Tri-Services Women’s Mountaineering Team Climb Mount Manirang on Day I

Major Saumya Shukla of the Red Eagle Division was one of the expedition members who managed to climb Mount Manirang from Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh.

A team of women climbers, including one from Prayagraj, summited Mount Manirang to mark the 75th Independence Day.

The Tri-Services Women’s Mountaineering Expedition was organized by the Army Adventure Wing to mark the celebrations of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”. The team was named on August 1, 2021.

Major Saumya Shukla of the Red Eagle Division was one of the expedition members who successfully climbed Mount Manirang from Kinnaur (Himachal Pradesh) reaching a height of 21,625ft on August 15, 2021 with the commander of Wing Bhavna, Wing Commander Nirupama and Wing Commander Lalita.

“The team will return on August 29, 2021,” said Shantanu Pratap Singh, regional PRO (defense), Prayagraj here on Tuesday.

“Major Saumya Shukla qualified the basic and advanced mountaineering course at the Army Mountaineering Institute, Siachen Base Camp and performed outstandingly in all mountaineering courses and expeditions, serving thus a role model for all aspirants to the armed forces,” he added.

Manirang is one of the highest mountains in Himachal Pradesh. It lies on the border between the districts of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti. Among the high altitude passes in the Spiti Valley Himalayan region, the Manirang pass is considered the most remote and difficult even today. This pass is considered to be one of the least explored mountain passes in the Indian Himalayas. Mount Manirang (elevation: 6,593 meters / 21,625.04 feet) is known as the crown of the Spiti Valley and is considered an ultimate challenge for mountaineers.

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