Arunachalee mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa is off to attempt a Guinness record with a double ascent of the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, within a span of seven days.
Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju flagged off the expedition in a simple ceremony on Tuesday.
The 35-year-old Anshu, who holds the world record of climbing the Everest thrice, will attempt to break her own record. She achieved her earlier world record in 2011 when she climbed the Everest twice in a span of 10 days.
Last May she created another mountaineering record by scaling three Himalayan peaks — Lobuche (6119 mtr), Pokalde (5896 mtr) and Island (6189 mtr) — in just six days.
Anshu told reporters she would reach the base camp at Nepal on April 9 and hopefully complete the climb by the second week of May.
"Through mountaineering one can learn about environment and disaster management. We need full concentration during such expedition as a single mistake can be fatal. Through such extreme adventure sports, leadership quality develops," she said.
"Conquering heights and climbing mountains have taught me a lot on environment and discipline," Anshu, who hails from Bomdila in West Kameng district, said.
Her expedition would cost Rs 35 lakh. The state government has sanctioned Rs 4 lakh. Hyderabad-based production house CCMPL, which is keen on producing a film on Anshu, is donating an amount of Rs 10 lakh. Rijiju assured to provide the balance amount for her expedition.
On her plans, Anshu said, "I want to do something for the youth and women and plan to start my own academy."Anshu, who is the proud mother of two daughters – Passang Droma (14) and Tenzing Nyidden (10) — said she wanted her daughters to follow in her steps. "My elder daughter is undergoing training in adventure sport."
A trekker stands in front of Mount Everest at Kala Patthar in Solukhumbu District in this May 7, 2014 file photo. Thousands of tourists from Europe, North America and East Asia have arrived in Kathmandu for the spring trekking and climbing season. (Reuters Photo)