Gujarat surgeons became the first Indian medical couple to climb Mount Everest. (Photo: file)
KathmanduTwo surgeons from Gujarat made history on Friday becoming the first two Indian doctors to climb Mount Everest, while another Indian climber conquered the world’s fourth highest peak without using supplemental oxygen, Nepali media reported on Saturday.
Dr. Rishi Bhandari, director of the department, said Dr. Hemant Lalichandra Lova and his wife, Dr. Surbhin Hemant Lova, rose to the top of the 8,849-meter (29,032-foot) summit at around 8:30 am on Friday, becoming the first two Indian doctors to climb the world’s highest peak. Director at Satori Adventure.
Hemant is Professor of Surgery at NHL Municipal Medical College and his wife works as Chief Medical Officer with Gujarat Vidyapith. The couple, who work in various health facilities in Ahmedabad, reached the summit of Mount Everest with a message of conservation, Himalayan Times mentioned.
In a separate report, the newspaper said Skalzang Rigzen, a climber from Ladakh, reached the summit of Mount Lhotse (8,516 meters) on Friday morning, according to Babu Sherpa, managing director of Peak Promotion Pvt Ltd. Rigzen, 41, is the first Indian climber to reach Mount Annapurna without using supplemental oxygen. Climb Mount Annapurna on April 28.
“Rigzin completed his second 8000 in 16 days without using bottled oxygen support,” Sherpa said. Baljeet Kaur, a 27-year-old Indian climber from Himachal Pradesh, set a record for overcoming two mountain peaks in Nepal above 8000 meters in the span of two weeks on Thursday.
Climb Mount Kanchenjunga Core (8.586m) Thursday morning at 4:20 (local time). She climbed Mount Annapurna 1 (8,091 m) on April 28.
Last week, Priyanka Mohit of Maharashtra became the first Indian woman to climb five peaks, all over 8000 metres.
Hundreds of foreign climbers and Sherpa guides will attempt to climb Mount Everest in May when weather conditions at the Himalayan peaks are more favorable for climbing.
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