A team of civilian clothed special operations soldiers will
assist KashmirBlue and the entourage of local miners and geologist
to the mine location in the Zanskar mountains.
Weather and Terrain
Sometimes referred to as the "Switzerland of Asia,"
the terrain consists of towering mountain peaks, glacier valleys,
deep gorges, and gushing rivers. The mountains surrounding
the mines surpass 6000m (19800ft) thus causing extreme weather
patterns. Unpredictable snow storms and other severe climatic
conditions are possible.
will conduct a reconnaissance mission of the "Old"
and "New" mines located in the Padar region, Kashmir,
to survey, document, and photograph current mining operations.
The purpose of this operation is to bring international recognition
to a country and its people which have suffered in oppression
for nearly 55 years. This mission will allow international
laboratories and gemstone enthusiasts the opportunity to study
the origins and obtain samples of the most rare and beautiful
gemstones on earth. But, ultimately this mission will put
an end to the skepticism about current mining in the legendary
mines of Kashmir.
1. Maneuver: Once reaching the town
of Atholi, the most treacherous portion will begin. We will
continue by foot through dangerous mule tracks along precipitous
defiles, for another 60 kilometers, finally reaching our base
camp at Sumcham. This village, Sumcham, is the last location
humans inhabit before reaching the first mine at an altitude
of 4342 meters. The ascent should take no more than 6 days.
Time on location is yet to be determined, but we are prepared
to spend the season which is limited to less than 70 days.
Upon completing the reconnaissance, we will clear the objective
and descend back toward civilization.
IV. Service and Support
General: All supplies and equipment will be mule packed or
hand carried into the mines. Modern mechanized equipment will
not be carried to the objective due to the severe terrain.
Materials and Services: N/A
V. Command: God is in Command.