Darjeeling: The Indian Tricolor is all set to fly on top of the highest peak of Europe.A team from the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute has embarked on an expedition to Russia to climb Mount Elbrus (5,642 metres.)The expedition was flagged off from Delhi by Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Yesso Naik on August 6. “We plan to hoist the Indian National Flag on the occasion of the 73rd Independence day on August 15 atop Mount Elbrus,” stated Group Captain Jaikishan, leader of the expedition and Principal, HMI. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe eight-member team also plans to perform “Asanas” at the summit to spread awareness on the benefits of Yoga. The HMI team comprises Group Captain Jaikishan, Subedar Devi Singh (Dy leader) and instructors — Havildar Pankaj Kumar, Roshan Ghatraj, Aditya Gurung, Passang Tenzing Sherpa and Umang Mukhia. “This expedition is also a part of our vision to climb the highest mountains in the 7 continents,” said the expedition leader. HMI teams have already successfully scaled Mount Everest (2003, 2012) and Mount Aconcagua (6,962 m) located in Argentina, South America in 1999. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe successful ascent of Mount Everest on May 29 in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary was a major boost to mountaineering in India. One year after this historical event, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was established on 4th November 1954 — a result of personal initiative of Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru the first Prime Minister of India and Dr BC Roy the then Chief Minister of West Bengal to promote mountaineering in India. The HMI has trained approximately 40,000 personnel, including 2000 overseas trainees, including many famous mountaineers. Since 1954, the institute organised numerous mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayan regions and overseas, including the Alps under the leadership of institute heads.