Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang flagged off an international winter expedition to Ama Dablam in Eastern Nepal at Mintokgang on Tuesday.
A month-long winter expedition will begin from the 25th of December to Ama Dablam, which is situated at 6812 m and is one of the challenging peaks of Eastern Nepal. The mountaineers from various countries like Mexico, Turkey, Oman and Egypt are also expected to participate.
Shanti Rai, an Instructor at Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure and Ecotourism (IHCAE), Chemchey, South Sikkim, who is also a reputed mountaineer from Sikkim is the lone mountaineer representing the State as well as the Country for the expedition.
CM Tamang in his brief address extended his best wishes to Rai and also assured to provide all the necessary support for the expedition.
Earlier, Kazi Sherpa, Deputy Director, IHCAE, Chemchey also briefed about the expedition.
The programme was also attended by the Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Department B. S. Panth along with the officials of the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department.