Arunachal Pradesh mountaineer, 41-year-old Anshu Jamsenpa became the world’s first woman to scale Mt Everest twice in five days in 2017. A mother of two, Jamsenpa was honoured with the Padma Shri award on Monday. It is the fourth-highest civilian award in India.
Jamsenpa's husband Tsering Wange is the president of All Arunachal Pradesh Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Association. The couple is based in Bomdila, the headquarters of West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.
Jamsenpa summited the Mount Everest in 2011 first time 12 May and she made a second summit also on 21 May.
She summited the Mount Everest in 2013 in the 2013 North East India Everest Expedition led by Surjit Singh Leishangthem.
In 2017, Jamsenpa became the first woman in the world to scale the summit of Mount Everest twice in a season the first to do so within 5 days. It is the fastest double ascents of the tallest crest by a woman. This was her fifth summit and thus she became the most time climbed Indian woman.
After taking the blessings of 14th Dalai Lama, she began her Everest climbing expedition from Guwahati on 2 April 2017. She took 38 days schedule for acclimatization at the Everest Base Camp (at 17,600 ft) and started her main journey on 4 April. At 9.15 am on 16 May along with 17 other climbers, she climbed up to the mountaintop and unfurled the Indian National Flag.
She started her second arduous trek with Nepali climber Furi Sherpa on 19 May. She continued climbing almost without any pause in hiking, till 10 pm. Again the next morning, she began climbing and took a brief break prior to summit hike, and finally reached the apex at 7.45 am, on 21 May 2017. Although the feather of double ascent had been already added in her cap in 2011, she climbed the peak twice (second and third expedition) within a time span of 10 days. However, in 2017, she took 118 hours and 15 minutes to finish her 5th mission after 4th one.
Apart from the summits, Anshu has also been training mountaineers and has trained over 3,000 aspirants at her own capacity.