Recently, two more climbers Kishon Tekseng from Upper Siang district, and Taka Tamut from Siang district scaled the Mount Everest (29,028 feet) on May 24th after 13 hours of non-stop climb without any support staff i.e. Sherpas. The record was set just fifteen days after Muri Linggi, another climber from Lower Dibang Valley, reached the top of the Everest.
99.9 percent mountaineers take the support of Sherpas to climb Mt Everest but the two mountaineers decided to go at their own after the Sherpas who had agreed to go with them had to back out due to various reasons. They unfurled the national tri-colour, Arunachal State logo and departmental logo on the top of the mountain. Another exemplary record set by the team was that Kishon Tekseng was not using supplementary oxygen till camp IV at 26,000 ft.
Both mountaineers were trained by the Directorate of Youth Affairs, Government of Arunachal Pradesh under the guidance of Dr K Romeo Meetei (star mountaineer), in-charge, Adventure Cell. They were trained for the last 4 years in different national institutes and locations.
Before the Mt Everest expedition, both Taka Tamut and Kishon Tekseng scaled Mt Stok Kangri at Ladakh Himalayas as a pre-Everest expedition under the leadership of Dr Meetei.
This year, the Department of Youth Affairs sponsored three mountaineers from the State including Muri Linggi for Mt Everest expedition and all three came back successful.