Reckong Peo : Commander 136 Independent Infantry Brigade Group today flagged off a joint cycling and trekking expedition of Indian Army and Indian Tibetan Boarder Police (ITBP) from Pooh in Tribal district Kinnaur.
Deputy Commandant of ITBP said the aim of the expedition was to enhance joint-man-ship and cohesiveness between Army and ITBP besides to make the people of far-flung and hard areas to aware about Swachh Bharat & Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Abhiyan and various health schemes.He informed the team comprises of 3 officers, 2 Junior commissioned officers and 12 other ranks from 16 Punjab (Patiala) and 2nd Battalion ITBP Baweli in Kullu district.
The joint expedition will be covered in two phases. First phase encompasses 63 kilometer of trekking over a period of four days from Batal to Baralacha La pass along the treacherous terrain of Lahaul-Spiti valley and the second phase featured cycling for 224 kilometers over a period of five days from Baralacha Lal pass to Babeli in the picturesque high altitude areas of Kullu valley.During the expedition, the team will establish and organize medical camps at Jispa and Sissu enroute. This would be the second expedition of its kind aimed to boost camaraderie between Army and ITBP in the field of adventurism and go a long way to promote interoperability between the two forces, he added.