Women Army Officers create history atop Bhagirathi-II


Dehradun, The Indian Army has kept alive the glorious tradition of sending the best officers to be part of our illustrious armed forces, and its not surprising when these ‘best’ amongst the best go on to create new records.

In the first amongst many, a team of 9 dedicated, determined women officers from the Indian Army created history atop Bhagirathi-II nestled in the Gangotri Valley of Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakashi District. Not only did the team summit the peak they went onto do yoga atop the peak, creating history.

Under the guidance and watchful eyes of Colonel Omendra K. Panwar, the officers performed yoga at a height of 19022 feet, setting a  new record and breaking the former record held by the Indian Army for performing Yoga at a height of 18,800 feet at Siachen Glacier.

Captain Richen Dolma, Captain Deepti Bhatt, Captain Mukta, Captain Ankita, Captain Neetu, Captain Tanya, Captain Bhumika and Captain Aparajita were part of the expedition team which set this new record. The team set off to summit Bhagirathi-II Peak on the 22nd of May, following which they set up base at Nandanvan base camp at 4400 mt.

Meantime inclement weather played spoil sport with heavy snow and hail pounding the area. But fighting all odds, the team carried on with their mission undeterred, although  a mountaineering team from Mumbai cut short their ascent to the summit due to the weather conditions, these women carried on regardless.

The women officers, “did not give up and they kept moving onwards, upwards under the leadership of Colonel Omendra K. Panwar,’ Captain Deepti Bhatt tells us, “going on to create history.