ABU DHABI// Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, on Thursday congratulated a team from the Armed Forces for climbing to the top of Mount Everest.
In a text message, Sheikh Mohammed said that he was delighted at the milestone, adding that the team’s resilience and persistence had defied geographical and environmental challenges.
Sheikh Mohammed also lauded the efforts made by the 12-member women’s team from the Armed Forces, who returned home recently after climbing 5,364 metres to reach Everest base camp in the Khumbu valley in Nepal. The men’s team reached the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, several weeks ago and walked nine days to reach Base Camp on the south side and have now reached the summit of the highest mountain in the world at a height of 8,848 metres above sea level, reported state news agency Wam.
The Everest team included 13 members – one of whom is a doctor specialising in sports medicine and altitude physiology – and three professional mountain climbers, making it the biggest military team in the region to take part in such a climb.
The General Command of the Armed Forces, represented by the Moral Guidance Directorate, will work with National Geographic Abu Dhabi TV on the production of a documentary about the team’s successful climb.