Indian mountaineer Bhawna Dehariya unveiled the tricolor on Monday on Mount Elbrus, Europe’s highest mountain, to mark India’s 76th Independence Day.
Ms Dehariya, 30, from the hamlet of Tamia in the Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh, has timed her expedition to reach the summit just in time to celebrate ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ wearing the tricolor.
As someone who has conquered Mount Everest in the past, the mountaineer decided to take on the challenge of climbing Europe’s 5,642m peak, located on the border between Russia and Georgia.
“Weather near the top of the mountain was extremely cold, with wind speeds of up to 35 km/h and visibility decreasing with temperatures down to minus 25 degrees Celsius,” Ms Dehariya said in a message from the summit.
“It even made it difficult for us to rest for a few minutes in the coldest weather. But after the pregnancy, I was mentally prepared for the summit. I prepared for this day and practiced a lot in the mountains of Tamia. made sure I successfully reached the top of Elbrus in record time,” said Ms Dehariya, mother of a 15-month-old daughter.
Sharing the experiences of her expedition with a team of mountaineers, Bhawna Dehariya recalled how they traveled from the Russian capital Moscow to Mineralny Vody on August 10, from where they began their proposed ascent to Elbrus.
“The next day was extremely strenuous due to the bad weather and I had a blood clot from my nose as I had to acclimate to high altitudes during the climate adaptation rotation at an altitude of 2,346 meters,” Ms Dehariya said.
“Then on August 12, we set up a base camp with the group at an altitude of 3,888 meters, where we rotated to an altitude of 4,500 meters for the next two days. This rotation is considered particularly essential for the protection of the body against acute altitude sickness and fluctuations in air pressure in the mountains,” she said.
It was at midnight on August 13 that the team headed for the peak, arriving in the early hours of August 15.
“I have hoisted the tricolor with grandeur on the top of Mount Elbrus West, which is 5,642 meters above sea level,” said the proud mountaineer.
Bhawna Dehariya admits that this expedition, co-operated by the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board and the State Bank of India, was one of the most difficult, strenuous and physically exhausting.
She has previously established herself as one of the first women from Madhya Pradesh to summit Mount Everest on May 22, 2019 and climb Mount Kosciuszko in Australia the same year. She has also climbed Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro, the continent’s highest peak, and had the opportunity to celebrate Diwali and Holi on some of the highest peaks.
Her last expedition was planned for ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and was made especially hard because she had to leave her daughter behind. However, the mountaineer is determined to complete peaks of all seven continents as part of her “Seven Summits Quest” and unfold the tricolor on all the highest peaks she climbs.
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