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Mountaineer Chandraprabha Aitwal, who climbed Nanda Devi, honored at 2017 Mountain Festival

Padma Shree and Arjuna Awardee mountaineer Chandraprabha Aitwal was honored at 2017 Mountain Festival for her exceptional career in the sport of mountaineering. Hailing from Dharchula of Pithoragrah district of Uttarakhand, Chandraprabha is one of the earliest women mountaineer who has numerous successful mountain expeditions under her belt. She is considered one of the flag-bearer of Indian women mountaineering. This year, the Mountain Festival was organized at Woodstock School, Mussoorie.

In the ceremony, Aitwal was bestowed a memento of excellence by the hands of Krishna Kutty, Director of Mountain Festival. She first applied for Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM), Uttarakashi in 1969. In the 1981, she climbed the highest peak entirely in India – Nanda Devi (7,816 m) – which she considers her best moment of her mountaineering career. She was also part of IMF’s sponsored Mount Everest campaign in 1984. In 2009, at the age of 68, she climbed Mount Srikantha (6,133 m) as part of an all-women expedition.

Inputs from Dainik Jagran