7 climbers from Pune successfully summited Mt Cathedral
Dream Wanderlust | Aug 25 , 2018
7 climbers including 2 women successfully summited Mt Cathedral (5900m), a peak located in Bara Shigri Glacier on 4th August, 2018. This is the highest glacier in Himachal Pradesh and is located in Lahaul Spiti region in Chandra Valley, Himachal Pradesh. The team includes 9 climbers namely Vivek Shivade, Krishna Dhokale, Jitendra Gaware, Varun Bhagwat, Rohan Desai, Saiyami Takale, Priyanka Mane, Amit Talwalkar and Anjali Katre. The team was led by Vivek Shivade, an experienced mountaineer and an instructor at Guardian Giripremi Institute of Mountaineering (GGIM) of Pune, India. Except Amit Talwalkar and Anjali Katre, all have summited the peak. However, both of them supported the team to get success.
The team started their journey from Manali on 27th July and after 3 days of trek they reached the Base Camp in Spiti Valley on 30th July. The campsite was on moraine but the surrounding views of magnificent peaks: Khang Siling, Shigri Parbat, Kulu Pumori, etc. were beautiful. In this journey they crossed Rohtang Pass and Karcha Nala stretch, the most challenging part of their trek. The team used rope-based river crossing technique to cross the rapid waterflow. The climbing part was also difficult as because they faced crevasses and moraine terrain. The summiters also climbed a 600ft ice wall (inclined at 70 degrees) before Summit Camp. Two guides, Mohor Singh, Umesh Raina along with leader Vivek Shivade opened the route. They fixed a rope of approx. 600ft length.
Veteran mountaineers Umesh Zirpe and Avinash Foujdar mentored and guided the team.