Tenzing Norgay award: Bokaro climber who discovered missing bodies in high altitudes feted by Kovind

Ranchi: An Indian Army officer from Jharkhand Lt Col Jay Prakash Kumar, SM has been received the prestigious Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2020 by President Ramnath Kovind on Saturday. The award equivalent to Arjuna Award is given for outstanding performance and extraordinary achievements in the field of adventure sports in the country.

Col Kumar has received this award in land based adventure category for mountaineering. He is a serving officer of The Dogra Regiment of Indian Army since year 2005 and belong to Phusro, Bokaro. He did his schooling from Sainik School Tilaiya and graduation from Magadh University, Bodhgaya.

He started his mountaineering career in the year 2009 after doing his mountaineering and ski courses in Sonamarg and Gulmarg, climbed 19000 ft Mt Machoi as his first peak in 2009. Since then there has been no turning back.

His some of the important climbs include Mt Nun, Mamostong Kangri, Mt Reo & Leo Purgyil, Pin Parwati Pass, Mt Bhagirathi, Mt Deo Tibba, Mt Jogin Massif, Mt Lobuche, Mt Kanamo, Mt Jogse, Mt Ibex, Mt Kullu Pumori & Parvati Parwat, Farkyokula Pass etc, informed an official communiqué issued from Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais’s office.

He also participated in two joint army expeditions with Kazakhstan & Poland army in 2010 & 2013 respectively.

In 2019, he led the first expedition of Black Cat Team of National Security Guard on Mt Everest and successfully scaled the 8848 m high ‘Top of the World’ mountain also called as Sagarmatha on May 16, 2019. His most difficult and challenging climb has been on Mt Thalaysagar in the year 2016, wherein he led the first successful Indian Army Ascent of the peak.

In Sep 2021, he again led a successful climb of Mt Satopanth in Uttrakhand, from where he discovered the dead body of an old missing Indian Army mountaineer from 2005 expedition. Late Naik Amrish Tyagi has been missing on the mountain since 23 Sep 2005 when he fell down into a crevasse and died. His mortal remains were retrieved from the glacier and brought down to Gangotri to be handed over to his family in Ghaziabad.

In Oct 2021, he was assigned a special mission on Mt Trishul to search and rescue missing Indian Navy mountaineers from Ronti glacier of Uttrakhand, in which his work was appreciated.

With over 13 years of mountaineering career in India and abroad, Col Jay Kumar has been the strength of Indian Army with his experience of more than 38 peaks on Himalayas, Karakoram, Zanskar and Ladakh ranges.

He was conferred with various honours & awards like Sena Medal 2021, COAS CC 2015, DG NSG CR & D 2017, VCOAS CC 2018 and DG NSG CR 2019. He is currently settled in Phusro town of Bokaro and lives with his parents.  He has one brother and three sisters.

Col Kumar said, “Mountaineering is a high risk adventure sports, wherein one has to encounter rough terrain, bad weather, winds & blizzards, snowfall, avalanche slopes, crevasses, ice & rock wall etc. The depleting oxygen level further reduces your energy and strength. The body fatigue and mental tiredness pulls you down at every step and a climber moves ahead with only one motivation and that is the Summit View and teaching to the top. We do not climb for the world to see us, rather we climb to see the world.”

He is also an ex-paratrooper, a qualified skiier, experienced rock & ice climber and sky diver.  “Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award will go a long way in motivating the youth of this state and draw more climbers from Jharkhand on world map,” he said.