Brigadier Saurabh Singh Shekhawat [IC-52871] is the most decorated serving officer in the Indian Army. The brigadier is also an accomplished mountaineer. He is a member of the 21st Battalion of The Parachute Regiment (Special Forces). He has been awarded Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal for his various acts of gallantry displayed in anti-terrorist operations and mountaineering and distinguished service. He has also served with the Maratha Light Infantry.
In 2005 he ascended Mount Everest for a record third time, having previously done so in 2001 and 2003. He has also climbed Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, and Mount Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps and Western Europe. In October 2009 he led the joint Indo-Kazakh team to scale the Kazakhstan peak of Marble Wall peak in Kazakhstan. Till date Shekhawat has scaled 14 peaks.