In August 2015, Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) and Sports and Youth Services Department, Govt. of Odisha planned a >6,000-meter peak expedition for students and young people (18-25 years) of the state. The department will finance the expedition scheduled for the second half of 2016 in line with its new Scheme for Promotion of Adventure Activities that was rolled in the beginning of the fiscal 2014-15.
The aim of this maiden expedition (Himshikhar Annual Expedition) is to encourage Odisha to undertake adventure activities.
The organizers will train all selected participants in mountain climbing and survival techniques. They proposed the following training camps:
- A 10-day trek to Sandakphu (12,000 feet) in the Himalayas in November 2015
- A 5-7-day rock climbing camp at Panchalingeshwar Hills, Balasore in January 2016
- The participants who meet the prescribed standards during the first two camps will join the third camp. The 15-day camp will focus on ice craft. The training will take place in the Guicha La (16,400 feet) area in Sikkim Himalayas. Sikkim-based Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure & Eco Tourism (IHCAE) will organize this camp in February-March 2016.
The competition will be high because out of about fifty (50) boys and girls only fifteen (15), i.e. 30%, will be selected for the peak climbing.
The final team may have 33% girls.
These fortunate and talented participants will get a chance to train at one of national mountaineering institute in summer 2016.
Prerequisites to join the expedition include:
- All applicants must be mentally and physically fit.
- The applicants must have attended an adventure camp conducted by a national or state level adventure sports organization
- State level sports persons and candidates who have successfully completed advance mountaineering course will be given preference.