Itagar, April 6: Lower Dibang Valley district in Aruchal Pradesh is set to provide yet another Everester – this time in the form of a mother of four daughters.
Forty-year-old Muri Linggi, is all set to start her journey to become the next Everester to be produced by Aruchal Pradesh.
Her Everest expedition was flagged off at Roing, the district headquarters on Thursday by Rajya Sabha Member Mukut Mithi.
Linggi said that she took inspiration from Tine Me, another Everester from the district, and started her mountaineering career in 2013 with a recce track from Anini to Maline, in Dibang Valley district, with Me.
She also accompanied Me in a women’s expedition in Himachal Pradesh, and climbed the 6622-metre-high Mount Menthosa.
In the same year she also completed an advanced course in mountain climbing at the tiol Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) Army Institute at Dirang in West Kameng district.
In 2016, Linggi accompanied Everester Anshu Janshempa in another women’s expedition to the 6222-metre-high Gorichen peak.
Reportedly, the Everest expedition will require a minimum of Rs 20 lakh to materialize. The sports & youth affairs department has sanctioned Rs 10 lakh, and the NHPC’s Dibang Multipurpose Project has contributed Rs 1 lakh, while the Madhucon group has assured to contribute Rs 1 lakh and NGO Aruchal Women and Child Welfare Society has contributed Rs 50,000.
District sports officer Raju Mipi informed that the Jawahar vodaya Vidyalaya here would soon be taken under the wings of the Sports Authority of India, and the district would also soon boast of a Special Area Games (SAG) school.
“These steps of the government will give more encouragement to the children, and will produce more sportspersons from the district,” said Mipi.
Everester Tine Me, who was also present at the flag-off ceremony, said, “Sometimes in the mountains, even the smallest hurdles give immense pain and dejection.”
She advised Linggi not to give in to such dejections and to push ahead and achieve her goal, no matter what.
Linggi will go through an extensive training for 57-58 days before setting out on the expedition.