Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel, deployed to the Indo-China border, practiced yoga at the icy height of 18,000 feet on the snow-capped Himalayas on the Indo-China border on Monday.
ITBP staff practiced yoga amid snowfall in the Himalayas to mark the 7th International Yoga Day.
Similar to previous years, ITBP staff practiced yoga at various high altitude border outposts in Ladakh, ranging from 13,000 to 18,000 feet.
At the event, some ITBP staff practiced yoga at 16,000 feet in Himachal Pradesh, 14,000 feet on the shore of Pangong Tso in Ladakh, at the animal transport school in Lohitpur Arunachal Pradesh with horses and near the Galwan Valley in Ladakh on the Line of Real Control (LAC) where up to 20 members of the Indian army lost their lives in clashes with the Chinese army June 15 of last year.
The specialized mountain force, ITBP, is deployed on border guard duties from Karakoram Pass in Ladakh to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh covering 3,488 km of Indochinese border and border posts at altitudes ranging from 9,000 to 18 800 feet in the west, middle and eastern sectors of the Indo-Chinese border.
Practicing yoga shows the commitment of ITBP staff as this area of Ladakh witnesses minus 30 degrees Celsius in winter, which often results in gun barrel cracks and other issues. Roads to Galwan are also few, meaning soldiers have to survive in the air while carrying all their gear.
With such high terrain, soldiers often need time to acclimatize to their surroundings, or risk a disease that can kill anyone within hours.