We deeply regret the loss of the 9 trekkers on the Sahastra Tal trek

We deeply regret the loss of the 9 trekkers on the Sahastra Tal trek

Our thoughts are with their families

Category News

By Swathi Chatrapathy


Yesterday, we woke up to tragic news about trekkers passing away on the way to Sahasratal, a high altitude alpine lake in Uttarakhand.

They were returning from the summit when the weather turned hostile with a white out.

Even though they were just a couple of hours away from camp, they were stranded outdoors overnight in freezing, inclement weather. 9 trekkers passed away and 13 trekkers were rescued.

These trekkers were trekking with a local operator from Uttarakhand.

Many of these trekkers have trekked with Indiahikes in the past and are known to us personally.

This is among the worst disasters we have heard of in the Indian Himalayas in the recent past.

It's a grave day for the trekking community. Our prayers are with the rescued trekkers and the families of all the trekkers we have lost.

Swathi Chatrapathy

Chief Editor

About the author

Swathi Chatrapathy heads the digital content team at Indiahikes. She is also the face behind India's popular trekking video channel, Trek With Swathi. Unknown to many, Swathi also writes a weekly column at Indiahikes which has more than 100,000 followers.

A TEDx speaker and a frequent guest at other events, Swathi is a much sought after resource for her expertise in digital content.

Before joining Indiahikes, Swathi worked as a reporter and sub-editor at a daily newspaper. She holds a Masters's in Digital Journalism and continues to contribute to publications. Trekking, to her, is a sport that liberates the mind more than anything else. Through trekking, Swathi hopes to bring about a profound impact on a person's mind, body and spirit.