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On Top of the World: The Indian Everest Saga 1854-2006

M.S. Kohli (Author)
Synopsis Ever since its discovery as the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest is regarded the ultimate goal of mountaineers from all over the world. In 1953, the maiden ascent of Everest by Tenzing Norgay, along with Edmund Hillary, electrified the entire nation. Twelve years later, the Indian Everest Expedition 1965 set up a world record by putting nine climbers on the summit, catapulting India to become the fourth nation in the world to climb Everest. Till the middle of 2006, 107 Indians have stood on the summit of Everest; one of the first two persons to reach the summit is an Indian; the first man to climb Everest twice is an Indian; the first woman to climb Everest twice is also an Indian. And the three climbers, who hold the world record of spending three nights at about 28,000 feet, are also Indians. The growth and development of mountaineering and adventure sports in India is closely associated with numerous Indian ascents of Everest. Captain Kohli has superbly chronicled all gallant Indian ascents till the middle of 2006. This volume will find a pride of place in the libraries of schools, colleges and corporates to inspire millions of our youth to scale the highest peaks of achievement in their chosen fields.
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About the author

M.S. Kohli

Internationally renowned and a celebrated mountaineer, Captain M.S. Kohli, belongs to the exclusive band of three climbers who in 1962 spent three consecutive nights on Mount Everest at 17,650 feet, two without oxygen. He led the Indian Everest Expedition 1965 which put nine men on the summit-a world record which India held for seventeen years. Captain Kohli has fifteen major expeditions to his credit- three to Mount Everest, four each to Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot and one each to Saser Kangri, Annapuran III, Trisulil and Nanda Devi East. He was responsible for developing the Indo-Tibetan Border Police into a formidable mountain-eering organization. In 1977, he collaborated with Sir Edmund Hillary in ‘From the Ocean to the Sky Jet-Boat Expedition’ up the Ganges which heralded white-water rafting in India. Captain Kohli has had a distinguished and spectacular career spanning the Indian Navy (Captain), the ITB Police (Advisor) and Air India (Regional Director), In 1971, on joining Air India, he conceived and pioneered the brand new segment of Himalayan Tourism. In 1984, he trekked all over Bhutan and drew the master plan for adventure-tourism in the Himalayan kingdom. He helped Pakistan, Nepal and China in the promotion of trekking tours in these Himalayan countries. He was advisor to the successful Malaysian Mount Everest Expedition for three years. Captain Kohli is recipient of several awards and honours including Padma Bhushan, Arjuna Award, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, and the IMF Gold Medal. He enjoyed the rare privilege of addressing members of both the Houses of Indian Parliament in the Central Hall on 8 September, 1965.

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Title On Top of the World: The Indian Everest Saga 1854-2006
Author M.S. Kohli
Format Hardcover
Date published: 15.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 817387199X
length 303p.
Subjects Reference