PUNE: To commemorate 250 years of the Maratha Light Infantry (MLI) regiment, a mountaineering expedition to Mount Kun, towering at an altitude of 7,077 metres (23,218 feet) and located around 60 km south of Kargil, has been undertaken by the regiment.
Lieutenant General DR Soni, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command, flagged off the expedition on Tuesday in presence of Lt Gen Manoj Pande, Chief of Staff, Headquarters Southern Command, Brigadier Govind Kalwad, Commandant of the Maratha Light Infantry and other senior Army officers. The flag off also included handing over a symbolic ice axe by the Army Commander to Lt Col Yogesh Dhumal, the team leader of the expedition.
The team comprises 30 members with three officers, three Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and 24 Other Ranks (Ors). The team will carry out the pre-expedition training in Sonamarg, near Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, focusing on endurance, technical skills, first aid and communications before proceeding for the summit for which they will be establishing four camps at increasing altitudes.
Mount Kun is famed for its arduous terrain, steep gradients, unreliable weather conditions and sub-zero temperatures. The rarefied atmosphere and low levels of oxygen aggravate the difficulty of climbing the mountain. Such a daunting challenge is a true tribute to the courage and sacrifice of the soldiers descending from the legacy of the greatest Maratha warrior, Chhatrapati Shivaji and his mountain hardened ‘Mavalas’ of the Sahyadri Ranges.