Baramulla, May 26: The five days long trekking expedition for under 19 boys age group for different sports zones of Srinagar concluded at Gulmarg.
The trekking expedition which was organised by Department of Youth Services and Sports(YSS) J&K, flagged off second group of 50 students from district Srinagar for another five days trekking expedition to Gulmarg.
While giving the details of expedition official said the camp comprised of 50 young trekkers who had been selected from different schools of district Srinagar.
He said that on day one, students did a light warm-up trek at Gulmarg which acted as the base camp for all trekking days which was completed in 4 hours.
Official further added that, however, in the evening, students were engaged in pitching tents on a camping site and the day concluded with a campfire and cultural activities where students participated in the singing competition, poetry recitation and other such programmes.
Similarly, on day two, the participants did a trek to Bootapathri. The day concluded with multiple cultural activities carried around a campfire.
On day three and four student trekkers did trek to Kongdoori and Khilanmarg respectively and the expedition for the first group of student trekkers concluded on the revered Shrine Baba Reshi’s route.
On day five , the concluding day of the trekking programme, Joint Director(JD), Department of Youth Services and Sports Kashmir Bashir Ahmed arrived at the venue knew firsthand experience of the student trekkers about the initiative taken by the Department.
On the occasion, he was apprised by the overwhelmed young trekkers about the great and memorable experience of staying in tents during these five days long programme.
He also hoped that these participant trekkers will share their camp related experiences with their friends to encourage them also for taking part in such activities.
While expressing his joy and satisfaction over the successful conduct of the first leg of the trekking programme for the students of district Srinagar, Joint Director Kashmir highlighted importance of trekking while saying that there is a joy in the activity of trekking.
"Once you start trekking, it is almost like an addiction but first-timers might require a bit of motivation to take that step," he said, adding Department of Youth Services & Sports is committed to encourage participation of youth in such activities which have numerous positive effects on physical health, mental health and overall development of the personality.
‘’Lodging participants in tents was a new addition to this programme and surprisingly our young trekkers have liked it the most," he added.
He further stated that they would incorporate many new things to future expeditions to develop the interest of young people in trekking and other allied sports and recreational activities.
Official further stated that as the first contingent of the trekkers after completing their five day long spell was returning back to their respective homes.
Meanwhile, Senior officials of YSS Department at its Wazir Bagh Srinagar premises flagged off second group of 50 young students from different Government schools of Srinagar for another five days trekking camp to Gulmarg.