A 16-member team of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) successfully climbed the Leo Pargil peak at a height of 22,222 feet in Himachal Pradesh.
12 members of the ITBP mountaineering team were able to reach the peak out of the 16 members who started the summit. The team began its journey from Sector Headquarters ITBP Shimla and finished the summit on 31st August to record the first ever summit amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
“The leader of this extremely challenging expedition was Deputy Commandant Kuldeep Singh and Deputy Leader was Deputy Commandant Dharmendra. Head Constable Pradeep Negi, a native of Chhitkul, the last border village in Kinnaur, climbed the peak for the second time. Pradeep has earlier also climbed the world’s highest mountain- the Mt Everest twice,” said ITBP in a statement.
In spite of the limitations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the country, the summit team took all training and performed acclimatisation in record time.
“Leo Pargil peak is considered one of the toughest and technical peaks in India to climb. This snow-covered difficult peak is located in the remote Lahaul Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. This remote Himalayan have problems of low oxygen, extreme cold, and high altitude sicknesses,” added ITBP.
The ITBP is considered to be one of the fittest and toughest paramilitary force in the world and is known to work in extremely cold high altitude terrain and harsh climatic conditions.
The ITBP has earned the credit of completing 213 mountaineering expeditions till date and has been able to set a new record.