GUWAHATI: The Dalai Lama on Tuesday flagged off Everester Anshu Jamsenpa’s fourth expedition to the world’s highest peak, prior to leaving Guwahati for his nine-day “teaching” trip to Arunachal Pradesh.
Jamsenpa, who hails from the Himalayan State, had earlier scaled Mount Everest thrice – two of them in 10 days.
Having known her mountaineering feats, the spiritual leader said, “Your achievement is testimony to your hard work, firm determination and a strong belief in yourself.” He also blessed her for her future endeavours.
Tsering Wange, president of Arunachal Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Association, offered the Indian tricolour to the Dalai Lama which he handed over to Anshu, who will unfurl it on top of Mount Everest. Anshu presented a photo frame of her earlier successful summits to the Nobel peace prize winner as a token of love and respect.
He also blessed her two teenage daughters, Passang Droma and Tenzing Nyiddon, with a personalised message.
Later, Jamsenpa told The New Indian Express, “Meeting the living Buddha and getting his blessings in person was one of the most treasured and blessed days of my life. I shall cherish it. It will motivate me and infuse strength in me to overcome my struggles of life”.
Anshu Jamsenpa is in a quest to better her own national and international mountaineering records. Since Mountaineering being one of the costliest adventure sports, some corporate houses and PSUs have come forward to support her.
Meanwhile, inclement weather caused by incessant rains forced the Dalai Lama to postpone his trip to Tawang, which China claims as its own.
He left Guwahati by road for Bomdila, also in Arunachal. After attending functions here and then at Dirang and Lumla, the spiritual leader is expected to reach Tawang on either April 6 or 7.