New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): For the first time ever, a joint Indo-Nepal Women Officers' 'Ecological Himalayan Trek' was conducted in Nepal from October 8 to 25.
This trek was organised under the aegis of Lt Gen Ramesh Halgali, SM, Director General of Military Training.
A total of ten Indian Lady Officers led by Maj Reema Sobti were flagged-off by Lt Genalgali on October 7.
The team was selected after selection trials conducted at the prestigious Army Mountaineering Institute, Siachen Base Camp. The team moved from New Delhi to Kathmandu on October 8, where they trekked to areas in and around Kathmandu for a period of five days covering famous tourist locales like Kakani War Memorial, Nagarkot, Pashupatinath Temple, and the world heritage town of the Pattan.
Lt Col Ram Rana and Major Rupak Jung Thapa from the Nepalese Army along with eleven lady officers of Nepalese Army joined the Indian Team in Kathmandu.
The ten-day actual trek period was routed through the picturesque and world famous Annapurna Trek Route commencing from Nayapul, the traditional starting point of the route.
The group then moved along Ghandruk, Chhomrong, Dovan, Deurali, Machhepuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp at the height of 4130 meters. The group was lucky to witness the first snowfall of the season and view the famous Annapurna Massif and the breathtaking 'Fish Tail Mountain'. From ABC, as it is more popularly known as, the trek then descended to Sinua and moved to Tadapani and Ghorepani.
While the former is known so in the native language for the waters located far away, the latter is known so because in the past, water was brought in the region by the horses.
The acting Chief of Nepalese Army, the Director General of Military Training and Defence Attache of the Indian Army interacted with the team.
The General congratulated the lady officers on successful completion of the trek and said that more such events should be organized in the near future.
The trek finally culminated at Tatopani, the famous 'Hot Water Sulphur Springs', from where after the officers' then moved to Pokhra and the Nepalese hosts organised a farewell party for the officers at the Army HQ's Mess in Kathmandu, where the Indian lady officers were felicitated by the DGMT of the Nepalese Army.
The event was attended by Commandant of Nepalese Staff College and various other senior dignitaries. Major Reema Sobti, Indian team leader, presented a memento on behalf of Lt Gen Ramesh Halgali, SM, Director General of Military Training, Indian Army.
This adventure exposure to the magnificent Himalayan region is the first of its kind military-to-military interaction between the two nations.
This adventure exposure to the magnificent Himalayan region is the first of its kind military-to-military interaction between the two nations. (ANI)