Mountaineer Anita Kundu To Get Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award

Anita Kundu, Mountaineer Anita Kundu

Mountaineer Anita Kundu, a resident of Hisar, Haryana is all set to receive the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award on August 29. The young adventurer will be honoured with the prestigious award in ‘land adventure’ category. She is the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest from both the Indian and the Chinese sides.

Expressing her happiness on receiving the award, Anita told ANI, “I am the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest from China & Nepal side. I give all credit of my success to my mother. I am thankful to Indian govt for this award.”

Anita, who is a sub-inspector in Haryana police, will be conferred with the award by President Ram Nath Kovind. “I owe my success to my mother and my uncle, who took care of me after the untimely demise of my father when I was 13. I want to thank BJP Rajya Sabha MP RK Sinha’s SIS company for helping me financially in achieving my goals,” she was quoted by Hindustan Times.

What You Should Know

  • Mountaineer Anita Kundu to receive the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award on August 29.
  • She is a cop in Haryana and the first Indian woman to scale Mt Everest from both Indian and Chinese sides.

Following the announcement of the award, Director General of Police Haryana, Manoj Yadava, congratulated Anita.

In 2017, a 29-year-old Anita made history by becoming the first Indian woman to climb the world’s highest mountain peak — Mount Everest — twice, once from the Nepal side and then from the China side.

She started her voyage from the China side on April 11 and after encountering a lot of challenges due to bad weather conditions, she hoisted the tricolour on May 21 2017. She had earlier scaled the Everest from Nepal side in May 2013.

Also: Anshu Jamsenpa Climbs Mt Everest Twice In One Season, Creates World Record

Earlier this year she also scaled Aconcagua, the highest peak of South America, and hoisted the tricolour on the summit, Times of India reported. With that achievement, Anita has now scaled the highest peaks in six continents as part of her seven-summit campaign.

Also Read: 5 Indian mountaineers you should know about

Anita’s family

Anita has fought poverty as her family shifted to Hisar 11 years ago after the demise of her father. She was only 13 then. Her mother, Rajpati Devi, raised the family by selling milk.

Apart from Anita, Wing Commander Gajanand Yadava has been selected for the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2019. The IAF officer is a Parachute Jump Instructor and a member of Air Force’s Skydiving Team ‘Akash Ganga’, who has “undertaken more than 2900 jumps till date,” tweeted the Indian Air Force.

Cheers to the winners!

Feature Image Credit: Daily Mail

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