- On 24 Nov 14 a group of 20 students of Miles Bronson Residential School, comprising of 15 boys and five girls, moved to Kullu-Manali area for an action packed trip in the mountains. The area of their activity included the famous Rohtang Pass, situated in the East Pir Panjal Range at a height of 13,497 feet. This important pass connects the Kullu Valley with the strategically important Lahalu-Spiti and on to Leh-Ladakh area. The group was led by Ms. Lipika Borah along with Mr. Thomas Phangcho from MBRS. It is pertinent to mention here that the entire trip was guided and conducted by Mr Tarun Saikia, the first Assamese mountaineer who conquered the Mount Everest, whose able stewardship played the pivotal role in the stupendous success of this trip. The renowned mountaineer was with the MBRS team throughout the journey and its conduct. It was a 12 days' programme which included trekking and white water rafting along with a host of other adventure activities. Words fall short in describing the tremendous beauty of Manali. The place is surrounded by mountain peaks which seem to touch the azure sky, so romantic and mesmerising. The verdant, lush valley with deep gorges and high guarding peaks seems straight out of paradise. A blissfully meandering Beas River, and tall and majestic conifers with scented leaves, further add to the magical charm of the valley. All this added up to charge up the students to take on all challenging adventure activities such as trekking, white water river rafting, monkey crawl, Burma Bridge negotiation, rock climbing, zip lining and not to mention, frolicking in fresh snow! Exposure to these adventure activities, conducted under supervision of expert professionals, gave a rich and valuable experience to the students who took very keen interest in them. The team reached Manali on 27 Nov 14 early morning. They immediately changed gear and got down to serious business of trekking the same very day. They also visited the Solang Valley, a place well known for having ideal take off points and wind currents for parasailing. In Naggar, a mini heaven between Kullu and Manali, the students experienced camping in the wilds for a night. It was a memorable experience, staying in small tents, supporting their respective buddies, bearing bone chilling temperature and surviving on scaled rations. The team also trekked in a village called Heritage Village within Naggar, which is popular for high quality, high yield Delicious apples. The village has an old and very deep connection with Devika Rani Roerich, the Indian actress, who was married to Svetoslav Nikolaevich Roerich, the famous Russian painter. The students also had an opportunity to visit the Seat of the Dalai Lama at McLeodganj, near Dharamshala. St John's Church in Wilderness, a little short of McLeodganj, is a one of a kind church, sheer beauty and true wilderness. This trip has taught all team members some of the essential life skills, albeit basic level. It has been a trip well conducted and worth all the efforts.