Telangana woman eyes 7 summits, conquers tallest peak in Antarctica


Face to face, the Telangana girl with her sights set on 7 peaks has now conquered the highest peak in Antarctica

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Hyderabad: He belongs to a humble family dependent on agriculture but this young mountaineer from Telangana has not let opportunities stop him from climbing to the top.

Barely three months after she made history as the first Indian woman to scale the ‘real summit’ of Mount Manaslu, Anvitha Padamati (24) has gone on to scale the highest peak in Antarctica.
On December 17, Anvitha climbed Mount Vinson, the highest peak on the Antarctic continent – 4,892 m above sea level.

She was part of an international Antarctic expedition team with Transcend Adventures India that left Hyderabad for Punta Arenas, Chile on December 3. After completing the documentation and other formalities, he went to Union Glacier in Antarctica on December 7th.

“It was not an easy mountain to climb but I successfully summited with the team. All my previous mountain climbing experience helped me a lot. It’s my 4th peak out of 7 peaks,” said Anvitha.

From the 8th to the 15th of December, Anvitha spent time acclimatizing to the harsh Antarctic weather, facing very windy conditions, with temperatures hovering around 30 degrees Celsius. Finally, on December 16, he tried to climb to the top.

“It was a very windy day, almost 30 degrees below zero and my hands were too cold and I couldn’t even put up a tent. We pitched our tent with great difficulty and it was almost 35 degrees below zero inside the tent. On December 16th around 11:00 we started for the summit. Mt.Vinson we reached the peak around 9pm and hoisted the Indian flag on the peak 4892m.. Almost 20 minutes at the peak is a very great experience as the mountain above is like a pyramid.

“Because of the very bad wind we packed all our things and went straight down to base camp the same day. It took us 20 hours. It was a long day but a great day,” he recalls.

Anvitha’s coach and mentor, Shekhar Babu Bachinepally, said, “Climbing Mount Vinson is not technically difficult, but the location of the mountain is incredibly remote and the conditions are often extreme. Good pack fitness is important given the cold conditions and expedition supplies. considering the cargo ferry. and equipment to various heights of the mountain.’

Anvitha’s father, Madhusudhan Reddy, is a farmer, and her mother, Chandrakala Padamati, works at an Anganwadi school in Bhongir.

For Anvitha, who is aiming for seven summits spread over seven continents, this Antarctic feat marks her fourth achievement and brings her closer to her goal.

In January 2021, Anvitha climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak on the African continent. He scaled Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in continental Europe in December 2021, becoming the only Indian to achieve the feat.

In May 2022, he climbed the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest. Anvitha beat Mt Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica, to reach the goal of seven summits with three summits to go. South America’s Mount Aconcagua, Australia’s Mount Kosciuszko and North America’s Mount Denali make up the remaining three peaks of the Seven Summits.

Anvitha’s next destination is South America’s highest peak, Mount Aconcagua in Argentina. “I’m preparing a February raise,” he said, concluding.

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