“Discovering Trekking At 68 Changed Me.”

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“Discovering Trekking At 68 Changed Me.”

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By Mudit Bhatnagar


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

Mudit Bhatnagar

Content Writer

About the author

A writer by heart and by occupation.

Although I started writing at an early age, I have been a professional for the past six years. Having worked with multiple media organisations, I have gained expertise in producing concise and engaging pieces for diverse digital platforms.

It was my firm belief in the power of the written word that drove me to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Aside from sitting in front of a screen and churning out words, I cherish being amidst nature. Working with Indiahikes gives me an opportunity to combine my passion for writing with my unceasing love for the mountains.

Trekking, in my view, is an ideal way to spend some quality time with yourself and reflect. I believe it is the ultimate wellness centre as it positively impacts one’s mind, body and spirit.

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