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About Us

For over 5000 years, the unmatched beauty & serenity of the Himalayas has attracted man. Adventurists and brave hearts have time and again knocked at its door to savour its rich natural diversity. Some have ventured alone while others have marched as a group. However, travelling on dangerous mountains requires not only courage and hard work but also concrete plans and strategies. Keeping similar thoughts in mind, an employee of Metal & Steel factory, Ishapore, Shri Kiriti Bhusan Sen assembled with like minded but scattered individuals of the same organization who at different times, either individually or with few others go on such adventures routinely. What came to Shri Sen s mind was if such people were assimilated & work together for a common cause, expeditions on a larger scale with less risk and financial strain would be possible. Thus, with a common agenda in mind Ordnance Factory Trekkers was established on 19th March, 1975.

For over 5000 years, the unmatched beauty & serenity of the Himalayas has attracted man. Adventurists and brave hearts have time and again knocked at its door to savour its rich natural diversity. Some have ventured alone while others have marched as a group. However, travelling on dangerous mountains requires not only courage and hard work but also concrete plans and strategies. Keeping similar thoughts in mind, an employee of Metal & Steel factory, Ishapore, Shri Kiriti Bhusan Sen assembled with like minded but scattered individuals of the same organization who at different times, either individually or with few others go on such adventures routinely. What came to Shri Sen s mind was if such people were assimilated & work together for a common cause, expeditions on a larger scale with less risk and financial strain would be possible. Thus, with a common agenda in mind Ordnance Factory Trekkers was established on 19th March, 1975.

The Founding Members of the club were Shri Kiriti Bhusan Sen, Late Sabitri Kiran Bandyopadhyay, Late Debratra Sinha, Amal Kumar Bandyopadhyay, Shri Amitava Chowdhury, Shri Amiya Kumar Ghosh, Shri Arun Kumar Ghosh, Late Chandan Kumar Mitra, Shri Sadhan Chandra Ghosh, Shri Tarun Kumar Dasgupta, Shri Dilip Kumar Saha, Shri Tamonas Das, Shri Sushil Kumar Kargupta, Shri K.R. Bhattacharyya, Shri Chandrakanta Modok, Shri S.M. Dey, Shri Protip Kumar Chattopadhyay, Late Biswanath Dutta, Shri R.K.Bhattacharya, Shri Anil Kumar Manna, Shri Bhanu Pada Roy Sarkar, Shri Dilip Kumar Kundu, Shri Sambhu Nath Kar, Shri Sudhir Karmakar and Shri Narayan Chandra Pramanick. Shri Kiriti Bhusan Sen Was named as their first Secretary of the Ordnance Factory Trekkers.

We are and forever will be grateful to Shri D.Sen then General Manager, Metal & Steel Factory, Ishapore not only limited himself to just offering advice and moral support but also provided some essential mountaineering equipments needed to run such an organization such as Ten feather sleeping bags, Ten Ruck Sacks, four high altitude Tents.

Our Club Voyage started as a branch of Metal & Steel Factory : Sports committee. In this regard we were fully supported by prominent union leader and member of Works Committee Late Ghanteswar Goswami. Though later on the Club was registered under the Societies Act of the Government of W.B. and started functioning independently. The Club is also eternally grateful to another prominent labour leader Shri Sudhir Chandra Bhattacharyya, whose earnest efforts got the club to be recognized by the Director General of Ordnance Factories.

In the following period, taking a cue from Ordnance Factory Trekkers, many such mountaineering clubs were established in different factories. The Ordnance Factory Promotion Board gives an annual grant to these clubs facilitating their functioning.

During the early days, the club undertook several high altitude peak expeditions. But the clubs governing body realized the lack of trained mountaineers. Keeping that in mind the club started its very own Rock Climbing Course with the help of Shreerampur Climbers Group by providing instructors & equipments. Later on, the club self-sufficiently ran its rock climbing course in various parts of West Bengal such as Sushunia, Joychandi, Mathaburu and Dumuria at Bihar. Till date the club has successfully organised 35 rock climbing courses and 29 mountaineering expeditions. In addition to the above, the club has launched numerous high-altitude trekking programmes ranging from Mansarovar to the distant Himalayan paths along the Nepal border, Rupsu to remote areas in South Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh & Jammu & Kashmir. Our adventure enthusiasts have just not been limited to the mountains. Answering the call of the seas, they travelled from Gangasagar, Odhisa, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana to reach Kerela s coastline undertaking a courageous Coastal Trekking programmes.

One of the biggest strengths of Ordnance Factory Trekkers is the vast pool of experienced mountaineers having undertaken expeditions from Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand to Sikkim bringing not only honour and pride to our club but also being recognized as the Best Mountaineering club in W.B. by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation. As a result of its achievements, Ordnance Factory Trekkers became an Ex-Officio Member of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation in 1997.

Many of our founders may not be with us today but there contributions still linger on through the clubs achievement and its spirit.Today we carry forward their legacy through a mixture of experience and youth and aim to create more success in the future.