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First IPS Officer to scale largest peak in North America

Aparna Kumar, a DIG Frontier at the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Indian Police Service (IPS) officer from Uttar Pradesh has become the first civil servant to scale the largest peak in North America, Mount Denali, after hitting the Indian flag on Mount Everest in 2016.

In North America, Aparna Kumar scaled Mount Denali with a peak elevation of 20,310 feet above sea level. The IPS officer has also completed her 7th summit in the “7 Summits” challenge. Therefore, she has become the first civil servant and IPS officer to attain the goal.

Aparna has scaled the summit in her third attempt.

She was also the first All India Services officer to effectively scale Mount Vinson Massif, the largest peak in Antarctica, followed by Mount Manaslu in Nepal in 2017.


Aparna left India on June 15th to begin on July 10th with this expedition, but it is reported that she began early with this expedition owing to clear weather.

She also lately finished her expedition to the south pole. Aparna Kumar headed to the north pole after finishing the south pole expedition to begin the 111-mile voyage from Norway’s Oslo on April 4.


After effectively reaching the South Pole in January, Aparna now seeks to achieve the North Pole in the summer of 2020 and finish the “Grand Slam Explorer” (Seven Summits plus North and the South Pole) attained by a couple of individuals worldwide.

Aparna is an IPS officer posted at ITBP headquarters in the Northern Frontier of Dehradun in 2002. The ITBP was credited with making a record with 211 successful mountaineering expeditions around the globe. 

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