16-year-old Shivangi Pathak proved that ‘Age is just a number’. Shivangi Pathak took everyone by surprise when she became the youngest Indian woman to climb the Mount Everest. Climbing Mt. Everest is one of the herculean and dangerous missions in the world. To conquer the world’s tallest range as the youngest woman is worth applauding. Yes, you read that right.
Anything is possible if you have the desire to do it and Shivangi tells the same to other women. Hailing from Haryana’s Hisar district, she successfully touched the pinnacle of the mountain on Thursday last week. She completed her over one-month trekking, which she initiated her expedition from the Nepal side on April 6.
After completing her successful journey, Shivangi Pathak is now back in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu with a strong message for women. “They (women) can achieve anything if they desire. If I can make it, if Arunima Sinha (first Indian amputee to climb Mt Everest) can summit the Mount Everest then they can do anything,” she told ANI.
Only very few people have managed to see the scenic beauty of the world from the top of the Mt.Everest. Mountaineers or adventurers with strong willpower have managed to do it and now Shivangi falls in the same bracket. She revealed that Arunima Sinha’s biopic inspired her to the core that provoked her to make it to the peak.
“When I was 15 years old, I had gone to a seminar with my mother and I watched a biopic on Arunima Sinha there. At that time, I was carefree and after watching the biopic I felt like, if she is able to make it then I also can do it,” Pathak said.
Pathak joined Delhi’s Jawahar Institute of Mountain and successfully finished her courses in mountaineering. For ideal preparations, she also participated in different high-altitude training programmes in Kashmir’s glacier that turned her into an expert at a very young age.
After climbing the Mt, Everest, Pathak now wants to focus on her academics and do the mountaineering at the same time. “I just have passed my intermediate exams with 70 percent marks. The education is most important for now and there will be nothing without education there will be no use of the counted expeditions which I make. So, I will continue my studies along with mountaineering,” said Pathak, the young mountaineer.
The mountain was earlier referred to as ‘Peak 15’. The name was later changed to Mount Everest in 1856. It is the tallest mountain in the world with an altitude of 8,848 metres (29,028.87 ft). The mountain was named after Sir George Everest who is the British Surveyor General of India.