Indian mountaineer Bhawana Dehria hoisted the tricolor on Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe, on the occasion of India’s 76th Independence Day on Monday.
Dehria, 30, a resident of Tamia village in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara district, timed her campaign to celebrate the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ with the tricolour.
Indian Mountaineer Bhawna Dehariya hoisted the tricolor on Mount Elbrus
As the man who has conquered Mount Everest in the past, the climber decided to take up the challenge of scaling the highest peak in Europe at 5,642 meters, located on the Russia-Georgia border.
“The weather near the top of the mountain was extremely cold, with winds gusting up to 35 km/h and reduced visibility with temperatures down to minus 25 degrees Celsius,” Dehria said in a message from the peak.
“The coldest weather made it difficult for us to rest even for a few minutes. However, post pregnancy, I was mentally ready for the summit. I prepared myself for this day and practiced a lot in the mountains of Tamia. Thus, it successfully took me to the top of Mount Elbrus ahead of record time,” said Dehria, mother of a 15-month-old daughter.
Sharing her expedition experiences with a team of climbers, Bhavna Dehria recalled how on 10 August she traveled from the Russian capital of Moscow to Mineralnye Vody, from where she began her proposed ascent of Mount Elbrus.
Dehria shared, “The next day was extremely tough due to inclement weather and a blood clot formed from my nose during the rotation to climate adaptation at 2,346 meters of high altitude.”
“Thereafter, we established a base camp with the group on August 12 at an altitude of 3,888 meters, where we did a rotation up to an altitude of 4,500 meters for the next two days. Notably, this rotation was deemed necessary for security body from acute mountain sickness and fluctuations in mountain air pressure,” she said.
The team left for the peak at midnight of 13th August and reached in the early hours of 15th August.
“I hoisted the tricolor with grandeur to the top of Mount Elbrus West, which is 5,642 meters above sea level,” said the proud climber.
Bhawna Dehria believes that this expedition in collaboration with Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board and State Bank of India has been the most difficult, difficult and physically exhausting. Indian Mountaineer Bhawna Dehariya
She has earlier established herself as one of the first women from Madhya Pradesh to scale the summit of Mount Everest on May 22, 2019 and went on to scale Mount Kosciuszko in Australia in the same year. He has also scaled Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, the highest peak on the continent and has had the opportunity to celebrate Diwali and Holi on some of the highest peaks.
His latest campaign was planned for the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and was made especially difficult as he had to leave his daughter behind. However, the climber is determined to summit the peaks of all seven continents and hoist the tricolor on all the highest peaks as part of his “Seven Summits Quest”.