Three-time summiteer wants another stab at Everest

Shillong, May 21 (IANS) Anshu Jamsenpa, the first Indian woman to scale Mount Everest thrice, wants to scale the world’s highest peak for the fourth time if the Nepalese government waives the royalty tax imposed on climbers, her husband Tsering Wange said.

Anshu, a mother of two, became the first Indian woman to conquer the Mount Everest for a third time Saturday. She was among the 13 climbers of the first Northeast India Top of the World Mount Everest Expedition, 2013, which was flagged off by President Pranab Mukherjee from Rashtrapati Bhavan March 20.

“Anshu is very keen to re-conquer Mount Everest for the fourth time, provided the Nepalese government waives their royalty tax for her fourth attempt,” Wange told IANS over phone from Arunachal Pradesh.

“The Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association has submitted the names of the expedition team members, including Anshu Jamsenpa, Bidyapati Devi, Puyamcha Mohon, Nameirakpam Chingkheinganba to the Nepal’s ministry of tourism and civil aviation.

“The association has requested them to allow the four climbers to go ahead. But it has not yet received any reply from the Nepalese government,” Wange said.

“We are elated with Anshu’s achievement. It is a historic moment for Arunachal Pradesh and India. I’m not sure but she should be the first mother in the world to have made it to the world’s highest peak thrice,” Wange said.

During Anshu’s last expedition to the Mount Everest, Wange, who also heads Arunachal Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Association, said he had to pay a royalty fee of $25,000 and a liaison officer fee of $3,000 to the Nepalese government.

Anshu along with other team members returned to the Everest Base Camp Monday.

The Indian expedition team will trek back to Lukla from where they will take a flight to Kathmandu May 26. They will attend the 60th anniversary of the Everest conquest May 29 in the Nepalese capital.

All successful Everest climbers will be felicitated by the ministry of tourism and civil aviation of Nepal.

Nameirakpam Chingkheinganba, who is also part of the first Northeast India Top of the World Mount Everest Expedition, 2013, became the youngest person from Manipur to conquer the peak. Chingkheinganba is said to be all of 16 years, seven months and 11 days.

David Zohmangaiha (Mizoram), Wansuk Myrthong (Meghalaya), Tarun Saikia (Assam), Anand Gurung (Sikkim), Nima Lama (Arunachal Pradesh) and N. Bidyapati (Manipur) have also made their states proud by becoming the first to scale Mount Everest.

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