Union Home Secretary LC Goyal and Krishna Chaudhary, Director General, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on 3 August 2015 flagged off the Saser Kangri-III (7495 mtr) climbing and ski-down expedition at a function at the ITBP Head-Quarters in New Delhi.
The 36-member Saser Kangri-III mountaineering and ski down expedition team led by Rattan Singh Sonal, 2nd In Command, has been put through rigorous physical training and has been extensively trained on all technical aspects required to tackle difficulties, while ascending through glacial fields, knife edge icy ridges, rocky spires on its way to higher altitude camps and summit.
The team may summit the peak on any day between 20 August 2015 and 20 September 2015 depending upon favourable weather conditions. This team will return on 30 September 2015 to Leh.
Flag-in ceremony of this team will be held in October-2015. The expedition is a pre-expedition for the Dhaulagiri Expedition scheduled in 2016 by the Force.
Saser Kangri is a group of Mountains situated in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. There are five mountains that form a mountain group, namely Saser Kangri-I, Saser Kangri-II, Saser Kangri-III, Saser Kangri-IV and plateau.
For the first time the Saser Kangri-III peak was successfully submitted by 6 Mountaineers of ITBP led by SP Chamoli, Commandant in 1986.
Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
ITBP is deployed for guarding Himalayan (Indo-china) border from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh (covering 3488 km) since its raising on 24 October 1962. The Force is known for its specialty in the field of mountaineering and adventure sports. The Force is primarily deployed on high altitude Indo-China border on Border Out-Posts situated on altitudes ranging from 9000 ft to 18700 ft in the Western, Middle and Eastern Sector of the Indo-China Border.
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When: 3 August 2015