Feeling uninspired and drained? Can’t focus? Well, look no further, we’ve got the perfect motivational boost for you! Shivangi Pathak, a 17-year-old from Hisar, Haryana, recently became the youngest Indian woman to scale the Everest! Yes, you read that right! That is no ordinary feat. To top that off, she recently even scaled Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. This teen has achieved what many people hope to do all their lives, at the young age of 16 (her age at the time of her Everest climb). Read on for more on her exciting achievement!
Shivangi began her tough journey on 6th April this year, from the Nepal side of Everest. She completed it on 16th May, making the climb more than a month long! That’s some serious will, determination and stamina! After she returned to Kathmandu, Shivangi had an inspiring message for all girls and women – “They (women) can achieve anything if they desire. If I can make it, if Arunima Sinha (first Indian amputee to scale Everest) can summit the Mount Everest then they can do anything,” she says. A true inspiration to all women and girls around the world!
The youngster got interested in mountaineering when she was just 15. She watched a film on Arunima Sinha, and got super inspired by her. To get to her goal, she joined the Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports soon after, and completed courses in mountaineering. She also participated in training programmes in Jammu and Kashmir to get a taste of what she would face on her intense climb. Prime Minister Narender Modi also congratulated Shivangi on Twitter, saying it was a “stupendous achievement”. Way to go, girl!
The young mountaineer wants to focus on her studies along with her dream of scaling the seven summits (group of the highest peaks on each continent) before she turns 18. She has just passed her intermediate exams with 70%. She’s one ambitious teenager, and we can only hope to learn from her. Like she said, anyone can do anything if they put their mind to it, and so can you! Here’s wishing Shivangi all the very best for her future endeavours! \