UDHAMPUR: A Chadar Trek Team comprising 27 personnel of the Ladakh Scouts Regiment led by Col Amit Kotnala, Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion Ladakh Scouts, was flagged off by Major General Arvind Kapoor, Chief of Staff Fire & Fury Corps on behalf of Lt Gen YK Joshi, GOC, Fire and Fury Corps on 27 January 2019 at 1000hrs, from Chilling, on a four day Trek to Niraq covering a distance of over 70 Kms.
The Trek has been undertaken under the aegis of the Fire & Fury Corps, as an adventure activity for the troops of Ladakh Scouts Regiment, who being the ‘Son of the Soil’, are proficient in ice craft and mountain craft and physically fit to undertake the challenging task. The Team also comprises detachments from other Arms and Services for medical and communication support.
The frozen Zanskar river forms a means of communication between the Indus Valley and the remote Zanskar region which remains cut off from the rest of Ladakh during peak winter season. The frozen water forms a thick sheet of ice known as ‘Chadar’. Besides providing an opportunity to conquer the most inaccessible and formidable route to the Zanskar Valley, the Trek will also infuse a spirit of adventure and accomplishment among the rank and file of Ladakh Scouts Regiment, besides testing their physical and mental endurance to overcome the harsh terrain and climatic conditions.
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