Jamshedpur: FIT@50+ Women’s Trans Himalayan Expedition ’21, a collaboration of Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) and the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India, under the FIT India banner, has been rescheduled to February/March 2022. The Expedition was also supported by Tata Motors, Tata Sports Club and Titan. In view of multiple considerations including massive surge in Covid cases in India, nation-wide lockdown in Bhutan which is unlikely to get lifted till October 2021, and based on the advisory from the Nepal Embassy, it has been decided to defer the Expedition to the next season.
Ms. Bachendri Pal, Leader of the Expedition and Mentor, TSAF, said: “The expedition was an ambitious endeavour that our team looked forward to, but the current overriding concern is to ensure safety of the team amidst the ongoing pandemic situation which has not even spared the Himalayan region. Since the last 30 days we have been in touch with various authorities and are closely monitoring the unfolding Covid-19 crisis. After much considered thought, the decision to defer the Trans Himalayan Expedition to the next climbing season has been taken.”
In the meantime, the team is keeping safe and healthy and will continue their planning and preparations for the expedition in February/March 2022.