New Delhi, February 23: The Central Mountaineering Team of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) climbed the 20,177ft high Karzok Kangri peak in Ladakh in extreme weather conditions, Force officials said on Wednesday.
The ITBP team of six climbers was led by Commander Ratan Singh Sonal and Deputy Commander Anoop Negi. It was the first ever ascent of Mount Karzok Kangri, located in the cold desert of Ladakh. The minimum temperature here is minus 40 degrees Celsius now.
“The team did not use any special mountaineering equipment or support systems and completed the climb on February 20 with a high level of physical endurance and mutual group coordination,” the public relations manager said. from the ITBP, Vivek Kumar Pandey. The Force has completed more than 225 mountaineering expeditions, which is a distinctive record for the Force trained in mountain warfare, Pandey added.
Raised on October 24, 1962, the ITBP mainly guards 3,488 km long Indo-China borders from the Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh. Most of the ITBP border crossings (BOPs) are located at elevations ranging from 9,000 feet to 18,800 feet where temperatures drop to minus 45 degrees Celsius during winters. Cyber Crime in Noida: Retired ITBP Officer Duped for Rs 3 Lakh.
The ITBP is also a specialized armed police force in the country which trains its personnel in various disciplines including mountaineering and skiing, in addition to intensive tactical training, thus creating a distinctive image of the Force. It also conducts relief and rescue operations as “first responders” for natural calamities in the Himalayan region.
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