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Tuesday , January 7 , 2014
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Join Everester on trek

If you wish to accompany ace climber Premlata Agarwal on an adventurous trek, start packing your bags for a two-day outing on January 18 and 19 at Pinderbera forest guest house, about 30km from Jamshedpur.

The Jugsalai homemaker is organising the camp on her own in an attempt to boost enthusiasm for adventure sports among denizens of the steel city.

“I believe that conducting trips to Dalma will encourage people to leave their comfort zone and steal time from their daily lives to enjoy the thrill of mountaineering,” said Premlata, the oldest Indian woman to scale the Everest.

She added that the trek would start on the morning of January 18 and conclude the following day.

“The participants will be picked up from near Keenan Stadium and we will proceed by bus to NH-33. From a point on the highway, we will start our trek on one of the routes leading to Pinderbera guest house. It will be a 5km trek from Dalma foothills to the guest house,” Premlata said.

The ace climber further revealed that participants would camp overnight in tents near the forest retreat.

“I have also lined up adventure games, including rock climbing, rapelling and caving for the participants. Snacks and food arrangements will be made and I will ensure safety measures are followed,” said the Padma Shri awardee, adding that there would be volunteers to assist the participants.

“We’ll come down on jeeps on January 19,” said the ace mountaineer.

The minimum age to participate in the outing is 14 years.

A maximum of 40 people can sign up for the trek by shelling out Rs 2,500 each. For further details, they can contact Premlata on 9031110011 and 7209661104.

Premlata said proceeds from the trek programme would be used to promote adventure in East Singhbhum district.

“I have also decided to train and sponsor youths for basic mountaineering course. I’ve extensive experience of the sport and I want others to feel the thrill. Mountaineering helps develop self-confidence to tackle difficult situations in life,” she said, adding that she hoped to get good response for the upcoming trek.

The 51-year-old climber had organised a trek to Dalma last month to raise funds for helping out victims of Uttarakhand tragedy.

Over 200 people participated in the exercise. Premlata, an active participant in Tata Relief Committee’s operations in flood-ravaged state, managed to raise Rs 1 lakh through the trek.