A group of 12 experienced mountaineers and two support members will trek over the Himalayas from Pongsau Pass in Arunachal Pradesh to Leh, in Ladakh. Led by Ms Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to scale Mt Everest, the core team comprises of women above the age of 50.
The members come from all walks of life: home-makers, retired professionals and past summiteers of Mt Everest, ‘Everesters’ as we call them. This expedition signifies strength, vigor and will power. These women will endure the test of physical stamina and mental toughness.
The team, handpicked by Ms Pal, is highly motivated and well-prepared to succeed. The knowledge and experience of each member will be a boon in one way or the other during the entire expedition.
The 5-month long expedition involves traversing the Himalaya from East to West - from Arunachal to Ladakh covering over 4,977 kms and cross about 37 mountain passes. The 14-member team will commence a journey of an ultimate human endurance starting from Arunachal Pradesh and traverse through Assam, West Bengal, Sikkim, Nepal, Kumaon, Gharwal, Himachal, Spiti, Leh Ladakh and will be concluded at Tiger Hill (Kargil) (16,608 feet).
"I wish them success"
I am happy to know that the 12-member team of women from various parts of the world are undertaking a tough, exciting and brave journey of five months on the occasion of women's day. I wish the Fit @50+ Trans Himalayan Expedition all success.
Hon'ble Prime Minister of India