IIT Bombay alumnus from Kota scales Mount Everest
An IIT Bombay alumnus from Kota climbed Mount Everest, confirmed the website of his employer Tata SteelUpdated: May 28, 2017 20:22 IST
An IIT Bombay alumnus from Kota climbed Mount Everest, confirmed the website of his employer Tata Steel.
Hemant Gupta, 27, works as a manager in the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) in Jamshedpur of Jharkhand and his family lives in Kota.
Her mother Savita Gupta (47), a clerk at the Government Polytechnic College in Kota, told HT about her son scaling the world’s tallest peak -- 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above the sea level.
“Hemant summited the peak around 6.25am on Saturday (May 27), covering a distance of around 30,000 ft; he started his Mount Everest expedition on April 3 from a base camp at Kathmandu in Nepal,” Savita told HT.
“Hemant is among a few IIT alumni in the country to summit Mount Everest,” she said. Mastan Babu Malli, an IIT Kharagpur graduate, had climbed Everest and six other mountain peaks of the world in 2016. Hemant got his BTech degree in metallurgical engineering and material science from IIT Bombay in 2011.
“TSAF authorities informed me about Hemant’s feat, but I am not able to contact him as he is on his way back from Everest,” Savita said.
TSAF’s woman mountaineer Payo Murmu had accompanied Hemant, but she fell ill and quit her Everest expedition in the middle.
Savita said Hemant had tried to summit Mount Everest in 2015 but could not accomplish it because of an earthquake in Nepal.
“My son earlier practised mountaineering at Leh in Ladakh and climbed many mountains of the country; he sharpened his mountaineering skills after joining TSAF in 2011,” Savita said.
In the past six years, Hemant, a bachelor, climbed South America’s highest peak Mount Aconcagua (22,860 feet high), Mount Bhagirathi (21,310 ft high) in Gangotri, Island Peak (20,400 ft) in Nepal and Mount Kanamo (19,600 ft) of Himachal Pradesh.
“Hemant learnt mountaineering from the National Mountaineering Institute of Himachal Pradesh,” Savita said. “Bachendri Pal, Adventure Programme head of TSAF and India’s first woman to climb Mount Everest, guided my son.”
Hemant’s father died in 1996; he has two younger sisters -- Jaya Gupta and Jyotsna Gupta.
“Family and friends are eagerly waiting for Hemant’s return since he has achieved a sort of milestone in his life by summiting Everest,” said Jyotsna.
First Published: May 28, 2017 20:22 IST