Srinagar: In a bid to promote adventure tourism in the valley, All Jammu Kashmir Mountaineering Foundation (AJKMF) explored more than fifty alpine lakes in the year 2020.
Previously known as The Harmukh Adventurers, AJKMF, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) registered under Sec 8 of Companies Act, is one of the fastest emerging clubs of J&K.
Since June 2020, the club members have organized trekking programs through the length and breadth of the Valley and successfully explored many alpine lakes including Nundkol, Gangbal, Purani Ganga, Shilsar Lakes, Choharnag Lakes, Khilan Nag, Kausarnag, Gadtar Lakes, Wajidsar, Tarsar, Marsar, Kundapani Lakes, Arshan Lake, Zed Nag, Nehnaag, Darnen Sar etc.
Danish Dhaar, the founder of AJKMF, told Kashmir Bylines that started the club was to promote adventure sports in the Valley.
“Kashmir is blessed with wonderful geography and there is a lot of potential for adventure tourism. We are trying to do our part and promoting it by creating awareness among the masses,” Dhaar said.
He said that they want more and more people to join them and experience the joy and thrill one gets in these expeditions.
“Better to be a nature addict than a drug addict,” Danish said, summarizing the whole philosophy behind the idea of starting the club.
Najam-U-Saqib, a member of the group who has been actively participating in the programs of the club, said that it is important to understand the importance of nature and getting close to it.
“For healthy lifestyle and peace of mind, we should go out and explore the nature Allah has blessed us with rather than indulge in immoral and anti-social activities,” Saqib, who is also a photography enthusiast, said.
Pertinently, the group is trying to expand their activities by planning more such expeditions and programs in the future.