Aparna Kumar: First Indian IPS officer to scale highest peak in North America

Aparna Kumar

Source: Republic World

Aparna Kumar recently became the first Indian Indian Police Service (IPS) officer to scale the highest peak in North America. After scaling the Mount Everest in 2016, Aparna Kumar, a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) at the Indo-Tibetan Border Police is the first civil servant to make this record. She has successfully conquered the South Pole and has now successfully scaled Mount Denali, the highest peak in North America.

Mount Denali is at a summit elevation of 20,310 feet above sea level. With this feat, Aparna Kumar has completed her 7th summit in the “7 Summits” challenge – a climb of the highest peaks in all the seven continents. The seven summits include Mount Everest in Asia, Mount Aconcagua in South America, Mount Denali in North America, Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Elbrus in Europe, Mount Vinson in Antarctica, Puncak Jaya and Mount Kosciuszko in Australia.

Aparna left for Mission Denali on June 15 and she was expected to reach the peak by July 10. With weather gods in her favour coupled with her own dedication, she reached the peak much before July 10. The high-speed chilly winds blowing at the speed of 250 kmph and minus 40 degrees temperature couldn’t stop Aparna Kumar from achieving her goal. Due to the unpredictable weather, her strategy was to complete the ascent of the summit as soon as possible.

Remembering her country amidst her personal achievement, she hoisted the Indian flag at the peak.

Aparna Kumar is planning to complete the “Explorer’s Grand Slam” in 2020. This is a challenge to reach the North Pole, the South Pole, and the Seven Summits. “Explorer’s Grand Slam” has been completed by very few people across the globe.

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