Visakhapatnam, May 27th: It is not just the fitness factor that is creating a vibrant culture of trekking in the city. A growing awareness for nature conservation, teambuilding measures and the thrill factor are drawing hordes of trekkers, both young and old, to explore the Eastern Ghats surrounding the city.

On Sunday, a team of 25 enthusiasts explored the three-km trek route at Kambalakonda Eco Tourism Park. “A pair of good trekking shoes, a small bottle of water and a spirited attitude is all that takes to get started,” says an ardent trekker and bicycle enthusiast Ratnalatha Pachava. The trek was jointly organised by the Bayfront Horse Club and Adventure Bicycle Club. “There is a growing number of people keen on joining trekking activities. In fact, there were more than 10 first-time trekkers in the team on Sunday,” adds Ratnalatha. A nature lover, Ratnalatha, has covered several trek routes in and around the city and also Araku Valley.

A trekker’s delight, the vast green expanse of Kambalakonda has five trek routes of three km, four km, five km, seven km and a short steep uphill trek route.

For Ch. Gyaneshwar, an intermediate final year student, trekking means being close to nature and documenting the number of birds and endemic plant species en route. Having finished more than 30 treks during the past year or so, he also volunteers for environmental organisations that works towards conservation measures of bird species and helps in rescue activities of injured birds and animals during the treks.

Trekking is also seen as an effective means of team building activity. Jestin Joseph of Adventure Zone that conducts trekking activities twice every month says that the corporates are actively coming forward to take part in trekking and adventure activities. Those interested to be a part of the treks, can contact Adventure Bicycle Club at 9000810898 and Adventure Zone at 9848291574.

A team of 25 enthusiasts has explored the three-km trek route at Kambalakonda Eco Tourism Park.

Source: The Hindu