Malli Mastan Babu, one of the top mountaineers of India, died on 4 April 2015. His dead body was recovered from Andes Mountains in South America, between Argentina and Chile, after he went missing on 24 March 2015. He was 40.
He went missing during his attempt to scale the Cerro Tres Cruces Sur Mountain, the second highest peak of Chile at 6749 meter.
Babu hailed from Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh and was the fastest seven summiteers in the world. That is, he was the fastest in world and the first Indian mountaineer to climb the seven summits of the world in record 172 days in 2006.
Between 19 January and 10 July 2006, he scaled the seven summits of world, viz., Aconcagua (South America), Denali (North America), Elbrus (Europe), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Vinson Massif (Antarctica) Mt Everest (Asia), and Kosciuszko & Carstenz (Australia & Oceania).
He also was the first Indian mountaineer to summit the tallest peak in Antarctica, Mt Vinson Massif and was also the first person from Andhra Pradesh to scale the Mt Everest.
He is an alumnus of IIT-Kharagpur and IIM-Kolkata and in his 15 years mountaineering career he had climbed more than 150 mountains.
What: Died at the age of 40
When: 4 April 2015