Expedition to Explore Arwa Col - Part 5 of trek

Background :
This dream started in SeptI am pasting here the excerpt for the mail written by Jyoti Prakash (JP), the leader of the Auden's Col/Mayali Pass/Rudugaira trek in Aug-Sep 2010 (additional photos here), to all of us who had trekked with him in the Auden's col trek or in some other treks previously


Arwa Col:

 This Col was first discovered in 1939 by JC Auden’s but he didn’t cross it. It was mentioned again 1990 by Harish Kapadia during his exploration of Jadganga valley. Even Harish Kapadia didn’t cross it. It is an unclimbed Col at 20300 feet, 8 kms to the left of Kalindi Pass. Harish Kapadia reached Saraswati Col in 1990 but again didn’t cross it.

The dream is to cross Arwa Col on which no human has ever set his feet till now. This might be a full fledged expedition starting from Bhaironghati and will take us to Badrinath via Nelang – Naga - Arwa Col. Biggest obstacles are getting permits from Army and local administration. Anyone interested in joining?  Or anyone who can help getting necessary permits using his/her contacts?
Without bothering you about all the intermittent details I will skip forward to May 2011, when JP informed us that in the background he and Harsh (another team member) had been working to get the permits for the expedition to Arwa Col.
The names of the participants kept changing a bit.  Harsh and Subbu (mentioned in the permit above) had to drop off because of personal commitments.  The final team comprised
  1.  Debabrata Mukherjee (also know as Debuda), a well acclaimed guide/entrepreneur,  leader of IMF sponsored successful expedition to Gangotri-III,  the one who opened the route to Panpttia col in 2008, joined the group as a member, friend and consultant.  Debu-da has been a mountain-man for close to 25 years (or probably more).  He is a registered tour guide and is well versed in Japanese and Swedish (in blue t-shirt sans cap, 2nd from right in the photo below)
  2. Subhamoy Ghosh, another seasoned trekker/mountaineer, who had crossed the Longstaff col, is also an excellent photographer.  Subhamoy, a banker by profession, has been mountain-lover/trekker at heart for a long time.  (in bright orange t-shirt sa in the centre of the photo below)
  3. Viswanath is another avid trekker, good photographer and is passionate about the mountains.  He runs his own adventure company( see  http://www.summiters.net ). (seated in fluorescent green t-shirt in the extreme right of the photo below)
  4. Moiz, a constant trekking companion of JP - the only lad from bombay works in the IT field. (2nd from left in the photo below)
  5. Pavan, the youngest member of the group, is an avid trekker and photographer. He was a member of the Auden's col trek last year and has also been to Siachen/Roopkund. He works with a prominent company in the IT business. (Donninga floppy sun hat is 3rd from right  in the photo below)
  6. JP, who founded the yahoo group himalayan_trekkers (with over a 1000 members)  has been a trekker for over 15 years.  He too works with a prominent company in the IT business. (with dark shades, baseball cap, waist pouch in the picture below)
  7. And yours truly, a newbie to the trekking community compared to the vast experience of the other team members. (extreme left in the picture below)

Summiters in Khabar Magazine

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