Maxim Card – Indian Mt Everest Expedition
As a tribute to the glorious success of the Indian Expedition to Mount Everest the Indian Posts and Telegraphs Department brought out a special commemorative stamp on the 15th August 1965- the 18th anniversary of India’s independence. Nine men reached the 29,028 ft. high summit of the Everest in four successive attempts made within ten days in May 1965. Lt. Cdr. M.S Kohli led the Indian Navy’s first successful expedition to Mount Everest in 1965. On May 20, 1965 the expedition became the first All-Indian team to reach the summit when two of its members, Capt. A.S.Cheema and Nawang Gombu climbed the peak. This was the second time that Nawang Gombu had climbed the Everest- a record worthy to be proud of. Two days later, on May 22, Sonam Gyasto and Sonam Wengyal reached the summit becoming respectively the oldest (42) and the youngest (23) climbers to stand on top of the Everest. Again, on May 24, C. P. Vohra and Ang Kami reached the top. On May 29, 12 years to the day from the first ascent of Everest, the fourth and last summit party with Capt. H.P.S. Ahulwalia, H.C.S. Rawat and Phu Deorji made the summit.
Date Of Cancellation:-15.08.1965