ITBP high-altitude cycling flagged off

Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 12:00 [IST]

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ITBP high-altitude cycling flagged off

SE Report
State Roads & Bridges minister Samdup Lepcha on Saturday flagged off a frontier level cycling expedition from the 11th ITBP battalion camp at Pegong near Chungthang in North Sikkim.
The cycling expedition organised by the 11th ITBP battalion is from Pegong and concludes on November 5 at higher altitudes of Gurudongmar Lake close to the Indo-China border.
The expedition has 18 participants who are well trained in high altitude mountaineering and expeditions. They will cover a distance of 218 km in extreme high altitude of above 17,000 ft and difficult terrain, a press release informs.
Addressing the Himveers of the unit, minister Lepcha appreciated the good work being done by the 11th ITBP battalion under the guidance of commandant Rahul Yadav.
“The expedition is a part of the policy of ITBP to encourage sports and adventure in the force. During this expedition, various other activities like medical/veterinary camps, Covid-19 related awareness campaign, awareness regarding government schemes and ITBP recruitment opportunities, and distribution of hygiene and sanitation items to the villages falling enroute would be undertaken”, stated the press release.
11th ITBP battalion commandant Rahul Yadav, deputy commandant Avinash Vikash Vardhan, Chungthang sub-divisional officials and local senior citizens were present during the flag-off function.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi