Indo-Tajikistan Army team completes expedition to Leh

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New Delhi, Sep 17 (ANI): To enhance the cooperation between the Indian Army and the Tajikistan Army, a mountaineering expedition was conducted to Mount Stok Kangri (20,551 ft) and Gulap Kangri (19,776 ft) in Leh region.

The expedition flagged-in today by the Director General Military Intelligence, Lt. General RK Loomba.

The peak, which belongs to the Stok Kangri Massif in the Leh region, attracts mountaineers across the world. The route to this peak is long and difficult and requires expertise both in ice craft and rock craft.

The joint team comprising of 12 members of the Indian Army and eleven Tajikistan Army was led by Major KS Rajawat of Gorkha Rifles.

Prior to the expedition, the Tajik team undergone a special mountaineering training for 03 weeks at High Altitude Warfare School at Sonamarg in Jammu and Kashmir to hone their skills in the field of mountaineering.

On completion of the training at HAWS, the Tajik participants arrived at Leh on August 25. Thereafter, the joint team moved to base camp which was established at an altitude of 15,500 ft. Camp-I was established at 17,500 ft.

The team after negotiating a number of crevasses during the inclement weather and grueling march in high altitude terrain, successfully summitted Mount Stok Kangri and Gulap Kangri. (ANI)

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