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Sanghmitra Raikwal - Humans of Himachal

Sanghmitra Raikwal’s Trekking Diaries

To Mountains are the source of paramount bliss. Where am I going to go Trek next? This is what keeps me inspired and on my toes.During all my treks, I always push myself to surpass my own limits and rise above them. It helps in both personal growth and being fit physically.

Tell us A Little Bit About Your Initial Trekking Days.

My first trek a sudden plan with a few fellow pahadi (hill dwellers) friends who took me to Pindari Glacier Trek which ignited a fire within me. I just knew I wanted to pursue it. Slowly I developed within me a purpose, an aim to cover some of the toughest treks before I set out for mountaineering.


How Many Treks Have You Done to Date?

So far I have conclusively completed 6 treks till now and All of them are in either Uttarakhand or Himachal Pradesh.

The list is as follows

  • Milam glacier
  • Pindari glacier
  • Kafni glacier
  • Kuari pass
  • Indrahar pass

All of the above are in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. 

Sanghmitra Raikwal - Humans of Himachal

What Are Your Thoughts on Women Trekkers? What hurdles did You Face? Any suggestions for women trekkers Or beginners:

Women trekkers are already low in number, which is why I need to talk about my experiences to encourage more women to take up the sport. Trekking for me is more of a mental game. All we need to do is to tame our mind. Once we overcome our fears and hesitation, physical strength doesn’t really matter. All you require is right gears and determination to conquer. 

My advice for beginners who are attempting their first trek with agencies or even on their own is to have the perfect gear which includes, a good pair of trekking shoes. I’ve met trekkers who aren’t willing to invest in their gear but they aren’t aware that if something goes wrong, it can be a lifetime of injury. So shoes are an absolute must.

Here’s an ideal list

  • Trekking Shoes
  • Raincover
  • Glucon D
  • Sunscreen
  • A pair of sunglasses
  • Head Lamp instead of a torch (Keeping your hands free is the best idea while trekking)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Dry Fruits
  • A Knife
  • Extra Carrybags (Especially for women to keep dirty undergarments separately)
  • A Sleeping Bag
  • Tents
  • Trekking Poles

Trekking Poles is something you can consider buying when you seriously taTrekking Poles is something you can consider buying when you seriously take up trekking as a sport. I remember using a stick in my initial ventures, probably the first 2 treks. Keep in mind the quality of pole while buying.

Which Trek Do You Remember As The Best But The Most Difficult?

Sanghmitra Raikwal - Humans of Himachal
Sanghmitra Raikwal - Humans of Himachal

Products You Would Swear By During a Trek?

  • Trek 100 shoes
  • The 3 in 1 jacket
  • A Down Jacket
  • Fresh and warm thermals or merino wool
  • A headlamp
  • A Rucksack 50,60 or 70 ltr (I have the Symbian 70 + 10)
  • A Trekking Pole
  • A hydration bladder

Do You Have Any Interesting Memory or Moment From Four Trek That Stays With You?

I remember one incident vividly of meeting a porter who had only one hand. He Treks daily and covers 130km in a week carrying 80kgs of load on his back. He is the most amazing man I’ve ever come across in my life. His will and positivity toward life really inspired me to keep going.  Nothing is impossible. 

Motivation comes from within and Everything is in the mind so keep trekking and exploring newer heights.

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