5 December 2022

Dehradun: The group of 34 trainees and seven instructors who were hit by an avalanche were part of Nehru Institute of Mountaineering’s (NIM) Advance Mountaineering Course (AMC) , one among the seven courses offered by the premier climbing institution .

The 28 – day – long course , which started on September 22 , aims at training participants to become ” leaders and members of expeditions ” in to the Himalayas and turn them into ” lead climbers ” , says NIM . The institute functions under the aegis of the ministry of defence.

Training To Understand , Scale
Training To Understand , Scale

The AMC group that was hit by the avalanche was part of this season’s last course . The next AMC course is sup posed to start in April next year , Colonel Amit Bisht , principal NIM .

Course participants , after completing the rock climbing training at the Tekhla climbing training ground , moved to the mountain area on September 23 . They arrived at the base camp two days later on September 25. After undergoing the ” ice and snow craft ” training at the camp , the group of 34 left for high – altitude training at camp – 1 , which was scheduled from October 2 to October 4.

On October 4 , as per the training schedule , the group moved for a high – altitude navigation and height gain exercise to Mount Draupadi ka Danda – II ( 5,670m ) . It was here that the avalanche came as they were returning from the mountain peak . Sunil Rawat , a former student of NIM ( 2018 batch ) said , ” NIM has been conducting a mountaineering course at Draupa dika Danda for over a decade . Only trainees of the advanced course participate in this expedition . This incident seems purely natural . NIM is one of the best training institutes in the country and ensures the safety of its trainees and instructors . “

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