Indian mountaineering Foundation (IMF) flagged off its mountaineering expedition to Mount Saser Kangri-1 (7672m) in Himalayas on Tuesday.
The 20 member team includes members from Indian Army, ITBP and civilians.
Col I S Thapa one of the leading and experienced mountaineers, is the leader of the expedition. Col Thapa has vast experience of mountaineering, having served as Principal of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM), Uttarkashi, and also OC, Siachen Battle School. The team includes experienced mountaineers form ITBP posted in Ladakh region, a defense handout said.
The expedition was flagged off from Leh by Lt Gen SK Patyal, Corps Commander Fire and Fury Corps which also marks the 17th anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas.
Saser Kangri-1 is the third highest climbable peak in Indian Himalayas and the highest peak in the Saser massif in the eastern Karakoram. It is also known as the mountain of The Yellow Goddess. It was first climbed in 1973 from the Shyok side. The team will attempt the mountain from the Nubra valley and the summit attempt will be made from the western approach.
The team will establish road head camp on 27th July and after establishing five camps including base camp, the team will attempt the summit around August end and is expected to return by first week of September.