Tawi Trekkers to organize more adventure picnics, short treks

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 4/5/2021 11:59:10 AM

Y B News Jammu, Apr 04 Tawi Trekkers J&K, the biggest trekking club of J&K, would give more thrust to Adventure Picnics/ short treks to unfrequented and lesser known beauty spots especially heritage and pilgrim sights of Jammu in order to bring them on the tourism map of Jammu. Accordingly, this year the club’s activities shall commence with c i r c u m a m b u l a t i o n (parikrama)of Trikuta Hills (Vaishno Devi Shrine), a 3 days trek from Katra to Katra via Tote, Sukhalghati and Jangle Gali in the first week of May, 2021. It was announced by Ram Khajuria, President of the Club, while highlighting the detail of activities included in the Calendar of Activities of the Club for the year 2021-22, which was released in a simple function held at Press Club of Jammu. Patrons of the club Ashwani Sharma, former MLA and Rahul Sharma, Chairman, Sprawling Buds ICSE School, Bantalab, Jammu released the Calendar of Activities along withCo-Chairman of the Club Zorawar Singh Jamwal, Secretary General Press Club Jammu; Ram Khajuria & Shawetica Khajuria, President and General Secretary of the club; Prem Sadotra, legal advisor of the club; Vivek Chauhan,Principal, Oriental Academy Sr. Sec. School, Jammu; Bal Krishan Sharma, Director Agriculture (Law Enforcement) Sushil Singh, Sumit Khajuria, Shashi Kant andSonam Sidharth, senior members; Rakesh Goswami of Shivalik Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Club, Jammu and Bhaibav Sharma. Highlighting the activities to be undertaken by the club this year President of the club Ram Khajuria mentioned that last year most of the activities could not be undertakendue to Covid 19 and therefore have been included in this year’s program. Accordingly, the club shall organize three trekking expeditions in Dhauladhar Range in Himachal Pradesh including one to Triund (10000ft)for Junior members and an expedition to Minkiani Pass (14000ft) for senior membersand a trek from Dalhousie to Chamba exclusively for senior citizens. Besides, a Heritage Trekking Programme in Kangra area of Himachal Pradesh shall also be organized for about 200students during the months of October to December, 2021. Another challenging adventure of the club isan ambitious 12 days high altitude trekking expedition in Gulap area of Leh. The club plans to depute only 8 members for this prestigious expedition to be organized from 7th to 18th August, 2021.Besides, the club shall also organize a small, low budget mountaineering expedition to Mun peak in Dhauladhar range of Dharamshala in June 2021. However, the club is also focused on a prestigious international expedition to Mount Elbrus, the highest peak of Europein Russia. Subject to opening up of international flights and finalization of all other arrangements, the club has planned to depute a four member team to this unique expedition in May,2021. To spot the talent in sport climbing at the grass root level and to groom it for future competitions the club has an ambitious plan of conducting year long coaching camps and monthly competitions for sport climbers including physically and visually challenged ones. A UT level sport climbing competition exclusively for women shall also be conducted by Tawi Trekkers at sprawling buds ICSE School in the month of July, 2021 besides an Open Union Territory level sport climbing competition in October, 2021. However, the club has not so far been able to identify the area for the conduct of this year’s Himalayan Trekking Programme for school children during summer vacationsand the same shall be announced as and when finalized. While interacting with the members Ashwani Sharma and Zorawar Singh Jamwal lauded the sincere efforts of the members that despite Covid 19the club could conduct six short treks, a 6 days trekking expedition in Dudu Kaplash area and an exhaustive reconnaissance of Ladakh area for smooth conduct of this year’s prestigious trekking expedition. Meanwhile, in a meeting held before the release of Calendar of Activities it was decided that Monti Rajkhowa, Kangchenjunga summiteer; Wing Commander Rajesh Mukhi, who has scaled Mt. Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica and Shivani Charak, an international medalist in sport climbing shall also be honoured on the occasion of felicitation of 11 Everesters of Jammu on 25th April, 2021.


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