Soldiers of Indian Army undertake expedition to Mount Manaslu

After a successful ski expedition to Antarctica, Indian Army soldiers will now try to scale the eighth highest mountain peak Mount Manaslu in Nepal with an 18-member team setting out on the mountaineering expedition on Tuesday.

Last Updated: Mar 08, 2011, 22:40 PM IST

New Delhi: After a successful ski
expedition to Antarctica, Indian Army soldiers will now try to
scale the eighth highest mountain peak Mount Manaslu in Nepal
with an 18-member army team setting out on the mountaineering
expedition on Tuesday.
"An 18-member team from the Indian Army would attempt
to scale the 8,163 metres high Mount Manaslu between March and
June. The expedition team would reach Kathmandu on March 24,"
an Army spokesman said here today.

The expedition, flagged off by Deputy Chief of Army
Staff Lt General V S Tonk, would be led by Colonel Ajay
Kothiyal- a Kirti Chakra (KC) and Shaurya Chakra (SC) winner.

"Starting from Kathmandu, the team will reach the base
camp at the height of 17,900 feet. Four camps will be
established ahead of the base camp and the members will
attempt the summit between May 14 and 20," he added.

Army began scaling the all open mountain peaks above
8000 meters after it successfully summited the Mount Everest
in 2001.
So far, different mountaineering teams of Indian army
have climbed six out of the nine 8000 meter high peaks. Mount
Manaslu is the eighth highest peak in the category of 8000
meter high peaks in the world.

PTI