Aizawl: Johny Laltlanmawia, also known as Johny LT Mawia, from Mizoram has scripted history by scaling the top of Mt Everest to become the third to do so from the tribal state after David Zohmangaiha and Lalrintluangi.
The National Security Guard (NSG) commando from Aizawl’s Ramhlun North locality reached the top of the world’s highest peak along with six mountaineers around 7.50 am on May 16.
Led by Lt Col Jay Prakash Kumar, a group of NSG commandos, had set out for the summit from New Delhi on April 1. In the 12-member expedition team, seven, including Mawia, successfully reached the peak despite difficulties on May 16, while five others were expected to complete the summit by Wednesday, sources said.
Sources added that Mawia experienced cough and headache at the initial stage to reach the top.
Born to Zothanmawia, Mawia joined Assam Regiment in 2010 and later became an NSG commando in 2016. With his successful summit on May 16, Mizoram has produced three mountaineers to scale Mt Everest in six years.
The first climber who reached the top of the peak from Mizoram was David Zohmangaiha. He successfully reached the summit on 18 May, 2013. Zohmangaiha was followed by Lalrintluangi, who reached the top of the peak on May 21, 2016 to become the first women mountaineer from the state to scale Mt Everest.
Meanwhile, Zohmangaiha has congratulated Mawia on his successful summit saying it was an outstanding achievement and a milestone in the history of Mizoram.