India's Everest expedition returned to Banepa, near Katmandu, Nepal, June 17, after a 17-day march from their base camp.
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Background: India's Everest expedition returned to Banepa, near Katmandu, Nepal, June 17, after a 17-day march from their base camp. Led by Brigadier Gyan Singh, the party reached within 700 feet of the summit before blinding blizzards and failure of oxygen equipment forced back the three-member assault team, May 25. The climbers had reached 28,300 ft.
It was India's second expedition to the Nepal Himalayas. The first bid on Cho Oyu - world's sixth highest mountain - was successful. British, Swiss and Japanese mountaineers, back from expeditions, said the Indian team had achieved a great feat by pushing so high up Mount Everest in bad weather conditions.
The expedition had 13 climbing and 8 non-climbing members, and 600 Sherpa porters. It began the trek to the mountain on March 6.