Santosh Yadav


Ms. Santosh Yadav is an Indian mountaineer. She is the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest twice, and the first woman to successfully climb Mt Everest from Kangshung Face. She first climbed the peak in May 1992 and then did it again in May 1993.She was born in small village called Adygreg in Rewari district of Haryana. During her Everest mission of 1992 she saved the life of another climber, Mohan Singh, by sharing oxygen with him.

She comes from Adygreg village in Rewari District, Haryana state, India, and has five brothers. She attended Maharani College in Jaipur, where she was able to see mountaineers from her room. She was inspired by this to join Uttarkashi’s Nehru Institute of Mountaineering while successfully continuing her studies for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) exams in a hostel provided by the Indian Mountaineering Federation at Connought Place, New Delhi.

Aged 20 in 1992, Yadav scaled Everest, becoming the youngest woman in the world to achieve this feat. Within twelve months, she became a member of an Indo-Nepalese Women’s expedition, and scaled Everest the second time, thus setting the record as the only woman to have scaled the Everest twice. Currently she is an officer in the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. She was part of the nine-nation international climbing camp-cum-expedition to Nun Kun in 1989.

Ms. Santosh Yadav is considered a leading woman climber & leader not only in India but also of the world.

  • “Mahila Shiromani Award” in 1992;
  • Rajasthan State “Maharana Pratap Award” in 1992;
  • Indian Mountaineering Foundation‟s “Gold Medal” for distinguished mountaineering in February 1993;
  • “Bhim Award” by the Government of Haryana in 1993;
  • “Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award” in 1993; Maharashtra‟s
  • “Veer Savarkar Gallantry Award” in 1993;
  • “National Adventure Award” of Government of India in 1994;
  • “Bharat Gaurav Award” in 1995;
  • Prestigious “K K Birla Special Award” for Sports in 1998;
  • In August 99, „Indian Space & Research Organisation‟ (ISRO) – Chairman, Mr. K. Kasturirangan awarded her “for making the best use of the global positioning system”, among many others.
  • On 26th January 2000, the „President of India‟ honoured her with the award of “PADMASHRI”, one of the highest civilian awards, for her excellence in the field of mountaineering.
  • “Rajiv Gandhi State Sports Award” by Government of Delhi in 2003 and Kalpana Chawala Excellence Award in 2006.
    In 2006, the Government of Haryana, in Gurgaon, a satellite city of India‟s capital Delhi, has named a very busy road after her name to honour her rare achievement as “Smt. Santosh Yadav Marg”.

Her rare achievement of becoming the first and only woman in the world to scale Mount Everest twice has been recorded in the “Guinness Book of World Records in 1994”.

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