2 Ladakh peaks, 17 conquerors - TSAF's 13-day expedition begins on August 29

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By OUR CORRESPONDENT
  • Published 18.08.12
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Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) has decided to send a 17-member expedition team to conquer two lofty peaks in the Leh-Ladakh region.

The group — the youngest member of which will be 16-year-old Delhi boy Aashu Singh — will leave for Ladakh on August 19.

Officials said TSAF manager Rajendra Singh Pal, fresh from his Everest exploits, would head the expedition of which his sister and ace climber Bachendri Pal is also expected to be a part. However, sources said that Pal had not confirmed her participation for the trek to Lungser Kangri (17,870ft) and Chhamser Kangri (21,730ft)

Besides Rajendra and Bachendri, all the others are from various wings of Tata Steel. The team members are Pratim Bhowmik and Susen Mahto (TSAF), Mazharul Bari (security), Swapan Bera (CRM Mills and Utilities Electrical), Diwakant Mishra (CRM), Ankur Kumar Jain and Hemant Gupta (Tata Steel's Kalinga Project), Aashu Singh, Vimal Kumar, Rohit Kumar Soren and Raman Kumar Mahto (machine shop), S.K. Verma (West Bokaro), Arunima Sinha (Lucknow), her brother Omprakash Sinha and Madhumita Kumari from Chandil in Seraikela-Kharsawan.

Addressing a news meet on Friday, TSAF secretary P.P. Kapadia said Lucknow’s Arunima (26) is a promising footballer who had been thrown out of a running train last year while she was on her way to Delhi. Arunima lost her left leg in the incident but it failed to deter her spirit.

“She requested Bachendri Pal to include her in the expedition for both the peaks,” Kapadia said.

Prodded about the itinerary, Rajendra Pal, who was also present during the news meet, said that the team would first travel to Delhi and then take a bus to Manali.

“From Manali, we will proceed to Jispa and take the route to Leh. We will start our expedition on August 29 after camping for three days at Korzok near Ladakh. The team will first go to a base camp located at an altitude of 16,125ft. Subsequently, we will keep making trips between Camp 1 (18,766ft) and Camp 2 (19,554ft) for acclimatisation before attempting the peaks,” he added.

The expedition is expected to be rounded off by September 11.

Besides Susen Mahto, Vimal Kumar, Rohit Kumar Soren and Raman Kumar Mahto, rest in the team have done basic mountaineering course.