After conquering Mount Everest and Mount Lothse in a single expedition,the Giripremi team returned to the city Tuesday night. The team comprised leader Umesh Zirpe,Ashish Mane,Anand Mali,Bushan Harshe,Ganesh More and Ajit Tate.
The 4-member team of Zirpe,Mali,More and Harshe scaled Mount Everest,while Mane was assigned to lead the expedition to Mt. Lothse. Mali,More and Harshe had already attempted to scale the Everest last year,but were unsuccessful. On this occasion,they decided to divide the team into two separate units,with Tate coordinating the climb from the base camp. The two teams began their expedition together till the third camp after which Mane proceeded on his own.
With temperatures dipping below the minus 40 to 50 degree mark,the team faced challenges including strong winds that delayed their schedule. Another challenge was the lack of oxygen cylinders on the return trip. The dream of reaching the summit was a collective dream. I do not regret that I did not get a chance of reaching the top,my team did it for me, Zirpe says.
On the journey,More said, Last years expedition gave us a chance to prepare this year and plug the loop holes.
Mali,who had a different take on the expedition,said,he was curious to know how the connecting path between China,Tibet and Nepal looked like from the top. When I reached the top,I couldnt believe what I was seeing. The path was so clear and the view was unmatched. I made a promise last year to do the Surya Namaskar,if I reached the summit. Once there,I fulfilled my pledge, he says.
Next on the itinerary is Mount Hanuman Tibba,in Himachal Pradesh. The expedition is scheduled to begin June 17.