ELBRUS EXPEDITION SUCCESS: THIRD IN A ROW

GGIM started Mt. Elbrus Expedition in Aug 2016. Since then, this was the third consecutive successful expedition to Mt. Elbrus.Situated in Russia, Caucasus range, Mt. Elbrus is the highest mountain of Europe continent. It is also one of the seven summits. This year, GGIM`s one of the strongest mountaineers, Dinesh Kotkar, led the group of three members: Rohini Upasani, Aliasgar Parekh, and Yash Muchhalla. The team departed from India on 31st July 2018. They did three acclimatization treks in Elbrus region of Baksan valley and on 4th Aug 2018, reached the base camp at barrels (South side route). After spending a day acclimatizing on the slopes of Elbrus, team made it to the summit on 6th. All 4 of them along with local guide Viktor Komarichev, reached the summit. 

GGIM Congratualates to all the summitters and wish good luck for future mountainous challenges!!  

ANU 2018: Aug Treks

There were 4 different activities planned to 4 different destinations. Avhaan's Trek was planned to Fort Rohida; while, Avhaan Advance Trek happened at Chandan Vandan.  Nirmaan kids completed famous Katraj-Sinhagad endurance testing trek and Nirmaan Advance kids trekked to Raireshwar - Kenjalgad.  

More than 150 kids trekked on 5th Aug 2018 to these 4 different locations. 

Giripremi Climbs Mt. Cathedral in Bara Shigri

Giripremi team comprised of Vivek Shivade (leader), Priyanka Chinchorkar (deputy leader), Varun Bhagwat, Amit Talwalkar, Krishna Dhokle, Jitendra Gaware, Saiyami Takale, Anjali Katre, and Rohan Desai successfully summitted Mt. Cathedral, (5890 m) in Bara Shigri (Glacier) of Himachal Pradesh in Spiti Region on 6th Aug 2018. 

Team had been meticulously training and preparing for the expedition for past 6 months. The group had a diversity in experience. Vivek Shivade, having a prior experience of climbing 7-8 peaks and having led expeditions like Mt. CB 13, Mt Elbrus, Mt. Kilimanjaro, led this expedition. Giripremi’s  Everest Summitter Krishna Dhokle, who had summitted Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Hanuman Tibba, Mt. Shrikantha, was also part of the team. Priyanka Chinchorkar, was on her Giripremi’s first expedition but before that she had summitted Mt. Spangnak Ri in Leh region and was a member of Gangotri I expedition. Along with Vivek, Krishna, and Priyanka, team had six new talented mountaineers: Jitendra Gaware, Varun Bhagwat, Rohan Desai, Anjali Katre, Saiyami Takale, and Amit Talwalkar. 

The success of this expedition shall provide vital boost for upcoming Giripremi`s Mt. Kangchenjunga expedition in Apr - May 2019

 

 

Motivational Talk at Mantra Resort for Sandvik Team

4th August 2018 - 

It was one of the team outings for the employees of Sandvik at Mantra Resorts, Bhor. Around 75 employees had gathered at the auditorium and Mr. Umesh Zirpe, Founder Director- GGIM, Awardee of Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Award and leader of Giripremi's Six 8000 meter expeditions along with Mr. Bhushan Harshe, Head-Operations GGIM and Everester of Giripremi were invited for delivering the motivational talk to the gathering. 

Umesh and Bhushan shared their journey of Mt. Everest in year 2012 and 2013 and the audience was stunned to hear there experiences and to watch the mesmerizing photographs of the highest mountain of the world Mt. Everest. The talk focused on the aspects like team spirit and leadership. The key take away message for the listeners  was "If every team member thinks that not only myself but all my teammates should achieve the Goal then no Goal is impossible". The session was concluded with the vote of thanks from the Mr. Yuvaraj and the felicitation of Bhushan and Umesh.    

Girl Guides from UK visit Pune

31 July and 1 August 2018   Scouting their way to mountains

GGIM took 18 Guides (Scout and Guides) from England aged 15 to 17 to Fort Sinhagad on July 31 and Fort Tikona on August 1 as a part of adventure experience.

A group of Guides from England has visited Pune for 3 days for ‘Sangam,’ an event of World Association of Guides. The motive of the event was social work and the troupe performed several social services in three days.

The interesting part of their stay was visits to Sinhagad and Tikona. GGIM took them to the ancient forts and helped them to understand the rich history of Maratha empire and Shree Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The young girls also enjoyed adventurous hikes on historical places. The monsoon added the cherry on the top as it was their first experience of hiking amongst the clouds and heavy rains. 

Presentation at MasterCard

Corporate Talk at MasterCard

Safety in Outdoors

GGIM organises a special seminar to educate corporates about facets mountaineering and adventure in general. Mastercard, one of the leading fintech company in the world, opted for an hourlong seminar about ‘Safety in Outdoors.’ Giripremi’s expert mountaineers, Everesteer and adventurists shared their experiences and motivated the audience to take on an adventure.

Nowadays, trekking or monsoon trekking, in particular, has gained a popularity amongst corporates. However, people going for it are not educated enough about safety and other important parameters. It is a bit directionless and needs scientific education about adventure. GGIM’s special seminar caters all need to edify corporate world. Such sessions never had a dull moment and audience are always enlighten with an interesting stories and anecdotes.

Adventure Outing MSB School 

Paramount Safety

GGIM organises customise treks for schools according to their calendar. It is a co-curricular activity as students learn a new aspect of the life- adventure.

MSB institute, one of the best schools in the city approached GGIM for customised adventure course on the lines of ANU. School wanted to take students from standard 7 to Standard 10 to mountains. GGIM curated a special yearlong course of the school to cater their need.  

on 28th July 2018, MSB institute’s students were taken to Madhe- Upande Ghat for their first outing. They were taught ‘safety’ aspect of the adventure. The trek was a fun and students were delighted with their first mountain experience. During the course, participating students will be taken to forest trails, jungle safari, and Himalayan adventures along with trekking in Sahyadri.  

Nisargnaad 22 July 2018

Adventure for All

Giripremi and GGIM believe in ‘Adventure for All’ Mantra. It has designed a special yearlong adventure course for amateur trekkers named Nisargnaad. Like ANU, Nisargnaad participants are taken to mountains once every month to enjoy the nature and learn something new.

These treks are perfect for practicing for Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp treks’ preparation. In 2017-18 season 105 Nisargnaad participants went to Nepal in April- May 2018 for high altitude treks.

Nisargnaad season 2018-19 was launched on 22 July 2018 with a trek to Bhorgiri- Bhimashankar. The theme of the trek was ‘drenched in the rains fullest’ as it was the peak monsoon time and there was an ample opportunities to get wet. 62 participants across age groups were trekked Bhorgiri- Bhimashankar region in heavy rains.

Nisargnaad treks are for all of them who love mountains. To make your hike interesting, every trek has special guests including veteran and senior mountaineers, Everesteer, Historian, Geologist, Environmentalists or journalists. They share their life experiences with the participants. For the first trek of the season, Everesteer Bhushan Harshe accompanied the troupe.

Stok kangri Summit

Stok Kangri Summit  

GGIM organised a trekking expedition on Mount Stok Kangri in Indian Himalayas. Stok Kangri, 6153 meters tall, is the highest trekkable peak in India. It is one of the most popular peaks in mountaineering fraternity around the world. GGIM’s first expedition on Stok Kangri in 2018 was organised in late July under the leadership of Dr. Sumeet Mandale (Experienced mountaineer and Mt. Cho Oyu Summiteer). Amongst 6 team members,  Prashant Gawai from Pune summited the peak at 6.15 am on July 26, 2018, and returned safely. Itinerary of the expedition
Date Itinerary  
20 July Arrived in Leh 
20 and 21 July Sightseeing in Leh, Visited Hemis Monastery, Visited Spituk Monastery, Visited Hall of Fame
July 22 Marched towards Khardungla Pass, Reached Stok Village 
July 23 Reached Mankorma
July 24 Reached Basecamp
July 24 and 25 Acclimatization 
July 26 Summit by Prashant Gawai at 6.15am 

PUMBA Training Programme

PUMBA Training Programme July 18 and 19 2018

ICE BREAKERS AND TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES

Mountaineering and adventure sports always help to build and nurture several skills including leadership, team building, bonding, courage, etc. These skills are extremely important in every stage of life and we understand it thoroughly. To put thoughts into perspective, GGIM has designed special training programs which help in ice breaking and team building activities.

Recently, GGIM, in association with PUMBA, Department of BBA, Savitribai Phule Pune University, conducted a team building and induction workshop for the new entrants of the BBA course at the department for the year 2018-19. There were total 36 students participated in the workshop. The workshop was conducted in 2 sessions on 18 and 19 July 2018. During the workshop, participants were offered with a variety of team building tasks and activities where they were exposed to team qualities like team spirit, coordination, cooperation, taking initiative, problem solving etc. After every activity, there was a short debriefing session to discuss the behavioural traits displayed during the activity.

Such workshop was just a tip of an iceberg in the field of management and leadership. More in-depth studies, about management, team and individual behaviours etc. The activities which were conducted in this workshop were the triggers to the processes that could be studied and analyzed in depth. Moreover, this workshop acted as the platform for these new entrants to open their minds and brains for receiving new things, knowledge, and concepts. Also, it helped them to break the ice between the group which will certainly be an advantage for them to study together for the next three years.

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