Grand welcome awaits Giripremi members

The team returns on Sunday

Written by Express News Service | Published: June 2, 2012 1:16 am

The team returns on Sunday

The 20 members of Giripremi,who scaled Mount Everest in the nation’s largest all-civilian one-city expedition on May 19,will be returning to the city on Sunday.

A grand welcome will be held on Sunday with a procession of the team members from Rani Jhansi chowk (Balgandharva chowk) on Jangli Maharaj Road from 4.30 pm. The famous ‘Shiv Garjana’ team will play dhol during the procession. This will be followed by an open felicitation of the team at Abasaheb Garware College ground at 7 pm where they will share their experiences.

Eight members of Giripremi — Krishna Dhokle,Tekraj Adhikari,Rupesh Khopde,Ashish Mane,Rahul Yelange,Chetan Ketkar,Prasad Joshi and Surendra Jalihal summitted the peak early morning on May 19 — while Umesh Zirpe as the team leader,Milind Bhanage as filmographer along with Avinash Faujdar,Anand Mali,Bhushan Harshe,Ganesh More,Avinash Kandekar,Sanjay Doiphode,Mahesh Kalbhor,Paresh Naik,Ajit Tate and Sachin Deng were the supporting team. Niranjan Palsule and Bhupendra Harshe coordinated with the team from Pune.

The mountaineers met Jayant Prasad,Ambassador of India to Nepal on Thursday. Prasad congratulated the team members for accomplishing the feat. He was presented an ice axe by the Giripremi team.

“This is only fifth civilian expedition to the world’s highest peak being attempted from India,for which we have been preparing for the last two years. The team members had left their jobs and stopped attending their businesses 18 months ago when the training begun,” said Zirpe.

This is also the first time that 23,000 individuals and corporates — all civilians have made donations to collect the huge corpus of more than Rs 3.5 crore,he added.

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