Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 8
Mountaineers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) have successfully scaled the Gangotri-II peak in Uttarakhand. This is the second major mountaineering expedition successfully completed by the ITBP within 27 days during the COVID-19 times.
The ITBP team from Sector Headquarters, Dehradun, climbed the 21,615-feet high Gangotri-II peak on September 26, 2020, and returned back on Wednesday.
A total of nine members of the ITBP team reached the top of Gangotri-II after continuous eight hours of climbing on the day.
The leader of this extremely challenging expedition was Deputy Commandant Dipender Singh Mann and the deputy leader was Assistant Commandant Bheem Singh. Head Constable Rajesh Chandra Ramola, Constables Pradeep Panwar, Santender Kundi, Harender Singh, Ashok Singh Rana, Arun Prasad and Goving Prasad also reached to the summit.
The team members underwent all training and did acclimatisation in spite of limitations imposed due to the corona crisis. The 53-member expedition was launched on September 9 from Uttarkashi. The team established five base camps during the mission.
Located in Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand, the snow-covered Gangotri-II is considered one of the technically difficult peaks in India to climb. On August 31, 2020, the mountaineers of the force had successfully completed scaled Mount Leo Pargil in Himachal Pradesh.
The force as a pioneer mountain force is credited with 214 successful mountaineering expeditions since its raising, which is a record.