The Oldest Indian Woman to Climb Mount Everest – Sangeeta Sindhi Bahl

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Sangeeta Sindhi Bahl
At 53, Sangeeta Sindhi Bahl became the oldest Indian woman to climb Mount Everest in May last year.

At 53, Sangeeta Sindhi Bahl became the oldest Indian woman to climb Mount Everest in May last year. Bahl had attempted to complete the ardors climb a year earlier and failed. For someone who started mountaineering at 47, reaching the Everest summit was a dream come true, and the result of many years of hard work and single-minded focus.

“When I first attempted to climb Mount Everest in 2017, I thought I was prepared. I had successfully climbed two 6,000 meter peaks-one in Nepal and one in Stok Kangri. However, after 50 days on the mountains, I was gripped with altitude sickness and had to be evacuated. It was depressing. But since my Everest permit was valid for one more year, I decided to try again. I started training hard and added half an hour to my daily fitness routine with push-ups, pull, and stair-climbing. Every month, I would go

Fitness Regime:

Exercise: Four days of weight training and two days of hiking carrying heavy backpacks in the outdoors.

Diet:

Several small meals throughout the day that primarily include fruits, fruit juices, nuts, vegetables, and pulses.

I started training hard and added half an hour to my daily fitness routine.

To Gulmarg or to Himachal Pradesh for terrain climbing. So when I went back in 2018, not only was I better prepared, but also happier because of my calm state of mind. I was also mentally strong to take on the summit,” she says.

Since the Everest hike is tiring, climbers spend a lot of time acclimatizing themselves to the weather conditions of such a terrain before they attempt the final summit. “The night of the climb is etched in my memory. I was among the first batch of seven people that had started climbing. The climb started off well, but in about 10 hours, there was a blizzard with winds up to 70 miles per hour. It was extremely difficult to progress but since the destination was close and because I had developed mental grit and tenacity over the year, I kept going slowly, steadily, and mindfully. When I finally reached the summit, it felt surreal. I could see the curvature of the Earth, the mountains everywhere, and I was truly grateful to the universe at that point.” She says.

From poor fitness levels at her first climb at Mount Kilimanjaro to a serious knee injury during her Mount MCKinley attempt. Bahl’s achievement is a testament to her superior levels of health and fitness. Bahl, who has climbed six major peaks till now, including Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus, Mount Vinson, Mount Aconcagua, and Mount Everest, trains for six days a week,. “I start my morning with meditation to calm my mind because the rigors of training take a toll on the body. I train six days a week, out of which, four days are for weight training, and two days are for weight training, and two days hiking in the outdoors carrying heavy backpacks, “She says.

These days, Bahl is training for Mount Denali, the highest peak in the Rockies, so is often found carrying large treys along the roads to build up her endurance. “Age is just a number. A person who is fit can do anything. Woman should devote some time to themselves. Wake up half an hour early to have a good start to your day. The me-time will help you become a happier woman, with more energy to scale your own mountains in life. “She concludes.

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