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Shiradi Ghat beckons trekkers

Raghava M.
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A four-day State-level expedition begins on January 22

Trekkers from different parts of the State will be descending on the scenic Shiradi Ghat, notorious for bad roads, for a four-day State-level trekking expedition starting January 22. The event is being organised by the Youth Hostels Association of India's Mangalore unit.

Being a part of the Western Ghats hill range, the Shiradi Ghat connects the coastal region with the old Mysore region. With an evergreen forest and huge trees, the Shiradi Ghat has been the trekkers' most-preferred location.

This four-night-five-day camp involves trekking three hills in the Shiradi Ghat. It starts with a trek to Venkatagiri on the second day, followed by Mugilagiri and Arebetta on the third and fourth days respectively. The routes that the trekkers would be using are those fixed by experts at the YHAI and the trekkers have been asked to stick to it.

The base camp for the expedition will be the Gundya Nisarga Dhama, which is 24 km from Nelyady on the Mangalore–Bangalore Highway. “Apart from the dormitories available at the Nisarga Dhama, we will be erecting tents. Separate facilities have been created for women,” said YHAI, Mangalore, secretary, Manohar Shetty.

All the participants will have to come to the base camp on their own cost by 4 p.m. on January 22. Two groups of participants will be formed with each having trekking experts from the YHAI. Every day, the trek will start by 8 a.m. and end around 4 p.m. The participants will disperse from the camp at 8 a.m. on January 26. Only those aged 15 and above can take part in the expedition.

They have been asked to bring cotton shirts, cotton trousers, torch, steel mug, two water bottles, pen knife, sleeping mat and a bed sheet. The participants have been asked to carry their personal medicines, umbrella/rain sheet and toilet kit.

“We will be explaining about the risk factors when the applications are filed,” Mr. Shetty said.

January 15 is the last date for filing the applications. “We are receiving enquiries about the programme from Bangalore, Davangere, Mysore, Bijapur and Gangavati,” Mr. Shetty said.

The YHAI is expecting participation of around 100 persons.

For details, call 9449913306 or visit the website yhaikarnataka.com.


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