DIMAPUR, May 26 � Three Northeasterners have conquered Mt Everest. Major Neikhrie Ginuo Liny� scripted history by successfully reaching the summit of Mount Everest yesterday and became the first Naga to conquer the world�s highest peak.
A trained doctor in the Indian Army, brave-heart Neikhrie, 36, was in the Indian Army mountaineering team which included four other lady officers.
�One male officer, along with four women officers and three Non Commissioned Officers successfully summited the Everest today morning. One of the Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) reached the summit without using oxygen cylinders,� Army officials said while confirming the successful ascent.
The expedition was carried out through South (Nepal), which is known as the traditional route. It is also the route from which Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first made the climb.
The 22-member team led by ace mountaineer Col Ajay Kothiyal was flagged off on March 12.
Major Neikhrietuonuo Ginuo Liny� passed out her HSLC from Don Bosco Kohima, PU (Sc) from Kohima Science College Jotsoma and received her MBBS degree from RIMS Imphal.
Neikhrie, who joined the Army in 2001, is the first Naga lady army officer and also the first Naga lady paratrooper. She has also already climbed Mt Makalu, the 5th highest mountain in the world.
Reports reaching here informed that Major Neikhrie along with other mountaineers of the first team are descending and waiting for the second team at Camp-II which is located at 21, 300 ft. The base camp is at 17, 500 ft.
Standing at 29, 029 feet (8848 meters), more than 3,000 people have climbed Everest since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to do so in 1953.
Sikkim Correspondent adds: Rajya Sabha MP from Sikkim Hishey Lachungpa, who is also the President of Sikkim Amateur Mountaineering Association (SAMA), has congratulated mountaineer Kazi Sherpa for his feat of conquering Mt Everest at 10 am this morning.
In a congratulatory message to Sherpa, SAMA president said �I along with the members of SAMA and entire Sikkim would like to congratulate Kazi Sherpa of Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure and Ecotourism, Chemchey, who represented Sikkim as a member of the Mount Everest Expedition 2012 from South Col�.
�While it is a great achievement for Kazi personally who had been trying to achieve this summit for some years now, it has also brought pride and glory to Sikkim with his feat�, he added.
PTI adds: In a first for Meghalaya, mountaineer Gary Jarman Lamare has successfully scaled Mt Everest.
Lamare climbed the peak in the early hours yesterday along with members of the Indian Army adventure wing, officials here said.