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Maharashtra-based Priyanka Mohite recently climbed Mount Kanchenjunga - the third-highest mountain on the planet. With this, she has become the first Indian woman to scale five peaks above 8,000 metres.
She is the recipient of the Tenzing Norgay Adventure Award 2020 and climbed her fifth peak at 8,586 metres high Mount Kanchenjunga. She was also awarded the ‘Shiv Chhatrapati State award’ for adventure sports for 2017-2018 by the Maharashtra State Government.
The other mountains she climbed were Mount Everest (8,849m in 2013), Mount Makalu (8,485m in 2016), Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895m in 2016), and Mount Lhotse (8,516m in 2018) and Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m in 2021).
She had become the first Indian woman climber to climb Mt. Annapurna in 2021. This peak is in Nepal.
Priyanka started her mountaineering in her teenage and in 2012 scaled Bandarpunch, a mountain massif of the Garhwal division of the Himalayas, in Uttarakhand. In 2015, she climbed the second-highest peak of Himachal Pradesh’s Mt. Menthosa which is at 6443 metres.
Kangchenjunga lies in the border region between the Sikkim state of India and Nepal. It was officially announced in the year 1856 that Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain. It was first climbed by Joe Brown and George Band on 25 May 1955.