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Message from Gurkha Everest Expedition chairman Brigadier Ian Rigden

From the Chairman of the Gurkha Everest Expedition 2017:

It is with great humility and pride that we can confirm that 13 members of the expedition have now summited Mt. Everest: 3 Gurkhas yesterday and 3 British officers (including the Team Leader Maj Dick Gale), one British SNCO and 6 Gurkhas today

Put simply, this is electrifying news. The aim of the expedition was to place a serving Gurkha on the summit of Mt. Everest for the first time. That the team had achieved this by placing 9 Gurkhas and 4 British team members on the summit is a magnificent achievement. They have made history. Their success is due to hard work, self-belief, true teamwork and outstanding team leadership. I specifically highlight Major Dick Gale and Major Andrew Todd, without whom this would not have been possible.

As we think of their success, we must remember that they are now in the process of extracting from the mountain. I ask you to keep them in your thoughts and prayers until they are all safely home.

Jai Hos, Jai Gurkhali, Tapain haru kohi chhaina!

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