Odia mountaineer Jogabyasa shares experience with PM

Bhubaneswar: Mountaineering ace Jogabyasa Bhoi, who is credited with scaling mounts Everest, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus and Aconcagua without oxygen support, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today.

Sources said Bhoi shared his experiences with the Prime Minister, who has described the climber as a ‘special friend’ in his recent tweet. Union Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan was present on the occasion.

Bhoi is a native of Rupra village under Narla block in Kalahandi District of Odisha. The 33-year-old mountaineer is a teacher by profession and teaches in a primary school in his village. Bhoi had scaled Mt Everest in May 2011.

Bhoi has thrice conquered Europe’s highest peak Mt Elbruse without oxygen support. While at the peak, Bhoi took the opportunity to spread the message of women empowerment by holding out a banner which read “Nourish, Protect and Respect all women for a glorious & proud Nation.”

Bhoi successfully completed his third continental summit in Russia on May 7 this year along with nine others after one member of the 11-strong contingent beat a retreat due to illness. Besides, he also wished a belated happy birthday to cricketing master Sachin Tendulkar, who turned 40 on April 24.

Bhoi had also conquered South America’s highest mountain peak Mt Aconcagua on December 7. He completed the expedition in Argentina along with nine others after six member of the 16-strong contingent beat a retreat due to illness.

Bhoi has also scaled Mt Carstensz Pyramid, the highest peak of Australia-Oceania, Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in South Africa, and Stock Kangri (6137m) in Ladakh. He is the first person from Odisha to earn the laurels.