An IIT Delhi alumnus has successfully scaled the height of Mount Everest. This comes within a week after his recovery from COVID-19 infection. Due to a COVID-19 infection, he had left the base camp in Kathmandu.
Neeraj Chaudhary, who was tested positive for COVID-19 on the day when he was about to start climbing from Kathmandu, hoisted his flags of country and his institution atop the summit.
Neeraj Chaudhary completed his MTech in Environmental Sciences and Management from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi in 2009-11.
Currently, he is working with the Rajasthan Government’s water resource Department. He is a member of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) that comes under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
“But I hit a roadblock when I tested positive for Covid and had to return to Jaipur. I was feeling fatigued for a few days but I had no other symptoms,” Chaudhury told PTI.
“In that moment as well, I wasn’t really thinking of Covid. All I could think of was how much effort I had put in and the preparations I had done to reach there and that was my chance to complete it. I think that motivation of not having a second chance anytime soon helped me push my body harder and there I was,” he added.
“It wasn’t easy mentally, and mountaineering is not just a physical effort. When I reached there, then also it took me three attempts within 36 hours to ultimately reach the top but once there, it was the best feeling. I managed to scale the peak on May 31,” he said.
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