Six Sanawar school students on expedition to Mt Everest in April

Students of St Lawrence School at Sanawar in Himachal Pradesh are set to embark on an expedition to Mt Everest in April. The school hopes to create a world record by achieving the feat.

The six climbers, aged 16 Hakikat Singh Grewal, Guribadat Singh, Prithvi Singh, Ajay Sohal, Shubham Kaushik and Fateh Singh have undergone basic and advanced mountaineering course at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling.

The two-month expedition will begin on April 5 under the leadership of Colonel Neeraj Rana from New Delhi.

Colonel Rana, former principal of HMI, said the team has undergone a five-month training (September 2012 to January 2013) in all formats of stamina build-up, fitness and adventure sports, including 1,000 km of cycling in Thar Desert, to prepare for the expedition. The students will undergo a final training in March at Khardungla in Ladakh.

Shubham Kaushik, one of the six students, said: "I feel very lucky to have got such an opportunity, as I was selected from a team of 30 students who gave fitness tests for the expedition."

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