Setting up a new Indian record, Assistant Commandant Loveraj Singh Dharmshaktu scaled the Mount Everest for the seventh time in the wee hours of Sunday. Dharmshaktu was leading an expedition team of 25 people from the Border Security Force (BSF) and had left the second base camp of the world’s highest peak on Thursday for the summit climb.
The team had divided into two groups. While group one scaled the summit in the morning, the second group is likely to reach the peak tonight. The Summit was flagged off by Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in New Delhi on March 20. The team carried BSF’s ‘clean and save glaciers’ campaign to Everest, and will be bringing back heaps of garbage from the 8,848-meter high peak.
The workforce includes of three officers, three subordinate officers, 17 different ranks and two medical employees. Earlier than commencing the trek, the workforce underwent 37-days of pre-expedition coaching at Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges of Manali within the month of January and February.
Dharmshaktu, who hails from Bona village of Munsiyari in Uttarakhand was posted in Doiwalal of Uttarakhand earlier than he left for his seventh expedition to the Everest. He was awarded the Padmashree in 2014 for his 5 earlier treks to the summit. Precisely a year in the past he reached the highest of Mount Everest for the document sixth time.
Soon after setting the new record, Dharmshaktu told TOI over satellite phone, “Our team of seven members successfully summited Mt Everest at 7 in the morning. We had started at 10pm on Saturday night and the weather more or less cooperated with us.” He said that all the team members are in good physical condition. “They would now return to camp 2 and would reach base camp on Monday afternoon.”
He further added, “It is a divine and overwhelming experience to touch the peak of Mt Everest once again.” Inspector general of BSF, DK Upadhyaya, said, “We are extremely proud of the BSF team that summited Mt Everest on Sunday.”
Love Raj Singh Dharamshaktu, assistant commandant with the Border Security Force (BSF) who hails from Bona village of Munsiyari in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand has set a new national record by scaling Mount Everest (8,848 m) for the seventh time.
He summited the peak at 7am on Sunday along with seven members of his team.
Padamshree awardee Dharamshaktu became the first Indian to summit Everest for the sixth time last year on May 27. This year, he broke his own record. His subsequent ascents were in 2006, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2016. Currently, the world record for summiting Everest the maximum number of times is held by Apa Sherpa who hails from Nepal and has climbed the peak 21 times.