An Indian Police Service (IPS) Officer of Uttar Pradesh Cadre, Aparna Kumar became the first Indian woman to scale Mount Manaslu in the west-central part of Nepal, which is the eighth highest mountain peak in the world.
A 2002 batch IPS officer, has already successfully scaled the highest peaks of six continents out of seven continents. In May last year, she climbed Mount Everest before scaling Mount Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica.
Aparna started her mountaineering passion in the year 2013 when she was posted at UP’s Moradabad, as Commandant of the 9th Battalion. She enrolled herself in a month long basic mountaineering course at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali.
In 2014, she scaled Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest peak on the African continent. This feat was followed by climbing a top Carstensz Pyramid peak in the West Papuan province of Indonesia, the highest in the Australia and Oceania region.