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The founder of HOAC, Colonel Prem Chand (retd.) KC, SM, VSM, is also affectionately known as 'The Snow Tiger' in mountaineering circles for his skills in navigating the icy ascents. He is an internationally renowned mountaineer of legendary fame and also the most highly-decorated mountaineer in India.

Born in the Kinnaur region, this ‘mountain goat’ as he was known in his Boy Scout days, started climbing from a very young age. He rose to the sobriquet of the Snow Tiger as he successfully summited some of the highest peaks of Bhutan, Sikkim, Nepal, Garhwal, Kashmir and Eastern Karakoram during his career with the Indian Army. He has spent a life time dedicated to adventure and listening to the call of the wild where he could always improve his inner self. To him the beauty of the sunset on the mountain peaks is one of the most incredible sights that nature has to offer “where the colours are reflected by the snow and even music can be heard”.

A disciplined and humble man, Prem’s greatest /unique achievement is that of being the First Indian in the world to reach the summit of India’s highest peak - “Kanchendzonga” in 1977 from its severest route – The North East Spur. The climb is also known for being one of the fastest ascents of its time. For 45 years, several expeditions tried to climb the Kanchenjunga peak from the dangerous Sikkim route but with unsuccessful results. Infact, the 1931 German Expedition had almost tasted success, when it had to return from 3000 feet below the summit. Lord Henry Hunt, the leader of the successful 1953 British expedition to Mount Everest, later described Prem’s achievement as being"...far greater than the Conquest of the Everest as it involved technical climbing and objective hazards of a much higher order than those found on Everest."

The conquest of Kanchendzonga was considered so great an achievement that Col. Prem was awarded the Gold Medal for Sustained Excellence in Mountaineering in India by the Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF).

Col. Prem has been twice to Mt. Everest and is behind the success of putting the first Indian woman Ms Bachendri Pal on top of Mt. Everest in 1984 as he personally trained the women’s group.

Col. Prem is also the first Indian to have climbed both the peaks of Nanda Devi. The other Major peaks summited by him are Kolahoi, Harmukh, Lashi, Machoi, SaserKangri and Nun in the Karakorams, Nanda Devi East & West, Thelu, Koteshwar, Jonli, Phalun Kang in Sikkim, Chomolhari and Pari Kang in Bhutan. In fact he has climbed around 30 peaks during his entire climbing career.

While honouring his contribution to Indian Mountaineering the IMF stated, "Decidedly, Col. Prem Chand is one of the most accomplished and outstanding mountaineers India has produced".

As an outstanding skier, Prem was also selected to lead the Indian Ski team for the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sappore, Japan.

He has also the unique distinction of having worked in all the Mountaineering Institutes of India.


Training of Everest Expeditions

Colonel Prem has successfully trained some of the greatest Everest expeditions of present times.
  • 1984 Everest expedition, which successfully put the first Indian woman Ms Bachendri Pal on top of Mount. Everest. He personally trained the women’s group.
  • West Bengal’s North Face Everest Expedition from Chinese side in 1991.
  • Indo-Nepal Joint Women Expedition 1993, which put a record number of Seven Women on top of Mount Everest including the youngest girl.
  • Malaysian Everest Expedition 1997 (Southeast Asia’s first successful Expedition to Mount Everest)
     
Other Notable Training activities
  • Initiated Singapore NCC into Adventure activities
  • Conducted Indian Mountaineering Foundation’s (IMF) Training Camps
  • Conducted Ski Federation of India’s Summer Camps
  • Conducted Mountain Guide training courses for Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh
  • Conducted Adventure courses for some of the top Indian Schools

Appointments

Served as :
  • Initiated Singapore NCC into Adventure activities
  • Conducted Indian Mountaineering Foundation’s (IMF) Training Camps
  • Conducted Ski Federation of India’s Summer Camps
  • Conducted Mountain Guide training courses for Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh
  • Conducted Adventure courses for some of the top Indian Schools



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