the first Indian father – daughter duo aiming to scale Mt. Vinson, Antarctica
Pursuing their dream of climbing the Seven Summits (highest peaks in all seven continents) together, the Gurgaon based duo will be the first Indian and Asian father-daughter team to attempt to climb the Mount Vinson peak, after having scaled Mt. Everest in May this year.
New Delhi, December 13, 2018: Dalmia Cement, with its mission to foster India’s best sport talent has empowered the Gurgaon based father and daughter duo Ajeet and Deeya Bajaj for their next mountain climbing expedition to Mt. Vinson in Antarctica in December this year. The company has had a continued association with Indian sports, and has supported various sports initiatives. The Group believes in a philosophy to harness and build the power of professional sports so as to support the development of healthy communities.
Mr. Mahendra Singhi, Managing Director and CEO, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Group. said “Healthy communities make a healthy nation. India is at a cusp where the youth are making the nation proud at different platforms across the globe. It is our responsibility to be able to encourage the youth for sports. Ajeet and Deeya’s story is truly awe-inspiring and their passion is inspiring. They exemplify pursuing the uncharted path and have made strides in a sport like mountain climbing, where they have shown excellence of work. Ajeet with his laurels has contributed immensely to the development of these sports in India. The relationship of this father and daughter duo is a role model for people looking to tread a differentiated path and building their futures on the back of their dreams and hard work. Their exceptional passion for the sport resonates strongly with our company’s vision. Like the duo, we as a company, strive towards unleashing our potential and empowering India next. I am very proud of our association with the team and wish them the all the very best and a safe mission as they prepare to climb Mt. Vinson in Antarctica”.
Ahead of their leaving Ajeet said “We are excited about our next expedition and thankful to Dalmia Cement for supporting us. We hope that both of us can be an inspiration for every Indian to work together and follow their dreams.”
On May 16, 2018, Ajeet and Deeya became the first Indian daughter- father team in the world to climb Mt. Everest from the North side. The duo unfurled the Tricolor atop Mt. Everest after climbing 8,848 meters in a month’s time. Ajeet also became the first Indian to ski to the North Pole and the South Pole within a year in 2006-2007. His daughter Deeya isn’t far behind in her achievements.
She has received her training at The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) in Uttarkashi. She undertook the 20-day-long Trans Greenland Skiing Expedition at the age of 17 and in 2012, went on to climb Mt Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe.
In 2008 they were a team as members of a sea kayaking expedition along the west coast of Greenland. Ajeet Bajaj, an adventurer and explorer, is the first Indian to have completed the Polar Trilogy, which comprises skiing to the North Pole, South Pole and across the Greenland Icecap. With over 30 years of experience in adventure sports, he is the first Asian to have rafted and kayaked some of the most challenging rivers spanning six continents.