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Kangchenjunga Eco Expedition 2019

Giripremi is one of the pioneer mountaineering clubs in India which works towards the vision of developing interest in mountaineering and adventure sports amongst youth and carving new generations of mountaineers and athletes. It was established in 1982 with the motto 'Mountaineering for Happiness.' In the journey of more than three decades, Giripremi has successfully organised more than 100 rock climbing expeditions in Sahyadris and more than 35 expeditions in Himalayas in India as well as in Nepal. It is the only club in India to reach the summits of six 8000er peaks viz. Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Manaslu. Now Giripremi has planned Maharashtra's biggest expedition to India's highest mountain - Mt. Kangchenjunga in 2019.

Mt. Kangchenjunga is the highest mountain in India and third highest peak in the world after Mount Everest and Mount K2. It is 8586 meters tall and located in Eastern Himalaya on the border of Nepal and India. Kangchenjunga means 'the Five Treasures of Snow' as it is a group of five peaks. These treasures represent the five repositories of God, which are gold, silver, gems, grains and holy books. It is a sacred peak for local people living near Indian side of Kangchenjunga. In local Limbu language, Kangchenjunga is known as Sevalungma, and is believed to be an abode of the omnipotent Goddess Yuma Sammang. Thus, due to religious beliefs, scaling Mt. Kangchenjunga from Indian side is banned.

In mountaineering world, Mt. Kangchenjunga is considered as one of the toughest peaks to climb. There are more than 120 glaciers around Kangchenjunga which make climbing tougher.

The mountain was first summitted on 25th May 1955 by Joe Brown and George Band . On 31st May 1977, Major Premchand and Nima Dorje Sherpa were the first Indian mountaineers to scale Mt. Kangchenjunga.

The mountain God has seen human capabilities at their best when several seasons have passed without a single summit on the mountain. The number of mountaineers who were successful in reaching the top across the globe in past 62 years is still under 300. And for the recent spell of four years since 2014, Mt. Kangchenjunga has remained unclimbed.

An Appeal from us. Support Giripremi for betterment of Adventure Sports.

Giripremi's team of most experienced & talented mountaineers is set in preparation for Mt. Kangchenjunga Eco Expedition 2019. They have humongous mountain of fund raising ahead to climb. The budget for the expedition is huge and like earlier expeditions, success of this gigantic project is not possible without your support. Giripremi request you to be a part of the expedition, we are looking forward for your magnanimous support and blessings for the expedition.

The gigantic Himalayan mountain range was an enigma for generations. It is the home of world's 14 tallest mountains, standing 8000 meters high from sea level. 8000 meters high altitude means bone chilling cold, torrential winds and rare availability of oxygen; an inconceivable scenario for humans. Yet some of us dared to challenge it. On 19th May 2012, Giripremi created history by climbing world's highest mountain Mt. Everest, as club's 8 mountaineers fluttered tricolour on top of the world. This achievement unlocked the courage amongst Giripremians to dream big. We started believing that we too can dream of reaching top of world's fourteen 8000ers.

About Giripremi's Quest of 8000ers. Since 1950, the first successful attempt on 8000er, only 36 mountaineers climbed all 14 peaks and none of them is from India, not even at organizational level. However, after successful expedition on Mt. Everest in 2012, Giripremi launched the mission 'Quest of Eight Thousanders' that aims to climb all 14 Eight Thousanders. In the past six years, Giripremi's mountaineers have successfully climbed Mt. Everest (8848 meters) in 2012, Mt.Lhotse (8516 meters) in 2013, Mt. Makalu (8463 meters) in 2014, Mt. Cho Oyu (8201 meters) & Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 meters) in 2016 and Mt. Manaslu (8163 meters)in 2017. Giripremi has dreamt to reach all 8000ers in coming years.

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  1. Hi
    Great to hear about your expedition to Mt. Kanchenjunga.
    I am a software engineer by profession. I have great interest in mountaineering (have hiked in the sahyadri and himalaya) and reading and writing. I think i can contribute to this expedition by being part of the team and chronicling / reporting about the expedition. Please let me know if you have suitable opening for the same.

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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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