Adventure Tourism fest ends on a high

Gangtok, 10 Feb:

Adventure Tourism Festival 2020 concluded on a strong note collecting accolades from the thrill-seeking folk on Sunday.

The final two days of the 10-day festival featured mountain biking and trekking on 08 and 09 February.

The festival was organized by Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure & Eco-Tourism [IHCAE], Chemchey under Tourism & Civil Aviation Department.

The 85 KM mountain biking and camping excursion started from the White Hall complex on 08 February, moved through Pangthang and Tumin and made camp at Sang and headed back to Gangtok from there the next day through Martam, Rumtek, Ranka, Luing and concluding at White Hall complex.

The excursion was participated in by 20 cyclists - 14 from other States and six local cyclists.

Meanwhile, a trek was also taken to Ratey-Chu in East Sikkim over the weekend. A total of 52 trekkers joined this 21 KM trek.

Speaking to Summit Times, IHCAE Deputy Director, Everester Kazi Sherpa, shared that the festival received an encouraging response from adventure-seekers from within and outside the State.

He stated that adventure activities at SGMI Rock alone had attracted around 1,000 enthusiasts including young school and university students and their parents, domestic and foreign tourists.

He informed that some universities in the State have already booked courses and programmes for their students at IHCAE.

“Young children enjoyed all activities with showed much interest and excitement. They especially loved camping in the forest. Although the fest was very short, we found that these activities helped boost the confidence levels of students who participated,” Mr Sherpa said.

He stressed that continuation of such activities would be very helpful for children to stay healthy and fit and ensure emergency preparedness. He urged parents to encourage children to participate in such adventure activities.

“We would like to invite all stakeholders of adventure tourism to organise this festival on a grander scale from next year onwards,” he said.

Although the festival officially concluded on Sunday, the final event of the festival - Skiing - will be held from 16 to 29 February at Gnathang in East Sikkim.

Mr Sherpa informed that 30 people have registered to undergo a 14-day certified skiing course at Gnathang festival. The course will have two resource persons from IHCAE and one from Uttarakhand.