By Riyaz Kazmi
We now have been below the climate as a result of drastic local weather modifications currently. It appears as if the gloom has descended from the skies.It shouldn’t beat us why that is occurring.The protracted dry spell is the outrageous consequence of our aberrated behaviors and sadistic pleasure that we derive by enjoying foul with nature. It’s finally going to value us large and outcome within the disaster deepening. The grim situation goes to have an effect on each stroll of life and livelihood. Our ecology, agriculture and tourism is not going to be spared or saved because of the insidious affect of underlying components. It’s poignant and painful to witness such a tragic state of affairs and sombre scenes.
After the exhausting fought battle of Covid-19 ,we had been luckiest to have survived the hardest occasions.We didn’t must bear its brunt not like others. Notably,Kashmir turned a haven for vacationers which led to an unprecedented surge in footfalls. It turned an opportune time for tour operators and different stakeholders to capitalize and encash the chance. There was a windfall in earnings as properly in eminence because of the Tourism bloom within the valley. There appeared no wanting again. Infrastructure expansions and exhibitions for selling tourism in Kashmir are nonetheless in full swing however the snowless winter of 2024 has nearly led all the things to a grinding halt and has forged a darkish shadow over the longer term.
Unplanned urbanization, monumental emission of dangerous gases and dreadful deforestation are one of many many artificial creations which might be creating havoc. Can we justify and glorify the speedy progress we’re making at the price of nature? Calamities and dire penalties are going to hover over until we mend our methods. We be taught our classes. We search respite and beseech for the infinite mercies of Almighty to convey finish to those discomfiting traits and tensions.
Within the ravishing and rugged realms of nature, we’re rigorously examined and souls richly nourished to find and remodel us into extra calmer, wiser, resilient and accountable human beings. Significantly and sincerely, if we’re decided to play our pivotal function,the completely different components of nature will finally discover their proper course. We now have to take a step in the proper route and repair our obligations.
The character/journey lovers are the proper individuals who can perceive and decide what it means when there’s a fast receding of glaciers. When the gurgling of meandering streams vanish in thick air. When deforestation turns into the order of the day. When there might be no extra snow lined winter wonderlands. The bare landscapes are observing us and stirring up the qualms of our conscience to replicate on our wrongdoings. Deep down our heart- there’s nonetheless a hope. Hope for mercy. Hope for a greater tomorrow. Hope for the swathes of snowfall. Hope to see HIS scenic marvels which we’d by no means cease to discover.
Protecting that firmly in thoughts we embraced the unknown and launched into one more outstanding journey to the mesmerizing meadow of Rainuer positioned at an Elevation of 3240 Mts within the huge and assorted panorama of Hirapora Shopian. This bewitching meadow is famously referred to as Switzerland of Kashmir. It’s the 2nd largest meadow after Tosamaidan. It was a collaboration trek between ‘Badamwari Athletes’ and All Jammu Kashmir Mountaineering Basis (AJKMF). The enthusiastic trekkers from completely different elements of the valley participated on this trek. They had been eagerly ready for it to hunt a refuge from the hardly ever seen and felt winter worries.
On a crispy chilly morning of 14th January 2024, we began the trek at round 10.AM. We took a steep route from Pattan Dubjan and traversed by way of the dense forest of Maandi. We had a tea break at Rainuer Base the place we cherished ample time and shared numerous previous recollections. The Elevation achieve was 1052 m. The very best a part of this trek was that we witnessed swathes of snow lined slopes. It was an out of the world expertise. The Mighty Kolohai Peak,Harmukh Peak and Brahmasakli had been wanting very profound and conspicuous. The scintillating Topi peak was only a half an hour trek away whereby at its adjoining lies serene Sunder Prime. The path to Dakhyar Shopian might be additionally taken from right here.It was icing on the cake to see and really feel the snow because the harshest day spell has even rendered the world well-known Gulmarg snowless and ski-less vacation spot.
One other spotlight of the day was snowboarding by Syed Yawar Abass who took pains to show others and allow them to get pleasure from the true thrill.We had our time on the glittering steep slopes.The panoramic view of the snow lined peaks and meadows gave a heavenly really feel to see such grandeur and glory of Nature.We captured these lifetime recollections in footage and movies.We had a snow slides and opulent lunch to make our day much more memorable and significant.
With a heavy coronary heart, we left this piece of paradise and took the dangerous route of Kaandi. Though we walked very gingerly in any other case the frozen stream and frozen sidelines might by no means be trusted. The slippery surfaces are extremely accident inclined areas. The teachings we learnt after just a few members hit a patch of ice and went right into a skid are:
By no means take a threat which may put your life at stake or the harm of harm is irreparable. At all times desire to put on helmets. Use ropes and crampons. Don’t be in a rush and negotiate icy patches or locations with utmost care and cooperation of others. At all times take the most secure route even when it’s a prolonged one.
The properly spent and nice studying day with round 10Kms from side to side trek distance got here to an finish on a really excessive observe at Gonaed the place all of the individuals returned safely.
- The author is a founding member of ‘Badamwari Athletes’ membership
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