NCC Girls scale everest - Do India Proud
26 May 2016
NCC GIRLS SCALE EVEREST
NCC GIRLS DO INDIA PROUD DAY FOR NCC
1. The NCC Girls Mt Everest expedition successfully summited the Mount Everest on 21 and 22 May 2016. This is an extraordinary achievement as all ten girl cadets forming part of the expedition are between the age group of 17 to 21 years. The NCC team successfully scaled the world’s highest peak in two teams, the first team reached the summit on the 21 of May 2016 and the second team reached the top on the 22 of May making it the first ever successful expedition by the NCC Girls team.
2. The team lead by Col Gaurav Karki reached the base camp on 21 Apr 2015 and established four camps enroute to acclimatize the team at high altitude. Camp I and Camp II are at an altitude less than 7000m where as Camp III and Camp IV are established at an altitude of less than 8000m. The team went to each camp and spent a night there and then returned to the base camp. Having fully acclimatized the cadets waited for favorable weather to climb the summit. The team divided themselves into two teams, the first team attempted to scale the Everest on 21 May 2016 and were successful in their first attempt where as Team – 2 lead by Lt Col Vishal Alhawat attempted to scale the Everest on 22 May 2016 and were also successful.
3. The team had trained hard for the Mt Everest Mission. Selection of officers and staff was carried out two years back in Jan-Jun 2014. Thereafter 100 cadets were selected by trials held pan-India. The selected cadets then underwent a special mountain course at HMI, Darjeeling. Pre-Everest Expedition to Mt Deo-Tibba (19688 ft), near Manali in Himachal Pradesh was conducted for 40 cadets in Apr-May 2015. 15 cadets were selected for the next phase based on their performance. In Aug 2015, the team set off on second Pre-Everest Expedition to Mt Trishul (23360 ft), and selected 10 girl cadets for Everest Expedition. These ten cadets thereafter did a month long intensive winter training in Siachen Glacier at the Indian Army’s Siachen Battle School, before setting course for Nepal.
4. The aim of mountaineering expeditions in NCC is to strengthen the character and instill qualities of courage, comradeship, discipline and leadership in the cadets. NCC has always been in the forefront of adventure activities. The first mountaineering course for NCC Cadets was conducted for 42 days at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling in 1961. Every year, NCC sponsors 354 boy and girl cadets for various mountaineering courses at HMI, Darjeeling, NIM Uttarkashi, ABVIMAS Manali and JIM & WS Pahalgam.
5. Mountaineering Expedition as an adventure activity was introduced in NCC in the year 1970. Since then, NCC conducts two mountaineering expeditions every year, one each for boy and girl cadets thus having launched more than 70 expeditions to various peaks.