5 Young Female Mountaineers Who Scaled World's Highest Mountains
By: WE Staff
A new generation of Indian female mountaineers is rewriting the narrative of mountaineering, breaking through societal barriers and conquering physical peaks in the Himalayas, inspiring a wave of empowerment and change.
Whenever it comes to female mountaineering, the first woman who appears in every individual’s mind is Bachendri Pal, an Indian mountaineer, who became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, showcasing her unwavering spirit and determination. Bachendri Pal's inspiring journey from the Himalayan foothills to the summit is the epitome of determination, resilience, and passion, motivating aspiring mountaineers, especially women, to break barriers and climb their metaphorical mountains.
Bachendri Pal’s achievement back in 1984 has inspired a new generation of young female mountaineering talents. Young female mountaineers in India are overcoming challenges, celebrating triumphs, and dismantling stereotypes in high-altitude sports, navigating risky terrains, and overcoming stereotypes in the Himalayas.
Young female mountaineers in India are revolutionizing gender dynamics in adventure sports by scaling mountains and ascending to previously untouched heights, paving the way for a future where the exhilarating call of the mountains knows no gender boundaries.
Here is a list of 5 young women of India who have scaled treacherous mountains and have become inspirations for the future generation of mountaineers.
Arishka Laddha who is a mere 6-year-old and hails from Kothrud, Pune, India recently created history by becoming the youngest female Indian climber to reach the base camp of Mount Everest, which is situated at an altitude of approximately 17,598 feet.
Along with her mother Dimple Laddha, who was trekking for fifteen days, Arishka ascended to the base of Mount Everest. The girl and her mother walked 130 kilometers in -3 to -17 degrees Celsius weather. For the expedition, Arishka traveled with her mother for fifteen days while wearing eight layers of clothing. She has stated that she hopes to reach the summit of Mount Everest one day.