Jamshedpur, April 28: Hemant Gupta (25) and Payo Murmu (50) members of TSAF have started their journey to conquer Mt. Everest. The duo reached the Everest base camp on April 10, 2017. The same day they trekked to Gorakshep and climbed Kala Patthar (18500ft).
After resting for a day as part of the acclimatization exercise they climbed Mt Lobuche (20075 ft) on April 12. Thereafter they reached Everest Base Camp along with other Everest climbing members on April 13, 2017.
According to Hemant, an IIT Mumbai alumnus, April 14, 2017 was rest day at Everest Base Camp. Thereafter they were put through the Basics of Ice Craft and Snow Craft training including anchoring ropes on ice and climbing up through the help of ‘Ascenders’ called JUMMARS.
Ahead of the journey, a puja was performed at the Base Camp on April 17th, paying respects and homage to Sagarmatha as Nepalese people call it. From 18th April onwards the acclimatization programme commenced i.e. trekking from EBC to Camp 1 and beyond upto Camp 3 and returning back EBC after reaching each of the higher camps.
This process of climbing is going to continue till May 5, 2017. After the climbers get acclimatised fully for the climb they will wait for the Summit Window and plan further for their ascent to Mt. Everest accordingly.
Expressing satisfaction on the progress of the expedition, Bachendri Pal, head of the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TASF) said, “Both Hemant and Payo have acclimatised very well with the high altitudes. In particular, Payo is in much better shape than she was in 2015.”
Hemant Gupta, an IITian from Mumbai, joined Tata Steel in 2013 as a Management Trainee, but opted to work in Tata Steel Adventure programmes department since September 2013 as Manager. Payo Murmu, is working as a Loco Traffic Ground Control Staff in Raw Materials Division of Tata Steel.