Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Kangchenjunga Expedition flagged off from Shivneri

Suresh Haware and Umesh Zirpe
26/2/2019

PUNE (SHIVNERI FORT):  Maharashtra’s saffron flag off ceremony of Giripremi’s ambitious ‘Kangchenjunga Eco Expedition 2019’ was concluded on the birthplace of Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at Fort Shivneri.

Suresh Haware, MD Haware Builders and Engineers and President Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, Shirdi handed over Maharashtra’s saffron flag to team leader Umesh Zirpe and entire Kangchenjunga Eco Expedition team. Giripremi’s climber will now unfurl the flag along with Indian National Flag at world’s third highest and India’s highest peak.

The saffron flag of Maharashtra is a symbol of courage and an epitome of valor. Giripremi’s team is determined to unfurl the flag at the top of Mt. Kangchenjunga and make the expedition successful. Flag off, the auspicious and one of the most important events of a mountaineering expedition, was organized at historic Fort Shivneri on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Along with team members, hundreds of supports and well-wishers attended the event with enthusiasm. Team members also worshipped Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for the success of the expedition.

A special Abhishek was also performed at Shivai Devi Temple with holy water of five divine rivers of Pune districts named as Mula, Mutha, Pawana, Ghod, and Bhima.The saffron flag was handed over to the team by Dr. Haware. He wished the team luck and said he is confident about the success of the expedition. He said, “Giripremi is known for making history in mountaineering field in India. I am confident that they will continue to do so and make the Kangchenjunga Expedition successful. We all have already imagined the saffron flag and Indian National Flag unfurling at the top of Mt. Kangchenjunga, Giripremi’s Mountaineers will make it in reality in coming time and will make us proud.”

Zirpe, expedition leader, expressed his gratitude towards supporter and mentors and assured about the success of the expedition. He said, “the saffron flag of Maharashtra is a symbol of courage. It inspires us to achieve new heights and goals and take on challenges. Now it is our responsibility to take this flag on top of the country and unfurl with pride. I am confident that our team members will overcome all challenges and make this expedition successful. The joy of receiving the flag at such a holy and sacred place is something else. It gives a motivation to achieve the desired success.”

Giripremi’s 10- member team will climb Mt Kangchenjunga which includes six Everesters named Ashish Mane, Rupesh Khopade, Bhushan Harshe, Prasad Joshi, Anand Mali, and Krishna Dhokale along with Dr. Sumit Mandale (World’s fourth highest peak- Mt. Cho Oyu Summitter), Vivek Shivade, Kiran Salastekar, and Jitendra Gaware. Along with the team Giripremi’s well-wishers and supporters attended the event in large number.

Giripremi’s Kangchenjunga Eco Expedition 2019 will take place in April- May 2019. The team will leave for Nepal on March 30, 2019. Mt. Kangchenjunga is the world’s third highest peak and India’s tallest peak. It is considered to be one of the toughest peaks to climb. Giripremi has organized India’s largest civilian expedition on the country’s highest peak.

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