First Woman to Skydive 21,500 Ft. Near Everest: Shital Mahajan
Renowned Indian skydiver Shital Mahajan has made history by becoming the first woman in the world to jump from a helicopter at an impressive height of 21,500 feet in front of Mount Everest. At the age of 41, Mahajan, a recipient of India’s fourth-highest civilian award, Padma Shri, and a holder of numerous skydiving records, accomplished this remarkable feat on November 13. Landing at the highest altitude at Kalapatthar (17,444 feet or 5,317 meters), she set the record for the highest altitude skydiving landing by a woman.
Sharing her achievement on social media, Mahajan expressed her excitement, stating, “I performed the best jump of my life from 21,500 feet in front of Mount Everest.” In addition to the groundbreaking feat, she also secured two national records: the first Indian woman to skydive in front of Mount Everest at Kalapatthar and the highest altitude skydiving landing done by a woman.
Mahajan’s Everest adventure included a series of impressive skydives, starting from 5,000 feet AGL (above ground level) at 17,500 feet altitude. Collaborating with skydiving legend Wendy Smith from New Zealand as her instructor, she successfully landed at 12,500 feet at Syangboche airport. On November 12, Mahajan achieved another milestone with a flag jump at Syangboche airport from 8,000 feet, securing the national record for the highest flag skydiving landing by a woman.