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Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh flags-in India's first multi-dimensional adventure sports expedition conducted by NIMAS in France

Press Information Bureau:  January 10, 2022

On January 7, 2022, Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh flagged off India's first multi-dimensional adventure sports expedition in France, organised by the National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS). The mission took place in November 2021, with a team of 12 persons - eight Army officials and four Arunachal Pradesh teenagers - led by Director of NIMAS Colonel Sarfaraz Singh.

Shri Rajnath Singh met with some of the team members who were in New Delhi. He presented gratitude plaques to the team and congratulated them on finishing the excursion without any accidents. The expedition team's flagging-in ice-axe was given to the Raksha Mantri by the team leader. On the occasion, Defence Secretary Dr. Ajay Kumar and other Ministry of Defence officials were also present.

The expedition team trekked nearly 250 kilometres in the Alps Mountain Ranges, including the Tour De Mont Blanc excursion, which took them across the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps. The paragliding crew completed 19 jumps/flights from various peak points on the Alps to the valley bottom. It was followed by 975 kilometres of riding across France, Switzerland, and Belgium from the Alps Mountain Ranges to the English Channel near Dunkirk. The cycling exercise took place in bitterly cold conditions, with the team cycling for an average of 9-10 hours each day without the use of a logistic truck.

Twelve deep scuba dives in the Mediterranean Sea capped out the Multi-Dimensional Expedition. During each adventure activity in the air, on land, and underwater, the team hoisted and unfurled the Tricolour. The expedition's team leader, who had the necessary qualifications and experience in mountaineering, cycling, paragliding, and scuba diving, took part in all four adventurous sports.

On October 27, 2021, Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Ajay Bhatt launched off the trip as part of the 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.' At the Indian Embassy in Paris, Indian Ambassador to France Shri Jawed Ashraf congratulated the team on their successful journey.

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