Indian Army women`s team to scale Mount Everest
New Delhi: Women in the Indian Army may not be deployed on combat roles but they will soon prove they are good enough for any challenge when a team will attempt to scale Mount Everest, the world`s highest peak, in May.
The 22-member women`s team was flagged off Monday by Indian Army deputy chief Lt. Gen Ramesh Halgali.
The team will take leave for Kathmandu on March 22 and after a 17-day trek, will reach base camp at 17,500 feet on April 12.
"Four camps will be established en route and after completing the load ferries and acclimatisation process, the summit attempts will be made between May 15 and 20," an army release said here.
Indian Army has already scaled seven of the nine open peaks of above 8,000 metres altitude, apart from touching South Pole last year. An expedition to North Pole is already on its way.
Mount Everest, at 8,848 metres or 29,029 feet altitude, was conquered for the first time by an Indian Army expedition in 2001.
Since then, it has been a norm in the Army, to send members on all expeditions undertaken by army or by other organisations like Nehru Institute of Mountaineering and Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.
The first army women team had summited Mount Everest from the north route in Tibet in 2005.
Now, the present team will attempt for the first time through south route in Nepal, which is known as the traditional route from which Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay had first climbed. This is also the longer and much tougher route, as considered by mountaineers.
Everest, due to the sheer difficulty posed by the terrain and altitude, and the glory of being the greatest mountain on the earth, is the ultimate destination of every mountaineer. It throws great technical challenges to the mountaineers, in form of the infamous Khumbu ice fall, blind crevasses and avalanche prone slopes, to climb over Lhotse face and other formidable obstacles like Geneva Spur, Yellow Band, Hillary Step, and Balcony
Indian Army has about 1,200 women in the officer cadre and they perform all roles in the force, except in combat units such as infantry, mechanised infantry, armoured and artillery.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Will Shiv Sena join hands with Congress to stop BJP from entering BMC?
- Watch: PM Narendra Modi addressing rally in Imphal
- Coimbatore: PM Narendra Modi unveils 112-foot tall bust of Lord Shiva
- Panel discussion on Farooq Abdullah's remark on terrorists
- DNA: Why depression cases are increasing rapidly in India?
- WATCH: Kieron Pollard's epic celebration after destroying Lahore Qalandars in Dubai
- Indian doctor rescued from ISIS recounts horror, says 'they forced me to watch videos, shot me thrice'
- Mitchell Johnson takes a dig at Anil Kumble over calling Steve O'Keefe 'steady'
- Ind vs Aus: Mohammed Azharuddin says Jayant Yadav and Ishant Sharma should be replaced in next Test
- India vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 3: As it happened...