In the lap of nature

In the lap of nature
A weekend getaway from the concrete jungle of the City to greener pastures is not a mountainous task anymore, thanks to ‘Let’s Go Hike’ (LGH), a trek and travel group.

Operational for a year now, the group helps people loosen their foot by planning a number of adventure tours to places around Karnataka. Spearheaded by Sneha, who decided to instill the love of travel in Bengalureans after soaking in the sun in Kumaraparvata, their weekend trips include places like the challenging terrain of Kodachadri, adventurous contours of Dandeli and climbs to the chocolate-brown peaks of Kuntibetta.

Vishnu, one of the coordinators, says, “The three main coordinators travel on exploratory tours, assess the difficulty of those trails and add them to the list after they are confident about the place. Three trek leaders help first-time trekkers through the trail and handle emergency situations.”

Every trek of LGH sees more than 20 enthusiastic travel bugs. Though this proves to be a challenge at times, Vishnu says that the leaders try and become a part of the group rather than leading people from the front.

Sunil, who started off his journey with LGH at the coffee plantations of Mullayanagiri, tries to contribute by analysing the areas of improvement after every trek and believes that LGH stands out as the members take their feedback seriously.

The club seems to be most appreciated for their professional and supportive approach and Nishanth and Avik, two regular trekkers, have a bouquet of praises for the group’s eye for detail.

Nishanth says, “My first trip was to Gokarna and there was no looking back ever since. The club is very professional – from booking the bus to ensuring that we return home safely. They are also well prepared in case trekkers face unpleasant experiences.” Avik finds the club as an interactive space to make new friends and meet like-minded people. “I was reluctant to meet new people during my first trip to Dandeli but my attitude towards the end of the trip shifted to the other end of the spectrum. I made at least five new friends.”

But it’s not just the men who love exploring. Women are equally fiesty and are ready to take the leap as well. Anju, a petite athlete who does an IT job over the week, tries to make time for herself by travelling. “Trekking helps a woman learn, enjoy nature and stay healthy. It helps instill confidence in her.”

Elizabeth, a businesswoman, agrees and adds that trekking is a means towards introspection and exploring oneself, which provides gratifying results. However, the entire element of ‘LGH’ boils down to having a gala time once they are cradled in the lap of nature.

For them, Kuntibetta doesn’t just mean climbing the mountain but also enjoying an occasional barbecue and playing Mafia (card game).

Kushal recalls some of the adventurous water sports he had tried out in Dandeli and wishes to go back again with the team. The ‘soaring’ success of the group has only motivated them to take bigger steps. Now, the team is planning to explore the spice trails of Kerala and dot those lush lanes in their neon-green merchandise. Each one hopes to feel more connected to the universe and rues that their Monday mornings feel like ‘Monday blacks’ as they are caught in the rush of reality. For details, visit www.letsgohike.in  


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