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Posted at: May 17, 2018, 1:22 AM; last updated: May 17, 2018, 1:22 AM (IST)

53-year-old woman scales world’s highest glacier

Former model part of expedition set to scale Everest

Vikas Sharma

Tribune News Service

Jammu, May 16

Sangeeta Sindhi Bahl, 53, who is the only Indian taking part in the two-month-long expedition to scale the Mount Everest, recently reached the world’s highest Khumbu Glacier in Nepal.

Climbers from many countries are taking part in the expedition.

Sangeeta, who was born and brought up in Jammu and is a former model and Miss India 1985 pageant, had left for the expedition on March 28, 2018, to scale the Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak at 8,848 metres.

“Waiting game now! Non-stop activity at Everest base camp. A great team of Indians, Chinese, Taiwanese, Mongolian, Malaysian, Swiss, Polish and Nepalese for Everest and Lhotse,” the ace climber wrote in her Instagram post a few days ago.

The Khumbu Glacier is located in the Khumbu region of northeastern Nepal between the Mount Everest and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. The glacier is followed for the final part of the trail to one of the Everest base camps. The glacier is the first major obstacle and among the more dangerous en route to the Everest. It is also the largest glacier in Nepal.

During her visit to J&K before leaving for the expedition, Sangeeta had said that her NGO — Impact Women Power Association — was focusing on women in J&K.

She hoped to empower local women and bring them out of their comfort zones to make them independent. To realise her mission, she had organised several treks for women in J&K and Himachal Pradesh.

In 2017, Sangeeta had made an attempt to scale the Everest but she along with other six climbers had to be evacuated from higher camps at Mount Everest after theysuffered from high-altitude sickness. Last year, a total of nine climbers attempted to scale the Everest.

Sangeeta is the Founder, Director and Image Consultant of Impact Image Consultants, based in Gurugram, which serves individuals and corporates.

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