Bachendri Pal Mountaineer
Bachendri Pal is an Indian mountaineer, the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest. Pal was born into a family of very moderate means, in 1954, in a village named Naku in Uttarakashi District of Garhwal Hari k govind hill at NIM, she climbed Gangotri I (21,900 ft) and Rudugaria (19,091 ft). Around that time, she got employment as an instructor at the National Adventure Foundation, which had set up an adventure school for training women to learn mountaineering. In 1984, India had scheduled its fourth expedition, christened “Everest ‘84’”, to the Mount Everest. Bachendri was selected as one of the members of the elite group of six Indian women and eleven men who were privileged to attempt an ascent to the Mount Everest, Sagarmatha in the Nepaleses. The news filled them with a sense of ecstasy and excitement. The team was flown to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal in March 1984; and from there the team moved onwards. Recalling her first glimpse of the Mount Everest, Bachendri once reminisced: “We the hill people have always worshipped the mountains … my overpowering emotion at this awe-inspiring spectacle was, therefore, devotional.” The team commenced its ascent in May, 1984.
1. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering Educational Institution
The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) is rated as one of the best mountaineering institutes in India and also considered a prestigious mountaineering institute in Asia.
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