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MS. BACHENDRI PAL LED SILVER JUBILEE TREK TO COMMEMORATE 1993 INDO NEPLALESE WOMEN’S EVEREST EXPEDITION STARTS FROM KATHMANDU

Jamshedpur, April 17, 2019

The trek to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the 1993 Indo Nepalese Women's Everest Expedition (INWEE 1993) started from Kathmandu yesterday. The trek is being led by Padma Bhushan awardee Ms. Bachendri Pal, Chief, Adventure Programme, Tata Steel & Director, Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF). The 1993 expedition was also led by Ms. Pal.

The team, along with Mr Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, had the opportunity of meeting the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, on Friday (April 12, 2019) at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. The Hon’ble President conveyed his good wishes to the team and remarked on how this team was an inspiration for others. Tata Steel has fully sponsored the Silver Jubilee Trek.

The team members arrived in Kathmandu from New Delhi on April 14th and spent the next few days in Trek preparation and briefing. Yesterday, the team arrived at Lukla from where they will retrace the INWEE 1993 route till Khumjung at 3,790 mt above the sea level.

The 12-day trek, will cover 3,790 meters (mt) leg of the 8,848 mt stretch of the Mt Everest climb. The trek includes 10 women mountaineers and one technical advisor from the 1993 record breaking expedition. Their schedule is as follows:

17th April-Lukla to Phakding 2610 m
18th April-Phakding to Namche 3440 m
19th April-Namche to Khumjung 3790 m (highest point)
20th April-Another day at Khumjung.
21st April-Khumjum to Phakding.
22nd April-Phakding to Lukla.
23rd April-Lukla to Kathmandu
24th April-Kathmandu Stay
25th April-Depart from Kathmandu

Speaking on the phone from Lukla yesterday, Ms. Bachendri Pal said “All the members of the team are fine and looking forward to the Silver Jubilee Trek.”

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