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BREATHTAKING: Air Force Team Undertakes Terrifying Expedition Along Frozen Zanskar River, Ends Up Saving Fellow Trekker Who Had Fallen Under The Ice Crust

Written By Ankit Prasad | Mumbai | Published:

To commemorate the momentous occasion of the upcoming 70th Republic Day, Air Force Station Thoise in Jammu and Kashmir's Nubra Valley conducted a trekking expedition in the daunting terrain of Ladakh region.

The arduous expedition on the frozen Zanskar river was undertaken by the air warriors of Air Force Station, Thoise. Visuals of this expedition have been accessed showing some absolutely breathtaking sights, including the team trudging carefully through the semi-frozen edge along the river that flows through some remarkably desolate and stark mountains. In all the visuals the team can be seen carrying Indian flags - their patriotism undaunted despite the treacherous surroundings.

The team leader and overall coordinator of this adventurous expedition was Wg Cdr Vikrant Uniyal, a qualified mountaineer from Army Mountaineering Institute, Siachen. 

The expedition team comprising seven air warriors covered a total distance of 65 kms in five days through a treacherous route on the frozen Zanskar river. The Chadar Trek is one of the toughest and most challenging trails in the country. The trek began from “Chilling” and continued on Chadar (frozen Zanskar river) via “Tibb” cave till “Naerak” village. The nights were spent in tents near caves near the frozen river at an altitude of 13000 ft. 

During the course of the trek the team even managed to save the life of another trekker who had fallen in the water when the ice crust under him broke. The IAF team was nearby and responded to the cries of the individual who was pulled out of the icy water using the equipment available with the team.

Despite the harsh environmental conditions unique to this terrain, the air warriors completed this challenging and arduous expedition in the most professional manner, the press release said. The mercury count was between -15 and -20 degrees Celsius during daytime while it dropped to -25 degrees at night.

The most incredible photo that has been accessed by Republic World sees the team posing before a quite mesmeric ice formation, pristine and bright, with the shape indicating that a short waterfall had slowly frozen to the point where the tiny streams have almost become Stalactites.