A group of six teenagers are set to enter the record books as they will be part of the first- ever school team making an attempt to climb the Mt Everest.
The team from the prestigious St Lawrence School, Sanawar, will attempt to scale the 29,035 feet peak. Colonel Neeraj Rana, under whose guidance the school children have undergone a gruelling five-month training, said here on tuesday.
The six member team- Hakikat Singh Grewal, Guribadat Singh, Prithvi Singh, Ajay Sohal, Shubham and Fateh Singh- would begin the two-month expedition from April 5, when they leave from the capital to reach Kathmandu.
"The children have undergone extensive training in all formats of stamina build-up, fitness as well as adventure sports, to equip and to cope up with the hardships in the expedition.
"The students were trained on various aspects including mountaineering training at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling, while, they were trained in muscle build-up, strengthening exercises and weight training, as well as 1,000 kms of cycling on various terrains in Thar desert. They will be further trained on cross training, endurance and a 10-day high altitude winter-training-cum-acclimatisation trek at Khardungla in Ladakh," he said.
16-year-old Hakikat Singh seemed ready for the challenge and said, "I want to climb Everest for my love for the mountains and outdoors."
Prithvi Singh another student said that he is also equally excited and takes inspiration from the words of his teacher Edmund Hilary that "It's not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves".
For Fateh Singh, who hails from Muktsar, a small town in Punjab said that its his love for joining the Indian Army that made him take up the challenge.