Aparna Kumar – She’s Climbed the Tallest Peak in Antarctica


Mountaineering is a fetish-sport for some. The thrill of scaling high peaks and doing your country proud is an unbeatable one. Meet Aparna Kumar. She’s an IPS-officer and she has successfully unfurled the Indian tricolor atop the highest peak in Antarctica – the Mount Vinson Massif. And what makes it even more special is the fact that Aparna is the first civilian servant to have done so, and she accomplished this ‘climber’s feat’ on 17 January.

According to reports in the print-media, Aparna, who serves as the DIG in Lucknow, had commenced her expedition to the highest peak on 5 January. And she was accompanied by an entourage of 10 other hailing from different countries.

Aparna, who is a 2002 batch IPS, after making it atop the mountain, put out the Indian and Uttar Pradesh Police Service flag.

Her climb to the top of Mount Vinson Massif’s peak was abundant with difficulty as she climbed her way in testing climatic conditions including -35 degrees temperatures and, also the her troupe encountered chilling frosty winds blowing at 100km/hour to accomplish the tough climb. She is currently recovering from the frost bites and will make a comeback to the country on February 5.

Interestingly, this wasn’t Aparna’s first ‘tall task.’ She has successfully climbed atop numerous peaks across different countries world-over, and she’s been a first many times.

She has become the first female IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh to have climbed atop the highest mountain peak of South America ‘Mount Aconcagua’. The particular mountain, which stands tall at 23,000 feet is touted the most difficult to scale. She has successfully made her presence atop peaks such as: Mount Elbrus on August 4, 2015, Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia, and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. For her efforts to promote adventure-sports amongst women in the state, Aparna had also been honored with ‘Rani Laxmibai Veerta Puruskar’ by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in March last year.

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