“Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds” – Napoleon Hill
It is said to be a man’s world but women too can do whatever men can. All of us are born with wings to soar to the unimaginable heights in our life. Gender or age has nothing to do with certain dreams, which each one of us nurture and care for at one corner of our heart. These dreams relate to those unexplored emotions, which are drawn out from a human being when encountered with challenging situations.
Human beings have invented certain adventurous activities to bring themselves out of their comfort zone and let the adrenaline flow. There are many heart racing activities, which can be carried out by an adventure seeking soul, like river rafting, paragliding, trekking, biking, peak climbing and so on. Women can also take up any of these thrilling adventures and dance to the thumping of their hearts.
Trekking is a wonderful activity that involves embarking on a journey by foot through a rugged terrain. It gives an opportunity to decrease ones distance with the nature by walking through it, i.e. walking on the nature defined routes, breathing the fresh air and bathing in the exquisite landscape spreading all around. Trekking is also a great way of knowing about people living in different areas and their distinct way of lives.
When it comes to women, there are certain prejudices and concerns, which act as hurdles in their resolve of undertaking a trekking expedition. The major concerns relate to the physical endurance and personal safety. These days many women are choosing to go solo (out of choice or without a partner to trek) to fulfill their dreams and desires. Such women find great companions in the form of guides to support and direct them. One can also become a part of an all women group through a tour operator and get the pleasure of being in the company of like-minded female thrill seekers.
Whether embarking with a group or individually, the experience of discovering a region can lead one to explore the depths of one’s own self. One should try to check out with the traveling agencies and choose the most appropriate one as per the needs and requirements. A female trekker can also get a female guide to accompany during the adventure. The guides (whether male or female) are properly trained to handle medical emergencies arising out of trekking on the high altitudes like breathing problems, dizziness and headache.
Some of the popular trekking routes in India are:
1. Markha Valley Trek
It is one of the most popular treks in Ladakh and falls in the grade of moderate to challenging. The trek begins from Spituk in Leh and ends at Markha valley. It can take 10/11 days to complete the journey.
The quest for an outside tranquility will lead to inside calm through the spiritual aura of monasteries and simple life of hilly villages placed amid the scenic terrain of Ladakh. Located in between Zanskar and Ladakh, the trek will offer a great opportunity to the trekkers to trek on the high altitude peaks and pastures of the Himalayas. One may also spot fascinating wild animals of the mountains like Ibex and Blue Sheep while admiring the arid and sprawling landscape.
2. Dodi Tal Trek
Located at an elevation of 3024 meters, the trek towards this celestial lake takes about 7 to 8 days for completion. One of the easier and most preferred treks among the trekkers, Dodital trek, presents incredible vistas of picturesque meadows, streams, dense forests and magnificent ice-covered peaks of the Himalayas. A very popular legend is associated with the lake. It is believed that the Lord Shiva beheaded his son Ganesha at Dodital, adding to the allure of the place.
3. Dzongri Goecha La Trek
The trek begins at Yuksom, which earlier was the capital of Sikkim and thus comes up as a good cultural representative of the state. After experiencing the culture of the place, one can get ready to witness the magnificent Mount Kanchendzonga, Kabru and other breathtaking peaks of the Himalayas.
The trek covers dense forests of magnolia, spruces, pine, rhododendron, chestnut, lush-green meadows and the celestial azure waters of Samiti Lake, making the trek a right contender for being counted as one of the most romantic treks. The mountain pass of Goecha La runs along the Samiti Lake and presents an awe-inspiring sight of the south side of the Mt. Kanchenjunga.
4. Roop Kund Trek
Roop Kund is a clear water lake situated at an altitude of 5,029 meters located at the bottom of two peaks (Trisul and Nanda Ghunti) in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. By ascending towards the lake, the trekkers can witness the picturesque scenery consisting of glaciers, ice-adorned mountains and amazingly beautiful meadows. trekking in india
Roop Kund remains covered in ice for most of the year. Having a depth of only 2 meters, the lake hides secrets of a long past in the form of human skeletons, which become visible only for a month (usually September) when the ice cover melts from the lake.
5. Spituk Trek
Giving a good peek at the culture, beauty, spirituality, vegetation and wild life of Ladakh, this trek is relatively easy to undertake. A trekker will come across the life of people in the dry mountains of the Ladakhi villages, the purity of air surrounding the monasteries and the thrill of sighting the endemic species of wild life and avifauna.
A first time woman trekker should try to be more careful while embarking upon the journey. There are certain trekking tips for beginners, which they should try to seek and follow to ensure a hiccup free and memorable adventure. The only boundaries, which come in the way of pursuing one’s dream, are narrow perceptions of the society and our own negative mental conditioning. Both of which can be encountered and defeated.