A team of 20 mountaineers of the Giripremi mountaineering club will embark on the Pune Everest 2012 expedition to scale the world’s highest peak on March 16. It is the fifth civilian expedition from the country and the first wherein 20 mountaineers from the same city are participating in an expedition to Everest, claimed team members on Tuesday.
Leader of the expedition Umesh Zirpe who is a Tax Consultant by profession and mountaineer by passion. The team is currently is undergoing physical and mental preparations for last 15 months. President Pratibha Patil will hand over the national flag to the team at Delhi, after which they will proceed to Kathmandu.
I think the success of this expedition will be very helpful in promoting the mountaineering and other adventure sports because there are very few civilian expeditions were planned for the mighty Mount Everest due to high cost for such expedition. The total budget for this expedition is INR 3.15 CR (0.7 Mn USD) and it is being collected from over 23000 donors… A major part of fund has come from individual donors apart from the funds from business and corporate houses.