I went on my first trek to Shang La in Ladakh at the age of 68. It sort of just happened since I was looking to try something new after retiring.
As I went on this journey in 2019, it left a deep impact on me. It was like discovering the true beauty of the mountains. I hadn’t felt this close to nature ever before.
However, during the trek, I also realised that I wasn’t as fit as I had thought. I had to really push myself each day.
I did complete the trek eventually and came back determined to work on my fitness. I knew I have to go on as many treks as possible before it was too late.
That's when I came across the Indiahikes website. It had all the information I needed. The fitness requirements were laid out clearly.
I set out to meet those.
I began by switching from walking to jogging. I then started doing various exercises. It took a while but I made steady progress. By March 2020, I was fully prepared to go on my second trek.
But that is when Covid happened and I couldn’t go. I was dejected. The worst part was the uncertainty. I feared if I’ll be able to trek at all again.
After feeling down initially, I decided to look at things positively. I utilised the time to further improve my fitness.
Finally, in September 2021, the situation got a lot better. I was more than ready to go on a trek. Without wasting much time, I went to Tarsar Marsar with Indiahikes. It was worth the wait!
Firstly, I managed to complete the trek comfortably. It boosted my confidence. Secondly, the way it was conducted allowed me to absorb the calmness of the environment I was in.
I could already see myself going on another trek.
In April 2022, at the age of 71, I went to Khopra Ridge. On the trek, I spent ample quiet moments with myself. I gained a better understanding of who I am as a person.
I can safely say that trekking with Indiahikes has made me a better and stronger human being. It has impacted me emotionally, mentally and physically.
I want to maintain my fitness to go on many more treks. I haven't had even close to enough of this beautiful sport.”
- Vijay K, Indiahikes Trekker