About Nandita

Nandita with her children

Nandita works with an IT company and is what many would call a true adventure junkie with hobbies ranging from motorbiking to trekking, cycling and skiing. An avid photographer, she balances her life amazingly between work, activities and her kids, whom she is also introducing to adventure sports.

Already been on 4 trips with GoMissing, here’s what she has to say about her latest trek to Lamadug with us.


When Saurabh Kapur mentioned that GoMissing was organising a trek near Manali during the Dussera break, I called and signed on! All I asked was – what grade? Can the kids do it? He asked – Are they physically active and have they trekked before? I said – VERY active, but not major trekking. So he said – Yeah sure they can do it!!

Well, for those who were part of the trek will know what I mean when I say “Left from that tree”. For those who weren’t will have to join Saurabh and GoMissing’s next trip to Lamadug and Khanpari Tibba to find out!!

Lama Dug trek - Starting from Manali

GoMissing gang in Manali before the Lama Dug trek

Children trekking to Lama Dug Campsite

The awesome youngsters who have taken to trekking early in life

 

trekking through forests to Lama Dug meadows

Beautiful dense forests en route to Lama Dug meadows

Forest trek near manali

The group finding its way through the forest – Lama Dug Trek

Clicking pictures while trekking to lama Dug meadows

Chotu waits for the group while the photoshoot is on

Clicking pictures at Lama Dug meadows

gomissing group on the rocks

At the viewpoint en route to Khanpari Tibba

At the viewpoint en route to Khanpari Tibba

Trek to Khanpari Tibba

Super happy during the trek

Children group trekking to Lama Dug

The trek leaders

 

I think many things surprised me in these 3 days! First, we walked a few 100 meters and suddenly Manali disappeared! And we were in this beautiful forest following a trail with the most genial Surinder Ji and ever smiling “Chote Mian” as my son, Naoise, insisted on calling him. Second, I realized how long it’s been since I last trekked – took my breath away … literally!! Third, I realized what totally amazing kids I have! They were always ahead with Chote Mian. With my son actually turning around and calling me with a mild mixture of humour and restless reprimand in his voice because he wanted to show me something or the other! At one point, he actually said, much to the hurt ego of many, “Will those 30 years older than me please catch up?!!” 😀 Though it was intended for his mother who was constantly reminding him that he was 30 years younger, it certainly put the wings of many an adult step! Surinder Ji’s daughter Sania, our little pixie, was a wonder! I don’t think the 3 children showed any fatigue at all on that first day!

Left from the tree

Left from the tree.. or the next one!

Trekking to Lama Dug Meadows

Chote Miyan with the kids during the trek

Surreal views en route to Khanpari Tibba

Surreal views en route to Khanpari Tibba

The clouds came down to greet us

The clouds came down to greet us

View of Kullu Valley on the trek

View of Kullu Valley on the trek

Bruno showing us the way after the Lama Dug campsite

Bruno showing us the way after the Lama Dug campsite

Gomissing gang above Lama Dug meadows

GoMissing Gang trekking from Lama Dug meadows to Khanpari Tibba

We trekked 8 km and up 1000 m to camp at this cozy little bowl of a meadow. Next day, we trekked up another 7 km and up 700m, just short of Khanpari Tibba, but returned before we could touch the tip! How I wish we would’ve made the top! It didn’t matter much I think, because nothing could match the beauty of walking through that quiet, hushed space, the expansive loveliness of the almost uninhabited region; through clouds that threw an ethereal feel to everything, and the colors that seemed to burst everywhere – brightest reds, gold, myriad greens, browns, whites, ochres, endless hues that we saw on the way.

Walking back to the Lama Dug campsite

Walking back to the Lama Dug campsite

The GoMissing Lama Dug campsite

The GoMissing Lama Dug campsite

Creativity in natural environs - GoMissing Lama Dug Campsite

Creativity in natural environs – GoMissing Lama Dug Campsite

Trekking back to Manali

Trekking back to Manali

View of Manali from the trek route

View of Manali from the trek route

Hiking around  Manali

Closer to Manali

Dense forests around Manali

Beautiful dense forest all around – En route to Lama dug meadows

The folks at the camp fed us well – stuffing us with energy giving, simple but delicious meals, tea, pakoras and even Maggi when the kids wanted some.

An amazing discovery of a hidden jewel! Thank you Saurabh Kapur and GoMissing for a wonderful time!