J&K mountaineers Stanzin, Manik, Ambreen invited for selection camp

Ace mountaineers Stanzin Youthog, Manik Slathia and Ambreen Fatima.
Ace mountaineers Stanzin Youthog, Manik Slathia and Ambreen Fatima.

Excelsior Sports Correspondent
JAMMU, May 19: Three ace mountaineers of Mountaineering Association of J&K (MAJK), Stanzin Youthog, Manik Slathia and Ambreen Fatima have been shortlisted by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), New Delhi, the apex body for mountaineering and allied sports in the country, for selection camp for Pre Everest Expedition.
The selection camp will be held between June 1 and July 5, 2019 and Pre Everest Expedition to a peak above 7000 meters is scheduled to be organized in the post monsoon season (August-September).
“Based on the performance of the participants in the Pre Everest expedition, final team will be selected by IMF for a major expedition to scale four prominent peaks in the Everest massif region from Everest base camp. The selected mountaineers will also undergo Winter training during December 2019 and February 2020 before undertaking the expedition to the peaks,” informed General Secretary of the MAJK, Ram Khajuria.
The prestigious expedition to four peaks, Mount Everest, the highest peak on the Earth, Lhotse (8516m), the fourth highest in the world, Nuptse (7861m) and Pumori (7161m) is being funded by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports under the National Programme for Youth and Adolescent Development Scheme (NPYAD), maintained Khajuria.
It is pertinent to mention here that Stanzin Youthog, a constable in J&K Police, is an experienced mountaineer of J&K having the distinction of being the first Indian girl along with two others to scale Shivling peak, technically a very difficult peak.
She has also scaled and participated in many other expeditions to formidable peaks. Similarly, Manik Slathia, a college student, is also an accomplished mountaineer who has successfully completed all the mountaineering courses and has scaled Matho Kangri (6230m), Stok Kangri, Kolhai peak in J&K and Dharamsura in Himachal Pradesh during an Alpine camp organized by Indian Mountaineering Foundation. Earlier in February this year he was among the four mountaineers selected by IMF for an expedition to Everest but unfortunately that expedition did not mature.
On the other hand, Ambreen Fatima of Kargil, a student of Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu is a fast upcoming mountaineer of J&K who has completed the necessary mountaineering courses and has also summited Matho Kangri (6230m) in Ladakh during an expedition organized by Mountaineering Association of J&K and Deo Tibba (6001m) in Himachal Pradesh in an expedition organized by NCC.