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Ten of army, including 4 women, scale Everest

world Updated: May 26, 2012 01:30 IST
Utpal Parashar

Ten team members of an Indian Army mountaineering expedition including four women officers and six male soldiers conquered Mount Everest on Friday.

"Sir, we have done it," were the first words of Captain Namrata Rathore to team leader Colonel Ajay Kothiyal the moment she stepped on the peak (8,848 metres).

Other women officers (who had left for the summit at 7:00 pm on Thursday) who followed Rathore to the peak were Maj (Dr) Linyu, Captain Deepika Rathore and Captain Smitha, said an Indian Embassy release.

The male members who conquered the highest peak included Subedar Rajender Jalal, Havaldar Sherab Palden, Havaldar Praveen Thapa, Havaldar CB Thapa and L/H Sudhir Singh.

"Our first attempt on the summit was hampered by bad weather that included strong winds which prompted us to make a strategic decision to retreat," said Col. Kothiyal.

Bad weather prompted many expeditions to close camps and abandon their attempts earlier this month.