British Sikh Army Officer Harpreet Chandi-first woman to complete a solo trek to the South Pole?

written by Ritika Nath | November 08, 2021

Harpreet Chandi, a 32-year-old army physiotherapist, desires to be the first woman of colour to complete an unsupported solo walk across Antarctica to the South Pole. She will face wind chills of -50 degrees Celsius and snowstorms while towing a sled weighing approximately 95 kg for the 700-mile expedition, which is expected to take 45 days.

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The 32-year-old Army captain is motivated to reach her goal, both for her own satisfaction and to inspire others to push their limits and defy cultural norms.

Chandi suffered frostnip – an early stage of frostbite – on the tip of her nose while battling freezing temperatures in Greenland. "People have told me that they've never seen frostnip on someone with my skin colour before," she explained.

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"I really hope that this motivates people, that me doing something so far outside of my comfort zone... inspires people to push their comfort zones and boundaries." That could be anything, she added, because a polar expedition is clearly not a realistic option for everyone.

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Chandi's own journey has already taken her far from her roots in Derby, England, where she grew up with two older brothers. She believes that seeing someone like herself pushing boundaries will inspire many young people to embark on large-scale adventures.


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