50 Lakes Anniversary Gift Made From The “Alpine Girl” Of Namratha Nandish Country


Srinagar, November 10 (IANS): Namratha Nandish, 33, who earned the nickname “The Alpine Girl” by touring 50 alpine lakes in Jammu and Kashmir in a record four months, says it was just an idea.

Namratha told reporters, “Nothing was predetermined. It all started with an idea from my husband, Abhishek who insisted on a visit to Srinagar in previous winters. He wanted to see Dal Lake frozen over.

“We started our trip to the Kashmir Valley on January 26th and checked into a local hotel. I had done my homework and decided to hike 33 lakes during the season as a birthday present for myself- same. I turned 33 this year “.

The arthritis did not deter Namratha’s determination although the cold in the mountains is believed to make the pain worse.

Back home in Bengaluru, she works as an HR manager in an IT company.

“Working from home due to the pandemic has served me well and I have decided to achieve my goal during the trekking season in 2020 which started in mid-June,” she said.

Syed Tahir, Namratha’s local trekking leader, who accompanied her to most of the lakes, remembers meeting the “Alpine Girl”.

“When I interacted with her and she told me about her dream, I normally asked her if she had a health problem.

“The moment she told me about some kind of arthritis knee problem, my eyes practically popped in surprise, but all my apprehension faded as I saw her determination.

“Without a doubt, she is the first woman to have hiked 50 lakes in one season, as no one has been able to achieve the feat of covering 50 alpine lakes in one season spread across the Kashmir valley, to my knowledge. “said Syed. .

Namratha started his expedition from Tulian Lake and ended it at Shilsar Lake in J & K’s Anantnag-Kishtwar area.

Recalling her expedition, she said: “I traveled about 460 km in 31 days.

“I only wanted to make 33 lakes as a birthday present for myself, but then“ yeh dil eat more. ”I decided to achieve the 50 lakes feat.

“During my last visit I suffered from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) when the height was around 13,000 feet at the top of Murgan. But then my inner strength and the support of Tahir and my family sent me there “.

Speaking about the hospitality of the local people, she said: “The people are so welcoming and warm here that I want to spend more and more time with them. I didn’t want to go because people here made me feel like one of them.

“Kashmir is a wonderful tourist destination and involving more and more women as guides for trekking groups would certainly increase the number of women visiting the valley and this may become an alternative activity for local women.”


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