Woman scales Ever­est twice in five days

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KATHMANDU —A 38­year­old In­dian climber who made the fastest dou­ble as­cent of Mount Ever­est and be­came the first woman to reach the high­est point on Earth twice in five days, says she will now turn her at­ten­tion to smaller un­climbed peaks.

An­shu Jam­senpa, from In­dia’s moun­tain­ous north­east­ern state of Arunachal Pradesh, climbed Ever­est by its South­east Ridge route on May 16. She re­peated the feat on May 21, beat­ing a record set by a Nepali woman, Ch­hurim Sherpa, who made the dual climb in seven days in 2011.

Both as­cents are ex­pected to be cer­ti­fied by the Nepali gov­ern­ment this week, a Tourism Depart­ment of­fi­cial said.

An­shu, who like many peo­ple in the In­dian state is known by

“When I go high up I re­dis­cover my­self and can re­alise the strength of my mind.”

her first name, also climbed the 8 850­me­tre sum­mit twice in 10 days in 2011. She climbed it again in 2013.

A mo­ti­va­tional speaker and trainer in moun­taineer­ing, An­shu said she felt an emo­tional at­tach­ment to Ever­est.

“When I go high up I re­dis­cover my­self and can re­alise the strength of my mind,” she told Reuters in Kathmandu over the week­end af­ter re­turn­ing from the moun­tain.

Now she has a new goal — to sum­mit Kangto, the high­est peak in Arunachal Pradesh, which is 7 042 me­tres tall and has never been climbed, and other un­climbed peaks.

She said peo­ple had been telling her to take on the so­called seven sum­mits, the high­est peaks on the seven con­ti­nents.

“But be­fore that I want to climb other vir­gin peaks in the Hi­malayas,” she said.

The mother of two be­gan her ex­pe­di­tion in April with a bless­ing from the Ti­betan spir­i­tual leader the Dalai Lama, who gave her a hug.

“That long hug had magic,” she said. “I could not tell him any­thing. I be­came speech­less.”

— Reuters.

PHOTO: REUTERS

In­dian moun­tain climber An­shu Jam­senpa climbed Mount Ever­est twice in five days.

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