International Mountain Day Festival

Greetings from Giripremi & GGIM!!

On the eve of International Mountain Day, we are organizing International Mountain Day Festival.

Every year, International Mountain Day is celebrated on December 11. One seventh of world’s population lives in mountain areas, whereas remaining one third is largely dependent on the natural resources, originating in mountains. Thus, the awareness about preserving mountain ecosystem has become a need of an hour. To create awareness about the mountain issues, United Nations celebrate International Mountain Day with unique theme every year.

This year, Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations has chosen Mountain Matters as a theme to celebrate International Mountain Day. Mountains play a crucial role in building an ecosystem of the planet. The vulnerability of the mountains feeds the climate change. Hence raising up an attention towards mountains is a need of an hour. This year’s theme highlights the importance of mountains in water conservation, food planning, biodiversity and numerous other aspects.
Giripremi has planned several programs to create awareness about the cause and emphasize the contribution of mountaineers to the development of an ecosystem of the mountain region.
With several events, Giripremi aims to reach more people to create awareness about mountains. Mountain lovers should not miss the opportunity to witness these mountainous events.

For more details, visit: http://ggim.in/INTERNATIONAL-MOUNTAIN-DAY-FESTIVAL/

ANU: Nov 2018

28 kids of Avhaan Adv. Students trekked the Fort Harishchandra and climbed peak Taramati during 11-12 Nov. They explored the ancient caves and temples of the fort and enjoyed the panoramic views of Splendid KokanKada.
Nirmaan Group trekked the ancient trade route: Savashne Ghat as they travelled from Tail baila to Sudhagad fort. They started their journey from Tailbaila. After exploring the climbing routes and geographical features of the Tail Baila Dyke, they trekked down to village called Dhondse. They stayed at a temple and cooked their dinner with the help of local villagers. Next day, they climbed up the fort Sudhagad and by late evening, reached back to Pune.
While, Nirmaan Adv. Students travelled all the way to Mulher via Nashik. In their two days programme, they explored Mulher, Mora, Salher Salota forts of Baglan region. They learnt the history of the famous battles between Maratha- Mughals.

Avhaan Adventure Course : Nov 2018

90 kids from Avhaan group (both Mumbai & Pune) participated in GGIM’s Avhaan adventure Course during Diwali vacation. The course had been an adrenaline gushing event with adventure activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, camping, cooking, jumaring, backpacking, first aid, map making etc. spanning over the three days. At the end of the course, practical as well as written exams followed by prize distribution concluded the event.
The course has been a stepping stone for them as they come out of their comfort zones and perform something extra ordinarily that they, and at times even we didn’t think that they will. At the end of the course each student seemed transformed with boundless confidence and seemingly high energy.
This course will help them become stronger in terms of physical fitness as well as mental fitness as they truly learnt the art of “Enjoy the Discomfort”

ANU OCT 2018

Oct activities of Anu consisted of Introduction to Sport Climbing Event for Avhaan kids (both Pune & Mumbai). They learnt about this emerging sport and Pune students practised the game at Vidya Valley Climbing School and Mumbai students were taught at Pedar road climbing wall. Avhaan Advance students trekked to Malhar gad. It was a relatively easy hike but the main goal was to teach them practical aspects of outdoor first aid skills. Nirmaan group did the famous jungle trek: Jor to Mahabaleshwar. But to do this trek, they had to negotiate an obstacle: Krishna River. So they learnt how to do the river crossing, what are the safety precautions to be taken before deciding upon the action, equipment to be used etc. In Nirmaan Adv. Trek, the route was a long stretch and in some places, it was steep as well. Yet all of them made a fast ascent and reached the top in 3 hrs. During the descent, they learnt how to fix a rope on steep section, what are the knots to be used.
These four activities were the preamble for the adventure course and multiday treks in Diwali vacation. Surely they boosted everyone’s confidence for the bigger challenge.

GGIM Promotional Stall at Finland

Embassy of India along with Finnish Indian Society and other regional associations has been organizing India day for last 2 years as one day event showcasing many facets of India’s art, culture, cuisine , handicrafts, Ayurveda and other aspects to the people of Finland.  In last 2 editions the event was held in an indoor premises (Cable factory) in Helsinki and saw the participation of 4000-5000 guests. India Day/Intia Päivä is a great event. This year was the edition of India day event on a much larger scale at a very popular and centrally located venue Kaisaniemi park which is just next to central railway station of Helsinki with an estimated audience of over 7000+. 

With the efforts of one of the Directors of GGIM, Shri. Avinash Foujdar, one promotional stall was run by GGIM. GGIM has developed unique Adventure Education programmes which can be offered to the people from all over world who are visiting India for some or the other reason. Many adventure and travel enthusiasts visited the GGIM information desk and got introduced to the activities run by GGIM. 

 

Udaan Trek : Ahupe- Gorakhgad

Udaan is the last level of ANU curriculum. In Udaan, there are only handful of students. At the end of the Udaan program, we hope to see them become a responsible trekker equipped with outdoor skills, knowledge, sound fitness, and having good leadership skills.

Here is an example of an upcoming sound, responsible and all round trekker. Sharing with you a report presented by on of the Udaan students: Omkar Oak.

Ahupe Gorakhgad 18-19 August 2018 trek report by: Omkar suhas Oak
Starting point: Ahupe
Distance from Pune: 133 km
We had breakfast at Mansar.
We started from Ahupe at 9:30 am. We cross a small pond and then started
going downhill the Ahupe ghat. We crossed various streams as it was the rainy season.

We reached the base of Ahupe ghat in 2 & half hours. Reaching the base we
could see Gorakhgad and Machinndragad to our left. we cross a river with help of rope at around 12 noon.

Then we again crossed a small rivulet of the same river and we going to start lunch when it started raining heavily. Then we had dry snacks and started towards Gorakshanath mandir. After an effort of about 1.5 hours steep climb in damp and humid conditions we reached the temple sweating and buried in rain.

When you reach the Gorakshnath mandir ask very politely for the night’s stay. Keep your footwear outside the temple. There is facility of water and fire in the temple and place enough for about 25 people. Do not disturb the pujaris and
participate in the Aarti at night and in the morning. We slept around 9:30 pm after cooking diner. The next day we woke up a little late at 6:30 am. Then prepared tea and ate the yesterday’s remaining khicidi. We started towards Gorakhgad at 8:30 am. We
reached the base of Gorakhgad in just 10 minutes. There is a temple of hanuman at the base. Then we climbed the first patch witout rope till the darwaja. There are steps but they are slippery due to algae and are very steep. So after the darwaja we fixed one rope. Then another till we reached the caves. 

From there we can see Machinndragad.

Avhaan Mumbai : Kids growing stronger

ANU (Avhaan Nirmaan Udaan) GGIM's adventure educational programme for school kids, has been taking shape in Mumbai also. It has been three treks of Avhaan Mumbai and 15  kids are regularly participating in Sahyadri treks and undergoing interesting adventure training in every trek. 

The third trek was to Fort Karnala. Experienced mountaineer and recipient of Maharashtra's highest sports award, ShivChhatrapati Award led these bunch of enthusiastic kids. She was accompanied by Ritu Chawla, Jayant Wakode.  Senior climber and one of the greatest Sahyadri explorer Mr. Dhanajay Madan (Appa) also accompanied the kids. During this trek the kids were introduced to mountaineering rope, special knots used during various activities, and learnt about interesting features of Sahyadri. Having now completed three consecutive treks, kids are becoming stronger, and confident to take on tougher challenges in future. 

We hope that they climb from one adventure to another with spirit and enthusiasm. 

 

Success Stories from Leh : Stok Kangri

GGIM's conducted Mt. Stok Kangri Expedition in Leh region. It is one of the most famous trekking expeditions in India. It is 6153 m high and requires good fitness level and some prior experience & high altitude trekking. 

Giripremi's one of the senior most mountaineers, Dr. Sumit Mandale, led two groups of well trained GGIM members to Stok Kangri Expedition. earlier in July, one batch successfully climbed made it to the top. In Aug, another batch arrived and along with Sumit, 5 members out of 12, summitted to the mountain. 

Team Members:

Dr. Sumit mandale (Leader)

SHARAT SANJIVRAO KOLKE (summiter)
V V S SUBRAHMANYAM
ALIASGAR MURTAZA MERCHANT
VINOD BHAGIRATH NAGARE
SHARAD NA CHHABRA
GAGAN YASH PAUL (Summiter)
NADEEM ABDULSATTAR SHAIKH (Summiter)
NIVETHA - RAJAMANICKAM
GIRISH ASHOK BHOLE
VARSHA SHRIMANT BIRADAR (Summiter)
ABHISHEK BHAGWATIPRASAD CHINCHALKAR
MIHIR PETHE (Summiter)
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