Bhubaneswar: Young mountaineer from Odisha, Nilachal Parida, earned a feather in his cap by climbing the Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and displaying 575 ft-long tricolour atop its Uhuru peak.
On occasion of 75 years of India’s Independence under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, a five-member team led by Nilachal Parida along with 16 other mountaineers from other countries has set a world record by scaling the highest mountain in Africa.
Including expedition leader Nilachal Parida, the five-member team had comprised of 3 male mountaineers and one woman mountaineer from Odisha. They included Go India Adventure team member Chinmay Singh, Aditya Khadenga, Minati Purti and Srikanta Khuntia.
At 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. At 10.30 am on August 21, Parida along with Chinmay Singh and Srikanta Khuntia successfully climbed the mountain, while two other adventure enthusiasts in the team — Minati Purty and Aditya Khadenga — failed in the mission due to health complications and poor weather. They had to return to the base camp.
Total 15 mountaineers in the team including three from Odisha achieved the feat, a press release stated yesterday.
Mountaineer Nilachal Parida became the first Odia to bring laurel for the country and state as well to unfurl the 575-ft-long National Flag in Africa continent. He also displayed India’s first woman president from tribal community — Draupadi Murmu atop Uhuru peak.
With the achievement, he became the first Odia expedition leader to have led an international mountain summit. He paid tribute to all Covid warriors, former President of India late APJ Abdul Kalam, former Home Minister of India late Sardar Ballav Bhai Patel, Odisha Chief Minister late Biju Patnaik, first mountaineer from Odisha Kalpana Dash and frontline leader of Paika Rebellion Jayee Rajguru . He also honoured all media personnel by showing the banners of leading Odia daily ‘Sambad’ and leading Odia news channel Kanak News and Ama Odisha charitable trust.