Muthamizh SelvI Mount Everest
On Tuesday, Udhayanidhi Stalin, the Minister for Sports Development and Youth Welfare in Tamil Nadu, honored N Muthamizh Selvi, who made history as the first woman from Tamil Nadu to successfully conquer Mount Everest.
Hailing from Johilpatti, Virudhunagar, the 34-year-old adventurer achieved this remarkable feat on May 23, following an arduous journey of 56 days. Her determination and perseverance have set an inspiring example for aspiring mountaineers and women in Tamil Nadu.
Muthamizh Selvi, First Tamil Nadu Woman to Climb Mount Everest
N Muthamizh Selvi received a warm reception upon her arrival at Chennai airport. The Tamil Nadu Minister for Sports Development and Youth Welfare, Udhayanidhi Stalin, personally greeted her and expressed his admiration for her achievement. Selvi, who became the first woman from Tamil Nadu to conquer Mount Everest, spoke to reporters and shared her experiences.
- She described her journey, which took 56 days, as a challenging one filled with various obstacles.
- While attempting to reach the summit, she encountered a critical situation when her oxygen cylinder malfunctioned.
- However, a Mexican mountaineer came to her aid and provided her with oxygen, ultimately saving her life.
- Selvi acknowledged the risks involved in mountaineering and expressed gratitude for the support she received.
- Despite facing the unfortunate loss of some camp members and injuries within her team, Selvi remained determined and resilient.
- Upon her return to the base camp, she faced further challenges due to the absence of her team members.
- Seeking assistance from Udhayanidhi Stalin, he promptly arranged a helicopter to ensure her safe return to Kathmandu.
- Selvi shared that her ultimate goal is to conquer the other six summits and bring further glory to her state.
- The government of Tamil Nadu recognized her remarkable achievement by providing financial assistance of ₹15 lakh. Additionally, various non-governmental organizations extended their support by contributing ₹10 lakh towards her journey.
Rajasekhar Pachai, another native of Tamil Nadu who successfully climbed Mount Everest on May 19, met with Udhayanidhi Stalin as well. Pachai, known for his expertise in surfing, received appreciation for his remarkable accomplishment.
About Mount Everest
Mount Everest, located in the Himalayas, is the highest peak in the world, with an elevation of 8,848.86 meters (29,031.7 feet) above sea level.
- It is situated on the border between Nepal and Tibet (China).
- Mount Everest has captivated the interest and awe of adventurers and mountaineers for decades, presenting a formidable challenge due to its extreme altitude and harsh weather conditions.
- The mountain was named after Sir George Everest, a British surveyor who served as the Surveyor General of India during the mid-19th century.
- The first confirmed successful ascent of Mount Everest was achieved by Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of Nepal, on May 29, 1953.
Since then, thousands of climbers from around the world have attempted to conquer Everest, with varying degrees of success. The journey to the summit requires immense physical and mental strength, endurance, and technical climbing skills. Mountaineers face numerous risks and hazards, including altitude sickness, avalanches, extreme cold, and high winds.
Scaling Mount Everest remains a significant achievement and a lifelong dream for many climbers. It symbolizes the triumph of human spirit, determination, and the pursuit of adventure. The mountain continues to attract adventurers and explorers who seek to test their limits and experience the breathtaking beauty of the world’s highest peak.
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Mount Everest – FAQs
Who was the first person to climb Mount Everest?
The first person to climb Mount Everest was Edmund Hillary, a New Zealander mountaineer, and his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay. They reached the summit on May 29, 1953.
Who was the first Indian to climb Mount Everest?
The first Indian to climb Mount Everest was Lt. Col. Avtar Singh Cheema, along with 8 others. He was a part of the third mission undertaken by the Indian Army, in 1965, to climb Mt Everest after two failed attempts. The Indian Everest Expedition 1965 put 9 mountaineers on the summit on 20 May, a record that lasted 17 years.
Who was the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest?
The first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest was Bachendri Pal, a mountaineer from Delhi. She reached the summit on May 24, 1984, as part of an Indian expedition.