In order for the preparations for the Indian Everest Massif Expedition-2020, a group of 54 participants is currently in the ascent of Trishul Peak, 7120 meters above sea level. This will be the first largest party to ascend the Trishul peak together. The team will then head to the Everest Massif Expedition in April 2020 under the leadership of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) Uttarkashi. It is to be noted that for the first time in the world, this team of India will simultaneously climb the four peaks included in the Everest series.
The Indian Everest Massif Expedition-2020 campaign has been set up at the initiative of the Union Ministry of Youth Welfare and Sports and the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF). In the first phase of this campaign, hundred participants trained at NIM, Uttarkashi and Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports (JIM) Pahalgam (Jammu and Kashmir). The IMF selected 54 participants after the training. On August 27, a group of 54 participants left for Trishul Peak’s ascent under the leadership of Colonel Amit Bisht, Principal of NIM.
Colonel Bisht said that this campaign is a preparation for the Indian Everest Massif Expedition-2020. On Saturday, the team moved from Camp One to the summit camp and on 12 September will ascend the Trishul peak. The team consists of 41 men and 13 women from across the country. Of these, nine men and three women are from Uttarakhand. Colonel Bisht told that never before had a larger team gone to the Trishul peak. The best contestants after this ascension, the IMF will select them for the Indian Everest Massif Expedition.
Four peaks of Everest series
The Everest range includes Mount Everest (8848 m), besides Mount Lhotse (8516 m), Mount Nupatse (7861 m) and Mount Pumori (7161 m). Everest’s base camp leads to a different route to these four peaks.