Image of Malli on the summit of Carstensz Pyramid, Irian Jaya, courtesy of Malli Mastan Babu (click to enlarge).
Indian Malli Mastan's speed record: Seven summits in 172 days, both versions in 281

Posted: Nov 09, 2006 03:49 pm EST
( "April 2004, I gained confidence to aspire for Everest by reading section The Dream," said an email to ExWeb that immediately caught our attention.

Malli Mastan Babu, born in a middle class family in Andhra Pradesh, India got his Everest summit 2 years later - on May 21 this year - after climbing the South Col route with Tenzing Sherpa and SummitClimb. Malli bagged his dream peak at the first shot - after summiting Vinson in January, Kilimanjaro in March, and Kosciuszko in April.

Guinness world record?

With things going that well, Malli went straight for Elbrus in June and then to Denali, in July, thus completing the 7Summits Kosciuszko version. And just to make sure, on October 28 he also summited Carstensz Pyramid.

Malli's "dream" thus ended up with his becoming the first Indian citizien to accomplish both versions of 7 summits - and a possible world record:

I would like to apply for a new Guinness world record for this achievement," he writes, claiming to be the fastest 7 summiter in the world - breaking the existing Guinness record of Andrew Salter (UK) in 2001 by 16 days. This would also be the fastest 8 summits record.

Moreover, Malli still claims another record: I am the only person in the world to climb each of the 7 summits on 7 different days of the week; I also summited each mountain in 7 different calendar months for the Koscuiszko version, he writes.

Malli's 7 Summits dates:

1. Vinson massif - Thursday (Jan 19, 2006)
2. Aconcagua - Friday ( Feb 17, 2006)
3. Kilimanjaro - Wednes day (March 15, 2006)
4. Koscuiszko - Saturday (April 1, 2006)
5. Everest - Sunday (May 21, 2006)
6. Elbrus - Tuesday (June 13, 2006)
7. Denali - Monday (July 10, 2006)
8. Carstensz Pyramid - Saturday (Oct 28, 2006).

Malli graduated in Electrical Engineering by Jamshedpur's National Institute of Technology, Master of Technology in Electronics by Kharagpur's Indian Institute of Technology, and Post Graduate Diploma in Management by Calcutta's Indian Institute of Management.

In later years logistic issues have resulted in two different versions of the 7Summit quest: For some time climbing was banned on the Carstensz Pyramid, the highest peak in Oceania; thus some 7Summiteers climbed the modest Mt. Kosciuszko, in Australia instead. When Irian Jayas government resumed giving climbing permits for Carstensz, 7Summit climbers returned to include that peak as the right one for the Oceania's stage.