Arun Samant Memorial Lecture 2018

Arun Samant Memoria Lecture 2018 by Anindya Mukherjee, Kiki Mathawan and Divyesh Muni

Dear Friends,

We welcome this New Year 2018 with our annual Arun Samant Memorial Lecture Series and in this first lecture series of the year, we present to you some exciting presentations on various topics of Himalaya.

Date: Saturday, 13 January 2018 at 05:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Venue: Sathye College Auditorium, Dixit Road, Vile Parle East, Mumbai
Entry: FREE. (Seating arrangement: First come first serve basis).
RSVP: Required. Kindly register your names at the Himalayan Club’s office either by email to:, or through phone [022 - 24912829/ 49730738].

Please note that the registration for this screening is free, and seating arrangements are on first come first serve basis. The doors of the auditorium will open 30 min prior to the event.

Looking forward to see you there...!

Nandini Purandare 
Hon Secretary
The Himalayan Club


Anindya recounts his journey from doing solo ascents in the Alps to climbing extremely lightweight in the Himalaya often in the height of winter.

A talk on the history and legacy of the various kingdoms of the Punjab Himalayas ranging from the state of Jammu and Kashmir with an area of 222,236 sq km to small states in the Shimla Hills only a few sq km in area. These Kingdoms and the inter relationships between them shaped the history as well as the culture of the Western Himalayas and the people who live amongst them.

Divyesh Muni will take us through a fascinating journey he has had over 2 decades of climbing and exploring in the East Karakoram range. With more than a dozen expeditions in the area, his team has made several first ascents of peaks and first crossings of passes. His narrative will take us from the Siachen Glacier in the North through several glaciers and valleys, including the Chong Kumdan, the Saser Kangri group, the Arganglas Valley, the Shukpa Kunchang Glaciers to the Rongdo Valley in the South East.

About Speakers:

Anindya Mukherjee
Anindya Mukherjee is an adventurer, mountaineer, explorer and storyteller based in Kolkata. He has cycled from the Equator to Tropic of Capricorn (2012) in Africa & is the first Indian to bike across the Sahara (2017). He has raced on Elbrus (2008) as the first South Asian to have qualified for the finals. He is the recipient of the inaugural Jagdish Nanavati Award for excellence in Mountaineering (2012). He explores mountains & glaciers in the Himalaya.

Prashant (Kiki) Mathawan
Kiki Mathawan is an occasional writer and photographer who has spent his formative years in living amidst the Himalayas in the most beautiful of its Vales, Kashmir. With familial relations in Himachal Pradesh as well he has widely travelled in these parts of the Himalayas and as such tries to highlight the history and culture of these mountains.

Divyesh Muni
Divyesh, a Chartered Accountant by profession, is currently the Vice President of the Club. In the last 36 years of active climbing, he has climbed 33 Himalayan Peaks, 21 of them being first ascents. Some of his noted climbs are: First ascent of Chamshen (7017 m.), new route on Chong Kumdan I (7071 m), first ascent of Rangrik Rang (6656 m), Bhujang (6560 m), Sujtilla - West (6273 m) etc. He is passionate about exploring and seeks out new areas to climb. In the recent years, he has concentrated on climbing in East Karakoram region. An avid photographer, he has exhibited his images jointly with his wife at the National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai. He has conducted several workshops on Expedition Planning, and Safety in Adventure.