The preparation for the expedition started more than a year back.
“The girls had the world at their feet and considering dangers involved in scaling the peak, it is no less than a commendable feat by them,” said Defence Spokesperson Col SD Goswami.
They study at Southfield College and Ghoom Degree College in Darjeeling, respectively. Om Prakash Tamang, father of Sulaxchana, 21, said, “My daughter called me around 7am today. She had just returned to the base camp. She said the team had successfully climbed Mount Everest. We are very happy.”
In a release, Defence Ministry said that this is an extraordinary achievement as all ten girl cadets of the expedition team are between the age group of 17 and 21 years. “The aim of mountaineering expeditions in NCC is to strengthen the character and instil qualities of courage, comradeship, discipline and leadership among the cadets,” it added.