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Santosh Yadav

Santosh Yadav
Santosh Yadav in 2008
Born (1967-10-10) 10 October 1967 (age 56)
Utham Kumar Lal
(m. 1992)
AwardsPadma Shri Award (2000) Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award (1994)

Santosh Yadav (born 10 October 1967) is an Indian mountaineer. She is the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest twice[1] and the first woman to successfully climb Mount Everest from Kangshung Face. When she was young or in teenage she usually took steps to criticise the beliefs and traditions followed in the society. One of them was the outfit which was followed by criticism of the [2] of girls. She often preferred to wear shorts while all the other girls in her society of the Joinyawas village of Rewari District of Haryana [3] wear sarees and traditional outfit. She was and still is very much determined and have a great knowledge of right and wrong. She said," From the very beginning I was quite determined that if I chose a correct and rational path, the others around me had to change,not me." She climbed the peak first in May 1992 and again in May 1993 with an Indo-Nepalese Team.

During her Everest mission in 1992, she saved the life of a climber, Mohan Singh, by sharing oxygen with him. She also tried to help a mountaineer who lay dying at the South Col but was unsuccessful in saving him.[4]

Early life and education

She was born in Joniyawas village in Rewari district of Haryana state, India as the sixth child in a family of five boys. She earlier attended a local village school and then moved to Delhi and got enrolled in a school there. Have a mind of studying a little bit more she attended Maharani College in Jaipur, where she was able to see mountaineers climbing Aravalli Range from her room. She was inspired by this to join Uttarkashi's Nehru Institute of Mountaineering while successfully continuing her studies for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) exams in a hostel provided by the Amity University at Noida.[5] Yadav's interest in mountaineering developed during her time at the University.


In 1992, Yadav scaled Mount Everest , when she was barely 20, becoming the youngest woman in the world to achieve this feat, a record which was broken by 13-year-old Purna, in 2014.[6] Within twelve months, she became a member of an Indo-Nepalese Women's expedition and scaled Everest the second time, thus setting the record as the first woman to have scaled Everest twice.[7] She also remained as an officer in the Indo-Tibetan Border Police.[8] She was a part of the nine-nation international climbing camp-cum-expedition to Nun Kun in 1989. Also, her being a fervent environmentalist, she collected 500 kg of dumped wastes from the Himalayas.[9]

Santosh Yadav was awarded the National Adventure Award 1994 and Padma Shri in 2000.[10][1]


  • In 1999, Santosh Yadav led an Indian mountaineering expedition to Kangshung Face, Everest.
  • In 2001, she led a mountaineering team to East Face, Mount Everest.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Santosh Yadav feels motivated to climb Everest again". 11 May 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2010.
  2. ^ early marriage
  3. ^ Joinyawas village of Rewari District of Haryana
  4. ^ Beehive: Textbook in English for class IX. New Delhi: Central Board of Secondary Education. 2006. p. 102. ISBN 81-7450-502-4.
  5. ^ name="hindu">((cite news |archive-date=2003-06-08 |title=n top of the world at Baluchi! |date=9 May 2003 |url-status=usurped
  6. ^ "Meet Santosh Yadav, The World's First Woman To Have Scaled Mt Everest Twice".
  7. ^ Bhatt, Apurva (4 February 2002). "Santosh Yadav: On top of the world... twice". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  8. ^ Kamdar, Seema (4 March 2016). "'I became a mountaineer by fluke'". The Hindu.
  9. ^ "Santosh Yadav". India Speakers Bureau.
  10. ^ "National Adventure Awards Announced" (PDF) (Press release). Press Information Bureau, India. 20 July 1995. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
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