Mt. Manda I Expedition 2021

Mt. Manda I
About Expedition

Mt. Manda I is one of the most challenging peaks in the Garhwal Himalayas. Manda is a massif comprised of Three iconic peaks – Mt. Manda I, Mt. Manda II, and Mt. Manda III. 

Giripremi’s team had previously attempted the mountain twice during 1989 and 1991. Due to inadequate resources, team had to give up on the ascent despite having explored the route upto 6000 m. 

Now after 30 years, new generation of Giripremi aspired to climb the peak. A team of 9 under the leadership of senior mountaineer Anand Mali attempted the peak during Sept 2021. 

Giripremi’s two teams climbed not jumst Mt. Manda I but also made a fierce ascent on Mt. Bhrigu Parvat in the same valley.

On 18th Sept 2021 after 30 years of wait, Giripremi’s flag unfurled on top of Mt. Manda I. 

On the occasion of  India’s ongoing 75th Independence year, Giripremi raising the tricolour of a challenging mountains such as Mt. Manda I and Mt. Bhrigu Parvat, is a matter of national pride. 

  • One of the most formidable mountains in Indian Himalaya
  • Located in Kedarganga valley near Kedarkharak, the peak offers technical difficulties of rock climb, ice climb and trudging through rigorous morraine field.
  • Japanese team succeeded in 1982 via North Ridge route. After 40 years, only Giripremi managed to climb this route braving the obstacles of avalanche, snowfalls, rockfalls, and the maze of open/hidden crevasses.

Leader – Anand Mali (Summitter Mt. Bhrigu Parvat)

Dr. Sumit Mandale (Summitter Mt. Manda I)

Vivek Shivade (Summitter Mt. Manda I)

Pawan Hadole (Summitter Mt. Manda I)

Varun Bhagwat (Summitter Mt. Bhrigu Parvat)

Ruturaj Agawane (Summitter Mt. Bhrigu Parvat)

Rohan Desai (Summitter Mt. Bhrigu Parvat)

Ankit Sohoni (Summitter Mt. Bhrigu Parvat)

Nikunj Shah (Support Member)

Expedition Status


Successful / Unsuccessful


Altitude Reached

6510 m

Date of Summit

18th Sept 2021

Number of Summiters

3 Manda I  & 5 Bhrigu Parvat

Number of Days



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Team Giripremi offers its sincere thanks to all the supporters and well wishers. It is solely due to their support, Giripremi could pull off this expedition.

We also thank Giripremi’s veteran mountaineers Umesh Zirpe, Avinash Foujdar, Jagdish Kelkar and Sanjay Doiphode for their invaluable guidance for the epxedition.

Team presented Umesh Zirpe a part of rope that was used by GIripremi’s team in 1991. It was an overwhelming moment for the team to see 1991′ anchors and ropes still intact on the rock face.

नित्यनवी शिखरे पादाक्रांत करत तुम्ही सारेजण सर्जनशील कामाची नवी शिखरे रचतां आहात. ती येणाऱ्या अनेक पिढ्यांना खुणावत,प्रेरणा देत त्यांच्या कर्तृत्वाला साद घालत राहतील. हार्दिक अभिनंदन!

Shri. Girish Kulkarni

Renowned Actor & Director

Heartiest congratulations to the team!!
It feels great to hear about a significant achievement in Indian Mountaineering, and am glad that Giripremi dit it. Giripremi started this quest for Manda, way back in 1989 and no one else from India dared to go that way. Keep it up and keep going.

Surendra Chavan

Maharashtra's First Everest Summitter

Congratulations to team Giripremi for the grand success on Mt Manda. This climb had added a new dimension of Mountaineering on our country. Attempting Such less climbed and difficult peak is the real joy of mountain climbing. I am sure it would have boosted the confidence level of the climbers many folds. I sincerely hope that the Mountaineering community of our country follows your foot steps to climb technically challenging peaks rather than running behind well known commercial ones. I so wish I could join you in this epic climb. Wish you all the best for future adventures.

Wing Cdr. Devidutta Panda

Former Vice Principal, HMI Darjeeling

Thank you Umesh.. !! for being with me on the trek to Everest Base Camp. it was one of the best Adventure experiences in my life. Everyone must venture to such a place at least once in life. Big thanks to Giripremi and GGIM for organising this wonderful trek.

Bhushan Gagrani

IAS, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Maharashtra

Giripremi is doing excellent work of promoting Adventure culture in the society, which is the need of the time today. Most importantly, I appreciate the culture of safety, scientific approach and highly experienced team of Giripremi. Under the visionary leadership of Umesh Zirpe, Giripremi is excelling day by day.

Vijay Pusalkar

Chairman, Indo Schottle - Auto Parts Pvt. Ltd.

I was in Pune for Giripremi function and I was simply overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and interest level of Adventure lovers from Pune. Giripremi is one of the biggest team visiting Nepal Himalayas. Their achievements in big mountains like Everest.

Kami Rita Sherpa

24 times Everest Summitter

15th May 2019, I was fortunate to be able to climb Mt. Kagchenjunga. I had attempted this mountain earlier and was aware of the difficulty level of the peak. Because of well-coordinated efforts of Giripremi team, this year, maximum number of climbers could climb this treacherous mountain.

Maya Sherpa

Mountaineer, President - Everest Summitters Association

Umesh and team are real Adventure lovers and mountain lovers. I believe they are the leading mountaineering organisation in India. I have been following their journey since 2014 when they climbed Mt. Makalu. I was invited for a State level Mountaineering summit at Mumbai and was happy to see the huge community of Adventure.

Khoo Swee Chiow

Mountaineer, Speaker, Author

‘गिरिप्रेमी’ या नावातच सह्याद्रीच्या या मावळ्यांचं पर्वतावरचं प्रेम आणि आस्था दिसून येते. माझा आणि यांचा परिचय एका त्यांच्याच एका मोहिमेच्या चित्रफितीदारम्यान झाला. एव्हरेस्ट शिखराच्या पायथ्याशी छत्रपती शिवाजी महाराजांचा पुतळा प्रस्थापित करून या वीरांनी मराठी ध्वजा एका नव्या उंचीवर पोचविली. यांच्या गिर्यारोहणतील कर्तुत्वाला माझा मुजरा.

Sachin Khedekar

Eminent Actor & Director

I always appreciate Giripremi’s approach towards mountaineering. As on today, I believe they have the bunch of best mountaineers and rock climbers in their team. They have already achieved incredible feats in mountaineering and I wish they do some highly technical and Alpine style climbing in Indian Himalayas.

Brig. Ashok Abbey (AVSM)

President, Indian Mountaineering Foundatin

Mountaineering is a sport where your physical and mental fitness is tested at its best and adventure education is important for the new generation of India. My best wishes for Giripremi’s work and all their expeditions in the future.

Anjali Bhagwat

Shooter, Indian Rifle Shooting Team

As a veteran from the Indian Armed Forces, I always feel that the culture of undertaking adventure should be inculcated during the school days itself, rather it should be part of the curriculum. Giripremi and GGIM in particular, have addressed this excellently by designing the Adventure Education syllabus for children. I congratulate them for their pioneering effort.

Air Marshal Bhushan Gokhale

Retd. Air Marshal, Indian Air Force
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