Nellore-based mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, 40, who went on a mountaineering expedition on the Andes Mountains between Argentina and Chile last month was found dead, confirmed his family.
The Indian embassy and government officials have conveyed the information to Mastan Babu’s sister Dorasanamma.
An accomplished mountaineer, Mastan Babu, known for his fastest ‘seven summit’ climber record in India, went on the expedition two weeks ago and was missing with the weather on the mountains turning hostile, said police officials in Nellore.
His friends opened a Facebook page in his name with caption: “Mountains retained its favourite child..RIP Malli Mastan Babu.”
Indian embassies in Argentina and Chile sought the help of local officials to locate the missing mountaineer.
He left for his expedition to trek the Andes in southern America on December 16 and was missing in the mountains for over two weeks. Friends have opened initially a Facebook page ‘Rescue Malli Mastan Babu’ with the latest search updates before local officials found his dead body on the mountains.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said tweeted today: “RIP #MalliMastanBabu. With his friends & family we are working with authorities in Argentina & Chile on next steps in a difficult situation.”
An alumnus of IIT-Kharagpur and IIM-Kolkata, Mastan Babu was the first Indian to summit Mt. Vinson Massif, the tallest peak in Antarctica and the first person from Andhra Pradesh to conquer the Everest.
One of his friends posted on the Facebook page that Mastan Babu had learnt Spanish and was on Andes trips frequently in the last four years and “has been the amazing unofficial brand ambassador for the South American adventure destinations especially the Andes.”
YSR Congress party said its president YS Jaganmohan Reddy conveyed his condolences to the family of Mastan Babu.