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BHADARWAH: With an aim to bring Bhadarwah on international map of trekking destination, Directorate of Sports and Physical Education (SPE) Jammu University organises 10-day ‘Hiking and Trekking Expedition 2020’, which was flagged-off by Director SPE Jammu University, Dr. Daud Iqbal Baba along with other dignitaries from Bhadarwah Campus on Sunday morning.Fifty trekkers including 40 students drawn from different Colleges of Jammu Division, Jammu University and Bhadarwah Campus along with 10 staff members are participating in the adventure-cum-motivational trip to the Glaciers of Bhadarwah, while following all precautions and Govt’s SoPs.The participating students, who are going to explore the glaciers of Bhadarwah in the lap of mighty Ashapati, said that the initiative of the Directorate of Sports and Physical Education Jammu University came as a blessing in disguise at this juncture in view of COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions.They said that we are very excited to see the mighty Ashapati Glacier, beside other high altitude meadows of this beautiful picturesque Bhadarwah Valley during our hiking and Trekking.Dr. Daud Iqbal Baba said that we have launched this initiative to attract adventure enthusiast to let them explore the Virgin mountains of Jammu and Kashmir and to make siren destinations like Bhadarwah an all season attraction for the tourists.“Stay at home but keep your passion for travel going. This is the message from directorate of sports and physical Education University of Jammu.“In international universities trekking has become an important component, continuing with the same standards, after exploring Markha Valley of Ladakh last year, this year we are here on a 10 days hiking and trekking expedition as this valley possess ample scope for adventure enthusiast and can be developed as a major attraction for adventure lovers in the winters as well. All the 50 trekkers have been asked to share a ‘Visit to hidden Glaciers of Bhadarwah’ experience on their social media handles,” said Dr Daud Iqbal Baba.ERO Bhadarwah Campus Arif Haleem Khateeb informed that the contingent consists of 40 students from University of Jammu, Bhadarwah Campus, GDC Bhadarwah, GDC Kilotran, GDC Kotranka, GDC Ramnagar, GDC R S Pura, GDC Thanamandi, GDC Kalakot, GDC Bishnah, GDC Kathua, GDC Reasi and GDC Mishriwala, along with 10 staff members.During these 10 days, the Trekkers will explore different locations in and around Bhadarwah and Jai including Ashapati Glacier, Guldanda, Bheja, Khanni Top, Thanthera, Bask Challa, Hanga, Mathola, Jai Gathi and Bash Dhar.The officials present on the occasion include Arif Khateeb ERO Bhadarwah Campus, Ravish Vaid, Jai Bharat, Micheal Singh, Sanjeev Sharma, Arshad Baba and Sumit Sharma.
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