ATOAK, JKSMA hail opening of new trekking routes in Kargil

Greater Kashmir

Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir (ATOAK) and J&K Ski and Mountaineering Association (JKSMA) have hailed the government decision to open new trekking routes in district Kargil.

In a joint statement, ATOAK and JKSMA hailed the government for clearing the decks to open some new routes for trekking and cultural tours which will prove a great step towards the development of adventure and cultural tourism in Kargil, Suru, Zanaskar, Darchik, Brok and Batalik valleys.

President ATOAK RaufTramboo while appreciating the decision said, “Opening of the new areas of Kargil for adventure will not only boost the recreational tourism to that place but Kashmir, Ladakh and areas of Chenab valley of Jammu as a whole will also get benefited. This area has huge potential for adventure, culture and border tourism. This will not only bring this beautiful area on the international tourism map but will also prove a game changer in socio-economic upliftment of the people living in these areas.”

However, he said that government should also open the Mashko valley which connects Gurez valley with Drass.

ATOAK and JKSMA also reiterated the demand of restoring the post of Director General Tourism (DGT) which becomes now more relevant because DGT can bridge the gap between the three divisions while updating and keeping an eye on the services and new products presented to the domestic and international tourists.