Mountain hiker from the city Ashish Mane on Thursday conquered the Mount Lhotse peak,the fourth highest after Mount Everest,Godwin Austin (K2) and Kanchenjunga.
Mane,a student of Giripremi Mountaineering Institute,was accompanied by Pasang Sherpa and Lakpa Dorji to the mountain peak that stands at 8,516 metres. The rest are still at the fourth camp and will venture out once the wind around the mountain cap reduces.
Umesh Zirpe-led team comprising Anand Mali,Bhushan Harshe,Ganesh More,Tekraj Adhikari,Ashish Mane and Ajit Tate,left Pune on March 22 and reached Kathmandu on March 25 where they planned and scheduled their 10-day journey.
The team reached the base camp,the first of the four camps on the mountain,on April 10 and started their acclimatisation programme. During this period,the mountaineers would climb up to camps and then come down to base camp to adjust and prepare their body to changing altitude. The team would stay at various camps for 2-3 days to get used to the changing climatic conditions.
The team finally set out for the climb on May 12 and reached the third camp on May 14 and the fourth,also known as the summit camp,on May 15.
The team halted there as the climatic conditions were not favourable. However,this did not deter Mane as he ventured out late at night and reached the mountain top next morning.