On 25 Aug 2022, Flagging off ceremony of Eastern Command Trans Theatre Adventure Activities (ECTTAA) 2022 along the Northern Borders was conducted at Manan Bhawan, Gangtok in Sikkim. Ganga Parsad, Governor of Sikkim, Prem Singh Tamang, Chief Minister of Sikkim and General Officer Commanding Trishakti Corps, Lt. Gen Tarun Kumar Aich, AVSM jointly flagged off a total of 20 adventure activities to be undertaken by joint teams including civil and military members. These adventure activities are spread over the length and breadth of entire Eastern Command area of responsibility measuring approximately 3,50,913 Sq Km and will be conducted from August upto December. The expeditions will cover the entire extent of Eastern Command theatre to include a mountaineering expedition to Mt Jongsong peak on the West to a trekking expedition to Doma via Jachep La at the tri junction of India, China and Burma border.
Planned by Kolkata based Headquarter Eastern Command, plethora of adventure activities under ECTAA will include, summiting the challenging Himalayan peaks, trekking and cycling on the treacherous and testing mountain trails and jungles and rafting in torrential rivers. All these activities will test the team members for technical acumen, mental and physical courage and their sheer determination to complete the event.
The events include expedition to five challenging mountain peaks to include Mt Jongsong (7462m) in Sikkim, Point 6190 and Point 4814-Taksing in Arunachal Pradesh. Apart from these, trekking expeditions, cycling expeditions and rafting expeditions will also be conducted. Concurrently, the mountaineering expedition to Mt Thinchen Khang (6010m) in Sikkim will also be conducted between the period 01 to 22 Oct 22.
While the Indian Army is known for its participation in adventure activities, this time, in an unique civil-military co-operation effort, the events will consist of participants from both, civil and military. While showcasing the importance of civil-military synergy, these will also help highlight the landscape, flora, fauna, culture and traditions of these remote border areas and boost tourism into these areas. As a boost to Nari Shakti, approximately fifteen female members will also be part of these activities.
(Inputs from Indian Army)