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Independence Day 2022: Indian mountaineer Bhawna Dehariya takes tricolour to Europe's highest peak

Indian mountaineer Bhawna Dehariya on Monday unfurled the tricolour on Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe, to mark India's 76th Independence Day.

Independence Day 2022: Indian mountaineer Bhawna Dehariya takes tricolour to Europe's highest peak snt
London, First Published Aug 15, 2022, 7:04 PM IST

To commemorate India's 76th Independence Day, Indian mountaineer Bhawna Dehariya flew the tricolour on Monday on Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe.

Dehariya, 30, who is from the Madhya Pradesh village of Tamia, planned her trek to get to the summit in time for the celebration of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' with the tricolour.

As someone who has conquered Mount Everest in the past, the mountaineer decided to take on the challenge of scaling the 5,642-metre highest peak in Europe, located on the Russia-Georgia border. 

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"The weather near the top of the mountain was extremely cold, with winds blowing up to 35 km/h and making visibility subsided with temperatures down to minus 25 degrees Celsius," said Dehariya, in a message from the peak. 

"It made it difficult for us even to take a rest for few minutes amid the coldest weather. However, post-pregnancy, I was mentally prepared for the summit. I geared myself up for this day and practiced a lot in the mountains of Tamia. Thus, this made me successfully reach the top of Mount Elbrus before record time," Dehariya, mother of a 15-month-old daughter, said. 

Sharing the experiences from her expedition with a team of mountaineers, Bhawna Dehariya recalled how on August 10 they travelled from the Russian capital of Moscow to Mineralny Vody, from where they began their proposed climb to Mount Elbrus. 

"The next day was extremely strenuous due to bad weather and I had a blood clot from my nose while undergoing high altitude acclimatisation during the rotation for climatic adaptation at a height of 2,346 metres," shared Dehariya.

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"Thereafter, we established a base camp with the group on August 12 at a height of 3,888 metres, where we had rotation for the following two days up to a height of 4,500 metres. Notably, this rotation is considered to be essential for protecting the body from acute mountain sickness and fluctuations in mountain air pressure," she said. 

It was at midnight on August 13 that the team set off for the peak and arrived in the early hours of August 15. 

"I hoisted the tricolour with grandeur at the peak of Mount Elbrus West, which is 5,642 metres high above the sea level," said the proud mountaineer. 

Dehariya acknowledges that this expedition, which was sponsored by the State Bank of India and the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board, was one of the most challenging, taxing, and physically tiring.

On May 22, 2019, she made history by becoming one of the first women from Madhya Pradesh to summit Mount Everest. The following year, she also conquered Mount Kosciuszko in Australia.

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She has also conquered Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in the continent of Africa, and she has had the chance to celebrate Diwali and Holi at some of the highest mountains.

Her most recent excursion, which was intended for "Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav," was extremely difficult because she had to leave her daughter behind. However, the mountaineer is determined to complete the peaks of all seven continents as part of her "Seven Summits Quest" and unfurl the tricolour on all of the highest peaks she scales.

(With inputs from PTI)

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