About Me


A mountaineer by passion, Bachendri Pal holds laurels for being the first Indian woman to climb the Mount Everest in the year 1984. All aspiring mountain climbers, especially woman mountaineers consider her as their icon. She is the woman who created her own history through hard work and achievements. She has proved that a way for woman is always open through hard work and patience. She has successfully led many mountaineering and adventure expedition incl. all women expedition to Empower Women in India and thereby creating more leaders. She is director of Tata Steel Adventure Foundation. She designs courses in the lap of nature using the natural resources as training materials and shares her Leadership Experience of such expeditions citing real life examples.

Awards & Accolades


  • » Padma Shri – the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India (1984)

  • » Arjuna Award by the Government of India (1986)

  • » Yash Bharti Award by the Government of Uttar Pradesh, India (1995)

  • » Gold Medal for Excellence in Mountaineering by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (1984)

  • » Gold Medal by the Department of Education, Government of Uttar Pradesh, India (1985)

  • » Calcutta Ladies Study Group Award

  • » Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records (1990)

  • » National Adventure Award by the Government of India (1994)

  • » Honorary Doctorate from the Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University (formerly known as Garhwal University) (1997)

  • » She is the first recipient of Virangana Lakshmibai Rashtriya Samman 2013–14, which was given by the Ministry of Culture, Government of Madhya Pradesh, India at Gwalior on 18 June 2013 for her personal achievement in Adventure sports and women's upliftment in the country.

Expeditions – Led by Ms Bachendri Pal


  • » An "Indo-Nepalese Women’s Mount Everest Expedition – 1993" team comprising only women, which set benchmarks for Indian mountaineering when 18 people reached the summit including 7 women. The expedition created 8 world records

  • » All women team of rafters in "The Great Indian Women's Rafting Voyage – 1994", which had 18 women in 3 rafts. It was a pioneering effort by women in successfully completing the journey in the river Ganges from Haridwar to Calcutta, covering 2155 km. in 39 days.

  • » The "First Indian Women Trans-Himalayan Expedition – 1997", which was an effort by 8 women, who completed the trekking journey from the eastern part of the Himalayas from Arunachal Pradesh to the western part of the Himalayas at Siachen Glacier reaching Indira Col – the northernmost tip of India at the altitude of 20,100 ft (6,126.5 m), covering more than 4500 km in '225' days by crossing more than 40 high Mountain passes. This is the first success by any country

  • » Leader "Vijay Rally to Kargil" - 1999. Expedition on motorcycles by women mountaineers from Delhi-Manali-Leh-Kargil-Dras-Kargil-Srinagar-Jammu-Haryana-Delhi crossing Rohtang Pass (13044 Ft.), Baralach La and to pay tribute to our brave soldiers.

  • » All women expedition to Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m), highest peak of Africa

  • » All women expedition to Island Peak

  • » All women expedition to Thar Desert

  • » All women expedition – Annapurna Circuit

  • » All women expedition to Kharta Valley

  • » Summit of Mt. Gangotri - 1 (6672 Mtr.) and Rudugaria (5819 Mtr.)

  • » Expedition to Mt. Mana in 1983 reached upto 23000 Ft.

  • » Member of Indian Mt. Everest expedition in 1984 and climbed Mt. Everest on the 23rd May 1984

  • » Leader and summiter of Mt. Kedarnath Dome expedition in 1986 (6380 Mtr.)

  • » Climbed Mt. Blanc, the highest peak in Europe in 1986 (15,782 Ft.)

  • » Led Tata's successful expedition to Mt. Srikailash in 1988 (22,744 Ft.)

  • » Led Tata's successful expedition to Mt. Kamet and Mt. Abi-Gamin in 1989 (7756 Mtr. and 7735 Mtr. respectively)

  • » Climbed Mt. Ruapehu, Mt. Ernslow and Mt. Agrius in New Zealand in 1990.

  • » Women's Pre-Everest selection expedition to Mt. kamet (25,445 Ft.) and Mt. Abi-Gamin (24,130 Ft.) in 1991. 16 girls climbed Mt. Abi-Gamin and reached a maximum height of 25,350 Ft. on Mt. Kamet.

  • » Women's 2ndPre-Everest selection expedition to Mt. Mamostang Kangri (24,686 Ft.). 15 members including 10 girls reached the summit a first ascent by women -1992.

  • » Tata's Mt. Shivling expedition in 1992.

Author & Readings


  • » Author of "Everest – My Journey to the Top", (an autobiography published By National Book Trust, Delhi)

  • » Indra Gupta (2004). India's 50 Most Illustrious Women.

  • » India’s most powerful women – Prem Ahluwalia – 2016

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