Odisha mountaineer scales Europe’s highest peak

Bhubaneswar: Mountaineer Soubhagya Kumar Rath of Odisha today scaled Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain peak in Europe.

Rath, a resident of Nayagarh district, reached the top of Mount Elbrus (18,510 ft/5,642 metre), located in Russia at 11.10 am today.

Rath also hoisted the National Flag atop Mount Elbrus, sources said.

A team comprising four Russian mountaineers, two Indian mountaineers including Rath and three trainers reached the summit point braving snowfall and extremely cold weather, sources added.

“I have climbed Mount Elbrus due to the blessings of Lord Jagannath. I am also grateful to Nayagarh Vikash Manch and Akashvani for their continuous support in this regard,” Rath said.

Rath had left for Moscow from Delhi on August 5. He began his journey for Mount Elbrus on August 8, sources said.

Notably, Odisha’s Sidharth Routray had scaled Mount Elbrus on May 3 this year.

Routray along with two other climbers, one from Kazakhstan and another from Russia and a guide named Sasha began his journey for the mountain peak on April 25.

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