A 20-member team of the Indian Army on Tuesday completed its long, challenging and adventurous Trans Arunachal Mountain Terrain Cycling Expedition covering a distance of 1494 km within a span of 30 days.
The team was flagged off on October 25 last, from Khirmu in Arunachal Pradesh.
The expedition team traversed through the high altitude regions (9000-15000 ft) of Arunachal Pradesh starting from Khirmu to Pasighat which finally culminated at Missamari in Assam.
Despite the odds of rugged terrain, high altitude conditions, snow covered tracks and rains, the expedition team completed this formidable challenge, showcasing the grit, determination and indomitable spirit of the Indian Army.
Apart from promoting a spirit of adventure among the troops, the expedition team reached out to the local populace in far flung areas including school children, ex-servicemen and next of kins of our valiant martyrs, thereby spreading the message of national integration and solidarity.
The expedition team also conducted medical camps at nine remote locations for the local populace.
The team also spread the message of nature conservation among the local populace by planting saplings at schools, monasteries and villages.
Negotiating through the steep passes of Sela (13700 ft), Bomdila (9500 ft), and Y-Junction (15200 ft), the spirited expedition team reached its final destination Missamari wherein, it was flagged in by general officer commanding, Missamari Military Station.
The officer appreciated the achievements of the expedition team and highlighted the role of adventure activities in Army to inculcate leadership qualities, camaraderie, team spirit and resolve to achieve victory against all odds.