Indian mountaineer Bhawna Dehariya displays the tricolor on Europe’s highest peak on Day I

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence, Bhawna Dehariya, the Indian mountaineer, deployed the national tricolor on Monday August 15 on Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe.

The 30-year-old hails from Tamia hamlet in Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh. She had planned her expedition to reach the summit just in time to celebrate “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” with the tricolor.

She shared a video of the summit on her social media account and wrote, “A very Happy Independence Day everyone. It is a pride to share that I celebrated this auspicious day at the highest peak in Europe on Mount Elbrus, rising to a height of 5642m (18510ft) above sea level. Unfurling our national flag at the top added grandeur to this peak.”

The mountaineer decided to take up the challenge of climbing 5,642 meters, the highest peak on the European continent, located on the Russian-Georgian border, to celebrate India’s 76th Independence Day.

Despite adverse weather conditions, the Dehariya completed its expedition in record time. The coldest weather made it difficult for them to rest even for a few minutes.

She said in a message from the summit: “The weather near the top of the mountain was extremely cold, with winds blowing up to 35 km/h and reduced visibility with temperatures dropping to minus 25 degrees Celsius”, she said. India today.

Finished before record time!

Bhawna Dehariya, who conquered Mount Everest in May 2019, began her summit with a team of climbers on August 10. The group traveled from the Russian capital of Moscow to Mineralny Vody, where they began their proposed climb to Mount Elbrus.

The team began their final push to the summit at midnight August 13 and arrived in the early hours of August 15. The proud mountaineer said she hoisted the tricolor in grandeur at the height of Mount Elbrus West, which rises 5,642 meters above sea level.

This expedition was a bit daunting for the 30-year-old because she had to leave her 15-month-old daughter behind. She managed to keep herself mentally prepared and fit after the pregnancy by training several hours a day in the mountains of Tamia.

Dehariya is determined to reach the peaks of all seven continents as part of her “Seven Summits Quest” and to unfurl the Indian national flag on all the highest peaks she climbs.

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Carol N. Valencia