All-women team of Indian Navy scales Pindari glacier

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) An all-women team of the Indian Navy has completed a high altitude trek to Pindari Glacier at a height of 3,353 metres, thereby opening an alternate route, after the original route was damaged in the Uttarakhand floods of 2013.

An official statement from the Indian Navy on Tuesday said the team led by Cdr. Priya Khurana comprised 24 women officers.

The trek that started on March 24, concluded on April 2.

The aim was to introduce the women officers to the extreme adventure sport of mountaineering.

“The team had to face treacherous terrain of gravel and boulders and snow blocks thereby making personnel movement a difficult task,” said the statement.

A total of six landslide zones were encountered enroute.

With the original trek route being damaged in the 2013 floods in Uttarakhand, the team opened an alternate route along the Pindari river to reach its destination.

The team started its descent on March 30, reaching Loharkhet on March 31, and Delhi on April 2.

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