Vasumathi Srinivasan

Experience in the field of Mountaineering

  • 1976: Basic course in mountaineering in HMI, Darjeeling with ‘A’ grade
  • 1977: Advance course in mountaineering in HMI, Darjeeling with ‘A’ grade.
  • 1987: Course in white water river rafting in the Beas river.
  • Guest instructor for the girls adventure course in 1982 & 1994
  • Between 2000 & 2002, on 3 occassions was instructor at the TATA STEEL adventure camp in the Garhwal Himalayas.
  • Done 8 climbing expeditions and 18 trekking expeditions till date.
  • Summited Kulu Pumori (21,500′), & Stok Kangri in 1996 and 2007 respectively.
  • 2012: Certificate course in Skiing at IISM, Gulmarg.

Highlights/Other achievements

  • 1994: Field leader of the Indo British Scientific expedition to Thar Desert organised by the Youth Exploring Society , Edinbourough, UK
  • 1996: Climbed Mt. Kulu Pumori with daughter Smitha Srinivasan as leader of the 1st Army ladies Mountaineering expedition. Became the first mother-daughter team to scale a peak in the Himalayas. Featured in the ‘Limca book of records’.
  • 1997: Trekked from Leh to Siachen Glacier as guest member of the first Indian Trans Himalayan Expedition.
  • 2007: Participated in the first women camel desert safari across Bhuj, Rann of Kutch, Rajasthan and Punjab. Covered 2000 kms. in 35 days. It was a triathlon of mostly camel ride, jeep and trek.
  • 2009: Participated in the Army organised trek to Siachen glacier and reached Camp IV.
  • 2011: Leader of ‘Go Green Girls’ cycling expedition from Kolkata to Kanyakumari (3000 Kms.)
  • Completed the ‘Snowman’s trek’ in Bhutan under the leadership of Bachendri Pal. The first Indians & the first women’s team in the world to do so.
  • 1970-1994: Participated in 11 inter state and open national athletic championships. (Shot Put & Discus throw)
  • Secured a gold medal in the first women’s national at Delhi in 1975.
  • Represented the country twice in the Sri Lankan Open nationals.
  • Between 1991 & 1993 played the national squash circuit and was ranked 3rd.
  • Runner up in the All India open squash nationals, Delhi in 1994.