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Indian Army's Everest expedition flagged off
March 29, 2016

NEW DELHI: The Indian Army's Everest Expedition was flagged off by Lt Gen MMS Rai, Vice Chief of the Army Staff, from New Delhi on Tuesday at a ceremony held at the South Block.

The Everest Massif Expedition will scale Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse. The 30-member team consisting of five officers, four Junior Commissioned Officers and 21 other ranks is led by Lt Col RS Jamwal, an avid climber who was also the team leader during last year’s Everest expedition.

The expedition team will reach Everest Base Camp on April 14 and will make summit attempts between May 16 and 30. Two members of the team would also be attempting the Everest-Lhotse traverse and five members would be participating in Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon (THEM) on May 29.

The team will return to Delhi on June 10.

The team during the last expedition was located at Everest Base Camp when earthquake struck Nepal last year. Avalanches had struck the Everest Base Camp from Mount Pumori destroying camps of many expedition teams, killing 22 international climbers and local sherpas, and injuring more than 70. The Indian Army’s expedition camp was also in the path of the avalanche but they escaped the tragedy.

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