|Premlata Agarwal, first 48 year old mom who saled Mt. Everest. |
May 20, 2011. www.erewise.com
|Mount Everest Base Camp Map. www.tour-tibet.com|
It is absolutely a challenging adventure for an Indian mom, who had no training in mountaineering until she reached 37 years of age, to have climbed the world's highest peak (29,029 ft.) at the age of 48 years. At this age most moms would rather prefer the comforts of hearth and home, taking care of elderly people and grand children than indulging in risky adventurous and challenging out-door sports. It requires sheer guts and firm commitment.
A native of Jharkhand state, India, Premlata Agarwal (born 1963) at the age of 37, discovered her passion for climbing after taking part in a hill climbing competition in Jamshedpur, India. She had her training under Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1984. All along she had the support of her father Ramawtar Garg, a businessman and her husband Vimal Agarwal, a senior journalist. The couple have two daughters, one of whom is married.
|Premlata Agarwal receives the Padma Shri Award from President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee. .witter.com|
Prior to that expedition, Premlata spent over a month, climbing around Everest Base Camps to get used to the weather and did some climbing exercise at 20,300-feet-high Island Peak in the Himalayas. On May 6, 2011 she began her ascend with the team and after reaching 22,000 feet, she used supplemental oxygen to avoid fatigue and steadily reached Camp 3 at 23,000 feet and Camp 4 at 26,000 feet. The team leader Dawa Steven Sherpa took an overnight trek to climb the summit and began their final assault at 11pm from South Col (Camp 4 at 26,000 ft) route from Nepal side and touched 29,029 ft high summit at 9.35 am on May 20, 2011. Thus Premalata Agarwal, 48 year old mom became the oldest Indian woman to stand on the world's highest roof and made history.
It is indeed a great feat for an older woman, who is no longer a weaker gender, and is as gritty as men are when situation demands. She is one of the recipients of Padma Shri Awards by the Government of India in 2013.