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Pune mountaineer dies while on expedition to Mount Nun near Srinagar

Subhash Takale was a renowned architect in the city and had several years of experience in mountaineering. Takale was part of a four-man expedition organised by Delhi’s Apline Wonderers.

pune Updated: Aug 01, 2017 16:07 IST
Ashish Phadnis
Subhash Takale during the Island Peak trek in Nepal in 2016.
Subhash Takale during the Island Peak trek in Nepal in 2016.(HT PHOTO)

Forty-nine-year-old mountaineer, Subhash Takale, passed away during his expedition to Mount Nun (7,135 mt; 23,409 ft), near the Suru valley, east of Srinagar on Monday. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. He was a renowned architect in the city and had several years of experience in mountaineering. 

Takale was part of a four-man expedition organised by Delhi’s Apline Wonderers. He started feeling weak after Camp 2, but insisted on going forward. When he was just a few hundred metres away from the summit (6,900mt), he completely drained out following which the Sherpas and other teammates brought him to Camp 3 on Sunday afternoon. 

However, he refused to descend further to Camp 2 and wanted to be airlifted. Therefore, one team member, Nitin Pande, stayed with Takale and rest of the members came down to the base camp and contacted Giripremi Mountaineering Institute in Pune, as Takale was closely associated with them and had several years of experience in the Himalayas. 

Giripremi’s Umesh Zirpe immediately initiated the rescue mission and completed the necessary formalities to get an Indian army helicopter. However, due to bad weather, it took over 12 hours to make it to the campsite and the helicopter was sent for rescue only on Monday morning. Meanwhile, Zirpe contacted White Magic Organisation and they had sent 10 Sherpas for the rescue as well. 

However, by the time the rescue team reached the spot, Takale had breathed his last and as the chopper needed special permission to carry the dead body, they brought down Pande with them. As per the military officials, Takale’s body was supposed to be brought down to the base camp on Tuesday but due to bad weather the rescue operation will be carried out on Wednesday. 

“It has not been confirmed yet, but we guess that Takale suffered pulmonary and cerebral edema. He should have stayed at Camp 2, instead of insisting to reach the summit. Moreover, he spent almost two days at high altitude in such a condition, which could have worsened the situation,” said Zirpe.