In the shadow of several 8000 meter high peaks, which include Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Lohla, Lingtern Pumori and others, the Sanawar Everest Team has set out to get to the top of the Mt Everest, something the boys, now grown up to be counted as men, have trained hard for and aspire to be the youngest school team to glimpse down upon the land from the world’s highest peak.
The boys – no men, have moved from Camp 1 to Camp 2 and are likely to stay there till tomorrow, the latest update the climbing team has posted out.
Equipped with another Satellite Phone communication with the mountaineers has improved over the last couple of days.
After spending two nights at Camp 2, the team would climb to Camp 3. and spend one there. The tentative schedule is that after spending a night at Camp 3, the next evening the team climbs to Camp 4 and are likely to make an attempt for the summit early on 21st May.
“Route to the summit has been established. Fourteen Sherpas are said to have already reached the Summit. Winds speeds still are too high and climbing dates have now tentatively been pushed to 19th May. Patience is necessary in the mountains,” says team leader Col Neeraj Rana.
Amidst freezing temperatures in rarefied air but with high spirits, the team writes, “Our preparation and journey to this point has been long, hard and testing,…there have been times when we were close to the break point, of emotional or physical exhaustion…but then the great motto…NEVER GIVE IN..sets into motion..a new set of reserves…they kick in and we found a burst of power to get through.”
All the members of Sanawar Everest team happen to be students aged between 16 to 17 years and include Hakikat Singh, Guribadat Singh, Prithvi Singh, Ajay Sohal, Shubham, Fateh Singh and Raghav Joneja.
Four of them belong to Punjab and one each from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.
The team was flagged off for the expedition on April 2 from Shimla and is expected to be back by May 28.
Established in 1847, Lawrence School Sanawar in Kasauli Hills, the institution happens to be one of the oldest public schools founded in South Asia.
Photos: Courtesy Sanawar Everest Team