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New Delhi: After climbing Mount Kanchenjunga on Thursday, Priyanka Mohite of Satara in western Maharashtra became the first Indian woman to conquer five peaks above 8,000 metres, news agency PTI reported.

Priyanka (30), the winner of the Tenzing Norgay Adventure Award 2020, finished her trek to Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), the world’s third highest mountain, at 4.52 p.m., according to her brother Akash Mohite.

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She became the first Indian woman to climb Mt Annapurna (8,091 m), the world’s tenth highest Himalayan peak, in April 2021.

Priyanka has also climbed Mount Everest (8,849 metres) in 2013, Mount Lhotse (8,516 metres) in 2018, Mount Makalu (8,485 metres), and Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 metres) in 2016.

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Priyanka began climbing as a youngster in the Sahyadri range of Maharashtra, and in 2012 she ascended Bandarpunch, a mountain massif in Uttarakhand’s Garhwal region of the Himalayas.

Priyanka climbed Mt. Menthosa in Himachal Pradesh in 2015, which stands at 6443 metres and is the second highest mountain in the Lahaul and Spiti area.

The climber from Bengaluru was also awarded the Maharashtra Government’s Shiv Chhatrapati State Award for Adventure Sports for 2017-2018.

(With Inputs From PTI)

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