Having conquered Mt Everest,the team from Giripremi is now setting its sight on scaling 14 other 8,000+ m peaks around the globe.
The seven-member team led by Umesh Zirpe,reached the summit on May 16. Rupesh Khopade,a member visibly excited by the achievement says,It is a very proud moment for the team. We are eagerly awaiting their return back to the city. The plans to scale the peaks across the globe is still nascent and something like this required a lot of research and infrastructure so we will be taking a look at options when they are back.
Zirpe now plans scaling the remaining peaks out of the 14 eight thousanders around the same time next season. The team consists of Ganesh More,Anand Mali,Ashish Mane,Tekraj Adhikari,Bhushan Harshe and Ajit Tate. They not only conquered Mount Everest,but also scaled Mount Lhotse.
On the journey Khopade says the team began their summit attempt from the base camp on May 12.
They traversed through Khumbu ice fall,Camp 1,Western Cwm (also known as a cirque,valley) Camp2; Lhotse Face and Camp3. They reached the summit camp of Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Everest on May 15. He mentions there were heavy winds at the camp and the team had to delay their attempts till the winds subsided.
Once the weather improved,the team comprising Anand Mali,Ganesh More and Bhushan Harshe finally began their summit 8.30 pm May 16 from South Col. They climbed to Balcony and continued their towards the south. After climbing the Hillary step the team stepped on the summit of the Mt. Everest at 8.00am Friday , he says.
Interestingly,the team has also begun a youth programme for children between the ages of 12-18 called Avhan to introduce them to mountaineering. Khopade says the team has already chalked out plans for the coming months. The teams next mission will be climbing Mount Hanuman Tibda from the uncharted region. Their summit will be held around August this year, he added.