Dehradun, Oct 8: Amid the coronavirus outbreak and limitations imposed due to it, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) the mountaineers successfully climbed the Gangotri II peak (21,615 Ft) in Uttarakhand on September 26, said the force on Thursday.
The mountaineer's team included "a total of nine members of the ITBP team from Sector Headquarters ITBP Dehradun climbed the peak successfully at 8.20 am on September 26, 2020, after continuous eight hours climb on the day," said the ITBP said in a press release.
Deputy Commandant Dipender Singh Mann led the extremely challenging expedition, while Assistant Commandant Bheem Singh was the deputy leader of the team. "Head Constable Rajesh Chandra Ramola, Constable Pradeep Panwar, Santender Kundi, Harender Singh, Ashok Singh Rana, Arun Prasad, and Goving Prasad also reached to the summit," the force said.
This feat was a part of the 53-member mountaineering expedition that was launched on September 9 from Uttarkashi."These team members took all training and did acclimatization in spite of limitations of the corona crisis. Gangotri II peak is considered one of the technical peaks in India to climb. The team established five base camps in the mission. This snow-covered difficult peak is located in Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand," it added.
This was the second such ascent by ITBP troops during the COVID-19 pandemic. On August 31, amid the coronavirus pandemic, the mountaineers of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) of Sector Headquarters Shimla had climbed 22,222 ft high Leo Pargil peak located in Himachal Pradesh.