In November 2016, the first female Everest mountaineer set off on a seven-month trek to the peak of the world’s highest peak.
The woman, identified only as Rupita Devi, has since become a symbol of hope for many women battling arthritis in the Himalayan country.
Her story is an inspiring example of women overcoming illness to become one of the best climbers on Earth.
The Indian woman was diagnosed with an inflamed hip on the mountain.
In an effort to ease the pain, she started walking regularly and using a cane for crutches.
But the arthritis continued to be an issue, and the woman was finally diagnosed with a chronic condition called osteoarthritis.
She had started to suffer from osteoarthropathy, which means she was losing the strength in her knees and feet.
“I had been walking at around 25 kilometres per day for the past two years and now it was down to 30 kilometres a day,” Rupia Devi said.
“But the doctor told me I had osteoarrhythmia.
He said the condition was a bit of a shock to me, and he was worried I was going to die.”
Rupita, who lives in Kolkata, India, said that the pain and fatigue were the result of the disease.
She has been walking for nearly three years, but her legs have been slowly failing for years.
“We’ve been trying for years to get a doctor to give us the best possible prognosis, but we’re still fighting,” she said.
Rupia has been living on crutched legs, in the care of a team of health care workers.
She also runs a yoga studio, runs her own business and is in her late 40s.
She hopes to one day have a baby and is now hoping to start a business of her own.
“There’s a lot of people in the country who are not educated, but I’m not too worried,” she added.
“I feel lucky to have a husband who loves me.
We’ve got a good life here.
I feel that everything has been made easier.”
Roppongi Path is a five-day trek from Kolkatta in southern India to the Himalayas’ highest peak, Everest.
There are no official numbers for the number of women climbing Everest but the Indian Himalayan Association, a women’s rights organisation, estimates there are hundreds of female mountaineers in the Nepalese and Bhutanese communities.
Roppingi Path, a popular trekking route, has been in the news a lot recently, after it was named as one of India’s most dangerous places in the world for women and girls by the United Nations.
In September 2017, three young women from the northern city of Patna were killed while on the route.
The incident sparked outrage among Indian women, who accused the government of not doing enough to protect them.
The tragedy highlighted the challenges facing women and young girls in India, which is also home to more than 1,800 climbers, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Roppongo Path is one of four peaks on Everest that are named after the Nepali king, but there is no official acknowledgement of the woman’s place on the Mount Everest hierarchy.
Rappongi, the third peak, is a popular destination for women.
A group of women climbed the mountain in March 2018.
The Himalayan women are also known as Ruppongi Sherpas and their goal is to complete the climb by the end of 2019.