Trekker’s delight: The TSAF base camp at Uttraon village
Adventure junkies now have a new address to head off to, with Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) throwing open the gates of its new base camp at Rawada village, 12km from Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand.
TSAF chief and ace mountaineer Bachendri Pal has signed a 15-year land lease with Rawada village committee earlier in September.
The camp, on the bank of Assi Ganga river, is now hosting its first guests — a team from Tata Motors (Jamshedpur) — which is undertaking TSAF’s outdoor leadership winter course. The executives are on their way to Gangotri.
Speaking to The Telegraph, TSAF secretary P.P. Kapadia said: “We have opened the new camp for our winter programme between September 22 and December 15. We can’t go beyond this schedule due to extreme winter in the Garhwal Himalayan region.”
He added that construction of a storeroom and kitchen is still going on at the site.
“More facilities, including separate rooms for men and women instructors, a lecture hall, dining room and toilets, will come up shortly. We need to hurry up with the construction due to our packed winter calendar,” he said.
According to him, cement platforms will also be laid for pitching the tents.
“The facilities available here will be basic, but enough for our needs. We thank the village committee for allowing us to use the land on lease,” the TSAF secretary said, adding their summer outdoor programme was a success.
Practical problems had cropped up at the earlier camp at Uttraon village, some 25km from Uttarkashi. The village committee there had banned even putting up toilets.
“The village committee wasn’t supporting our plan to set up toilets and dining hall. Our team members faced a tough time. Search for an alternative plot was on for quite some time,” Kapadia said.
He added that besides the picturesque view, Rawada had lot to offer. “It’ll be easy to head off to Surya Top at 13,500ft. The road to Gangotri will be handy to take essentials to Sangam Chatti. One can’t ask for a better location,” he said.
Rawada is the third base camp set up by the TSAF for its summer and winter outdoor events. Ganeshpur and Uttraon are the earlier ones.