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HZ Women Of The Month: Krushnaa Patil’s Summit To Mount Everest

Krushnaa Patil talks about her summit to the Mount Everest in an exclusive interview.
Published -24 May 2022, 16:49 ISTUpdated -24 May 2022, 18:37 IST
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  • Published -24 May 2022, 16:49 ISTUpdated -24 May 2022, 18:37 IST
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Mountaineering is an adventure sport that has gained a lot of popularity in the past few years. However, it was not that popular a few years ago. At this point in time, it was difficult to become a mountaineer and even if you were one, it was not an easy procedure. 

However, Krushnaa Patil became the youngest Indian woman to reach Mount Everest in 2009. She achieved this at just the age of 19. She is truly an inspiration. 

Hearing her grand achievement, you must also want to hear all about it. Also, aspiring women mountaineers must want some tips from her. For all your queries, we had a special live interaction with her. If you missed the live session, you can watch it on HerZindagi's Instagram handle. 

Meanwhile, here we have some excerpts from the conversation. 

Summit To Mount Everest

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It is not easy for people to climb Mount Everest and Krushnaa did this at such a young age. Her interest began at a young age as she spent a lot of her summer months in the Himalayas. This is where the love for the mountains began. However, she always wanted to make a career in the field of Performance Arts.

At 15, she joined an adventure course. At this point, her inclination towards mountaineering began. In 2007, she did her basic mountaineering course and after this, she planned to do graduation in the field. 

Her institute was going for a pre-Everest peak, Satopanth. It is an extremely difficult peak and she went with everyone. She became the youngest person in the world to climb Satopanth and made a world record. 

At this point, everyone recommended that she should climb the Mount Everest if wanted to make a career in mountaineering. She just wanted to climb any peak and decided to climb Mount Everest. 

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Challenges

 
 
 
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It was not always a smooth path for her. She had to face a lot of hurdles on her way to reach the top. There is obviously risk involved, therefore, one has to eliminate the fear factor. One has to accept that your death is a part of it. 

Another major challenge was sponsorship. In 2009, people weren’t really aware of mountaineering as a profession as well as there is no direct promotion, therefore, people don’t really want to sponsor mountaineers. 

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Climbing Mount Everest hasn’t eliminated problems that are unique to women. Menstruation is still a problem for women even for women mountaineers. Krushnaa Patil has told us that she got her periods for 20 consecutive days on both Satopanth summit as well as Mount Everest summit. However, she was lucky enough to not get any cramps. Therefore, she could manage it. 

She told us that her only focus was to achieve her goal, therefore, she didn’t really focus on anything else. 

For more such stories, stay tuned to HerZindagi!
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