The history of successful climbing in the Himalayas by Assamese mountaineers is fairly old. since the establishment of Assam mountaineering association in 1967 Assamese mountaineers have brought many laurels to the state and its people by scaling more than fourty snow capped lofty peaks located in different regions of the Himalayas, extending from Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh and to set afoot at the summit of mount Everest (8848 m) had always been a dream of every mountaineers of our state also.
It is a matter of great pleasure to acknowledge with sincere gratitude that Sri Tarun Gogoi, hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam gave great importance to this matter and officially announced before the delegation of the Assam mountaineering association that his government will fully finance the first ever Everest expedition organized by the climbers of the state of Assam. Preparation started in war footing. An organizing committee was formed. hon’ble Chief Minister consented to be the Chief Patron. Sri Ajit Singh, hon’ble minister of sports became the chief- de-mission, and Sri Satyen Sarma, president of Assam Mountaineering Association was made the convener. Few top ranking govt. officials and senior mountaineers were also the other members of this committee. A decision was taken to name the expedition as “Asom Everest Expedition 2015”.
Assam mountaineering association with 45th years have created milestone in the field of mountaineering by successfully climbing 21 nos of major peaks in the Himalayas i.e. First expedition to Bethartoli, 1970 Chouklamba-I third ascent on the history of the peak 1983, Abi-Gamin Peak in Garhwal Himalaya, Gorichen-II in Arunachal Himalaya as first civilian expedition are some of the major achievement.
Expedition and Climbing Records
Expeditions Organized by Assam Mountaineering Association
Local Rock climbing training course
The course is held for 5-8 successive Sunday’s usually starting from the month of November every year. This training is intended to impart preliminary knowledge to the trainees on natural rock climbing, abseiling, mountain manners, trekking and shift following river crossing etc. Also account the trainees with problems at higher altitude, exposure to rough weather and adverse situations. The association has been holding this course regularly without any gap since its inception till date.
Children’s Adventure Orientation Camp
Started in 1990, this is the first ever such camp to be organized in India where children of the age group of 5-12 years are allowed to participate. This is a three day camp. In the first two day children’s are playfully drawn and acquainted with the preliminaries of rock climbing, repelling and trekking which provide to be very popular among the children’s. A number of camps have been held with so as founding success that it has become an unavoidable part of our annual activities.
Children’s high altitude trekking
AMA is the first organization in the country to have dared to rend lunch of dare devil kid’s to climb the mountain in the Himalaya, overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the children’s participating from annual children’s adventure camp. AMA conducted children’s High Altitude trekking to Sandakphu (12,000 ft) in the Darjeeling Himalaya Several times. It is a matter of pride that Pranjoy Jhuria, a child trainee, has created history on 23 July, 2004 as the youngest climber (8 Year’s) to reach the Top of Ladakhi Peak (17.249 ft) at Himachal Pradesh.
High altitude trekking for youth
This programme is conducted to give the trainees first hand exposure to problems at high altitude under the guidance of senior skilled mountaineers to increase their lateen potentiality for future higher training.
High altitude explorations
So for the association has conducted several high altitude exploration to Kamet Base Camp (1971), Kalindi Khal (1973), Trial Pass (1976), Sinsashan (1986), Gorichen Base Camp (1992), The Gorichen Base Camp of Arunachal Pradesh was first civilian exploration in the Arunachal Pradesh under the leadership of Mt. Bimal Ch. Goswami.
All Assam / North East Rock Climbing Training Camp
Since 1988 the Association has been holding this type of camp’s Guwahati for the Youth of N.E. Region AMA re designed this camp in 1998 to cover all the state of N.E. region which was sponsored by North Eastern Council (NEC)
Water sports training
So far AMA has deputed several boys for attending basic course in water sports at regional water sports center pong-dam (Himachal Pradesh) in 1992 and 1997. This is in fact a prelude to the widening horizon of the association in adventure sports.
Ladies rock climbing training camp
The association organized yet another special rock climbing camp at Guwahati in 1995 for the girls of Assam which are specially combined by Ladies member’s of the Association.
Expedition on wheel
To celebrate 50 years of independence of India and tolling peace and harmony an expedition (cycling) was launched by five new comer member for a distance of 500 K.M. Guwahati to Tamabil (Bangladash) and back to Guwahati via Shillong in 1997.
In the year of 2008, AMA successfully completed “North-East Motorcycle Expedition” with a team size of nine dare devil Biker’s Distance covering Approx. 2,800 K.M. Seven state of North Eastern Region. The Expedition was sponsored by GNRC, Bharati Airtel, SBI, NRL, IOC and Guwahati Refinery.
Adventure above forty
Association was organized a high altitude trekking venture for the aged who where never short of zeal and enthusiasm. Three veterans including a lady in the age of 55-65 year’s come forward to enjoy the challenge and hardship of the trekking in the Himalaya’s on the great determination they completed a trek form Gongotri Dham to Goumukh the source of Holy Ganges at Garhwal in the 1994.
Training for physically challenged person
Another milestone of the association is for the first time AMA conducted rock climbing for the physically challenged person in the hills of Guwahati which was sponsored by the Indian mountaineering foundation.
5th October, Adventure sports and mountaineering day
The Assam Mountaineering Association has organized a felicitation ceremony on the occasion of the death anniversary of its revered founder member, the Late Rohini Kumar Bhyan, the ceremony being rightly christened as the “Adventure Sports and Mountaineering Day”
Blood donation and tree plantation: Starting from 1990, the Assam Mountaineering Association members celebrate in foundation day on 25th July each year by undertaking various social service programme such as voluntary blood donation and tree plantation. Each year a team of doctors and paramedics from Blood Bank, GMCH hospital Guwahati, collect many unit of blood from our members on this auspicious day. It is also a regular feature to plant trees with the active co-operation of the social forestry department every year.