The Jakarta Post
Four female students of Gajah Mada University (UGM) hoisted the Merah Putih (red-and-white) flag on Mount Stok Kangri in India on Aug. 17 at 10:46 a.m. local time to commemorate Independence Day .
The activity was part of the university's Student Nature Lovers (Mapagama) expedition, dubbed UGM International Expedition III “Peak of The Ancestor” Mapagama.
The four women, Chordya Iswanti, 21, Eva Lutvi Atur Nur Rohmah Ningsih, 20, Ria Verentiuli, 19, and Dita Novitasari, 19, had traveled for at least 72 hours to be able to hoist the flag in time for the country's 71st anniversary.
“On August 16, at 11 p.m. local time, the team reached the base camp of Stok Kangri at an altitude of 5,100 meters above the sea level. They later reached the summit at 10:46 a.m. The song 'Indonesia Raya' was blasted,” said expedition head Muhammad Fadil Ramadan as reported by kompas.com on Thursday.
Fadil said the women started the journey on Saturday and went through Zingchen village in Ladakh in India at an altitude of 3,360 meters. They achieved about eight hours of travel every day.
“The weather during the trip was very supportive and bright. It is approximately a 33-kilometer distance from the top to the base camp in the Stok village. The team is now descending the mountain,” said Fadil.
Mapagama's first and second expeditions were held in Nepal (named “River Gold”) and China (“Rick of Pyramid”). (tif/kes)
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