New Delhi. 16 June, 2016. Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) mountaineers successfully retrieved a dead body from altitude of 5300 mtrs near Camp II of Mount Mukut Expedition in Mana valley. The dead body was found in a sleeping bag en route. It seems that the body belongs to a member mountaineer or High Altitude Porter (HAP) who may have been a part of an expedition team heading for summit towards Mount Mukut couple of years ago.

The team may have faced sudden snowfall due to which the mountaineer may have been trapped and could not return to safe place. A Purse with photo was recovered near the body. The dead body with all its belongings carried to road head and was handed over to the Uttarakhand Police. Carrying the dead body in harsh climatic and geographical conditions is always challenging but the ITBP mountaineers did it successfully.

Kiren Rijiju MOS (Home) Govt of India and Krishna Chaudhary, DG ITBP had flagged off a 25 members expedition team to summit Mt Mukut situated in Mana Valley of Chamoli District of Uttarakhand on 5th May 2016 from ITBP Force HQ. The Team had successfully scaled Mount Mukut East – 7135 mtrs on 5th June 2016.

ITBP has a unique achievement to record summits to 202 peaks through successful mountaineering expeditions over the years. For exemplary contribution to the field of mountaineering, 7 personnel of the Force have been awarded with Padma Shri while 11 personnel have received Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award.