Hunza, May 31: The Ismaili Boy Scouts have started a 6-days Adventure and Environment walk from Gulmit, Gojal to Gilgit city, along the historical pony track. The walk is organized by Gulmit Boy Scouts Group, to celebrate the 100 years of world scouting and commemorate the Golden Jubilee celebrations of His Highness, Prince Karim Aga Khan.
A mega event was organised, in the premises of F.G. Boys High School Gulmit, to open the walk activities and give farewell to scouts. A large number of scouts, community notables and parents participated the event. The speakers said that Scouting is playing the role of nursery organisation in producing dynamic leaders for civil society.
About 55 scouts of age group 17-25 years from different villages will walk about 170 km long track to reach Gilgit city. The Scouts will camp and held gatherings with elders and youth in Ahmedabad, Murtazabad, Hussainabad and Nomal villages to exchange historical experiences and oral traditions about hardships an difficulties in travelling and communication in the region. The scouts will also participate in the activities of world environment day and create awareness about AIDS, drug abuses and other issues.
This historical pony track was constructed during 1897– 1901 after the Hunza state fell under the British rule in December 1891. This track improved travelling to these lonely mountain gorges and the traditions hidden in these valleys for centuries was exposed to external world. Later on, the construction of a jeepable road during 1957 and KKH during 1978 connected the region with other parts of the world.
The vision of the walk is to use youth as a change force to harness unity, peace and development in the region and create awareness about the promotion and preservation of historical heritages and oral traditions with fun and pleasurable experiences. The walk will also offer an adventure for the youth and explore a potential tracking route for the tourists. It will also provide first hand historical and cultural information to youth from elders.
The Scouts will also visit Chinar Bagh Gilgit, to pay tributes to the heroes of the Gilgit-Baltistan independence from Dogra Raj. The closing ceremony will be held at Shah Karim Hostel Gilgit on June 5 in order to link the day with the celebrations World environmental Day.