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Meet: Major Ashok Kumar

When it comes to tackling mountains, Major Ashok Kumar (Retd) is more than well qualified - he is a seasoned hand having logged (and led) many an expedition. He did his basic mountaineering course (Grading A) from the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling, and advance mountaineering course (Grading A) from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi. Major Kumar also completed a course in basic skiing (Grading B) from the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering in Gulmarg. He is one of the pioneers of the sport of paragliding in India, and - being an Armyman - a skilled skydiver to boot .

From: Singapore, India
Languages: English

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My first experience of mountaineering was as a 19-year-old, when I was studying basic mountaineering at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling. Since then, all my climbing has been in the Indian Himalayas. With the Indian Army, I have led expeditions to Hanuman Tibba in the Pir Panjal range, through the Shinkun-la Pass from Lahaul to Zanskar, to Abi Gamin peak in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, and to the Nun peak of the Nun Kun massif in Jammu & Kashmir. I'm most proud of successfully leading a team to the summit of Nun, via the East Ridge. I opened a crucial trail to the ridge, which was a rock-and-ice route starting from over a bergschrund and ending up on the summit ridge. It was the first successful attempt on this route after many previous expeditions had failed. I started paragliding when I was a cadet at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. As for skydiving, apart from taking part in many combat trials, trying new equipment for the Army and performing show jumps around India, I ran the Army Skydiving Club in Agra where we taught civilians to skydive. Bringing this sport, a forte of the Army, to the civilians, gave me great joy. Jumping over built-up cities like Kolkata and Delhi, to find that small stadium for landing, was very challenging, but skydiving over the Andaman Islands was a high point in my life .

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 Good Morning Sir, I am planning for a adventure trip of Paragliding at Kamshet in last week of Oct. I also read about Bir Billing, but, they have some championship in Oct. Pl. guide and suggest me the best place for same in Oct. Than Q. BIPIN AGARWAL..
3050 days ago
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 hello sir. i would like to learn sky diving and make a living out of it. can you please tell me how to go about the process?.
3419 days ago
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 Hello Major, Is there a place where I can go paragliding with you? If not somewhere close to where you live so that I can get in touch with you if I need some help and also perhaps meet you for inspiration. I am just overawed with PG ever since I took a tandem ride at Kamshet..
3732 days ago
 Where can i go learn skydiving in India?.
3773 days ago
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