On top of the world, again

Arunachal mom on summit

By Damien Lepcha in Itanagar
  • Published 17.05.17
File picture of mountaineer
Anshu Jamsenpa on Everest

Itanagar, May 16: The summit of Mount Everest has become familiar territory for ace Indian mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa, who conquered the world's highest peak for the fourth time.

Anshu, a mother of two who hails from Bomdila town in Arunachal Pradesh, reached the summit around 9am today. The 32-year-old has already has a set two world records, scaling Mount Everest thrice in the past, twice in May 2011 and again on May 18, 2013.

She was the first mother in the world to do so. She is also the first woman in the world to scale Everest twice in one season within a span of 10 days.

Anshu's double ascent expedition this year was flagged off by Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama from Guwahati on April 2. Her husband Tsering Wange told The Telegraph that he was in constant touch with her base camp doctor and manager and her health was perfect.

"She is now descending to the base camp and is somewhere in between 26,000 feet and 27,000 feet. She will reach the base camp of Everest (17,000 feet) probably by tomorrow evening. Normally it takes three to five days for other mountaineers to reach the base camp from the summit," Wange said.

On Anshu's attempt to double ascend the peak for Guinness World Records, Wange said the Nepal government had given her two permits to climb, so if she was fit to do so and the weather remained favourable, she would definitely give it a go.

"She is no doubt motivated and energised to try a double ascent. All we need is prayers and blessings from the Almighty and her well wishers," said Wange.

Anshu had started the summit expedition after 38 days of acclimatisation at Everest base camps 1, 2, 3 and 4 from April 4 to May 12.

"On May 13, she started for the final summit at 1.45am and reached the top at 9am today to unfurl the Tricolour with pride. The good news is that she is doing well and shall attempt a double expedition," her event management firm said this evening. The statement said Anshu spoke to officials at the Everest base camp and Kathmandu over satellite phone from the peak after unfurling the Tricolour and clicking testimonial photos. She thanked her family, friends, government of Arunachal Pradesh, sponsors and supporters back home.

Tapi Mra was first the Arunachalee to conquer the Everest on May 21, 2009.

He was followed by 25-year-old Tine Mena on May 9, 2011, Nima Lama on May 17, 2013 and SSB head constable Tame Bagang on May 21 last year.

Anshu originally hails from an Assamese family of Gohpur in central Assam's Sonitpur district. Before her marriage, she was Deepa Kalita.