Women team ascends Manirang to rejoice 25 years of Everest climb

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Sep 2018 10:44:17

The 19 member all women expedition team poses for a photograph after reaching the summit of Mt Manirang under the leadership of Bimla Negi Deoskar


Staff Reporter,

Nagpur’s veteran mountaineer Bimla Negi Deoskar led the expedition to commemorate silver jubilee of the 1993 Women Everest expedition.

An all-women expedition team reached the summit of Mt Manirang (6593 Mt/21,631 ft) in Himachal Pradesh recently. The 19-member expedition team to Mt Manirang was led by Nagpur’s Bimla Negi Deoskar, a veteran mountaineer who was also a member of the 1993 team.
“Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports and Information and Broadcasting commended the effort of India Mountaineering Foundation to send the all-women expedition team to Mt Manirang to commemorate the silver jubilee of the 1993 Women Everest expedition,” informed Negi in a press conference held at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan on Thursday.

Negi said that the expedition included girls from some States which have no snow or mountains and it shows the grit and determination of the girls to opt for such a challenge. The team also includes nine members of the 1993 team in addition to young women mountaineers, who hail from States like Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Sikkim, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, Manipur and Himachal Pradesh.

Col Rathore flagged off the expedition on August 6 and the team commenced climbing from Manegaon of Himachal Pradesh. In this 29-day expedition, total four camps were established following the base camp. On August 25, Bimla Negi Deoskar, Diki Dolma, Anita Devi and Savita Martolia first reached the 21,631 ft high peak and hoisted the National Flag.

Other members of the team were Rita Gombu Marwah, Dipu Sharma Bharadwaj, Radha Devi, Shanti, Bhanumati, Supriya, Tanuja, Anuja Vaidya, Amisha, Swati and Bhavna. Rajiv Sharma and Commandant Baldev were the guides of the expedition.

While talking about the 1993 Women Everest expedition, Negi informed that the Indo-Nepalese women’s Everest expedition in 1993 was the first all women expedition, launched by Indian Mountaineering foundation, funded by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The 21-member team was led by Bachendri Pal. The historic expedition set up several world records at that time which included the largest number of persons (18) of a single expedition to climb Mount Everest, largest number of women (six) from a single country to climb Mount Everest. Santosh Yadav, member of the team, became the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest, while Dicky Dolma became the youngest women (19) years in the world to climb the highest peak in the world.

“It sends a wonderful message to the society, that if given an opportunity, girls can also rise to the challenges and make a mark for themselves,” stated Negi during the press conference.