Just a couple of months ago these women dreamt of climbing a peak which they never thought its possible. But after four months they have realised their dream by climbing 17,500 ft peak. A team of 20 people from Mysore, Bangalore, Gwalior, Mumbai and Farrukhabad join to climb the Pir Panjal Himalayan range in the ten day expedition starting from July 20 to July 30.
Of seven women took part in the expedition, only four could climb the peak, and the interesting fact is all the four are Mysoreans. All the women have done rigorous practice by walking 8 to 10 kms per everday day which has helped them to some extent.
Housewife Veena who dared to come out of her house to have the adventure of climbing the peak said: 'Its my long cherish dream to climb the hill and have fulfilled. There is a sense of satisfaction and lot of memories for lifetime. The unforgettable panoramic view of Pir Panjal Himalayan range is still in my heart and with successful summit this expedition is a rare and unusual experience for me. The sound of an Avalanche falling on opposite mountains still scares me.'
Another trekker Vani said: 'It was a thrilling experience. Walking amidst nature was like walking in the heaven. The beauty of white peaks, scenic beauty of mountains and gurgling streams of rivers can never be forgotten. If possible will visit once again. Though the journey is very treasureous, than what I imagined. Some of the women give up and they were stationed in the advanced base camp Lady leg. Both physical and mental strength is required to achieve, as if we sleep little we fall from the mountains.'
Varshika Gowda, first year engineering students said: 'The five-day trekking expedition in the range is unforgettable moment in my life. To climb with the gears was a marvelous experience. I enjoyed lot walking amidst lush green mountains, chirping sounds of birds, and was a delightful movement to watch the wild flowers atop peak.'
Tiger Solanki said: 'Amidst torrential rains, cloudy atmosphere, falling stone from the mountains, and slush on the roads were great experience. We faced lot of hardship as the area was prone to avalanche and crevasses and each individual has to keep his foot with calculation or else you may end up in side the crevasses or you may trigger avalanche.'
The team first reported at base camp Naggar. Started trek from Solang nala to Dhundi they reached Lourna by afternoon, which is at heigh of 10,000. Later they embarked for summit camp Lady Leg Advance Base camp. Further they climbed the peak, and have placed national flag and expedition flag.
The program was jointly organised by International Academy of Mountaineering and Allied sports in association with Tiger Adventure Foundation and Himalayan Adventure and Trekking Centre (HATEC).