Today, Rajnath Singh, Raksha Mantri of India, was flagged in the Indian Army Skiing Expedition, ARMEX-21, in New Delhi.
It was conducted in the mountain ranges of the Himalayan region to promote adventure activity in the country and the Indian Army.
On 10 March, the expedition was flagged off at Karakoram Pass in Ladakh and, on 6 July, culminated at Malari in Uttarakhand. It covered a distance of 1,660 km in 119 days.
The team traveled through several passes of 5,000-6,500 m, glaciers, valleys, and rivers during the expedition and interacted with the local population of the far-flung areas. Detailed information about several hitherto unchartered areas along the international boundary and the hinterland was also gathered by the team.
Rajnath Singh congratulated the team on the successful completion of the challenging expedition and lauded them for their courage and resilience. He also termed the expedition as extraordinary, and said not only did the team completed a thrilling journey, but also conducted an operational recce of the region. The Raksha Mantri also said that the success of ARMEX-21 will inspire a new generation of adventurers across the nation.
Major AK Singh, the team leader, shared his experience and said that there were several occasions when their resolve was tested. The team members also explained how traversing long distances in the high mountains differs from scaling of peaks which is the more common form of adventure activity in the mountains and talked about how they were able to cover long distances by use of skis. They covered 66 km in a day while crossing the Lamkhaga Pass.
During the flag in the ceremony, Chief of the Army Staff General MM Naravane and senior officers of the Indian Army were present.