Mountaineering expedition to climb the unscaled peaks of Harsil in India
Trivendra Singh Rawat, the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, flagged off a mountaineering expedition to the Horn of Harsil on Friday. These two are some of the unscaled peaks of India in the Harsil valley of Uttarkashi district.
The expedition was a joint effort and was organized by the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Corporation, the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) and the State Disaster Response Force. The 12-member mountaineering team reached Uttarkashi on Saturday, 23rd Nov. They have set a target to climb the never-before-climbed peak in 5-6 days.
Rawat wished the team all the best at the time of the flag-off. He said that such expeditions should aim to spread the message of environmental conservation through tree plantation and putting an end to the use of polythene and single-use plastic.
The expedition leader, Colonel Amit Bisht, is also the principal of NIM and he shared some details about the Horn of Harsil expedition. He said that the Horn of Harsil is a group of two steep peaks situated at an altitude of nearly 4,800m and 5,300m above sea level in Harsil area of Bhatwari block. Base camp will be set up on Sunday and the team will climb these unnamed and unscaled peaks within three to four days.
Gangotri MLA Gopal Singh Rawat said, “Such expeditions to the unscaled peaks of India will promote winter tourism and adventure sports in the district. This will eventually help to boost the local economy. The government is putting a lot of effort to boost tourism in Uttarakhand by launching various schemes and organising different events. However, it will be fruitful only if people adopt such schemes and run tourism-based enterprises in their villages.”