What is the My Happiest Trek Moment campaign?
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We are sure that as a trekker you will relive moments from your trek from time to time – it could be this euphoric moment when you finally reached the summit! It could be the moment you were moved to tears by a beautiful sunrise. It could be the time you spent alone on a campsite.
Here are some awesome stories Trekker sent us! 🙂
| My 2am adventure to the summit!
"We had to go to the Kedarkantha summit, but the worried part is to wake up at 2 a.m. to an OMG with a freezing temperature (to be experienced at least once in a lifetime) !!!
For the first time in my life I had breakfast at 2:30 a.m. as we had to go to the summit at 3:00 a.m. to see this breathtaking view of the sunrise.
Before I reached half the way, I was totally exhausted, felt like my legs were trapped and couldn't move. It is mainly my inner spirit that motivated me to keep going and I did it !!
After 4 hours of continuous hike with a 2 minute break to sip hot tea at this sub-zero temperature, which is urgently needed and absolutely pleasant, we continued our hike and reached the destination.
Trek Leader then congratulated on reaching (at this) point when each of us reached the top without giving up !!
The mantra “never give up” worked very well for me.
I was fascinated by the atmosphere, the white snow, the rocks, trees and the view.
The pain disappeared into the view !! "- – Brindha Palanivel
| A sense of achievement on Chandrashila
“This photo was taken on the last day of the Deoraatal Chandrashila hike and was my first Himalayan hike. In the morning we woke up around 3 a.m. and marched towards the summit. I experienced the snow trail for the first time on the way to the summit. As a fresher in the Trek category, I never thought that I would make it to the summit. When I got there, I lost myself for about 30 minutes. Then I decided to pray in front of Mount Nanda Devi for the prosperity of the nation and the people. It was only 5 minutes of prayer and I told her (Mt. Nanda Devi) to bless my parents, family, friends and nation. I felt like I had achieved something great for the first time in my life that almost matched Neil Armstrong's 1969 performance.
This was the most memorable moment for me, I was the happiest person in the world for 30 minutes. However, the peaceful moment did not last long. On the way back I got severe pain in my leg. But I had already promised my legs to show them paradise. I will cherish this moment forever. Thank you very much, Indiahikes. "- – Sainath Vignesh
| Rendezvous with my first alpine lake! 🙂
"" If there is a heaven on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here. "This thought crossed my mind from the start of the Great Lakes hike in Kashmir, but it was really exemplary when I saw the first and most beautiful Alpine lake – Lake Vishnusar.
When we started KGL Trek on the first day, the sky was clear and the weather was good, but on the second day it seemed a struggle for survival. It had started to rain very heavily, the pressure of the wind was enormous, the path was completely covered with clouds. I cursed the rain and prayed for some sunlight and finally the rain stopped.
All the hardships on the way suddenly disappeared when I caught my first glimpse of Lake Vishnusar. I was completely amazed by the enchanting beauty of this lake. You can never get tired of watching the sparkling water in the sunlight and the small streams of melting glaciers on the neighboring mountains that flow quietly in the lake.
This place was a perfect representation of my “dream landscape” and I wondered what made the clouds that rested on the mountains or what was hiding behind them even more breathtaking.
Sometimes I wonder whether it would have looked as nice without this cloud cover as it does now? Every painting becomes a work of art if the artist has this special touch, and that is exactly how the clouds on this canvas painted by nature definitely gave this special touch.
Conclusion – Every cloud has a silver lining !!! "- – Neha Shah
|The moment when I let the inner child take over
“This was on the second day of the Roopkund hike. We hiked from Ghairoli Patal via Ali Bugyal to Bedni Bugyal. When we reached Ali Bugyal, I was stunned. I had never seen lush green meadows before, it was one of the most beautiful and breathtaking moments of my life.
On the way we reached a point where we could see the campsite and had to dismount to reach the campsite.
This picture was taken exactly at this point.
The moment my friends and I saw the campsite, we ran down through the meadows to the campsite like little children that were released after a long day at school.
In our daily life we are dealing with so much stress and pressure that we forget these little joys of life.
Walking across these meadows reminded me of my childhood, carefree from all the stress and pressure of life. It was great to feel that way again. This was one of my favorite moments on the trek! "- – Simran Pokar
|The day I left my comfort zone is the day I lost my heart
"It's like a dream that unfolds before my eyes and I don't want to end. With four layers of clothes and tremors at this extreme temperature, my eyes filled with tears of joy. I think my camera did not do the picture justice, but I did I'm glad that my eyes and soul did it.
It's been 3 years and I still get goose bumps from the thought of this strenuous walk in the snow valleys of Kedarkantha on the weekends and my heart knows how I want to relive this moment every time. With a cloudy sky and knee-deep snow, this picture reminds me of the time when we climbed with our faith and determination and not with our walking stick and our legs.
The snow-covered valley of Kedarkantha has never looked so breathtaking with snow-covered pines and temperatures that sank with every step you took. The mind still lingers on this hike and how a simple Snow White can give you such vivid memories.
Our comfort can sound heartwarming, but believe me, when you step out of the house, a world of adventure, rainbow, snow, life and beautiful memories awaits us. "- – Saikat Mazumdar
|If there is a heaven on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here!
“This was on the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek in 2018.
We were at the Gangabal campsite and used our buffer day for the valued Indiahikes Green Trail initiative.
We tried our best to clean the area and were ready to return to the campsite. Almost everyone had gone to the camp because it was cloudy and it would rain anytime.
The last minutes at Lake Gangabal were the happiest moments of my life.
I remembered the saying of Jahangir, the fourth Mughal emperor: "If there is heaven on earth, it is here, it is here and it is here."
And I really felt in heaven. "- – Rajani Hegde
|When rain washed the valley green!
“One of my happiest trekking moments is the Hampta Pass Trek. This is a hike that is very close to my heart. I do a Himalayan hike and a Hampta Pass hike every year that I did in 2016.
We started in Jobra and after 1 hour of trekking it started to rain heavily. It was the first time I encountered rain on a Himalayan hike. It was unforgettable to hike in the rain in the valley.
After almost another 2 hours of trekking we reached Jwara, our campsite. When we reached the tents, they were opened by the porters when we were walking in the rain. We stormed into tents. After we entered it rained heavily. It was like a storm in the cup when I felt in the tent. Heavy rain and wind shook our tent. After 20 minutes the clouds passed and there was a pin drop that failed silently.
I was shocked and slowly opened my tent. When I opened the tent, it was like a scene from a movie, the huge mountains with clouds above them and the green pasture around us. It was an unforgettable view that I had in the mountains.
Even though it happened about 5 years ago, I still have my memory fresh as I saw it today. I ran out of words to express myself. I stood there for an hour without speaking to anyone and enjoyed the view. I didn't hurry to grab my camera to take pictures because I wanted that view to be fixed in my head. After 1 hour I took my camera and took some pictures. Although I took only a few pictures, the picture I took with my eyes is far better than the lens. ”- Bharath Ram
|My first encounter with the mighty Mt. Everest! 🙂
“The smile comes from the first view of Mount Everest during my last hike to Gokyo Ri in Nepal. I went on a path from the Namche Bazaar to a tiny hamlet called Dole at an altitude of 4000 m.
It was the month of December with temperatures between -10 and -20 degrees. The cold, dry wind made the walk even more difficult. It almost never seemed to end when my guide suddenly pointed to the mighty Everest that appeared before us (it is the highest distant peak on the left side of the picture). I just stood there for a moment staring at it. It felt like all my pain, suffering and tiredness were gone in a split second.
December is one of the coldest months, but because of the clear blue sky, the unrestricted view of the peaks, the snow here and there, the sun on you and definitely because there is one, it is also one of the best months for hiking no crowd in Nepal!
As much as the Everest region is now hyped up compared to many other equally exciting and adventurous hikes, the thought of being close to the highest peak in the world can still give you that sudden adrenaline rush. The whole experience was worth it all the more. "- – Natasha Saikia
|At that moment my arrogance melted into humility
“Roopkund was my first Himalayan trek, it was more than a trip, I had a hard time back then. We tried to reach the summit directly from Pathar Nachuni and not from Bhagwabasa like most people, so we had to start early, but we were almost 1 hour late. I also lost it really bad because of one person from the team and we somehow reached Bhagwabasa and saw few people return from the Summit Push when the weather got bad. Our guide told us to take a break. I was angry like never before, another failed trek over all the bad things in my life. It was just too much to deal with.
But after a while our guide came and asked us to prepare for the summit. I thought he was joking, but it wasn't him. We started Summit Push at 8 a.m. from Bhagwabasa. Can you even believe that most people come back at this time? from the summit. Still, we started and I was still angry and told a member of the team in arrogance that I'm not sure about you, but I'm going to the summit safely at all costs and started, I wore this Batman mask and decided for that my own hero.
On the way we met some people who made the summit and came back. They all wished us the best of luck and I answered “Thank you” in Batvoice just to brighten my own mood and that of the people on the way. We made it to the summit in less than 2 hours and when I saw the lake it was a complete breakdown, all anger was gone, the arrogance was gone, I just went and sat and said no word for another 45 minutes it is difficult to explain this feeling.
From that moment on I started a journey to be a better version of myself. I wouldn't say it was a life-changing moment, but it was the moment that started it all. Sometimes you have to go through a lot to get somewhere, and the trip sometimes feels like a lost thing, but you have to go through it, not just for that one moment, but one day, just like me, you will feel good about it remember entire trip did.
P.S. If we make the summit late, we have a clear view, really good weather and the entire summit for only 6 of us. This is very rare on a hike like Roopkund. "- – Kartik Mehta
|The impossible bridge!
“I was on the Rupin Pass Trek with Indiahikes last year. It was the fifth day of the hike and in the afternoon we reached the famous campsite at the lower waterfall.
After a pause, we all got out of our tents and started walking around to take in every moment with the nature around us. Few of us started building piles of stones for fun. Suddenly Nakul from our group shouted "Let's build a bridge" and without waiting for someone to start looking for and collecting stones. Another guy, Vikas, also liked the idea and got down to work. They hoped to build a bridge by building an arch by simply putting stones together.
We all mocked the couple out there and said it wouldn't last. I even remember saying, "It's impossible that it won't get up." But both just held on to it and looked for suitable stones that would hold. And what do you know After about 20 minutes of joint efforts, the time had come! A bridge of only stones that form an arch without any other support. We all who watched broke out in applause and cheers.
Then and there was my moment of reflection. Sometimes we come across things that our brains call "impossible" and even look for reasons / excuses why this is not possible. But if you believe in something, nothing is impossible with your conviction and perseverance. Whenever such a hurdle gets in my way, I think back to that moment and say: “It looks like an impossible bridge. Let's do that! & # 39; "- Aniruddha Gokhale
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