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Aparna raring for North Pole summit

By IndianMandarins- 04 Apr 2019


The 2002 UP cadre IPS officer, Aparna Kumar, is on her way to climb the North Pole summit.

According to an official release, on April 4, the courageous female officer will start her journey to the North Pole, 178.6 kilometer-trek from Norway’s Oslo. In addition to that, the gutsy cop will also make the third attempt to scale Mount Denali in July this year.

It may be recalled that the Dehradun-based ITBP DIG had successfully reached the South Pole on January 13 after walking 111 kilometers on snow and unfurled the National and Indo-Tibetan Border Police flags at the summit. During the entire voyage, she had 35 kilograms equipment on her back.

So far, she has scaled the top six mountain peaks of six continents across the globe.

Given below is a summary of things about Aparna:


She had previously worked as the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Telecom in Lucknow. She is the first woman officer (all-India services) to have climbed up Antarctica’s highest peak, Mount Vinson Massif, after climbing Mount Everest.

She was always fascinated by the mountains. She got into a basic mountaineering course at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports for a month in Manali in 2013, following which she did an advanced course in 2014.

Accompanied by a 10-member team of mountaineers from various countries, Aparna hoisted the Tricolour and the flag of the Uttar Pradesh Police Service on Mount Vinson Massif on January ’17 when the area was iced over in -35 degrees temperatures.

The group was disconnected from each other for nine days. After suffering from mild frostbite and losing over six kilos, Aparna returned to India on February 5 and recovered gradually.

Some of her greatest summits are: Climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro in August 2014, the highest peak in Africa. The same year in November, she was on the Carstensz Pyramid peak in the West Papuan province of Indonesia, the highest peak in Australia and the Oceania region. Rewarded again as the first IPS officer to achieve the feat.

In March 2015, she was awarded the ‘Rani Lakshmi Bai Puraskar’ by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav for her achievements.

On the Republic Day, 2016, she was honored with the special DGP Commendation Disc for her notable achievements.

The energetic mountaineer also became the first Indian woman to climb Mt Manaslu (8,163 m), the eighth highest peak in the world, in 2017. She accomplished this feat on 25th September.

On her South pole conquest, several leaders including Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal congratulated and praised her on social media platforms.

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