Twenty five-year-old Sheetal Raj from Dehradun, and twenty eight-year-old Priyanka Mangesh Mohite from Satara became the first Indian women to summit Mount Annapurna. Raj is perhaps among the world's youngest women to climb Annapurna, this season. She climbed the mountain on April 16, as part of an expedition organised by Peak Promotion Pvt Ltd.
The group of climbers scaled 8,091 metre mountain, making it the season's first successful summit. If that’s not all, a group of six Nepali women scaled the mountain on the same day, and scripted history as the first Nepali women to stand atop the peak. The group, comprising photojournalist Purnima Shrestha, Passang Lhamu Sherpa, Dabhuti Sherpa, Sharmila Syangtan Tamang, Dawa Yangjum Sherpa, and Nepal Mountaineering Association's vice-president Maya Sherpa, succeeded in their feat of scaling the world's 10th highest peak.
In 2019, Mohite, became the first woman in India to scale Mt Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world at 8,485 metres. That same year, Raj became Uttarakhand’s youngest woman to scale Mount Everest.
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