Indian climber banned for 'faking' Everest ascent climbs it for real

Indian mountaineer who ‘faked’ Everest ascent who was banned from mountain six years ago climbs it for real

  • An Indian man accused of faking his Everest climb has reached the summit
  • Narender Singh Yadav was banned from Nepal six years ago for ‘faking’ photos
  • But he says his climb really happened, reaching the peak in six days on Friday

An Indian climber banned from Mount Everest for allegedly photoshopping photos of him at the top has climbed the world’s tallest mountain for real — but still insists it’s his second visit.

Narender Singh Yadav and Seema Rani Goswami said they had climbed Mount Everest in 2016 with a certification by the tourism department, but the authorities stripped him of the award and banned him from Nepal.

He reached the peak of the world’s highest mountain early on May 27 only six days after the end of his ban, which prohibited him from entering the country for two years.

This time, whether it be his first or second visit to the mountain, Yadav made sure to take plenty of photos.

‘It was to show to all the people who defamed me. I have suffered a lot,’ said Yadav. ‘For me, May 27, 2022, is my rebirth. It’s a new beginning.’

An Indian man accused of faking photos to prove he climbed Mount Everest in 2016 has climbed the mountain in 2022


Narender Singh Yadav said he has now been reborn, climbing the mountain in only six days without acclimatisation – with the average mountaineer taking two months to climb Everest

Yadav made sure to take photos of what he says is his second visit to Mt Everest in six years

🇮🇳Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Fastest Everest Expedition-2022 🇮🇳 Summit Of Mt. Everest (8848.86 M) Summit date 27 May 2022 Summit Time 5:02 Am Total 7 days Base camp to base camp . . . Special Thanks to @pioneer_expeditions @nivesh.karki @ngatenjisherpa @mingmaofficial

⚠️Death zone ⚠️ ❌South Col ❌ 🚫Camp 4 🚫 . . . .

When he submitted the photos in 2016, mountaineers said the photos showed an oxygen mask with no tube connecting it to an oxygen tank, a lack of reflections of snow or mountains in sunglasses, and limp flags in a place known for experiencing strong winds.

Yadav was slated to received India’s prestigious Tenzing Norgay Adventure Award from the president.

But right after his achievement was announced, authorities launched an investigation into his submission.

They concluded that the photographic evidence the climber had used to ‘prove’ he reached the top of the world’s tallest mountain was in fact doctored. 

When the news broke, Indian mountaineers and the media reacted with outrage. 

‘I had done everything for the award,’ he told The New York Times. ‘But suddenly, they told me, “Deposit the coat and go home.”‘

Yadav said his parents were humiliated by relatives and neighbours in the village they are from.

‘Villagers called me fake, a fraud,’ he said. ‘For them, it was a matter of shame.’

The couple and their team leader were banned by Nepal after an investigation was launched when they could not provide verifiable evidence of their summit.

Now, Yadav said he has now proved himself beyond doubt, climbing the mountain in less than a week without acclimatisation – with the average mountaineer taking two months to climb Everest.

The son of an Indian Army soldier, Yadav said he had practiced his summit for two years during the coronavirus lockdown, when all mountaineers were banned from climbing Everest. 

‘This campaign took me seven days from base camp to base camp. Another world record,’ he wrote on Facebook.

But the World Record for climbing Everest is in fact held by Pemba Dorje Sherpa, from Nepal, who climbed from the Everest South Base Camp to the summit in eight hours and 10 minutes.

The fastest assent from the Everest North Base Camp was achieved by Italy’s Hans Kammerlander in 16 hours and 45 minutes, meaning that Yadav has not beaten either record.

‘It was to show to all the people who defamed me. I have suffered a lot,’ said Yadav. ‘For me, May 27, 2022, is my rebirth. It’s a new beginning’


Narender Singh Yadav is pictured with the award he says should have been his in 2016. ‘This campaign took me seven days from base camp to base camp. Another world record,’ he wrote on Facebook. The World Record for climbing Everest is in fact held by Pemba Dorje Sherpa, from Nepal, who climbed from Southern Base Camp to the summit of Mt Everest in a time of 8 hr 10 min

Pictured is the 2016 submission of Yadav atop Everest, which community members say is photoshopped. They said the lack of an oxygen pipe connected to his mask, reflections in the goggles and wind are key giveaways of the doctoring – but Yadav is adamant he was wronged

In addition to the two-year ban which applied to the two climbers and their team leader Naba Kumar Phukon started retrospectively from May 2016, but has now lifted.

A previous New York Times report said the couple had both made it into what is known as the ‘death zone’ of elevation on Everest, more than 27,000 feet from sea level and only 2,000 feet short of the summit.

The report said their guide warned their oxygen was depleted and they could not reach the summit, calling rescue and retrieving the pair.

But Yadav said he had a falling out with the guide, which led to the man accusing them of faking the climb to the summit. He filed a police report complaint against his guide in Nepal.

Seven Summit Treks, which organised the expedition was fined 50,000 rupees (just under £500), while their supporting Sherpa was also fined 10,000 rupees (£100).

Reaching the summit of Mount Everest, standing at 29,029 feet (8,848 metres) in the Himalayas, is considered to be an outstanding feat for mountaineers globally.

Climbers that reach the summit have often gone on to become motivational speakers, or have written books about their journey to reach the peak.

Approximately 800 people climb Mount Everest (pictured) every year. More than 300 people have died attempting to reach the summit since New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay first reached the summit in 1953

Climbers that reach the summit have often gone on to become motivational speakers, or have written books about their journey to reach the peak 

Currently, the system requires photos and reports from team leaders and government officers stationed at the base camp as proof of reaching the summit. 

But the potential rewards mean the system is open to attempts at fakery, and this is not the first time climbers have been banned for doctoring photographs. The number of people attempting to fake climbs has sharply increased over the last decade. 

In 2016, another Indian couple – both police constables – were banned for 10 years for faking photographs that they claimed showed them at the top of Everest.

The couple superimposed themselves and banners onto photos that had been taken by another Indian climbers – Satyarup Siddhanta – at the summit.

Approximately 800 people climb Mount Everest every year. More than 300 people have died attempting to reach the summit since New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay first reached the summit in 1953.

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