He farms apples & cherries in the village of Pamlahi in Himachal Pradesh. Dr. Lalit’s extraordinary story is that of passion and true love of exploration.
From a young age he was inclined towards sports and excelled. He played volleyball during his school/college days and went on to play at the senior national level as well as varsity level. Later, he became the coach for the HP state team.
He meshed his passion for sports with the right education as he completed his doctorate in physical education. During this time he was appointed as a lecturer and associate professor for physical education.
He has written over 15 research papers covering various aspects of physical and psychological health related to sportspersons which have been published in various journals like “Journal of Sports and Sports Sciences”, “Indian Journal of Physical Education, Sports Medicine and Exercise Science” and more.
Apart from being a sportsperson, Dr Lalit is an avid nature photographer. He has photographed many exotic species of flora and fauna in the Indian Himalayas. He has documented and identified over 300 alpine flowers and has photographed many endangered species like Himalayan weasel. He has a keen interest in Ayurveda and keeps fit by working in his Apple and Cherry farm.
Adventure sports were always on his mind while he pursued his physical education career. In 1997 he began to indulge in the same and went for a basic skiing course thereafter progressing to the both basic and advanced mountaineering courses. Additionally he completed basic paragliding training and did solo airtime as well.
He now holds two decades of experience in mountain sports & adventure. His specialist knowledge of high altitude winter trekking is invaluable and driven by his shear experience of over 10 years. In that time he has been an expedition leader for many of them and has done over twenty 6000+ meter expeditions ranging from peaks like Mt. Trishul, Mt. Satopanth, Mt. Stok Kangri, Mt. Kamet, Siachen Glacier and more. He has done numerous solo alpine style climbs; the most recent one to Deo Tibba. To fulfil his mountaineering dreams he volunteered with Indian Mountaineering Foundation extensively and joined many of their high altitude expeditions. Sustainability, recycling and cleanliness are the need of the hour and Dr. Lalit has taken initiative on that front as well. He joined the ONGC Clean Himalaya expeditions twice, once in 2015, the other in 2018 and a Srikhand cleaning campaign in Oct 2019. In 2019 he also completed his “Methods of Instruction” mountaineering course, thereby adding more stars to his shiny portfolio. He is an associate member of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation, a volunteer at The Himalayan Club and plays an important voluntary role in both organizations.
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Deo Tibba solo pursuit (Oct 2020)
Completed in 5 days - Manali to Manali
8th Oct 2020, 2:00 PM – Drove from Manali to Khanol and hiked up to Chikka
9th Oct 2020, 8:00 AM – Short becomes long – Saw a shortcut, took it and hit a dead end. Successful intuitive traverse through moraine to merge with traditional route and carried on to Tainta. This was a long day – 14 HRS, 38 KMS, 30 KG Load, Phew!!
10th Oct 2020, 7:00 AM - 4 HRS climb to Col Camp @ 5050 meters. High gradient, high altitude and ice/rock fall terrain.
11th Oct 2020, 2:00 AM - Started glacier route summited @ 9:30 AM, began his decent around 10:30 AM reaching Tainta 4:00 PM.
12th Oct 2020, 6:00 AM – Left Tainta and reached Manali around 4:00 PM
3/10-6K (Jan 2018):
Ten days, three peaks, 6000+ meters. This was a part of his winter ascent training and conditioning where they covered two unnamed peaks and Stok Kangri. Temperatures ranged between -15°C to -30°C. Weather conditions remained favourable and they were able to complete the same successfully. This was a test of their skills, endurance and mental stability. Lack of oxygen & plummeting temperatures were part of the parcel. Frozen rivers, avalanche prone areas were right around the corner. The activity was undertaken as a part of their Pre-Kanchenjunga expedition. They could not find any traces of human presence on their first ascent (6066 M) which suggested that this was unclimbed. On the second peak (6119 M) they found a trail but needed to negotiate snow and moraine while tackling high risk rock fall. This was a tricky peak. Third peak was “Stok Kangri” (6153 M), it was coldest of the lot and they had to walk on the frozen “Stok” river as they couldn’t follow traditional route due to the onset of winter.
He plans on summiting the highest and is relentlessly pursuing the same. We wish him the best in his endeavor!