A 16-member Armed Forces team arrived in Kathmandu this week to climb Mount Everest.
The team included 13 members of several ranks, one of whom is a doctor specialising in sports medicine and altitude physiology, and three professional mountain climbers, making it the biggest military team in the region to take part in such a climb, according to state news agency Wam.
They are expected to reach the top of the mountain in about two months.
The Government is giving “due care to the full training of the UAE Armed Forces members to enable them to work in different types of weather and conditions”, said Maj Gen Isa Al Mazrouei, the Armed Forces deputy chief of staff.
After a few days’ stay in the Nepalese capital to acclimatise to the higher altitude and get clearance from the Nepalese government, they flew via helicopter to Lukla, which is considered the starting point for the expedition, at 2,860 metres above sea level.
The team is expected to hike for the next nine days, staying overnight in different villages and meeting with local Sherpas, until they reach the main base camp at 5,365 m above sea level, before starting on the dangerous, icy ascent to the summit.
Courtesy: The National