Prahar Samaj Jagruti Sanstha had organised Himalayan trekking camp in Dharamshala from 15 May to 26 May 2019. 31 students from Nagpur and all over Maharashtra participated in the camp. The 7 days trek started at Mcleodganj, which is at an elevation of 2100 meters passing through a lovely cluster of houses, cool waters of Bhagsu Water Fall and lush green trees.
On the first morning, the participants embarked on a steep trek to Dalai Lama Temple, Mcleodganjfor the acclimatization walk via the never ending rows of lofty oak trees. Nothing could have prepared them for the panoramic view of enticing green meadows nestled in the lap of magnificent ranges of Dhauladhar. Next day students were acquainted with the adventure activities like rock-climbing, rappelling and zumaring. On day 3 they went for 4 kilometers trek to Kareri Village for River crossing.
On the fourth day the participants started the height-gaining treks. It was comparatively easier trek to Rayoti 2350 meters (6 Kms) or the ‘last stop of horses’, as it is referred to. At this intersection, the meadows and mountains merge, and a fresh water stream trickles down one of the slopes, making it an amazingly trekker- friendly camp site.
The astonished participants spent an entire afternoon and even evening there, exploring the nooks and corners of Rayoti. On next clear morning trek to Kareri Lake 2900 meters (7 kms) began. This trek offers panoramic view of Shivalik hills, as well as the plains of the Kangra Valley. The last 2 kms stretch was probably the steepest and the path was full of slippery stones. This stretch was a true test of everyone’s grit as by then we were fully exhausted.
It was about time to greet the snow patches of ‘Minkiani’ the next day, albeit with a challenge to reach an altitude of 3300 meter. As everyone climbed the high altitude trekking part of Minkiani, the crisp air started thinning out, making the trekking enthusiasts feel the lower levels of oxygen.
But that didn’t deter the spirits! The journey continued, taking pit stops every hour to hydrate the body. It was difficult to bear the icy northern winds during the trek, but the trekkers braved it in anticipation to reach our ultimate summit, the “Minkiani” Glacier. Minkiani Glacier is about 5 km up-hill ascent from Kareri Lake, but as instructed everyone started in the wee hours of the morning before the sun rays started melting away the icy patches, making it tougher to trek. And then, after a two and half hour trek, what everyone witnessed, could be only described as the nature’s hidden jewel.
There, it was, surrounded by the snowy flanks of the mountains. After soaking in the unspoiled grace of nature, participants started the return trek, against the backdrop of the mighty peaks of Indrahara, Moon and Bhimghasturi. All the 31 participants along with Satish Morey and Rahul Begde instructor of Prahar Samaj Jagruti Sanstha, Kuldeep Nehariya instructor Terrestrial Adventure Institute Dharamshala successfully completed this 7 days trekking camp.
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