Bhawna Dehariya from Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh became the first woman from the state to scale Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, fighting obstacles as terrific as a leaked gas cylinder.

The 27-year-old, hailing from Tamia in Chhindwara and pursuing her Masters in Physical Education from Bhopal, accomplished the feat on 22 May.

“The oxygen cylinder’s regulator started leaking. I had to keep a thumb on the leak for about 90 minutes to survive. After the leak was plugged by my help accompanying me, I resumed the trek, scaled the peak and unfurled the Tricolour.”

Speaking about the gut-wrenching mishap, Dehariya told PTI, “The oxygen cylinder’s regulator started leaking. I had to keep a thumb on the leak for about 90 minutes to survive. After the leak was plugged by my help accompanying me, I resumed the trek, scaled the peak and unfurled the Tricolour.”

The fighter

According to a TOI report, Megha Parmar, another determined mountaineer scaled the Mt. Everest on 22 May at 5:00 am, however she got caught in heavy ‘traffic jam’ while on her way back to the camp. A few hours later Dehariya was announced as the first woman to scale the Mount Everest.

“While climbing down from the summit, I ran into heavy traffic of climbers and almost exhausted my oxygen supply.” Megha told TOI.

Megha began her voyage last year, but was defeated yet determined to climb, which she successfully did this year.

She had to turn back 700 metres from the summit last year. Undaunted, she decided to try again. But there was another shock in store, “I fractured my backbone in three places in a training accident in July last year. But I had promised myself that I will summit within a year, and began training again in November,” she told TOI.

Other notable achievers

In the past too, women have climbed Mt. Everest establishing themselves as inspirational figures. Malavitha Purna, a 13-year-old created a buzz by reaching the summit in 2014. An exceptional mountaineer, Arunima Sinha established herself as the first woman amputee to reach up to the peak in the year 2013.

Bhawna, 27, congratulated Megha, saying, “It is good to see that Megha did it with such firm determination. She has proved that she is a great fighter.”

Mountain conquerors

Bhawna, 27, congratulated Megha, saying, “It is good to see that Megha did it with such firm determination. She has proved that she is a great fighter.” TOI reported.

Megha’s mentor, Ratnesh said, “We all are proud of her. Two years ago, I had suggested to the state government three names who had the potential to summit Everest.  Megha and Bhawna were two of them.” TOI reported.

Bhawna spoke over phone from Kathmandu in Nepal. She will eventually fly to Delhi and then on to MP.

She expressed gratitude at the Rs 27 lakh support she received from MP chief minister Kamal Nath.

“If Nath ji had not helped me, I could not have conquered Mt Everest. I am also grateful to my family for their untiring support,” she said to PTI.

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Snigdha Gupta is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv

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