Baljeet Kaur successfully scaled the world’s highest peak on May 22, to become the first woman from Himachal to achieve the feat. A resident of Solan district, she scaled the Mount Everest along with a 10-member National Cadet Corps (NCC) group, led by Col Gaurav Karki.
Mt. Everest is the highest point on the planet at 8848 metres above the sea level. The snow-covered peak has long captured the affection and attention of the world’s best, most ambitious mountaineers. To be in the club, Baljeet’s feat is tremendous.
Hailing from Panjadol village in Kandaghat, a sub-division of Solan district, Baljeet was a part of the first ever all-girl NCC Mount Everest expedition. She has been associated with NCC and scouts and guides at the school level.
NCC holds pan-India trials at 25 selected hubs and 100 girl cadets who undergo the customised mountaineering course at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling and later expeditions. Thereafter, NCC cherrypicks the final 10 cadets based on the performances on expeditions.
Mountaineering expedition as an activity was first introduced in NCC in the year 1970. Since then, NCC conducts two mountaineering expeditions every year, one each for boy and girl cadets, thus having launched more than 70 expeditions to various peaks.The aim of mountaineering expeditions in NCC is to strengthen the character and instil qualities of courage, comradeship, discipline and leadership among the cadets. NCC has always been in the forefront of adventure activities.
Baljeet Kaur, we congratulate you for the successful Everest ascent!