New Delhi: A women`s team of the Indian Army with seven officers will attempt to scale the world`s highest peak Mount Everest in May this year.
The 22-member team was flagged off by Army Deputy Chief Lt Gen Ramesh Halgali on Monday.
"This is yet another example of women undertaking powerful roles in the Army as they will attempt to summit the highest peak in the world," Army spokesperson Colonel Jagdeep Dahiya said here.
The team led by Col Ajay Kothiyal will have more than ten Army men to support the women team 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.
This expedition will be carried out through South (Nepal) which is known as the traditional route, from which Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay had first climbed.
The team will take off for Nepal on 22 Mar 2012 and after reaching the base camp at near the Everest, the summit attempts will be made between 15-20 May 2012.