An enthusiastic group of five women across India in association with Balkrishna Industries Ltd (BKT) scaled the Mount Everest (Sagarmatha) on June 4, 2018. The expedition also marked the first time that BKT has supported a group of enthusiastic individuals and their cause to successful completion.
In an earnest endeavour to highlight women empowerment in the diverse society and work culture, BKT decided to support a crew in breaking existing barriers with a slogan, ‘Unified Voice for Equity’ to ascend the Mount Everest. They commenced their journey from Kathmandu, Nepal on April 5, 2018. The road leading to Mount Everest ranks among the most challenging roads in the Indian subcontinent.
The team comprised Rosha Basnet, Priya Laxmi Karki, Kalpana Maharjan, Rojita Buddhacharya, BP Koirala and Deuralee Chamling. The hardships they experienced during the expedition were real and life threatening but yet they overcame these challenges to successfully reach their goal, ‘the Peak’.
Rajiv Poddar, Joint Managing Director, BKT, said, “We have always believed that determination and equal opportunities can spur people to achieve the impossible and surpass all expectations. Women are the unacknowledged force behind industry, society and national progress. Our endeavour was aimed at acknowledging their unparalleled role in our lives. This initiative also involved highlighting the need to extend equal opportunities to women. These women accomplished something beyond their usual comfort zone by halting their daily routine to train and embark on this glorious expedition.”