Ms. SANTOSH YADAV was born on 10th October 1967 in village Joniyawas of Rewari District in Haryana. Inspite of her rural background and in the prevalent social taboo forbidding education of girls in rural set up, she was able to force her way and continue her schooling. She graduated from the Maharani College, Jaipur, in Economic (Honours) in 1987 and also obtained her NCC 'C' Certificate, the following year. While studying in the prestigious Maharani College, Jaipur, she found her way to the Himalayas through the Aravali Mountains. In 1986 she did her Basic Mountaineering Course from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM), Uttarkashi with 'A' Grading and saw snow / ice for the first time in her life. In the following year she did Advance Mountaineering Course from the same Institute, also with 'A' Grading.More About Me
Ms. SANTOSH YADAV was born on 10th October 1967 in village Joniyawas of Rewari District in Haryana. Inspite of her rural background and in the prevalent social taboo forbidding education of girls in rural set up, she was able to force her way and continue her schooling. She graduated from the Maharani College, Jaipur, in Economic (Honours) in 1987 and also obtained her NCC „C‟ Certificate, the following year. While studying in the prestigious Maharani College, Jaipur, she found her way to the Himalayas through the Aravali Mountains. In 1986 she did her Basic Mountaineering Course from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM), Uttarkashi with „A‟ Grading and saw snow / ice for the first time in her life. In the following year, she did Advance Mountaineering Course from the same Institute, also with „A‟ Grading.
On 30th March 2000, the “His Excellency President of India” honoured her with the award of “PADMASHRI”, one of the highest civilian award, for her excellence in the field of mountaineering in the Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
In 1989, she got her first opportunity to join 9-Nation International Climbing Camp-cum-Expedition to Nun-Kun area. Among 31 members, she was the only woman member in the team. This being her first expedition and a very complex one, she displayed a unique climbing potential and natural inbuilt climbing aptitude and scaled Mount White Needle (21,653 ft).
In the following year (1990), she was selected as a member of the Indo-Taiwanese Saser Kangri-I (25,170 ft) Expedition in which she remained in the lead contributing a great deal in opening the route and making load ferry. She was one of the 18 summiteers and achieved distinction of being first woman in the world to scale the highest peak in Eastern Karakoram from the technically difficult West Face Route.
She was appointed as Police Officer in ITBP, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, in November 1990. In 1991, she was selected as a member of the Indo-Japanese Kanchenjunga (East Route) Expedition. She was one of the toughest and strongest climbers in the expedition team. She reached an altitude of 24,950 ft and would have been a sure summiteer but for bad weather and time factor.
Immediately after the Indo-Japanese Kanchenjunga East Face Expedition, she was chosen to become a member of the Indian Pre-Everest Expedition to Mt. Kamet (25,447 ft) in which she remained on the forefront as a leading climber most of the time opening the route. When she was 100 ft below the summit of Kamet, the summit attempt had to be abandoned due to hostile weather. Thereafter, she succeeded in climbing the neighboring “Mt. Abi-Gamin (24,130 ft) Peak”.
In 2006, the Government of Haryana, in Gurgaon, a satellite city of India’s capital Delhi, has named a very busy road after her name to honor her rare achievement as “Smt. Santosh Yadav Marg”.
My rare achievement of becoming the first and only woman in the world to scale Mount Everest twice has been recorded in the “Guinness Book of World Records in 1994”.
The Government of India publication NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and training) has acknowledged her iconic stature as a role model for youths of India. Students of our country are reading about her in their schools textbooks. The NCERT has incorporated her biographical chapters in 4th and 6th standers in 2007, her biography has been included in the textbook of 9th standers too. Moreover as an author , she has scripted a chapter about ‘Eco Tourism- Problems and prospectus’ for the students of 12th standers in NCERT textbook in 2002. The same article was also published in ‘Yojna’ and ‘ Employment News’ . Many International & National magazines have also incorporated her articles on the Adventure Sports & Tourism and Environment.
As we know YOGA is the art and science of living, and is concerned with the evolution of mind and body. Therefore, yoga incorporates a system of disciplines for furthering an integrated development of all disciplines for the individual, And balance mind and self discipline plays major part not only in mountaineering or any sports but all walks in life. So she got herself trained as a YOGA teacher in Swami Satyananda Tradition , from the world’s best institution & oldest university of YOGA, Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, India.
Ms. Santosh Yadav has been visiting & delivering her expert lecture on Motivation, Leadership, Team Building, Risk Management, Disaster Management and Environment & Ecology in Premier Institutions, i.e. LBSNAA & IIMs, IITs, Government Institutions, Educational Institutions, Universities , Colleges, Schools, MNCs and other Companies & Distinguished Gathering in India & abroad with a view to motivating youths and promoting education and adventure sports in national interest, free of cost. She never charges any money for her lecture. She was done human services in enthusing women and specially girls in asserting their individually and rightful place in the Indian society. She has had to and still struggling to make a place for women in this world. Speaking Topics:
I got married to Sh. Uttam Kumar Lal from Munger, Bihar in 1992. We are having two lovely kids, a son named Mahir Pratap and a daughter Mahima Nandini.
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