Arun Samant Memorial Lecture 2020

Arun Samant Memorial Lecture 2020

Dear Friends,

We welcome this New Year 2020 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, 11 January 2020
Time: 05:00 pm - 08:30 pm
Venue: Sathaye College Auditorium, Dixit Road, Vile Parle East, Mumbai 400057
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 entry to auditorium will open 15 min prior to the event.

Looking forward to see you there...!

Ketan Jani 
Hon Local Secretary - Mumbai section
The Himalayan Club


AMAZING ANTARCTICA by Dr. Madhubala Joshi-Chinchalkar
In November 2016, Dr. Madhubala Joshi-Chinchalkar was selected as the doctor accompanying 36th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica; to Indian Research Station Maitri, by Government of India; Ministry of Earth Sciences, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR). She was a member of wintering team, spending a year on ice and based in Indian Research Station ‘Maitri’ during this period; along with Indian scientists and logistic members. In Antarctica, summer is for three months - December to February; when there is midnight sun. Winter is from March to November and is the most challenging period. The continent gets cut off from the rest of the world during this period! Polar night is for 3 months, when the sun does not rise! Dr. Madhubala was awarded the title of ‘Polar Woman’ for wintering in Antarctica. She provided medical care to her team members and was able to handle a medical emergency in Antarctica during winter. Indeed, it was a life changing experience!

After initial foray into the high passes in 2018 Peter decided to spent the entire summer of 2019 in the Himalaya. He ended up exploring 120 passes across Uttarakhand, Himachal and Ladakh in as many days (4 months). The entire journey was alpine style - self planned, self-supported, mostly solo and minimalist ultra-paced. It was an amazing journey through mesmerizing natural beauty and unseen hospitality with shepherd's and mountain tribes.

THE CHALLENGE OF NANDA DEVI EAST (7434m) by Anindya Mukherjee
Anindya Mukherjee attempted Nanda Devi East in the year 2013 with his fellow Indian climbers. However, four days of continuous snowfall resulted in limited climbing days and caused shortage of food and fuel. In spite of these limiting factors, they had made good progress and even managed one summit attempt from a camp at around 6600m. But during the summit attempt, extremely high wind above 6900m and poor gear conditions of the team added to their agony. They decided to turn back from below the summit pyramid putting safety of the team first.

The next year, in 2014, Anindya Mukherjee, as part of a 2 member Indo-American expedition (Anindya and Dr. George Rodway) supported by 4 sherpa climbers, attempted it again via Longstaff's Col in the south ridge of the summit route. It took four vital camps after the advance base camp (4750m) to ascend to the summit of Nanda Devi East successfully. Thus, a dauntless and semi-alpine style expedition succeeded on Nanda Devi East (7434m) in the Kumaun Himalaya by an Indo-American expedition on 3rd July, 2014. This was the 12th ascent of the peak out of 28 attempts in last 75 years. Nanda Devi East was first successfully climbed by a Polish team in 1939.

This evening, mountaineer Anindya Mukherjee shares highlights from his two expeditions to climb Nanda Devi East (7434m) in 2013 and 2014. He also caps of a review on the various happenings on Nanda Devi East during the summer of 2019 including details of Martin Moran’s ill-fated team and a Polish expedition which succeeded in putting two climbers on the summit.

About Speakers:

Dr. Madhubala Joshi-Chinchalkar
Dr. Madhubala Joshi-Chinchalkar has worked as an Anaesthesiologist, in the state government Hospital for 32 years. She completed M.B.B.S. (1981) and M.D. (1984) from Seth G.S. Medical college and KEM Hospital.

She has a special interest in Psychology. She studied Clinical Psychology. She has been associated with the field of Mental Health since 2008, along with Anaesthesia; after passing M.Sc. in Applied Psychology with first class. She has been associated with School Counselling project. She also help children with learning disability as a special educator.

Her film ‘...And Skua Returned Early!’ has been selected for official screening at “Jaipur International Film Festival 2020”. The film is based on her experience of one year on Ice and the Serious threat of ‘Climate Change’. This is her humble and an honest attempt to tell about the divine continent Antarctica and their expedition. At the same time, in this film, she has tried to draw attention to the serious threat to our beautiful planet!

Peter Van Geit
Peter Van Geit is a Belgian settled in India for 2 decades. He is a unique intersection of explorer, ultra-runner, alpinist and minimalist. He quit his job 2 years ago and is now into full time exploration of remote mountain regions. Each self-supported journey covers several thousands of kilometres across challenging terrain self-navigated using topographic maps.

Anindya Mukherjee
Anindya Mukherjee is an active mountaineer, adventurer, an archetypal swashbuckler and a storyteller with a penchant for exploration. When he is not finding an entrance to an unknown glacier, Anindya Mukherjee enjoys climbing lightweight and in alpine style.

Over the past two decades, Anindya has led and organized more than 50 mountaineering expeditions across the Indian Himalaya and most of them were exploratory in nature. He received the inaugural Jagdish Nanavati Award for Excellence in Mountaineering (2013) for the first ascent of Zemu Gap from south from the Himalayan Club. Articles on his explorations have been published in prestigious journals such as Alpinist (USA), The American Alpine Journal, The Alpine Journal (U.K) and The Himalayan Journal. Anindya has been invited to deliver talks on his adventures at The University of Michigan, The University of Calcutta, Jadavpur University, Presidency University and the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics. Anindya has also travelled, climbed, explored and trekked in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Greenland, Iceland, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, China, Russia, Sierra Cascades (USA), Ireland, and in the Swiss and French Alps. He is also the first Indian to cross the Atlantic route of the Sahara Desert on a bicycle.