Two mountaineers from Assam scaled the world’s third largest peak Mt Kanchenjunga on Thursday.
Bhaskar Baruah and Jayanta Nath, part of a seven-member team, scaled the 8,586 metres high peak at 7:15 am after an arduous climb from the summit camp which began at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, Assam Mountaineering Association’s (AMA) general secretary (Incharge) Mriganka Sarma said.
The duo hoisted the national flag along with the AMA flag and the Assamese ‘gamusa’ atop the peak, he said.
The expedition was flagged off by President Droupadi Murmu on April 7, during her visit to the state, when she had handed over the national flag, the ice axe baton and the expedition flag to team leader and Everest climber Manas Barua.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is the Chef de Mission of the expedition team, congratulated the duo for scaling the third-highest mountain peak.
“In a moment of soaring pride for us, glad to share that 7:15 today, two Assamese mountaineers – Bhaskar Baruah and Jayanta Nath unfurled the Tiranga and the Gamusa at Mt Kanchenjunga, 3rd highest mountain peak”, Sarma tweeted.
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