Himalayan peaks beckon T mountaineers

Himalayan peaks beckon T mountaineers

Himalayan peaks beckon T mountaineers. Ranga Rao, an expert mountaineer who is also the founder of Adventure Club of Telangana State (formerly...

We are two weeks away from celebrating Telangana’s first birthday. Euphoria around the State’s Formation Day will be spread across many events but a team of seven Hyderabadis have decided to raise the stakes and ensure that the Telangana flag flutters quite high- 6,666 metres above sea level to be precise.

Ranga Rao interacting with children at an event held on Sunday

Ranga Rao, an expert mountaineer who is also the founder of Adventure Club of Telangana State (formerly Adventure Club of Andhra Pradesh) and six others will scale three peaks in the Ladakh region in a 15-day expedition.

They will traverse through the inhospitable terrain of three peaks namely- Golep Kangri (5,965 metres), Stok Kangri (6,140 metres) and Lungsar Kangri (6,666 metres) where they will erect the Telangana flag.

If successful, the team will enter its name in the Guinness Book of World Records and Limca Book of Records for scaling three summits in 15 days. “This expedition is a first-of-its-kind. It is definitely going to be a tough trek but that is what adventure is all about.

We intend to promote adventure activities amongst the youth of this State and encourage them to take up adventure sports through this mission,” says an enthusiastic Ranga Rao. “I am very excited to be part of this mission. I feel proud to be hail from Telangana,” avers Kiran, one of the mountaineers.

The idea was conceptualised by the team over six months ago. In order to up their fitness levels, the team has been running around the Tank Bund everyday for 10 km with a backpack which weighs around 20 kg. Last week, the team also went on a trek to Khammam.

But once the team reaches Ladakh their intial challenge will be to get acclimatised to the conditions. “It will take two to the three days for the body to get used to the conditions. During the trek, we will have to survive on dry fruits and a liquid diet,” explained Ranga Rao.

The mission, which costs anywhere between Rs 10 to 12 lakh, will be partly funded by the Amaze Infotainment while the rest will be pooled in by the team. The team is hoping that the State Government recognises their efforts.

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