshu had also climbed Mt Everest in 2013 from the Nepal side. “My only aim now is to unfurl the national flag once again atop Mt Everest and pay homage to Lord Buddha. I seek blessings and support from my fellow countrymen,” Jamsenpa was quoted by her PR manager as having said before starting her second ascent.
Prayers were organised in several monasteries and temples back home in Arunachal Pradesh and elsewhere in the region.
Navy team at summit
Four Indian Navy personnel on Sunday summitted Mount Everest retracing the route that Sir Edmund Hillary took when he climbed the peak with Tenzing Norgay in 1953, DHNS reports from Hyderabad.
The team, Lt Commander Bikas Maharana, Lt Shashank Tiwari, Lt Commander C S Yadav and Lt Anant Kukreti, began the final climb at 8 pm on Saturday and braved extreme cold, snowfall and icy winds before making it to the top where they unfurled the Navy’s flag at 6.30 am on Sunday.
This was the second window for the 24-member team, as the first opportunity between May 11 and 18 was wasted due to bad weather.
A ceremonial ‘Ice Axe’ with the Naval Ensign was planted atop Mt Everest, symbolising the expanse of naval activities from the depths of ocean to the summit.