Army Chief of Nepal, General Gaurav Shumsher Rana on 9 April 2013 flagged off a Joint Mountaineering expedition of Indian and Nepalese Army from Kathmandu to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of the world’s highest peak.
The joint expedition team of 34 members includes 13 Nepal Army Men and 20 Climbers from Indian Army and a support group and will expedite the tallest peak of the world for 70 days. The 70 days expedition will involve cleaning of different slopes of the peak and a 64 kilometer high altitude marathon race.
The team of Indian army taking part in the joint-expedition activity was flagged off from India by the Chief of Indian Army General Bikram Singh at New Delhi on 3 April 2013.
This exercise will help in strengthening the relationship between the Indian and Nepalese Army and test their abilities of cooperation while serving the environment purposes and cleaning it.