As many as 10 mountaineers from city-based Giripremi-Arohak mountaineering institute will set off on a 40-day expedition to Mount Nun (23,409 feet) near Kargil from Thursday. All attempts from Maharashtra to climb the peak in the last five years have failed,the mountaineers claim.
Mt Nun is the highest peak in in the Suru Valley located in Kargil area near Line of Control. Heavy icefall,crevasses,cold winds and frequently changing weather of the Himalayas coupled with altitude of the peak will test our physical and mental strength during this expedition, said Umesh Zirpe,coordinator,Giripremi who is also participating in the expedition. Zirpe said mountaineers from various places in Maharashtra have failed in their attempt to climb this peak.
This makes the expedition all the more prestigious for us, he said. Moreover,this is only the second expedition to a peak more than 7000 meters since the one in 1992 to Mount Santopanth.
Rupesh Khopde will lead the team that includes Zirpe,Tekraj Adhikari,Rahul Yelange,Anand Mali,Chetan Ketkar,Bhushan Harshe,Girish Choudhary,Ajit Tate and Paresh Naik. Most of them are in the thirties and professionals in IT,autoobile industry and so on.
Mangesh Kirtane,managing director of Pegasus Institute for Excellence handed over the Indian tricolour and state flag to the mountaineers in a recently held programme.
The total cost of the expedition is Rs seven lakh and a large chunk of the money has been raised with contributions from Pegasus,Surendra Dugad of Shayadri trekkers,R K Lunkad and others.