Source: A&W Magazine

Arunachal’s Anshu Jamsenpa The first woman to scale Mt Everest twice in 5 days

Anshu Jamsenpa unfurled the Tricolour on the mountain’s crest on 16th May 2017at 9am, and completed the feat a second time at 7.45am on 21st May 2017.(HT Photo)

Arunachal Pradesh mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa has recently become the world’s first woman to scale Mt. Everest twice in five days.

Her ascent of the world’s tallest peak in the mighty Himalayas at 7.45 am on 21st May 2017 was her fifth ascent of the Everest overall, and the second after May 16.

After taking the blessings of the 14th Dalai Lama she began her Everest climbing expedition from Guwahati on April 2, 2017. She took 38 days schedule for acclimatization at the Everest Base Camp (at 17,600 ft) and started her main journey on April 4th . At 9.15 am on May 16, along with 17 other climbers, she climbed up to the mountaintop and unfurled the Indian National Flag.

She started her second arduous trek with Nepali climber Furi Sherpa on May 19. She continued to climb almost without any pause in hiking, till 10 pm. Again in the next morning, she began mounting and took a brief break prior to the ultimate trek, and finally accomplished reaching the apex at 7.45 am, on 21st  May, 2017.

This was not Jamsenpa’s first ‘double ascent’ of Mt Everest. On her first attempt in 2011, she had conquered the 29,029 ft peak twice in 10 days between May 12th and 21st of 2011. Her third successful attempt was on May 18th two years later in 2013.

Prior to starting her second ascent, Jamsenpa had issued a statement through her Guwahati-based public relations manager: “My only aim now is to unfurl the national flag once again atop Mt Everest and pay homage to Lord Buddha. I seek blessings and support from my fellow countrymen.”

Jamsenpa’s husband and president of All Arunachal Pradesh Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Association, Tsering Wange, said, “God has answered the prayers of her admirers in Arunachal Pradesh and elsewhere in India and beyond.”

The couple is based in Bomdila, the headquarters of West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu, in Gangtok for a strategic meeting of Himalayan states bordering China, congratulated Anshu for a “fantastic feat” and doing India proud.

Although the feather of a double ascent had been already added to her cap in 2011, when she had climbed the peak twice (second and third expedition) within a time span of 10 days. However, this year, she took 118 hours and 15 minutes to finish her 5th mission after 4th one. She participated in another ascent in 2013.

For making history (as the first woman and also the first mother to complete two double ascents), Government of Arunachal Pradesh has suggested her name for the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award.

Anshu Jamsenpa was also one of the brand ambassadors of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Campaign) 2012-2013. Recently, she has been nominated to be the brand ambassador of North East Tourism.

Anshu Jamsenpa’s latest achievements are an inspiration for all the other mountaineers and climbers in the country. Her successes and records show the world that you can scale the greatest mountains and reach the top of the world no matter what. Jamsenpa has also set a record for climbing three Himalayan peaks Lobuche (6119 meters), Pokhalde (5896m) and Island Peak (6189m) – successively in six days from May 13 to May 18 of 2014.

Adventure & Wildlife Congratulates Anshu Jamsenpa on her achievements and wishes her many more such successes!