Pune: Architect and mountaineer Subhash Takale lost his life during a Mount Kun expedition due to high altitude sickness.
Takale, along with Jitendra Gaware from Pune, Nitin Pande from New Delhi and Gulzar Ahmed from Jammu & Kashmir, had gone on the Mount Kun (7,135 meters) expedition in Kargil in mid-July. The expedition was organised by New Delhi-based Alpine Wanders.
Giripremi, a Pune-based mountaineering organisation, is involved in rescue operations. On Saturday, during a summit attempt, when a team of four climbers and four Sherpas reached around 7,000 metres, Takale started feeling exhausted due to high altitude climbing. He decided to stay back as he could not move while the team carried on. Meanwhile, Takale’s health worsened and when the team arrived at the spot where Takale was resting, they realised the situation had become worse and immediate rescue was needed.
The team took Takale to Camp 3 and provided him food and water. In the interim, Gaware decided to reach base camp for help. On Sunday morning, he contacted Giripremi office in Pune for rescue and went to visit the nearby Army base in Panikher for help. Giripremi’s rescue team consisted of Dr Sumit Mandale and Takale’s colleague Sandeep Bamb. Giripremi climber Dinesh Kotkar, was already in Leh for another expedition and he too joined the rescue.
- Giripremi’s agency in Leh - White Magic Adventures - sent 10 sherpas for ground rescue.
- Considering the situation, helicopter rescue was needed.
- Giripremi contacted Union Minister Prakash Javadekar for help. He swiftly arranged for a helicopter.
- Unfortunately, by the time the helicopter rescue team reached camp 3, Subhash Takale had lost his life.