Wednesday, September 7, 2011

IAF Alpine Style Mountaineering Expedition To Mt. Lungser Kangri (6666M) & Mt. Chhamser Kangri (6632M)

Indian Air Force (IAF) has firmly placed its imprint in the field of mountaineering with several successful expeditions in the past decade. The latest feather in the cap was the successful ascent of Mount Everest (8848M) by the IAF women mountaineering team in May 2011. IAF is now aiming at becoming the first organisation to place its flag on virgin peaks in Ladakh region which have been opened for climbing in 2009.

12 member IAF team sets off on an alpine style mountaineering expedition to the twin peaks of Mount Lungser Kangri (6666M) and Mount Chhamser Kangri (6632M) which is scheduled from 08 Sep to 26 Sep 2011. The tricolour and the IAF flags were handed over today to the team leader Wing Commander SK Kutty by the Principal Director (Schools, Adventure & Sports) Air Commodore PR Sinha at Air Headquarters during the flag-off ceremony.

The twin peaks are ideal for Alpine style mountaineering, consuming less number of days and challenging an individual’s physical stamina and technical skills. On completion of this expedition, IAF will be ready to take on the next higher challenge, that is to place the IAF flag on other virgin peaks in Ladakh region.

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