After Mt Everest, Rahul Gupta wants to conquer Antarctica

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Jun 2018 10:16:35


Sports Reporter,


Rahul wants to promote mountaineering and open an academy in the state with the support of State Govt

It took five years of strenuous effort to conquer and hoist the national flag and the emblem of Chhattisgarh on earth’s highest mountain above sea level, The Everest, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. Rahul Gupta, who hails from Sitapur town of Surguja district in Chhattisgarh, achieved the feat by scaling the height of 8848 metres in just 22 days. With it, Rahul has become the first mountaineer from Chhattisgarh to reach the peak of the Everest on May 14 at 7.20 am.

Upon his arrival at Raipur on Saturday, Rahul was accorded a warm welcome at Raipur airport followed by a felicitation programme for him, organised by the Sports Department of the state government at New Circuit House.
Sharing his experience with the media persons, Rahul said that he felt honoured when he was offered by the Nepal government to lead a 22-member group consisting of mountaineers from countries like China, Russia, Ukraine etc. There were a number of seniors in the team along with the 16-year-old Shivangi Pathak from India, but he was given the opportunity keeping in mind his past experience, Rahul said.

“Patience was the key to my success. I learnt from my previous failures in 2014 and 2016 respectively. I had climbed more than 8000 metre on 2016 but could not make it to the peak due to health reasons while an earthquake in China spoiled my dream to conquer the height. I had narrowly escaped in 2014. But this year, I was more determined and decided to reach the peak at any cost,” said Rahul.

Rahul also expressed his desire to promote adventurous sports in the state provided he gets the necessary support from the state government. “As now Climbing has been approved for the 2020 Olympics, it is right time to promote the sports in the state. Climbers from across the world will be seen competing for Olympic medals and I will be one of them. I will try to win Gold in the Olympics,” said Rahul.
Rahul aspires to open a mountaineering academy in Chhattisgarh to prepare m youngsters for the adventure sports who would further bring glory to the state of Chhattisgarh and India.

Rahul, a student of Delhi University and son of Ashok Prasad Gupta, said that the conquest began with base camp in Nepal on April 8. He got delayed by nine days after sending his team in the expedition due to some technical issues. However, he covered the days by continuous climbing.

On the way, as expected, the team faced many a challenges and adversities, he said. Rahul recalls that return from the Everest peak was equally trying as they had to withstand snowy winds of 120 kms per hour for 12-16 hours.

It is also said that Rahul Gupta even suffered snow blindness and frost bite to some extent and underwent treatment at the Nepal hospital.
Also present during the press conference were Sports and Youth Welfare Director Dharmesh Kumar Sahu, assistant director Rajendra Dekate, international bodybuilding referee Sanjay Sharma and FAI secretary general Bashir Ahmed Khan.