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 India Everest Expeditions: Everest 2001

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This Spring 2001, two expeditions from India will attempt the Summit of Everest from the Nepal side of the mountain. The Handicap Expedition 2001 India - Everest, with 7 members, will be led by Baba Munindra Pal. Mr. Pal has only one leg and uses a crutch. Mr. Pal, reportedly, lost a leg when he fell off a train.

Mr. Pal will not be the only disabled expedition on the south side of Everest. The Everest Expedition 2001 "Anything is Possible", will be led by disabled mountaineer Gary Guller who only has one arm. Gary, is well know as the owner of the expedition company Arun Treks. Gary's expedition will be featured on EverestNews.com.

The other India expedition will be the Indian Army Everest Expedition with 12 members. This Expedition will be led by Lt. Col. Mr. S.C. Sharma. This expedition is significant in that it is the first Indian Army expedition on Everest.

Update 5/24/2001: One more member & four Sherpa the second group of Indian Army Expedition to Mt. Everest has been successful to climb the summit, of 8,848 m high worlds highest peak Mt. Sagarmatha on 24th May at 5.25 a.m. 

1) Havalder. Mr. Chhering Narbu Bodh (32 Yrs), from Indian Army, India.
2) Mr. Tendi Sherpa (28 Yrs) HAS, Gudel VDC-4, Solukhumbu, Nepal.
3) Mr. Mingma  Tshering Sherpa (21 Yrs), HAS, Juving VDC-1,Kharikhola, Solukhumbu.
4) Mr. Pasang Gelu Sherpa (37 Yrs), HAS, Juving VDC-1, Kharikhola,
Solukhumbu.
5) Mr. Pasang  Sherpa (35 Yrs) HAS, Juving VDC-1, Kharikhola, Solukhumbu.


They had started the summit bid on 23rd May 2001 at 9.00 PM from camp IV (South Col). This Twelve  member expedition team was permitted to climb Mt. Sagarmatha from South East Ridge under the Leadership of Col. K. Kumar (44 Yrs) from Indian Army, during this Spring Season of 2001. 

Update May 23rd: SEVEN MEMBERS OF INDIAN ARMY EVEREST EXP 2001 ALONG WITH THREE CLIMBING SHERPAS REACHED THE SUMMIT OF MT EVEREST ON MORNING OF 23RD MAY 2001. FIRST CLIMBER REACHED AT 7.20 AM AND OTHERS FOLLOWED. 

THE SECOND SUMMIT TEAM OF THREE MEMBERS & THREE SHERPAS WILL ATTEMPT SUMMIT ON 24TH MORNING. 

Report: Indian Army has successfully climbed the summit of Mt. Everest on 23rd May 2001 at 7:35 a.m. and 9:05 a.m. 23rd May, 7:30 a.m.

1) Nb Sub. Mr. Amar Prakash (38 Yrs), from Indian Army, India.
2) Hav. Mr. Mohinder Singh (37 Yrs), from Indian Army, India.
3) Nk. Mr. Chanchal Singh (34 Yrs ), from Indian Army, India.
4) LNk.Mr. Neel Chand (41 Yrs), from Indian Army, India.
5) Mr. Pasang Tendi Sherpa (25 Yrs), HAS, Juving VDC-1, Kharikhola,
Solukhumbu, Nepal.

23rd May, 9:05 a.m.

6) Capt. Mr. Saurab Singh Shekhawat (30 Yrs), from Indian Army, India.
7) Hav. Mr. Tilbikaram Budhathoki,(36 Yrs), from Indian Army, India.
8) Sep. Palden Giachho (32 Yrs) from Indian Army, India.
9) Mr. Nga Temba Sherpa (50 Yrs), Sirdar, Juving-1, Kharikhola, Solukhumbu,
Nepal.
10) Mr. Lhakpa Nuru Sherpa (22 Yrs), HAS, Juving-9, Sikli, Solukhumbu,
Nepal.

They started from camp IV (south Col.) for the summit on 22nd May 2001 at 10 PM. This twelve member expedition team was permitted to climb Mt. Sagarmatha from South East Ridge route under the Leadership of Col. Mr. K. Kumar (44 Yrs) from Indian Army during the Spring Season of 2001. Himalaya Center       23rd May 2001 Kathmandu, Nepal

Update May 22nd: Indian Army Everest Exp 2001 is at south col on 22nd May. They will go for summit attempt today night i.e. 22nd May and hope to summit on 23rd May.

Update 5/17/2001 5:03am Nepal: INDIAN ARMY EVEREST EXP 2001 STARTED FROM BC TO CAMP 2 AT 6 AM ON 19TH MAY.

Update 5/17/2001 5:03am Nepal: THE INDIAN ARMY EVEREST EXP 2001 IS AT BASE CAMP DUE TO BAD WEATHER AND WAITING FOR A GOOD WEATHER WINDOW FOR THE SUMMIT. MAY BE 19TH OR 20TH MAY.

Update May 11th, 2001: Indian Army Everest exp 2001 is at camp 2 as of afternoon of 11th May 2001 and it is snowing at camp 2 at present.

Update May 10th, 2001: THE INDIAN ARMY EVEREST EXP 2001 PLANS FOR AN ASSAULT STARTING ON MIDNIGHT 13TH MAY & HOPE TO REACH THE TOP BY 14TH MAY.

Update May 8th, 2001: AS OF 7TH MAY, the team of INDIAN ARMY EVEREST EXP. 2001 IS RESTING AT BASE CAMP BEFORE the final climb. The team will start on May 8th for CAMP 2 AND START FOR CAMP 3 AND SOUTH COL ON 10TH MAY. The TEAM IS EXPECTED TO GO FOR FINAL ASSAULT ON 11TH NIGHT. 

Update 5/1/2001 Indian Army: AS OF 1ST MAY THE TEAM IS AT CAMP 3 AND PREPARING TO MOVE TO SOUTH COL.

On the East side: The Millenium Indian Everest East Ridge Expedition will attempt the Summit led by Mrs. Santosh Yadav from India. The expedition has 13 members and is supported by 8 climbing Sherpas from Asian Trekking. 

Update 5/26/2001: The Indian Everest East Ridge Expedition led by Mrs. Santosh Yadav, two time Everest Summiter, has given up the attempt for the summit. Source: Asian Trekking Expeditions

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