New Delhi. 19 May 2017. A 7 members team of mountaineers of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Force including 2 high altitude sherpas successfully climbed the mount Dhaulagiri 1 (8167 mtrs/ 26787 ft) in Nepal – the 7th highest peak of the world. The team successfully managed to reach to summit at 1300 hrs today.

The mountaineers started technical climb from the North East Ridge on 18th May, 2017 at 2200 Hrs from the summit camp and managed to reach to the top after 15 hours of rigorous efforts today. They had to fix ropes at different stretches of the route. The Team is expected to reach to the summit camp later in the evening today. In all, the team negotiated obstacles and other challenges on the route for about 21 hours to complete the entire stretch to summit and to return to the summit camp.

Ratan Singh Sonal, 2nd In Command, HC Pradeep Negi, CT Nurbu Wangdus, CT Pradeep Pawar, CT Sanjay Singh along with two high altitude sherpas managed to reach to the top.  Two among successful summiteers (Ratan Singh Sonal, 2nd In Command, HC Pradeep Negi) are experienced mountaineers while three of them (CT Nurbu Wangdus, CT Pradeep Pawar, CT Sanjay Singh) are the first to climb the (8000M+) peak.

The next group of mountaineers of the team will attempt the summit in a couple of days. Mount Dhaulagiri 1 has been successfully climbed by any Indian organization since last 10 years.

The 23 member ITBP Dhaulagiri 1 mountaineering expedition team was flagged off from Force HQ in Delhi on 10th March 2017 by Rajiv Mehrishi, Home Secretary. Krishna Chaudhary, DG ITBP has conveyed his congratulations to the team. ITBP has successfully completed 206 mountaineering expeditions till date which is a record.