30 July 2021.

Himalayan Club keeps flame alive

By  Unsigned,   Wednesday, 02 April 2008

The Himalayan Club has turned 80 and its members claim to have kept alive the flame of private mountaineering.

Established in 1928, the India-based organisation is the only international club that has members across five continents.

The club's biggest impact when it opened was the opening of the greater Himalayan ranges to climbers and mountaineering expeditions, says club president Suman Dubey.

He told the Times of India that there was almost no logistics on the ground during the early years and that the Himalayan Club was responsible for establishing most of them.

"[The club] has kept alive the flame of private mountaineering," he told the newspaper.

"It's one thing for government institutions to fund expeditions but the club has been in the forefront of private expeditions encouraging its members to explore remote regions."

According to its website, the chief aim of the club is to encourage and assist Himalayan travel and to extend knowledge of the mountain ranges "through science, art, literature and sport".