27-Dec-2013 -- Confluence 22N 90E is located in planted mangrove forest beside the village of Sonātola, about 6 km southeast of the town of Pātharghāta in southern Barguna District in Bangladesh. The landscape is mangrove forest beside Buriswar River's wide mouth which flows just 100 m west of the Confluence near to the world's largest mangrove forest Sundarban.
Bangladesh Adventure Club's confluence mission's members to this southern confluence in Bangladesh were Moshiur R Khandaker and Nur Mohammad with local motorcycle rider Rubel and local farmer Manik.
The confluence point is in Barguna district which is around 250 km north of Dhaka city. Two of us started on 25 December 2013 at 5 pm in the evening by a river ship from Dhaka to Barguna. The journey was of approximately 22 hours and we reached the destination at around 5:30 pm in the evening. Being late we stayed at Pātharghāta bazar. We were at this place after SIDR Cyclone in 2007 of SAFE's relief operation and impatiently waited to see the next sunrise.
Next morning at 8:45 am we started for the confluence point by crossing the Buriswar River by boat and travelled the distance of 5 km away from boat landing station by motor cycle ride. After half an hour we reached at 22°0.000'N. We started to walk and followed the directions on the GPS towards 90E. At last after 15 minutes exactly at 9:35 am with some difficulty we were able to penetrate spine shrub and reached the dream point of the Degree Confluence Project. The point was found to be in a mangrove forest and had to be walked down a bit to find the degree confluence of 22N 90E with GPS accuracy of 20 ft.
It was a great excitement of first confluence experience. We distributed sweet candy and chocolate among us as a Bengali tradition of tasting sweets after any achievement.