What is SangHarsh? Who is Harshvardhan?
SangHarsh संघर्ष’ is a word originating from the ancient language Sanskrit. It means effort. This is the story of millennial Harshvardhan’s sangharsh to reach from 0 feet to the highest point on Earth – the top of Mt. Everest (29,029 feet)
I’m Harshvardhan a 24 y/o IT Engineer, a mountaineer and an adventure tourism professional My first steps were around Mumbai at 0 feet above sea level and with your help, I hope to take them all the way up to the top of the world at 29,029 feet.

Seven years ago, my average student life, in a middle class Indian family, with the usual Engineering-MBA plans was seriously disrupted when I tasted trekking for the first time. That disruption was my creation.

Ever since, I’d go to the Himalayas for a few months after every semester. I enrolled in mountaineering schools for Basic & Advanced Mountaineering, Search & Rescue, Basic, Intermediate & Advanced Skiing and Wilderness First Responder Courses. Today I am a full-time backpacker and a certified mountaineer working in Impact Tourism in the Himalayas, and I could not have been happier.

A minimalist at heart, I want to show the world that we can learn to live with the bare minimum. In fact, it’s the only way we will survive as the species. I want to promote sustainable living and encourage the usage of clean energy alternatives in everyday life. To do so, I will be using solar power to source 100% of my energy consumption for the whole expedition.

Reporting at Kathmandu, Nepal to kickstart Mt. Everest 2021 Expedition in

2021/03/31 05:30:00

How does YOUR support to my Sangharsh count?

Step Towards Sustainability

My Everest Expedition will be completely solar powered. I hope to bring more awareness and inspire people to make small choices that count. Why not take clean energy steps alongside the ones on snow-covered ridges of the Himalayas?

A Day at Height

$55,000 is a huge amount. Your contribution, however little, can make my day, literally. $100 would cover my meals for a day. $500 would amount to my daily expenses at 20,000+ feet above sea level.

Less Is More

I want to inspire people, especially millenials, to realize that we can live with much lesser than we imagine. Surviving with the bare minimum, utilizing all available resources to the fullest. Zero waste is my way of life.

Credentials of Harshvardhan Joshi

I’ve been monetarily independent since the age of 15, creating a niche for myself in an industry seldom chosen as a career. I have a truck load of fitness certifications, outdoor interests and mountaineering expertise to drive me up to the Everest. But with less than a decade of savings at my disposal, a target of ₹37 Lacs ($55,000) seems far-fetched. And this is where I need your help. Support a millennial trying to take the “Road Less Travelled”?

Search & Rescue Mountaineering Course

In 2019 completed the Search & Rescue Course from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarakhand which is one of the toughest courses for fitness and survival tactics.

Advanced Skiing

In 2017 and 2018 completed Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Skiing Courses from Indian Institute of Skiing & Mountaineering, Gulmarg, Kashmir.

20+ treks of over 20,000 Ft.

Summits to Stok Kangri, Mentok Kangri, Dev Tibba and such others in Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh.

Freelance Mountaineering Guide

Lead Guide for the Indian Air Force expedition in the winter of 2019. Freelance trekking guide for several westerners and a few underpreviledged for free in Ladakh in Summers.

WMI USA Wilderness First Responder

In 2018 completed the Wilderness First Responder Course form Wilderness Medicine Institute from USA based National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

Advanced Mountaineering

In 2017 and 2018 completed the Advanced Mountaineering Course from both Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Sikkim and Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarakhand.

Basic Mountaineering

In 2015 completed the Basic Mountaineering Course from Jawhar Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports, Jammu & Kashmir.

Mountaineering Instructor Course

In 2018 completed the Method of Instruction Course from Jawhar Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports, Jammu & Kashmir.

Impact Tourism Professional

Worked in the Himalayas for more than half of each year for the past 4 years in Impact tourism. Focused on bringing professionalism to the outdoors, educating the locals and operators, helping people grow their businesses in a sustainable manner and volunteering with NGOs.

Outdoor & Fitness enthusiast

In my free time I’m a cyclist, a long distance runner, bagging multiple marathons and been to some skiing sprees.

Founded Start Ups

Began a few start ups in and around Maharashtra to partner with the locals and help them set up eco-camps. Currently mentoring 3 such campsites.

Avid Trekker

Experienced 100+ treks and expeditions in the Himalayan Region and over few hundred hikes in the Sahyadri Ranges of Maharashtra, India.

High altitude expeditions
Hikes & Runs
Courses in Outdoors
feet elevation gain in the journey
Homes electrified
lives directly uplifted

A Brief History of HARSHVARDHAN

Sangharsh means crusade. This is the journey of Harshvardhan’s Sangharsh to reach the
highest point on Earth – Mt.Everest




Intro to outdoors – 1st hike near

hometown at Tungareshwar

Wildlife Sanctuary


First trekking expedition to Himalayas
Multiple hikes in Maharashtra


Started training in Maharashtra for Mountaineering
Decided to climb Mt.Everest


Basic Mountaineering Course
from one of the premier institute
First extremely high altitude
summit to Mt.Stok Kangri
20,187ft. (Solo & unsupported)


Best student Indian Institute of
Skiing & Mountaineering,


Graduates as an I.T. Engineer
Advance Mountaineering Course from
HMI Climbs Palung 2 18000 ft.


Climbed 11x 6000m Summits AMC from NIM
Wilderness First Responder, NOLS Wilderness Medicine
Institute, USA


Instructor Course Climbs DKD II
7 Months Backpacking, Training in Himalayas


Moved to Ladakh
Freelance guiding & working for
Impact Tourism
Guide for Indian Air Force
Winter WFR expedition


Advance Skiing Course, Kashmir
Guide at Indo-Swiss-British
Expedition to Mt.Deo Tibba


Search & Rescue course, NIM, Uttarakhand
Spent 3 days at Everest Base Camp
Climbed 4 x 5500m peaks and
Corssed 4 x 5500m passes in Nepal


Expedition to Mt.Himlung 7126m
Tested body and gear above 7000m pre Everest


Mt.Everest 8848 meters
First to climb from Vasai, Palghar

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The Expenses

How Much Does it cost to climb Mt. Everest

Expedition Fees -₹23,15,000
Expedition operator, climbing permit fees, icefall charges, Sherpa fees, supplemental oxygen cylinders, summit bonus, base camp services
Gear – ₹5,00,000
Life saving high-altitude clothing, technical equipment, etc.
Pre-Everest expedition, Miscellaneous – ₹10,00,000
Rescue & Evacuation insurance, travels, communications, high-altitude food, etc.

Donations to the Sangharsh cause have been pouring in from all parts of the world!

I’m filled with gratitude for the love showered on me. Maybe you’d like to be a part too?

Amount Raised (in ₹ Lakhs)
Lakh Rupees
Total Amount Needed (in ₹ Lakhs, 1 Lakh = 100k)

How YOU can help in my Sangharsh?

My total expense is over ₹51 Lakh rupees ($70,000) and your contribution, big or small, will help me get there, rupee by rupee. I urge you to support me in this once in a lifetime, clean energy fueled, adventure to the top of this world.

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