Gangtok, May 31: Ravindra Kumar, the former District Magistrate of Sikkim and now an IAS Officer of Uttar Pradesh Cadre who had already conquered Mt. Everest in 2013, has scaled it again on 23rd May 2019 at 4.20 am early morning. Presently being posted in Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in Government of India, he focused mainly on water sector and climbed Everest to give a call to people of India from the top of the world towards urgent need of controlling Water pollution, saving Rivers and other sources of waters and ensuring availability of Clean Water to All.
He named his expedition as “Swachh Ganga Swachh Bharat Everest Abhiyaan 2019” and carried Ganga Jal to the highest peak of the world and offered there to attract attention of people of India because River Ganga provides water to almost 50 crore people of India and so, Ganga Jal can be taken as symbol representing all water sectors of India.
Mr. Kumar is the first and only IAS Officer of India, who has climbed Mt. Everest.
His first scale of Everest in 2013 from Nepal (south) route was inspired by Sikkim Earthquake of 2011, where mountaineers were called for search and rescue mission post earthquake in Sikkim. His second Everest Expedition in 2015 was organized with a mission to spread awareness about importance of Sanitation in India through ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, which was flagged off by the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi.
During the expedition, he faced Nepal Earthquake and Avalanche at Everest Base Camp on 25th April 2015, which caused huge damage to life and property; but in spite of endangering his own life in the process, he saved many lives. With this year’s successful climb from China (North) route, he has became one of the few distinguished Indians, who has scaled Everest from both Nepal and China route, which are two major routes for climbing Everest.
Mr. Ravindra Kumar is an IAS Officer of 2011 Batch and is presently posted as Private Secretary to Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation in Government of India. In the past, he has worked at various posts including Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Additional District Magistrate (ADM), Chief Development Officer(CDO), District Magistrate (DM) and Commissioner, in State Government of Sikkim and Uttar Pradesh before he got posted in Government of India.
Schedule of climb :
Departed from Delhi on 10th April 2019 and same day arrived Kathmandu..
Departed from kathamndu for China side (north side) 12th April via Lhasa and arrived base camp on 18th April.
Base camp is located at 5200 meter altitude. We went up till 7100 meter altitude (North Col) for acclimatization of body , which went on till next 15 days ie 1st week of May.
Waited for fair weather and route opening by Chinese authority. Finally route to the peak was opened on 22nd May and summitted on 23rd May 4.20 am.