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Santosh Yadav is an Indian mountaineer. She is the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest twice,[1] and the first woman to successfully climb Mt. Everest from Kangshung Face. She climbed the peak first in May 1992 and then again in May 1993.

During her Everest mission of 1992 she saved the life of another climber, Mohan Singh, by sharing oxygen with him.


Early life and education

She was born in Adygreg village in Rewari district of Haryana state, India. She attended Maharani College in Jaipur, where she was able to see mountaineers from her room. She was inspired by this to join Uttarkashi's Nehru Institute of Mountaineering while successfully continuing her studies for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) exams in a hostel provided by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation at Connought Place, New Delhi.[2]

Aged 20 in 1992, Yadav scaled Everest, becoming the youngest woman in the world to achieve this feat. Within twelve months, she became a member of an Indo-Nepalese Women's expedition, and scaled Everest the second time, thus setting the record as the only woman to have scaled the Everest twice. Currently she is an officer in the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. She was a part of the nine-nation international climbing camp-cum-expedition to Nun Kun in 1989.[citation needed]

Yadav was awarded the Padma Shri in 2000.[1]


  • In 1999, Santosh Yadav led an Indian mountaineering expedition to Kangshung Face, Everest.[3]
  • In 2001, she led mountaineering team to East Face, Mt. Everest.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Santosh Yadav feels motivated to climb Everest again". 11 May 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2010.
  2. ^ "On top of the world at Baluchi!". The Hindu. 29 May 2003. Archived from the original on 8 June 2003.
  3. ^ a b Menon, Shaym G. (25 May 2013). "'No work on any expedition was below my dignity'". The Hindu. Retrieved 2 July 2013.