Bachendri Pal to lead all women team aged above 50 in Himalayan expedition

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The first Indian lady to conquer world’s highest summit Mount Everest, Bachendri Pal will lead a 10-member team of women aged above 50 in a five-month lengthy expedition from japanese to western Himalaya starting in May.

The ‘FIT@50+ Women’s Trans Himalayan Expedition ’21’ will begin in the primary week of May from Arunachal Pradesh and canopy round 4,500 kilometres throughout about 40 mountain passes together with the 17,320 ft Lamkhaga Pass, thought of one of many hardest.

Organised by the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports beneath the FIT India banner, the expedition is slated to conclude in the Karakoram vary of Jammu and Kashmir in the second week of October.

“The expedition will inspire and motivate women of all age groups to include fitness activities in their daily lives to stay healthy,” the legendary Indian mountaineer advised PTI.

“In the pandemic era, women’s health and fitness plays a key role both in the families and towards nation building. The expedition will provide a hope and create a new path for senior citizens, including 50+ or even 60+, to pursue their dreams. It will also signify women empowerment,” she added.

The team members, drawn from throughout India, comprise three women Everest summiteers, retired professionals and homemakers.

The 10-member team will start the journey from the misty mountains of Arunachal Pradesh at Bomdila and can then enter Bhutan.

From there, the expedition will traverse via Bhutan, cross over into Sikkim and canopy Chitrey, Kala Pokhari and Sandakphu.

The team will then transfer into Nepal, the place the route enters Dhaulagiri vary and covers Salpa Pass, Lamajura Pass and likewise crosses Thorang la (17,769 ft) round Annapurna Massif.

From western Nepal, the path goes from Jumla and enters Kumaon district in Uttarakhand at Dharchula. From right here, the expedition will cross Lamkhaga Pass (17,320 ft) one of many hardest passes, which connects Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh with Harshil of Uttarakhand.

The team will then traverse to Himachal after which will trek via Spiti to cross Kaza, Kibber and cross Parang La (18,307 ft).

The expedition will conclude in the Leh-Ladakh area the place the team will cross Khardungla (18,380 ft), Saser La (17,753 ft), Depsang La (17,869 ft) and end at Karakoram Pass (18,175 ft).

Team:

Bachendri Pal, Leader (67 years, Jamshedpur), Chetna Sahoo (54, Kolkata), Savita Dhapwal (52, Bhilai), Shamala Padmanabhan (64, Mysuru), Gangorti Soneji (62, Baroda), Chaula Jagirdar (63, Palanpur), Payo Murmu (53, Jamshedpur), Dr Sushma Bissa (55, Bikaneer), Major Krishna Dubey (59, Lucknow), and Bimbla Deoskar (55, Nagpur)

Support employees: Mohan Rawat (41), Amla Rawat (47) and Randev Singh (30), all from Uttarakhand.

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