KATHMANDU / WAM
Sixteen climbers from the UAE Armed Forces set up camp in the Khumbu valley, 5,364 metres above sea level in the Himalayas in Nepal, as they prepare to climb Mount Everest.
The UAE military team will camp there for several weeks in preparation for the main adventure, which is attempting to climb the world’s highest peak as the first official military team in the region.
The climbers have previously completed a nine day trek from the village of Lokla, staying overnight in several villages along the trail before reaching the Everest base camp.
Dr Hashel Obaid Al Tunaiji, one of the team members and the doctor accompanying the mission, said that all the team members are in good health and have gradually adapted to the high altitudes and the decreasing levels of oxygen.