Santosh Yadav is an Indian mountaineer.She is one of the few women in the world the to climb Mount Everest twice less than a year and the first woman to successfully climb Mt Everest from Kangshung Face. She first climbed the peak in May 1992 and then did it again in May 1993.
Santosh Yadav summited Everest on May 12th, 1992 via the South East Ridge route on the Indian Everest Expedition lead by Hukam Singh. Santosh Yadav summited Everest a second time on May 10, 1993 again via the South East Ridge route. Santosh Yadav is a member of the Indo Tibetan Border Police Sports club.
She was born in 1969 in Village Joniyawas in Rewari District of Haryana state in India. She is an alumnus of Maharani College, Jaipur. Living in Kasturba Hostel she joined Uttarkashi's Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.In her own words, "The hostel was facing the Aravallis. I used to watch villagers from my room going up. But after a while they used to disappear. One day, I decided to check up myself. There was nobody but a few mountaineers. I asked them if I could join. Their surprising affirmative answer motivated me to take to climbing. I saved money and enrolled for a course at Uttarkashi's Nehru Institute of Mountaineering".
While studying she prepared herself to climb two great peaks namely, mountaineering and Indian Civil Services and was successful in both. She prepared for her IAS exams in a hostel provided by Indian Mountaineering Federation at Connought Place, New Delhi. Currently she is an officer in Indo-Tibetan Border Police. Her brother is an officer in the Indian Army She was conferred Padma Shri award in 2000.
Haryana has proud on his girl and hope that she will get more success in her life.