Pune: City-based mountaineering organisation Giripremi has organised Maharashtra’s first civilian expedition to India’s highest mountain, Mount Kanchenjunga, in 2019.
The ceremonial announcement of Mount Kanchenjunga Eco Expedition 2019 will be done on February 4 at Kannada Sangh Auditorium of Dr Kalmadi Shamrao High School, Erandwane.
The chief guest of the function will be Jamling Norgay, son of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, an Everester. He will share his mountaineering experiences and narrate anecdotes of his father’s journey.
On the occasion, the logo and website of the expedition will be unveiled by the guests, including Norgay.
Umesh Zirpe, leader of the expedition, said, “This expedition will be the biggest civilian expedition from Maharashtra to the country’s highest peak. Climbing Mountain Kanchenjunga is difficult as only 180 people have done so successfully. Most of these expeditions were organised by the Indian Army. There is no record of a civilian expedition from Maharashtra. Mt Everest has been climbed by 4,500 people successfully. A 22-member team will participate in this expedition. Of these members, eight will climb the summit while the rest will be in the supporting team. The expedition will start from April and end in May 2019.
However, several programmes, including treks will be organised over the year to increase common people’s participation.”
“Avalanches and the last leg of the summit will be the most challenging parts. This time, we have planned innovative activities to involve common people in the expedition. Thus, it is named as ‘Mohim Maharashtrachi’,” Zirpe said
He said Giripremi, with the slogan ‘Clean Mountains, Clean Glaciers’, will conduct a cleanliness campaign. Mt Kanchenjunga is surrounded by over 120 glaciers, which are water resources of over a million people. As a part of the expedition, the campaign to clean the route to the peak.
Giripremi mountaineers plan to study the biodiversity, geology, the flora and fauna of the Kanchenjunga region.