CM flags off Sikkimese mountaineer on Ama Dablam expedition.

GANGTOK, 22 Dec: Chief Minister PS Tamang has flagged off an expert mountaineer from Sikkim, Shanti Rai for an international mountain expedition to Ama Dablam in Himalayan range in Eastern Nepal here at Mintokgang on Tuesday. She is a part of an international expedition having members from five countries and she is the only from India. She is a senior instructor of Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure and Ecotourism [IHCAE], Chemchey and has already scaled around 25 mountains so far in Himalayan range.

Ama Dablam is a mountain in the Eastern Himalayan Range in Nepal and its main peak is 6,812 meters and Ama Dablam means ‘Mother's necklace’. It is informed that Ama Dablam has been considered as a difficult and very technical peak for mountaineering.

In the flag-off ceremony organized by the Tourism Department, the CM expressed his best wishes to Shanti Rai for a successful expedition. He further stated that it was really a matter of pride that a Sikkimese was representing the country in an international mountain expedition. He assured to provide all possible support from the state government in such adventurous activities in the national and international levels.

Likewise, Shanti Rai expressed her happiness on getting the opportunity to represent the country in this international mountain expedition. She stated that the winter expedition on the difficult peak of Ama Dablam was a big challenge and expressed her happiness on being the part of such difficult and technical climbing. She also expressed her gratitude to everyone for supporting her in the journey of mountaineering.

Earlier, IHCAE Deputy Director, Kazi Sherpa mentioned that Ama Dablam has been considered among difficult peaks to climb and technically challenging for mountaineers. He informed that Shanti Rai was the only mountaineer from India in this around month-long expedition. He mentioned that the expedition has mountaineers from Mexico, Onam, Turkey and Egypt. He mentioned that Shanti Rai has already scaled around 25 peaks in Himalayan range so far.

On the occasion, Krishna Rai, the wife of the CM, Tourism Minister BS Panth and officials of Tourism and Civil Aviation Department have also expressed their best wishes to the mountaineer by offering khadas.