We are committed to promoting adventure tourism: Dir Tourism
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Mountaineering and Hiking Club (JKMHC) members in collaboration with department of tourism Kashmir climbed Sunset Peak also known as Romesh Thong at 4749 m above sea level.
This is the club’s second expedition to this peak ever since its inception. The first expedition to this peak was led by Mohamad Ashraf in 1971. Since then no documented summits have been recorded.
The team of 11 climbers was led by club member Ghulam Mohammad Wani and Aadil Shah which left for the expedition July 1 consists Dr Amin Reshi, Mudasir Sopore, Hazik Shah, Taous Baba, Arshid Majeed, Ajaz SoFi, Abrar Siddiqui, Sayyed Tahir.
The peak is scaled through Valley’s known tourist resort Yusmarg. The members set up the base camp at 3550 meters and the advance camp at 3850 meters just below the Rumshi Glacier.
After negotiating light to moderate thunderstorms, team attempted the summit on July 3, 2017 morning.
They traversed the unending snowfields before climbing up to the shoulder and then the main peak which appears as a crouching lion.
Members were able to see three alpine lakes as well which lie in the vicinity of the peak.
Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said the department provided logistic support to the climbers.
“This is after a long time that the climbers from Valley scaled the peak. We are committed to promoting adventure tourism in the Valley. The promotion of adventure tourism will also help local climbers earn livelihood,” said Mahmood Shah.
He said the Department of tourism is also planning climbathon, Nun and Harmukh climb.
“We are also actively involved in training the local youth in adventure sports.”