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  Mt. Everest 2005: P N Ganesh Everest Summit has been reported...



Sudeshna Sarkar, a long EverestNews.com reader and a reporter in India,  has asked us to help with the P N Ganesh Everest Summit. P N Ganesh Summit has been a source of controversy in India Newspapers.


His Questions:


Q. Sudeshna Sarkar: This year, EverestNews.com mentioned something about 15 percent of the summit claims via Tibet has been disputed. What is the reason?


A. EverestNews.com: The climbers state because of the high wind conditions did not allow many to get good summit pictures. We would add that "politics" of Everest played a part too.


Q. Sudeshna Sarkar:  How did the dispute over Ganesh's claim reach EverestNews.com?


A. EverestNews.com:  We received several e-mails from people unknown to EverestNews.com and of course saw the newspapers articles from India. The number of e-mails we receive on P N Ganesh Everest Summit was strange. However, to date, no climber that summited on June 3rd has disputed P N Ganesh Everest Summit to EverestNews.com


Q. Sudeshna Sarkar:  What is your verdict? How did you reach the decision?


A. EverestNews.com: Today, our verdict is that he will be listed on our list along with the hundreds of others without a definitive summit picture based on his word. The list is always subject to change based on new evidence. No climber who summited on June 3rd, has disputed his summit to EverestNews.com, therefore we have no reason to doubt this word. Rumors and gossip is not evidence at EverestNews.com.


Q. Sudeshna Sarkar: Did Ganesh approach you for arbitration? Are you going to inform him?


A. EverestNews.com: To our knowledge we have not had direct contract with Ganesh, however we receive 1000's of e-mails daily. We do not have his direct contact information, only his agent's information.


Q. Sudeshna Sarkar: The Karnataka police did approach you on this issue. Is it unusual to get this kind of request?


A. EverestNews.com: Yes, and Yes. The number of people who approached of on the issue is unusual and strange.


Q. Sudeshna Sarkar: Will your verdict be accepted by the mountaineering community?


A. EverestNews.com: The "mountaineering community" is hard to definite and if you could EVER get everyone to agree on one opinion, then you get a solid Gold Star!


The best thing Ganesh could probably do based on the controversy in India is try to get a definitive summit picture from others who were up there that day. Even pictures above the Second or Third Step would be very helpful.... Some climbers who apparently do not have "definitive summit pictures" from 2005 have submitted pictures from above the Second Step, while not definitive summit pictures, it at least is evidence they made it that high....


Q. Sudeshna Sarkar: EverestNews.com also mentioned it would post a report about another  controversy -- something to do with the missing Indian Air Force climber SS Chaithanya, who went missing. What exactly is the controversy?


A. EverestNews.com: We are working with SS Chaithanya wife. There is much more work to do and we will inform SS Chaithanya wife before releasing any information, therefore we will need not to comment for now. Look for a report in 4-6 months. We will state ii is clear that SS Chaithanya was using Poisk Oxygen when he summited and not SummitOxygen as has been falsely reported.


Earlier report: HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS!! We extend our hearty congratulations to Mr. Padubidre Nagesh Rao Ganesh (India) & Mr. Martin (Poland) [unsure?] on their successful ascent of the 8848 m. Mt. Everest via North Col on 03rd June. We wish them all the best and pray for their success today & forever. Mr. Bal Kumar Basnet & Parikrama Treks & Expeditions (P) Ltd. family. Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.


EverestNews.com has received several requests for EverestNews.com to "confirm" his summit. We have no information today of anyone disputing his summit, however as far as confirming his summit. We have no information today, confirming his summit. We have asked for more detailed pictures from his agent. We have no information today to say his "word" is not true. See the article on Official Mt Everest Summits.


We have received information from P N Ganesh and his agency that he has summited Mt Everest on 3rd June Morning (at 12 pm Tibet time).  He was present there for 8 mins and took snaps.  He is currently back in Kathmandu.


More Information from his agent: First of all a 'Hearty Congratulations' to all of you there for working hard on Mr. P.N. Ganesh's expedition. Let me take this opportunity to inform you that Mr. Ganesh successfully summited Mt. Everest on 3rd of June at 12:00 P.M. which certainly is a great news for all of us. I must say the hard work & effort put in his trip has been fruitful. We were not able to get this news earlier  due to lack of communication which barred us from getting the news. Anyway once again congratulation!!!


He has also obtained a certificate from TMA for his summit. He will also be able to provide you with some summit photos.   I request you to announce this on your website as this is a matter

of pride for all of us. Ganesh becomes the 2nd summitter after SS

Chaitanya (IAF summitter went missing) from South India (and the Indian state of Karnataka) to summit Mt Everest.



EverestNews.com even received a letter from the State Police in India.



Office of the,

Director General & Inspector General of Police,

Karnataka State,

No.2, Nrupathunga Road, Bangalore-560 001.

Karnataka, India

Dt: 06-06-2005.


Dear Sir, 

Sub: Information about Shri. P.N. Ganesh



* * *


            We from Karnataka State Police, Karnataka, India request to confirm about the claim of Sri. P.N. Ganesh, member of “Everest Expeditions in Spring-2005”, organized by Parikrama Treks and Expeditions (P) Ltd., from March 29th to June 3rd 2005  having summited Everest at 10 am on 3rd June 2005 or thereafter and also requested to reply back at the earliest.



            Thanking you,



Yours faithfully,




Inspector General of Police,

State Intelligence &


KSPSCB,  Bangalore,

Karnataka, India


to all interested, we will follow up and see what we can find. Hopefully other climbers have pictures on the summit that can be used for confirmation.


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