This Indian Couple Claimed To Be The First To Scale Mount Everest, But It Was All An Elaborate Hoax
Fellow mountaineers have come forward with hard evidence to expose the couple's intricate web of lies.
However, several mountaineers who have been in the field for years say they have found inaccuracies in the couple's story. Some allege the Rathods did not make it to the peak and instead falsified documents and photoshopped pictures of themselves at the top.
BuzzFeed got in touch with some of them to authenticate all the evidence they have. Let's start with the photos the couple put up claiming they made it to the summit.
This photo was uploaded (and has since been deleted) to Dinesh's Facebook...
In the picture used by publications that reported the couples' climb, both Dinesh and Tarkeshwari are wearing red gear.
However, in other pictures – especially the ones that show them holding up the Indian flag – their gear is completely different.
This includes their boots, which are different colours and different brands.
Surendra Shelke, an experienced climber of 22 years, told BuzzFeed it is not possible for mountaineers to change their clothes while on a peak, because of the harsh weather conditions, the wind-chill factor, and a number of other factors.
"In Tarkeshwari’s individual summit photo, the colour of her shoes are red-black whereas in their couple’s summit photo, the colour of her shoes are yellow-black," Shelke told BuzzFeed in an email statement. "Even the brand of the shoes is different. Is it possible to change your costume or shoes and still not get frostbite? What does it indicate?"