Naval personnel scale new heights

Naval personnel scale new heights
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Naval personnel of Eastern Naval Command set foot on highest peaks of Himalayas on the Indian side. The 13 member team assisted by six Sherpas embarked on this courageous mission and of them nine members scaled Mount Kamet located in Gharwal region of Uttarakhand on June 2.

Visakhapatnam: Naval personnel of Eastern Naval Command set foot on highest peaks of Himalayas on the Indian side. The 13 member team assisted by six Sherpas embarked on this courageous mission and of them nine members scaled Mount Kamet located in Gharwal region of Uttarakhand on June 2.

The expedition team returned to the city and was felicitated by Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command on Wednesday.Mount Kamet, at 7,756 metres, is the third highest peak of the country and the highest peak that is open to mountaineers in India (Kanchancunga and Nandadevi are prohibited for climbing) had remained untouched for the past eight years from the Southern route.

  • Nine summiteers set their foot on Mount Kamet and unfurl Indian flag on the third highest peak in India
  • The team negotiated dangerous terrain muddled with deep crevasses and long rocky moraines to achieve a rare feat

The fact that nine climbers summitted together (the highest numbers of summiteers on Mt. Kamet ever) is testimony to the preparedness, strength and determination of the team. The icing on the cake was the successful summit of Mount Abi Gamin, another peak above 7,000 metres in the Kamet Massif by four members of the team on June 4.

The expedition was flagged off by Vice Admiral Bisht on April 29 and led by Commander S Karthikeyan. The other summiteers include Lt Yogesh Tiwari (the deputy leader), Lt BP Upadhyay, Lt Rajinikant Yadav, Lt Anant Kukreti, S Sehrawat , Rakesh Kumar, Maharana and AS Rana.

The team established five higher camps, with the summit camp at an attitude of 7,080 m. Eleven out of thirteen members reached the summit camp, while the remaining two members including the team doctor reached camp III which was established at 6,300 m.

The expedition, which spanned almost 40 days, saw the team negotiate dangerous terrain muddled with deep crevasses and long rocky moraines before ascending near vertical rock and ice slopes and unfurling the National Flag and Naval Ensign atop Kamet.

Earlier in May, seven members of the ENC were part of another successful naval expedition to the twin peaks of Jogin I and III situated in the Gangotri region at a height of 6465 and 6133 meters.

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