Fun Filled Treking and Adventurous Rock Climbing

Monday, September 26, 2011

The George Everest Bungalow is about 7000fts high, 6km from Mussoorie. “The place provides an enchanting view of Doon valley on one side and view of Yamuna valley & (snow bound) Himalayan ranges on the other.” It was named after the first Surveyor General of India Sir George Everest (World’s highest peak Mount everest is also named after him).

After successfully completing three relatively difficult treks earlier, Saturday’s George Everest Bungalow trek was nothing but a cake walk. May be we were acclimatized enough not to sweat much for this trek! Though our horse riding instructor had promised a ride on horse back, the PT (Physical Training) instructor refused and forced us to walk with 10-15KG rucksack so as to acclimatize ourselves for 10 days Himalayan trek starting from 1st October. Nevertheless, few officer trainees managed to ride on the way back, which unfortunately I missed out.

360 degree view from the highest mountain near Everest Bungalow is majestic and something to remember for a long time. Initially though the sun was bright and sky was clear, the clouds lost no time in covering the beautiful mountains and thus depriving us from clicking breathtaking pictures. The best part of the trek was the loud music at the Everest bungalow. LBSNAA managed to get a generator at 7000ft high mountain to entertain us! Tug of war, music, dance made the trek more of a picnic type and completely enjoyable.

On the same day we had a DJ party in the evening and yeah, the drinks were also served! One of the best part of LBSNAA is the officially recognized bar within the campus and that too in the officer’s lounge. Officer trainees can drink as much as they want, just that the money will be duly deducted from their salary! Trainees and faculty thoroughly enjoyed the DJ and of course the drinks. :)

On Sunday, Rock Climbing activity at ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) academy in Mussoorie was adventurous and exciting. There were quite a few adventurous people in the batch who managed to climb the rocks effortlessly. There were few brave lady officer trainees who managed to reach the top. There were few who needed some cheer and support. And yes, the kind of cheer and support which lady officers received while climbing the rocks was something phenomenal compared to what other guys got despite putting up a brave effort!

I had tried rock climbing before while I was in Singapore. It was just an artificial rock created in Universal Studios (Singapore). But here in ITBP academy, there are real rocks, the scary ones. Despite a (small) shoulder problem, I had no issues in reaching the top of the rock and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks to ITBP Jawans who made the rock climbing safe and enjoyable. What I realized was, making up your mind to climb the rock is half job done. The will to climb and physical strength will take care of the rest. It’s all about 50% will and 50% physical strength.

In the last four weeks, it was hard to notice how time just flies. Weekly trek on Saturday reminds us how quickly the week gets over. I must say, without any hesitation, the foundation course is just like a fun filled paid holiday! Long way to go before I even think about finishing it, the best is yet to come! :)

Here are some pictures clicked during trek and rock climbing:

On the way to George Everest bungalow
At the peak, when clouds covered the mountains.
Clouds engulfing mountains
Walking in the clouds!
Music, Dance, and fun at 7000ft!
On the way back.
Scaling the new heights!
Coming down from the top!

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