17 new routes in Kargil for trekkers
The State Administrative Council (SAC) has decided to take up with the Ministry of Home, Government of India, the opening up of 17 routes/areas without insisting upon inner line permit.
The trekking routes proposed to be opened include (i) Faroona-Jasgund via Lasar La (ii) Akshow (Zanskar)-Gulab Garh (Kishtwar) (iii) Padum-Gulab Garh (Kishtwar) via Omasila. (iv) Padum-Dangale (Padder Valley) via Pot La (v) Kanore-Batambis-Sapi (vi) Sapi to Rangdum via Rusila and Wakha La (vii) Rangdum-Heniskote via Kanjila (viii) Rangdum-Padum via Pangong La. (ix) Padum-Ralakung (x) Padum-Lamayuru.
The trekking routes/areas proposed to be opened along LoC/border areas include (i) Kargil-Lalung-Shahshi Lake – Darchiks/Garkone Broq (Trekking route). (ii) Kargil-Hunderman Brok Ridge(LOC Visit) (iii) Batalik Junction to Gargardo (apricot Village) (iv) Drass-Sumda-Marpola (Tiger Hill Base) (v) National Highway to Kaksar Village (LOC Visit) (vi) National Highway to Lato Village (LOC Visit) (vii) National Highway to Budgam-Majdass Village (LOC Visit).
The opening of these trekking routes will provide gainful employment to the local population particularly in the Kargil region, and help to showcase the tourism potential of the state.