GUWAHATI: The Indian Army on Friday unfurled the national flag at the Gorichen Peak Base located at an altitude of 16,400 feet in western Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang district while carrying out a joint expedition to mark the 74th Independence Day and to promote the year of tourism.
Gorichen Peak is the highest peak in Arunachal Pradesh and is situated on the border with China in Tawang District at a distance of 164 kilometres from Tawang township.
According to an official statement issued by the public relation officer (Defence), Guwahati, the joint expedition was also intended to promote national integration and adventure tourism in Arunachal Pradesh.
“To promote the ‘Year of Tourism’ initiative and to commemorate the 74th Independence Day, a joint expedition comprising 33 members of Indian Army, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) and 13 youths of East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, unfurled the National Flag at the Gorichen Peak Base, today at 8.30 AM at an altitude of 16,400 feet,” the statement said.
The statement further added, “Covering an arduous 150 Kilometers and adhering to all COVID norms, the expedition traversed through ruggedized terrain under inclement weather conditions to unfurl the national flag at the Gorichen Base Peak. Besides fostering the spirit of National Integration and spreading awareness about conservation of nature, the expedition aims at boosting adventure and ecological tourism in the remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh under the overall construct of the year of tourism drive of the Indian Army.”