Meet BSF officer Loveraj Singh, the first Indian to scale Mount Everest 6 times
In 1998, BSF officer Loveraj Singh Dharamshaktu climbed the Mount Everest for the first time in his life. Little did we know that this one-time victory will turn into a record breaking streak, and Loveraj will become the first Indian mountaineer to conquer the world’s highest peak Mount Everest for a record sixth time on May 27, 2017.
“As per GPS statistics, he ascended the Everest at 0610 hours,” said his wife Reena Kaushal, the head of the Uttarakhand government’s mountaineering institute at Munsiyari. She was the first Indian woman to ski to the South Pole and let loose the tricolor in 2010.
“When I had last tried to climb the peak in 2015, an earthquake struck Nepal. I had no choice but to leave the expedition mid-way”
“When I had last tried to climb the peak in 2015, an earthquake struck Nepal. I had no choice but to leave the expedition mid-way. I was heartbroken when it created so much havoc in the area. I was present there so I did my best in rescuing mountaineers who were stranded in the area. The success of this year’s expedition therefore feels all the more rewarding for me,” said Loveraj.
The BSF assistant commandant was leading a team of three climbers from Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) – Rahul Jarngal, N Jagoi and Yogendar Garbiyal. This makes ONGC one of the first corporates in the world to successfully summit the peak. The expedition was flagged off on March 27 by Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
A Padma Shree awardee, Officer Loveraj Singh is from Uttarakhand. His first ascent was in 1998. He again scaled the mountain in 2006, then 2009, 2012, 2013 and now the most recent in 2017.
Other than Mt. Everest, Loveraj has also climbed Mt. Kunchenjunga which is the highest peak of India and the third highest peak of the world. More than 45 mountaineering expeditions in Indian Himalayas, Nepal and China have been capped by him.