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


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.

Corporate Adventure Training

Refreshed minds work faster and smarter. Corporate understand this fundamental behavioral science of employees, however, they couldn’t manage to implement it in the right way. To solve such problems, GGIM has meticulously curated a special program for corporates to enhance individual business performance of employees. The program is called ‘Take a Break.’

‘Take a break’ is an outdoor program planned with the purpose to take individuals through an experience in a totally different setting. This involves engaging with oneself through activities and group sessions. Participants may be trekking through jungles, over hilly and rocky terrain or performing some group tasks. Sure, this sounds challenging and exciting and yet this is not just an outdoor picnic or merely fun and frolic.

This programme was conducted for the project team of John Deere India Pvt. Ltd. After some team building activities at the resort campus, the team went on a Monsoon Trail to Tingarli Dam situated near Lonavala. With ON and OFF showers and sometimes drizzles, a walk for an hour was pleasant and enjoyable for all of them. During the trek, GGIM mountaineers imparted some knowledge and information regarding safe trekking in monsoon.

Kangchenjunga Eco Expedition

Eco Expedition is a need of an hour!

Giripremi has organized India’s largest expedition on India’s highest mountain- Mount Kangchenjunga. The expedition will take place in April- May 2019, it will be an Eco Expedition as well. Thus named- Kangchenjunga Eco Expedition 2019.

The Expedition was launched on 4 February 2018 in the presence of Jamling Norgay (Everesteer and son of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay). Giripremi has planned a series of innovative activities throughout the year to promote the expedition. In such series, a special program for promotion of Kangchenjunga Eco Expedition 2019 on 17 July 2018 in Pune. It was attended by Kami Rita Sherpa (world record 22 times Everest Summiteer), Mingma Sherpa (the first person in the world to climb all 14 8000er in first attempt and the first Nepalese and South Asian Sherpa to summit all 14 8000er), Wng CdrDevidutta Panda (Everesteer & Vice Principal of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling), along with Muktatai Tilak (Mayor, Pune Municipal Corporation), Dr. Nitin Karmalkar (Vice Chancellor, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune), Dr. Anant Sardeshmukh (Director General, MCCIA Director Board), and Dr. Suresh Haware (MD Haware Builders and Engineers and President, Shree Sai Sansthan, Shirdi).

Kami Rita Sherpa, who hails from remote Khumbu region in Nepal, was immensely delighted after knowing the efforts planned to take during the Eco Expedition. He was impressed with ‘Clean Glacier, Clean Mountain’ initiative and stressed that such eco-expedition was a need of an hour.

Muktatai Tilak (Mayor, Pune Municipal Corporation) felicitated Kami Rita Sherpa, on behalf of all Punekars, for his excellent achievement of scaling world’s highest peak- Mount Everest 22 times.

 Highlights of the program

  • To support Mount Kangchenjunga Eco Expedition 2019, Mingma Sherpa announced to donate 10 down suits (high altitude gears) worth 1 million rupees.
  • Wng Cdr Devidutta Panda announced that HMI will help Giripremi in every possible way for Kangchenjunga Eco Expedition 2019 and several other activities that are planned to promote mountaineering amongst people. He was happy to know that Giripremi and GGIM have set up a system to train mountaineering to new generations.
  • GGIM’s Prospectus was published during the program. Along with publication, flag off ceremony for expeditions on mt. Stok Kangri, mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Bara Shigaari was also organised. Guests handed over Indian tricolor and Maharashtrian Saffron flag to the Leaders of the expedition
  • Giripremi felicitated Dr. Suresh Haware (Managing Director, Haware Builders, and Engineers and President, Shree Sai Sansthan, Shirdi) for his nomination as a state minister.

17th Girimitra Sammelan 2018


Love for Mountains, Live for Mountains

17th ‘GirimitraSammelan was held on 14 and 15 July 2018 at Maharashtra Seva Sangh Auditorium, Mulund. It was co-hosted by Maharashtra Seva Sangh, Mulund, and Giripremi, PuneMingma Sherpa (first Nepalese and South Asian to summit all 14 8000er peaks in the world), Kami Rita Sherpa (World Record 22 times Everest Summiteer), Khoo SweeChiow (Veteran Mountaineer and Adventure Sportsman) from Singapore were chief guests of the Sammelan, whereas Wng CdrDevidutta Panda (Vice- Chancellor, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling) chaired the event.

The prime theme of the Sammelan was ‘Mountaineering: New Horizons, New Challenges,’ which was enlightened with the help of audio-visual clips during the course of the Sammelan. The videos emphasized several aspects of mountaineering including ‘Mountaineering Literature- Development and Current Scenario,’ ‘Mountaineering for the younger generation,’ ‘Entrepreneurship and Business Opportunities in Mountaineering,’ ‘Sports Climbing,’ ‘Mountaineers contribution towards in Disaster Management, Search and Rescue Operations in Remote locations.

Along with Audio-visuals presentation on mentioned subjects, chief guests also enlightened the audience with their experiences and anecdotes of mountaineering and adventure journey.

GirimitraSammelan is a significant event in mountaineering fraternity. Every year hundreds of mountain lovers attend the Sammelan with enthusiasm. It is not just a mere gathering of like-minded people, it is about providing an appropriate platform to address all the aspects of mountaineering.  GirimitraSammelan is organized in Mulund in July every year. This was the 17th year of 2- day long gathering. More than 700 mountain and nature lovers attended the Sammelan with utmost delight.

ANU Season 4 launched

Avhaan Nirmaan Udaan (ANU) 2018-19 was launched on July 1, 2018, by organising several adventure treks in Sahyadri. Veteran mountaineer and Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Awardee Umesh Zirpe flagged off the troupes to start a yearlong adventure journey.
ANU is a flagship adventure syllabus designed for kids aged 10 to 16. It has six stages Avhaan being the introductory course and Udaan Advance being the most advanced course. Students participate in Avhaan course first and graduated every year to the next level. During the yearlong course, student participants are taken to the mountains once every month and new techniques and aspects of the mountaineering are taught there. A 3- day residential camp in Diwali holiday is also organised for all the participants to experience overnight stays in the mountains. The courses are concluded in the month of May with Himalayan treks. Participants are taken to high altitude mountains, according to their stage of the course, to understand the altitude and acclimatization.
More than 250 participants have registered for ANU 2018-19 season. It was also launched in Mumbai and has received an immense response from young mountain lovers.
The first trek of the fourth season was taken place on 1 July 2018 and participants learned ‘Safe Trekking in Mountains during Monsoon.’ More than 170 young participants enjoyed their Sunday trek.
Avhaan- Tikona
Avhaan Advance- MadheUpande
Nirmaan- Rajmachi via Kondhana
Nirmaan Advance- Shivtharghal
Udaan- Amboli

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