45-year-old housewife to climb Mount Everest


A 45-year-old housewife will try to conquer Mount Everest in the summer of 2011.

Premlata Agarwal, a mother of two is geared up to conquer Mount Everest in the summer of 2011 (March to June).

"Having stood up to various tests, a mountaineer looks to the greatest challenge of them all - Mt Everest," said Agarwal, whose initiation into adventure sport came by chance. She was subsequently motivated by Bachendri Pal, the first woman to climb the Mount Everest.

In her quest to scale Mt Everest, Agarwal will begin her journey on March 25 and return home on June 1.

Sponsored by the Tata group of companies, Agarwal will begin climbing Mt. Everest from April 14 to May 25 when she arrives in Kathmandu on March 25.

Agarwal, who is credited with several expeditions including Island Peak Expedition in Nepal (20,600 ft) in 2004, the Karakoram Pass (18,300 ft) and Mt. Stoc Kangri (20,150 ft) in 2006, will undergo training such as rope technique, high altitude medicine, self-arrest and self rescue and climbing technique at ASTREK climbing wall.

Agarwal, who comes from a conservative Marwari family started visiting JRD Tata Sports complex to encourage her daughters to play tennis but herself opted for Hill walking and Mountain Biking programme organised by TSAF in 2000, will start trekking to Khumjung (12,398 ft) for acclimatization and will train in reading maps on March 31. During April 7-11, she will start training for glacier walking, traverse, ascent and descent on ice without rope, with ice axe and crampons/luster, walking on fixed rope.

She was also part of the first Indian women's Thar Desert Expedition team in 2007, climbed the 19,300 ft Mt. Killimanjaro in Tanzania - the highest free standing (Volcanic) mountain in the world under the leadership of Pal in 2008.

Agarwal recently told newsmen that the All women Thar Desert Expedition, which involved a 40-day camel safari along the international border from Bhuj in Gujarat-Rann of Kutch-Thar in Rajasthan, upto the Wagah Border in Punjab, was recognized as a "National record" and found a place in the Limca Book of Records.

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