India: Name of the mountains is greater than meets the attention

India: Name of the mountains is greater than meets the attention

Bengaluru: Prasad Gurav misplaced his eye sight as a younger man, attributable to a retinal degenerative dysfunction. However, he by no means misplaced his imaginative and prescient and keenness for a life stuffed with prospects. He might need misplaced a technique of taking a look at this world, however his lack of sight has not stopped him from seeing the world in additional methods than one.

In actual fact, it has taught him to discover the fantastic thing about this world by means of all his schools or reasonably by means of the entire of his being. Gurav’s lack of one school has inspired him to completely optimise his different senses and luxuriate in his life greater than he beforehand did.

“I’ve all the time been a superb trekker, I’m an outdoor particular person so I’d often go on lengthy treks and mountain climbing. I nonetheless trek and do climbing indoors with ropes,” stated Gurav, who has finished dozens of excessive profile treks and mountain climbs during the last 20 years, extra after shedding his sight utterly.

Mountaineering and trekking is just not straightforward even for individuals with clear imaginative and prescient and for somebody with no eye sight it’s an unbelievable achievement.

Nevertheless, doing it recurrently requires a fantastic degree of resolve and displays on Gurav’s willingness to push the boundaries progressively.

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Prasad Gurav says, to beat bodily limitations, first we have now to beat the psychological limitations. PHOTO
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Past limitations

Although an journey lover by nature, his actual journey of adventures started when he began shedding his eyesight drastically round 15 years again. Within the final 10 years, he has scaled a number of the tallest mountains in India and Africa with no eyesight to light up his explorations.

From Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to Stok Kangri in Ladakh and Sikkim’s Spiti valley to Pindari Glacier and Markha Valley, he has scaled all of them. He has now set his eyes on the Everest base camp.

His newest expedition was in September this 12 months, when he climbed Mount Kanamo in Spiti Valley, scaling the altitude of 19,635 toes.

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The peak of feat – Prasad Gurav together with his group mates after scaling the 19,635 toes Mount Kanamo in Spiti Valley in September this 12 months.
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“Two years after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the mountain began calling once more and I set sight on yet another trek-able peak of round 20,000 toes and zeroed in on Mount Kanamo. After a 12 months of considering and discussing with individuals about this, lastly the dream was realised on September 11, 2022,” stated Gurav, who’s an electronics engineer by qualification.

The 47-year-old technocrat believes that earlier than scaling bodily heights one has to beat psychological limitations.

“This dedication comes from the realisation that actuality is created in your ideas and ideas are highly effective,” he added.

For Gurav and his passionate group of explorers, no peak is out of attain, and no mountain is a closing vacation spot. Each achievement is simply one other milestone in a protracted journey of prospects.

Gurav’s treks and climbs are inclusive, the place visually-able individuals and visually-challenged individuals work collectively to attain a standard goal.

“We created historical past with our inclusive expedition. The group consisted of blind members together with me and Chunzin Angmo, who can be an Everest aspirant and members with correct imaginative and prescient reminiscent of Nupur Pittie, a superwoman from Pune; and our guides Kesang, who’s an skilled in natural world and likewise the lead climber; Stanzin, who was additionally our videographer; and the younger and energetic Tenzing Palvar,” stated the explorer, describing is passionate and decided group.


The Mumbai-born explorer can be an entrepreneur and founding father of an IT agency in Pune, Maharashtra.

Although, not actively concerned within the firm’s common operations now, the 47-year-old has broadened his horizon and widened his scope of impression.

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Prasad Gurav is a Pune based mostly entrepreneur, explorer and change-maker.
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“Round 2012, after I was nearly blind, I learnt find out how to use the white cane and began trekking once more. Till this time, like most individuals my life was decided by exterior forces reminiscent of work and circumstances surrounding me,” Gurav, the inspiring Punekar, stated.

So, Gurav determined to stay life past his every day wants, pleasures and worries. He determined to develop into extra helpful and make life higher for others, particularly those that are going through challenges much like his.

“I made a decision to alter my way of living and began dwelling extra holistically. Once I began my enterprise I had decreased travelling attributable to my limitations. However, now I began transferring once more. I began travelling throughout India and volunteered with completely different organisations. I’d spend time with completely different blind establishments and prepare blind kids in life abilities,” stated Gurav, explaining how a change in strategy helped him overcome limitations.

He means that if you begin serving to others, your individual issues develop into straightforward for you. They develop into insignificant.

“Once I began shedding imaginative and prescient drastically, I began a assist group for individuals with related points in order that we may all share our experiences with others and assist others face this problem,” he added.


In line with him, one of the difficult impacts of a sudden lack of a school reminiscent of imaginative and prescient is melancholy.

“We take our powers as a right and when individuals lose these powers instantly, it’s pure for individuals to wrestle coming to phrases with it. Folks undergo melancholy and psychological trauma, I actually had confronted such points. There may be hardly any counselling in India for such instances, I noticed a necessity right here. So, with the assistance of some organisations I began guiding individuals with related points,” added Gurav, highlighting the necessity for larger assist and look after individuals to come back to phrases with their loss imaginative and prescient.

Gurav additionally began bringing out newsletters guiding individuals to regulate with their new realities. His message is easy: regardless of the issues we face, we will proceed to steer a superb life.

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Prasad Gurav together with his group captain Raju Praveen throughout their 2018 biking journey from Manali to Kardungla.
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“Lots of people suppose that blind individuals can’t watch films, however there are other ways of seeing and experiencing issues, you study to adapt when you’re confronted with a scenario. I do watch films, I additionally learn and exit on a trek. I take pleasure in many of the issues that different individuals do. There are different individuals like me, who overcome all limitations to attain their goals. I take inspiration from them,” stated Gurav, suggesting that our handicap, be it bodily or psychological, ought to by no means are available in the best way of our goals. Dysfunction

Around the globe, tens of millions of individuals endure from a spread of retinal degenerative problems, struggling various levels of imaginative and prescient loss, together with full blindness.

Retinal degenerative problems have a debilitating impression on every day life, from primary features of transferring round independently to studying and driving. It additionally causes melancholy and places a significant dent within the confidence of the individuals going through the problem.

However, some individuals like Gurav overcome these limitations by means of their sheer psychological toughness and switch their weak point into their greatest energy.

“My eyes by no means got here in the best way of my goals, they simply threw just a few challenges and I all the time discovered methods to beat these challenges. All of us can, so by no means lose coronary heart.”

Shafaat Shahbandari, founder-editor of Thousand Shades of India, is a contract journalist based mostly in Bengaluru.