Mountains always charm people and men are smitten to scale up the steepest of peaks to be one with nature. Kashmir has the most salubrious of all mountains in south Asia.
In a host of Himalayan countries mountain tourism contribute a great deal to the GDP of these countries. Kashmir was known as a trekking heaven and many trekking enthusiasts in Europe had it on top of their priority list in the 80s. The trekking tourism died a sure death in 90’s due to the situation. There were few tourists and very few would dare to trek mountains in such a volatile atmosphere.
In the early half of the 21st century many trekking enthusiasts in their early twenties took to mountaineering as a part time profession but sooner observing the career prospects in trekking made it their full time profession.
These trekking enthusiasts took to the social networking sites to post about their love for mountains attracting attention of trekkers all across the world. Sooner, trekkers started flocking the valley and scaled the mountain peaks.
The enthusiasm shown by these trekking enthusiasts who are now full time professionals has rejuvenated the trekking tourism in valley. The government can play a proactive role by training more and more youths in this regard as trek guides.
The government should start spoken language courses in German, Spanish and Italian languages so that we are able to woo trekkers from these regions also.
It is a matter of some years that Kashmir would again be on the priority list of all trekkers across Europe. Since the situation is improving in Kashmir it is time for the unemployed youth to take up mountaineering as a full time profession. There is money, fame, exposure and health to be gained from Trekking tourism. Let us pack our bags and start trekking.