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Ace mountaineer Savita Kanswal killed in Uttarakhand avalanche

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Uttarkashi: Savita Kanswal, the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest and Mount Makalu in just 16 days, was killed in an avalanche in Uttarkashi on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old mountaineer was among nine others who died when an avalanche struck Draupadi's Danda-II mountain peak in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi yesterday.

Principal of the Uttarkashi-based Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) Col Amit Bisht confirmed her death on Wednesday. Col Bisht said Kanswal was one of the best instructors at the institute.

In 2013, Kanswal had done her basic, advance, search and rescue and mountaineering instructor’s courses from the NIM and joined the institute as an instructor in 2018. She was a part of the 41-member team of mountaineers who was returning after climbing the peak when they were hit by the avalanche.

Savita Kanswal's achievements

Kanswal has created a national record this year by climbing Mount Everest and Mount Makalu in just 16 days. She hoisted the tricolour on the world's highest peak in May this year. On May 28, she climbed Mount Makalu, the world’s fifth highest peak.

The ace mountaineer had been serving as an instructor for the institute's advanced mountaineering course in Draupadi's Danda Peak when the avalanche took her life near the Dokrani Bamak glacier.

In the year 2021, Savita Kanswal successfully climbed the world's fourth highest peak Mount Lhotse (8516 m) under the Everest Massif expedition. Savita is the second woman mountaineer from India to hoist the tricolor on Mount Lhotse.

Rescue operations underway

A group of 41 trainee mountaineers and instructors from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) were stuck in the avalanche yesterday. Of them, 14 people have been rescued while the joint rescue operation comprising the Indian Air Force, Army, Indian Tibetan Border Police and State Disaster Response Force continues to hunt for survivors.

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