11 Great Trek Stories To Keep You Company During COVID-19 (Part - 1)

11 Great Trek Stories To Keep You Company During COVID-19 (Part - 1)

Category Books And Film Recommendations Trekker Space

By Swathi Chatrapathy


I hope you are safe at home as you browse this list of great trek stories.

Most of us at Indiahikes are back home and safe with our families. Unfortunately, some team members are stuck because of cancelled flights and now the lockdown. They are stranded. Far away from their homes and family members. Emotionally it is very difficult for them. The good news is they are within the safe walls of our Dehradun office.

These are tough times for all of us.   

So I thought I’ll take today to share some past best trek stories with you. Hopefully, for a few minutes, they’ll whisk you away from the Corona lockdown and to the mountains, where all of us yearn to be. 

This is Part I of this series of great trek stories. I’ll be back with Part II next week. They will surely keep you company until then: 

1. What I Learnt When I Trekked With Shepherds Across Pin Parvati Pass

Our first woman Trek Leader, perhaps one of the most courageous women I know, shares the story of how she crossed the Pin Parvati Pass with shepherds.

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2. Some Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Women in the Mountains

Speaking of women in the mountains, this was the speech that our co-founder Sandhya UC shared on Women’s Day, with Women’s Web.

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3. A Story From the Goechala Trek That Will Give You Goosebumps

This story, written by our founder Arjun Majumdar, first appeared in Discover India. I pulled it out to share with you a night on the Goechala trek — the story of Samiti Lake in the middle of the night, a meteor shower; it’s too hard to believe (until you reach the end of the story. And no, it is not made up).

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4. How Trekkers Help the Economy in the Mountains

This is the story of how every trekker like you and me creates an impact on the lives of hundreds of mountain folk, just by going on a trek. It’s very relevant in these times, when COVID-19 has suspended treks, and brought life to a standstill in the mountains.

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5. How I Climbed the Mountain of Entrepreneurship

 This is one of the most engaging and valuable TEDx talks on entrepreneurship in the outdoor world, given by our co-founder Sandhya.The article has the script, as is, and the video too. 

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6. How Trekking can Impact Your Mind, Body and Spirit

 This is one of the most honest TEDx talks, given by our founder, Arjun Majumdar. We’ve put down his entire speech as it was, including the slides that he used in his presentation. You’ll also find the video of the TEDx talk inside.

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7. How We Managed Our First European Trek in Georgia

This is the inside story of how we organised a trek in another country, and I think it’s one of the best stories I’ve shared in my Thursday mailers.

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8. What I Learned After Battling a Snowstorm on the Everest Base Camp Trek

One of the comments on this story says, “Made me remember some parts of the movie Everest.” That says it all.

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9. How a Trek Changed the Way I Made Decisions

The head of our Trek Coordinators team shares the story of his unsuccessful exploration to Phachu Khandi and his biggest learnings from the exploration.  

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10. Must-Read Books on Adventures in the Himalayas

 These are sure to keep you company over the next few months to come.

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Bonus reading to manage your home well during the lockdown:

11. 10 Ways to Keep Your Green Trails Spirit Alive at Home

 Save for a few points, I think you can follow all of these points while you’re waiting it out at home.

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These are just a select few great trek stories I’m sharing with you. I’ll be back with Part II next week.

I hope these stories will help you stay connected to the mountains in these terrible COVID-19 times.

Stay home, stay safe.

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.