The 10 day long trek-route-cleaning-drive touching 15000 ft above sea level was organised as a part of ‘Paryatan Parv’ to commemorate 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Arunachal Mountaineering & Adventure Sports Association (AMASA), organised Plogging Trek along the Bailey Trail in West Kameng & Tawang District in Arunachal Pradesh.
The 10 day long trek-route-cleaning-drive touching 15000 ft above sea level was organised as a part of ‘Paryatan Parv’ to commemorate 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi from 3rd to 12th Oct. The 12 member team led by mountaineer Dr. Anshu Jamsenpa comprised of 3 members from Ladhak, 2 from Assam and 7 from host state Arunachal Pradesh.
The Bailey Trail is a magnificent trek that traces the historic route taken by Lt.Col. FM Bailey and Capt. HT Morshed, British officers who surveyed the area during 1911-12. The trek was initially an ancient trade route that connected Burma, India and Tibet The surveyed area and the route was used by Sir Henry McMohan, then Defence Secretary in the Government of India, to draw his famous McMohan Line in 1914. En-route there are lovely alpine lakes and break taking views of Mt. Gorichen 21286 ft and Mt. Kangto 23129 ft.
The team was earlier flagged off by Gen Lama Tsering from Thugchog Gatseling Monastary Bomdila on 3rd Oct in the presence of AMASA President Tsering Wange. The team covered 7 high altitude camps namely Chander 8900 ft, Thungri 11900 ft, Changla 13200 ft, Potok 13800 ft, Lurtem 12500 ft. Mago 11500 ft & Tsachu 11000 ft and finally culminating at Tawang 10200 ft on 12th Oct.
All along the Bailey trail, they collected plastic litters and non-biodegradable waste and disposed off properly in an environmental friendly way. They braved heavy showers as they trekked continuously in the high mountain passes touching 14927 ft Tse La Pass, the highest point of this trek.
When asked to comment about the Plogging Trek, Anshu smiled and said, this is a new fancy word but it sure inspires trekkers and mountaineers to follow the trend which is good. As for picking up plastic litters along the trek route and cleaning the garbages around the campsite, I have been religiously doing it ever since I stepped into adventure field and I urge one and all to do the same. This is the least we can do for our environment & mother earth!
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