It can be a great attraction for adventure lovers and mountaineers: Dir Tourism
Srinagar, Aug 18: The department of tourism Kashmir, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) and JK Mountaineering and Hiking Club (JKMHC) organised first of its kind Himalayan raverse expedition from Kargil to Pahalgam through the Suru La and Gulol Gali passes. The trekkers left from Kargil on August 11 and completed the expedition today.
It is the first Trans Himalayan Traverse from Kargil towards Suru Valley and Zanskar Valley and is one of the most challenging and thrilling trekking route for adventure lovers as compared to others Himalayan traverse.
The team comprised of the members from tourism depth, JKMHC, AKTTA and Roots Ladakh who covered 72 kilometre distance in the expedition.
The team started from Maita in Suru Valley and while ascending the Shanshinala crossed Suru La which is 16142 feet high to reach Sain Nala in upper Wadwan area of Kishtawar.
The team descended to reach Rangmarg meadow and then ascended the 14326 feet high Gulol Gali to reach Pahalgam.
The team was led by Ghulam Rasool Lal from Tourism department while JKMHC was represented by Dr Wiqar Bashir and Dr Sheikh Jameel.
G R Lal the team leader said they surveyed and explored this Trans Himalayan Traverse to put the new trekking route on tourist map so that the interested tourist may get details about the route.
One can also start the trek from Umba village by crossing Shankshi la entering Umba Nallah upto Aastan and to upper Shanshing Nallah and then passing Suru la to enter Sai Nallah of Kishtiwar District.
Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said the main purpose to organize this expedition was to get young adventure tour operators exposed to long trekking expeditions.
The team included many young local youths from Kargil.
Director Tourism said this trekking expedition is one of the difficult routes and passes through most beautiful areas in Western Himalayas.
“It can be a great attraction for adventure lovers and mountaineers”.
Last year also, the department organized trekking expedition through Chulig La besides organizing climbathon.
This year also Kargil marathon was organized to promote Karil as an adventure destination besides bringing new trekking routes on tourism map of the world. (KNS)