I enjoy being outdoors and definitely miss being outside because of my full-time IT work. So, during my free time, I spend most of my time wandering about with my photography gear, enjoying this wonderful planet. Hiking in the Western Ghats may be done on any given weekend in my case. My once-a-year Himalayan trekking expedition, on the other hand, necessitates some forethought.
The weeklong outdoor activities like the hikes in the Himalayas push me away from all types of emails, garbage news, politics, TikTok/Reel videos, office calls, meetings, and even my family. You won’t know what day of the week or month it is on the last day of the trek. You return to the city feeling completely refreshed and re-energized. This is more akin to infusing oneself with new ideas, concepts, and so on. Also, if you’re looking for that ideal tranquility, here is the spot to go. It’s impossible to express in words how special the feeling you get after completing the expedition. Let me tell you being outdoors is a unique experience of its own.
- Khopra Ridge Trek, Nepal, 15300 feet – 9 days – Upcoming series on YouTube
- Har Ki Dun, 11,700 feet – 8 days
In addition to the weeklong outdoor activities like the Himalayas treks and weekend hikes in the tropical western ghats rain forests, I love to travel where there is not much of an adventure. This is more of a single or family trip to well-known locations. This is only to keep me away from the workplace for a while, sleeping in nice hotels while continuing to work on my other side hustles and interests, but not my full-time IT job. So, I’m out of the office, but not completely. Also, while we acclimatize for the trek at high altitudes, I try to cover areas before and after the hike or when I am on a business trip.
My other outdoor activities include cycling. This is a high-altitude national mountain biking expedition that I have completed that starts from the famous Moonland, Lamayuru, a cyclic circuit, followed by overnight stays in tents at the remote Himalayan villages each day for a week and then finally back to Lamayuru. We had to de-route to explore the remote villages like Kanji and also got a chance to visit the historic 4000-year-old rock art gallery.
Rafting is one of the most adventurous outdoor activities that I have ever done. Zanskar river rafting is the highest in the world and 2nd toughest in India. A must-do outdoor adventure activity if you are in Leh. Zanskar river is known for the famous ‘Chadar Trek’ (frozen river) during winter when the temperature plunges to -30-degree Celsius. And during summer the same river is famous for river rafting. It was 24 kilometers long with 12-13 rapids, a strong water current, and challenging and dangerous terrain.
Rishikesh river rafting is the next which is more of basic rafting which was 12 kilometers and just 3 rapids. Ideal for beginners, located near the famous and crowded place of Lakshman Jhula. The 24 kilometers with a higher number of rapids at Rishikesh was closed at t the time of my visit because of heavy rain.