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Chandraprabha Aitwal

Chandraprabha Aitwal
Born24 December 1941
Dharchula, Uttarakhand
OccupationMountain climber
Pratibha Devisingh Patil presenting the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award-2009 to Ms. Chandraprabha Aitwal for Life Time Achievement, in 2010

Chandraprabha Aitwal (born 24 December 1941) is an Indian mountain climber and one of the pioneers of Indian women mountaineers. She was awarded 2009 Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award for Lifetime Achievement, given by the Indian Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.[1] She has climbed Nanda Devi, Kangchenjunga, Trishuli and Mt. Jaonli.[2]

Early life and background

Aitwal grew up in Dharchula in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand.[2]


Over the years she has reached the summits of several of peaks, including Nanda Devi in 1981. She was also part of Indian Mountaineering Federation's sponsored Mount Everest campaign in 1984.[2] In August 2009, at the age of 68, she reached the summit of Mount Srikantha in the Garhwal Himalaya, an elevation of 6,133 m, for the second time as part of an all-woman expedition of the Indian Mountaineering Federation.[3][4]


See also


  1. ^ "Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award Announced". Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. 11 August 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Mountaineer Aitwal, team to be honoured today". The Tribune. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Towering feat by woman mountaineer". The Hindu. 7 September 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  4. ^ Desai, Shail (2 June 2016). "Chandra Prabha Aitwal: The first lady of Nanda Devi". mint. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2013)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015.
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