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At 68, the winner of the Tenzing Norgay lifetime achievement award 2010 is still climbing mountains

Yana Banerjee-Bey
LiveMint, August 27, 2010

More than her 38 years into mountaineering, during which she and two others became the only women in the world to ascend Nanda Devi—one of the Himalayas’ most feared peaks—Chandra Prabha Aitwal’s singular achievement is the fact that she is still climbing mountains. India’s oldest active woman mountaineer, now 68, will receive the Tenzing Norgay Adventure Award for Lifetime Achievement on Sunday, four days after leading an expedition to Jaonli (6,632m).

Last year, Aitwal astonished the mountaineering community by summiting Srikanta (6,133m). In 2002, she had climbed an unnamed virgin peak of 5,705m, which was subsequently named Aitwal Manglachu by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) [more]