Itanagar, Jun 17: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) Dr B D Mishra today felicitated the Mount Everest conquerors’ team from National Institute for Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) located at Dirang in West Kameng district. The team from the institute who scaled the world’s highest peak on May 19 and 20 last was felicitated during a function organized at Raj Bhawan here, an official communiqué informed. The NIMAS team was led by its Director Col Sarfraz Singh.
The team reached the summit of the highest peak in the world in two batches. The team was supported by its Medical Officer Captain Abhishek Tripathi of Army Medical Corps, who manned Camp II.
Mountaineering Instructor Havaldar Sanjay Kumar of 16 Dogra, Naik Ram Singh of 2 Garhwal Rifles, Naik Hem Singh of 12 Dogra, Naik Pravendra Kumar of 12 Garhwal, Lance Naik Gajur Man Rai of 6/11 Gorkha Regiment from the Indian Army besides Tongchen Nimsonga and Dorjee Khandu from Dirang are the successful conquerors of Mount Everest.
Col Sarfraz Singh’s oxygen supply snapped during his climb from Camp III to Camp IV. Unmindful of the problem he did not give up and despite the sever fatigue forcing him to ground in Camp IV, he attempted the last leg of climb from Camp IV to the summit the following day and conquered the peak on May 20.
Congratulating the team, the Governor said that the NIMAS has proved its worth far beyond its mandated role as a premier institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports in the Region.
He hoped that it continues the tradition and produces more world class mountaineers from the armed forces and our State Arunachal Pradesh.
Dr Mishra conveyed his appreciation to the Institute for encouraging local youth in the sports of mountaineering. He advised the NIMAS Director to scout for more mountaineers from different parts of the State.
He said that conquering Mount Everest by the team is not only a feat of skill but it is an example of courage, adventure, enterprise, sportsman spirit and positive ambition for acme achievement.
NIMAS director briefed the Governor about the expedition. He informed that the team was flagged off by Chief Minister Pema Khandu onMarch 25 this year. Earlier on January 16 this year, the Governor had visited NIMAS, Dirang during his district tour to West Kameng.