Guwahati: Union minister Kiren Rijiju flagged off the Everest Massif Expedition 2021 from New Delhi on Saturday.
It is the first Indian expedition in which the team will summit four world-famous peaks: Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8516m), Pumori (7161m), and Everest (8848m) in Nepal from the same base camp.
Conducted by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), the expedition team comprises 12 mountaineers, six men and six women, which also happens to be the smallest team in Indian history to scale all four peaks in one expedition.
Taking to Twitter, Rijiju informed, “Extremely excited to flag off the #EverestMassifExpedition 2021, a first Indian expedition in which the team will summit four world famous peaks: Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8516m), Pumori (7161m) and Everest (8848m) from the same base camp. My best wishes to the team!”
The mountaineers include Manita Pradhan, Manish Kashniyal, Skalzang Rigzin, Nawab M Khan, Shanti Rai, Stanzen Youthog, Savita Kanswal, Hem Raj, Stanzin Norboo, Gunbala Sharma, Baljeet Kaur and Stanzen Desal.
They will be accompanied by Chetna Joshi, a doctor and senior mountaineer, and IMF member Brig Krishan Kumar (retd).