Giripremi As On Today
- Eight Successful 8000er Summits (Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Kangchenjunga, and Annapurna I)
- 11 Everest & 10 Kangchenjunga Summitters
- Organized India’s biggest successful expedition to Mt. Everest & Mt. Kangchenjunga
- 150+ Rock Climbing Expeditions in Sahyadris
- Founder of first mountaineering institute of South India – Guardian Giripremi Institute of Mountaineering (GGIM)
- 2 mountaineers awarded with Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Award.
Birth of Giripremi
Giripremi, a synonym of mountaineering in the southern part of India, is a premier mountaineering organization of India with a rich legacy of more than three decades. It is one of the pioneer mountaineering clubs in India. Giripremi is the brainchild of five avid mountaineers- Ushaprabha Page, Anand Palande, Dilip Nimbalkar, Nandu Page and Shashi Hiremath, who envisioned the growth mountaineering culture amongst youth. The organization works with the motto- ‘Mountaineering for Happiness.’
The first successful Indian civilian ascents on Mt. Satopanth (7075m) and Mt. Shivling (6450m) has been done by Giripremi mountaineers. Along with such prolific achievements in Himalaya, Giripremi rock climbers climbed several virgin pinnacles and rock walls in the Sahyadri region such as Dhakoba wall (1500 ft), Katra Kada (2700 ft), Nafta (2700 ft) and Arthur’s seat (1200 ft), etc.
Mountaineering for Happiness
Since inception, Giripremi has been achieving new heights and new horizons, and has gained technical expertise in rock climbing and ice climbing by scaling difficult Himalayan peaks. Giripremi has organized 40+ expeditions in Himalaya including India’s biggest civilian expedition on world’s highest mountain- Mt. Everest in 2012 and 2013, Mt. Lhotse (4th highest mountain) in 2013, Mt. Makalu (5th highest mountain) in 2014, Mt. Dhaulagiri (7th highest mountain) and Mt. Cho Oyu (6th highest mountain) in 2016, Mt. Manaslu (8th highest mountain) in 2017, Mt. Kangchenjunga (3rd highest mountain) in 2019 and Mt. Annapurna 1 (10th highest mountain) in 2021. The recent gargantuan success on the top mountains in the world has a solid foundation of vast experience of mountaineering in the Himalayas.
Mountaineering & Adventure for Everyone
Giripremi believes mountaineering and adventure sports culture should be inherited to the next generations. To make this possible Giripremi set up the first mountaineering and adventure sports training institute in the southern part of India- Guardian Giripremi Institute of Mountaineering (GGIM) in 2015. In just five years, GGIM has trained more than 4000 mountaineering enthusiasts including school kids.
Giripremi believes that mountaineering is not just an activity but a way of life. A mountaineer is an asset to the nation and is the first one to respond to any disasters or natural calamities. Giripremi has actively participated in rescue and relief work in calamities like Konkan floods, Uttarakhand floods, Leh Cloudburst, Uttarakashi Earthquake, Nepal Earthquake, Mahad tragedy, etc. To take rescue and relief work further, Giripremi initiated the first 24X7 rescue helpline under Maharashtra Mountaineers Rescue Coordination Centre (MMRCC).