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  Mt. Everest 2005: India Women without Oxygen


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Ms. Sukhwinder Kaur Sukhi and Ms. Paramjit Kaur Pammi, residents of Muktsar who have become famous for their adventurous, risk-taking expeditions, will be accompanying a team from Nepal that will climb Mt. Everest on March 26.  If the women are successful, they will become the first Indian women to summit Everest without the use of bottled oxygen.

Sukhi and Pummi had obstacles to get over before they even began their Everest climb, however.  Because of their achievements, these two women from middle-class families were allegedly promised jobs on several occasions, but had been unable to get even a small job to earn enough to meet their basic needs—let alone the $29,000 required of each of them to scale Mt. Everest.  According to Sukhi and Pammi, in public meetings politicians promised the women jobs after they successfully cycled to the Khardungla Pass, the world’s highest motorable road, but the jobs never materialized. 

In spite of the letdown they have faced, the women have not let lack of funds stand in their way.  They have been in contact with people who have helped them meet the deadline of March 4 to pay the money required to the travel agency of Nepal so they could join the members of the expedition team.  A five-member committee of well-wishers has also been working hard to help them in their quest to raise money and, ultimately, to summit Mt. Everest.

Source: Climbers and www.tributeindia.com

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