Indian Army's 15 member expedition team is set to scale the eighth highest mountain peak Mount Manaslu in Nepal next month.
Col Ajayn Kothyial is leading the first expedition to Mt Manaslu by Indian Army.
India's Ambassador to Nepal Rakesh Sood handed over the flags of Nepal and India to the expedition group amidst a function at Indian Embassy premises in Kathmandu on Thursday.
The expedition will leave Kathmandu for the base camp on first week of April and it is expected to attempt on the summit in the third week of May.
Indian Army had first scaled Mt Everest in 2001 and since then it has been scaling above 8,000 metre peaks every alternative year.
This will be the 7th eight thousander to be scaled by the Indian Army personnel.
Mount Manaslu is the eighth highest peak in the category of 8000 metre high peaks in the world.