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  • Trek Leader Vignesh (@pahadi_jaan) always dreamt of a career in sports. Being an athletic person, he was interested a variety of sports and even played district level football. But as the story goes for many of us, Vignesh’s love for sports was overshadowed by parental concerns about his future. And so Vignesh found himself taking the familiar route of engineering followed by an IT job. . “Roopkund was the first Himalayan trek that I did. It really inspired me to start trekking in locations near me in Bangalore, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. Once that started, the outdoor zeal in me became too overpowering. I was scrolling through Instagram one day and came across a job offering by Indiahikes for the Trek Leader position. But when I applied, I was told that I was too young (22 years old) and that I needed more mountain experience. So I applied to become a Trek Coordinator instead. When I finally got an interview, I managed to convince them about my passion for outdoors. And so I joined Indiahikes as an Assistant Trek Leader. .

Though Trek Leading is a job that I love, it throws in quite a few challenges. I dealt with a trekker hit by HACE on the Hampta Pass trek once. We were on the last patch of ascent before the Hampta pass when it started to rain. There was snow on the trail too. Together, they made the ascent very difficult. That’s when the trekker complained of severe headache. The headache wouldn’t recede even with painkillers and he began to hallucinate and panic. The situation was dire. I had to get him to a lower campsite and closer to the road for evacuation. Giving him the required medication for HACE, we undertook the difficult trek to the next campsite. .

I kept engaging him in talks and ensured that he did not go into a state of trance. Fortunately, when we reached the campsite, the trekker felt much better and his headache was gone. We rested him and kept regular checks on him. The next day he was back to normal. We are still in touch till date and reminiscence about that fateful day from time to time. . 
#indiahikes #ihtrekleaders
  • Trek Leader Vignesh (@pahadi_jaan) always dreamt of a career in sports. Being an athletic person, he was interested a variety of sports and even played district level football. But as the story goes for many of us, Vignesh’s love for sports was overshadowed by parental concerns about his future. And so Vignesh found himself taking the familiar route of engineering followed by an IT job. . “Roopkund was the first Himalayan trek that I did. It really inspired me to start trekking in locations near me in Bangalore, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. Once that started, the outdoor zeal in me became too overpowering. I was scrolling through Instagram one day and came across a job offering by Indiahikes for the Trek Leader position. But when I applied, I was told that I was too young (22 years old) and that I needed more mountain experience. So I applied to become a Trek Coordinator instead. When I finally got an interview, I managed to convince them about my passion for outdoors. And so I joined Indiahikes as an Assistant Trek Leader. .

    Though Trek Leading is a job that I love, it throws in quite a few challenges. I dealt with a trekker hit by HACE on the Hampta Pass trek once. We were on the last patch of ascent before the Hampta pass when it started to rain. There was snow on the trail too. Together, they made the ascent very difficult. That’s when the trekker complained of severe headache. The headache wouldn’t recede even with painkillers and he began to hallucinate and panic. The situation was dire. I had to get him to a lower campsite and closer to the road for evacuation. Giving him the required medication for HACE, we undertook the difficult trek to the next campsite. .

    I kept engaging him in talks and ensured that he did not go into a state of trance. Fortunately, when we reached the campsite, the trekker felt much better and his headache was gone. We rested him and kept regular checks on him. The next day he was back to normal. We are still in touch till date and reminiscence about that fateful day from time to time. .
    #indiahikes #ihtrekleaders
  • 2,867 56 19 hours ago
  • *A leap of faith*

Sometimes you need to stop thinking too much and do what makes you happy. You don't have to always have it all figured out to move forward in life. It's okay to be a little scared and a bit confused as long as you believe in yourself. Just don't let your fears be bigger than your faith. And one fine day, everything will happen for you all of a sudden. At that particular moment, you won't be thankful to God but you'll be thankful to yourself for not giving up.

A leap of faith. That's all it takes to leave behind your old self & find out what you are truly capable of becoming.

#BelieveinYourself #NeverGiveUp
  • *A leap of faith*

    Sometimes you need to stop thinking too much and do what makes you happy. You don't have to always have it all figured out to move forward in life. It's okay to be a little scared and a bit confused as long as you believe in yourself. Just don't let your fears be bigger than your faith. And one fine day, everything will happen for you all of a sudden. At that particular moment, you won't be thankful to God but you'll be thankful to yourself for not giving up.

    A leap of faith. That's all it takes to leave behind your old self & find out what you are truly capable of becoming.

    #BelieveinYourself #NeverGiveUp
  • 1,980 23 6 March, 2019
  • Another day, another dangerous photo 😂
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I don’t even need to talk much about @anunaysood making me do almost extreme things for a photograph anymore. 
We were a little ahead of Zojila Pass on our way to Leh, where we stopped for a quick tea. We noticed a hill, and decided to go ahead and try to climb it, because the valley behind it looked absolutely stunning 😍
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We climbed a certain amount when we decided to take a detour towards the valley into the snow and flew the drone standing on space made by our feet! .
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How many crazy traveling stories do you have? 😍
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#justthetwo #lehdiaries
  • Another day, another dangerous photo 😂
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    .
    I don’t even need to talk much about @anunaysood making me do almost extreme things for a photograph anymore.
    We were a little ahead of Zojila Pass on our way to Leh, where we stopped for a quick tea. We noticed a hill, and decided to go ahead and try to climb it, because the valley behind it looked absolutely stunning 😍
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    We climbed a certain amount when we decided to take a detour towards the valley into the snow and flew the drone standing on space made by our feet! .
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    How many crazy traveling stories do you have? 😍
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    #justthetwo #lehdiaries
  • 5,506 96 21 hours ago
  • I like to sit at the edge, dangle my feet while overlooking the world below me.

Ask my friends and they will tell you how much I love to sit at the edge of the cliff, despite their constant glares. It just gives me strength and freedom at the same time.

For that brief second, I believe that I can fly.
For that mere presence, it reminds me what all can be truly conquered. 😊
  • I like to sit at the edge, dangle my feet while overlooking the world below me.

    Ask my friends and they will tell you how much I love to sit at the edge of the cliff, despite their constant glares. It just gives me strength and freedom at the same time.

    For that brief second, I believe that I can fly.
    For that mere presence, it reminds me what all can be truly conquered. 😊
  • 6,701 118 10 March, 2019
  • Our Trek Leader @krunalphotos shared a beautiful story with us today. "We were on our way to one of the most mysterious and pristine lakes in India, the Chandratal Lake. Situated at an altitude of 14,100 feet in the deserted landscape of Spiti valley, the source of its crystal blue water is still unknown. Apart from the various mythological stories about why it never dries throughout the year, it is said that whoever went to measure it's depth never came out alive.
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While I was on the most crooked road I'd ever been on;(hell, most people wouldn't even call it a road) the driver suddenly put the brakes on as he saw a lone sheep crying on the mountain side. When we came out of the vehicle and got closer, we realised that she had just given birth! Her paced might've slowed down and she must've got separated from the herd, we thought. By that time it had started raining and the shepherd was nowhere to be seen. If left unattended for long, the lamb could die of cold in the rain. We made a decision to carry the lamb and return it to its owner.
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As we set out for the search of its master, I sat in the backseat holding the lamb. Still covered in some blood, every once in a while he gave out a little cry and I kept looking at his eyes in awe. Eventually, we found the shepherd and handed over the lamb. He had to leave the sheep stranded to make sure the whole herd reaches back home safely; he told me he was worried about the mother & the baby, he doubted if he could reach back in time.
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We could not visit Chandratal that day, but there were no regrets. I'd got a reason to come back. The happiness and relief I saw in the shepherd's eyes when I gave him the lamb and the whole experience of this little rescue is something I'll never forget." .

#IHMountainStories #Indiahikes #chandratal #Himalayas #Himachal #hamptapass #Mountainroads #Travelstories #Roadjourneys
  • Our Trek Leader @krunalphotos shared a beautiful story with us today. "We were on our way to one of the most mysterious and pristine lakes in India, the Chandratal Lake. Situated at an altitude of 14,100 feet in the deserted landscape of Spiti valley, the source of its crystal blue water is still unknown. Apart from the various mythological stories about why it never dries throughout the year, it is said that whoever went to measure it's depth never came out alive.
    .

    While I was on the most crooked road I'd ever been on;(hell, most people wouldn't even call it a road) the driver suddenly put the brakes on as he saw a lone sheep crying on the mountain side. When we came out of the vehicle and got closer, we realised that she had just given birth! Her paced might've slowed down and she must've got separated from the herd, we thought. By that time it had started raining and the shepherd was nowhere to be seen. If left unattended for long, the lamb could die of cold in the rain. We made a decision to carry the lamb and return it to its owner.
    .

    As we set out for the search of its master, I sat in the backseat holding the lamb. Still covered in some blood, every once in a while he gave out a little cry and I kept looking at his eyes in awe. Eventually, we found the shepherd and handed over the lamb. He had to leave the sheep stranded to make sure the whole herd reaches back home safely; he told me he was worried about the mother & the baby, he doubted if he could reach back in time.
    .

    We could not visit Chandratal that day, but there were no regrets. I'd got a reason to come back. The happiness and relief I saw in the shepherd's eyes when I gave him the lamb and the whole experience of this little rescue is something I'll never forget." .

    #IHMountainStories #Indiahikes #chandratal #Himalayas #Himachal #hamptapass #Mountainroads #Travelstories #Roadjourneys
  • 4,094 29 9 March, 2019
  • Trek Leader Naman (@backpacker_namzy) comes from the mountain state of Himachal Pradesh. “Born in the mountains, I grew up listening to my father’s stories about mountain travel. Slowly, my love for the mountains began growing inside me like wildfire and I knew I would explore mountains in the future. After my graduation, I organised a trek to Prashar Lake. That year, I went on to do 6 other treks as well as a Basic Mountaineering Course. This exposed me to an entirely different world. .

But like most people, I entered the corporate sector. But after 3 years, I decided to do an Advanced Mountaineering Course. I quit my job to do that. My original plan was to join another software firm after the course but once I was in the mountains, I realised that I could not cheat myself anymore. I wanted to be in the mountains. And that’s when I got the opportunity to do this with Indiahikes.
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One of the many learnings I have gained from the mountains is that at tough times when there is no turning back, we must change, fix and accomplish our priorities. We had just returned to Lohajung basecamp on the Roopkund trek and I was due to go to Dehradun the next morning to take trekkers for the Gaumukh-Tapovan trek. Post dinner, one trekker at the basecamp who was going to set off on the trek the next day started to complain of kidney stone pain. He said that he required injectables but was not carrying them with him. We also didn’t have that specific medication at the basecamp.
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I made a call to go down to Dewal to get the pain injectable but we couldn't get any driver at that point. Finally, at 11:30 PM, I drove a Mahindra Bolero myself and headed towards Dewal. But we did not find any medical help there. I had to drive all the way to Tharali (37 km from Lohajung) to get the injectable. I returned to Lohajung at  2:30AM with the medication and that same morning at 5:30, I was on a taxi to Dehradun. .

Only we set limits for ourselves. If you remove the lid, then there is none!
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#indiahikes #IHtrekleaders
  • Trek Leader Naman (@backpacker_namzy) comes from the mountain state of Himachal Pradesh. “Born in the mountains, I grew up listening to my father’s stories about mountain travel. Slowly, my love for the mountains began growing inside me like wildfire and I knew I would explore mountains in the future. After my graduation, I organised a trek to Prashar Lake. That year, I went on to do 6 other treks as well as a Basic Mountaineering Course. This exposed me to an entirely different world. .

    But like most people, I entered the corporate sector. But after 3 years, I decided to do an Advanced Mountaineering Course. I quit my job to do that. My original plan was to join another software firm after the course but once I was in the mountains, I realised that I could not cheat myself anymore. I wanted to be in the mountains. And that’s when I got the opportunity to do this with Indiahikes.
    .

    One of the many learnings I have gained from the mountains is that at tough times when there is no turning back, we must change, fix and accomplish our priorities. We had just returned to Lohajung basecamp on the Roopkund trek and I was due to go to Dehradun the next morning to take trekkers for the Gaumukh-Tapovan trek. Post dinner, one trekker at the basecamp who was going to set off on the trek the next day started to complain of kidney stone pain. He said that he required injectables but was not carrying them with him. We also didn’t have that specific medication at the basecamp.
    .

    I made a call to go down to Dewal to get the pain injectable but we couldn't get any driver at that point. Finally, at 11:30 PM, I drove a Mahindra Bolero myself and headed towards Dewal. But we did not find any medical help there. I had to drive all the way to Tharali (37 km from Lohajung) to get the injectable. I returned to Lohajung at  2:30AM with the medication and that same morning at 5:30, I was on a taxi to Dehradun. .

    Only we set limits for ourselves. If you remove the lid, then there is none!
    .

    #indiahikes #IHtrekleaders
  • 2,828 64 5 March, 2019

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  • A home in the valley 🏕️ I chose to call it 'Home' and not 'House' cause my heart belongs to the mountains & the valleys 💚🏔️ PS: Simplicity wins my heart, always.
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  • Trek Leader Vignesh (@pahadi_jaan) always dreamt of a career in sports. Being an athletic person, he was interested a variety of sports and even played district level football. But as the story goes for many of us, Vignesh’s love for sports was overshadowed by parental concerns about his future. And so Vignesh found himself taking the familiar route of engineering followed by an IT job. . “Roopkund was the first Himalayan trek that I did. It really inspired me to start trekking in locations near me in Bangalore, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. Once that started, the outdoor zeal in me became too overpowering. I was scrolling through Instagram one day and came across a job offering by Indiahikes for the Trek Leader position. But when I applied, I was told that I was too young (22 years old) and that I needed more mountain experience. So I applied to become a Trek Coordinator instead. When I finally got an interview, I managed to convince them about my passion for outdoors. And so I joined Indiahikes as an Assistant Trek Leader. .

Though Trek Leading is a job that I love, it throws in quite a few challenges. I dealt with a trekker hit by HACE on the Hampta Pass trek once. We were on the last patch of ascent before the Hampta pass when it started to rain. There was snow on the trail too. Together, they made the ascent very difficult. That’s when the trekker complained of severe headache. The headache wouldn’t recede even with painkillers and he began to hallucinate and panic. The situation was dire. I had to get him to a lower campsite and closer to the road for evacuation. Giving him the required medication for HACE, we undertook the difficult trek to the next campsite. .

I kept engaging him in talks and ensured that he did not go into a state of trance. Fortunately, when we reached the campsite, the trekker felt much better and his headache was gone. We rested him and kept regular checks on him. The next day he was back to normal. We are still in touch till date and reminiscence about that fateful day from time to time. . 
#indiahikes #ihtrekleaders
  • Trek Leader Vignesh (@pahadi_jaan) always dreamt of a career in sports. Being an athletic person, he was interested a variety of sports and even played district level football. But as the story goes for many of us, Vignesh’s love for sports was overshadowed by parental concerns about his future. And so Vignesh found himself taking the familiar route of engineering followed by an IT job. . “Roopkund was the first Himalayan trek that I did. It really inspired me to start trekking in locations near me in Bangalore, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. Once that started, the outdoor zeal in me became too overpowering. I was scrolling through Instagram one day and came across a job offering by Indiahikes for the Trek Leader position. But when I applied, I was told that I was too young (22 years old) and that I needed more mountain experience. So I applied to become a Trek Coordinator instead. When I finally got an interview, I managed to convince them about my passion for outdoors. And so I joined Indiahikes as an Assistant Trek Leader. .

    Though Trek Leading is a job that I love, it throws in quite a few challenges. I dealt with a trekker hit by HACE on the Hampta Pass trek once. We were on the last patch of ascent before the Hampta pass when it started to rain. There was snow on the trail too. Together, they made the ascent very difficult. That’s when the trekker complained of severe headache. The headache wouldn’t recede even with painkillers and he began to hallucinate and panic. The situation was dire. I had to get him to a lower campsite and closer to the road for evacuation. Giving him the required medication for HACE, we undertook the difficult trek to the next campsite. .

    I kept engaging him in talks and ensured that he did not go into a state of trance. Fortunately, when we reached the campsite, the trekker felt much better and his headache was gone. We rested him and kept regular checks on him. The next day he was back to normal. We are still in touch till date and reminiscence about that fateful day from time to time. .
    #indiahikes #ihtrekleaders
  • 2,867 56 19 hours ago