Pune: 97-year-old mountaineer NK Mahajan dies

Mahajan, who was popular as Abasaheb among trekkers, passed away on Tuesday after a brief illness.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Updated: November 11, 2016 12:02:53 am

IN APRIL last year, NK Mahajan went trekking at the Sinhagad Fort to celebrate his 96th birthday. “The climb of a mountain begins with one step. It doesn’t matter how slowly you walk as long as you don’t stop. Your glory is not climbing without a fall but rising with every fall,” is what he believed.

Mahajan, who was popular as Abasaheb among trekkers, passed away on Tuesday after a brief illness. His last rites took place at Vaikunth Crematorium Tuesday.

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Mahajan founded the Pune Mountaineers Club in 1972, which offers free membership and has several members. In 2008, when he was 88 years old, he became the oldest person to go parasailing in the country and got an entry in the Limca Book of Records.

At 91, he crossed a 500 feet deep and 150 feet long valley at Duke’s Nose, Lonavala.

He received many awards for his accomplishments in the field of mountaineering and trekking. He was closely associated with many organisations such as the Red Cross, Pune District Athletics Association and the Maharashtra Hockey Association, among others.

Mahajan followed a strict routine as long as he lived, wherein his day would begin at 3.30 am in the morning. After doing yoga, he would go for a 10 km walk, which included climbing the Parnkuti Hill in Yerwada.

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