I’m Siddharth Gupta, an engineer by education, from IIT Bombay. I graduated with a Masters in 2012. I did my schooling from Hyderabad, from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, and my 11th and 12 from St. Patrick’s Jr. College ( Mega Study circle). My father is in the top ranks of Indian Forest Services in the state of Telangana. I’ve worked in multiple organizations and have helped build categories and have seen a growth of a startup, an buyout of a startup. I am currently witnessing a sustainable growth at Aasaanjobs, a recruitment portal for entry to mid level jobs. I head Sales and Marketing and lead a team of 25 people at the company.
Mountaineer Siddharth Gupta Story!
It was in my 1st year at IIT, when I first came across professional mountaineering. Though I had been adventure enthusiast from childhood, it was the first time I was pursuing it professionally. I and 3 other friends did the amazing Basic Mountaineering Course in the beautiful Spiti valley. That’s when I learnt the basics of rich climbing, snow climbing, ice climbing and the wonderful art of using a rope for 100 different things. The entire course was spread across for 26 days. It was exhausting, physically and mentally, but it was also one of the best experiences of my life. We scaled about 16,200 ft at the end of the course, the highest I had ever reached. There after I did a few more treks in India over the next few years, but nothing of such heights.
After a few years the mountain bug bit me again and I was inching to do something more challenging. A friend of mine suggested, Mt. Kilimanjaro and I was instantly stuck by the beauty and the might of the mountain. In the process I did set my eyes on the 7 summits (the highest summits in each of the 7 continents), starting with Mt. Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa. I did the research and booked my travel well in advance. I knew I was out of shape and so took out 2 hours everyday to get back to being my best at fitness.
Mt. Kilimanjaro is peculiar, in that it offers 5 different terrains, and therefore ecosystems, in your entire trek right from wet forest to marine forest to rocky desert to alpine desert and icy terrain at the summit. The summit day is the most challenging experience. Everyone has to start sharp at midnight to reach the summit by 6 am and then get back to the last base by 9.30AM -10.00AM. It’s the mountain rule – “climb high, sleep low”. The moment I reached the summit I had realised that I didn’t want to stop mountaineering and therefore set my eyes to the next mountain. My entire trek was between 6th June to 12th June and I summoned the peak on 11th june 6.39am.
India has Himalayas, the most challenging and beautiful mountain ranges. There needs more development in terms of training the Indian youth in mountaineering. It’s not just an adventure, it teaches you multiple lessons of life.