June 2018: Samir Patham and Sauraj Jhingan, the Pune based mountaineers who led the Force Motors Everest Expedition 2018, were felicitated today at the company’s Akurdi factory in Pune. The duo had reached the world’s tallest peak on May 18, 2018 and shared their experience aided by videos of the expedition. They handed over the Force Motors flag taken to the summit to MD Prasan Firodia, and autographed a photograph that commemorated their climb to the summit.
The expedition was flagged off on March 22, 2018 from the company’s headquarters at Akurdi. After acclimatising for a few weeks and testing their technical skills by climbing neighboring mountains, they proceeded to Everest base camp from where they made several trips to the higher camps. This was to stock up essentials like tents, food and oxygen for the final summit attempt.
Assured by favourable weather conditions, the team left Camp 4 (above 8000m) on the evening of 17th May. After a 10 hour grueling climb in the death zone, they reached the summit at 6.20 amthe next day. They spent about 40 minutes on the top before descending.
Firodia, complimenting Sauraj and Samir on their outstanding feat, stated, “Their perseverance and determination would certainly inspire others to strive towards their personal and professional goals”.
Samir and Sauraj said they were grateful for the company’s support. The duo’s first attempt in 2015 was abandoned because of the earthquake in Nepal that almost wiped out base camp. The second attempt in 2017 was called off 800m from the summit because of strong jet stream winds higher than 160km/hr. Force Motors gave their dream a new lease of life.
“Climbing to the Summit of Everest was a dream come true for us. On May 18, 2018 we achieved this dream and spent 45 mins on the top of the world. After 2 unsuccessful attempts in 2015 and 2017, the year 2018 was all the more challenging for us and we sincerely thank Force motors for their support and encouragement, and for believing in us”, smiled Sauraj.
“Two months spent on this climbing expedition, sleeping in tents on a freezing glacier, in sub zero conditions, aspiring to climb in altitudes where oxygen is a luxury, teaches you to appreciate the basic necessities of life. Standing on the Summit of Everest rather than being a conquest, was a humbling experience. I will always be grateful not just to my family, friends and Force Motors for the encouragement and support, in making this expedition happen, but also ‘Sagarmatha’(Everest) for granting us the opportunity to stand on the ‘Top of the World‘, summed up Samir.