Aparna Kumar, an IPS officer of the Uttar Pradesh Cadre, has exhibited unparalleled strength and determination by becoming the first Indian woman to climb Mt Manaslu (8,163 m). She accomplished this feat on 25th September, at 10 am.
Manaslu is the eighth highest peak in the world. She has already succeeded in climbing the highest peaks of six continents of the world. In May, last year, she climbed Mount Everest and then went on to climb Mount Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica.
Aparna told Business Standard, “The view is outstanding. It is the most beautiful mountain peak of the world. I had feelings of so much gratitude for Manaslu for allowing me, an ordinary nobody to reach the summit. This has been one of the toughest conquests as reaching camp four was quite challenging and exhausting. We started the journey on September 9 and submitted it on September 25.”
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has congratulated Aparna for her success.
आई0पी0एस0 अधिकारी सुश्री अपर्णा कुमार को मनास्लु पर्वत चोटी का सफलतापूर्वक पर्वतारोहण करने पर बधाई आप ने देश और प्रदेश का गौरव बढ़ाया हैं।
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) September 26, 2017
Aparna’s mountaineering journey kicked off in 2013 when she was posted in Moradabad as Commandant of the 9th Battalion. In a bid to hone her mountaineering skills, she enrolled herself in a month-long basic mountaineering course at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali.
The Government of India acknowledged her skills by awarding her the Rani Laxmi Bai award for bravery in March 2015.
The gutsy woman now wants to climb Mt. McKinley in Alaska, North America. It is the last of seven highest peaks.
Aparna is defying all odds and doing exactly what every Indian woman should aspire to do — to be at the zenith. Hats off to her!
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