In 2016, she conquered the world's highest peak Mount Everest as the first ever female IPS officer. Aparna Kumar of Uttar Pradesh did us proud once more as she became the first woman IPS officer to reach the South Pole. Mother to two young children and presently posted as DIG, ITBP in Dehradun, Aparna took eight days to finish the trek. Along with her team consisting of seven members, she walked 111 miles and arrived at her destination on 13th January. She was honoured by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.
Just ahead of her trek, she caught pneumonia which might have weakened her body but couldn't bog down her spirit. “The weather is never the same. It is cloudy, windy, icy cold and snowing. Antarctica is the driest and coldest place on earth. It was a great struggle to stay in open in such an extreme weather condition. My hands and fingers were terribly cold and I always feared of getting frostbite. Even toes get very cold while moving,” Aparna told Hindustan Times. With chest congestion still remaining, she was on pneumonia drugs throughout her trek.
The first time Aparna saw the snow of mountain was when she came for her foundation course at Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of administration in Mussorie in 2002. Little did she know that the mountains would draw her to this extent! Her first brush with trekking happened when she was commanding a Provincial Armed Constabulary battalion in Uttar Pradesh, a couple of years ago. In 2014, she did an advanced course on mountaineering. Earlier, she has also successfully completed an Antarctica expedition, has climbed Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro along her other summits.