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From nervous beginnings to Inspiring Heights

Jun 27 2024
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From nervous beginnings to Inspiring Heights: Paras’s Cycling Journey

Paras, an amateur cyclist, has demonstrated remarkable resilience, determination, and the ability to overcome significant obstacles in his cycling journey. His story begins with a bold decision to embark on the challenging Manali-Leh + Mighty Khardungla ride as his inaugural cycling adventure. This route, often referred to as the “Mecca of motorbike riders,” is a coveted destination for motorbike riders worldwide, and Paras’s decision to tackle it as his first major cycling expedition at the age of 45 is truly extraordinary.

Despite having limited cycling experience during his childhood, Paras embraced the Manali-Leh + Mighty Khardungla expedition with unwavering determination. The route is renowned for its high altitudes, low oxygen levels, and demanding terrain, posing significant challenges even for motorbike riders. Undeterred by these obstacles, Paras set out on this monumental journey with a combination of excitement and trepidation.

To tackle the expected significant challenges, prior to embarking on the Manali-Leh highway, Paras considered brief practice rides on his son’s bicycle, despite its unsuitable size, resulting in a combination of apprehension and anxiety. Nevertheless, he persevered, covering a distance of 20 km on the first day. A gradual increase in distance was implemented, reaching 40 kilometers on the second ride. However, the extreme heat and inadequate hydration led to severe dehydration, resulting in a rapid weight loss of 2 kilograms within a single day. Recognizing the critical importance of preparation, he sought advice, and measures were taken to ensure proper hydration and readiness for the expedition.

Despite these initial setbacks, Paras demonstrated unwavering determination by participating in the Manali-KhardungLa cycling expedition. During the first day’s ride from Manali to Sissu, he encountered a knee cramp that rendered him unable to cycle. However, he refused to succumb to this obstacle. Employing an anti-inflammatory spray and a knee support bandage, he resumed cycling. The severity of the pain necessitated taking small, cautious steps when navigating stairs after completing the first day’s ride.

Still, he did not give up and kept riding the next day with the aid of painkillers, but the hurdles were not over. When the group reached Sarchu, at an altitude of 11,000 feet, his oxygen levels dropped to a dangerously low 65, causing severe headaches and exhaustion. Due to low oxygen and a severe headache, he was unable to sleep the entire night. But he started the next day’s ride again by taking another painkiller. Yet, he did not give up. Paras took short breaks, stayed hydrated, and used relief patches to manage his condition.

Throughout the expedition, Paras refused to rely on support vehicles, except for one instance when he had to cover the final 6 kilometers to Tanglangla. The severe oxygen deprivation caused him to nearly faint. Even then, he managed to catch up with his group after some rest, showing his resilience and determination. During the ride, he met several bikers who showed immense respect to a cyclist, which boosted his confidence, as it was a tough ride even for a motor vehicle.

By the end of the journey, Paras had not only completed the Manali to Leh + Mighty Khardungla ride but had also ensured that he never fell behind his peers, maintaining a leading position throughout. The ride was started by nine people from Manali, including one marshal, but only four were able to conquer the Mighty Khardungla. Overcoming the formidable Khardungla Pass brought immense satisfaction, rendering any physical discomfort inconsequential.

Paras’s experience on the Manali-Leh expedition taught him valuable lessons about endurance, preparation, and resilience. His journey doesn’t stop there. With the Manali-Leh expedition behind him, Paras now aims for even greater challenges. He plans to trek to the Mount Everest Base Camp, starting with the Chitkul Trek to prepare himself for this ultimate adventure.

Paras’s inspiration to embark on this unique endeavor originated from his wife, Mamta, who encouraged him to differentiate himself by attempting the challenge on a bicycle, a mode of transportation rarely employed for such a feat. Additionally, Mr. Tarun’s WhatsApp status served as a catalyst, instilling confidence in Paras’s ability to undertake this daring endeavor.

Paras told us, “My cycling skills were so basic that my fellow rider taught me the correct way of getting on and off the cycle and the correct way of pedaling during the course of the expedition. And I finally conquered it.”

Para’s earnings during the expedition. 💰 The group on the expedition became friends for life. 👬 The celebration arranged by the Dear2Gear team in the deserted area of Sarchu on his wife’s birthday with a cake cutting. 🎂 And the respect for cyclists. 🚴♀️ #cycling #friendship #adventure

Paras’s story showcases the power of the human spirit. From a nervous beginning to conquering one of the toughest cycling routes, Paras has demonstrated that with the right mindset and perseverance, one can achieve remarkable feats. His journey inspires us all to push our boundaries, face our fears, and never relinquish our dreams, no matter how challenging they may appear.

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Sarthak Khanna
Sarthak Khanna
2024-03-04
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Review of Dare2Gear: Not only is Dare2Gear an agency specializing in adventure travel destinations in India, but it is also unique as it has developed a streamlined process to offer these experiences. Usually have different sort of adventures such going for trekking, bicycling, and day trips at the weekend. Apart from that, they do tailor-mades as well. Beside that, I do recommend everyone to book of Dare2Gear if anyone is searching for a adventure consideration in India. The staff consists of knowledgeable people who possess ample experience and this coupled with wide range of trips to choose from make for a meaningful and engaging travel experience. Here are some of the pros and cons of Dare2Gear:Here are some of the pros and cons of Dare2Gear: Pros: * Such a large program that gives people a choice of which trips they prefer. * Educated and informed staff * Customized trips available Cons: * Travel might be an expensive affair * Seating for some trips may be sold out Finally, I can say that not only India is an adventurous destination but also Dare2Gear vacations – my best choice to go for such a trip. Nevertheless, you need to know the expenses that might occur as well as the limited availability of carriages when it comes to reservation.
Saarthak Kanwar
Saarthak Kanwar
2024-01-29
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Had a very very great trekking experience and had fun ambience is good food is great and people are lovely and cooperative tooo very much highly recommend to go on a trek with you uss loved it very much
Ayushi Kaushik
Ayushi Kaushik
2024-01-29
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It was a great experience for me, it was my first time. I enjoyed the trip very much, the trip leader was very friendly and helpful he made sure that we do not have any problem and motivated us throughout the journey. Event the driver was very nice and polite.
Ajay Panwar
Ajay Panwar
2023-12-30
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We enjoyed a lot. Our captain siddhant sundriyal and Rahul Singh were very professional and managed the group very efficiently. Moj krayi bdiya. During the trek they managed the group and made sure that everyone is together and no one is hurt.
nainsee
nainsee
2023-12-29
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I had an incredible experience with Dare2gear during my first group trip to Chopta (22-25th Dec batch). I'm grateful for Captain Bhaskar Jeena, who ensured a safe and enjoyable trek. His efforts went above and beyond to prioritize everyone's safety and create lasting memories. The arrangements were excellent, and I look forward to planning future adventures with Dare2gear
Aman Gupta
Aman Gupta
2023-12-29
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I have been to Chopta-Tungnath with dare2geare along with Bhaskar (Captain) and Siddhant (Co captain). The whole 3Days trip was full with lots of enjoyment, memories and creating new bonds. It was my second trip with D2G and I loved the experience for sure. Special shoutout to our captains again, who have worked really hard and ensured the success of this trip.
Renu Gandhi
Renu Gandhi
2023-10-04
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I thoroughly enjoyed my first trek to Chopta Chandershila with Dear2Gear. Both assigned Captain Bhaskar and Varun was super amazing in managing entire team. All things were perfectly arranged from stay, food to engaging all group in Fun and Games. Both Captain were friendly yet responsible and disciplined. I also love the goodie bag and other articles presented by D2G to us along with participation certificates. This travel of mine with Dare2Gear became one of the best memory in my Life with all fun and enjoy we experienced in this entire tour. I highly recommend D2G to all travel lovers.. All the best to entire Dare2Gear Team????
aanchal bansal b
aanchal bansal b
2023-10-04
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Chopta - Tungnath trip (29 sept 23 - 2 oct 23) This was my first trip with them and the experience was great. The team was really supportive and helpful throughout the journey. A special shoutout to Varun and Bhaskar, our trek leaders for keeping us energetic throughout. The arrangements were upto to mark and all the safety precautions were taken care of. Thank you again for such a wonderful experience. Memories made for life !!
Kajal Goyal
Kajal Goyal
2023-10-03
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Chopta - Tungnath trip (29 sept 23 - 2 oct 23) My first ever trip with Dare2gear was amazing. I had such a wonderful time with them. Could not have imagined to have such a pleasant experience. Such beautiful and lovely group members to share that experience. Most importantly our captains Varun and Bhaskar they were so supportive, empathetic and obsevant. They were so dedicated and handled each and every situation with so much sensibility. Would love to go again and again with them. Thank you Dare2gear for making me enjoy the best moments of my life. ❤️❤️
vaibhav gupta
vaibhav gupta
2023-10-03
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Thank you dare2gear for the amazing and safe trek. Thank you everybody for all your support and motivation ❤️. I hope that we get another time to trek together again. Special thanks to Varun bhaiya and Bhaskar bhaiya for continuously putting efforts to make the trip to a better success. ~vidhi
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Trekking Vs Hiking

Trekking and hiking are both outdoor activities that involve walking in natural landscapes, but they differ in several key aspects.

Hiking: Hiking is generally considered a leisurely activity that involves walking along well-marked trails or paths, often in parks, forests, or countryside areas. Hikes can range from short, easy strolls to more challenging day trips, with varying degrees of elevation gain and terrain difficulty. Hiking trails are usually well-maintained and may feature amenities such as signage, benches, and designated rest areas. Hiking is typically done as a day trip, although some longer hikes may extend over multiple days. Hikers usually carry a daypack with essentials like water, snacks, a map, and first aid supplies.

Trekking: It is a more rigorous and immersive outdoor activity that involves multi-day journeys through remote or rugged terrain. It routes often traverse wilderness areas, mountains, or other challenging landscapes, requiring participants to carry all necessary supplies and equipment for the duration of the trek. It may be less defined and more challenging to navigate, requiring a higher level of fitness, outdoor skills, and navigation abilities. 

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Trekking often involves camping overnight in tents or shelters along the route, with trekkers carrying camping gear, food, and other essentials in backpacks. Trekking routes may take several days or weeks to complete, depending on the length and difficulty of the trek. Trekking is often considered a more adventurous and immersive experience, allowing participants to explore remote wilderness areas and connect with nature on a deeper level.

In summary, while hiking is generally a day-trip activity on well-marked trails, trekking involves multi-day journeys through more remote and challenging terrain, requiring participants to carry all necessary supplies and equipment for the duration of the trek. Both activities offer opportunities to enjoy nature, exercise, and explore outdoor environments, but they cater to different levels of experience and adventure.

Why & how to do trekking?

Embarking on a trekking adventure is an exciting endeavor that requires careful planning, preparation, and consideration of various factors to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do trekking:

  1. Choose Your Destination:
    • Research potential trekking destinations based on your preferences, fitness level, and experience. Consider factors such as terrain difficulty, altitude, climate, and cultural attractions.
    • Select a trekking route that matches your abilities and interests, whether it’s a short day hike, a multi-day trek, or a challenging expedition.
  2. Plan Your Itinerary:
    • Determine the duration of your trek and create a detailed itinerary, including daily distances, camping locations, and points of interest along the route.
    • Consider factors such as weather conditions, seasonal variations, and daylight hours when planning your trekking schedule.
    • Obtain permits or permissions if required for trekking in certain areas or national parks.
  3. Gather Essential Gear and Supplies:
    • Invest in quality trekking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, a comfortable backpack, lightweight and moisture-wicking clothing, waterproof outer layers, a sleeping bag, tent or shelter, cooking equipment, navigation tools (map, compass, GPS), first aid kit, and emergency supplies.
    • Pack lightweight, nutritious food and plenty of water to sustain you throughout the trek. Consider portable water purification methods if natural water sources are available along the route.
  4. Prepare Physically and Mentally:
    • Start a training regimen to improve your cardiovascular fitness, strength, and endurance, focusing on activities such as hiking, walking, running, cycling, and strength training.
    • Acclimate your body to high altitudes if trekking in mountainous regions by gradually ascending and allowing time for adjustment.
    • Develop basic outdoor skills, such as navigation, campsite selection, fire building, and emergency response, to enhance your safety and confidence on the trail.
  5. Check Weather Conditions and Safety Considerations:
    • Monitor weather forecasts and trail conditions leading up to your trek, and be prepared to adjust your plans accordingly in case of inclement weather or unforeseen hazards.
    • Inform friends or family members about your trekking plans, itinerary, and expected return date, and consider carrying a personal locator beacon or satellite communicator for emergencies.
  6. Leave No Trace:
    • Practice Leave No Trace principles to minimize your environmental impact and preserve the natural beauty of the wilderness areas you visit. Pack out all trash, avoid disturbing wildlife, and stay on designated trails to protect fragile ecosystems.
  7. Enjoy the Experience:
    • Finally, set out on your trek with a spirit of adventure, curiosity, and appreciation for the wonders of nature. Take time to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and sensations of the wilderness, and savour the moments of tranquillity, challenge, and camaraderie along the way.

By following these steps and adequately preparing for your trekking adventure, you can enjoy a safe, fulfilling, and memorable experience in the great outdoors.

Looking for Adventure? Discover the Best Trekking India Has to Offer!

India is a captivating and diverse experience that offers a plethora of options for outdoor enthusiasts, from the majestic peaks of the Himalayas to the lush Western Ghats and beyond. Here’s everything you need to know about trekking in India:

  1. Himalayan Treks:
    • The Indian Himalayas are a haven for trekking enthusiasts, offering a wide range of trekking routes catering to all levels of experience.
    • Popular Himalayan treks include the Chadar Trek in Ladakh, the Valley of Flowers Trek in Uttarakhand, the Roopkund Trek in Uttarakhand, the Markha Valley Trek in Ladakh, and the Hampta Pass Trek in Himachal Pradesh.
    • Trekkers can experience breathtaking landscapes, towering peaks, alpine meadows, glacial lakes, and traditional mountain villages in the Himalayas.
  2. Western Ghats Treks:
    • The Western Ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are a biodiverse mountain range in southern India, known for their lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and picturesque valleys.
    • Popular Western Ghats treks include the Kumara Parvatha Trek in Karnataka, the Kudremukh Trek in Karnataka, the Kodachadri Trek in Karnataka, and the Rajmachi Trek in Maharashtra.
    • Trekkers can explore verdant forests, encounter diverse flora and fauna, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes in the Western Ghats.
  3. Trekking in the Northeast:
    • The Northeastern region of India is home to pristine natural beauty, remote tribal villages, and unexplored trails.
    • Popular Northeast treks include the Dzukou Valley Trek in Nagaland, the Nongriat Trek to the Living Root Bridges in Meghalaya, the Tawang Monastery Trek in Arunachal Pradesh, and the Singalila Ridge Trek in Sikkim.
    • Trekkers can discover hidden gems, cultural diversity, and unique landscapes while trekking in the Northeast.
  4. Tips for Trekking in India:
    • Plan your trekking adventure according to the season and weather conditions, as trekking routes in India vary in accessibility and safety throughout the year.
    • Consider hiring a local guide or joining a trekking group to navigate unfamiliar terrain, learn about local culture and traditions, and ensure your safety and well-being.
    • Respect the environment and local communities by practicing Leave No Trace principles, supporting sustainable tourism initiatives, and respecting cultural norms and traditions.
    • Be prepared for varying levels of physical exertion, altitude sickness, and weather changes during your adventure, and carry essential gear, supplies, and emergency provisions accordingly.
    • Stay informed about travel advisories, permit requirements, and safety guidelines specific regions of India, especially those located near international borders or in remote areas.

Overall, India offers a unique opportunity to explore diverse landscapes, immerse yourself in rich cultural heritage, and embark on unforgettable adventures amidst some of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or a novice adventurer, India’s trekking trails beckon with endless possibilities for discovery, exploration, and personal growth.

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