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Ace mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu’s body discovered from Andes Mountains, USA

Ace mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu’s body discovered from Andes Mountains, USA

Ace mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu’s body discovered from Andes Mountains, USA

He was a mountaineer and he was found dead doing what he did the best, mountaineering. India’s foremost mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu is no more.

One of the best known faces in the country in this field, Malli Mastan Babu, was reportedly found dead in Andes Mountains.

The search for his whereabouts was going on for the last more than ten days. He went missing on March 24 from Andes Mountains in South America. Now his dead body has been recovered.

himalayas glacierThere is no other mountaineer from India who has been feted so much. Babu is a top Indian mountaineer, having achieved the feat of becoming the “fastest seven summiteer” in the world (172 days in 2006, during which he climbed seven summits on seven days of the week in each calendar month). He is also the first Indian to summit Mt Vinson Massif, the tallest peak in Antarctica and the first person from Andhra Pradesh to scale the Everest.

But he died really very young. Forty-year-old Babu, a native of Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, was in South America to climb the 21,748 feet-high Cerro Tres Cruces Sur. Babu and his friends had started their ascent from the Argentinean side towards the summit that lies on the Chilean side of the Andes. As per reports, Babu and his group were at the base camp on March 24 when he apparently set off alone to check out the route up. The weather deteriorated soon afterwards and he has been missing since then. An alumnus of IIT-Kharagpur and IIM-Calcutta, Babu had taken to mountain climbing after working as a software engineer for 3 years.

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