Nagpur’s 29-year-old mountaineer Pranav Bandbuche became the first person from the city to climb the world’s highest peak – Mount Everest – on Monday. Bandbuche, along with 13 mountaineers from different countries and seven Sherpas (skilled mountaineers), conquered the highest peak at 8.30 am on Monday.
Mountaineers, who along with Bandbuche made it to the top include: Flampouri Christina and Archontidou Vasiliki from Greece, Jia Lin Chang, Liu Yongzhong, Wang Xue Feng and Zeng Hui Wen from China, Kili Pemba Sherpa, Phurba Chhotar Sherpa and Dendi Sherpa. Incidentally, Bandbuche, was the only participant from India.
Bandbuche, who is a member of CAC ALL-Rounder (adventure camp), has obtained mountaineering training from Atal Behari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS), which is situated in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. Apart from Everest, over the years he has also scaled several difficult peaks like the Hanuman Tibba in Manali and Mt Elbrus in Europe.