Dr. Aditya Khadanga, a Doctor by profession successfully climbes Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe.
Dr. Khadanga, faced with challenging weather conditions, made the ascent to the 18,510 feet summit on August 16 last.
Mount Elbrus, located in Kabardino-Balkaria region of south west Russia, has two dormant volcanoes.
Dr. Khadanga, who had graduated from IMS and SUM Hospital, had made an attempt to climb the 19,341 feet Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa earlier but had to abandon the climb about 50 feet from the summit due to adverse weather conditions. He said he planned to make an attempt to scale Mount Aconcagua (22,837 feet) located in Argentina in January next.
Dr. Khadanga, who hails from Bargarh, said he had been attracted towards mountaineering from a very young age and underwent training for the same. Recounting his experience, he said after commencing ascent late on August 15 in freezing cold with temperature plummeting to minus 25 degrees C, the team of climbers took around nine hours to reach the summit.