National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 11 June 2018
Indian Army planned a Women officers mountaineering expedition to Mt Bhagirathi-II in the month May-June 2018. This was a pre-monsoon expedition and scaling mighty Bhagirathi is not an easy task as the mountain is heavily snow clad after the long winters in Garhwal himalayas.
According to sources, when the team was trekking towards the Base Camp the team encountered a civil expedition team of BARC (Bhabha Atomic Research Center), Mumbai who also went to summit the Bhagirathi peak but were not successful because of thick layers of uneven snow & rock in the last 1500 ft of the summit.
On the face of new information, team got little tensed but more determined to summit because where everyone gives up and all hopes are shattered Indian Army rise like a Phoenix from Maa Bharti and do what others say is tough or impossible.
The team of 9 Lady officers under the dynamic leadership of Expedition Leader Col Omender K Pawar, not only scaled the mighty Bhagirathi-II peak but also set a new World record of performing Yoga at highest altitude by conducting and practising Yoga at 19022ft, breaking the previous World record, which was again of Indian Army of performing Yoga at 18800ft in Siachen Glacier area (as per Limca Book of Records).
The team of these nine women officers made three mark in history under able & professional guidance of Col OK Pawar as it is the first time all the members of climbing team summited and also this is the biggest and first ever team of women doing yoga at highest altitude anywhere in the world .
Indian Army Women officers Mt Bhagirathi- II expedition culminated with yoga attempt to commemorate World Yoga Day which will be celebrated on 21 June 2018 under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi.
Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 17 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.