A youth of Assam, Tarun Saikia from Guwahati on Saturday made a history as the first Assamese to conquer Mt Everest. Tarun Saikia(37) had scaled the highest peak (8,850 meters or 29,035 feet) at 5-30 am on Saturday along with five others and created a history for Assam. Saikia is a member of the first North East India Mount Everest Expedition.
The six member group comprised by a class XI student of Manipur, Nameirakpam Chingkheinganba, a mother of Arunachal Pradesh Ansu Jamsepa, David Zohmangaiha of Mizoram, Wangsuk Myrthong of Meghalaya and Kazi Sherpa of Sikkim had reached the world's highest peak. The expedition is sponsored by the North Eastern Council and the Manipur Government.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was among the first to congratulate Saikia on his stupendous feat. In a statement, the Chief Minister termed it as a new high in the annals of the State’s sporting history. He also announced Rs 20 lakh for the mountaineer.