Bhawna Dehariya from Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh became the first woman from the state to scale Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, but not before a leaking oxygen cylinder regulator gave her a mighty scare.
The 27-year-old, from Tamia in Chhindwara and pursuing her Masters in Physical Education from Bhopal, completed the feat on May 22.
Speaking about the life-threatening incident that took place as she approached the summit, she told PTI, "The oxygen cylinder's regulator started leaking. I had to keep a thumb on the leak for about 90 minutes to survive. After the leak was plugged by my help accompanying me, I resumed the trek, scaled the peak and unfurled the Tricolour."
She was speaking over phone from Kathmandu in Nepal, from where she will fly to Delhi and then on to Madhya Pradesh.
She expressed gratitude at the Rs. 27 lakh support she received from Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath.
"If Nath ji had not helped me, I could not have conquered Mt Everest. I am also grateful to my family for their untiring support," she said.
Her expedition leader, Dawa Steven Sherpa, confirmed that Ms Dehariya had scaled the world's highest mountain peak.
Meanwhile, a 20-year-old man from Ibrahimpatnam village in Telangana's Ranga Reddy district has now reached the peak of Mount Everest.
While his financial condition was not good, Amogh Tukaram was interested in climbing mountains since he was 17 years old and hence took financial assistance from few Telangana officials and went ahead to climb Mount Everest. He reached the peak of Mount Everest on May 22 at 9.15 am.
"My aim is to climb seven highest peaks in seven continents and as part of this, I have already climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and now on May 22 I reached the peak of Mount Everest. I just want to make my nation proud. My financial condition was not good, so I have taken financial assistance from few officials like Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat, Telangana Tourism Commissioner Sunita Bhagwat IFS, Ramchandru Tejavat Advisor to Telangana government and others and I have finally made it," Mr Tukaram said while speaking to news agency ANI over the phone.
He added, "I started my journey on April 6 and two of my team members died in front of me due to bad weather, but it didn't stop me from climbing Mount Everest. I am very happy that I have reached the peak safely and made my nation proud.