September 28, 2017, New Delhi: Exactly at 10.00 am last Monday (September 25th, 2017), IPS Officer Aparna Kumar did what no other Indian woman has done so far. The UP IPS officer finally managed to scale the heights of Mount Manasalu in Nepal, the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8163 metres. A 2002 batch IPS officer of UP Cadre, she has already successfully scaled the highest peaks of six continents out of seven continents. In May last year, she climbed Mount Everest before scaling Mount Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica.
Says the lion-hearted officer, who just returned today at Delhi from Kathmandu, “The view is outstanding. It is the most beautiful mountain peak of the world. I had feelings of so much gratitude for Manasalu for allowing me, an ordinary nobody to reach the summit. This has been one of the toughest conquests as reaching camp 4 was quite challenging and exhausting. We started the journey on September 9th and submitted it on September 25th.”
Aparna, who now has her eyes set on Mount McKinley in Alaska in North America, the last of seven highest peaks, started her mountaineering passion in the year 2013 when she was posted at Moradabad, UP as Commandant of the 9th Battalion. She enrolled herself in a month long basic mountaineering course at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali. In 2014, she scaled Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest peak on the African continent. This feat was followed by climbing atop Carstensz Pyramid peak in the West Papuan province of Indonesia, the highest in the Australia and Oceania region.
Says the recipient of Rani Laxmi Bai Puraskar and a mother of two children, “I am thankful to my husband, Sanjay Kumar, who is also a civil servant and has supported me unconditionally through this dream journey. At times, it has been tough going through those gruelling fitness sessions day in and day out at this age but the immense family support and and encouragement kept me motivated.”
Hours after her success, UP Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath and IPS Association tweeted news of Aparna’s feat and congratulatory messages started pouring in.
Way to go Aparna for becoming an inspiration to thousands of women who are trying to achieve their dreams.