WATCH: Climbers take part in Indo-Tibetan Border Police organised Ladakh Ice Wall Climbing Race
In the country's first-ever ice wall climbing competition, the ITBP organised the Ladakh Ice Wall Climbing Race in a bid to attract the youth and promote tourism.
In the country's first-ever ice wall climbing race, the North-West Frontier Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) organised the inaugural Ladakh Ice Wall Climbing Race that saw more than 100 climbers taking part in the event, in freezing temperatures.
In association with the Ladakh Mountaineering Guide Association, the ITBP's ice climbing race was the first of its kind and was executed as per international standards and saw quite a lot of enthusiastic climbers - both amateur and experienced, turning up for the debut event.
Radha Krishna Mathur, the lieutenant governor of Ladakh, attended the opening ceremony and encouraged the ITBP for this initiative that is sure to attract the youth and promote the sporting culture as well as tourism of the union territory.
The ITBP shared a video on their Twitter handle of the climbers showing their skills as they braved several odds and chipped away with their ice axes to reach the summit of the climb.
The ITBP are a specialized mountain force with soldiers who protect around 3,488 kilometres of the country's border from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh.
The snowy affair saw quite the earnest participation from a huge number of climbers, confirming the interest in climbing that India has taken.