Mountaineer Nirmal Kumar climbs Kanchenjunga in first attempt -
Mountaineer Nirmal Kumar climbs Kanchenjunga in first attempt
Posted 04 Jun 2018 05:23 PM

There is well known saying that “Where there is will there is a way” and this works so well on our Mountaineer Nirmal Kumar, son of Rattan Lal and Soma Devi.
Kumar, who scaled Mount Everest last year, the world’s highest peak again catches the eyes of the people by summiting the India’s highest mountain peak Kanchenjunga on May 20, 2018 at around 8:00 AM and became the first person from State to climb Kanchenjunga, in his first attempt.
He hails from Shree Village which is situated around 20 km from Doda Town.
Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan had flagged off the ONGC Mt. Kanchenjunga expedition on April 2, 2018 from Delhi. There was a 15-member team led by Nirmal Kumar.
Besides, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation also became the first public sector company of the world to scale both Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga in two consecutive years.
Being a well disciplined and brilliant student, Nirmal Kumar done his schooling from Happy Home School Khellani (till 8th class) and later he joined Government High School Khellani (till 10th) and passed his 12th class from Boys Higher Secondary School Doda.
Later, he held a B. Tech Degree from NIT Srinagar and in 2011 got selected in ONGC and was posted in Assam. Nowadays he is at Bombay High in Mumbai.
Being a resident of hilly area, Nirmal has innate love with mountains and nature.
But being a son of a farmer and elder of the five siblings, he never expressed urge to become a Mountaineer, but there was passion inside him, to be Mountain Man and he kept his passion alive along with responsibilities and after one year of his job he started his mountaineering journey.
In 2013, he accomplished Basic Mountaineering Course from HMI Darjeeling with ‘A’ Grade, during March session.
In 2014, Advance course from same institute with same Grade during October-November session. In 2015, he summitted Stok Kangri (6153 mtrs.) in Ladakh in July, 2015.
In 2016, he climbed Mt. Satopanth (7075 mtrs) in Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand during September-October as pre Everest Peak. He completed Special Basic Mountaineering and Advance Mountaineering courses from ABVIMAS, Manali with ‘A’ Grade for IMF-ONGC Everest Mission. He also climbed Friendship Peak (5289mtrs) at Manali and attempted CB-13 Peaks (5500mtrs.) at Spiti during Courses at ABVIMAS, Manali. He climbed Stok Kangri again in December. In 2017, he climbed Mount Everest (8848mtrs.) in Nepal on May 28. He climbed Mt. Lobuche East (6119mtrs.) on April 29 as an acclimatisation Peak for Mount Everest. Meanwhile J&K’s Rahul Jarngal from Hiranagar was also the part of the 15-member Kanchenjunga Expedition Team which summitted the Peak on May 21, 2108. Both the guys kept the State’s flag high at the national scene and it is welcome step in helping the State to carve a space on country’s sports map.
Let’s have a look on Kanchenjunga (8586mtrs.) It is Highest Mountain Peak of India and 3rd highest in the world only after Mount Everest and K2. It has also been regarded as one the mountaineering’s greatest challenges. Kanchenjunga means “The five treasures of snow”, in the local dialect referring to its five summits all over 8,000 mtr. It remains unconquered inspite of several attempts with the most modern equipment’s till 1975. It is located on the Sikkim (India)-Nepal border
Those who have climbed both Mt. Everest and Mt. Kanchenjunga say that later part of the climb is much more difficult.
It demands great technical expertise from mountaineer and unlike Everest which become every backpackers destination, Kanchenjunga is not on the itinerary of even the most seasoned of mountaineers. The route to the summit is virtually unknown, the dangers and the pitfalls on the way undiscovered. One in every four climbers had died climbing this peak, making it arguably one of most dangerous mountains in the world.

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