Her child hood was full of challenges. Her village did not have schooling options beyond primary school and she had to walk long distances on foot to the adjoining town for her further schooling. Since childhood she aspired to join the Indian army. Her interest in mountaineering got triggered when her secondary school took students for a basic mountaineering camp and that's where she took her life decision to make a career in mountaineering .The road was full 0f obstacles , there was a lot of resistance from her family and the society , since she was from a societal environment where girls were not considered safe in the ourdoors ,mountaineering for girls was not an acceptable societal norm in the village and they were encouraged to stay domesticated.
Apart from family and societal pressure , she had large financial constraints. She did not have money to pay for the different levels of advanced mountaineering courses along with her studies . She had to take up a job in the city while doing her graduation and post graduation privately in order to fund her mountaineering course which costed Rs 5000 . For a long time she was studying , training to be a mountaineer and working in a café at the same time to fund her basic and training expenses.
She eventually got through a mountaineering instructor job at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) where she works currently. She was one of the 12 selected from amongst 1000 legend mountaineer applicants for the Indian Everest Massif expedition 2020 after a very rigorous selection process. She was chosen to summit Mount Lhotse which had not been attempted by many Indian mountaineers but the expedition got delayed owing to COVID risks . The expedition finally happened in 2021, had several weather related and covid related setbacks but eventually after a lot of hardship and against all odds Savita realised her dream of became the second Indian woman to summit Mount Lhotse - 8516 metres ; the 4th highest peak in the world and technically one of the most challenging peaks on May 24 2021.
You can know more about her journey in these videos:
Savita continues her perseverance to “Scale New Heights” with her amazing resilience and stellar attitude. As she says, a sportsperson’s dream is not complete without an Olympic medal similarly for a Mountaineer summitting the Mount Everest (8848 mtr) is the biggest aspiration. Savita now aspires to summit the Mount Everest(8848mtr) , is extremely talented and resilient, however, does not have the means to fund her Everest (8848mtr) Expedition costing INR 30 lakhs and is seeking support to help her realise her dreams.
Please help her in reaching the required funds, any contribution will be of immense help.