A Himalayan adventure by school students
Three school students from Madurai – Saureesh Namagiri, Radhika Binani and Miral Zafar – have recently completed a five-day adventurous trekking trip to Kedarkantha, a 12,500-foot mountain peak located inside Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Sanctuary in Uttarakhand.
Radhika Binani, who has just completed Plus One, said that the trip, which started as a desire to have a nice profile picture for social media in the backdrop of Himalayas, turned out to be a thrilling experience.
Nikunj Binani, father of Radhika, Zafar Salim, father of Miral, and R. Ramasubramanian, all three of them doing business in Madurai, have been on trekking trips to Himalayas at least for the last two years.
“We have been sharing our experiences with our friends here. This time, nine of us went from Madurai, including the three kids,” said Mr. Ramasubramanian.
While Saureesh, entering Plus Two next year, is already into sports, the remaining members of the team, particularly the newbies, had to undergo physical exercise routines for four months to improve their stamina in preparation for the trek.
“We made it a point to at least walk four km every day,” said Miral, who has just completed her Class 10.
N. Sirish Kumar, a doctor by profession and Saureesh’s father, who was also part of the team, however, said that the training proved inadequate. “It was more challenging than what we had imagined as we had to trek for around 24 km over four days in heavy snow,” he said. “The weather conditions were worse than what we had imagined. We were welcomed by thick layers of snow right from the base camp, where we had not expected snow,” said Nikunj.
Pointing out that the descent was the most difficult, Saureesh said, “Almost all of us fell down a few times.”
The only disappointment for the entire team was its inability to reach the peak since they had to stop a few hundred feet below due to adverse weather conditions. “But this is just the first trek. There are lot more peaks to be conquered in the Himalayas,” said Saureesh.
Amarnath Kaliraj and Dhruv Fomra were the other two members who took part in the trek.
Source: The Hindu