Chadar trek Review-Manasa Balumer

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Chadar trek Review-Manasa Balumer

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By Sandhya UC


(Chadar trek- 26th Jan’2013 Batch)

I am going to be ever thankful to you for the chadar trek.Not only were we surrounded by scenic beauty but also we made friendships that am sure are going to last for a lifetime. Rahul, you rock! Surely my next trekis going to be with you.

As far as the trek itself is concerned, being a Mumbaikar, when I first heard of the temperatures on the trek, I was a little apprehensive. But then Bharti’s email addressed to the group where she said the cold was ‘easily manageable’ (ahem) was assuring so I packed my bags and boarded the flight and I’m glad I did!

Few regrets on the trek:

  • I lost my brand new trekking shoes!! 🙁 Will stuff the shoes INSIDE the bag and won’t tie it on the sides of the rucksack next time)
  • I could have easily done away with my rucksack! Had offloaded my bag to the porter so I packed a day pack. I realised that I dint open my rucksack till the end of the trek! Lesson well learnt – you really don’t change on a trek where temp goes as low as -30!!
  • Don’t make good friends on the trek ’cause leaving them is really difficult! Left with a really heavy heart at the end.

Unfortunately we couldn’t complete the trek up to nerak because of the unformed chadar. Hoping to join again next year and finish the trek.

The chadar experience all in all was AMAZING. The food was great and I found myself overeating. Whoever said that the worst thing about the trek is the scarce food should think again. I cant think of a single thing that India hikes should have done differently. It was very well organized and managed. The team was excellent.


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Sandhya UC

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Sandhya is a founding partner at Indiahikes. Over the past ten years, she has explored and put on the map few of the greatest Himalayan treks in India, including Kashmir Great Lakes and Kedarkantha. She is a TedX Speaker and has been awarded the Women of Worth Award by Outlook Business in 2017. She believes in sustainable living just as she believes in sustainable trekking. Read a feature on Sandhya in Outlook Business Read Sandhya's other articles Read Sandhya's TedX Talk How I Climbed The Mountain Of Entrepreneurship