GGIM to initiate training & guidance for high altitude mountaineering

GGIM to initiate training & guidance for high altitude mountaineering

Guardian Giripremi Institute of Mountaineering (GGIM) is launching a unique initiative for ‘Safe Mountaineering.’ The consultation desk will help the aspirant mountaineers to climb the high-altitude Himalayan peaks. The consultation will be free of cost.

In the recent climbing season, there has been much unpleasant news of deaths of so many people on Everest and other mountains. Many individuals and organizations across the world made their statements and quoted their opinions on these tragic incidences. We, at GGIM and Giripremi also feel that it is now time for entire mountaineering fraternity to act together towards ‘Safe Mountaineering.’ Giripremi has been following the definite process and structured approach towards every mountaineering expedition for the past 37 years, which is a major factor in the success of all the expeditions. In mountaineering, there are two types of hazards, one is objective hazards like avalanches, rockfalls, storms, bad weather, etc. over which any mountaineer has no control and another is subjective hazards like high altitude diseases, falls, exhaustion, dehydration etc. which are normally caused due to human errors, which can be totally avoided with proper training and technical knowledge. The consultation desk will help the aspirant climbers to deal with subjective hazards and help them to nullify human errors.

GGIM and Giripremi have already been working for rescue and emergency help in Sahyadri region under Maharashtra Mountaineers Rescue Coordination Center (MMRCC). We are planning to establish a similar ecosystem at larger level where guidance for safe mountaineering will be provided along with rescue and emergency help.

While everyone talks about the so-called ‘traffic jam’ and tragic incidences at Mt. Everest this year, GGIM feels the need of spreading proper awareness and in-depth knowledge of Mountaineering on such high mountains. Mt. Everest is the pinnacle point in the mountaineering fraternity. Thousands of people around the world dare to dream of reaching the roof of the world. But, the ballgame of 8000er meters mountain and Mt. Everest in particular, is different. The constant high-velocity winds, lowest of temperatures, availability of natural oxygen lesser than 5% and technical difficulties in climbing blue ice, and Hillary Step make Mt. Everest climbing extremely challenging. However, one can overcome all the challenges if he or she prepares has trained and prepared for that. In addition, this year, the situation near the summit was unprecedented. More than 250 climbers and around the same number of Sherpas were beeline near Everest summit. The photo of traffic jam had also gone viral on the internet. Due to this chaotic situation, several climbers who were not prepared enough for the challenges faced difficulties. Eleven climbers, unfortunately, died on Mt. Everest journey, most of them were Indians. When we studied the reasons behind all the unfortunate incidences, we concluded that these deaths are a result of lack of preparation, planning, and guidance. Considering these things in mind, GGIM and Giripremi recommend special training and guidance for aspirant mountaineers who wish to attempt Mt. Everest and other 8000m mountains. The structured training regime for approx. period of 2 years including training and practical experience of 6000m and 7000m expeditions is suggested for safe and planned climbing of high altitude peaks.

Following are the key training areas which one should focus before going on the Quest of Mt. Everest –


-          Awareness and in-depth knowledge about facts on 8000er mountains

-          Methodical Planning of the preparation covering all the basics.

-          Strength Building

-          Stamina Increment

-          Scientific Training in physical fitness for the Himalayan expedition

-          Training for mental fitness for the Himalayan expedition

-          Training for first aid and high altitude medicines for the Himalayan expedition

-          Training for technical skills required for high altitude climbing

-          Proper Diet plans and consultation in high altitude food planning

-          Preparation treks and climbing expeditions

-          Expeditions to 6000m – 7000m expeditions.

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ANU 2019-20 : Adventure Education for Young Kids begins on 23rd June 2019

ANU 2019-20 : Adventure Education for Young Kids begins on 23rd June 2019

Like every year, 5th edition of Avhaan Nirmaan Udaan is commencing on 23rd June 2019.

GGIM has planned a briefing and registration meeting on 23rd June 2019 for all new entrants. Details of the meeting are as follows:

Venue: Mahatma Phule Museum Auditorium,  Ghole Road, Shivaji Nagar, Pune 411004

Time & Date: 10:00 - 12:00, Sunday, 23rd June 2019.

Guardian Giripremi Institute of Mountaineering (GGIM) has launched a comprehensive, five staged outdoor adventure education programme Avhaan-Nirmaan-Udaan (ANU) for school children of age group 10-16 years to promote adventure education among youth. Every year, the programme is conducted in 5 different levels.

There is a trek, an adventure activity and some adventure educational learning in every 1 Sunday of each month. Entire year schedule has been created and is already available on our website. For more details, please visit here. GGIM's sole focus is to pass on the values one gains through adventure with safety & personal care being the core principle of each adventure. Through this continuous and systematic learning kids grow physically stronger and mentally confident. They also gain a sense of responsibility towards environment and society.



ANU Adventure Education
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What is High Altitude Acclimatization and How to avoid High Altitude Sickness

What is High Altitude Acclimatization and How to avoid High Altitude Sickness

Hello everyone and greetings from GGIM! We conduct numerous treks, and expeditions in Indian Himalaya, Nepal Himalaya as well as the Seven Summits. If you are planning for High Altitude Treks like  Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, or expeditions like Mt. Island, Mt. Mera, Mt. Stok Kangri, seven summits like Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Aconcagua, here is all that you know about High Altitude Acclimatization.

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Why Everest Base Camp Trek is not as cheap as one thinks

Why Everest Base Camp Trek is not as cheap as one thinks

Everest Base Camp Trek is a once in a life experience that takes us from our city's hassled life style to the foot of the highest mountain on earth. The path takes us through the awe amazing vistas and the towering Himalayan giants of Sagarmatha National Park and leaves a lasting impression on trekkers' minds.

The ancient temples of Kathmandu, the unforgettable Lukla flight journey, Buddhist monasteries en route, warm welcoming Sherpa culture, suspension bridges, ever thinning, cold air mixed with unique pahadi breezes. You will explore every bit of it. And as if this natural exuberance was less, the facilities you enjoy during the trek are just unimaginable. Just the fact that at an altitude of 17500 ft, you can make a whatsApp call to your loved ones back home should sweep you off the feet, let alone delicious food and comfy accommodation at almost every stop en route.

But hang on friends! Don't just get carried away by the awesomeness that you just imagined. The imagination can come into reality only at a price that you must pay. In this blog I want to shed some light on why trekking to the EBC is not as cheap as a lot of people think or as a matter of fact, as much as it has been misled by a lot of tour operators/ agencies.

There has been a powerful surge in the no. of trekkers planning for Everest Base Camp and it will continue to rise. The reason being very simple: Everest: Highest Mountain on Earth!! 

Naturally, to cater to this inexorable demand, many tour operators and agencies have jumped into it and are trying their best to arrange the supply. Few years ago, the no. of agencies could have been  be counted on fingers. But today, that number is rapidly increasing too.

There is a variety in agencies to choose from and there is a variety in potential risks associated as well. Risks of high altitude from mild headache, nausea, to severe symptoms like High Altitude Pulmonary, Cerebral Edema, can lead individual from a healthy being into a severely ill to be evacuated to emergency medical need all the way to Kathmandu.

High altitude sicknsss

In such situations, it is very important to have a proper guidance not just during the trek but also in its thorough planning, preparation, and awareness of the trek from the day EBC idea struck your mind.

Hence, when you are looking for searching an agency for your most valuable experience, don’t just google for one with the cheaper rates. There are always going to have hidden costs associated in it.

There are other cost factors too that can add to your inconvenience, eventually leading into an unpleasant experience.

The (in)famous Lukla Flight:

KTM-Lukla flight shall empty your pockets by 14000-16000 INR. And if the weather conditions are not supportive, you might end up shelling out a few more thousands for the alternate means or you will have to wait till the weather is fine.  

Lukla Airport

Food & Boiled Water for Drinking:


The quality of the food that you eat and the type of water you drink, decides whether you will come back home safely or not; let alone completing the trek with success.

In Nepal, all water needs to be treated before drinking. In our treks, we ensure that each participant gets ample of boiled water every day for the trek. That keeps them warm, away from any infections, or sickness. At every tea house, participants should be encouraged to drink lots of hot fluids such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soups etc. They not only help us keep our bodies warm, and taste buds alive; but also provide vital nutrients and minerals for better metabolic functioning of the bodies at high altitudes. Along with the fluid intake, it is a crucial responsibility of the guides and the agency to serve well cooked food (breakfast, lunch dinner) throughout the trek. We prefer to let the participants decide as per their wish from the menu and encourage them to eat adequate meals. Talking about just food and the hot drinking water, these fundamental survival elements themselves are very expensive in those remote regions of national park. And as you gain higher altitude day by day, the cost of these items significantly rises. Just see here an approx. comparison for reference.




Namche Bazaar


1 L Hot Water

No special cost

60 INR

200 INR

300 INR

Egg Omlet

No cost (Breakfast is included in service)

120 INR

200 INR

250 INR

Now that you are going to spend Min 12-13 days on this remote trek route, then min. expenses that you will have to spend on your fundamental essentials are min INR 1800- 2000. And as you go higher, the cost goes higher too. That amounts for around INR 24000- 30000.

Guides- Porters:

Unless you are a hardcore trekker with thorough knowledge, vast experience of high altitude, and splendid fitness regime, you should not attempt this trek unaided & unguided. Guides are important not just en route, but they keep a close watch on your daily health status, food intake, weather conditions, and the en route trek logistics. Porters carry most of your load on their back so that you can hike comfortably with a small day pack.

The accommodation expenses, guides, porters, medical aids, KTM Hotel accommodation, permit fees, (chopper evacuation in case of emergency) will add more to the cost. And if all these aren’t enough, thorough fitness preparation, flawless planning are equally important elements to be considered.

Through this blog, I wish to emphasize that Everest Base Camp Trek is not a cheap affair. Even if you are going as unguided, you will have to spend considerable amount of money so that you can enjoy every bit of it and return home safely with wonderful memories.

We are going there for once in a lifetime and why look for compromises? So don’t get misled by the smaller cost figures. You might just end up paying a fortune for the cost saving at wrong place. 

Wishing you a happy new year and a Safe & Enjoyable High-Altitude Experiences ahead!

Everest base Camp

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Happy New Year : High Altitude Challenges 2019

Happy New Year : High Altitude Challenges 2019

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Here's to the Adventurer within you! High Altitude Challenges : Himalaya and Seven Summit for 2019 year!

A series of Challenges full of adventure, Exploration, extending your comfort zones, and achieving something remarkable that will create a golden memoir page in your biography..

Take a look at various treks and expeditions for this year and join in with us. 

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Construction of Sport Climbing Wall

Construction of Sport Climbing Wall

GGIM constructed 24X16 sqft sport climbing wall at Dhruv Global Academy Pune.

Sport Climbing is an emerging sport in India and is going to be an Olympic Event in Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Young generation of India, especially the school students are taking part in this sport and are performing very well.

Some of GGIM students have represented their school in National levels.

Team GGIM with School Chairman Shri. Sanjay Malpani
Sport Climbing Wall for School Studdents


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Basic Rock Climbing Course


GGIM conducted 3 batches of Basic Rock Climbing Course. One in Nov and 2 in Dec.

All the courses took place with incredible enthusiasm from the participants as they learnt the fundamentals of Sahyadri Trekking, Skills and techniques in Rock Climbing, Safety precautions to be undertaken etc.

At the end of the course, the participants undertook the exams and were graded and certified based on their performance.

After the basic level, next level is Advance Rock Climbing Course scheduled in Feb 2019

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Avhaan Adventure Course

jumaring at sinhagad

GGIM conducted Avhaan Adventure Course during 23-26 Dec 2018. 17 kids participated in the course that comprised of various topics such as Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Jummaring, Camping, Cooking, Backpacking, Equipment Introduction etc.

Most of them were the students of GGIM’s ANU Mumbai Program. GGIM started this school of adventure education in Mumbai in June 2018. Since then 15-16 kids regularly participate in our monthly adventure education programme.

After this course, the kids will participate in Himalaya Adventure Course in the month of May 2019







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Experiences from Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

Mr. Nilesh Deshpande, pens his heartfelt feelings as he treks from Lukla to the EBC.

 एवरेस्ट दर्शन

गेल्या सहा महिन्यांत मागे वाजणाऱ्या तानपुऱ्यासारखा जो विचार मनात सत्तत गुंजत होता, जे स्वप्न कित्येक दिवस जगत होतो त्याच्या पूर्णाहुतीची वेळ. खर तर खूप उत्साहात चालायला लागावं अशी माझीच माझ्याकडून माफक अपेक्षा होती. आणि अपेक्षेप्रमाणे सुरवातीचा जोर मारला देखील.

गणपती बाप्पा मोरया चा गजर निनादला. रोजच्या सरावाने शेर्पा मंडळी देखील आपला मोरया आमच्या गजरात मिसळून दीला. सर्व रस्ता बर्फानी झाकला गेला होता. थंडी तर भलतीच होती कि काय सांगू. खुंबू ग्लेशिअर ला समांतर चाल सुरु झाली. साधारण तासाभरात सुर्य किरण सारा आसमंत उजळू लागले आणि थोडी उब देऊ लागले. थोडके पुढे गेल्यावर उजवीकडे दोन शिखरांच्या मध्ये एव्हरेस्टचं दर्शन झालं. पासंगशी खात्री करून घेतली हेच एव्हरेस्ट. खालच्या दगडाची तमा न बाळगता गुढगे टेकले आणि त्या खडकाळ जमिनीवर डोकं टेकवलं. नजरेत येणाऱ्या टप्प्यात कुठलीहि मानवी अस्तित्वची चाहूल नव्हती. सारे सोबती एकतर पुढचे चढ उतार जवळ करत होते किंवा मागे विश्रांती साठी टेकले होते. निखळ एकांत. फक्त त्या निसर्गाच्या रौद्रभीषण अशा सृजनातला, सर्वात नगण्य किंवा क:पदार्थ मी आणि निसर्गाचा पृथ्वीवरचा सर्वात मोठा अविष्कार सगरमाथा. त्याला मानवंदना दिल्याशिवाय पुढ निघणे अशक्यच होत. अचानक इतक्या पहाटे धुकं दाटून आलं. पाऊस येणार असं वाटतानाच पाऊसाने घेरलं. आता पोन्चो काढणे आले. पण पाऊस माझ्या पुरताच होता. दोन्ही गाल ओले करण्या आधी पाऊस सन ग्लासेस मधून बाहेर पडत होता. बर्फाळ शिखरं नुसत्या डोळ्यांनी पाहू नयेत. या सूचनेची तमा न बाळगता काळा चष्मा काढला आणि डोळे भरून एव्हरेस्टला पहिले.

 आिण अजुन एक दगड तरला

आता चाल एका चिंचोळ्या वाटेने दोन्ही बाजवांच्या दऱ्यांमधून होती. उजवीकडे प्रचंड हे विशेषण लहान वाटावे अशी खुंबू ग्लेशिअर आणि वरती आकाशात घुसलेला तो स्वर्गमाथा. एकेक पाऊल जिंकत पुढे जात होतो. जिंकत हाच खरा शब्द. प्रत्येक पाऊल धाप लगावणार त्यांत चढ आणि उतार. आणि अचानक पाय थांबले. मला बसायचय. त्यांत काही नवीन नाही. थोडकं चालून झाले कि टेकायचं हे नियमानुसारचं. पण हे वेगळ आहे. पाय दुखत नाहीयेत. खांदे जडावले नाहीयेत. श्वास नियंत्रित आहे. तहान सुद्धा नाहीये. डोकं गरगरत किंवा दुखत नाहीये. पण आज मनाने बंड केलंय. मेंदू पायांना चालायचा आदेशच देत नाहीये. ट्रेकिंग पोल टाकून दिलाय, पाण्याची बाटली पण नकोय. जणू काही त्या सगरमाथ्याने सर्व प्राण सोकून घेतलेत. चाचरत चाचरत मी ट्रेक रूट वर पाय घातलाय आणि समोर त्या अतिभव्य पृथ्वीच्या अत्युच्च बिंदुला पाहून ठकची मी ठेला झालोय आता काय करु. माझ मन त्याने बोधून घेतलं आहे. नको काही. नको पुढे जाण, नको फोटो आणि नको ती स्वप्नपूर्ती. आपलं अस्तित्वच मुळात इतकं नगण्य आहे त्यात या स्वप्नांची काय किंमत?

इतक्यात कुणी पाठीवर हात ठेवलाय. "सर, थोडं खा आणि पाणी प्या, आपल्याला ईबीसी पत्थर गाठायचाय. मी कुणाला ती अचीवमेंट चुकवू देणार नाही." अजून मी पूर्ण भानावर नाही. दिनेश नकोरे पुरे आता खूप झालं. दिनेश ट्रेकिंग पोल हातात देवून उठवतोय. पाण्याची बाटली उघडून देतोय. काहीतरी खायचं हातात कोंबतोय आणि नेहमी सारखं खोट बोलतोय अगदी थोडं राहिलंय. ये दिन्या फेकू नकोस उगाच, खूप चालायचे आहे अजून, माहिती आहे मला. गेल्या दहा दिवसातली चिडचिड सगळे बंध तोडून दिनेशवर जातेय. एखाद्या डॉक्टरच्या शांतपणे तो ती "रुग्णाची" तणतण दिनेश सहन करतोय. सर, इतकं केलत आता अगदी थोडचं सहन करा स्वतःला पुश करा बेस कॅम्प हाकेच्या अंतरावर आहे.

हळू हळू जाणीवा जागेवर येताहेत. दिनेशच्या खांद्यावर हात ठेवलाय खर तर त्याला सॉरी म्हणायचय. दिनेश खांद्यावरचा हात थोपटत पुन्हा तेच म्हणतोय चला सर. पण पाऊल उचलत नाहीये. आपण कोण, आपली समाजात पत काय, आर्थिक स्थान काय, आपला हुद्धा काय, किती लोकांवर आपली सत्ता आणि अस असून हे हाल. एव्हरेस्ट शिखरमाथ्यावरचा प्रचंड वारा कसा सार काही एका क्षणांत उडवून देतो. तद्वत हे सारे मूल्याधिष्टित विचार निमिषांत उडून गेले. यातली एकही गोष्ट मला त्यावेळी स्वतःच्या पायावर उभे करू शकली नहि.

अप्पांची जन्मशताब्दी चा संकल्प, माझ्या ऑफिस मधल्या साऱ्यांनी दिलेल्या शुभेच्छा, अनेकानेक थोरामोठ्यांचे आशीर्वाद काही पाऊल पुढे घेवून गेली. अर्णव-अनन्याची बडबड काही पावलं सोपी करत होती. आईबाबांची मुक काळजी काही मीटर रस्ता जवळ आणत होती. विनयचा पूर्ण विश्वास होऊन जाईल रे काही धोंडे पार करवत होती. प्राची आणि आर्याचे फोटो काही अंतर तोडायचं कारण ठरले. फोनला रेंजचं मिळत नव्हती नाहीतर प्राचीचं बोलण नक्की पुढे घेवून गेलं असतं. पहिली हाफ मॅरेथॉनचा शेवटचा टप्पा प्राचीशी बोलतच काटला होता. पण आज तो उपाय पण नव्हता. सगळ्यात शेवटी पाऊलांना बळ दिलं ते गुरुदेवांच्या प्रार्थनेने आणि रामनामाने. श्री राम जय राम जय जय राम. आज पुन्हा एकदा रामनामाने एक दगड तरला.


दिनेश या सगळ्याचं निमित्त. पहिल्या टीम बरोबर बेस कॅम्प करून तो आला होता. तरी गेल्या सात दिवसांत कुठेही निवांत तो बसला नव्हता. गेले चार दिवस तो विवान आणि विहानच्या विवंचनेत कधी त्यांची सॅक घेवून, तर कधी त्यांना घेवून चालत होता. सगळी मागची बाजू दिनेशने एकहाती सांभाळली होती. तो आज आम्हाला अस काही बेस कॅम्पला नेत होता जणू काही आम्ही एवेहरेस्ट बेस कॅम्पला आमच जाण हे आम्ही त्याच्यावर उपकारच करत होतो. आम्हा सगळ्यांचे समिट व्हावं याची सगळ्यांत जास्त तळमळ दिनेशला होती. त्यासाठी संपूर्ण ट्रेकरूट वर अनेक गोष्टी तो आमच्या कडून करून घेत होता. स्वतःचा थकवा, थंडी, विरळ हवामान, प्रसंगी जेवण याची तमा न बाळगता. दिन्या आमचं समिट तुझंच रे.

आणि पिवळे निळे तंबू दिसू लागले. अगदी स्पष्ट. कॅम्प मधली हालचाल पण दिसू लागली. प्रार्थना पताकांची (प्रेयर फ्लॅग) फडफड जाणवू लागली. चालत उजवीकडे वळलो पुमोरीला पाठी ठेवून एक चढ चढला आणि मी एव्हरेस्ट बेस कॅम्प मध्ये होतो.

आपण एव्हरेस्ट बेस कॅम्पला आहोत या वास्तवावर विश्वासच बसत नव्हता. समोर इबीसीचा पत्थर होता, EVEREST BASE CAMP २०१६ असं लिहिलेला. रंगबीरंगी पताका फडकत होत्या. अनुप, गोपाळ, महेशला कडकडून मिठी मारली. डोळ्यातल पाणी लपवण्याचा शिष्टाचार देखील तेंव्हा करावासा वाटला नहि. ईबीसी पत्थरला हात लावला. एखाद्या मूर्तीला अभिषेक घालताना त्यावर हात फिरवतात, तसा हात त्या दगडावर फिरवला. वेगळीच अनुभूती होती ती, तो दागडाचा देव होता. शिवछत्रपतींची देखील एक मूर्ती तिथे होती. त्या दैवताच्या पायाशी बसलो, विसावलो. सगळी गात्र निवली होती. डोक्यातला सारा कोलाहल शांत होत होता. प्राचीची खूप आठवण आली पण बोलावसच वाटत नव्हत. त्यातीथे मुक्तीचं मिळाली होती मला. इतक्या दिवसाचा अट्टहास पूर्ण झाला होत. अनेकांच्या शुभेच्छा, सर्व मित्रांची काळजी. आई बाबा अत्त्त्याचा आशीर्वाद. विनयचा विश्वास. प्राचीची आणि आर्याची संपूर्ण साथ. आणि गेल्या दहा दिवसाचे सगळ्या ट्रेकमित्रांबरोबर घालवलेले लक्षावधी क्षण आठवत होते. आकाशी बघून अप्पांना ( गो नी दांडेकरांना ) त्यांच्या जन्मशताब्दीच माझं अर्घ्य दिलं. आता उरले होते ते एकच दैवत माझे शिवस्वरूप गुरुदेव.

गुरुदेव काय म्हणू. तुमचा संकल्प तुम्हीच पूर्ण केलात. अजुन काय म्हणू. त्या एव्हरेस्ट बेस कॅम्प पत्थरला डोकं टेकून डोळे बंद केलं. सार काही शांत होत होतं.

अचानक डोळ्यातून पाणी आलं. डोळे उघडले त्यावेळी विमान मुंबईच्या विमानतळावर विसावत होत. एक समृद्ध करणारा अनुभव घेऊन अनेक जिवलग जोडून मी मझ्या विश्वांत उतरत होतो. सारा भवताल तोच होता पण त्यातला मी बहुतेक बदललो होतो इवलासा का होइना पण मी बदललो होतो एव्हरेस्ट बेस कॅम्पचा प्रत्यक्ष स्पर्श आणि सगरमात्याच्या नेत्र स्पर्शाने.

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Memories from Everest Base Camp

Everest base Camp

Everest Base Camp Memories

Mr. Arvind Chitale, at the age of 60, decides to go for Everest Base Camp Trek and here's what he has to share: 

Turned 60 this January (2018). Was thinking of doing something to kick off the newly acquired "senior citizen" status. Couple of months back had done a 1500 km cycling tour, Pune Kanyakumari with my cycling group. A year ago had done Annapurna Base Camp trek in Nepal Himalayas. So what could be next. Naturally, Everest Base Camp. Was bit apprehensive due to the altitude, you trek to (5300 mtrs). Annapurna was 4100 mtrs, and I was a year younger. But then, if I don't do it this year, I am not going to be any younger next year. That's it.

Started looking for EBC treks program. One being arranged by Giripremi of Pune, starting 20th April suited me. I didn't have to worry about getting time off work, as I am not in employment. That gave me three months to prepare myself for the trek.

My preparations included climbing Sinhgad atleast once a week, a few treks to nearby forts in Sahyadri, and walking the hills in and around Pune. My regular cycling continued. 30 kms a day, 4 days a week, with a few long distance weekend cycling rides.


On 20th april joined the group of 13 trekkers, from Pune and Mumbai, at Kathmandu for EBC. Three of us were senior citizens. That gave me good company. Rest were between 23 and 55.


Except for a couple of members, all of us completed the trek successfully. The weather was very cold, the descends and climb, moderate to difficult, with high altitude casting it's spell. EBC trek route offers good stay and food facilities. The Sherpa guides and trek leader from Giripremi were friendly and kept us encouraging.


Experienced walking through snowfall and chilling wind. Also had some sleepless nights at high altitudes.

Changing terrain offers different views, from dense forest trails to cold desert as you climb up.

Unpredictable weather throws challenges of cancelled or delayed flights (from Kathmandu to Lukla, where the trek begines)

Reached EBC on 29th april, i.e. 7 days from start, including 2 additional stays for acclaimatisation.

Return was relatively simple. Completed Workshop to Lukla in 3 days.

Return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu did not happen due to bad weather. Instead had to take a chopper upto Faplu, which is the nearest road head. The 270 km, 10 hour, Jeep journey through hills of nepal to Kathmandu was equally adventurous.



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