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Indo-Bangla joint bid to conquer Gangotri peak

At a time when the entire country — West Bengal in particular — is mourning the loss of four of its mountaineers in the icy slopes of the Everest and Dhaulagiri in the space of a week, a joint team of 10 climbers from Bengal and Bangladesh will set out to scale Mount Gangotri-1 in Uttarakhand on August 1.

kolkata Updated: Jun 01, 2016 17:04 IST
Three members of the Indian team. (L-R) Dipankar Ghosh, Soumya Mukherjee and Rajib Pal.
Three members of the Indian team. (L-R) Dipankar Ghosh, Soumya Mukherjee and Rajib Pal.

Indo-Bangla cooperation will now bloom at a height of 6,672 metres where not a blade of grass grows. At a time when the entire country — West Bengal in particular — is mourning the loss of four of its mountaineers in the icy slopes of the Everest and Dhaulagiri in the space of a week, a joint team of 10 climbers from Bengal and Bangladesh will set out to scale Mount Gangotri-1 in Uttarakhand on August 1.

There will be five climbers from each country. Incidentally, all five members are from Bhadrakali Padatik Club, the same organisation that Rajib Bhattacharya belonged to. Rajib died while climbing down from the Dhaulagiri peak on May 19. The climbers from Bangladesh are members of Bangla Mountaineering and Trekking Club, Dhaka.

Read: Indian climber Rajib Bhattacharya dies while descending Mt. Dhaulagiri

“If everything goes well, we will set off on August 1 from Kolkata. We connected through Facebook with the mountaineers from Bangladesh and they proposed the joint expedition. We were only happy to agree,” said Soumya Mukherjee, a 44-year-old climber who is part of the team. “The message is of friendship between the two countries. The border separates people who share a common language and the same culture,” Mukherjee added.

The Bengal team will be led by Dipankar Ghosh, one of the most experienced climbers from the state and who has set foot on Mount Everest peak. Abdul Mohit, a two-time Everest climber, will be leading the Bangladesh team, which will also have a woman in the group.

“We knew Rajib for a long time and he was a dear friend. If he had been alive he would have been part of this team. We are in a state of shock but mountaineering must go on,” said Soumya.

The joint team will start from Kolkata and go to Gangotri via Haridwar and Uttarkashi. From Gangotri, the perilous part of the ascent will begin.

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