Jamshedpur, March 21: Bachendri Pal, an avid nature-lover and head of the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TASF) is all set to trek the Everest yet again.
Pal is leading ‘Women’s Expedition to Gokyo Everest base camp Grand Circle, commencing on 26th March this year. She has included Hemant Gupta and Payo Murmu of Tata Steel in this Expedition to prepare (acclimatize to the altitude and the rigour) them for their attempt on Mt. Everest. Both will trek till Everest Base Camp from where they will start the expedition.
A team comprising of six women led by Pal will trek to the Gokyo Everest base camp Grand Circle via the JIRI route. Along with Bachendri Pal, the team comprises of Premlata Agrawal, an officer in Tata Steel and a Padma Shree Awardee, who has climbed all the 7 highest summits of 7 continents), Swarnalata Darai from Ori-ssa, Shanti Hembrum from Noamundi Jharkhand, Poo-nam Rana from Uttarakhand, V Saraswati from Border Security Force Delhi and Amla Rawat from Dehradun. Sandeep Tolia a TSAF staff is also participating to get valuable experience on leading expeditions.
Hemant and Payo Murmu would be seen off at the Everest Base Camp for their onward Journey to Mt. Everest.
Excited about the upcoming expeditions, Bachendri Pal, said, “Everest has always represented the epitome of challenge of human endeavor, of leadership, of knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses, of being humble in one’s approach and of testing one’s capabilities.
All the skills learnt not only help one in surmounting mountains in Himalaya but also in their real life, thereby making them better individuals benefiting them and the organization or community they work for.
Tata Steel believes in empowering people and its continuous effort in this direction is seen through the two employees making the attempt this summer.”