Love Raj Singh Dharmshaktu sets national record by scaling Everest 7th time. As per latest and proud moment, Love Raj Singh Dharmshaktu, assistant commandant with the Border Security Force (BSF) has placed a novel national record by conquering the highest peak, Mount Everest (8,848 m), for the seventh time.
Singh, who hails from Bona village of Munsiyari in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, summited Everest at 7 am on Sunday together with seven associates in his squad.
Love Raj Singh, who has also been honoured with a Padma Shri award, scaled the peak for the sixth time during 2017 and date was May 27. Singh’s previous ascents got registered during the years including 1998, 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2013. At this time, the top record for scaling Everest the maximum number of times is possessed by Apa Sherpa who belongs to Nepal. Sherpa has summited Everest 21 times.
The BSF trip got flagged off on March 20 by Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Union sports and youth affairs minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in the national capital. After the squad fruitfully fulfilled the journey on Sunday, the minister made a special tweet, “From being the desert scorpions to conquering the intimating snowy peaks, there is nothing a BSF jawan can’t do.”
Dharamshaktu had set up two groups. Whilst first group scaled the summit during the morning, the other one headed by deputy commandant, Avinash Negi, will depart on Sunday night.
The squad carried BSF’s ‘clean and save glaciers’ drive to Everest, and will be bringing back heaps of garbage from the 8,848-meter high peak.
Dharamshaktu told media over a satellite phone, “Our team of seven members successfully summited Mt Everest at 7 in the morning. We had started at 10 pm on Saturday night and the weather more or less cooperated with us.”
Dharamshaktu added that the complete squad members are in good health and they would now come back to camp 2 and would arrive at base camp on Monday noon.
Sharing his delight, he also stated, “It is a divine and overwhelming experience to touch the peak of Mt Everest once again.”
Inspector General of BSF, DK Upadhyaya, stated, “We are extremely proud of the BSF team that summited Mt Everest on Sunday.”