On 18-19 Jan 2020, 31 participants from GGIM took part in Fort Vasota Jungle Trek. It was a memorable experience as the trekkers had a company of Giripremi's veteran mountaineer Ushaprabha Page and an avid History lover ABhijeet Belhekar. The group camped near Shivsagar lake at night. Next day they rode a boat to the base of the fort called Met Indavali. A gradual walk through the jungles took all of them to the top of the fort. Trek to Fort Vasota is a part of GGIM's Nisarganaad initiative.
About Fort Vasota -
The fort is located near a village called Bamnoli in Satara district. It is near the backwaters of Koyna dam. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj renamed it as 'Vyaghra Gad', because it resembled in a shape of a Tiger.
Abhijeet Belhekar described Historical and Geographical aspects of the fort. It is under the category of 'Vana Durg'. It was a watchtower fort and had facilities for imprisonment during Maratha Empire. The fort has remnants such as lime-crusher, Hanuman Temple etc.
It had natural defense for impregnability. On one side was a huge lake and on the other a steep vertical rock cliff.
Thus, Fort Vasota Jungle Trek is a must do adventure for beginner trekkers and wildlife, nature lovers.
Glimpses of Fort Vasota -
About Night Trek to Kalsubai
Kalsubai is the highest peak in Maharashtra. It lies on Nashik - Ahmadnagar boarder. Its height is 5400 ft. It is a moderate level trek that begins from a village called Bari. The region is dominated by Sahyadri's iconic forts such as Alang-Madan-Kulang, Ratangad, Harishchandragad. Towards North, Harihar, Bramhagiri forts are situated. Famous Bhandardara dam on Arthur Lake is situated on the south side of the peak.
The climb starts from the Bari and is initially gradual for 45 -50 min. After that the climb steepens. At some places there are rock cut steps, and at some places, metal ladders are fixed. This steep section takes an hour or so to climb. Last part of the climb is again a gradual walk till the base of a 100 ft cliff. Another ladder is fixed to negotiate this 100 ft. cliff which takes the hikes to the top of Maharashtra.
During 2012, Giripremi had conducted a unique trek to Kalsubai to promote its Pune Everest Expedition 2012. More than 450 participants had attended the trek and showed support to the expedition. This trek was led by veteran mountaineer Late Shri. N K Mahajan at his age of 90.
Thus, Night Trek to Kalsubai is a wonderful trek and Winters are the best time to do this trek. For more details, please contact - 9890499955 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Glimpses of Night Trek to Kalsubai
Trek to Tikona
On 11th Jan 2020, students of Denmark, attended Trek to Tikona with GGIM. They were visiting Pune on their cultural tour for a week.
30 students in their 11th-12th grade trekked to Fort Tikona. Guardian Giripremi Institute of Mountaineering's instructors Vivek Shivade, Anand Mali, Ankit Sohoni, and Deepali Patil guided them during the trek. Being enthusiastic students, accompanied by their History teacher, they took keen interest in learning History of Maratha Empire. During the trek they explored nuances in traditional culture at fort, structure of the fort and caves, and temples of Taljai Devi and Vitandeshwar.
From the top of the fort, team saw nearby forts - Lohgad, Visapur, and Tung. Views of serene Pawana dam left the guests speechless.
It was a wondrous half day adventure with some bites of History, Geography, Indian Traditions and customs.
Guardian Giripremi Institute of Mountaineering, first and only adventure training institute recognized by Government of Maharashtra, brings to you certificate course in Rock Climbing.
Are you an avid trekker and wants to learn fundamentals of trekking? Yes! Indeed, there is a lot to learn. Be it how to pack your rucksack, how to pitch a tent, how to take care of your sleeping bag, skills of first aid, and so on… Or you have been an experienced trekker and now wish to uplift your skill set and confidently explore the extravagant unseen Sahyadri on your own. Do you think that the knowledge of rope, knots, map reading skills, environmental ethics, camping skills will enrich your quality of exploration and you will be able to experience wilderness in an entirely different perspective?
You might also be a rookie adventurer, who wants to learn knew skills of rock climbing, rappelling, Jumaring, wall climbing. Some of you may also be having your own adventure agencies. Leading easy treks like Tikona to challenging ones like Alang Madan Kulang, surely requires mastery in outdoor skillsets and an authentic certification from a recognized institution to support your passion.
What you will learn?
Though course name points to the art of rock climbing, but the course content covers everything one might require to hike, camp, trek or climb in rugged Sahyadris. It is a specially designed course which requires no prerequisite. If you are a trekker, or a camper, or an avid adventurer, or a professional trek leader, this course is ideal for each of you. If you are aspiring to learn rock climbing, then this is truly a steppingstone for your future endeavors. One great thing about the course is, it has no age limit. All you need is sincere enthusiasm and willingness to learn new skills. One of our participants Chinmay Thakurdesai shares his experience.
From whom you will learn?
The course is run by Giripremi’s senior mountaineers and highly experienced rock climbers. In these three and a half days course you will learn and practice art of backpacking, tent pitching, environmental ethics, first aid skills, map reading. You will practice skills of rock climbing. Rappelling, jumaring, belaying, understanding all safety measures and equipment in a scientific and systematic way. GGIM's senior instructor Jayant Wakode shares his experience of teaching in rock climbing courses.
What will you gain?
At the end of the course, you will undergo rigorous practical and written examination, based on which, each participant will be graded, and certificate will be provided to each participant. The course is beyond just exams and certification. It will boost your confidence in your own abilities to venture in the realm of outdoors. It gives a sense of responsibility and understanding of what it requires to be a trekker or a rock climber or a nature lover. Above all, you will have a well deserved vacation spent with invaluable new learning and discoveries of your own boundless capabilities.
So, what are you waiting for?? The batches for this year’s courses are released. Feel free to get in touch with our team for registration. Click here for all course details.
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Basic Rock Climbing Course is a 4 days residential programme designed to impart essential rock climbing skills, techniques, and knowledge. This certificate course is beneficial to not only the rock climbing enthusiasts but for all those who wish to do safe and enjoyable trekking. Have a look at the course glimpses here.
1: 21 -24 Nov 2019
2: 22-25 Dec 2019
3: 23 - 26 Jan 2020
Venue: Fort Sinhagad
Course Contents: Bouldering, Rock Climbing, Wall Climbing, Rappelling, Jumaring, Environmental Ethics, Equipment Introduction, Map Reading, First Aid etc.
Course Fees: 5500/-
For details, please contact: 8975398886 || 8380044906
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.
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!