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Since 1st March, 1999
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Try a trek to Everest

New Delhi, Jan. 22: If you’ve got what it takes, you could join an Indian Army expedition to Mount Everest this summer, and make it more than halfway to the top of the world.

The Indian Army and the National Geographic Channel have teamed up to offer five civilians a chance to join an Indo-Nepal army expedition to Mount Everest beginning in March.

“There’ll be no bar on age and sex,” Major General A. Vasudeva, director-general of military training, said. Volunteers will be screened in Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Bangalore and the top 20 shortlisted for a final round of screening and training at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi.

The five finalists, after three weeks of rigorous training by the Indian Army, will accompany the Indo-Nepal expedition on their journey to Everest. Army officials said the civilians would most likely be able to make it to base camp at 17,500 feet from where they could get a great view of the 8848-metre high summit.

The Indo-Nepal expedition is among several bound for Everest this summer to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first ascent by Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay in May 1953. The base camp will be established by the end of March.

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