Madras Regiment's ace unit accomplishes 150 km expedition

The Madras Regiment's ace unit took 150 km 'adventure trekking expedition' in Himachal Pradesh hills to infuse the spirit of sportsmanship and encourage adventure activities.

PTI| Updated: Nov 15, 2014, 17:00 PM IST

Jammu: The Madras Regiment's ace unit took 150 km 'adventure trekking expedition' in Himachal Pradesh hills to infuse the spirit of sportsmanship and encourage adventure activities.

An 'adventure trekking expedition' was undertaken from Mcleodganj to Chamba Valley via Indrahar Pass from October 28 to November 6 by a team of 3rd Battalion, The Madras Regiment, PRO Defence, Jammu, Lt Col Maneesh Mehta said here today.

The expedition team comprised of one officer, one Junior Commissioned Officer, and officers of 15 other ranks, he added.

The expedition team traversed a distance of 150 km during this period, passing through the mountainous terrain of Chamba Valley along the foothills of Mcleodganj at heights ranging from 1,643 m to 4,370 m, covering areas that were glaciated and snowbound, Lt Col Mehta said.

"The expedition was undertaken to infuse spirit of sportsmanship, encourage adventure activities, and venerate Regiment's long association with adventure activities," he said.

The Battalion has the rare distinction of serving on the highest battlefield in the world, 'Siachen Glacier', not once but twice, Lt Col Mehta said.

Primarily an adventure activity, the trekking expedition was aimed at instilling a sense of adventure and espirit-de-corps among the troops, apart from bringing them closer to nature, he added.

Giving further details, he said, during the 10 days trek, the team also visited the local villages and enhanced their awareness about the Indian army, exhorted the locals to preserve the flora and fauna of the picturesque Dhauladhar Ranges and encouraged them to keep the pristine hills clean as part of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'.

The expedition was conducted successfully and was flagged off by the General Officer Commanding, Gurj Division on November 6.