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JAMMU: Tawi Trekkers J&K, the biggest trekking club of J&K, would give more thrust to Adventure Picnics and 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 circumambulation (Parikrama) of Trikuta Hills (Vaishno Devi Shrine), a three days trek from Katra and back to Katra, via Tote, Sukhalghati and Jangle Gali in the first week of May.
It was announced by Ram Khajuria, president of the Club, while highlighting the details of activities included in the ‘Calendar of Activities’ for the year 2021-22, which was released in a simple function held at Press Club of Jammu.
Patrons of the Club, former MLA, Ashwani Sharma and Rahul Sharma, Chairman, Sprawling Buds ICSE School, Bantalab, Jammu released the Calendar of Activities along with Co-Chairman of the Club, Zorawar Singh Jamwal, secretary general Press Club Jammu; Ram Khajuria and Shawetica Khajuria, president and general secretary of the club respectively; Prem Sadotra, legal advisor of the club; Vivek Chauhan, Principal, Oriental Academy Senior Secondary School; Bal Krishan Sharma, Director Agriculture (Law Enforcement) Sushil Singh, Sumit Khajuria, Shashi Kant and Sonam 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 undertaken due 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 members and 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 200 students during the months of October to December, 2021.
Another challenging adventure of the club is an ambitious 12 days high altitude trekking expedition in Gulap area of Leh. 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 also focused on a prestigious international expedition to Mount Elbrus, the highest peak of Europe in 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 vacations and 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 19 the club could conduct six short treks, a six 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 April 25.