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Who is Mountaineer Savita Kanswal dies in Uttarakhand Avalanche?

Who is Mountaineer Savita Kanswal dies in Uttarakhand Avalanche?

Everest winner Savita Kanswal was killed in the avalanche in Uttarakhand. Savita Kanswal, 26, who this year became the first Indian woman to scale Mount Everest and Mount Makalu in just 16 days and set a national record, was among the dead when an avalanche hit a group of mountaineers in training and instructors from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) in Uttarkashi of Uttarakhand on Tuesday.

Kanswal (26) had set a national record by hoisting the tricolour on Everest, the world’s highest peak this year.

The climbing coach had seen her hardship during her childhood and had juggled household responsibilities along with her education.

The climbing coach had seen hardship throughout her childhood and had juggled household responsibilities alongside her education.

An instructor at the institute, Kanswal climbed Mount Everest (8,848 m) on May 12 on the 16th day. On May 28, she climbed Mount Makalu (8,485 m), the fifth highest peak in the world.

Kanswal, who was from the Lonthru village of Uttarkashi, was part of the group of 41 mountaineers and instructors in training when the avalanche hit them near the Dokrani Bamak glacier. The group was returning from high-altitude navigation from the peak of Mount Draupadi ka Danda 2 (5,670m).

Uttarkashi Additional District Magistrate Tirath Pal Singh, who confirmed Kanswal’s death, said four people have been confirmed dead so far. “Kanswal and Naumi, who worked as instructors with NIM, are among them.”

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Savita, the youngest of four sisters, became very supportive of her elderly parents and earned them respect and recognition on many platforms.

A total of 10 bodies have reportedly been recovered from Draupadi’s Danda-2 mountain peak in Uttarakhand, which was hit by an avalanche on Tuesday. Meanwhile, around 20 are still missing and search operations are underway.

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