Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) mountaineers summit Himachal’s Leo Pargil Peak, Himachal Pradesh


Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) mountaineers summit Himachal’s Leo Pargil Peak

A group of mountaineers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have successfully scaled Himachal’s Leo Pargil Peak, which is 22,222 ft above sea level. The group of 12 members from ITBP team from Shimla successfully managed to finish the journey to the high mountain on August 31, 2020. With this, they have also created the record of finishing first such ascent during the Coronavirus pandemic.

ITBP, in its official statement, said, “The leader of this extremely challenging expedition was Deputy Commandant Kuldeep Singh while the deputy leader was Deputy Commandant Dharmendra. Head Constable Pradeep Negi, a native of Chitkul, the last border village in Kinnaur, climbed the peak for the second time.”

Pradeep Negi in this group is the only member who has also climbed Mt Everest, which is the world’s highest mountain, not once but twice. The team members went through all the training and did acclimatisation despite the pandemic situation.

About Leo Pargil Peak

Leo Pargil is counted among the toughest and one of the technical peaks in the country to take over. The peak remains covered with a sheet of white snow throughout the year, which makes it difficult to climb. Set in the remote Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, this Himalayan region is extremely beautiful. However, because of low oxygen, extreme harsh winters, and high altitude sicknesses, the place is considered quite difficult to live in.

About ITBP

ITBP is one of the fittest and toughest forces in the country. The force has been working in extremely cold conditions at high altitude terrain and given their tough training, the force was able to successfully finish their expedition. The force already has 213 successful mountaineering expeditions under their hat and this is their latest achievement.

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