Gangtok: Soreng resident Manita Pradhan has become the third woman from Sikkim to scale Mt Everest, the highest peak in the world.
Pradhan achieved the feat at 5 am on Tuesday after Phulmaya Tamang and Late Yankee Sherpa became the first and the second woman from the state to climb Mt Everest in 2008.
Pradhan was part of a first-of-its-kind ‘Everest Massif Expedition’ organised by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) in New Delhi and sponsored by the Union sports ministry.
Twelve mountaineers from across the country were selected for the expedition for four peaks — Mt Everest (8,848 m), Mt Lhotse (8,516 m), Mt Nuptse (7,861m) and Mt Pumori (7161 m).
As per IMF officials, it is easier to scale Mt Everest than Mt Lhotse, Nuptse and Pumori.
An alumna of the government school in Soreng, West Sikkim, Pradhan has had a keen interest in mountaineering since her early days. She has worked as a guest instructor at the Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure and Ecotourism in Chemchey, South Sikkim.
The 36-year-old woman initiated her mountaineering journey with a basic course in July 2000, an advance course in 2011, and methods of instruction in 2014. She has also been a part of rock climbing since 2007 having taken part in multiple events in Sikkim and also in national tournaments.
In 2013, she summited Mt Manirang (6,593 m), Mt Tingchen Khang (6,010 m) in 2014, Bhagirathi expedition (6,454 m) in 2015.