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President inaugurated 50th anniversary of India’s first historic climb of Mt. Everest in 1965

May 20, 2015 17:52 IST

Mount EverestPresident Pranab Mukherjee on 20 May 2015 inaugurated the 50th anniversary of India’s first historic climb of Mount Everest in 1965 at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The event was organized by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation.

On 20 May 1965, Indian team led by Captain Mohan Singh Kohli of Indian Navy made history by climbing 8848-metres high Mt. Everest, the world’s highest peak, for the first time after a series of three unsuccessful attempt in as many as five years.

The team of Kohli comprised of 21-man and out of these nine men were successful in reaching the summit.

Nawang Gombu, the Sherpa who was the member of the team, became the first person to reach the summit twice, firstly with an American expedition in 1963.

Kohli, now 83, wrote a book on the expedition titled Nine Atop Everest.

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