The seven-member team of The Lawrence School, Sanawar, who had scaled the Mount Everest on May 21, was welcomed amid fanfare on the school premises on Monday.
An array of cheerful students stood aligned on both the sides of the way to accord an ecstatic homecoming reception to the youngest-ever team to summit the Everest on their triumphant return.
Raghav Juneja, the youngest Asian and Indian to conquer the top of the world at 15 years and 7 months, broke the record of Arjun Vajpai who was 16-year-old when he scaled the Everest.
The team - Sanawar Everest Expedition 2013 - led by Col (retd) Neeraj Rana, former principal of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling, was short-listed among the volunteers after a grueling basic mountaineering course at the HMI.
On completing the course, the team returned to the school where the members were further imparted three-week enhanced endurance and fitness training under dietary supervision of a qualified instructor, specially deputed by HMI. Later, expedition was flagged off on April 2.
While six team members - Prithvi Chahal, Guribadat Singh, Fateh Singh Brar, Ajay Sohal, Shubham Kaushik and Raghav Juneja - had successfully climbed the mountain, Hakikat Singh Grewal had to bail out at the last lap due to a technical snag.
“The Everest summit is no place to linger around and enjoy the view. Extreme altitude leaves no room for error. Danger and death are lurking in the background and can engulf the incautious before anyone even realises it,” the ecstatic team members said.
They said most of the days winds howled, roared and ripped like a jet stream at hurricane velocity and it was too cold to breathe but they trudged fearlessly.
The students were received by the Bursar PK Sharma. The team handed over the school flag to the latter, who felicitated and welcomed them back to the Alma Mater. Thereafter, a special assembly in the honour of the team was organised in the chapel where prayers were offered to the Almighty for his choicest blessings to the success of the team.