Malli Mastan Babu, India’s ace mountaineer passes away
Malli Mastan Babu, one of India’s top mountaineers passed away. His dead body was recovered in the Andes Mountains between Argentina and Chile after he went missing on 24th March, 2015 during an expedition to Cerro Tres Cruces Sur.
Babu was regarded as the fastest “7 summiteer” that is fastest mountaineer to climb summits in all seven continents from India. In 2006, he had famously scaled 7 summits of the world in record 172 days.
He was the first Indian mountaineer to summit the tallest peak in Antarctica, Mt Vinson Massif. He was also the first person from Andhra Pradesh to scale the Mt Everest.
He was also known for fast climbing and in 2005, he had summitted Mt Kilimanjaro in three and half days. In his 15 years mountaineering career, he had summitted more than 150 mountains.
Babu hails from Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh and was a 2000-2002 IIM Kolkata pass out. He also had a degree from IIT Kharagpur.