Overcoming tough Himalayan conditions, Gwalior mountaineer Bhagwan Singh climbed Mount Everest on May 19, becoming the first civilian climber from Madhya Pradesh to achieve the feat.
Speaking to Hindustan Times from Kathmandu on Monday, Singh expressed delight at achieving his life’s dream and said he would reach Bhopal by Tuesday.
To take part in the Everest expedition, Singh had left Bhopal on March 30 after a lifetime of preparation that included participation in multiple sporting disciplines to enhance endurance and withstand tough conditions.
“I lost my father and my family wanted me to contribute in earning by joining my father’s sweet shop but I always wanted to see myself at the top of the Mount Everest peak. I somehow managed to come to Bhopal,” Singh told HT.
“I joined the Madhya Pradesh sports department. I saved all my money just to fulfil my dream. I always rode a bicycle to cover distances in the city just to increase my stamina,” he said.
“I played various games —from athletics to badminton to basketball. It gave me endurance to conquer my expedition,” he added. “I would thank the MP government and especially state sports minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia for providing me financial assistance to complete the expedition,” he said.