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Gojal: Winter Hike of scouts from three districts of Gilgit-Baltistan concludes in Gulmit

By our correspondent

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Scouts all over the world have always been groomed, developed and trained in critical and harsh situations. This is because they have to be able of working in different, tough, risky and unpredictable situations to help humans and the inhabitants on earth.

Winter hike of scouts

Keeping this mission in view, 75 scouts from Ghizer, Gilgit, and Hunza-Nagar took the challenge to go on a five-day-long hike, called “Winter Hike,” starting from Hussainabad Hunza and ending in Gulmit Gojal in the harsh and extreme weather condition of January 2014. The hike ended in Gulmit on Sunday, January 12, 2014.

Winter hike of scouts

Initially the hikers were grouped in different patrols whereas a two-day-long session was conducted to brief the hikers about the rules, the route from where they have to hike, and the kits required throughout the endeavor.

Winter hike of scouts

Mr. Ayub, the District Scouts Commissioner for Hunza, shared the main objectives of the hike while talking to the Mountain TV. The hiking program’s main theme was to shun the use of drugs in the region. Other objectives included demonstration of managing challenges, surviving and maintaining discipline in harsh and extreme conditions besides demonstrating the skills to manage challenges.

Winter hike of scouts

The hikers started from Hussainabad on Jan. 8, visited and stayed at different places and finally reached Gulmit on Jan. 11. The ADSC and members of Gojal 1, Gojal 2, and Chipursan welcomed the hikers from other districts at the Attabad Lake’s boat basin in Gulmit. The hikers spent the night in Ghulkin village, where they were engaged in a variety of scouting activities.

Winter hike of scouts

In Gulmit, the people received the hikers with warm welcome. The Aga Khan Silver Jubilee Band gave a memorable welcome to the hikers and entertained them with their performance.

Winter hike of scouts

The ending ceremony was held at the hall of the F.G. High School for Girls, Gulmit, where hundreds of men and women were present. The hikers presented different items, which they had prepared during the last five days, and shared their stories of the hiking through the adventurous roads of Hunza and boating through the Attabad Lake in severe climatic conditions.

Winter hike of scouts

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