Madhe to Upande trek – Advait Jog



Pune District’s last village à Upande Village – Taluka Velhe

Why the name Madhe Ghat à Tanaji Malusare; Shivaji Maharaj’s “Mavala” won the fort “Kondhana (Sinhagad)” for him. But while fighting, Tanaji passed away. In Marathi, a dead body is called a “Madha”. Since this “Madha” was carried back to his village through this ghat, hence the name “Madhe Ghat” as given. Given below: Trek Madhe Ghat

We started slightly late at about 6:50 – 7:00 am. We met Umesh Zirpe Sir and the other instructors. After reaching at our 1st destination – village Kelad à we were divided in three ropes, 2 of 7 children and 1 of 6. The rope names were given as “Tikona”, “Singhagad” and “Harishchandragad”. I am in rope Harishchandragad and the rope’s instructor is Samiran Dada. We started with a ghoshana. The walking was on plain land for about half a kilometer. Then we started climbing down. For some time we walked near a waterfall “Keleshwar Waterfall”. For some time we walked under a tunnel made of trees. The walk felt as if we were walking on a bed. The sponge like humus gave this feel. When we reached the plain near village Upandhe, Umesh Sir showed us the “Keleshwar Waterfall” and the “Lakshmi Waterfall”. Then we had our lunch in a house in village Upandhe. Three girls sang songs.

Trek à Upandhe Ghat

At about 1:00 pm we started our return journey but the rain stopped us for about half an hour. Then we started back again through the muddy water accumulated due to rain. This was eeky but FUN!

Then we started climbing, this was Upandhe ghat. Looking at the lush green grass, we never realized when we reached on top of the plateau. Here Umesh Sir took us to a place for Singhagrjana*.

After the Singhagarjana we headed back to village Kelad. Everyone was soaked so we changed our clothes; boys in the bus and girls in a bungalow where we had tea. The after a group photo, we ate in the bus and started our return journey. We reached the Rajaram Pul stop at 7:00 pm. It was a wonderful Experience!!

* Singhagarjana à

In a Singhagarjana you shout as loudly as you can, opening your mouth in a wide AAAAAAAAAA…………….

This relaxes your cheek muscles. This info was given by Umesh Sir.

Advait Jog

Avhaan Advance







High Spirits – Annanya Dass

Astonished, mesmerized, and fulfilled with the elegance of  beauty and traits of mystique enhancement we saw. Manali was a wonder come true for not only me but almost everyone. Here comes a short poem which describes the basic idea of how we felt and feel now about the trip. :

Moments full of fun, honour and pride,
This was our most unexpected wonderful ride,
A ride of a journey just of some days,
Which changed us in so many different ways.

A memory filled with friends,
And our very new different trends,
Learning new things was made fun,
And we were eager for more inturn.

Training like an army platoon,
Duration like a short monsoon,
Experiences made a glance,
This was our best chance.

This turned into an adventure book,
And that could be seen on each and every look,
Everything was so awesome,
Our inspiration always blossom.

Another hope of a new adventure stays awake,
For all of us this idea bakes,
These challenging things make us more strong,
And for them forever we’ll long.

As seen, this was a fantabulous thing that got true. The training felt so good even after being so challenging . It became an experience beyond words. The moments were too special, and the time unforgettable. I will always long for more adventures like this. Thank-You to all teachers n friends for making this trip a never-forgetting moment for me forever!

With regards,
Anannya Rene Dass

My (first) Visit to Manali – Vishwajeet Shingare

I always had a question in my mind. A question for which I got a number of answers, but none of them could satisfy me. I was very curious to discover it’s answer but as I grew up my curiosity started to fade away. But last month I realised that I had found my answer.

The answer for which I had been waiting since a long time. The question may seem a little childish. Was there a thing called as heaven? If it was then can we find it on earth? And was it possible for us to reach into it? It took a long time for me to discover the answer but finally I got it. Last month I had been on a trip to Manali between 9th May to 22nd May, probably the best trip I have ever been to. Me and my sister Ojaswini joined a mountaineering group called as ‘GGIM (Guardian Giripremi Institute of Mountaineering)’. At first, I was very nervous as I didn’t have any friends in the institute. We had to go through a train journey to reach Delhi and then we hired a bus to the institute. When we reached Manali I had a pleasant sense of smell which kept on changing. This smell mesmerized me and I got up to look through the window. There came a smile on my face and my eyes closed. Looking at the beautiful cherry plants and apple trees and the lustrous and soft leaves of Gulmohar I was lost in my past thoughts. I had finally discovered the heaven on earth. We got down the bus and walked to our famous institute, The Atal Bihari Bajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports.  It was just like a palace in the woods. The gentle winds blowing slowly, tickled me. We got our rooms to stay which were pretty luxurious. We had to stay five in a room where I made many new friends. After a while it was lecture time where we learnt about the great mountains of the Himalayas. After a tiring travel, we all were very hungry. The food arranged for us was no so delicious but was certainly very nutritious. After the lunch, we got a free time and we decided to click pictures. We all ran to get our cameras to capture the beautiful terrains of nature during which we didn’t realise that it was dinner time. We had our dinner and were fast asleep after a tiring day. The best thing I liked about the day was that we all had to maintain utmost discipline which made me feel like an army leader. On the first day, I was made the group leader which was more than a proud moment for me. The next day we had to get up early by 4 ‘o’ clock when we were served hot tea. We had our breakfast at 6 ‘o’ clock and at sharp 6:30 we left for the trek. The trek was a little tiring on the first day but as we moved on every day for the acclimatisation treks we became used to it. As a leader, I had to coordinate all the activities like providing refreshments and look into any other problems of all the members. After a few treks, it was finally time for the trek for which we all were waiting. The trek to ‘Beaskund’ which was known so because it was considered as the origin of the river Beas. It was going to be the most tiring trek since it was a very high-altitude mountain. While others were very nervous about today’s trek I was very excited. We began for the trek early morning. After a long distance, we all were very tired but our organizers were successful in encouraging us. When we all reached the foothills of the mountain we could see the snow after which all of us ran towards it. We all made snowballs and were hitting each other with them. We also made a huge snowman and the best thing was that the whole group participated in it. This was a sign of team spirit. After an hour of enjoyment, it was time for us to leave. I was able to see many different emotions in many people. Some of them were happy while some felt home sick. But finally, we started again for the rest house with a new energy. When I entered my room the first thing I did was that I jumped on my bed and woke up only after an hour. Finally, it was time for us to leave. We all packed our bags and got into our bus. We reached the Railway Station in an hour and left for pine. When we reached the Pune station on 22nd May’2017, we all met our friends as we were going to meet them only after a long time. Finally, it was time to go. We bid farewell to each other and left for our home.

It was a very adventurous experience for me in which I learnt and developed many qualities in which the most important was the leadership quality. I would love to go on such a wonderful trip to heaven once again.


Written by: Vishwajeet Omprakash Shingare (GGIM, Pune)

Giripremi Members Umesh Zirpe and Vishal Kaduskar set off to achieve their dream

Mrs. MuktaTilak, Mayor, Pune Municipal Corp. hands over the tricolour to Giripremi’s mountaineers

Mr. Umesh Zirpe, Giripremi’s senior mountaineer & leader of five 8000der expeditions & Mr. Vishal Kaduskar, a mountaineer who has dedicated himself towards mountaineering, are embarking on the challenge of Mt. Everest Expedition on 2nd Apr 2017. Mrs. MuktaTilak, Mayor, Pune Municipal Corp. wished her compliments to the duo, on the occasion of informal Flag off ceremony held at Mayor House on 30th Mar 2017 .

Umesh Zirpe
Vishal Kaduskar

Pune, the city once known for the mountain lovers, is now a spurring nucleus of hard-core mountaineers. The energetic culture here and needless to mention the Patriarch Sahyadri himself, are the chief catalysts in planting healthy mountainous aspirations in brave hearts of this city. The organization that has been relentlessly pursuing the sport of mountaineering and spreading the awareness of this sport among masses for past 35 years, is none other than Giripremi. It started its journey of mountaineering with a motto of ‘mountaineering for happiness’ and by now already has more than 35 challenging Himalayan summits completed. Since 2012, Giripremi has been pursuing the quest of 8000ders. A daring vision only a few can dream and perhaps only Giripremi has set forth chasing. Till now, Giripremi successfully summitted, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu& Mt. Dhaulagiri. 5 mighty 8000ders in five years! In 2012, 8 Giripremians reach to the top of Mt. Everest; and in 2013, three more achieved this feat. Today Girirpemi holds the record of having led 11 Everesters to the top of the world.

Mr. Umesh Zirpe has played an instrumental role in leading all these expeditions to success. This year, he himself along with Vishal Kaduskar have decided to attempt this 60 days long expedition. As per the tradition of complimenting the team for expedition success, Giripremi organized a flag off ceremony. It was conducted at Mayor’s house yesterday.

“It’s a moment of pride to have 11 Everesters in our city. And today Mr. Umesh Zirpe, who has been the visionary stalwart behind this great deed, is now attempting the Everest, makes this expedition a special not only for Giripremi but for the whole City. On behalf of all Punekars, I wish both, Mr. Umesh Zirpe& Mr. Vishal Kaduskar, success and safe return.”, said Mayor, Mrs. MuktaTilak.

On this occasion, Giripremi president Mr. AnandPalande, Giripremi founder Mrs. Ushaprabha Page, Mr. Pradip Kurulkar- Director, DRDO, Mrs. Nalini Sengupta- Principal Vidya Valley School, Mr. Vivek Gupta- Director, Vidya Valley School, Prof. Darade Patil- DIN, MIT College, Secretory Mr. Avinash Kandekar, Co-ordinator Mr. Niranjan Palsule & all Giripremi well-wishers along with Giripremi’s Everesters were present for the programme.


‘गिरिप्रेमी’चे उमेश झिरपे व विशाल कडूसकर ‘एव्हरेस्ट’ मोहिमेसाठी रवाना

पुण्याच्या महापौर सौ मुक्ताताई टिळक यांच्या हस्ते मोहिमेसाठी तिरंगा ध्वज प्रदान

मार्च ३१, पुणे.

‘गिरिप्रेमी’ या महाराष्ट्रातील अग्रगण्य गिर्यारोहण संस्थेचे जेष्ठ सदस्य व प्रमुख मोहिमांचे नेते उमेश झिरपे व ‘गिरिप्रेमी’चा तरुण गिर्यारोहक विशाल कडुसकर जगातील सर्वोच्च शिखर ‘माउंट एव्हरेस्ट’च्या चढाई मोहिमेसाठी येत्या २ एप्रिलला रवाना होणार असून त्यांना शुभेच्छा देण्याचा व मोहिमेसाठी भारतीय तिरंगा व महाराष्ट्राचा भगवा ध्वज प्रदान करण्याचा कार्यक्रम पुण्याच्या महापौर सौ मुक्ताताई टिळक यांच्या उपस्थितीत गुरुवारी ३० मार्च रोजी महापौर बंगल्यावर पार पडला. महापौरांच्या हस्ते मोहिमेचे ध्वज झिरपे व कडुसकर यांना प्रदान करण्यात आले.

‘गिरिप्रेमी’ ही महाराष्ट्रातीलच नव्हे तर देशातील एक प्रमुख गिर्यारोहण संस्था असून आतापर्यंत एकूण ११ सदस्यांनी ‘एव्हरेस्ट’ शिखर सर केले आहे. २०१२ साली ‘गिरिप्रेमी’ने ‘माउंट एव्हरेस्ट’वरील भारतातील सर्वात मोठी नागरी मोहिम यशस्वी केली होती. या मोहिमेच्या दरम्यान एकाच दिवशी ‘गिरिप्रेमी’तील तब्बल आठ गिर्यारोहकांनी ‘माउंट एव्हरेस्ट’वर तिरंगा फडकाविला होता. पुढे २०१३ साली ‘माउंट एव्हरेस्ट- माउंट ल्होत्से’ ही दुहेरी मोहीम, २०१४ साली ‘माउंट मकालू’ व २०१६ साली ‘माउंट च्योयू व माउंट धौलागिरी’ या जगातील प्रमुख अष्टहजारी शिखरांवरील मोहिमा यशस्वी केल्या आहेत. या सर्व मोहिमांचे नेते उमेश झिरपे यावेळी स्वतः ‘माउंट एव्हरेस्ट’ मोहिमेसाठी जाणार असून त्यांच्या सोबतीने गिर्यारोहण क्षेत्रामध्ये वाहून घेतलेला संस्थेचा तरुण सदस्य विशाल कडूसकर असणार आहे. हे दोघेही जण ६० दिवसांच्या आव्हानात्मक मोहिमेसाठी पुण्याहून २ एप्रिलला निघणार आहेत. संस्थेच्या प्रथेप्रमाणे, मोहिमेवर जाणाऱ्या गिर्यारोहकांना शुभेच्छा देण्याचा व मोहिमेसाठी ध्वज प्रदान करण्याचा कार्यक्रम आखण्यात आला होता. तो काल महापौरांच्या उपस्थितीत पार पडला.

महापौर सौ मुक्ताताई टिळक यांनी शुभेच्छा देताना सांगितले, “पुण्यातील गिरिप्रेमी संस्थेचे अकरा सदस्य ‘एव्हरेस्ट’वीर असणे ही पुण्यासाठी अभिमानास्पद गोष्ट आहे तसेच या यशाचे शिल्पकार व मोहीम नेते उमेश झिरपे यावेळी स्वतः ‘एव्हरेस्ट’ चढाईसाठी जाणार असल्याने या मोहिमेला अधिक महत्व प्राप्त होते. मी झिरपे यांना व त्यांचा तरुण सोबती सदस्य विशाल कडुसकर यांना पुणे शहराची प्रथम नागरिक म्हणून सर्व पुणेकरांच्या वतीने मोहिमेसाठी हार्दिक शुभेच्छा देते.”

ध्वजप्रदान कार्यक्रमाला महापौर यांच्या समवेत नगरसेवक धीरज घाटे, ‘डीआरडीओ’चे संचालक प्रदीप कुरूळकर, माननीय शैलेश टिळक, ‘महाराष्ट्र इन्स्टिट्यूट ऑफ टेक्नोलॉजी’ (एम आय टी) चे डीन शरदचंद्र दराडे पाटील, ‘विद्या व्हॅली’ शाळेच्याप्रमुख नलिनी सेनगुप्ता, संचालक विवेक गुप्ता, उपस्थित होते. त्याचसोबत ‘गिरिप्रेमी’ संस्थेच्या संस्थापिका उषःप्रभा पागे, अध्यक्ष आनंद पाळंदे, कार्याध्यक्ष निरंजन पळसुले, कार्यवाह अविनाश कांदेकर, ‘गिरिप्रेमी’चे एवरेस्टवीर गणेश मोरे, भूषण हर्षे, कृष्णा ढोकळे, आनंद माळी, चेतन केतकर, प्रसाद जोशी तसेच सर्व सदस्य, हितचिंतक व पुणे शहरातील प्रमुख नागरिक झिरपे व कडुसकर यांना शुभेच्छा देण्यासाठी आवर्जून उपस्थित होते.

Updates Pikey Peak Trek (29th Apr – 6th May 2017)

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A short duration trek to the peak which offers mesmerizing view of Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu and many more.
Pikey Trek is a comfortable trekking route among the others treks. This peak (4,065 m) being one of the tallest mountains of Solu (lowland of Everest region). It’s the best alternative trek for those people who can’t reach Everest Base Camp. Name of the Pikey is taken from the two names of the Sherpa people. The trek is well known for its stunning views of majestic sunrises & panoramic Himalayan views of Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt.Makalu, Kanchenjungha, Gauri Shankar, Lhotse Shar, Numbur, Khatang, Karyalung, Annapurna, Nuptse, Amadablam, Shishapangma, Thamserku and Mera peak etc. It is famous for because of having marvelous Himalayan scenery including the Rhododendrons, Magnolia and wild orchids and the festival season in August that includes a cleansing rituals. Thousand of devotees walk to the lake for the festival from village all around Solukhumbu. This trail goes through Phaplu, Loding, Jasamane Banjyang to reach the Pikey Danda(Hill), Khamding ( where Wongchu Memorial Hospital is being constructed in the memory of late Wangchu Sherpa whose contribution towards Nepal Himalaya and the Sherpa community is unparalleled), Chyangba village and Kathamandu.




29th Apr 2017:

The first ever GGIM’s batch for Pikey peak has embarked on their journey.

Today the team shall reach KTM and will be received by Peak Promotion team. They will stay at Hotel Holy Himalaya tonight and begin their journey to Pikey peak from tomorrow.

Updates Mt. Mera Expedition (17th Apr 2017)

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The team:



2nd May 2017:

The team has safely reached KTM. Thus, the expedition has ended and all the participants will fly back to India soon.

We hope that they enjoyed every bit of the expedition. Some of them made it to the summit while some unfortunately could not. But the quote, “Be humble in victory & gracious in defeat” shall linger in their minds forever and inspire them to take on new challenges in future.

1st May 2017:

The team departed from Base camp to Khare- Tangnak and then to Kote. Some of the members flew back to Lukla via chopper on Saturday (Prashant, Samruddhi, Krishma, Milind & Dr. Arun) while others hiked down to Lukla.

Yesterday was a sad day for the mountaineering fraternity as the legendary mountaineer & rock climber Ueli Steck passed away in an accident on Nupse mountain, while acclimatizing for his extra ordinary Mt. Everest- Lhotse Expedition. Some of the members went to Lukla hospital to pay their homage, where his body was brought from EBC.

27th Apr 2017:

The panorama
Panoramic view from the summit

Great News yet again!!

Mera team makes it to the summit!

The team started walking for the summit push at night from an altitude of 5800 m. By 8:30 AM, along with Dr. Sumit Mhandale, Krishma Paudyal & Diki Sherpa & Pemba Sherpa; 4 GGIM participants, Ritu Chawla, Dr. Arun nayak, Dr. Suneeta Sathi & Hemang Tanna made it to the summit.

Unfortunately, 4 members, Prashant & Samruddhi Bhutkar, Sumedh & Milind Halbe could not make it to the summit due to health issues. But all are doing well and are resting in Khare now.

Although Mt. Mera is a trekking peak, the crevasses (open & hidden both) and long stretches makes the task a real challenge. Kudos to the summitters and best wishes for their future climbs!

26th Apr 2017:

Today the team has moved to highcamp. And tonight after taking appropriate rest, they will go for a summit push. Lets hope and wish the team all the very best for the ascent!

25th Apr 2017:

The team did some acclimatization by gaining 200 m and then working on technical aspects of mountaineering such as rappelling, jumaring. They had an excellent weather.. the photos will tell it more!

24th Apr 2017: Read More

5:00 PM:

The group, all fit and in cheerful moods reached Khare in 4.5 hrs. They saw Tama Pokhari lake on the way.. As per the group’s info, 14 years back, it was formed from a landslide from the surrounding mountain.

The weather at Mera trails though seem to be cloudy & snowy; the atmosphere at Khare camp is perhaps electrifying. I dont know if its the closeness to the Mt. Mera thats driving them crazy or the closeness to the internet! :P.. Our whatsApp is getting loaded with power pack boosters from the wilderness! Here are some of the glimpses that you might have missed during the earlier days:

11:00 AM

Today the team left for Khare.. its going to be a strenuous way up as they will be gaining around 700 m altitude. The weather is a bit cloudy en route. It’s possible that they will face some drizzles or mild rains during the hike.


23rd Apr 2017: Read More

Finally we got some visual updates from team mera! Here are them. All the members seem to be smiling and excited for the goal.

Some campsite lukhagiri of Mera Team!!  So damn surprised to find ‘Nepal me bhi fogg chal raha hai!! 😀


22nd Apr 2017: Read More

Today the group has reached at Tangnak (4200 m). The group will stay here for another one day. As they hiked to Tangnak, they saw a few glimpses of Mera.

The glacier is coming closer as the team can see the morrain around. The views are excellent and some of the camps were equally excellent. especially, the participant enjoyed the Kothay campsite.

Yesterday they moved from Kharkitang at 4100 m. and passed Khetra La at 4400 m, Thurki kharka at 4100 m and reached Kothay. The group has been witnessing monsoon like weather and the connectivity has been bad throughout the trek…Yet all members are in good condition. Samruddhi was a bit sick due to altitude  but she is being well looked after by her fellow mates and Dr. Sumit himself. Most of their trek was through a thick forest of Devdar trees.

Today they have descended some altitude for better acclimatization.


21st Apr 2017: Read More

Team hiked to Kothay today. Unfortunately the connectivity en route is poor due to which visual updates are not possible.

19th Apr 2017: Read More

All the team members have safely reached their next destination ‘Kharka Teng’.

18th Apr 2017: Read More

All the members have flown to Lukla at 11:00 AM. Their trek will begin immediately to Chutenga in short time.

17th Apr 2017: Read More

Today the team has left Pune for Kathmandu. They will be reaching hotel Holy Himalaya and do the final clothing, boots & equipment preparations.

26th Mar 2017: Read More

Team Mera receives a grandiose felicitation during the flag off ceremony for the Expedition. The team just returned from a practice trek (Katraj to SInhagad) early morning on Sunday. After the trek, during a small meeting at Giripremi office, team did a final preparatory check and discussed on topics related to equipment packing, trek planning etc.

Guidance and best wishes from senior mountaineers of Giripremi, Palande Sir, Usha tai & Umesh sir along with Everesters Bhushan, Prasad & Ganesh; boosted the teams confidence!

today’s function at office was in true sense motivating, encouraging. I have never seen such thing earlier. Hearing all seniors from bottom of there heart was really a treat to all of us. – Kaustubh Palekar, participant’s father 


Updates Mt. Island Expedition (7th Apr 2017)

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Imja Tse, better known as Island Peak, is a 20,305 ft high mountain situated in the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. The peak was named Island Peak in 1951 by Eric Shipton’s party since it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. Imja Tse summit was first climbed in 1956 by a Swiss team as a training exercise in preparation for Mount Everest and Lhotse. Imja Tse is one of the most popular trekking peaks given its difficulty (alpine PD+) and accessibility especially when supported by a Nepalese climbing guide. Read More

Base camp to high camp is basically a hike but just above high camp, some rocky steps require moderate scrambling and up through a broad open gully. At the top of the gully, glacier travel begins and proceeds up to a steep snow and ice slope. From here, fixed ropes may be set up by required for the strenuous ascent of nearly 100 metres (330 ft) to the summit ridge. The climb to the summit is somewhat difficult due to steep climbing. From the Top, gigantic wall of Lhotse, towering 2,300 m (7,500 ft) above the summit can be seen.

Team Members: Rohit Ijantkar & Rugved Thite

23rd Apr 2017:

Well deserved dinner party to rejuvenate the golden memories!

22nd Apr 2017:3:30 PM

As expected, both the teams of Island expedition reached KTM safely and they will now rest at hotel and proceed for departure back to Pune.

11:00 AM

No updates from the team as yet on 11:30 AM. We will post as soon as we hear. Most probably both Island batches will be together at Lukla and shall fly to KTM soon.

21st Apr 2017:

Today the news is that both the summitters have trekked all the way from Chukung to Namche yesterday and will be reaching Lukla today.

19th Apr 2017: 

Good News again!!!

Duos R and R makes it to the summit! These guys reached base camp yesterday. And at night around 1:30 AM they went for the summit push!

By 9:00 AM the tricolour fluttered on top of Mt. Island. The way they made their summit , is a moment of pride not only for them but for every one of us. Without taking an extra day at high camp, they moved to summit directly and came back to Chukung the same day!!

Bravo boys! We all are proud of you!!

18th Apr 2017: Read More

Today also no communication. But as per the plan, team will move to Island Base camp and make their final preparations for the summit attempt.

17th Apr 2017: Read More

Today the team has left from Dingboche to Chukung. Chukung is a last destination before heading to the base camp of Island. Communication is a bit of a problem here but as per the messages from porters & guides en route, both the climbers are healthy and eyeing for the final countdown.

14th Apr 2017: Read More

Today the team reached Tengboche. Due to flight hassle and subsequent delay in launching the expedition, the duo, high on energy and in extra ordinary fitness levels, are marching at a faster speed to their destinations. From Lukla, they moved to Namche and from Namche, they skipped the extra rest day and moved to Tengboche.


11th Apr 2017: Read More

3:30 PM: Unfortunately the weather at KTM turned bad that the flights could not take off. Team has turned back to hotel and will reattempt tomorrow.

10:30 AM: Both the members have reached the KTM airport to board their flight to Lukla.

10th Apr 2017: Read More

Finally the duo, Rohit & Rugved managed to get a rescheduled flight today and they are on their way to Kathmandu. They will reach by afternoon and immediately begin preparations for the trek.

7th Apr 2017: Read More

In a totally unprecedented event that happened today, when our Island team reached Pune airport, they came to know that their flight has been cancelled due to technical difficulty. As of now, the team will reschedule their departure to KTM on 10th  Apr.

We will keep you posted of subsequent developments!


Updates Mt. Island Expedition (1st Apr 2017)

About the peak –

Imja Tse, better known as Island Peak, is a 20,305 ft high mountain situated in the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. The peak was named Island Peak in 1951 by Eric Shipton’s party since it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. Imja Tse summit was first climbed in 1956 by a Swiss team as a training exercise in preparation for Mount Everest and Lhotse. Imja Tse is one of the most popular trekking peaks given its difficulty (alpine PD+) and accessibility especially when supported by a Nepalese climbing guide. Read More

Base camp to high camp is basically a hike but just above high camp, some rocky steps require moderate scrambling and up through a broad open gully. At the top of the gully, glacier travel begins and proceeds up to a steep snow and ice slope. From here, fixed ropes may be set up by required for the strenuous ascent of nearly 100 metres (330 ft) to the summit ridge. The climb to the summit is somewhat difficult due to steep climbing. From the Top, gigantic wall of Lhotse, towering 2,300 m (7,500 ft) above the summit can be seen.

Team Members: Sachin Gadgil, Sameer Divekar & Shailesh Kulkarni

23rd Apr 2017:

Well deserved dinner party to rejuvenate the golden memories!

22nd Apr 2017:

Finally with a grandiose greetings, both Island team have safely reached KTM and will be staying in Holy Himalaya Hotel.

21st Apr 2017:

Today the team is expected to fly back to KTM.

20th Apr 2017:

The trio has reached Phakding by 12:30 PM and will be heading to Lukla today.

19th Apr 2017: Read More


We did not receive any updates from the team today but as per the plan they are expected to reach Pheriche. Tomorrow they will reach Namche Bazaar.

18th Apr 2017: Read More

Today all the team members have made their way to Everest Base Camp. They met Mama & Vishal. It was a great moment for all Pune mountaineers, Giripremians to have a reunion, share their stories and wish good lucks and compliments..

17th Apr 2017:

High on Island summit, the team has reached EBC. They will meet Umesh mama & Vishal and share the pleasantries with them before beginning the return journey.. But more than anything else, the euphoria of summit will continue to linger in their minds..Here’s the heartfelt words from the summitters:

At last got network….
On 14th april night we planned our summit attempt. We arrived at advance base camp on 13th april at around 1 pm….the altitude was 5300 mtrs. We had planned to start the summit attempt walk at 3 am on 14th april….but it started snowing at 3 pm on 13th and gradually the snowfall increased and we witnessed heavy snowfall for 3 hours. We were worried and the 14th attempt seemed dicy as there was few inches of fresh snow everywhere. Fortunately the snow fall stoped at 6 30 pm and we decided to continue with our plan. Read More

We took rest in our tent till 1 am and started preparing for the attempt. The biggest challenge was coping with sub zero temperature, high altitude and the new snow shoes.
We started at sharp 3 am on 14th and were at crampon point at the dawn. We changed our gear ( crampons, helmets, gaters, harness and ice climbing equipment) from rock climbing to ice/ snow climbing. We were exhausted but the view was breathtaking.  There were amazing formations of ice and crevaces which were making it spectacular and challenging.
On the way to the base of ice wall we crossed 3 or 4 crevaces and a ladder of around 10 ft. This was a mind boggling experience which requires courage and grit to cross.

We reached at the base of the 200 mtr ice wall which was the biggest and toughest challenge for the summit. It demanded 200 mtrs of zoomering which required tremendous mental strength, physical capacity to pull oneself up ( especially after 6 hrs of strenuous climb and in sub zero temperatures) and some technique of using zoomer, changing ropes and anchoring for safety.
After labouring for more than 1 hr on the wall, we finally reached the final ridge before the summit.
At 10 am on 14th April all three of us made to the summit of Mt Island peak (6189 mtrs)
The major credit for this success goes to Ngwang Thule (our climbing guide), management team of Peak Promotion Agency and last but most important the team Giripremi  who helped us in all possible way.
This success is only possible with all your blessings, wishes and support during the entire process.

Sachin Gadgil,  Shailesh Kulkarni & Sameer Divekar

14th Apr 2017: Read More

Good News from Chukhung..
Team Mt. Island expedition brings the great success… Today on 14th April, all 3 members unfurled Indian tricolor and Saffron of Maharashtra on the top of Mt. Island.. This morning Sachin Gadgil, Shailesh Kulkarni and Sameer Divekar with Ngawang Thule sherpa reached the summit of mountain at 9.30am… All are safely back to Chukhung..

11th Apr 2017:Read More

No contact yesterday. It is really difficult to make a contact from Dingboche onward.

Perhaps, since they have not taken any extra efforts to make contacts, we believe they have preferred to enjoy the lavish hospitality of the locals and magnificent views of Mt. Ama Dublam from their windows instead of hiking here and there searching for better networks 😛

Today, as per the itinerary, they are scheduled to do an acclimatization walk to Nagarjun Hill.

10th Apr 2017: Read More

Today, the team must have reached Dingboche. One of the longest and a strenuous trek. Cold winds and barren terrains begin from here. The connectivity is compromised. But despite that, based on team’s spirit and the fitness level, this hike surely is an easy trek for the trio.

Next day, they will stay at Dingboche and go for an acclimatization hike to Nagarjun Hill. There is a chance for getting some connectivity. We will keep you posted, once we get updates from the team.

9th Apr 2017: Read More

The team has reached Tengboche, all are in good shape, It is very cold and windy there. Team  will move to Dingboche tomorrow..

At Tengboche
At Tengboche

7th Apr 2017: Read More

As expected, the team had an excellent weather and they did get the awesome views of Everest, Lhotse and majestic Ama Dablam. Three of them hiked all the way till the Everest View hotel for acclimatization and were back to the hotel at Namche by mid afternoon. Its good to see all of them fit and high on Dhal-Bhat Power. 

Hope the mantra- ‘Dal-bhat power, 24 hour‘ shall help them in staying fit throughout the expedition.

Today the team went up to Khumzum for an acclimatization walk. They will gain an altitude of 3800 m till Everest View Hotel. If the weather permits, they will have a clear view of Everest, Lhotse and even Ama Dablam!

6th April 2017 Read More

Today the team completed one of the longest and steep trek to Namche Bazaar. The weather during the trek was so clear that the team had a spectacular view of Everest – Lhotse as they crossed the hanging bridges. The team is in excellent health conditions and will be visiting the local museum and devour on food cuisines.

5th April 2017  Read More

Today the team left from Lukla to Monjo. Monjo is an intermediate station between Phakding & Namche Bazaar. They had an amazing weather today as they crossed two hanging bridges on the doodh kosi river.

4th April 2017 Read More

And finally the flight landed. In Lukla! 🙂

The team had a lunch at Khumbu lodge at Lukla but unfortunately, their Sharpa guides could not fly from KTM due to bad weather. So tonight the team will stay at Lukla and tomorrow move to Phakding.

The uncertainty of the weather and the unpredictable nature of flights to Lukla are part of the overall journey and expedition. We encountered this on the very first day and it really made us reaffirm the supremacy of the Nature and subsequent discussions with Mama taught us to be humble and accept the nature’s verdict and still continue the journey…….what a learning on the very first day of the expedition” – Sachin

3rd April 2017 Read More

Today the team will be spending time at KTM. It’s a great opportunity for them to meet and chat with Giripremi’s senior mountaineers Mama & Vishal who have arrived in KTM for their Everest Expedition.

Island team with Mama & Vishal
Island team with Mama & Vishal

3:30 PM: Unfortunately, the team had to come back to KTM hotel since the weather at Lukla turned bad and most of the flights got cancelled. Hope tomorrow the sun shall be bright and so would the team’s luck!

10:30 AM: After a rest day at KTM, the team is now ready to fly to Lukla. In the morning at 10:30, they are waiting at the Airport. Hope the weather is benign and they make their way without any hassle.

1st April 2017 Read More

Mt. Island team reached in Kathmandu. They were received by peak promotion team at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

At Hotel Holy Himalay
At Hotel Holy Himalay
At TOI Airport, Kathmandu
At TOI Airport, Kathmandu
At TOI Airport, Kathmandu
At TOI Airport, Kathmandu
At Hotel Holy Himalay
At Hotel Holy Himalay


24th Mar 2017 Read More

Mt. Island team is in its final preparations. Today they received best wishes from Giripremi club. The team of three members, Sachin Gadgil, Shailesh Kulkarni & Sameer Divekar will depart to KTM on 1st Apr 2017.

Updates ABC trek (Batch 28th Apr 2017)

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Mt. Annapurna… world’s 10th highest mountain… Trek to the base camp of Annapurna ABC is as popular trekking destination as EBC if not more. The trek begins at Pokhara, widely known as the ‘Lake City’ and passes through cascading waterfalls, beautiful villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests, and amazing mountain vistas before reaching the base of the mighty Annapurna.



2nd May 2017:

Today, is a 2nd day of the hike. The group will descend down to Landruk at 1592 m.

1st May 2017:

Yesterday, the team left from Pokhra to Phedi. It was a journey of around 3-4 hrs by road. And from Phedi, they hiked till Dhampus.

29th Apr 2017:

ABC team reached KTM yesterday. They were warmly greeted by Peak Promotion team at KTM airport. Today, the group will have a city tour, followed by final preparations for the trek. And tomorrow, they will drive to Pokhra.