List of Indian summiters of Mount Everest

List of Indian summiters of Mount Everest

4th Jun, 2024

Early Expeditions and First Successes

Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet), has always been a coveted challenge for mountaineers around the globe. Indian climbers, driven by their spirit of adventure and resilience, have made significant contributions to the history of Everest ascents.

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The journey of Indian climbers attempting to conquer Everest began earnestly in 1960. However, it was in 1965 that a group of Indian mountaineers, led by Captain M.S. Kohli, achieved the remarkable feat of reaching the summit. This expedition marked India's first successful ascent of Mount Everest, heralding a new era of mountaineering achievements for the country.

 

The Pioneering Team of 1965

Notable Indian Ascents of Mount Everest

Notable Indian Ascents of Mount Everest

Date/Year Name Notation Details Ref.
20 May 1965 Lt Col Avatar S. Cheema The first Indian to climb Mount Everest. Lt Col Avatar S. Cheema and Nawang Gombu Sherpa climbed Mount Everest, Lt Col Avatar S. Cheema the first Indian ever to achieve this feat. [1]
23 May 1984 Bachendri Pal The first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest.   [2]
10 May 1993 Santosh Yadav The first woman to climb Mount Everest twice. She climbed to the summit for the second time and became the first woman in the world to ever climb Mount Everest twice. Her first summit was in 1992 as part of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Expedition to Mount Everest. [3]
12 May to 21 May 2017 Anshu Jamsenpa First Double Access She climbed the summit twice within 5 days (12–21 May 2017). [4]
19 May 2013 Tashi and Nungshi Malik The first twins to scale Mount Everest.   [5]
21 May 2013 Arunima Sinha The first female amputee to scale Mount Everest.   [6]
25 May 2014 Malavath Purna The youngest girl to summit Mount Everest. She climbed the summit at the age of 13 years and 11 months. [7][8]
16 - 21 May 2017 Anshu Jamsenpa Scaled twice in one season. She became the first woman in the world to scale the summit of Mount Everest twice in one season. [9][10][11][12]
16 May 2018 Ajeet Bajaj and Dia Susanna Bajaj The first father and daughter to conquer Everest together.   [13][14]
18 May 2018 Vikas Shambhu Prasad Dimri (Vikas Dimri) The first full-time banker from India to climb Everest. After an aborted summit attempt in 2017 - turned back from South Col because of bad weather, he returned successfully the very next year. Subsequently, completed an Ironman Triathlon in Nov 2018 to become the first Indian to Summit Everest and complete an Ironman triathlon. [15][16]
20 May 2018 Love Raj Singh Dharmshaktu The first Indian to climb Everest seven times.   [17]
2018 Sangeeta Sindhi Bahl The oldest woman to climb Everest. She climbed the summit at the age of 53 years. [18][19]
23 May 2019 Ravindra Kumar The first Indian Administrative Service officer to climb Everest. UP cadre IAS officer, Ravindra Kumar, scales Everest twice. [20][21]
17 May 2023 Yaashi Jain A passionate mountaineer & computer science engineer. A Chhattisgarh-based mountaineer, who summited Mount Everest on 17 May 2023 and Mount Lhotse on 18 May 2023 within 26 hours, becoming the youngest woman mountaineer to summit both. She has also climbed 4/7 continents' highest peaks. [22][23]
17 May 2023 Suvidha Kadlag Mountaineer The first woman mountaineer from Maharashtra who has taken the traditional (Nauwari Saree) to Everest's feet. [24][25][26]
23 May 2023 Ashish Singh An engineer, entrepreneur & mountaineer A journey from a small village in Madhya Pradesh to the world's highest peak. [27][28][29]

The 1965 Indian Everest Expedition was a meticulously planned and executed mission, embodying the determination and courage of its members. The team included Avtar Singh Cheema, Phu Dorjee, Sonam Gyatso, and several others who displayed extraordinary grit. Avtar Singh Cheema and Phu Dorjee became the first Indians to stand atop Everest on May 20, 1965. This historic achievement not only brought immense pride to India but also inspired countless future climbers.

A Growing Legacy: 1965-2018

Between 1965 and 2018, a total of 422 Indian climbers made a remarkable 465 attempts to reach the summit of Mount Everest. These figures include 43 repeat attempts by 29 summiteers, showcasing the relentless spirit of Indian mountaineers who pursued the summit multiple times.

Women on Everest: Breaking Barriers

Indian women have also played a significant role in the history of Everest expeditions. There have been 81 attempts by 74 Indian women climbers, with 7 repeat attempts by 4 female summiteers. These brave women have not only challenged the formidable slopes of Everest but have also broken societal barriers, proving their mettle in the male-dominated field of high-altitude mountaineering.

Notable Indian women climbers include:

  • Bachendri Pal (1984) - The first Indian woman to summit Everest.
  • Santosh Yadav (1992, 1993) - The first woman in the world to summit Everest twice.
  • Arunima Sinha (2013) - The first female amputee to climb Everest.
  • Anshu Jamsenpa (2011, 2013, 2017) - Holds the record for the first woman to summit twice in a season and the fastest double ascents by a woman.

Celebrating Indian Mountaineers

The achievements of Indian climbers on Everest are a testament to their unwavering determination, rigorous training, and exceptional skill. Each ascent is not just a personal triumph but also a celebration of India's growing prowess in the field of mountaineering.

Indian mountaineers have not only scaled the heights of Everest but have also contributed to the broader mountaineering community by sharing their experiences, participating in rescue missions, and promoting the sport among the younger generation.

Conclusion

The journey of Indian climbers on Mount Everest is a saga of bravery, perseverance, and unyielding spirit. From the pioneering ascent in 1965 to the numerous attempts and successes in the following decades, Indian mountaineers have left an indelible mark on the history of Everest expeditions. As we celebrate their achievements, we also look forward to the future, where more Indian climbers will continue to scale new heights and inspire the world with their remarkable feats.

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