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Trek Story: How one girl completed the Chadar trek against all odds

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We recently interviewed Spriha Gupta, an adventure seeker from Bangalore. In a candid chat, she told us about her thrilling experience to Chadar trek that she recently completed in February. Read on!

Q: When did you start trekking?

A: I started trekking a couple of years ago but I only did a few short treks in South India, in and around Bangalore. Last year, I went for my first winter Himalayan trek with you guys, when I completed the Kedarkantha Trek. Hence, I was experienced and well-prepared for the Chadar trek.

Q: Why did you choose the Chadar trek?

A: There are two main reasons why I chose this trek. Firstly, I wanted to challenge myself and test my abilities. Secondly, I heard the route to this trek was going to shut down and another route was going to open. So I had to complete this trek this year and check it off my list.

Q: How was the Chadar trek?

A: For me, it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. Maybe, because I was better prepared for it, in terms of clothing. My experience in Kedarkantha trek came in handy as I knew how cold it can actually get at an altitude as high as 12,000 ft. So I wore thermals, better and warmer jackets this time and in addition to this, I also carried heat pouches.

Q: Sounds like it was quite a task, So what inspired you to keep walking in below freezing temperature and an extreme weather?

A: My wish and will to complete the trek kept me determined throughout the trek but yes, the trek did challenge me on so many levels. The first day was definitely difficult because I was completely clueless about everything. As one reaches there, he/she is unaware of what lies in front of them and in case of this trek, what lies beneath them. Apart from this, I was adamant about the fact that I have to reach the waterfalls.

Q: How was your stay at the Dib cave?

A: It was an overnight camp but we didn’t really stay inside the cave as it is reserved for locals but our camp was right opposite to the cave and it was pretty amazing. Overnight camps are always beautiful.

Q: How did you feel when you reached Gyalpo waterfalls, your ‘destination’?

A: It was a feeling of accomplishment and relief that I had completed the trek after all the challenges that I faced. The biggest challenge was broken chadar. As I remember correctly, every other batch except ours returned because the chadar had cracked. Our batch faced the same issue, but later that day we saw a couple of girls coming down from another route. Excitedly, I asked them about the route and they told me that the alternate route was steep and rough. So when I asked my guide to give us another shot at this, he agreed and this is where Renok adventures really helped me out. Out of our batch of 9 people, 2 trekkers, my friend and I completed this trek against all odds. And all of this was definitely worth it because when I reached the waterfalls, the view was to die for!

 

Q: Was there any particular event from the trek which stood out for you?

A: My journey to the waterfalls was definitely the event that stood out for me. That day, I challenged my own self and I came out as a winner and that feeling of achievement was spectacular.

Q: Lastly, do you have any advice for first-time trekkers who aim to complete the Chadar trek?

A: Yes. Firstly, go for this trek in the second half of January because the chadar might start breaking in February and trekkers can lose out on experiencing the whole trek. Our batch faced the same challenge and many others didn’t get to see the waterfalls. Secondly, carry heat pouches because it can get really cold out there.

Spriha’s determination and willpower amazed us all. Her trek to the Chadar trek proves that you can go for this mesmerizing trek if you are as strong-willed as Spriha. She definitely had an amazing experience. Do you think Chadar trek could be your calling too?

 

 

Best Places to visit in India

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‘‘Travel is the only thing you buy, that makes you richer’’.Bamboozling, intoxicating, crazy, exasperating, wonderful, squalid, beautiful, daunting, overwhelming, and fantastic.India is all these things, and more. It has always left millions of souls awestruck due to its marvelous architecture and cultural diversity.Come, lose yourself in the beauty of India.

  • Manali-Leh Road Trip

The ‘Mecca’ of all road trips in India, the Manali-Leh Highway has always been a favorite. Be it for the groups or solo travelers, this route outshines any other backpacking trips in India.

  • Agra

Be it the white marbled splendor of Taj Mahal, the revered Jama Masjid that is a striking exemplar of Mughal style or the captivating deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, Agra is truly a wonder.

  • Ladakh

Spectacularly rugged, parched mountains wrap this enchanting, Buddhist ex-kingdom. With some of the most stunning tourist places in India like Leh, Pangong Lake, Magnetic Hill, Nubra Valley, Tso Moriri Lake and Lamayuru, this place is definitely a treat to our eyes.

  • Rishikesh

Rishikesh is found at a range of 24 km from Haridwar. There are many tourists attractions like Lakshman Jhula, Haridwar, Shivpuri, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Parmarth Niketan, Ram Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Vashishta Gufa and much more.

 

  • Mysore

One of South India’s most renowned tourist destinations, Mysuru is known for its shimmering royal legacy and majestic monuments. Choose from a multitude of sightseeing possibilities varying from Mysore Palace, lounging greenery of Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Zoo, Philomena’s Church and other countless churches and monuments.

  • Kochi

With its beautiful lagoons, lakes, and greenery, Kochi is rightly known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea and perfectly reflects the eclecticism of the state of Kerala. Here in historical Kochi, one can see winding streets with mosques, a 16th-century Jewish synagogue, 500-year old Portuguese cottages, old churches and a palace built by the Portuguese.

  • Goa

Thanks to its picturesque location on the Mandovi River, between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea and its large stretch of magnificent, palm tree-lined beaches, Goa is one of India’s hot spots. The state’s Portuguese past is most apparent in its plazas, cathedrals, and architecture including the Catholic Church of Old Goa, St. Anne’s Church and the Basilica of Bom Jesus.

  • Amritsar

Holy Amritsar, located in the northwest part of India in the State of Punjab, is the holy center of the Sikh religion. Amritsar’s main attraction is the revered and beautiful Golden Temple made of white marble, bronze and gold leaf. Maharaja Ranjit Singh built this seat of Sikh religion in 1803.

  • Shimla

The largest and most famous of the British hill stations, Shimla is the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh.The famous main street of Shimla – The Mall, is lined with stately English-looking houses. Replete with its Victorian-Gothic spire, Christ Church, built in 1846 is Shimla’s most famous landmark.

  • Jaipur

The most prominent Jaipur attractions and spots to visit are the antiquated royal residences and fortifications, with intricate engineering that serves as a shining indication of their illustrious legacy. Visit the Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, City royal residence, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort and Birla Mandir which are truly splendid.

Camping in Delhi

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Did you have enough of the spicy momos, hot paranthas, and tangy savories?Are you bored after visiting the crowded tourist spots in Delhi?Is your soul getting excited just when the word ‘Adventure’is mentioned?Then you must definitely have a look at the following super-cool camps around Delhi.

  • Camp Tikkling, Gurgaon

With a gamut of activities that take care of interests of all ages, Camp Tikkling arranges for activities like paramotoring, paintball, zorbing, and jummaring among others. It is a rather unexplored one among various destinations for camping near Delhi.

  • Damdama Lake, Gurgaon

One of the well-known adventure camps near Delhi, boating, rock climbing, commando net, balance walk and spider net are some of the activities you can indulge in at Damdama. Since the island is surrounded by the Aravali mountain range on one side, you can also go trekking here.

  • Camp Wild Dhauj, Gurgaon-Faridabad Border

One of the popular camps near Delhi, Camp Wild Dhauj has all the possible camp facilities ranging from adventure sports to comfortable tents and delicious food. Adventure activities at Dhauj include rappelling, rock climbing, flying fox, hiking, mountain biking, ATV rides and zorbing. DJ nights and bonfire are also conducted to complete an amazing winter night.

  • Camp Mustang, Sohna Road

A picturesque location surrounded by the Aravalli hills and vast farms, this is the perfect place to camp with family or friends, get together, hold events etc. Look forward to trekking, rock climbing, shooting, team building activities, zorbing, cycling, farming, obstacle courses, village walks, astronomy and rocketry and a lot more.

  • Kanatal, near Dhanaulti

e middle of this picturesque adventure camp near Delhi. Experience the adrenaline rush with activities like Tarzan swings, Mowgli walks, rock climbing, rappelling, valley crossing and commando crawls. Also, you could trek to the Kaudia forest or the Surkhanda Devi temple. If you just want to unwind, bonfire; barbeque night and outdoor games are a must-do here.