Ganesh Jena

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Ganesh Chandra Jena (born 5 May 1972) is a mountaineer from Odisha, India. He reached the peak of Mount Everest on 18 May 2011 as the first male from the eastern state of Orissa.[1] Two other Indians in his team were Amit Kumar from Haryana and Jackie Jack from Rajasthan. The team was headed by Anshu Jamsenpa, 32.[2] After Kalpana Dash, Ganesh Jena achieved this feat as the second Oriya and the first male person from Odisha[1][3] “Willpower, patience and determination hold the key to success. My target is to scale the Everest twice in one season,” he said to media persons after his successful Everest mission.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He was born to Late Kantaru Jena in Sitapur, Paralakhemundi of Gajapati district in Odisha. Currently he resides in Bhubaneshwar and serves for Bhubaneswar Development Authority.[5][6]

He is always inclined towards adventure sports since his youth and moves slowly but steadily towards his goal despite of poor financial conditions. He has participated in many more adventure sports.[4][6]

His mountaineering achievements are:

  • 1996 - Mt. Bandarpunch Peak (21673 ft.)
  • 1998 & 2005 - Mt. Stok Kangri Peak (two occasions)
  • 1998 - Mt. Ladakhi Peak (5662 m)
  • 1998 - Mt. Shetidhar Peak (5293 m)
  • 1999 - Mt. Mamostong Kangri (24,400 ft.) Peak
  • 1999 - Mt. Khardung La and Mt. Stok Kangri Peak
  • 2000 - Mt. Gulap Kangri Peak
  • 2007 - Mt. Friendship Peak (5340 m)
  • 2002 - Mt. Saser Kangri Peak (7672 m) organised by Y.A.M.A, Chandigarh.
  • 18 May 2011 - World's Highest Peak, Mount Everest (8848 m)[1][6]
  • 1 August 2015 - Mount Elbrus, Moscow, Russia (5642 m) [7]

Other Adventure Expeditions to his credit are:

  • 2005 - Motor Cycle Expedition (Chandigarh to Khardungla - World's highest Motorable Pass via Kargil, Srinagar and back)
  • 1999 – 7 km. Adventure Canal Swimming Competition.
  • 1999 – 500 km Adventure Cycle Expedition from Bhubaneswar to Chandigarh and back.
  • 1995 & 1996 – 160 km adventure Coastal Trekking from Konark, Odisha to Gopalpur, Odisha organised by Department of Sports & Youth Services.
  • May 29, 2013 - participated in Everest Marathon as a single participant from India.[8]

He participates in National Adventure Festival at Chandigarh since 1995. He was Guest Instructor for National Adventure Festival from 2002 to 2009.[1][6] Ganesh was honoured with ‘Adamaya Sahas Puruskar’ by Haryana government in 2013.[9] He was to begin his Mount Kanchenjunga Mission from April 1, 2014 which was expected to end on May 31. To a great embarrassment to his supporters and the whole state he was denied leave by his employer and he had to abort the mission.[5]

On July 26, 2015, Ganesh Jena started climbing the 5642 meter height Mount Elbrus in Moscow, Russia. A six-member team from India headed by Ganesh unfurled tiranga (the national flag) at 8:45 PM on 1 August 2015. Earlier in a grand ceremony former Sports and Youth Services director Dr Bimalendu Mohanty and former assistant director Ashok Mohanty flagged off Jena. He is the first Indian climber who did a traverse climbing (to climb a mountain by one route and come down by another) of the Elbrus from South side and returned to North side.[7][8][10]


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  2. ^ "India's Ganesh scales Mt. Everest". 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2014-11-12.
  3. ^ "Marathoner Ganesh Jena felicitated". 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2014-11-12.
  4. ^ a b "The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Orissa | Govt felicitates Everest climber". 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2014-11-12.
  5. ^ a b "Denied leave, Ganesh Jena calls off Mt Kanchenjunga mission". Odisha Samaya. 2014-04-06. Retrieved 2014-11-12.
  6. ^ a b c d "". Retrieved 2014-05-15.
  7. ^ a b "Ganesh Jena becomes first Odia to scale Mount Elbrus in Moscow". DNA India. 2015-08-03. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  8. ^ a b "Mountaineer Ganesh Chandra Jena to start Mount Elbrus expedition from July 26". eodishasamachar. 2015-07-20. Retrieved 2016-07-18.
  9. ^ "Haryana govt felicitates Odisha mountaineer Ganesh Chandra Jena, Odisha Current News, Odisha Latest Headlines". 2014-02-12. Retrieved 2014-05-15.
  10. ^ "Odisha mountaineer Ganesh Jena is all set to scale Mount Elbrus in Russia". 2015-07-22. Retrieved 2015-07-22.