Medak: Inspired by the success of Malavath Poorna, who became the youngest girl on the earth to conquer Mount Everest ever, a 28-year-old youth from the district, Bheemari Basvaraj, who earlier worked as a physical director on contract basis, quit his job to raise funds to make it big in mountaineering.
Basavaraj had worked as a physical director at the Social Welfare School in Ramayampet during 2014-15, when the success of Malavath Poorna and her companion Anand’s had been the most talked about inspiring journey at every Social Welfare School in the State.
In 2015, he quit his job and approached the Transcend Adventure Company founder Shekarbabu Bachenapally, who trained and guided Poorna and Anand. Shekarbabu, who also runs Bhongir Rock Climbing School, trained Basavaraj for a fortnight in mountaineering. However, he advised Basavaraj to choose B C Roy Peak located in the Himalayas to acclimatise to the weather and mountaineering. Since he doesn’t have enough money, Basavaraj told Telangana Today that he quit his job and chose photography to raise funds by covering functions and meetings in and around his village at T Mandapur of Chinna Shankarampet mandal in the district. “I had approached a few people seeking funds, but got no response from them when i decided to gather funds on my own to prove myself,” he said.
Transcend Adventures had provided logistical support to a 26-member team from Andhra Pradesh in which 25 people were from Andhra Pradesh and Basavaraj, the lone mountaineer, was made part of the expedition team too. While 24 of them were funded by the Andhra Pradesh government, another member, Sravan Kumar was from a well off family from Kurnool.
Basavaraj’s father died long ago and they own just one-and-a-half acre land at T Mandhapur, where his mother works as a daily labourer. Basavaraj had said that he had worked day and night to save about Rs 1 lakh to spend on realising his dream of climbing the B C Roy peak.
They underwent training at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, run by the Indian Army, where they need to pay Rs 20,000 for each person towards training. Basavaraj said that they started their journey on December 1 and conquered the peak on December 9 successfully. Since the weather condition on B C Roy is more likely like Mount Everest (29,029 ft), Shekarbabu said that they advise people to choose the B C Roy peak to prepare themselves well before going on an expedition to Mount Everest, the tallest peak in the world. After the success, Basavaraj said that he aims to conquer Mount Everest during the coming summer, but lacks financial support.