Chandrapur’s four tribal students summit Mt Everest

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 May 2018 10:50:09

Pramesh Ale Manisha Dhurve Kavidas Katmode Umakant Madavi



Chandrapur Bureau,


Showing great grit and gumption, four tribal students from Chandrapur district have achieved what most of us can comprehend only as a metaphor. The four tenacious ashram school students achieved an extraordinary feat as they stood on the summit of Mount Everest before the break of dawn on May 16. The snowcapped peak attracts many a mountaineer but only a meagre few can finally set their foot on it. Umakant Madavi, Pramesh Ale, Kavidas Katmode and Manisha Dhurve are the fearless four who sopped up the first rays of Sun on Wednesday from the highest point on the face of the Earth.

The glorious run of the team doesn’t stop here as Indu Kannake and Vikas Soyam are also expected to attempt summit climb either on May 17 or 18, based on weather conditions, informed official sources.

Chandrapur Collector Office and Tribal Development Department launched the mountaineering expedition named ‘Mission Shaurya’. It is an initiative to promote hidden talent of tribal students in mountaineering filed.
The final team of 10 students aged between 18 and 21 years was meticulously selected and it included seven boys and three girls. They left on the 60-day expedition on April 8 from Chandrapur. The team also included manager-cum-trainer Vimla Negi-Deoskar, a high-altitude expert doctor and support staff and 15 sherpas.

Total 50 tribal students were picked from Borda, Dewada and Jiwati ashram schools and they were given primary mountaineering training at Wardha. After that they participated in residential training at district stadium in Chandrapur. They also continued with the studies at Borda Ashram School, close to Chandrapur.

After that, the students were sent to mountaineering school at Bhanegiri in Hyderabad for training. They also underwent 25 days of training at 18,000 feet height at Himalaya Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling.

Out these 50, students getting ‘A’ grade were selected and were sent for advance winter training at Leh. They were further shortlisted as 10 best students among them made it to the final Everest expedition titled Mission Shaurya. The selected students were Akash Madavi, Subham Pendor, Kaya Atram, Indu Kannake, Kavidas Katmode, Manisha Dhurve, Pramesh Aade, Akshay Atram, Umakant Madavi and Vikas Soyam. Two team members Chhaya Atram and Akash Madavi opted out due to altitude sickness and returned to Chandrapur.

It may be recalled that the ten young mountaineers were given a grand send off at local Priyadarshini Indira Gandhi Auditorium in the presence of Minister of Tribal Affairs Vishnu Sawara and Maharashtra Minister of Finance, Planning and Forests Sudhir Mungantiwar on April 8.
The team arrived at Kathmandu on April 11 and took blessings from Lama and visited world famous Pashupathinath Temple. On April 13 the team was flown to Lhasa. After overnight journeys to Gyantse, Sigatse and Tingri the team reached Mount Everest base camp on April 20.

A series of acclimatisation hikes were done upto 5,800 meters and 6,100 meters till April 24. After visiting Rongbuk Monastery on April 25, the team reached Advance Base Camp at the altitude of 6,400 meters. More acclimatisation hikes (upto Crampton Point and 6,800 meters) were done till April 30, inter-spaced with sufficient time for rest. On May 2, the team moved to North Col camp to spend one night at 7,100 meters. On May 3, another acclimatisation hike upto 7,500 meters was done by the team after which it came back to the base camp. After resting for 5 days at the base camp, Umakant Madavi from Dewada Ashram School, Pramesh Ale also from Dewada Ashram School, Kavidas Katmode from Jiwati Ashram School and Manisha Dhurve of Dewada Ashram School moved to Advance Base Camp on May 10 for summit climb. They moved to North Col Camp on May 13 and to Camp 3 on May 15 at 8,300 meters.

Finally, the team started for the summit in late evening of May 15 and reached summit in early morning of May 16, 2018. The brave Chandrapur lads Kavidas and Umakant reached first at 3.25 am, followed by Parmesh at 4.25 am and Manisha at 4.35 am.

Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar took lead in congratulating the achievers even as wishes have started pouring in for the youngsters and Chandrapur district basks in their glory. Mungantiwar termed it as a ‘historic achievement’ that has brought fame to Chandrapur district.

Now, all eyes are on Indu Kannake and Vikas Soyam who are also expected to attempt summit climb either on May 17 or 18.