A new chapter in Indian mountaineering history was written after a team from Pune-based mountaineering and adventure club Giripremi climbed Mount Manda-1 for the first time on September 18, one of the most technical peaks in the Himalayas.
The 6,510-meter (21,358-foot) high mountain is located in the Himalayas of Garhwal, in the state of Uttarakhand.
Giripremi’s Sumeet Mandale, Vivek Shivade and Pawan Hadole along with Mingam Sherpa and Nim Dorje Sherpa climbed Mount Manda-1 under the leadership of veteran mountaineer Umesh Zirpe and led by Anand Mali.
“This was the very first successful expedition to Mount Manda-1 from India and only the second successful expedition after the Japanese expedition in 1984 from the North Ridge Route,” Zirpe said. DH by phone from Uttarakhand on Tuesday.
Mount Manda-1 is one of the three peaks of the Manda group located in the Kedar Ganga valley. Rarely has he witnessed any climbing expeditions. Giripremi’s teams had attempted to climb the mountain in 1989 and 1991 but were unable to reach the top.
“In 1989, I led the unsuccessful expedition to Mount Manda-1 and was part of another unsuccessful attempt in 1991. I understand the challenges that Mount Manda-1 has. In my opinion, Mount Manda-1 is as difficult as Mount Everest or Mount Kanchenjunga. The unpredictable weather, the steep climb, the narrow ridge, the uncertainty of falling rocks, falling ice and crevasses make the climb difficult, ”Zirpe said.
After a long wait of 32 years, the young generation of climbers from Giripremi managed to climb the mountain with a steep climb of 70 to 80 degrees above the altitude of 5,000 meters above sea level.
Interestingly, climbers also paved tracks and mended ropes with Sherpas. It is a rare site in the current trend of commercial and guided mountaineering expeditions. With Mount Manda-1, the Giripremi team made up of Anand Mali, Varun Bhagwat, Ruturaj Agawane, Ankit Sohoni and Rohan Desai climbed Mount Bhrigu Parvat (6,041 meters) on September 13. Coincidentally, the first successful ascent on Bhrigu Parvat was also by the Giripremi team 30 years ago. Both expeditions were successful thanks to the exceptional logistical support provided by White Magic Ltd.