Srinagar:

If you are an adventure junkie, then head to Kashmir and start climbing 60-feet ice fall at Chandanwari 15 KM (30 minute drive) from famous summer resort Pahalgam  in South Kashmir.

Every year the department of tourism Kashmir organises ice-climbing events at Phrislan in Chandanwari to make it a popular sports in Kashmir and to attract adventure lovers from across globe.

Climbing instructor Junaid Beigh tries to scale ice-fall at Phrislan

Recently, the department organized three day ice-climbing at Phrislan in which many trained mountaineers from Jammu and Kashmir Mountaineering and Hiking Club and Glacier Trekking, Mountaineering and Hiking Club participated with the collaboration of Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports.

Chief Executive Officer, Pahalgam Development Authority, Mushtaq Ahmad Simnani flagged off the climbers on December 29, 2017.

Only regular local climbers like Nawab Moazum Khan, Ghulam Mohammad Wani, Khursheed Beigh led by climbing instructor Juniad Beigh are making attempts to climb 60-feet ice-fall.

Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said this extreme adventure sports activity has an international appeal which can attract adventure lovers from across the globe.

“We have 60-feet steep ice fall at Phrislan village in Chandanwari which is an ideal spot for ice-climbing for beginners. This is a very expensive sport and mostly foreigners attempt to climb such frozen icefalls around the globe. We are making our youth especially professional climbers trained in this sport so that they can participate in future ice-climbing events,” said Director Tourism Kashmir. “We will make this activity a regular feature in winter months.”

Ice-climbers pose for a photograph after completing climbing activity at Phrislan Icefalls

Though there are more steep ice falls in Kashmir but they are are not easily accessible. They need highly skillful climbers.

“We have started the activity from Chandanwari and later we can attempt ice-climbing at other spots,” said Director tourism Kashmir.

The department also has full-fledged adventure wing which houses all the necessary equipment for such activities.

“We want to promote adventure sports in a big way as it will provide employment to the local youth and also attract high-spending travellers. We will be organizing more such activities in future for youth,” he said.

Climbers at the bottom of an ice-fall as the cameraman clicks picture from a distance