India’s leading mountaineering club Giripremi has launched three challenging Himalayan expeditions; namely Mt. Kun (7077 m), Mt. Nun (7135 m) and Mt. CB 13 (6264 m) in the month of July 2017. Flag off programme for the three expeditions took place at the hands of renowned Film & theatre writer & director Kiran Yadnyopavit & General Manager, bank of Maharashtra, Nandakumar Pujari.
Giripremi has been promoting mountaineering sport for past 35 years through various challenging rock climbing and Himalayan mountaineering expeditions. Not only in Indian Himalayas but also through Quest of eight thousenders, Giripremi has successfully scaled mighty mountains such as Mt. Everest in 2012. The success story shall continue as this year Giripremi has planned expeditionto Mt. Kun (7077 m) which will be led by Giripremi’s Everester Rupesh Khopade, Mt. Nun (7135 m) under the leadership of Mr. Subhash Takale and Mt. CB 13 (6264 m) led by Vivek Shivade. Chief guest of the programme, Kiran Yadnyopavit in his speech highlighted how Giripremi and the sport mountaineering both, have been playing an instrumental role not only in developing mountaineers but also great citizens by enabling them to have mountainous goals, dream big and take countless efforts to chase those visionary goals. He expressed his warm wishes and blessings to the team members for the expeditions and guided them about the art of mountaineering filming and writing.
While speaking in depth about the expeditions, Giripremi’s 8000der expedition’s leader Mr. Umesh Zirpe mentioned that, this is the first time three big expeditions are taking place simultaneously; two of them are 7000ders and all three are technically challenging. All experienced mountaineers have participated in these expeditions and they have trained for these goals for past 8-9 months.
Along with renowned Film & theatre writer & director Kiran Yadnyopavit; the programme was graced by dignitaries, Bank of Maharashtra General Manager, Nandakumar Pujari, Senior History researcher & writer Dr. Sadashiv Shivade, Giripremi President Anand Palande, Giripremi Co-founder Ushaprabha Page and Shivchhatrapati Awardee & Leader of Giripremi`s 8000der expeditions, UmeshZirpe.
Mt. CB13 expedition was sponsored by Travel & Adventure Apparel partner ‘Kosha’ & Gypsy Tents and Mt. Kun expedition was supported by Bank of Maharashtra. Under the guidance of senior mountaineers Umesh Zirpe & Avinash Foujdar, these expeditions will take place in July 2017.
Mt. Kun (7077 m) & Mt. Nun (7135 m)
Both these massifs are situated in Jammu & Kashmir’s Suru valley, just 50 kms away from Kargil and are separated from each other by a 4 km long platue. From the summit of both these mountains, one can get a clear view of 8000der mountains located in POK region.
Mt. Kun expedition team:
Rupesh Khopade (leader), Kiran Salastekar, Dinesh Kotkar, Yugank Kadam & Dr.Sumit Mhandale.
Mt. Nun expedition team:
Subhash Takale & Jitendra Gaware
Mt. CB 13 (6264 m)
Mt. CB 13 is the tallest peak in Chandrabhaga range of Lahaul Spiti region in Himachal Pradesh. In all there are 56 peaks in the valleys of Chandra & Bhaga rivers. Crossing the roaring streams, crevasses and negotiating the rock gullies are some of the major challenges of this expedition.
Mt. CB 13 expedition team:
Vivek Shivade (Leader) Pawan Hadole, Sanket Dhotre, Jayant Wakode, Lokesh Shinde and Varun Bhagwat.
Mountaineering is an extreme sport. It's play grounds are far from the civilization. It demands high quality equipment for safety and survival. It's probably the sport which has longest time frame. Generally, an expedition continues for several days and sometime months. All these factors impose a burden off high costs on this sport.
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