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Mountaineer Priyanka Mohite from Satara, Maharashtra, has turn out to be the first Indian woman to climb 5 8,000m-plus peaks. The 29-year-old, who was beforehand awarded the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2020 by President Ram Nath Kovind, achieved this feat after conquering Mount Kanchenjunga on May 5 (which is 8586m above sea stage).

She took to Instagram to share a collection of photographs from her unbelievable feat, holding the Indian flag with the caption, “The breathtaking moment holding the tricoloured flag on the Indians highest peak and world’s third highest — Mt. Kanchenjunga 8,586 M (sic).”

The climb was a tribute to Covid-19 warriors, as she additional wrote, “Dedicated this climb to all the frontline warriors of this pandemic… Also a big thanks to my all sponsors and supporters who believed me.” Her victory additionally earned her loads of praises on social media, together with from actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who wished Mohite and mentioned, “Congratulations to my namesake”. Reacting to it, Mohite says, “My friends sent me the screenshot of her post to me, and it was very surprising. She’s so positive and encouraging. It was a proud feeling to be acknowledged [by her].”

Mohite, who has additionally bagged the title of the first Indian woman to climb the tenth highest mountain peak, Mt Annapurna, feels that greater than bodily power, it’s the psychological challenges that one wants to overcome throughout a climb. “We need both physical and mental training. We have to constantly remind ourselves there are a few more steps ahead. Apart from checking the weather and mountain conditions, most important is to listen to our body. If our body doesn’t allow us to move ahead, we tell ourselves, ‘mountain will be there, you have to head back home’,” she says, revealing that it was one in all the hardest, longest, strenuous climb she has ever completed earlier than.

Talking about the preparation that goes behind retaining herself match, she says, “When gyms reopened, I had to put in a lot of effort and hard work. I start my day at 5am, as I go for running for an hour. Then, during the day, I am at work from 8am to 5pm. After coming back home, evenings are again dedicated to intense training.”

It is Mohite’s ardour that retains her going ever since she began practising at the Sahyadri vary as a teen. The mountaineer, who works at a pharmaceutical company in Bengaluru, says, “Although, it is difficult to find sponsorships and I have to juggle between my work, personal life and training, but this is my passion. I find peace and happiness in it.”

And from now, the journey for the mountaineer is simply onward and upward for her, as she’s equipped to conquer extra heights. “I will rest and recover for sometime at home, and then again start with my training. My target now is to climb the next two 8,000m peaks, which are Dhaulagiri and Manaslu,” says Mohite, who scaled Mount Everest again in 2013.

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