Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday congratulated Tashi Yangjom for successfully scaling the Mount Everest and becoming the first Indian woman climber to summit the world’s highest peak this year.

The minister also shared photographs of Ms Yangjom at the Everest peak with the Indian flag, and her moments at the base camp.

“I extend my heartiest congratulations to Ms Tashi Yangjom from Arunachal Pradesh for scaling Mt. Everest & becoming the first Indian woman climber to Everest in 2021. She was trained at National Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports (NIMAS) in Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh,” Rijiju tweeted.

In a congratulatory message, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu also lauded her feat saying regular training at the Dirang institute has made her “a strong mountaineer with blitzkrieg speed”.

The 37-year-old began the climb on May 9 and completed her journey on May 11, reaching the peak early 6 am. She is among the first in the country to kick off climbing season this year.

Tashi Yangjom was trained at the National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) in Dirang, one of India’s leading adventure sport institutes. She is the ninth climber from the institute to scale the Mt Everest.

Yangjom’s feat has come nearly two weeks after reports of possible COVID-19 outbreak at the Mt Everest base camp in Nepal with multiple climbers testing positive for the virus.