ON TOP OF CHO OYU - WORLD'S SIXTH HIGHEST MOUNTAIN On 14 th May 2016 Everester Ganesh More and Dr. Sumit Mandale reached the summit of Mt. Cho Oyu 8201M the sixth highest mountain in the world at 10.45am to mark the first ascent in Giripremi dual eight thousander Cho Oyu-Dhaulagiri expedition. With this feat Giripremi bagged the 4th eight thousander after Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Makalu. Mt. Cho Oyu is the westernmost major peak of the Khumbu sub-section of the Himalaya, 20 km west of Mount Everest. The mountain stands on the China-Nepal border.The team approached the mountain from Tibetan plateau and attempted the summit through NorthWest ridge. The team started the summit bid on 11th May from base camp to camp1. The camp 1 is located in a saddle at 6,400 meters, at the base of the north-west ridge. The trail to camp 1 crosses a flattish glacier, followed by a hill with loose scree and stone. On 12th May the team started to Camp 2. The Camp 2 is located on a large flat plateau at 7,000 meters. The team started from Camp 2 on 13th May. They climbed ice wall to reach camp3. The camp 3 is located on a flat space of the northwest ridge-face at 7,450 meters. At the midnight of 14th May the team started the summit attempt. The team climbed through rock steps and mixed snow to reach the wide summit plateau followed by the long traverse to the hump that marks the summit, at 8,201 meters. The team had a magnificent views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and the entire Khumbu valley, as well as great views across the Tibetan plateau to Shishapangma.
Members: Umesh Zirpe - Leader, Ganesh More - Everester, Dr. Sumit Mandale The team is accompanied by DawaChiriSherpa and Kame ChiriSherpa, LakpaNorbu Sherpa
27th April - Cho Oyu Team reached Intermediate camp This morning team of three mountaineers Umesh Zirpe, Ganesh More and Sumit Mandale packed all the expedition loads at Base Camp and loaded the same on 24 yaks. The team started walking towards intermediate Camp and after walking for about 5 hours they reached Intermediate Camp of Cho Oyu. Tomorrow they will move to the Advance Base Camp (ABC) situated @5600 meters which will serve as the real base for further climbing. All three are fit and fine and the weather seems good except it is too windy and dry.
24th April 2016:Team reaches the Base Camp of Mt. Cho Oyu After travelling for last 5 days team finally concluded the road journey spanning across almost 800 km. This morning team left Tingri and travelled about 5 hours to reach the Base Camp of Mt. Cho Oyu.
19th April 2016:Team Leaves for Lhasa Team Cho Oyu, including Everester Ganesh More and Dr. Sumit Mandale led by Shivachatrapati Awardee Umesh Zirpe made their move from Kathmandu early morning today. They will fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa, Tibet and then will stay at Lhasa for 2 nights and move to Shingache 350 km away from Lhasa. Next day they will be travelling another 280 km to reach Tingri. After spending 2 nights at Tingri, they will reach base camp. Again there will be 2 days halt at BC and then movement to Advance Base Camp which will be the actual base camp for the entire expedition.
15th April 2016: After completing all the required formalities and paperwork in Kathmandu, Leader Umesh along with Sumit finally got in to shoes and went for a 3 day acclimatization trail 30 - 35 km away from Kathmandu in the district of Sindhupalchok. Yesterday, the trek started from Sundrijal (1400 m) at around 9.30 am. After tackling initial 400 meters steep ascent, remaining trek was through the jungle and with gradual slopes. Both had to walk about 18 km to reach a place called Chisapani. The area around is known as Shivapuri National Park. This entire region was affected badly in last year's earthquake and people are still recovering from that shock. Most of them are living in the temporary shelter of metal tins. Yesterday's weather was partly clowdy and very few mountains were visible. The destination for the day was at 2500 meters altitude. On the other side one more member of Cho Oyu team is well acclimatized as he along with 5 members completed the Annapurna Base Camp trek successfully. He shall meet Umesh and Sumit in Kathmandu on 17th and the Cho Oyu team shall fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa on 19th April..
12th April: Today one more member of Mt. Cho Oyu, Dr. Sumit arrived at Kathmandu. Now the team will be doing final preparations for the expedition and also will complete some formalities and documentation at Indian ambessy.
9th April: After celebrating the auspitious new year "Gudhipadwa", leader Umesh Zirpe made a goodbye to Mt. Dhaulagiri team and now he will be preparing for departure of Mt. Cho Oyu team. The team including Ganesh More and Dr. Sumit Mandale will have a small acclimatization session at Pooh Hill in Pokhara region for 3-4 days and then will march from Kathmandu for Mt. Cho Oyu. The departure is scheduled on 19th April from Kathmandu.
7th April: Team met Indian Ambassador to Nepal before the departure for expedition on 6th April. Today early morning all of them went to the famous Pashupatinath Temple and offered prayers to Lord Shiva. Then they visited the senior Lama's place and took blessings for the safe and successful expedition to Mt. Dhaulagiri and Cho Oyu. Tomorrow, on the auspicious occasion of Gudhipadwa, the team Dhaulagiri will march from Kathmandu.
5th April 2016: Preparations in Kathmandu are in full swing. Personal clothing, climbing gear, Food everything need to be packed so meticulously that even 24 hours are not enough. While doing all this packing, there are always other priorities to be addressed. Before leaving for expedition, team took an opportunity to meet Nepal's Honorable Tourism Minister Shri. Anand Prasad Pokhrel and received best wishes from him. "Your achievements and initiative to promote mountaineering is commendable. We are proud that so many Indians are inspired by Giripremi to visit Nepal for various treks" he praised the team on this occasion. Tomorrow, the team will visit the Indian Ambessy in Kathmandu to receive the Flag for expedition.
4th April 2016: Giripremi Team members have reached Kathmandu and will spend some days in preparations.. This morning, the team was fortunate to meet the Legendary mountaineer Edmund Viesturs, the only fifth person of the world who has climbed all 14 Eight Thousanders without using supplementary oxygen. After meeting this exceptional and inspirational personality, team will be preparing for the departure of Mt. Dhaulagiri team's departure, which is scheduled on 8th April 2016, on the auspicious day of 'Gudhipadwa'!!
1st April 2016: Giripremi's Mt. Dhaulagiri Cho Oyu expedition team received the warm wishes from all the club and family members in a cheerful atmosphere. The programme was held at Giripremi Office in presence of Giripremi's mentors Mr. Manish Sabade, Mr. C. K. Joshi, Mr. Santosh Lalwani, senior mountaineers like Smt. Ushaprabha Page, Shri. Anand Palande and all the club members. The team members will be leaving for Kathmandu on 2nd April.
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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