In the first of its kind expedition, the India Air Force (IAF) flagged off a tri-services all-women mountaineering crew to Mt. Manirang (21,625 ft) to commemorate 75th Independence Day celebrations ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mohotsav’.
The team of 15 mountaineers led by Wing Commander ‘Bhavana Mehra’, aims to scale the 21,625 feet high peak and unfurl the Indian National Flag at the summit on the upcoming Independence Day. The expedition was flagged off by Air Marshal VPS Rana VSM, who is Air Officer-in-Charge Administration.
Further, the Air Marshal encouraged the all-women expedition team to succeed in reaching their aim. The Air Marshal also praised the efforts put in by the organisers to facilitate the expedition.
Tweeting about the expedition the Indian Air Force wrote:
IAF today flagged off a first of its kind all women tri-Services mountaineering expedition to Mt Manirang (21,625 ft).
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) August 1, 2021
The other 14 members in the team are Wing Commander N Linyu, Wing Commander Vyomika Singh, Wing Commander Nirupama Pandey, Wing Commander Lalita Mishra, flight Lieutenant Komal Pahuja, Lt Colonel Geetanjali Bhatt, Major Saumya Shukla, Major Veenu Mor, Major Usha Kumari, Major Rachna Hooda, Lieutenant Commander Nandini Damroy, Lieutenant Commander Sino Wilson, Lieutenant Commander Chham Kumari, and lieutenant Commander Renu Ramdurg.
Mt Manirang: The crown of Spiti valley
Located at the border of the Kinnaur and Spiti districts of Himachal Pradesh, Mt Manirang is one of the highest mountains in the country. Among the High altitude passes in the Himalayan region of Spiti valley, the Manirang Pass is located close to the peak and is one of the early trade routes between the Kinnaur and Spiti districts.
This pass is considered as one of the least explored mountain passes in the Indian Himalayas. Mount Manirang with an altitude of (6,593 meters / 21,625.04 feet) is known as the crown of the Spiti valley, is an ultimate challenge for the mountaineers.
Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav
‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ was launched by the National Cadet Corps (NCC) to celebrate 75 years of India’s independence. The launch was planned for the NCC to promote Social Service and Community Development activities through various innovative means throughout the nation as a run-up to 75 years of India’s Independence to be celebrated on 15 August 2021.
The Mahotsav is aligned with PM Modi’s vision of building a new Aatmanirbhar Bharat by the year 2022. To commemorate the monumental occasion, all departments and Ministries of the Government of India will host a set of activities for a resurgent, Aatmanirbhar Bharat.