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These 24 Indian Navy Women Braved Landslide Zones To Find A Route To Pindari Glacier

Published on 30 April, 2016 at 3:01 pm By

There are women and then there are super-women. They are not bound by convictions of a patriarchal society; they are bondless, bold and believers. The women of the Indian armed forces fall in the latter category.

A group of 24 women from the Indian Navy did something that proves that even sky is not the limit for Indian women.


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Led by Cmdr Priya Khurana, the all-women team charted a new trekking route along the Pindari Glacier in the higher terrains of Uttarakhand.

 

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In case you do not know, Pindari Glacier flows south of the Nanda Devi mountain in the Himalayan range.


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It is the source of the Pindari River which meets Alakananda at Karnaprayag in the Garhwal district. Just for the record, at 7,816 mtrs Nanda Devi is India’s highest peak.

 

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The new route is significant since the original trekking route, which was popular with adventure seekers, was destroyed in devastating 2013 floods in the state.

 

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The expedition organized by the Indian Navy from Mar 24 to Apr 2 was meant to introduce the women officers to extreme adventure sports.



And they did a fine job of it.

 

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Trekking began from Loharkhet on Mar 26. The 24 women braved the treacherous terrain full of boulders and snow blocks, and passed Dhakuri, Khati and Dwali.

 

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The arduous trek was challenging for the best of trekkers but the women did not give up. They kept on moving forward and navigated their way through six landslide zones.

 

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And on Mar 30, the team reached the Pindari Glacier zero point at 3353 mtrs.

The glacier which has a width of 1.5 kms and a length of 3.2 kms is so significant that the locals call it the ‘Soul of Kumaon’.

 

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All images courtesy Chandni Bhatnagar, who was part of the 24-member team.

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