Peak challenge for UAE military
Sixteen climbers from the UAE Armed Forces have set up camp in the Khumbu valley, 5,364m above sea level in the Himalayas in Nepal, as they prepare to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain. 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, according to UAE national news agency WAM. 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, is confident that the mission will be a success, and told WAM all the UAE Armed Forces team members are in good health and have gradually adapted to the high altitude and the decreased levels of oxygen.