Monday, May 27, 2019

Ravindra Kumar: Know more about the IAS who scaled Mt. Everest twice

IT was 4.20 am on May 23. Ravindra Kumar, a 2011 batch IAS officer, has done it again. The Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS has scaled the Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world, for the second time. Significantly, unlike his climb in 2013, this year, he reached the peak from the China (north) side, and not taking the usual Nepal (south) route. In 2013, when he scaled the peak, he was a Sikkim cadre IAS, but later, he changed his cadre to…
Uttar Pradesh. 
The 37-year-old IAS officer originally hails from Basahi village of Bihar’s Begusarai district. 
“Message from Mt. Everest: Friends, By the blessings of Almighty and Your warm wishes, I have climbed Mt. Everest today 23 May 2019 at 4.20 am for the second time,” Kumar tweeted after achieving this rare feat. In fact, Kumar was the first IAS ever to climb Mt. Everest, in 2013. 
A graduate in Nautical science from TS Chanakya University of Mumbai, Kumar first joined a private sector job in shipping industry before getting selected as an IAS. During that phase, he had travelled across oceans and nurtured a dream to undertake a journey from the deepest sea to the highest mountain. Before his first expedition in 2013, he did advance mountaineering courses from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling. 
Two and half years ago, Kumar wrote a book titled, “Many Everests: An Inspiring Journey of Transforming Dreams Into Reality.”
After Kumar scaled Everest — located 8,848 metres above the sea level — in 2013, BoI in a post dated May 22, 2013 wrote the following: “Kumar reached the base camp of Mt Everest on April 17 after a week-long journey on foot from a place called Lukla in Nepal. He then had a three-week-long acclimatisation at the base camp before beginning his final expedition on May 15. He reached the highest peak four days later on Sunday morning”. 
In 2015, Kumar led a team of five civil servants — two IAS (Kumar included), two IPS and one Indian Forest Service (IFoS)—on the first ever All India Services Expedition to Mt. Everest. Their plan was to place the banner of Swachh Bharat (Clean India Mission) on the peak. But the Nepal earthquake aborted that attempt. The civil servants returned home safely. 
In May 2016, 2002 batch UP cadre IPS officer, Ms Aparna Kumar scaled the Mount Everest after two failed attempts. 
Tensing Norgay and Edmund Hillary were the first persons in the world to scale Mount Everest in 1953.

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