Six Sanawar school students on expedition to Mt Everest in April
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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."