Indian Army Mountaineering Expedition to Mt Makalu
First Indian Army Mountaineering Expedition to Mt Makalu (8485m) was flagged off on March 26, 2019. Expedition team comprises five Officers, two JCOs and eleven other officers. This expedition was flagged off by Director General Military Training.
In furtherance of the objective of summiting all challenging peaks above 8000M, Indian Army is launching its maiden expedition to Mt Makalu in Mar-May 2019.
About Mt. Makalu
- Mt Makalu is considered amongst the most dangerous peaks and summiting the peak is considered extremely challenging due to inclement weather conditions and freezing temperatures.
- Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world at 8,485 metres (27,838 ft).
- It is located in the Mahalangur Himalayas 19 km southeast of Mount Everest.
- The first climb on Makalu was made by an American team led by Riley Keegan in the spring of 1954.
- The mountain is notorious for its steep pitches and knife-edged ridges that are completely open.
About Mt Makalu Mountaineering Expedition
- The team has trained for last six months as part of preparation to fulfil the daunting task assigned to them.
- A successful training conducted as an expedition to Mt Kamet and winter training including the summit of Mt Bhanoti in 2018.
- The team will embark for the challenging mission from New Delhi and will set up six camps enroute to summit point on Mt Makalu.
- The peak will test the climbers for technical acumen, mental and physical courage and their determination to reach atop Mt Makalu.
When Indian Army Summits Mt. Everest
A team of six Indian Army mountaineers led by Lieutenant Colonel Ranveer Jamwal successfully climbed at the top of Mount Everest (8848 metres) at dawn on May 19, 2016. The 30 member Indian Army’s Everest Massif Expedition 2016 was flagged off by Lt Gen MMS Rai, Vice Chief of the Army Staff, on March 30, 2016. The Indian Army climbers were amongst the initial lot of mountaineers to successfully climb Everest after a pause of two years as the peak was closed due to the devastation caused by the earthquake in Nepal in 2015.