Tapan Pandit and Usha Pandit

Profile Last Updated:2014-02-18

Mr. Tapan Pandit

Tapan Pandit is an eminent personality in mountaineering fraternity, born and brought up in a small village Amtala, 60 km away from Kolkata. Mr. Pandit is a biology school teacher in mundane life. But his actual self comes out whenever he gets some recess from his duty. Then he would be found trekking in the unknown territories of the Himalayas with his wife Mrs. Usha Pandit. In fact his love for trekking grew from their conjugal trip in 1986 which started with the honey mooner's destination to Kashmir, but continued longer and finally finished with their first trek to Gomukh. As a member of "Amtala Annesan" after some normal routes done by them in early years he started exploring the routes which are not trekked for some time for their inaccessibility, or not touched at all (Debsa pass of Parvati valley, Larsa We, Monirang pass of Shrikantha range, Khimloga Pass, Lingty valley). Some unknown and legendary routes are already feathering his cap like the mythological priest's route through Panpatia glacier which connects Kedarnath and Badrinath temple. For which he became famous and entered into the common man's drawing room via media which is better known as "Puraner Patha" or, the ancient trade route and revenue collector route between Himachal and Tehri via Dhuladhar (Khimloga Pass) and the India china border route of ChungsaKhago for Nelang. Mr. Pandit is a well-known writer of Himalayan journal, travelogues in various magazines and revered as an authority over Himalayan geography and culture.

Name Tapan Pandit
Address Chakmanik, P.O. - Bawli, Dist. - South 24 Parganas
Date of Birth 11 June, 1954
e-mail anneshwan@gmail.com
Mobile no +919830355843
Profession Teaching
Year of trekking experience From 1988 to till date
New discovery Parvati col throughPanpatia Glacier : 2007
Newly found Debsa Pass, Larsa we, Manirangpass of shrikantha range, Khimloga Pass, Lingty valley, ChungsaKhago Pass for Nelang valley.
Unconventional route Borasu Pass, Lamkhaga, DhumadharKandi, Mahapanth, Tentu Pass.
Club member AmtalaAnneshan, Himalaya Club, West Bengal Mountaineering and trekker welfare.
Journal Publication Himalayan Journal - 4
Indian Mountaineering - 1
Book Asim Nishabda Himalaya
Magazine articles Jara Jajabar, Chalo Jai, Shailo Sathi, Bhraman, Parjoton
Favourite Mountaineer/Trekker RatanlalBiswas (Gurudev), Biman Kaheli, Rathin Chakraborty, Tridib Basu, Prabhat Ganguly, Harish Kapadiya, Dipak Sanam and many others.
Trek Group Samar Jana, Falguni Basu, Nikhil Sing, Mintu Koyel, Tilak Pal, Shankar Mandal, Piyush Pal, PiyushGarai, Debu da.

Mrs. Usha Pandit

Usha done her masters in history and got married to Mr. Tapan Pandit in 1986. Her love for Himalaya grew from their first conjugal trek in 1988 which started in honey mooner's destination to Kashmir, but continued longer and finally finished with their first trek-cum-pilgrimage to Gomukh. With her husband Mr. Pandit, she started answering the irresistible call of the mountains. In early years her trekking in the Himalayas include some common and famous trek like Pindari Kafni glacier, Roopkund and Barahomkund (Kumayun), Manimahesh and Kugti pass (HP), Dzongri and Goechala (Sikkim), Jamdwar glacier, talaw (UTTARAKHAND), Gosaikund-Langtang-Ganga La (Nepal), Satopanth glacier (UTTARAKHAND), Mawali Pass (UTTARAKHAND), Thorang La (Nepal), Debsa Pass (HP) (a bypass and newly explored trek route of pin parvati pass), Rolwalling Himal(Nepal), Barasu Pass (UTTARAKHAND), Lamkhaga Pass (UTTARAKHAND), Tri-Kedar via Visali and Mahapanth col (UTTARAKHAND), Tentu Pass (HP), Dhumadher Kandi (UTTARAKHAND). By 2005 she got bolder and thought of continuing it with her husband in more challenging and unknown routes. So in 2005 she crossed the Monirang pass (HP) and next year (2006) they crossed Larsa We which was completely closed in the mid-18th century. In 2007 she explored the most challenging the mythological priest's route through Panpatia glacier. For which she became famous and entered in the common people's drawing room via media which is better known as "Puraner Patha". In the year 2008, they came back from the base of the Chungsa Khago pass (the ancient revenue collector's route between Kinnaur and Nelag) due to heavy blizzard. But this pass was explored and reopened within 8 months on June 2009. Later abundant Khimloga Pass was crossed in 2011. Her latest feather in the cap is the expedition in the Lingty valley (Yangzi Diwan pass) in summer 2012.

Name Usha Pandit
Address Chakmanik, P.O. - Bawli, Dist. - South 24 Parganas
Date of Birth 28 November, 1962
e-mail ushapandit2007@gmail.com
Mobile no
Profession House Wife
Year of trekking experience From 1988 to till date
New discovery Parvati col through Panpatia Glacier : 2007
Newly found Debsa Pass, Larsa we, Manirang pass of shrikantha range, Khimloga Pass, Lingty valley, Chungsa Khago Pass for Nelang valley.
Unconventional route Borasu Pass, Lamkhaga, DhumadharKandi, Mahapanth, Tentu Pass.
Club member AmtalaAnneshan, Himalaya Club, West Bengal Mountaineering and trekker welfare.
Journal Publication
Book
Magazine articles Bhraman
Favourite Mountaineer/Trekker
Trek Group Samar Jana, Falguni Basu, Nikhil Sing, Mintu Koyel, Tilak Pal, Shankar Mandal, Piyush Pal, Piyush Garai, Debabrata Mukherjee (Debu da)
  • 1989 - Pindari Kafni glacier
  • 1990 - Roopkund and Barahomkund (Kumayun)
  • 1991 - Manimahesh and Kugtipass (HP)
  • 1992 - Dzongri and Goechala (Sikkim)
  • 1993 - Jamdwar glacier, Talaw (Uttarakhand)
  • 1994 - Gosaikund - Langtang - Ganga La (Nepal)
  • 1995 - Satopanth glacier (Uttarakhand)
  • 1996 - Mawali Pass (Uttarakhand)
  • 1997 - Thorang La (Nepal)
  • 1998 - Debsa Pass(HP) (a bypass and newly explored trek route of pin parvati pass)
  • 1999 - Rolwalling Himal (Nepal)
  • 2000 - Barasu Pass (Uttarakhand)
  • 2001 - Lamkhaga Pass (Uttarakhand)
  • 2002 - Tri Kedar via Visali and Mahapanth col (Uttarakhand)
  • 2003 - Tentu Pass (HP)
  • 2004 - Dhumadhar Kandi (Uttarakhand)
  • 2005 - Larsa we (HP)
  • 2006 - Manirang (HP)
  • 2007 - Panpatia col (Uttarakhand)
  • 2008 - Chungsa Khago
  • 2009 - Chungsa Khago
  • 2011 - Khimloga (HP)
  • 2012 - Upper Lingti Valley - Yangzi Diwan pass (HP)