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Aparna Kumar becomes 1st IPS officer to complete 7 Summits Challenge

Published on July 02, 2019
Aparna Kumar created history by becoming the first civil servant and IPS officer to complete the "Seven Summits Challenge".
Aparna Kumar becomes 1st IPS officer to complete 7 Summits Challenge


  • Kumar hoisted India's tricolour on Mount Denali in Alaska, USA.
  • Mount Denali is the highest peak of North America standing at 20,310 ft.
  • She scaled the summit in her third attempt.

About Aparna Kumar:

  • Aparna Kumar is an Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Dehra Dun Frontier DIG.
  • She is a 2002 batch Uttar Pradesh (UP) Cadre IPS officer.
  • She has been posted at Northern Frontier Headquarters of ITBP in Dehradun.
  • She also became 1st woman IPS DIG and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officer to successfully complete the South Pole expedition.
  • She is also the first woman IPS officer to reach the South Pole on January 13th after walking 111 kilometres with 35 kilograms of equipment on her back.
  • In 2016, she became the first officer of the All India Services to successfully scale Antarctica's highest peak Mount Vinson Massif followed by Mount Manaslu in Nepal in 2017.

About Mount Denali:

  • Mount Denali is considered the third most prominent and third most isolated peak on Earth, after Mount Everest and Aconcagua.

What is the 'Seven Summits Challenge'?

  • It is the name given to challenge of the climbing highest point in each of the 7 continents.
  • 1st such challenge was completed in 1985 when Dick Bass, Texas oil tycoon reached the summit of Mt Everest.
  • Currently, over 300 people have completed the 'Seven Summits Challenge'.
  • The Seven Summits include:
    • Carstensz Pyramid- Height: 4884m; Location: Oceania (Australia - New Guinea)
    • Kilimanjaro- Height: 5892m; Location: Africa
    • Elbrus- Height: 5,642m Location: Russia
    • Aconcagua- Height: 6962m; Location: South America
    • Denali (or Mt McKinley)- Height: 6194m; Location: North America
    • Vinson Massif- Height- 4892m; Location: Antarctica
    • Mt. Everest- Height- 8848m; Location: Asia


Q. Who has created history by becoming the first civil servant & IPS officer to complete the "Seven Summits Challenge"?
a. Suparna Kumar
b. Anuradha Kumar
c. Aparna Kumar
d. Sakshi Kumar

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