Bachendri Pal (mountaineer) Biography, Age, DOB, and More

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Bachendri Pal is an Indian mountaineer. In 1984, she became the first Indian women to reach the summit of Mount Everest. She was awarded the third-highest civilian award Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2019. She was one of five children. She chooses her career in adventure.

NameBachendri Pal
NicknameBachendri Pal
Date of birth24 May 1954
Age75 Years old (As 24 May 2021)
FatherNot known
MotherNot known
HusbandNot known
ChildrenSon – Not Known
Daughter – Not Known
SchoolNot known
CollegeD.A.V. Post Graduate College, Dehradun.
Educational QualificationM.A. and B.Ed Completed
Professionmountaineer
NationalityIndian

Early Life

She was born on 24 May 1954 in Nakuri village, Uttarkashi District, Uttarakhand. Her mother is Hansa Devi and her father is Kishan Singh Pal. She is one of the five children of Hansa Devi and Shri Kishan Singh Pal. She is interested in mountaineering since her childhood. When she was in school at the age of 12 she participated in a school picnic and she scaled a 13,123 ft (3,999.9 m). This was her great work on mountaineering.

She completed her M.A. and B.Ed. from D.A.V. Post Graduate College, Dehradun. During her college time, she got an invitation from “Nehru Institute of Mountaineering”.

In 1982, she became first Indian women to climb Mt. Gangotri 23,419 ft (7,138.1 m) and Mt. Rudragaria 19,091 ft (5,818.9 m). After achieving this milestone she became an instructor at the National Adventure Foundation (NAF), which had set up an adventure school for training women to learn mountaineering.

Career

She was interested in mountaineering from childhood. In her school time, she used to participate in this kind of activity. Once at the age of 12 on a school picnic she scaled a 13,123 ft (3,999.9 m).

After this, she decided to make her career in mountaineering rather than teaching. In 1982, she became first Indian women to climb Mt. Gangotri 23,419 ft (7,138.1 m) and Mt. Rudragaria 19,091 ft (5,818.9 m). After achieving this milestone she became an instructor at the National Adventure Foundation (NAF), which had set up an adventure school for training women to learn mountaineering.

After this success, she didn’t stop. She continued her mountaineering.

In 1993, an “Indo-Nepalese Women’s Mount Everest Expedition” was organised in which 18 people reached the summit including 7 women.

In 1994, 18 women in 3 rafts had completed the journey in the river Ganges from Haridwar to Calcutta, covering 2,155 km (1,339 mi) in 39 days.

In 1997, 8 women completed the trekking journey from the eastern part of the Himalayas from Arunachal Pradesh to the western part of the Himalayas at Siachen Glacier reaching Indira Col by covering 4,500 km at the altitude of 20,100 ft (6,126.5 m) in 225 days.

Achievements

  1. 1983 – Mount Mana – 23,000 feet (Between India and China border).
  2. 1986 – Mount Blanc – 5,780 feet ( The highest peak in Europe).
  3. 1988 – Mount Sri Kailash – 22,744 feet (Fourth highest mountain in Gangotri)
  4. 1992 – Mount Shivling – 6,543 feet ( In Uttarakhand Himalaya).
  5. 1998 – Snowdonia Circuit – 3,560 feet (The highest mountain in Wales).

Awards

  1. Gold Medal for Excellence in Mountaineering by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (1984).
  2. Padma Shri – the fourth highest civilian award of the Republic of India (1984).
  3. Arjuna Award by the Government of India (1986).
  4. Calcutta Ladies Study Group Award (1986).
  5. Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records (1990).
  6. National Adventure Award by the Government of India (1994).
  7. Yash Bharti Award by the Government of Uttar Pradesh, India (1995).
  8. Padma Bhushan – the third-highest civilian award of the Republic of India (2019).

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