The Indian Air Force, on an exciting new adventure, is all set to hoist the Indian tricolour on Mt. Dhaulagiri in Nepal.

Delhi: Apr. 16: This action is a part of the mountaineering expedition to the  8167 metres high mountain from Apr. 15 to Jun. 3. Its primary aim is to promote mountaineering in the IAF, thereby encouraging the Indian youth to join the forces.

“A team of twelve IAF mountaineers led by Group Capt RC Tripathi, would attempt to summit the peak,” a defence spokesperson said.

Suffice it to say that this is not the first experience of mountaineering by IAF team. Earlier in 2005, for the first time, it climbed Mt. Everest and hoisted Indian tricolour and the Indian Air Force flag on its top, bringing a moment of extreme pride to the country. Yet again, during the all women expedition in 2011, the tricolour was proudly hoisted on the summit of the same peak.

A fact which adds another jewel to the crown of the Indian Air Force is that Mt. Dhaulagiri, with the height of 8,167 metres, is the last peak to be conquered among the peaks above 8,000 metres.

Such an expedition exposes mountaineers to extreme weather conditions and rough circumstances day and night. We wish our valiant torchbearers all the best for their exciting endeavour.