Akriti Heer also scaled the highest mountain peak in Europe: Mount Elbrus
Akriti Heer is from Sulyali, near Nurpur, district Kangra Himachal Pradesh. Just at an age of 20, she unfurled the Indian flag on the highest mountain peak of Europe: Mount Elbrus on July 24, 2014.
She is from a middle-class family and dream of mountaineering was a costly one. She was still in college when she joined Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttrakhand in 2012.
This was where she tasted success for the first time at the age of 18 by climbing to the 16,000 feet high base camp of Kedar Dome mountain peak, which is a part of the Gangotri group of peaks. That rush of happiness and satisfaction made Akriti want to climb Mount Elbrus next. The highest peak of Europe, Mount Elbrus stands tall at 18,510 feet
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That rush of happiness and satisfaction made Akriti want to climb Mount Elbrus next. The highest peak of Europe, Mount Elbrus stands tall at 18,510 feet.
She did not have any sponsor and to fulfil her dream, her parents took a loan of 3 lakh rupees (about $4600) from the bank. The girl never failed her parents.
For her outstanding achievement, Akriti got her name into Limca book of records and was conferred with “Pride of Himachal” award but never got any help, financially or otherwise.
Her next target is to scale Mount Everest and unfurl Indian national flag there but it’s an expensive dream, it would cost her around 20Lakh rupees and for the time, she doesn’t have such money.
Bachelor of Computer Applications, Akriti is preparing for her Civil services exams now.
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She was also the topper in her college and was awarded the Best Cadet award in the Punjab battalion.
We at WeAreHimachali wishes this young girl all the success and prosperity. May all her dreams come true and may she always keep on making Himachal proud of her.
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