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Major Deepika Rathore is India's First Woman Officer to climb Mount Everest twice

Major Deepika Rathore’s Mount Everest Summit Stories


Major Deepika Rathore of Rajasthan became the first woman to climb Mount Everest twice and made the state proud. Baisa Major Deepika Rathore, daughter of Ganpat Singh ji Rathore and Santosh Kanwar, is a native of Bhavadia, Nagaur in Rajasthan. She is married to Jitendra Singh Shekhawat, who is an engineer in Merchant Navy. Her father-in-law Col. Surajpal Singh Shekhawat is a colonel in the Army deployed as command sports officer in Jaipur.

Her First Expedition to Mount Everest

She had first conquered the world’s highest peak, the Mount Everest on May 25, 2012. The then Captain Deepika Rathore became Rajasthan’s first girl to conquer Mount Everest at the age of 26.

That Everest expedition was organized by the Army. Deepika Rathore along with her team consisting of 3 women, 6 soldiers and officers made it to the peak and hoisted the Tricolour at 5a.m. on May 25, 2012. The team was led by Major RS Jamwal. Their team made the Army as well as the country proud.

Her Second Expedition to Mount Everest

This time she once again head to climb the peak with the National Cadet Corps (NCC) girls Mount Everest expedition organized by the Indian Army. The team led by Col Gaurav Karki consisted of 2 girls from Leh, Manipur and Uttarakhand each and 1 from Darjeeling, Rajasthan and Mizoram each.

Their trek started on April 4 from the Jiri village in Nepal. They reached the base camp of Everest on April 21. The team had been training since January 2015 with girls selected from different parts of the country by the NCC. One of which was Rajasthan’s Deepika Rathore. They successfully conquered Everest on May 22, 2016.

This was the first time in the history of India that NCC girls successfully completed the Mount Everest Expedition. Also, the lady officer, Major Deepika Rathore became the first lady officer of the Indian Army to summit Mount Everest twice.

Today, on June 22, we wish this lady officer, Major Deepika Rathore a very Happy Birthday and another inspiring year ahead. May she bring more laurels to the state and the country.

 


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