By: Team Drilers | 07 January, 2019
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When Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first explorers to reach the summit of Mount Everest, in 1953 and epitomizing the mountaineering community spirit of the time, agreed not to reveal who actually set foot on the top first, they unknowingly started a blaze amongst the youth. After them, 4,833 different people have set their foot on the world’s highest summit. Every year thousands of men and women alike set their goals to make it to the highest point. A 16-year-old girl from Haryana was one such amongst them. Let’s know more about record-setter Shivangi Pathak’s ascent to the summit.

“If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it.”

Early Life of the young achiever

Born on August 2002, Shivangi hails from the Hisar city of Haryana. Her parents were well occupied, her father is a teacher in a government school, and her mother worked in the bank. In her sixth grade, Shivangi participated in a national cross country race which she won with ease. That gave the hint of her powerful lungs which later encouraged her to take mountaineering seriously.

The event that ignited the spark 

Shivangi accompanied her mother to one of the social events where people with unique achievements are appreciated. There, Arunima Sinha who is the first Indian amputee to climb Mount Everest delivered a speech, saying that women can overcome all the obstacles in their life.

At that time Shivangi was just 15 and got strongly motivated by Ms. Arunima, who despite being an amputee climbed the highest peak of the world. She started watching the videos of Sinha since then, and that inspired her to climb Everest at such a young age. 

16-year old Shivangi Pathak from Haryana scales Mount Kilimanjaro

The teenager then quickly joined Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and completed her courses in basic and advanced mountaineering. To prepare herself even further, she participated in various other high altitude training in the challenging conditions of Kashmiri glaciers.

The ascent to Mt. Everest

Before attempting Mt. Everest, Pathak conquered Stok Khangri, a 6,053-metre peak in Ladakh, which has similar challenging conditions that suit well for the last minute preparation.

The organizers of Ms. Pathak's expedition, Seven Summit Treks, has decided that fully-trained guides will accompany her to the top of Mt Everest and she began in April from the Nepal base camp of Everest. 

So true, an amalgamation of passion and a great inspirational source can take the person to different level of success.  Everything went as planned and she completed her ascent in a month. Her guides were impressed by her determination. She never asked for any shortstops and only rested according to the schedule. She was carrying forward Arunima Sinha’s message for women and didn’t want any obstacle to stop her from motivating people.

“A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work”

During their descent, they even collected all the garbage left behind by other mountaineers that earned further praise and love for her from the country.

Shivangi Pathak, India’s youngest Everest summiteer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Shivangi’s feat “Stupendous” while he congratulated her on Twitter.

Kiddo had once even written on her Facebook page that she wanted to make the name of Haryana and Hisar quite famous all over the world and she did it making everyone so proud.


“Anything can be achieved if you have the desire”

Mt Everest soars almost five and a half miles into the sky and reigns as the tallest mountain in the world. Embarking on an expedition to Mt. Everest can be the pinnacle of a climbing career and 16-year-old Shivangi Pathak completed her journey to become the youngest Indian woman to scale Everest and prove it to the world that anything can be achieved if you have the desire.


References:  NDTVHindustan Times