A group of mountaineers hoisted a massive Tricolour atop a mountain peak in the Himalayas securing their names in the Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flagged in a ‘Climb-a-thon’ organised by Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling to celebrate ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, on Tuesday.
It was organised at four smaller peaks of the Sikkim Himalayas from April 20 to 25.
Climb-a-thon, under the leadership of Group Captain Jai Kishan, was conducted at Mount Rhenock, Mount Frey, Mount BC Roy and Mount Palung, by a team of 125 mountaineers.
The team of mountaineers hoisted a National Flag measuring 7,500 sq ft and weighing 75 kgs atop Mount Rhenock, which is 16,500 ft above sea level.
The point where the National Flag was hoisted has been named after the first freedom fighter from Sikkim, Trilochan Pokhrel.
The feat was recorded as the biggest Indian National Flag hoisted atop a mountain in the Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records, confirmed the Defence Ministry.
The ministry further announced that the team also performed a world record 75-hour nonstop Surya Namaskar 2.51 lakh times at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling.