Friday, November 16, 2007


North Col of Everest
Mount EverestGangtok, November 13: Sonam Gyatso Mountaineering Institute (SGMI) will lead the first independent expedition to climb Mount Everest (8848m) in spring 2008. Second round selection of the team is already began from Monday for which team will left institute for the final selection to be held under alpine condition in North Sikkim.
This is first time in the 43 years old history of the Institute is organizing independent climb while some of the instructors were already scaled the peak with other teams.
The final expedition for Everest will be flagged off in spring season of next year with 15 members and five additional climbing support staff. The team will be led by G.T. Bhutia, the principal of the institute.
The team is expected to scale the peak from the North Col ridge of China, which is considered to be a difficult climb.