New Delhi, Oct.31 (ANI): India and Nepal have taken their bilateral military ties to a new level by recently completing the first ever Joint Indo-Nepal Women Officers' Ecological Himalayan Trek in Nepal.
The trek was conducted from October 8 to October 25 this year. A total of ten Indian lady officers led by Major Reema Sobti were flagged-off by Lt Gen Ramesh Halgali, between India and Nepal, the aegis of Lt Gen Ramesh Halgali, Director General of Military Training, 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 the Kakani War Memorial, Nagarkot, the 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 the 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 Kathmandu.
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 Commandant of Nepalese Staff College and various other senior dignitaries attended the event.
Major Reema Sobti presented a memento on behalf of Lt Gen Ramesh Halgali.
The adventure is the first of its kind military-to-military interaction between the two nations. (ANI)