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Story of the Indian Ascent

By Commander M.S. Kohli,  with a Foreword by Indira Gandhi

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Published by Orient Longmans, New Delhi, 1969, 1st Indian Edition, slight marks boards, No D/w, Nr.Fine.   The successful 1965 Indian Everest Expedition put nine members on the summit and was the first Indian success on the mountain. This followed two unsuccessful attempts by Indian military teams in 1960 and 1962, on both occasions getting to over 28,000 feet before having to retreat due to bad weather. Captain Kohli, internationally renowned mountaineer, was a member of both these expeditions before leading the 1965 Expedition to success. The expedition included 21 core members, plus 50 climbing Sherpas and 800 porters on the approach. Though their first attempt in April was thwarted again by bad weather, towards the end of May four successive attempts put nine climbers on the summit. The success was celebrated widely throughout India and made international headlines.

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