10 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: Eight hours, monumental grit and determination is all it took Lipika Seth to climb the 5,642 m to scale Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Russia and the 10th highest peak in Europe. She sang the national anthem and planted the tricolour at the top to mark her success.
Daughter of Lakshman and Anusaya Seth of Dalaba village in Bargarh district, Lipika had set out for training camp from September 28 which went on till October 8 before tackling the climb. Participants from several countries took part in this mountaineering camp and received inputs in getting optimally used to the atmosphere.
Lipika began her trip from advance base camp at 1 am (local time) on October 5 and reached the summit at 9 am (local time). She unfurled Indian flag and added cherry to the top by heartily singing the national anthem, confined Lipika.
Notably, this is not the first successful expedition for Lipika. She had scaled Africa’s highest peak Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) in 2018 and targets to climb South America’s top peak Mt Aconcagua (6,962 m) in future.
For her current expedition, she was funded with Rs 50000 by Bargarh’s Vikash Institute and has been promised support by Asia Pacific Habitat Society (APHS). However, the young mountaineer asserts that help in any form by the State Government will go a long way for her.
Lipika Seth profusely thanks her family for being a huge force of strength behind her.