Santosh Yadav is an Indian mountaineer. She is the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest twice, and the first woman to successfully climb Mt Everest from Kangshung Face. She first climbed the peak in May 1992 and then did it again in May 1993.She was born in small village called Joniawas in Rewari district of Haryana. During her Everest mission of 1992 she saved the life of another climber, Mohan Singh, by sharing oxygen with him.

She comes from an affluent family of Joniyawas village in Rewari District, Haryana state, India, and has five brothers. She attended Maharani College in Jaipur, where she was able to see mountaineers from her room. She was inspired by this to join Uttarkashi’s Nehru Institute of Mountaineering while successfully continuing her studies for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) exams in a hostel provided by the Indian Mountaineering Federation at Connought Place, New Delhi.

Aged 20 in 1992, Yadav scaled Everest, becoming the youngest woman in the world to achieve this feat. Within twelve months, she became a member of an Indo-Nepalese Women’s expedition, and scaled Everest the second time, thus setting the record as the only woman to have scaled the Everest twice. Currently she is an officer in the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. She was part of the nine-nation international climbing camp-cum-expedition to Nun Kun in 1989.

Yadav was awarded the Padma Shri in 2000.