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7 Odias all set to scale new heights

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Updated: May 5, 2012, 11:56 AM IST
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7 Odias all set to scale new heights
BHUBANESWAR: Seven Odias with different kinds of physical and mental disabilities are all set to conquer Mt Stok Kangri of the Him..

BHUBANESWAR: Seven Odias with different kinds of physical and mental disabilities are all set to conquer Mt Stok Kangri of the Himalayas.
 At a height of 20,086 ft, the peak is located in Stok Ranges of Western Himalayas in Leh-Ladakh region. The seven people with disabilities (PWDs) will embark on Mission Shikhar, a 12-day trek from Leh, to scale the peak in August.
 On Friday, Governor Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare flagged off their expedition from the State. The team is headed by adventure sportsman Susanta Kumar Das who will be the chief of mission while Ganesh Jena, who had scaled Mt Everest last year, will be the deputy chief of mission and provide technical assistance to the team.
 According to Das, Mission Shikhar will be a step ahead and a bit tougher which will show what PWDs can achieve in adventure sports. Prior to the expedition, a preparatory camp will be held at Kalath Base Camp in Manali from May 9 to 15 where the team will undergo training in rock climbing, rappelling, jummarring, rope activities, river crossing, obstacles and high altitude gaining practices. After successful completion of the training and assessment of their fitness, the final team will be formed.
 The seven members are Bhagaban Pati, Rabindra Kumar Dalei, K Khetrabasi, Santosh Kumar Sethi and Tripathi Majhi (all visually-challenged), Susanta Mallick (orthopaedically-challenged) and Shanta Swarup Jena (intellectually-challenged). Debendranath Memorial Charitable Trust has been hosting the expedition with support from Odisha Association for the Blind, Trek India and Himalayan Institute of Adventure Sports, Manali.
 In 2010, eight physically-challenged persons from the State had successfully completed the National Himalayan Trekking Expedition by scaling the Sarkundi Pass at 12,900 ft in Himachal Pradesh.

First Published: May 5, 2012, 11:56 AM IST
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