Thursday, August 15, 2019

A Self Introduction

Hi There! My name is Anindya Mukherjee. I work as a mountaineering expedition guide and trek leader in the Indian Himalaya. 

Over the past 20 years, I have actively participated in, led and organized more than 50 mountaineering  expeditions across Indian Himalaya. Apart from climbing and leading clients from across the globe to Himalayan summits, I have trekked extensively across Indian Himalaya and continue to do so.

A recent interview with Dream Wanderlust

On the South Ridge of Nanda Devi East 7434m, July 2014 Photo: Anindya Mukherjee

To enrich and add diversity to my experience and expertise I have climbed and trekked in Tanzania, Uganda, China, Greenland, Iceland, Caucasus, Sierra Cascades, North Ireland and in the Swiss and French Alps.  In 2008, I became the first Asian to participate in high altitude speed climbing competition on Mount Elbrus, Russia. But above all, my passion lies in exploring the less known and unknown valleys, glaciers and mountains of the Indian Himalaya.

View from the Deotoli Col after its first ascent in September 2011 looking towards Rhamani Glacier, Changabang and Kalanka peaks. Photo: Anindya Mukherjee

It would not be entirely out of place if I mention that on the exploration front, in 2011, I have explored a new route on the outer wall of the famed Nanda Devi sanctuary and did the first ever documented ascent of Zemu Gap from south. The reports of these exploits have been accepted and published by American Alpine Journal, Himalayan Journal and the Alpine journal.

View of Narsing from Tongshyong Glacier during our first ascent of the Zemu Gap from the South. December 2011. Photo: Anindya Mukherjee

In 2012, from 24 June to 2 September, I took my bicycle on a solo journey across Africa. Starting from Nanyuki, Kenya, I cycled over 4500 km to reach Walvis Bay, Namibia. This was my very personal tribute to H.W.Tilman's spirit and his bicycle journey in 1933 from Uganda to Cameroon. You can read about that journey here:

During our first succesful traverse of the Talung Chu Gorge in North Sikkim. March 2011. Photo: Anindya Mukherjee

I have taken my basic mountaineering lessons from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling and over the years self taught myself to become a mountaineering guide. I have also completed Wilderness First Aid course from Wild First Aid, Singapore.  

On 30th March 2013, I became the first recipient of the prestigious Jagdish Nanavati Award for Excellence in Mountaineering. Read about the award here:

I can also be found on facebook: Anindya on facebook

A few interesting links on mountaineering and adventure news involving Anindya: