NAGPUR: As many as four tribal students from Maharashtra's Chandrapur district scaled to Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, on early Wednesday.
The four students namely Umakant Madavi (19), Parmesh Aale (19) and Manisha Dhurve (18) from Devada asharam school and Kavidas Katmode(18) from Jivati asharam school and will return to the base camp by Wednesday night, said sources.
Sources from Chandrapur collectorate told UNI that they are the first tribal students of two tribal ashram (residential schools) from India to have scaled Mount Everest.
Much of that these students hadn't even heard of Mount Everest before they were approached by the authorities with the idea. They were among the ten tribal students from various government asharam schools in Chandrapur, who were selected under a joint initiative of Maharashtra Tribal Department and Chandrapur collectorate called 'Mission Shaurya' to conquer the world's highest peak.
Whereas Kavidas and Umakant reached the summit at 0325 hrs, Parmesh and Manisha reached at 0425 hrs and 0435 hrs respectively, sources said.
Sources also said that two others, Vikas Soyam and Indu Kannake will make an attempt for the summit on May 17 and 18, respectively. Sources further said that Chhaya Atram and Aakash Madavi had to return to Chandrapur as they were suffering from altitude sickness. The remaining two Akshay Atram and Vikas Soyam may also subsequently attempt depending on whether mountaineering expert takes a favourable call after considering their fitness and weather conditions, said sources.
All the 10 students had undergone rigorous training for 18 months at various places before embarking on the Everest mission from the Chinese side, sources added.