Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman flagged-in the expedition team of National Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports (NIMAS) to Mount Everest on June 6, 2018. Smt Sitharaman congratulated the team led by Director and Team Leader Col Sarfraz Singh for their remarkable achievement. It is for the first time that any National Institute expedition team has put eight members on the top of Mt Everest in their maiden attempt.
The expedition started from South Ridge of Mt Everest from Nepal side on April 2, 2018 from Lukla to Everest Base camp via Namche. The team scaled Mt Lobuche in Nepal on April 20, 2018 as part of acclimatisation and final conditioning training. The rotational training to higher camps was carried out by the team upto Camp-3 (7200M) from April 22 to May 10, 2018. All the 8 members of the team successfully scaled the peak on May 19 and 20, 2018 without any casualty or cold injury.