ITANAGAR, June 17 - Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd) felicitated the Mount Everesters team from National Institute for Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS), Dirang, West Kameng district, at Raj Bhavan here on Sunday.
The eight-member expedition team from the premier institute comprising of six Army personnel and two civilians had scaled the highest mountain peak of the world on May 19-20 last.
The NIMAS team led by its Director Col Sarfraz Singh reached the summit of Mount Everest in two batches. The summitters are: 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 and the two civilians from Dirang – Tongchen Nimsonga and Dorjee Khandu. The team was supported by medical officer Captain Abhishek Tripathi of Army Medical Corps.
Congratulating the team, the Governor said that NIMAS has proved its worth far beyond its mandated role as a premier institute of mountaineering and allied sports in the region.
The Governor also conveyed his appreciation to the Institute for encouraging local youths in mountaineering. He advised the NIMAS Director to scout for more mountaineers from different parts of the State.
The NIMAS Director briefed the Governor about the expedition, which was flagged off by Chief Minister Pema Khandu on March 21 last.