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Santosh Yadav

Santosh Yadav

Santosh Yadav, an exceptional Indian Mountaineer, has engraved her name in the annals of history through her remarkable feats.

Santosh was born of 8th April,1967, in a quaint village situated in Haryana, India, and her journey towards conquering towering peaks began with a simple fascination for the mountains.

Her introduction to the world of mountains came during her time at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in the Uttarkashi, where she got to know about her curiosity for her passion; mountain climbing. This passion, coupled with her unyielding determination, urged her to undertake and successfully complete numerous advanced mountaineering courses.

However, it was on the world's highest peak that Yadav truly left an indelible mark. She became a trailblazer, earning the distinction of being the first woman globally to scale Mount Everest twice.

Notably, she achieved this feat through the formidable Kangshung Face, a testament to her unparalleled grit and skill. This extraordinary accomplishment showcased Yadav's unwavering spirit in the face of extreme challenges.

Yadav was not only limited to Everest, her conquests extended beyond Everest's summit. She fearlessly embarked on expeditions to various other peaks, including Cho Oyo, Shishapangma, and Gasherbrum II. Each climb was a testament to her unbreakable will and her refusal to be confined by limits.

Her determination and efforts created her path towards recognition. Her unwavering dedication and pioneering achievements have store her numerous awards and honors. Among these, the prestigious Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian awards, stands as a symbol of recognition for her outstanding contributions to the field of mountaineering.

Yadav's journey is not just scaling peaks; it is a testament to the power of dreams, perseverance, and the human spirit's boundless potential. Her story continues to inspire countless individuals to reach for the summits of their aspirations, no matter how daunting and challenging they may seem and act as a hurdle towards her achievements.

Early life of Santosh Yadav

The multi tasker born on 8th April,1967, in the charming village of Joniyawas nested within the Rewari district of Haryana, India, Santosh Yadav emerged from humble beginnings in a family deeply engaged in agricultural industry.

Santosh Yadav

Yadav's early education echoed with dreams beyond the horizon, and after completing her secondary schooling, she embarked on an academic journey at the well-known Maharishi Dayanand University located in Rohtak, eventually completing her bachelor's degree in science.

The spark of Santosh's love towards mountaineering ignited during her university years, an ardor that drew her like a magnet to the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering located in Uttarkashi in the year 1989.

At this university, she eagerly embraced the rigors of her basic mountaineering course, which merely set the stage for a series of ambitious endeavors. Unyielding in her pursuit, Yadav relentlessly undertook advanced mountaineering courses, including the arduous search and rescue curriculum.

Santosh as a School Teacher

As her expertise raised, the mountains called her name louder than ever, compelling her to bid adieu to her vocation as a school teacher and embrace mountaineering as her life caries on.

Santosh Yadav

The path she treads upon was not without it shared thunder storms; the very fabric of societal prejudices and gender bias tried to hinder her ascent. Yet, like a mountain stream carving its way through rugged terrain, Yadav's spirit surged undeterred. Her unwavering passion, paired with an iron-willed resolve, served as her tools to dismantle every obstacle that stood in her way.

As we celebrated Santosh Yadav's journey, we are reminded that the mountains we climb are not merely physical entities; they embody the challenges we face and the limits we overcome. Santosh's legacy continues to inspire, urging us to forge ahead against all odds and touch the skies we once only had a dreamed of.

Education of Santosh Yadav

Santosh completed her schooling from the local school in her village located in Joniyawas, Rewari district, located in Haryana.

When she completed her high school education, she went for college and got her degree in science from well-known Maharishi Dayanand University, located in Rohtak.

Santosh Yadav

When she explored her interest for mountaineering, she then decided to go for mountaineering as a full-time career, and eventually joined Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi in the year 1989.

At this university, she not only completed the foundational mountaineering course but also traversed the arduous trails of advanced mountaineering courses, including the intricacies of search and rescue operations.

Career Growth of Santosh Yadav

Santosh's journey into the world of mountaineering began in 1989 when she joined her training institute at the well-known Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi. Her passion and love for mountaineering quickly set her on a path of greatness.

Santosh Yadav

Year 1992

In 1992, Santosh Yadav joined an Indo-Nepalese expedition with a daring objective-to conquer the formidable Mount Everest via the Kangshung Face, an exceptionally challenging route on the eastern side of the mountain.

Although this attempt didn't culminate in a successful summit, Santosh's spirit remained undeterred as she reached an awe-inspiring altitude of 8,750 meters, setting a new record for the highest elevation reached by a woman at the time.

Even after facing a defeat, Santosh decided to get back to the Mount Everest in 1994, this time as a member of a Japanese expedition. Against all odds, she reached the coveted summit, marking a historic achievement for herself and her nation. Her jouney didn't stopped here.

Year 1997

In a trailblazing feat that took place in 1997, Yadav became the first woman in the world to reach the towering peak of Mount Everest. This event not just happened for once; she conquered the Everest twice successfully.

Her relentless pursuit of excellence and her unyielding determination pushed the boundaries of what was believed to be possible for women in mountaineering.

Santosh as a Motivational Speaker

After achieving so much of success in mountaineering, she has become a beacon of inspiration. She has taken on the role of a motivational speaker, sharing her incredible journey, speaking of perseverance, and igniting the spark of ambition in the hearts of countless individuals.

Santosh Yadav

She is the inspiration for many kids. Santosh's dedication to nurturing the next generation of mountaineers is evident in her establishment of a mountaineering institute situated in Haryana. At this prestigious institute, Yadav imparts her wealth of knowledge and experience to the young enthusiasts, molding them into confident climbers and future trailblazers.

Awards Won by Santosh Yadav

Santosh Yadav, the accomplished mountaineer, has garnered numerous prestigious awards and accolades throughout her illustrious career. Her remarkable contributions to the field of mountaineering have been acknowledged with the following honors:

Santosh Yadav
  1. Padma Shri in 2000
    To recognize her exceptional achievement in mountaineering, Santosh Yadav was bestowed with the reputable Padma Shri in 2000. This prestigious civilian award stands as a testament to her dedication and excellence in her passion of mountaineering.
  2. Arjuna Award in 1999
    Santosh was honored with the Arjuna Award in 1999, a coveted recognition for outstanding and dedicated athletes in India. This awards underscored her remarkable feats in the world of mountaineering.
  3. Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award in 1998 and 2003
    Santosh Yadav's unwavering commitment to adventure and mountaineering earned her the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award twice, once in 1998 and the other one in 2003.
    This award showcases her enduring impact on the adventure sports landscape.
  4. IMF Gold Medal in 1993
    Santosh Yadav's exceptional performance in mountaineering was acknowledged with the well-known Indian Mountaineering Foundation, usually known as IMF, and she was awarded with the Gold Medal in 1993. This recognition highlights her outstanding contribution to the sport.
  5. Meritorious Service Medal in 2004
    Santosh Yadav received the Meritorious Service Medal from the President of India in 2004. This reputable medal honors her remarkable contributions to the mountaineering and adventure sports, underscoring her enduring legacy in the field of Mountaineering.

Santosh Yadav's impressive dedication and array of awards stands as a testament to her indomitable and hard working spirit, pioneering achievements, and enduring dedication to the world of mountaineering. Her legacy continues to inspire generations who are willing to pursue their career in mountaineering and adventure, around the globe.

Records Set by Santosh Yadav

In 1989, a remarkable journey began of Santosh Yadav, a woman with an unyielding spirit and a passion for conquering the world's highest peak at a very young age.

Santosh Yadav
  1. 9-National International Climbing Camp-cum Expedition
    Yadav seized the prestigious opportunity to join the 9-National International Climbing Camp-cum-Expeditions to the challenging Nun-Kun area.
    Among the 31-member team, Yadav stood alone as the sole female member, demonstrating her unwavering determination.
  2. Mount White Needle
    Santosh's first monumental achievement was reaching the peak of Mount White Needle, a formidable peak standing at a lack of oxygen height; 21,653 feet. The climb was nothing short of arduous, but Yadav's indomitable will propelled her to huge successful path.
  3. Reached Mount Everest
    After facing so many troubles, Santosh Yadav set her sights on the ultimate peak, Mount Everest, notorious for claiming lives and evoking fear in many. In the year 1990, she got a reputable spot on the Indo-Taiwanese Saser Kangri-I Expedition, a mountain of 25,170 feet ascent.
    By this time, Santosh has carved her reputation for tackling the most demanding routes to reach mountain peaks.
    She engraved her name in history as the world's first woman to conquer the highest peak of Eastern Karakoram from the West Face Route.
  4. Set a Record on Kangshung Pass Route
    The year 1992 marked a historic moment in Yadav's life. She embarked on her Everest height, choosing the challenging Kangshung Pass Route.

At the age of 20, she became the youngest woman to triumph over this huge peak. Her determination did not stop there, in 1993, she returned to Everest with an Indo-Napalese Team, further creating a successful legacy as a fearless mountaineer.

Santosh as a Life Saver

Santosh Yadav exhibited extraordinary courage and perseverance, traits rarely seen.

Santosh Yadav

In her 1992 mission, she bravely attempted to save the lives of two fellow mountaineers who had succumbed to oxygen deprivation. While one rescue attempt was unsuccessful, Yadav had the courage to share her precious oxygen with the other climber, Mohan Singh, and was successfully able to revive him.

Santosh Yadav's Resilience Amidst Frostbite

In another testament to her ability to handle difficult situations with calm and composed mind, Yadav developed third degree frostbite while descending Mount Everest.

Santosh Yadav

She immediately went to the doctors, where she was warned about her potential loss of all her fingers. However, driven by her faith in her guides' advice that lower altitudes could be the best cure for high altitude risks, Yadav still managed to move on.

With her strength and her confidence on herself, led her reach the location with absolutely no harm, in fact she was able to cover the distance worth 4 days in just 23 hours, making her the star she is today.

Santosh Yadav Family

Santosh' father name was Bedar Ramsingh Yadav and her mothers' name was Jasmine Devi.

Santosh Yadavs' Relationship

Santosh Yadav, the lady mountaineer was seen with her daughter and husband whose name is Uttam Kumar Lal at an event- 40th Anniversary celebration of the first successful Indian expedition to the Mount Everest that took place in 1965, in New Delhi. The event has taken place on 29th of May, 2005.


Despite facing so much pressure from the society and also by protecting herself from the gender bias, Santosh Yadavs' spirit has been surged to pass through all the obstacles she has faced in her life.

Santosh Yadav

Her achievements are commendable and also inspire generations to carve out their way through difficult situations that will come in their life.

Her achievements include becoming the first woman on an international level to scale Mount Everest; the highest peak, that too twice- once via the well-known Kangshung Face.

Yadav's legacy extends beyond her climbing records. She has earned reputable awards, to give a recognition to her achievements. She has been given the reputable Padma Shri and Arjuna Award, and has dedicated herself to inspiring future generations through motivational speaking and the establishment of a mountaineering institute that is situated in the mud where athletes are born and raised; Haryana.

Her journey is always appreciated and is always treated as an inspiration for young mountaineers.

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