Pune-based mountaineering group Giripremi’s teams were successful to summit Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Dhaulagiri in a dual expedition. With this feat, Giripremi has achieved the fourth 8,000-metre summit after Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu.
Mt. Cho Oyu is in the westernmost part of the Himalayan Khumbu Valley, which is 20 km west to Mt. Everest, and stands at the China-Nepal border. It is the sixth highest mountain in the world standing at 8,201 metres. The Giripremi team started off from the Tibetan plateau to summit from the Northwest Ridge.
The team included Umesh Zirpe, Ganesh More and Sumit Mandale, along with Dawa Chiri Sherpa, Kame Chiri Sherpa and Lokpa Norbu Sherpa. The team started on May 11 from their base camp and were successful to summit on May 14.
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In another expedition, another Giripremi team reached the top of Mt. Dhaulagiri on May 19. Situated at the north of Pokhra, it is the seventh highest mountain in the world at 8,167 metres. This was Giripremi’s fifth consecutive successful summit of the mountain.
The team included Prasad Joshi, Ashish Mane and Pawan Hadole, along with Dorji Sherpa, Fu Dorji Sherpa, Ming Temba and Tenzen Sherpa. The summit bid started on May 12 from their base camp and Joshi was the only successful member to ascent to the top on May 19 after two unsuccessful attempts due to bad weather. Mane scaled his fourth 8,000-metre summit in a row with this expedition.