Giripremi Institute to undertake eco-expedition to Mt Kanchenjunga

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 27 September 2018

The expedition will be the biggest civilian expedition from India on one of the toughest mountains of the world. During a press conference, Umesh Zirpe, veteran mountaineer and expedition leader, said,

Pune: City-based Giripremi Institute of Mountaineering will hold the biggest civilian expedition from India on one of the toughest mountains of the world, i.e, at Mount Kanchenjunga, an eco-expedition ‘Kangchenjunga Eco Expedition 2019’ has appealed for financial help and support for the expedition. The budget for the project is Rs 2.25 crore.
 
After successful expeditions of six 8,000er peaks, Giripremi is now ready to take on the seventh challenge on world’s third highest peak and India’s highest peak- Mt Kangchenjunga. The expedition will take place in April-May 2019. 

The expedition will be the biggest civilian expedition from India on one of the toughest mountains of the world. During a press conference, Umesh Zirpe, veteran mountaineer and expedition leader, said, “Since Kangchenjunga is one of the toughest peaks to climb and it will be not just a usual expedition but an eco-expedition, so the equipment, clothes and other accessories specially made to counter high altitude adverse conditions cost in lacs per person. And all these processes are tedious and demand great expertise along with huge funds.
 
Hence, we have taken the conference to appeal for funds. Till now we have collected around Rs 60 lakh when the total budget is Rs 2.25 crore. While the funds needed for the eco-project is Rs 5 lakh which includes in the total funding.”

“We have finalised 10 members who are climbers and will be also working for the eco-project. Including the climbers, there are a total of 100 people who will participate in the expedition, but they will be dedicated for the eco-project. It will consist of renowned scientists, environmentalists, researchers who will work towards environmental conservation during the expedition and eight students from the second year of Geography Department of the Savitribai Phule Pune University,” Zirpe added

The equipment needed for the expedition is oxygen cylinder which is available for Rs 75,000, sherpa support, royalty to Nepal government, other permits and insurance which increase the cost. Giripremi has urged adventure lovers to help and support the expedition.
 
The donations given to the expedition can be covered under the 80G rule. For more details, you can contact on giripremi@gmail.com or call on 7767031975 or 9822323147 to know more about the expedition as well as the base camp treks.

Highlights of Eco-Project 

  • It is the first ever expedition from India to cover eco aspect during the climbing expedition.
  • Renowned institutes like Savitribai Phule Pune University and Agharkar Institute are associated with Giripremi for the Eco Project.
  • Eminent scientists, environmentalists and experts are part of Eco Project team.
  • The eco trekkers will contribute to the project during eco treks organised on both sides- India and Nepal of Kangchenjunga.
  • The eco-project team will conduct a systematic study of the biodiversity of nature-rich Kangchenjunga region and will also work towards the United Nations aim-‘Clean Mountain- Clean Glacier’.

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