Guwahati: After scaling various mountains in India, Dr Chetna Joshi recently scaled Mount Elbrus, which is considered the highest mountain peak in Europe. Fresh out of the remarkable feat, the gynaecologist from Assam is now eyeing Mount Everest and all the ‘Seven Summits’ by 2021.
The mountaineer from Assam announced this at a press meet held in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday. The ‘Seven Summits’ are comprised of the highest mountains on each of the seven continents of the Earth: Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Vinson Massif and Carstensz Pyramid.
Speaking with EastMojo, Joshi said, “It was an exhilarating experience climbing Mount Elbrus under severe conditions. After spending 30 minutes on the summit, we trekked down to base camp in 3 hours. Climbing the highest peak in Europe under difficult circumstances is definitely a wholesome experience for me and I enjoyed every bit of it.”
The mother of a 20-year-old son and a gynaecologist by qualification, Dr Joshi is a passionate mountaineer and a social worker. She also provides health care support to the less privileged sections of the society.
Joshi has earlier attempted Mt Kun Ladakh which is 7,077 metres, Mt Anduri (5,942 meters) in Tochi Glacier, DKD2 in Uttarakhand and she has also successfully summited Mt Mahadev in Jammu and Kashmir and Island Peak in Nepal, which is 6,189 metres, in 2017. Apart from climbing peaks, the mountaineer has done many treks in India and abroad including Mt Everest base camp.
When asked about her family, Joshi said, “My family supports me a lot. My son doesn’t follow social media much but when I was in Mount Everest base camp, he uploaded a picture of mine and captioned it saying, ‘I am proud to be your son’. These kinds of things motivate me to keep going. Also my husband supports me a lot.”
“When I go to the mountains, I don’t leave my family behind, I take them along with me. Sometimes when I get tired of climbing, they are the ones to push me to go ahead,” added Joshi.
Leaving a message for the youths, especially to women, Dr Joshi said, “I would say not to give and try to come out of your comfort zone. Do something for yourself and also do something for your community and your nation. You should always remember three things: discipline, determination and focus. And whatever you are doing, whether it’s running or climbing or anything, you should always focus on your work and I am sure you will get success.”