Indian Army ascents seventh highest peak

May 8th, 2009 - 9:39 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, May 8 (ANI): Six members of the Indian Army team on Friday successfully summitted the seventh highest peak in the world, Mount Dhaulagiri.

At 8167 meter, Mount Dhaulagiri is considered to be one of the most technical, demanding and challenging peaks.

Led by Lieutenant Colonel M S Chauhan, the 17-member expedition team was flagged off by Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor from New Delhi on March 19.

The team reached the Base Camp at 4700 meter on April 7 and established three camps on the mountain by May 1.

On May 7, the summit team left from Camp III, located at a height of 7400 meter. After 14 hours of grueling climb the team finally summitted the peak on Friday after noon.

The summit was a great challenge, as continuous inclement weather during the ascent increased the degree of difficulty.

It was the first ever Indian expedition to Mount Dhaulagiri.

Since 2001, Indian Army has already summitted six out of these fourteen peaks viz Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Annapurna and now Dhaulagiri. (ANI)

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