12/04/2015 12:32 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

The Everest Trail: Over The Years


It’s been 50 years since the first Indian-led expedition successfully scaled the world's highest peak, Mount Everest. Nine members of the 1965 Indian team summited at the same time, a world record that was unbroken for 17 years.

Mount Everest was first conquered by New Zealand’s Edmund Hillary and Nepal's Tenzing Norgay in 1953. More than 4,000 climbers have scaled it since.

Despite environmental concerns, the world’s highest mountain continues to be the summit for human ambition, as each climbing season sees 700 mountaineers, who spend two months on trail. The Indian Army too is sending an expedition to Everest this season.

"The British had summited before us, so had the Americans and the Swiss. We simply had to do it for India," says 81 year-old Colonel N Kumar, speaking to The Times of India.

From the archives, here's a look at some of the milestones that have been broken over the years.

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