Chhattisgarh lad to conquer Mount Everest

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Apr 2018 13:32:57


Staff Reporter,


Overcoming the seemingly insurmountable odds threatening to end his career, Chhattisgarh lad Rahul Gupta, who also goes by the moniker ‘Mountain Man,’ is once again all psyched up to take on the mightiest peak, the ‘Mount Everest.’ Rahul’s first expedition was aborted by the Nepal and the China Governments as the region was hit by a devastating earth quake in 2015. His second take was marred by snow blindness, frostbites and snag in technical devices plaguing the expedition team while Rahul was just 552 metres from the summit. His team was rescued and evacuated by helicopters. 

In a press conference on Friday, Ambikapur boy Rahul talked about the challenges a mountaineer has to face while climbing dizzyingly high summits. On the Icy heights of Everest, the air runs extremely low on oxygen and turn every step into a laborious task while the blinding rays of the sun can cause snow blindness as they reflect back to the eyes from the snow blanket and exposure to cold winds can result in frostbite and the person can lose its fingers.

His previous expedition inflicted some serious health issues on him, yet he recuperated with sheer resolve and now he is geared up once again to conquer Mt Everest.However, beside the injuries, He also gained plenty of experience in past two attempts that will come handy in the third expedition. Rahul further stated that he is the first international and professional mountaineer from Chhattisgarh. So far, he has reached 10 great mountain peaks, 3 of them outside the nation.

His was the only team which got the clearance to scale up the highest peak this year. The 2-month long quest had already begun with the flag-off by President of India Ramnath Kovind, who also presented Rahul the National Flag with best wishes, on April 4. Most of his team members have already reached the base of mountain to set up the camps, but Rahul along with MP Kamalbhan Singh Marawi took off on Friday, April 6. Oozing with confidence, Rahul wants to set a source of inspiration for the young generation of Chhattisgarh. He wants youths to believe that with undeterred commitment, psychical and mental fitness, they can achieve even the toughest of the targets.

Rahul has been bestowed with many accolades in past 5 years when he began mountaineering in 2013. His showcase is adorned with Delhi Gaurav Award 2015, National-level and National Gaurav Award 2016. Rahul was given the moniker of Mountain Man by citizens & media for his peak-to-peak climbing skills. His successful expeditions of Africa’s highest summit Mt Kilimanjaro and Europe’s highest peak Mt Elbrus are some of brightest feathers in his cap.