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Sangeeta Sindhi Bahl

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Madam Sangeeta Sindhi Bahl
Born (1965-02-09) 9 February 1965 (age 59)
OccupationMountain climber
Known forSummiting Mount Everest (2018), oldest Indian women mountaineer to summit Mount Everest at an age of 53 years.
SpouseAnkur Bahl[2]

Sangeeta Sindhi Bahl (born 9 February 1965)[3] became the oldest Indian woman to have scaled the world's tallest peak (8,848.86 m or 29,031.7 ft), when she summitted Mount Everest in May 2018, at the age of 53 years.[4] She also became the first woman from the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir to scale the mountain.[5] Bahl is a former Miss India finalist.[6]


Sangeeta Bahl first took up mountain climbing at the age of 46.[7] Encouraged and trained by her husband Ankur Bahl, an already-accomplished mountaineer,[2] she tackled Kilimanjaro (5,895 m or 19,341 ft) with him in 2011. Two years later, Bahl climbed Mount Elbrus (5,642 m or 18,510 ft), Europe's highest peak, before becoming, in 2014, the third Indian woman to climb Antarctica's Mount Vinson (4,897 m or 16,066 ft). One year later, she scaled Aconcagua (6,962 m or 22,841 ft), the highest peak of South America.[8]

Mount Everest climb 2018[edit]

Bahl's first attempt to climb Everest in 2017 failed due to altitude sickness. After fifty days on the mountain, symptoms of altitude sickness emerged and she had to be evacuated from a high-altitude base camp, along with six other climbers similarly affected.[9] Bahl was struck with the illness despite having prepared by climbing two 6,000-metre-plus (20,000 ft) mountains in the lead up.[10]

On 19 May 2018, she reached the summit of Everest at her second attempt. High winds and snowfalls added challenging conditions as Bahl made her final push to the summit, approaching from the South Col-side. She was supported in her ascent by two Sherpas as her mountain guides, whom Bahl names as Ngaa Tenji and "Nurbu Sherpa". During this second attempt, Bahl did not suffer from any symptoms of altitude sickness, which she attributes to thorough preparation and rigorous training. In attaining the summit, Bahl surpassed Premlata Agrawal's record as the oldest Indian woman to reach it, Agrawal having made the climb in 2011.[7]

Seven Summits[edit]

Bahl has completed climbs on six of the traditional Seven Summits of the world,[11] leaving only Denali in North America unscaled by her. In 2019, Bahl was in training to attempt a climb to the seventh summit.[10][12]

Details of the completed climbs are shown in the table below:

Professional interests and personal life[edit]

Bahl is the founder, director and image consultant of Impact Image Consultants, a Gurgaon-based company specialising in professional image consultancy. As a trainer for corporate staff, she offers mentoring and coaching services for both individuals and organisations. She has appeared as a keynote speaker[3] and has spread knowledge about how mountain climbing helps in building endurance, resilience, mental strength and stability during interactive sessions with the children and the celebrity show host Mrs Nidhi Kumar, conducted by Skoolz.[14] In 1985 Bahl competed in the national beauty pageant organised and run by Femina, Miss India, in which she reached the finals.[6][10]

Bahl was born in Jammu, the winter capital city of what was then the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Her husband is Ankur Bahl and they have one son.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Who is Sangeeta S Bahl — About". Sangeeta S Bahl. (Old website). Archived from the original on 2 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Who is Sangeeta Sindhi Bahl? Oldest Indian lady to scale Mount Everest, she was once denied mountaineering course over 'old age'". The Tribune. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b "About us: Who is Sangeeta S Bahl?". Sangita S Bahl.
  4. ^ "Gurgaon mountaineer Sangeeta becomes oldest Indian woman to climb Mt Everest". The Indian Express. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  5. ^ "A first: 53-year-old Jammu woman conquers Everest". The Tribune. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  6. ^ a b Amla, Jyotsna (23 May 2018). "Former Miss India Finalist Sangeeta Sindhi Bahl From J&K Becomes India's Oldest Woman To Scale Mt. Everest". RapidLeaks.
  7. ^ a b Maqbool, Majid (8 June 2018). "Mind over Everest". The Hindu: BusinessLine. Archived from the original on 23 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Gurgaon mountaineer Sangeeta becomes oldest Indian woman to climb Mt Everest".
  9. ^ Rinchen Norbu Wangchuk (22 May 2018). "This Amazing 53-Year-Old From J&K Is India's Oldest Woman to Conquer Mt Everest". The Better India. Archived from the original on 4 June 2023.
  10. ^ a b c Ghosh, Anindita (24 April 2019). "Meet mountaineer Sangeeta Sindhi Bahl". Femina. Archived from the original on 29 June 2022.
  11. ^ "Sangeeta Sindhi Bahl- Climbing details of 5 peaks -". The Tribune.
  12. ^ Sharma, Vikas (9 May 2019). "Jammu woman all set to scale seventh summit". The Tribune.
  13. ^ "National Mountain Climbing Day: Indians who scaled Mount Everest". cnbctv18.com. 31 July 2022.
  14. ^ "Jai Hind Series—Mountain Climbing". Skoolz. Skoolz. Retrieved 14 August 2022.

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