Sanawar boys to attempt Everest Peak next week

With mighty peaks for company
With mighty peaks for company

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.

Camping out
Camping out

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.

The track
The track

Equipped with another Satellite Phone communication with the mountaineers has improved over the last couple of days.

Sanawar Everest Team
Sanawar Everest Team

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.

Testing nerves
Testing nerves

 

“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.

Camp 3

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.”

Sagarmatha
Sagarmatha

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 Gods dwell here
The Gods dwell here

The team was flagged off for the expedition on April 2 from Shimla and is expected to be back by May 28.

The climb

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

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik has nurtured Hill Post for over a decade. A chequered path had him drift from managing family owned apple orchards, to turning a documentary filmmaker, to a journalist - with India’s leading television networks and newspapers, to boot strapping in founding Start-Ups. He lives in Shimla.

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