Giripremi’s mountaineers reach the summit of Mt. Lhotse (8516M) and Mt. Everest(8848M)
This is first Indian civilian successful expedition to scale two eight thousander (above 8000M height) peaks at a time.
After the remarkable achievement in ‘Pune Everest 2012’ expedition; to put forward one more step, Team Giripremi departed at 8:00am on 21st March 2013 for their next Himalayan endeavor. This time team planned to climb two eight thousander peaks: world’s highest mountain Mt. Everest (8848M) &world’s 4th highest mountain Mt. Lhotse (8516M). Under the leadership of Mr. Umesh Zirpe the team consists of Ganesh More, Anand Mali, Ashish Mane, Tekraj Adhikari, Bhushan Harshe & Ajit Tate.
The team which left Pune on March 21 halted for a brief period in New Delhi and Kathmandu after which they started their trek in the last week of March. After beating more than 50km over fifteen days and traversing up and down the altitude graph from as low as 5000ft to as high as 18000ft, the team finally reached Everest Base Camp on April 12. After acclimatization on the mountain the team was ready for the summit attempt by second week of May.
On 12th May the team started their summit attempt from the Everest BaseCamp. Traversing through Khumbu icefall, Camp1, Western Cwm, Camp2, Lhotse Face and Camp3, they reached the summit camp of Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Everest on 15th May. The team experienced heavy winds on the summit camp. Ashish Mane stepped out of his summit tent at 2.30am on 16th May in adverse weather condition and reached the Main summit of Mt. Lhotse at 7.20am.
The Everest team meanwhile couldn’t found a way to launch summit bid that night. The wind at south col was too much for any movement. They kept waiting for the wind to drop the entire night but no help. The weather bettered since then and finally the team of Anand Mali, Ganesh More and Bhushan Harshe started their summit attempt at 8.30pm on 16th May from South col. They climbed to Balcony and continued towards south summit. After climbing challenging Hillary step the team stepped on the summit of the Mt. Everest today at 8.00am. The team experienced high winds throughout the climb.
On 16th May Mr. Umesh Zirpe, leader of the expedition took a decision to return from south col and abandon his summit attempt. He wanted to make sure that his team will have sufficient oxygen bottles for their delayed stay at south col and the summit attempt that followed. It was a brave decision by Umesh in favor of the success of the expedition which will set an example of the true team spirit and leadership. He returned to Camp2 on 16th May.
Giripremi would like to take this opportunity to thank all our well wishers and supporters. We would also like to thank our sponsors who helped to raise the funds worth Rs. 90 lakhs required for this
expedition – LIC of India, Havare Group, NIVEA, Guardian corporation, Pinnacle group, CUBIX India limites, P N Gadgil and Sons, Ascent realtors, Dajikaka Gadgil Developers, Opus Software, Vidya Valley, Palande Couriers, United India Insurance, Indus Health, Deeksha Exports Pvt Ltd., and all other individual contributors.