Sixty years have elapsed since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the top of the world’s tallest peak – Mt. Everest – but the lure to reach the summit of Everest still remains a dream for many. For the first time a hiker from Durgapur in his chase to reach the top of Everest can be the first Bengali and the second disable mountaineer from India to climb the top of Everest.
Paresh Chandra Nath – a middle aged experienced mountaineer from Durgapur, with amputated left wrist is preparing for expedition to Mt. Everest. With his grit and determination he already has many successful climbing and trekking to his credit.
Disable mountaineer to reach the top of Everest
Since Tom Whittaker, a British mountaineer, became the first person with a disability to summit the Everest peak on 27 May 1998 only one disable mountaineer from India reached Everest.
Arunima Sinha, a former national-level volleyball player who lost her left leg having been thrown off a moving train for resisting a chain-snatching attempt by some criminals in 2011, reached the summit of Mt. Everest on May 21 last year (2013). Arunima, 26, not only became the first disable woman from India to conquer Mt. Everest but is also the first Indian disable mountaineer to reach the world’s tallest mountain peak.
The disable mountaineer from Bengal
So, if Paresh Chandra succeeds in reaching the top of Everest, not only will he be the first disable mountaineer from Bengal to achieve the feat, he will also be the second disable Indian mountaineer and the first Indian male disable climber to conquer Everest.
No one from Durgapur has reached or has even attempted to climb Everest ever before. Paresh Chandra will be the first from Durgapur to attempt reaching the Everest peak in May next year (2014) and if he succeeds in accomplishing his dream,Durgapur will also enter record book along with him.
The journey of Paresh Chandra from the darkness of poverty to attempting expedition to the Everest is not only unbelievable but inspiring too. At the age of 11 while bursting firecrackers, his left hand was severely injured. The injured portion of his left hand below the wrist had to be amputated by the doctors. But nothing could deter him to fight out the hurdle of life. Born in a poverty stricken family, he was deprived of much education.
Paresh Chandra Nath ventured out in search of livelihood and came to Durgapur. He could manage to learn and open a tailoring shop at the Chandidas Market of Durgapur. Along with stitching of mountaineering gears like tents, jackets, etc. he began to stitch together his dreams of reaching heights and carefully nourished his ultimate dream of reaching the top of the world’s tallest mountain peak.
Paresh Chandra took his basic training in mountaineering in 1988 from Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports at Pahalgam, Kashmir. The very next year, he did an advanced training course in mountaineering from the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute at Darjeeling, West Bengal. In 2003 Paresh Chandra successfully participated in the “Method of Instruction” training programme to become a team leader of mountaineering expeditions.
Paresh Chandra began his journey in the field of mountaineering expedition in the year of 1989, when he took part in “Saptasinga” expedition. But it was an unsuccessful attempt. His first successful expedition was in 1991, when he reached the summit of “Sitidhar” at an altitude of 17368 ft. Paresh Chandra became the leader of a team for the first time in 1993 when he led a successful expedition to Thalu and Koteshwar at an altitude of 19685 ft and 19800 ft. respectively. Till date Paresh Chandra has been a part of thirteen successful mountain expeditions, of which he did the leadership job in ten.
In 1993 Paresh Chandra successfully completed a unique solo trek to the source of River Damodar from Garchumuk, where river Damodar meets river Hoogly in 21 days.
Now Paresh Chandra, the man with iron will has set his eyes to conquer Mt. Everest. Though he is confident of overcoming his physical disability but is unsure of how to overcome the “financial disability”, which has always made his struggle in life tougher and harder.
Durgapur Adda supporting the cause
Durgapur Adda – the online news portal of Durgapur salutes the indomitable will power of Paresh Chandra Nath and vows to stand by his side in every possible way in his endeavor to conquer Mt. Everest. On behalf of Durgapur Adda we request every one, irrespective of whether he is from Durgapur or Bengal to stand by his side and aid him financially to be on the top of the world.
Durgapur Adda request all its readers and well-wishers to suggest means and ways by which we can aid Paresh Chandra Nath achieve his mission of becoming the first disable mountaineer from Bengal and Durgapur to reach the top of Everest.
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