Malli Mastan Babu, India’s Top Mountaineer, Found Dead In Andes

Malli Mastan Babu, the ace mountaineer who was missing from Andes mountains in South America since March 24, has been found dead, say reports.

Andhra Pradesh mountaineer

Mastan Babu was the fastest “7 summiteer” in the world. He had climbed summits in all seven continents in 172 days in 2006. He is also the first Indian to summit Mt Vinson Massif, the tallest peak in Antarctica.

He was in South America to climb the 21,748 feet-high Cerro Tres Cruces Sur. His team had started their ascent from the Argentinean side towards the summit that lies on the Chilean side of the Andes.

Citing his sister Dr Malli Dorasanamma, reports say that on March 24 he went ahead of his team to check the route and was, possibly, trapped in the weather that deteriorated soon after.

The 40-year-old native of Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, is an alumnus of IIT-Kharagpur and IIM-Calcutta.

An announcement on Facebook page ‘Rescue Malli Mastan Babu’ created by his friends and well wishers read “Mountains retained its favourite child.. R.I.P Malli Mastan Babu”.

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