New Delhi, 6 June, 2016. Known for mountaineering skills, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) mountaineers successfully scaled Mt. Mukut East (Ht 7135 Mtrs) and added another feather in their cap of series of successful mountaineering expeditions.
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. After rigorous physical training and having being fully equipped with latest snow and rock equipments, the Mt Mukut expedition team reached Mana Valley. The Team was a mix of experienced and fresh mountaineers of the Force.
After arrival to the Mana Valley, the Expedition team established Camp-I at Ht 5087 Mtrs on 22nd May 2016. Team established Camp-II at Ht 5326 Mtrs after acclimatization on 25th May, 2016. On 30th May, 2016, the Team established Camp-III after facing many climatic and geographical obstacles at Ht. 5620 Mtrs. To negotiate and finally summit the peak, the Team established a Summit Camp at Ht 6440 Mtrs.
On 5th June, 2016 at around 1330 Hrs, the team successfully scaled the Peak- Mt Mukut East Ht 7135 Mtrs. Dy Leader of Mt Mukut Expedition Sh. R.S. Sonal, 2 nd In Command, Constable Nurbo Wangdus, Constable Sanjay Kumar, Constable Kapil Rana, Constable Biman Biswas, Constable Rajesh Bhatta Rai and Passang Sherpa- a high altitude porter were successful summiteers who unfurled National and ITBP Flags at the peak. Apart from the Deputy leader, all mountaineers were first time summiteers to any peak. Another group of mountaineers are also expected to try another summit to the peak in a day or two.
ITBP now has an unique achievement to record summits to 202 peaks through successful mountaineering expeditions by the Force 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.
ITBP is deployed for guarding Himalayan (Indo-china) border since its raising in 1962. The Force is known for its area of expertise in mountaineering and other adventure sports. The Force is primarily deployed on high altitude Indo-China border on Border Out Posts situated on altitudes ranging from 9,000 ft to 18,700 ft where at times temperature dips up to (-) 45 degree Celsius.