Maharashtra woman scales Mount Annapurna, world's tenth highest peak
Priyanka Mohite from Satara in Western Maharashtra has scaled Mount Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain peak in the world, becoming the first Indian woman climber to achieve the feat.
The news of the 28-year-old climbing the peak was shared by her employer Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the Executive Chairperson of Biocon Limited. She also shared a photo of Mohite holding the national flag atop the peak.
Mohite's success is being celebrated by her employer
Our colleague Priyanka Mohite scaled the peak of Mt. Annapurna, (8091 mtrs) 10th highest mountain in the world, on 16th April 2021 at 1.30pm.- first Indian woman to do so! We at @SyngeneIntl are so very proud of her 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/Eh85xy46g0— Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (@kiranshaw) April 19, 2021
Mohite has previously climbed Mount Everest
Mount Annapurna is a massif in the Himalayas located in Nepal that includes one peak of over 8,000 meters and is considered to be one of the toughest mountains to climb.
Mohite has also climbed the world's highest peak Mount Everest (8,849 metres) in 2013, Mount Lhotse (8,516 metres) in 2018, Mount Makalu (8,485 metres) and also Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 metres) in 2016.
Priyanka started to scale mountains as a teenager
Passionate about mountaineering since childhood, Priyanka started to scale mountains in the Sahyadri range of Maharashtra as a teenager and in 2012 scaled Bandarpunch, a mountain massif of the Garhwal division of the Himalayas, in Uttarakhand, her brother Akash Mohite said.
In 2015, Mohite scaled Mount Menthosa which at 6,443 meters is the second-highest peak in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.
Mohite won Maharashtra Government's Shiv Chhatrapati state award in 2017-18
The Bengaluru-based climber, who dreams of climbing the fourteen highest peaks of the world, is the recipient of the Maharashtra Government's Shiv Chhatrapati state award for adventure sports for 2017-2018.
She works with Syngene International Limited, Biocon's research organization offering pharma and biotechnology majors customized solutions in synthetic chemistry and molecular biology for early-stage drug discovery and development.