Update: The Indian Army
‘‘women’s expedition’’ is headed to Everest. With 10 women, 18 men and a
strong Sherpa support team the group is trying to
continue the long history of the Indian Army on Everest. The Army’s women team
will be comprised of five officers, two NCC cadets and two trainees from the
Special Frontier Force. This Indian expedition will be one of a few Indian
expeditions on Everest this spring. The first Indian women's expedition was led by
Bachendri Pal over a decade ago.
The women aged between 20 and 27 have trained at Nehru
Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi. The leader of the expedition
is Maj. S.S. Shekhawat, who has summited Everest in 2001 and 2003.. The deputy
leader is Lt. Col. Anand Swaroop who climbed Everest in 2001 but failed to
Update: Reliable sources tell EverestNews.com that the
Indian expedition is now going to the North side (Tibet) of the mountain
rather than the South side (Nepal).
NCC Women’s Expedition 2005:
The NCC Director General Lt. M. C. Bhandari has announced that the Indian Army
will send an all women team up Mount Everest this spring. The NCC will send
seven female cadets to the summit. There have been two test expeditions in the
Garhwal Himalayas to select a short list of candidates. The first expedition
was to climb Abigamin Peak and the second was Manali Peak. The women were
successful in reaching the summit of Manali Peak. There are currently 11
cadets on the list of candidates, and that will be reduced to seven before the
expedition begins in May.
The expeditions is expected to included
several Sherpas climbers as well.
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