Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Group of climbers make first Everest summit of season

Group of climbers make first Everest summit of season

Suresh Babu also was one among the six to reach the summit of Mt. Everest on the 13th of May, 2017!

Six Indian climbers reached the top of Mount Everest today, the first group to summit the world's highest peak this season.

Suresh Babu, Durga Rao Kunja, Bharat Thammineni, Krishna Rao Vooyaka, Satya Rao Kare and Nagaraju Sundarana - alongwith the Sherpas - reached the peak from the northern Tibetan side.

The students were coached by B Shekar Babu, an ace mountaineer who had scaled Mt Everest himself, and who is also a recipient of the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award.

What was even more heartening was that all the mountaineers who scaled the world's highest peak, were from underprivileged families. Nagaraju Sundarana (18) from Visakhapatnam, made history by becoming the first person to reach the summit of the 8,848-m peak - the highest point on earth - this year.

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For the first time, an Indian company has fixed the rope to the summit with the largest-ever Indian team with 23 climbers and sherpas.

Tammineni Bharat from Kurnool district could not conquer the Mt Everest in his first attempt in 2015 because of the devastating quake in Nepal but this time, as part of the six-member AP team, he achieved the distinction. Three more AP youth are expected to reach the summit on Sunday morning.

Speaking to TNIE, Special Commissioner of Youth Services Department G Komal Kishore said, "The team has lived our expectations and they have achieved the greatest feat by climbing Everest".

"Normally, they take 45 days to climb the Everest but these students did it in just 30 days, which is a creditable achievement", the expedition coordinator U Raghunadha Reddy, alluding to their rock-like determination to succeed against all odds. "I am sure that the state government will support their future endeavours with financial assistance". The expedition team reached Kathmandu on April 9 and reached the first base camp on April 18.

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