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Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu scales new heights to connect with people of his constituency

India’s youngest Chief Minister, 41-year-old Pema Khandu of Arunachal Pradesh had on Wednesday covered a 24 kilometre long trek in 11 hours to reach a remote village at a height of 14,500 feet above sea level in his terraneous state.

Accompanied by just one security officer and a few villagers, Khandu trekked through passes, difficult mountain terrains at a height where oxygen level drops, to reach Luguthang which falls in his constituency Mukto in Tawang district. The area is close to the McMohan Line, an imaginary border dividing Arunachal Pradesh and Tibet Autonomous Region of China drawn in 1914.

“A 24 km trek, 11 hrs of fresh air and mother nature at her best; crosses Karpu La (16000 ft) to reach Luguthang (14500 ft) in Tawang district. A paradise untouched,” Khandu had tweeted on Thursday.

With just 10 households and a population of 58 (as per the 2011 census), villagers in Luguthang are mainly engaged in yak rearing. Khandu spent two nights at the village, which is not accessible by roads, and trekked back on September 8.

“Has a review meeting with Luguthang villagers to ensure that benefits of every flagship programme reaches the last man standing in forward areas,” Khandu tweeted on Thursday after his return.

He also attended the consecration of Jangchub Stupa in memory of his father and former chief minister late Dorjee Khandu along with villagers and monks of the Ganden Namgyal Lhatse monastery in Tawang, a source in the CM’s office said.

Bodies of Dorjee Khandu and others were found close to Luguthang, five days after his helicopter went missing on April 30, 2011, from Se La Pass at 13,700 ft above sea level.

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