Excelsior Sports Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 9: Surinsar Mansar Development Authority (SMDA) organised a Spring Trek from Mahoregarh to Mansar.
The trek was flagged off from historical Mahoregarh fort by Inspector Ram Singh (Everester) in the presence of Nagendra Singh Jamwal CEO, SMDA.
The trek was led by Manik Slathia who has been selected by Indian Mountaineering Foundation for participating in expedition to climb Mount Everest.
Over sixty trekkers participated in the Spring Trek through Surinsar-Mansar Wildlife Sanctuary.
The trekkers enjoyed the trek through Pine forest, deep ravines, lush green fields and ridgelines.
Col (Retd.) Jaswant Singh educated the trekkers about the rich flora and fauna on the trek.
The trekkers also visited Deer Park maintained by Wildlife Protection Department having five species of deer and antelopes including Barking deer, Spotted deer, Sambhar and Nilgai (Blue Bull) which is the largest Asian antelope. Indian Cotton tree (Simbal), Monkey face tree (kemila), Butterfly Bush (Dhoor Bana), Kainth (Pyrus Pashia), Malabar Nut (Breknad), Switch Sorrel (Saintha), wild tulips (Magge) in full bloom added colour to the green landscape.
Pine (chir) adorned with new corns added beauty to the landscape and was much appreciated by the trekkers.
The trekkers also observed a number of honey bee colonies placed in the fields by honey collectors to collect natural nectar from flowering bloom during the spring season.
The trek aimed at promoting adventure sports was held under Mansar series of activities.