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Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Wednesday flagged off an expedition to Mount Everest at the National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) campus at Dirang in West kameng district of the State.
The 10-member expedition team led by NIMAS director Colonel Sarfraz Singh would attempt summiting the world’s highest peak beginning this month.
Besides the NIMAS personnel, two local youths from Dirang are part of the expedition team.
The Chief Minister met the team members and conveyed them good wishes for their success.
The expedition to Mt Everest was approved by the Defence Ministry last year during a meeting between the Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Arun Jaitley.
Later NIMAS trainee from Him International School, Itanagar demonstrated rock climbing on the country’s highest climbing tower (22m) installed at NIMAS campus.
Army personnel from Garhwal Rifles and NIMAS personnel also demonstrated ice climbing, speed climbing, abseiling and different forms of rock climbing.