29 August, 2019 New Delhi: 02 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
officials have been awarded with the prestigious Tenzing Norgay
National Adventure Award. Smt. Aparna Kumar, IPS (UP-2002), DIG,
SHQ (Dehradun) and Subedar Major (SM) Wangchuk Sherpa, 33 rd
Battalion, ITBP have been honoured with this award by Sh. Ram Nath
Kovind, Hon’ble President at Rashtrapati Bhawan on the occasion of
National Sports Day 2019.
Mrs Kumar had recently completed the prestigious seven summits’
challenge by scaling all 7 top peaks of the 7 continents. She has also
reached to the South Pole early this year. She is the first civil servant and
ITBP officer to have completed the seven summit challenge. She is now
eying for the explorers’ grand slam by reaching to the North Pole.
SM Wangchuk Sherpa has successfully scaled the highest peak of
the world, the Mount Everest 3 times in 1992, 1996 and 2006. He has
successfully scaled more than 20 national and international peaks in his
service career. He was also a part of various rescue operations in the
Himalayas, including 2003 Panchachuli disaster in which 8 dead bodies
of the mountaineers were successfully retrieved from the icy heights.
ITBP has been the pioneer in the adventure sports and have a
distinct edge in terms of number of successful mountaineering
expeditions. The Force has completed record 213 mountaineering
expeditions since its inception in 1962. With these two adventures, the
total no. of ITBP awardees of the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure
Award has reached to 14.