Siddharth has accomplished his bucket list Chadar Lake trek in the Zanskar valley in Ladakh. He has survived the bitter cold winds with temperatures dropping to -35°C
A high altitude challenging trek was always on his bucket list. His choice of his last trek was based on various reasons. Siddharth had always wondered about life at an altitude of 15000 ft and beyond with temperatures swinging around -10°C to -35°C.
“The thought of the Indian army, BSF taking guard for the safety of the nation at such extreme weather conditions, come no matter what. And then the brave citizens with complete faith in our defence living side by side. These are some things I wanted to connect and experience, considering it as a sign of respect to our Defence organizations.”
He had chalked out two options – the Chadar Lake trek and the other, the Siachen trek. Siddharth chose to begin with the former.
The only way to reach Leh Ladakh in the winter was by air over the snow-clad western Himalayan region. He accepts that such an expedition required advance planning, a high level of fitness, and quick acclimatization with the altitude.
“At the end of the day, all you need to have is extreme faith in Nature to just be apt for your flights to take off, the river to be frozen to ‘path your way’ and not freeze to a standstill.”
He wants to experience such form of natural landscapes now because he believes that the alarming global warming rates may not allow him to relive these experiences in a few years from now.
Siddharth has low immunity levels against cold and is asthmatic too. But the Chadar Lake trek was a challenge he accepted with open arms. The health issues which would normally be a pit stop for someone seemed more of a motivator for Siddharth. Siddharth put up a fight as the trek pushed him to his limits and survive minus thirty-five degrees with thin levels of oxygen.
Furthermore, he carried a heavy backpack on the frozen lake for seventy long kilometers.
“Good way to test oneself right?” Siddharth smirks.
Now, he is left with nothing but a bulk load of energy and a never-die spirit. An enthusiasm that helps put his best foot forward on preserving nature for many more future generations to experience.
“The life of an Indian Jawan, however much appreciated and respected, we would still owe them a lot more. The experience of living with people with no permanent homes amidst the valleys craving for nothing materialistic in life, yet living the most satisfied happy lives I have ever seen.”
There is no stopping to pushing and testing himself for this bucket lister. Next, Siddharth wants to push himself further for such sort of adventure trips. He wants to complete the Siachen trek famous for the Siachen War. He hopes to camp with the Indian military, and do his part by serving them. Although, a couple of attempts in the past have not been successful so far. But that wouldn’t stop him. He also wants to make it to the Everest base camp.
“Work hard, stay fit and travel as much as you can,” his advice to bucket listers.
Through the Chadar trek, Siddharth has conquered one of the top ten treks in India. If you believe that there’s a winner in you too, share your bucket list ideas here and take that important step towards accomplishing it.