This was the second major achievement for Raj, the daughter of a taxi driver, who climbed Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, in 2018.
NAINITAL: Twenty-two-year-old Sheetal Raj , a resident of Salmoda village in Pithoragarh district , scripted history by becoming the youngest woman in Uttarakhand to scale Mount Everest , the highest mountain peak in the world. She was part of an expedition named `Climbing Beyond the Summit: Everest Expedition 2019` which was sponsored by multiple institutions.
This was the second major achievement for Raj, the daughter of a taxi driver, who climbed Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, in 2018. CM Trivendra Singh Rawat was among those who congratulated Raj for her achievement. "This is a proud moment. A daughter of Uttarakhand has scaled both Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga at a very young age," he said in his message.
Raj, a graduate in sociology, told TOI that her interest in mountaineering was sparked in her teens after she was introduced to the National Cadet Corps (NCC) while studying in Class IX."I am humbled and overwhelmed that I was able to reach the peak of Mount Everest. I could not have done it without the support of my parents and teachers," said Raj, who reached the base camp of Mount Everest on Thursday morning.
Raj`s parents, too, couldn`t control their emotions while speaking to a newspaper."My child was always good in everything she did. I am so proud that she was able to achieve what she dreamt of," said Raj`s mother Sapna Devi. Umashankar Raj, her father, who earns Rs 6,000 a month, added that he hoped "other girls will get inspired and try to achieve more and more in their life."
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