Lt Gen AK Sharma, General Officer Commanding 16 Corps flagged off a Mountaineering Expedition to Mount Kang Yatse from Nagrota on August 19, 2017. The Mountaineering Expedition was timed to commemorate the 71st Independence Day and mark the impervious tenacity, unflinching resolve and the never say die spirit of the White Knight Corps.
Located in the daunting Zanskar Range, the peak is over 21000 feet in altitude and involves scaling of two peaks part of the same massif, Kang Yatse–I and II. The 38 days long expedition encompassed negotiating treacherous terrain with altitudes ranging from 12000 feet to 21000 feet under sub-zero temperatures on a self-contained basis. The team being led by Major Varun Joshi, is a rich composition of experience and youth with members having summited multiple technical peaks in the past.
Approachable from the beautiful town of Leh, a road head till Spituk marks the commencement of the arduous trek to the base camp of Kang Yatse. The route also crosses Hemis National Park, a high altitude national park, believed to have the highest density of snow leopards of any protected area in the world.
While flagging off, the General Officer Commanding complimented the team and conveyed his appreciation towards the zeal and enthusiasm shown by the mountaineers to undertake this expedition.