Vascoites go Mountaineering!
– By Mrs.Lakshmi Iyer
Nine mountaineering enthusiasts from Vasco were part of a 32 member team who joined Eco Treks, Goa on a trek to Mani Mahesh lake. Mani Mahesh lake is at a height of about 13400 ft. and located close to Mani Mahesh Kailash peak in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas in Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh. The group from Vasco included Atul and Kiran Shah, Sivaswamy and Lakshmi Iyer, Mr. and Mrs.Madkaikar from Sasmollem, Mukta, Aditi and Heram Amonkar. The members from Vasco have been regular trekkers and have done many local treks. Inspite of harsh climatic conditions due to relentless snowing in the Pir Panjal this year the group could successfully complete the trek upto a height of about 11500 ft. Further trek upto Mani Mahesh lake had to be abondoned by Eco Treks due to heavy snow and bad weather. Besides trekking the group also enjoyed recreational tours at Bharmour, Chamba, Khajjiar (Mini Switzerland) and Dalhousie. The participants have described the trek as a most beautiful and challenging experience.