Aparna Kumar



APARNA KUMARS MOUNTAINEERING CONQUESTSIt is not the Mountain we conquer, But Ourselves - Sir Edmund HillaryAparna Kumar is a 2002 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre. She got the bug of Mountaineering just three years back when she was posted at Moradabad, and commanding The 9th Battalion PAC (Which used to guard the China border before ITBP came into being). The brisk pace at which she has done the six of the Seven Summits (climbing the highest peaks of seven continents) is just startling. It is even remarkable that the lady from Bengaluru who is mother of two, and who never saw snow before coming for Foundation course at Lal Bahadur shashtri Academy of administration in Mussorie in 2002, has been consistently achieving success in climbing these heights which no other Person in the esteemed bureaucracy of India has ever done it. Scaling the Mount Everest is the ultimate dream of every mountaineer. At 8848 metres (above 29,000 feet) above sea level, its the roof top of the world. The summit to Everest even involves immense risk to life, as year after year there has been numerous deaths and loss of limbs due to frostbite. In 2016 alone there has been around five deaths already and more than 30 climbers sick due to frostbite and high altitude sickness.Reinhold Messener, one of the greatest mountaineers ever, aptly describes the journey to the Everest. When I rest I feel utterly lifeless except that my throat burns when I draw breath...I can scarcely go on. No despair, no happiness, no anxiety. I have not lost the mastery of my feelings, there are actually no more feelings. I consist only of will. After each few meters this too fizzles out in unending tiredness. Then I think nothing. I let myself fall, just lie there. For an indefinite time I remain completely irresolute. Then I make a few steps again.After two unsuccessful attempts to scale the Everest in 2014 and 2015 due to Avalanche and Earthquake respectively, she finally did it in 2016. She successfully scaled the Highest peak of the world on May 21, 2016 at 11.02 IST. A satellite phone call from the top about the final summit sent frenzy among all family members and friends. She became the First ever Lady IPS officer to achieve this feet. Also she became the first ever All India Service officer( both male or female) to scale the highest peaks of Six continents out of seven. The Expedition to conquer the Everest began on 9 April 2016 and it took more than 45 days of hardship braving low temperatures up to minus 45 degrees and high speed chilly winds up to 150 km before she could reach the top. She was climbing from the North side (china side) and had 4 other team members from USA, Belgium and India. She had to undertake acclimatization trips up and down the climb 1 and base camp, before launching herself for the final assault. She lost almost 13.5 kg during the entire expedition, had extreme sun burn injury and even had marginal frost bites and Extreme chest congestion.. She unfurled the flag of India and UP Police at the Everest before she began her climb back to climb 3 and further down. The last stretch of climb to the summit is extremely strenuous, and almost 12 hours of whole night and early morning trek before one reaches the top of Everest. It was special day- Buddh Purnima Day, and she could feel that the blessings of the almighty helped her summit and safe return, despite being extreme exhaustion and fatigue. Its so tiring that the physical endurance is put to its most challenging test and its only the mental toughness and the diehard resolute that helps you reach there. The Climb was tough but the view from the Top is worth it - Aparna Kumar after scaling Mount Everest.A call from satellite phone at 11.15 hours IST to her husband sent waves of celebration and a sigh of relief amongst family, friends and bureaucratic fraternity across the country. Her passion for the task, unbeatable resolve to achieve the difficult, matchless disciplined training helped her achieve this feet in her third attempt. It was an emotional moment for her mom who was in bengaluru with the kids during their Summer vacation. She almost broke down in happiness and rushed to the temple nearby to pay obeisance to the almighty whose blessings helped her daughter fulfil her dream. She set a new benchmark of success defying the logic of Age bar for achievement.She got the good news of promotion from SSP to DIG on 2 January 2016 and She has in return made the Uttar Pradesh Police and the whole country proud by successfully scaling the Highest peak of Antarctica continent recently. She was carrying the flag of India and U.P. Police on the top. She is the first ever All India service officer( IAS, IPS, IFS) both male and female to achieve such a feet. She has just been promoted as DIG in January and now posted as DIG Technical services in Lucknow. On 17 January at 11 pm India Time and 2 pm local time she summited Mount Vinson Massif( about 17,000 feet), the highest peak of the Antarctica continent. She started for the Antarctica expedition on 5 January 2016 from Delhi to Puenta Arenas in Chile via Santiago. She was part of the Ten members expedition team, other members were from USA, Canada, South Africa, U.K., Australia etc. At the Mount Vinson Massif in Antarctica her skills in snow craft and pulling her 30 kg sledge on the Ice was put to test in freezing environment of the South pole. The temperature went up to - 30 degrees and sometimes touching -40 degrees even, and on top high speed icy wind was about 100 - 120 km per hour. Another big challenge for her was pulling her own sledge full of Luggage, as there are no porters for help. So as you make gradual climb, you pull your sledge which saps your energy. She reached union glacier in Antarctica from Puenta Arenas in Chile and started her climb. The team was lucky as they could get a window of climb on their first day of reaching the advance base camp. They were expected to summit around 23 January but could do so 5 days earlier. She contacted me from satellite phone from Union glacier on return on 21 January and shared the much awaited news. She was out of communication range for more than 9 days already. Surviving in the icy winds above 100 km per hour and - 40 degree temperature took toll on her, as she lost more than 5 kg of weight and had a mild frostbite. She has gradually recuperated and is back on the field. She trained very hard in the last four months before the Expedition at KD Singh Babu stadium. Her day would start at 4.30 am in the morning, when she did intense endurance training followed by Weight training at the stadium. Her focussed approach, hard work, sacrifice and consistent commitment has paid of , says her mom who has encouraged her and has been a great help in looking after the kids when Aparna is out on Expeditions. I dont think it would have been possible without moms selfless contribution, to take up such an activity involving lots of time for training and also carry on the loads of regular Job. Her kids 10 Year old Spandana and 5 years old Neelkantha are ecstatic and say that We are Proud of Mom and are happy that now Mom shall be returning home soon with some gifts and souveniour for us.Her next in line is Mount Denali in Alaska, North America next year. its the last of Her Seven Summit.An interesting turn in life life of Aparna kumar, IPS began when she was posted as Commandant 9th Bn. P.A.C. Moradabad. The 9th Bn. P.A.C. has had a glorious past in the high attitudes of Uttaranchal manning the sensitive Indo-Tibetan border at Askot, Badrinath and Uttarkashi. In 1992 the charge of these posts were handed over to the ITBP. The members of the force still have fond memories of working in the High altitude, and the Battalion still has many high altitude equipments.The nostalgic riveting months of the foundation course in Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration(LBSNAA) Mussorie in 2002, and the fascination and curiosity towards the various mountaineering equipments, tent and gear at 9th Battalion triggered her to apply to do the one-month Basic Mountaineering Course at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS) Manali, Himachal Pradesh in October 2013. She had always maintained a minimum level of fitness, but the foundation course and the Trekking experience in the Himalayas left an indelible mark in her heart and mind. She made her first attempt at climbing Mount Everest in April- May 214, but due to major avalanche and the biggest disaster(16 sherpa lost their life) on the Everest, the all expeditions were called off by the Nepal Government. Thereafter she attempted to climb Lobuche East peak (6119 mtrs/20075 feet) and was able to summit it in April 2013. She found it very tough & strenuous, as She had to survive in temperature of -35 degrees and rare Oxygen. In June 2013, she successfully climbed Stok Kangri (20,182feet approx.) in Ladakh, thereby becoming the first ever IPS/ All India Service officer to do it. She completed her Advance Mountaineering Course at ABVIMAS, Manali in July 2014 with flying colours and became eligible to undertake expeditions. She was adjudged with Grade of A plus.On August 30, 2014 she was successful in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro (5895 mtrs/19340 feet) situated in Tanzania, the highest peak in the African Continent. The 15 days ten member Expedition was not so difficult, as she was very well prepared. She fondly remembers the breathtaking valley view while climbing, and also the enchanting flat Glacier at the top. She unfurled the flag of India and U.P. Police and became the first ever IPS/ All India Service Officer to scale the height.She continued to train and fine tune her Rock climbing skills and improving physical endurance, before her next Expedition. On 7 November 2014 She successfully scaled Carstensz Pyramid (4884 meters/ 16024 feet) situated in West Papuan province of Indonesia, the highest peak in Australia & Oceania region. It is considered an extremely challenging climb, as it entailed high degree of stamina and technical climbing skills. The way to reach the base camp is via Bali island and more than 6 hours to one of the remotest places on earth, where you require special permit because of protected tribal area. The vertical and jagged Rocky climb was extremely challenging as it involved test of ones physical strength and mental toughness. She again became the First ever IPS/ All India Service Officer( male or female) to achieve this feet.After a fortnight rest she began her preparation for her next Expedition in South America. Mount Aconcagua in Argentina is the Highest peak outside the continent of Asia. She did a special 15 days High altitude training in Manali, Himachal Pradesh to acclimatize and fine tune her skills in snow craft. The long flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina is taxing and requires at least two days to recuperate from the Jet lag. Amongst the 9 member Expedition team one of the members had to be sent back just below the summit, as his condition due to High altitude Pulmonary Edema(HAPE) began to detoriate. Luckily for her, there was no such physical problem and her body responded very well. On January 14, 2015 she successfully summitted Mount Aconcagua (6962 mtrs/ 22840 feet) situated in Argentina, the highest peak in South America. The 20 odd days expedition was very tiring as it involved long travel from India and braving height of around 23,000feet in -35 degrees and lower Oxygen levels. She became the first ever IPS/ All India Service Officer to achieve this feet.She went for the Mount Everest expedition on 5 April 2015 to Kathmandu. From there she started her Trek to the North side Base camp, China. Unlike the last year attempt at climbing Everest, she had some bigger plans to first scale the Everest from North side and then attempt from the South side in Nepal. No Indian Lady has achieved this feat in the same year. The Everest mission had to be called off due to the High intensity Earthquake in Nepal which caused large scale disaster in Nepal and parts of China. The second time unlucky Aparna says that watching Everest everyday (during her climb up to 25,000 feet this year, before the quake hit ) has emboldened her resolve to make it to the top one day. Everest is like a magnet and the more you see the more you get attracted. Its the ultimate mission and dream of every mountaineer to summit the Everest.Keeping her disappointment of Everest aside, She immediately got on to the job of training for her next Expedition of conquering the Highest Peak of Europe Continent. She reached St. Petersberg, Russia on 25 July along with 10 other climbing members to scale Mount Elbrus( 5642 metres, around 18,510 feet). The climb began on 26 July and on 4 August at around 12.30 pm India Time, the team finally reached the summit. She again made History as she became the first ever All India Service officer( IAS, IPS, IFS), both male and Female to achieve this feet. She came in communication range on 5 August and shared the good tidings with the family and friends. Successfully Climbing Elbrus brought lots of cheers and smile on her face, and also emboldened her resolve to summit the other three Expeditions of Antartica (Mount Vinson Massif), Asia(Mount Everest) and North America(Mount Denali) in coming months.She was proud and elated carrying the Tricolour and the Flag of Uttar Pradesh Police at the top, in each of her Expeditions. The toil, hard work and every drop of sweat, was worth it. The high adrenalin moments at the summit were emotional moments as well, as a year in hindsight she never imagined herself chasing summits of some of the highest peaks of the world.Aparna firmly believes that the blessings of the God and her Mother has helped achieve, which no one has ever achieved so far. She does miss her two little angels, who have gradually learnt to stay with their father and Grandmother, when she is out in the mountains. She also never forgets to give credit to all her respected senior officers both in the IAS and IPS who encouraged and supported her throughout, and reposed immense faith in her abilities. The young and dynamic Chief minister of Uttar Pradesh also encouraged her to take up the gigantic mission and also sanctioned financial support for her Mount Everest Expedition. In March 2015 she was awarded with Rani Lakshmi Bai Puruskar by the Honorable Chief Minister Of Uttar Pradesh for her outstanding achievements and being a role model for many Women at large. On eve of the Republic Day in 2016, she was conferred the DGP Commendation Disc for her brave effort and outstanding achievement. In March 2016 she was conferred the Yash Bharti Samman, the highest civilian award of the state by the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. She was given The Devi award in November 2016 instituted by the Sunday standard and Indian Express group. These awards and recognition goes a long way in motivating her to keep going and achieve the unachieved.She has now completed 6 summits out of the 7 summits (highest peaks of the seven continents), she has targeted. Hats off to the Iron grit Lady. She has raised the threshold bar of Age in accomplishing such heights involving immense Physical strength and mental toughness, grit, Passion and endurance. She has accomplished what no other officer has ever done this, and is surely an inspiration to all others, who are part of the esteemed bureaucracy. She is an inspiration for many Mothers and Women proving that Age is no bar to achieve daunting and arduous targets, if one is willing to work an extra yard. She had to sacrifice many tempting parties and social get together and other family functions to stay focused on her target. She has proved that Women can excel in the Hitherto men dominated arena of extreme Adventure sports. She has given many moments of proud and appreciation for her family, and the entire family of bureaucracy from Uttar Pradesh. The Quest of the Mountain lady to conquer her dreams of Seven Summit is in the final leg, and I have no doubt that the she shall come out with flying colours.She has proved right what the greatest American mountaineer Ed-Viesturs said- I believe, that, with anything in life, if you have the patience, desire and passion, you can do whatever you set your mind to.http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/UP-IPS-Aparna-Kumar-scales-tallest-peak-in-Antarctica/articleshow/50747382.cms https://www.google.co.in/search?q=aparna+kumar+success+story&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj8g_nlj-nRAhXFP48KHSjdAMMQsAQINg&biw=994&bih=465 http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/first-woman-ips-officer-conquers-antarctica-s-highest-peak-hoists-flag/story-t119Ggw61LaDtipDkWxsfN.html http://aajtak.intoday.in/crime/story/interesting-story-of-first-lady-ips-officer-aparna-kumar-who-climb-mount-everest-1-874445.htmlCategory:Year of birth missing (living people) Category:Living people Category:Indian mountain climbers Category:Indian female mountain climbers Category:Indian summiters of Mount Everest Category:Summiters of Mount Everest

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