There’s no mountain high enough for 34 year old Satyarup Siddhanta, who has recently completed his 'Seven Summits' Journey. With the successful summit of Vinson Massif, Antarctica in December 2017, Siddhanta is now part of a select club that has completed this arduous expedition.
Here’s a timeline of all the summits that Siddhanta has climbed:
While talking to Republic TV, Siddhanta speaks about his challenges, inspirations and what he carries in his rucksack.
Every step in high altitude is like a miracle for me as I am an asthmatic. And I feel that if I can do it, anyone can. Everyone has many mountains to climb in one’s life, not the literal mountains but in the form of obstacles, so I just want to inspire them that anyone can do it.
Mount Denali in Alaska was very challenging, as we decided to go unguided for the lack of finances. We were caught in a blizzard, I suffered first degree frostbite but in the end when we made it to the top it was just amazing.
After climbing Vinson Massif in Antarctica, I also skied the last degree to South pole 111 km for 6 days and climbed the highest active volcano in the world after that. That was a great experience too.
Well I am a software engineer, so that’s taken care of. Initially they were very scared and concerned but recently I have bought this device through which they can track me live and connect with me while I am climbing. So now it’s much better.
But sometimes it also backfires, like once while we were climbing the Mt. Everest, the device fell out of my pocket and as it showed no movement for hours, everyone thought I was dead, he says laughing.
All the essentials really, I have emergency food, a headlight, a wind-proof jacket and a camera to record all of it.
It was when I paid tribute to mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu in Tres Cruces Sur, Chile, where he had died while climbing the peak.
Highest volcano in Antarctica- Mt. Sidley in 2019, he says.