For the first time, National Cadet Corps (NCC) all girls expedition, which included ten young girls, scaled the highest peak in the world, i.e., Mount Everest.
The preparation for the expedition started more than a year back.
The girls were selected after qualifying all trials in which many participated from India. The team was led by Col Gaurav Karki along with 15 service personnel.
“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.
Among them were four girls from Ladakh–Stanzin Laskit, Rigzin Dolker, Tsering Angmo and Tashi Laskit–who made history by climbing the peak.
Others members included 22-year-old Trishala Gurung and 21-year-old Sulaxana Tamang from West Bengal.
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.