Thought cleaning up your home was a task? Imagine cleaning up a mountain, because that is exactly what a team of mountaineers in Pune are going to do. And they aren’t just cleaning any other mountain; they are going for the tallest peak in India and the third-tallest in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga. Giripremi, the mountaineering group, are going to undertake the cleaning operation while also summiting the mountain, and the expedition is set to officially begin on February 4. Jamling Norgay, son of the famed sherpa Tenzing Norgay, will flag off the expedition. ALSO READ: Top 4 Favorite Getaways for Long Weekends in India, According to Kayak Also Read - Indo Tibetan Border Police Raising Day 2017: 5 Treacherous Mountain Summits Scaled by the ITBP
This isn’t the first time that Giripremi has scaled peaks while cleaning up their surroundings. They have conducted similar expeditions for glaciers and trekking trails. A team of 20-25 mountaineers will go on the Mount Kangchenjunga Eco Expedition 2019 in April-May next year. Along the way, they will collect samples of the local flora. This expedition is the latest one by the team, claimed to be the first civilian team of mountaineers from Maharashtra. Also Read - Snow Leopards in India: Here are 5 National Parks in India Where You Can Spot the Rare Mountain Cat
Before this, Giripremi mountaineers have scaled and summited six peaks rising 8,000 meters and above. Kanchenjunga may rank third, but it is a different beast compared to Mount Everest. Only around 200 trekkers have ever attempted to climb the peak that rises 8,596 meters above sea level and lies along the Sikkim-Nepal border. It takes more than 24 hours to scale the mountain and come back to base, testing the skills and stamina of the team. The team suggests that Kanchenjunga is actually more challenging that Mount Everest, especially during descent. NOW READ: Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2018: Everything You Need to Know
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Umesh Zirpe, who will lead the team, has said that the Giripremi team is currently studying expeditions done in the past and how they failed. The team will also be traveling to Kanchenjunga base camp to assess medical and other facilities available on site. He added that the trek’s last lap starts from the final camp to the summit, and this alone takes 12-14 hours. It takes mountaineers through avalanche-prone areas, heightening the risk. The descent itself is an additional 12 hours.