Kullu, July 24
The launching ceremony of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Mountaineering Expedition, ‘Vijay-2021’ organized by SHQ, Shimla, was held today at 2nd Battalion, ITBP, in Babeli , 8 km from here. The expedition will reach the summit of Mount Gaya 22,420 feet located on the border of Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti.
ITBP, DIG, Prem Singh, who was the chief guest, presented the national flag and the force flag to the expedition leader, Deputy Commander Kuldeep Singh.
The DIG shared his experiences with the expedition team. He is a renowned mountaineer, who has climbed many peaks, including Mount Everest twice. He received the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award in 2013.
The expedition leader made a detailed presentation. The team comprises 27 members from units under command of SHQ, Shimla, including Deputy Expedition Leader Deputy Commander Anmol Singh Shrivash and Police Chief Pardeep Negi of the 17th Battalion.
The team will climb Mount Gaya in 26 days. The objective of the expedition is to climb the summit in inhospitable terrain and adverse climatic conditions. This will develop the spirit needed to deal with difficult situations with responsibility among the participating troops and instill in them leadership, discipline and confidence.