The site near Kaflo base camp, where the trek begins
The divine mother will descend to the plains from snow-capped peaks of Kailash, but a bunch of young adventure buffs will spend Durga Puja near the Himalayas.
Tata Steel Adventure Foundation’s 10-day Himalayan trekking programme, which kicks off on October 10, promises a thrilling trek from Kaflo base camp, Uttarakhand, to the 12,000ft-high Sayari Top.
Participants — so far, 19 persons, including a 15-member team from ISM-Dhanbad, have registered — will spend five days at the base camp to get acclimatised and an equal number to trek to the top.
During their stay at the base camp, they will be trained in activities like rock climbing, rappelling, crossing rivers and making shelters.
The trek, being conducted by the TSAF for the first time, is open for school and college students as well as corporate professionals.
TSAF sources said enquiries had been pouring in from across the country for the adventure mission.
“We are hopeful that more adventure buffs will latch on to the group before the team departs for Uttarkashi on October 7 from the city,” said TSAF secretary P.P. Kapadia.
Apart from the ISM group, Saurav Singh from Ranchi, Ankit Pandey from Jamshedpur, Nivedita from Bokaro and Naresh Horatti from Davangere, Karnataka, have said yes to the programme.
Each participant will have to shell out Rs 8,500 for food and equipment. Travel expenses, including train tickets, will be extra.
The participants will be given rucksacks, sleeping bags, mattresses, windproof jackets and tents. Experienced instructors will accompany them for guidance and safety.
“Participants from Jharkhand will assemble in Jamshedpur for leaving to Uttarkashi. Others can reach the base camp on their own,” the senior TSAF functionary added.
Ace climber Bachendri Pal, who left for Uttarkashi on Wednesday, might join the adventure lovers on the trek. “She may join trekkers to pep up their spirits. But, her visit is not yet confirmed as she will supervise relief operations at Bhatwari block, Uttarkashi,” a TSAF official said.