Nivedita always loves mountains and likes to trek. According to her, mountains have become one of her landscapes and the real world. She travels and trek whenever she gets a chance. And, among all her mountain-related bucket lists, Roopkund Trek had a special place in her heart.
Soon after completing her +2 education, Nivedita decided to do something in order to fulfill her bucket list. Her love for mountains and environment motivated her to work as a Green Trail Intern for Indiahikes at Lohajung. She applied and got the internship.
Indiahikes was working with an objective to save our environment. The trekking paths were covered with the wastes thrown by people. Indiahikes team was working to eradicate the environmental pollution. As an intern, she worked at the base camp for around 25 days and then with the knowledge of how segregation is supposed to be done, she took forward that work onto the slope for 6 days.
“Before going to the Himalayas, I worked out and kept the routine going. This helped me to be always in front of the group and also race ahead to the campsites so I could start the clean-up drives.”
She was working with the segregation of the waste that came from the nearby village and the slopes. The team tried to up cycle some waste like pet bottles to make small vertical gardens and green souvenirs. Those were given to the trekkers receiving the Green Getter Award by collecting most trash while trekking in the Eco-bag given by the Indiahikes team.
She had to stay and work at the base camp for some days. After that, she started her Roopkund Trek. She was accompanied by a group of 25 people. Nivedita and her colleague were assigned to move ahead of the trekking group, in order to reach each campsite and set up the camps and other facilities. They were following the trails every time, and the trekking experience was wonderful.
She talked with the Dabbawalas and the campsite staff on how to segregate. And, along with the stay also interacted and made trekkers aware of the waste generation and how Indiahikes deals with such a problem.
Nivedita’s Roopkund trek itinerary:
- 1st Day: Lohajung – Wan – Ghairoli Patal – Bedni Bugyal – Bedni Top
- 2nd Day: Bedni Bugyal – Patar Nachauni
- 3rd Day: Patar Nachauni – Bhagwabhasa – Kalu Vinayak
- 4th Day: Bhagwabasa – Roopkund – Junargali
- 5th Day: Patar Nachauni – Lohajung via Bedni and Wan
- 6th Day: Trekked from Wan back to Lohajung
“It felt amazing. I was so happy. For me, the mountains are an ego breaker. One feels so insignificant, and all my worries were just diluted like the river flowing down the valley. It felt so nice because while trekking, one becomes so close to nature as well as with the co-trekker. We became a small trekking family.”
Nivedita felt a sense of satisfaction and great happiness after accomplishing it. There were so many memories to cherish and take back to her home. She says that the trek seems hard but as she starts climbing, nature helped her walk with it. This was her way of saying thanks to nature. According to her, this giving back is nothing compared to the resources we use from nature but, a small contribution.
Words from the Bucketlister and her Other Bucket Lists
“If you have time to spare, go trekking, be adventurous and be amongst nature – one learns a lot from that. Go wild and be crazy! It’s not the mountain that tires you, but the stones in one’s mind and soul!”
Nivedita has many more items in her bucket list. She wants to keep exploring and traveling all over India. She wants to travel around India and climb Stoke Kangkri, and many more Himalayan mountains. She also desires to travels the globe and to do a biking trip in the Swiss Alps.
Mother Nature is beautiful and protects us big time. And, it is our responsibility to protect her from the pollution and other problems.