Arunachal Pradesh’s Chief Minister Pema Khandu flagged off an all-women Mt Gori Chen expedition yesterday.
This will be the first all women team attempting to summit the second highest peak of Arunachal Pradesh, which is considered a technical peak and only seasoned climbers can make it to the top (6,488 m).
The main objective of the all-women expedition is to promote women empowerment and adventure tourism in Arunachal Pradesh. Though, the State has huge potential for adventure sports tourism, till now, it has failed to attract tourists interested in adventure sports to the State.
Anshu Jamsenpa, who climbed Mt Everest twice, will lead the team of ten members from States like Jammu and Kashmir (Ladakh), Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh with four support staff, an official release said.
Appreciating the women expedition team for taking up the challenge, Pema Khandu prayed for their safety and successful summit.
‘On behalf of the State Government and as the local legislator of the area, I assure all cooperation and support to the expedition to Mt Gori Chen.’ said Pema Khandu.
Interacting with the team members, the Chief Minister said their expedition will open up more such ventures in other areas of the State, besides promoting adventure tourism.
‘With team leader Anshu and member Tene Mena, an Everester herself, I am sure your expedition will be a successful one. On behalf of the people of the State, I wish you all the best,’ Khandu said.
Referring to the time required to scale the peak, Anshu Jansempa said ‘We expect to make the summit by the last week of October.’
Anshu and her team also wished luck to the team of ITBP and IMF, which is on its way to summit the State’s highest and most difficult peak Mt Kangto (7,042 m).
Pema Khandu had flagged off the Mt Kangto expedition on September 25.