Western Campus of Indiahikes: Photo Story of Karjat Trek

Western Campus of Indiahikes: Photo Story of Karjat Trek

Category Photo Story

By Latika Payak


On January 8, 2021, Indiahikes team inaugurated the Western Campus with a beautiful trek to Kothaligad near Karjat. A lot happened over that weekend. And here’s a photo story shared by Finance Manager at Indiahikes, Gautam Singh. During this pioneering trek, Gautam acted as the camp manager.

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Tents are set up and waiting for our trekkers at the campsite


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Trek Leader Prathima Chhabria holds a briefing session and takes trekkers on a campsite tour upon arrival


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Head of Experiential Learning Programs, Izzat Yagnagi, and Finance manager Gautam Singh lovingly serve delicious dinner on the day of arrival at our campsite. Our staff are happy to serve


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The next day, trekkers set off on a hike to Kothaligad where they will spend most of their day


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Through the trek, trekkers observe nature around them, gather information about the trek, learn about our Green Trails practices, and go through a transformation


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Difficult sections and a challenging atmosphere help in building their resilience as individuals and family as a whole


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A glimpse from the trickiest section of the trek


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At the summit, trekkers reflect upon the four pillars of Indiahikes – Experience, Green Trails, Trekipedia, and Transformation


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We do not return empty-handed from a trek. We get sacks full of litter from the trail. We segregate and dispose of it responsibly.


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On Day 3, trekkers are treated to healthy sandwiches as an early morning breakfast along with tea


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As part of our collaboration with Vijaybhoomi University, the Dean of their Design School, Prof. Pravin takes us through a session that prepared everyone for the next activity called ABCD.


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Prof. Pravin draws portraits of objects and our trekkers. It is a part of an initiative called Anybody Can Draw (ABCD)


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A happy bunch after the ABCD session by Prof. Pravin.


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Back at the campsite, trekkers unpitch the tents, fold their sleeping bags and get ready to end the day with fond memories from so many experiences. They take back many learnings.


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Debriefing session by Trek Leader Prathima to conclude the trek experience. They share their experiences of the program and offer constructive feedback on how the entire programme was conducted.

Latika Payak

Senior Content Writer

About the author

Latika is a Senior Content Writer and one of the rare team members who has seen Indiahikes from its initial days. She was among the first few to begin creating content at Indiahikes, documenting treks around Maharasthra, interviewing trekkers and writing their stories.

Latika started trekking after joining Indiahikes and has trekked to Roopkund, Hampta Pass, Kedarkantha, Dayara Bugyal, Tarsar Marsar, and Har Ki Dun.

With a strong background in print media and have worked with several publications. Latika is always hunting for great stories hidden in the folds of the mountains. Horror stories from ancient routes and villages of the Himalayas are her favourite.

She is presently working on bringing out news from the remote trekking regions of our country.