An ITBP team from Uttarakhand captured the 21,050m Balbala peak in the Garhwal Himalayas in Chamoli district on Sept. 4.
It is the first time that an Indian team has climbed the summit, an ITBP official told PTI in Dehradun on Tuesday.
Before that, a Swiss expedition team had climbed it in 1947.
ITBP Sector Level Mountaineering Expedition (SHQ Dehradun) Codenamed ‘Parakram’ reached the summit of Mt Balbala (21,050 feet) on September 4, 2021. The expedition was launched on August 7, 2021 from 1st Battalion, Joshimath, Uttarakhand. First ever summit at Balbala by an expedition after 1947. pic.twitter.com/sslzXeqOi4
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Led by ITBP assistant commander Bhim Singh, the six-man mountaineering expedition had flagged off from Joshimath on Aug. 7, he said.
By battling the vagaries of the weather and going through the standard acclimation process, the ITBP team captured the peak in 27 days and marked it by throwing the Indian flag on top, he said.