New Delhi: An Indian Army mountaineering team, including four lady officers, on Friday successfully summited the Mount Everest.
"One male officer along with four women officers, three NCOs successfully summited the Everest in the morning. One of the Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) reached the summit without using oxygen cylinders," Army officials said here.
The expedition was carried out through South (Nepal) which is known as the traditional route, from which Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay had first climbed.
The 22-member team led by ace mountaineer Colonel Ajay Kothiyal was flagged off by Army Deputy Chief Lt Gen Ramesh Halgali on March 12.
The women team was supported by ten Army men in scaling the peak.
The Everest was first conquered by an Army team in 2001 and the first Army women team had summited through North (Tibet) in 2005.