It was a proud moment for the father, daughter and their family who belong to Gurugram. Ajeet Bajaj and Deeya Bajaj, the father-daughter duo became the first Indian Father-Daughter Duo to climb the Mouth Everest. It was the 20 years old Deeya who summited first and after 15 minutes Mr. Ajeet Bajaj followed.
On the 16th of April, this father-daughter duo embarked on the journey to climb the highest peak in the world and accomplished the target in a month’s time.
The proud wife and even prouder mother, Mrs. Shirly Bajaj said, “They were obviously excited and elated. Deeya said they watched the sunrise from the top of the world, and that it was a beautiful experience. For Ajeet, the achievement was all the more special because this time, he was with his daughter.”
The last time they spoke to their family was at 10:30 am and they both were thrilled to be on top of the world.
After unfurling the ‘Trianga’ on the World’s top peak, the two mountaineers began their journey downwards and reached the North Col (23,030 feet) via camp 3 (27,390 feet).
The Padma Shri awardee, 53-year-old Ajeet Bajaj is the first Indian to ski to the North Pole and also the South Pole within a year in 2006 to 2007. Deeya is not far behind to achieve this. They have trained at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) which is in Uttarkashi.
Deeya also undertook the 20-day long Trans Greenland Skiing Expedition at the age of 17 in the year 2012, she also when to climb the Mount Elbrus (5642 m) which is the highest mountain in Europe.
When Shirly Bajaj was not able to reach them on their cell phones, she said that she kept the track o their movements through an expedition leader who was stationed at the Everest base camp at the 17,000 feet.
The mother also adds that she was proud and also worried about them. She admits that she was worried all the time while the father-daughter duo was on their expedition. She was more worried about Deeya her daughter but this does not hold Deeya back.
“Such an expedition is a way to bring home the point that if given the right opportunities, a girl child can climb any summit,” said Shirly.
The father-daughter duo is expected to be back in Gurugram by May 20.