Srinagar: With an aim to protect the mountain biodiversity and mountain products like tourism, glaciers, forests and wildlife etc the Tourism Department Kashmir and Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir ATOAK in association with JK Mountaineering and Hiking Club
JKMHC, JK Ski Mountaineering Association JKSMA and JK Mountain Biking Association JKMBA is celebrating international mountain day on 11th and 12th December at different places
in the valley. The two day long celebrations will see a host of activities, including a seminar on Mountain Biodiversity, short films slideshows and presentations will be given by the eminent scholars and subject experts who are taking part in the seminar. Besides, some outdoor activities, like short mountain biking tours in Zaberwan hills, sport climbing at TRC Nowgam, first ever snow cycle slalom, ski mountaineering races at Gulmarg and some other awareness programs will be conducted during the two days long program.
Rauf Tramboo, president ATOAK said 11th December is designated as International Mountain day by UNO, he said that every year different themes are chosen by FAO of UNO.
This year the Theme is “Mountain Biodiversity”.He expressed his thanks to the Tourism Dept for celebrating the designated day this year at a larger scale.
Gen Secretary ATOAK, Muhammad Yusuf, informed that some legendary adventurers will be awarded posthumously those include the great adventurer and Ex DG tourism Late Muhammad Ashraf, the adventure sports promoter Late Bashir Ahmad Damna and Extreme Cyclist FazalFayaz.