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Everest climbing used to be quite a chore, said a New Yorker magazine cartoon years ago. It showed a man, a woman, a child and a sherpa ascending the world’s highest peak on an escalator. That doomsday hasn’t arrived yet but climbing the mountain is no longer the business of only the professional mountaineers.

Sanawar Everest team

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• 7 Students from class 10 and 12, The Lawrence School, Sanawar, Solan, Himachal Pradesh

• When: May, 2013. Six out of seven boys from the team reached the summit.

“The world looked beautiful but there were many climbers waiting behind us so we could stay on the top only for 10minutes. However, we took many photos and came back jubilant."

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Rajendra Singh Pal

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• Manager

• When: 2012

“We started the final climb in the night and reached close to the peak while it was still dark. So we waited for the dawn to break. It was so cold on the summit. My feet were ice-cold and my lips were trembling. Yet I stayed there for half hour.

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Premlata Agrawal

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• When: May, 2011.

“As if there was heaven all around….There were so many climbers; everyone thirsts for one drop of water there.’’—From her book Follow Every Rainbow

The Everest project changed Agrawal’s life to such an extent that today she aims to climb the highest peak in each continent.

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Tashi and Nungshi Malik

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• 21 years

• Journalism graduates

• When: May 2013

“It was incredible. We sisters were a team! We were also glad because we ascened the peak with Pakistani climbers and together we raised the flags of our respective countries. Interestingly, several women climbed the peak this year. I think this sends a strong message on peace and empowerment. We think we’ll do it all over again."

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Surendra Chavan

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• Marketing officer

• When: 1998

“We were a group of 13 but only two of us could reach the summit. I remember we started the final climb after having sattu ka ghol. At the top as we were taking photos, clouds started building up below us. It was scary. The real journey started on the way down."

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Prem Kumar Singh

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• Delhi University undergraduate

• When: May 2013

He was exhilarated to scale the peak but disappointed by the crowds at base camp. “One goes to mountains for solitude," he says. He had also planned to climb a nearby peak but abandoned it because of a fellow climber’s death due to extreme exhaustion.

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Ganesh More

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• Mechanical engineer

• When: May, 2013

“Last year I had to return midway from the peak because of a fault in my oxygen cylinder. This time the mission was accomplished. It was a windy morning but the sky was clear and the clouds floated below us. It looked mast."

Jacob Koshy and Pavitra Jayaraman contributed to this article.

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