Six boys of Lawrence School in the picturesque Kasauli hills captured the Mount Everest, the highest mountain peak in the world (29,028 feet), school officials said.
Those who scaled the peak were Guribadat Singh, Prithvi Singh, Ajay Sohal, Shubham, Fateh Singh and Raghav Juneja. They are in the age group of 15 to 17. Youngest climber Raghav reached the summit at around 0700hrs. Two hours later, Fateh scaled the summit successfully. Guribadat followed at around 1230hrs. However, Hakikat Singh had to be held back after climbing 27,600 feet as there was some problem with his oxygen cylinder.
School officials said before scaling the Mt Everest, the boys underwent basic and advanced courses in the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling.
During the training besides capturing two major peaks in the Kanchenjunga area, they were given high-altitude training in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir where temperatures normally hovers 25 degrees Celsius below the freezing point.
They also underwent a cycling expedition in the Thar deserts, where they peddled more than 1,000 km in nine days.
It was followed by high altitude training at over 6,000 m in temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius in Ladakh.