Mumbai, Aug 10 (IANS) Eros Now, the leading OTT platform of Eros International Plc, on Wednesday announced its initiative ‘Salute Siachen’, India’s first-ever celebrity expedition to the Siachen Glacier from August 15.

The unique expedition will see nine celebrity adventurers from different walks of life retrace and relive that journey.

Popular Bollywood actors Arjun Rampal, Arunoday Singh, sports personalities like cricketer Rudra Pratap Singh and hockey player Yuvraj Walmiki, TV heartthrob Rannvijay Singh along with Namrata Gujaran, Hasan Zaidi, Shlok Sharma and Sonnalli Seygall are in this select squad.

The 20-day expedition will be flagged off this Independence Day from Leh and will culminate at Kumar Post, named after Colonel Narinder “Bull” Kumar, PVSM, KC, AVSM, MacGregor Medal, IMF Gold Medal, Padma Shri, Arjuna Award, FRGS.

Kumar planted the India flag on the Siachen Glacier in 1981 and became the first person to scale the uncharted Siachen from its freezing snout to its icy source.

Commenting on the announcement, Rishika Lulla Singh, CEO, Eros Digital, said: “We are very excited and proud to launch this initiative on Eros Now. We have gathered a team of notable individuals, who have come on board in support of this mission to Siachen and become ambassadors in expressing the nation’s gratitude towards the valour of these brave soldiers.

“Eros Now, being the front runner in the digital landscape, believes in pushing boundaries and creating path-breaking content such as this initiative.”

Zulfiqar Khan, Business Head, Eros Now, added: “‘Salute Siachen’ is Eros Now’s landmark initiative, getting together much-loved faces from the world of Bollywood, Television and Sports, to traverse the icy frontiers of the Siachen Glacier, giving the world a glimpse into the lives of our real heroes at Siachen. This epic journey will be documented by the adventurers and showcased on Eros Now.”

Asked about this expedition, Col. Kumar said: “Of all my exploits in the mountains, this was the most pivotal one for me. For the first time, I was leading an expedition as a soldier of the Indian Army, not just as a mountaineer. I wasn’t just doing this for myself or my team, this was for the entire nation.

“Thirty-five years later, I am very happy that civilians from all walks of life are going to Siachen to see for themselves the hardships our soldiers are undergoing there, and to show them that their efforts are being appreciated by a grateful nation.”

India’s much-loved celebrities have come together to take this arduous journey to salute the courage of our soldiers who man the posts there in conditions of extreme adversity.

The celebrity participants have undergone rigorous training and prepping for the expedition, which will begin with a five-day acclimatisation trek to Stok Kangri base camp near Leh.

Once geared to face the tough journey ahead, they will proceed to the Siachen Base Camp for the expedition to Kumar Post.

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