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First Assam expedition to Everest

Guwahati, March 11: The Asom Everest Organising Committee is organising the first expedition to Mt Everest from Assam in April-May next year.

The preparation for Asom Everest Expedition 2015 will commence by the end of this month.

The committee will receive applications from mountaineers of Assam, who are certified to have completed a basic mountaineering course and have participated in at least one mountaineering expedition above 6,000 metres.

From the list of applicants, a team will be selected for the pre-Everest expedition to the 6,160-metre Island Peak in Nepal.

Based on individual and group performances in the pre-Everest expedition, the final team to summit Mt Everest will be selected in August. The state government has extended all infrastructural aid and assistance to the Asom Everest Expedition, 2015.

The Asom Everest Expedition Organising Committee has been constituted with chief minister Tarun Gogoi as chief patron, state chief secretary Jitesh Khosla as chief adviser, sports minister Ajit Singh as chef-de-mission, youth welfare member secretary Debabrata Saikia as deputy chef-de-mission, Assam Mountaineering Association president Satyen Sarma as convener and mountaineers Pranoy Bordoloi and Jayanta Goswami as joint conveners.

The Assam Mountaineering Association has requested all aspirants for the historic expedition to submit the applications.

Application forms are available at the office of the association in R.G. Baruah Sports Complex here from 5pm to 6pm every day.