KRUSHNAA PATIL

Blog By : Riya Rathore

In May 2009, Krushnaa Patil became the youngest Indian woman to successfully climb Mount Everest. Patil was also the first Indian woman to climb the highest peaks in Antarctica, South America and Europe, and has successfully climbed the highest peaks on six of the seven continents. Patil is currently pursuing her MA in Political Science from Pune University.Patil started climbing in 2007 by doing mountaineering courses from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi, Uttrakhand. In 2008 she climbed Mt. Satopanth (7075 mtrs.) in the Garhwal Himalayas, becoming the youngest person in the world to have scaled it at 18 years. In May 2009 Patil climbed Mt. Everest, becoming the youngest Indian girl to do so. She followed that up with the 7 Summit quest, which is to climb the highest peak on every continent. Patil was the first Indian woman on the highest peaks in Antarctica, South America and Europe. She was on Mt. Mckinley in North America in May 2011, but had to turn back. She has successfully summitted all 6 other peaks.

Patil has also been a part of a Cycling rally with WANI (Women Adventure Network of India) from Kolkatta to Kanyakumari (3000kms) in Feb 2011. She is keenly interested in rafting, paragliding, rowing, and horse riding. Patil is currently pursuing her MA from Pune University in Political Science. 2009 saw only 3 individual everest climbers and the NIM team, but since Krushnaa climbed, Arjun Vajpai broke her record immediately in 2010. That year also saw Tashi and Nungshi finally on the summit that they had so dreamt of and worked towards. Arunima Sinha made another golden history for India to remember in mountaineering, when she became the first amputee woman in the world to have climbed Everest. She climbed in 2013 and had amputed her leg in early-2012. Aconcagua in South America, and even as you read this, she is on her way up McKinley in North America. But her penchant for climbing mountains at such a young age isn’t any wonder. Her parents, who have a flare for adventure sports themselves, have always encouraged her, sending their only daughter to the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering at a very early age. Her mother has always supported her, and often escorts her on her expeditions to distant places. Her dad, a merchant navy officer, leaves no stone unturned when it comes to funding her expeditions and securing her future.

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