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We’re Beginning Journey Remedy Treks At Indiahikes


I wish to share a small story. 

It was narrated to me by Izzat Yaganagi, the pinnacle of Experiential Studying at Indiahikes. It’s a story that dates again 11 years, when Izzat was on her first Himalayan trek. The story positive aspects extra significance if you understand Izzat’s background. She is a psychological counsellor, who has labored extensively with {couples}, youth and households.

“It was September 2011,” begins Izzat. “I used to be going via a tough part in my life. I used to be at a crossroads with all the things — my private life, my skilled life. I felt low. I wished to get away from all the things.” 

“That’s when, on the advice of a colleague, I signed up for a Himalayan trek. To not treatment myself, however simply to get away from all the things for some time. Little did I do know that the trek would change all the things about my life,” she displays. 

“I bear in mind this one second I used to be sitting by Gadsar Lake, watching the blue waters lapping the shore. Small rivulets trickled down the mountain sides, feeding the lake. On my proper, I might see the Gadsar valley stretching into the horizon. 

“It was at this level that by some means, my thoughts hit a reset button. I felt all my issues disappearing away. I felt mild and relieved, like no drawback was too large. For the primary time prior to now few months, I might really feel a way of lightness in my coronary heart,” recollects Izzat. 

Later that night time, when Izzat was reflecting on the trek, she realised that what she had gone via was very totally different. The trek had a giant position to play in it. “The trek had helped me get out of a difficult atmosphere into an area the place I might see my very own issues from a chicken’s eye view. Within the metropolis, I used to be continuously speeding from sooner or later to the following, by no means in a position to give myself the psychological area required to heal. I felt trapped in a bubble of my very own ideas.” 

“However on the trek, I had the luxurious of time and area to open up. I used to be by no means in a rush. I had no different duties. I felt calm. I might assume objectively. The sensation of being overwhelmed on a regular basis withered away and my issues appeared manageable.” 

“That is what most therapists attempt to emulate of their workplaces. However the trek was naturally lending itself to such a setting,” she says.  

“I bear in mind pondering ‘why not convey my purchasers right here. It will have such a deep influence on their frame of mind. It might do what months of remedy wouldn’t,” recollects Izzat. 

When Izzat sat by the lake, she noticed the true potential that trekking might have on these going via private points. Image shot on the Tarsar Marsar trek by Nitesh Salkade.

It was again then that Izzat determined to hitch Indiahikes with the intention of utilizing trekking as a medium to assist these combating private points. 

In these 10 years, Izzat Yaganagi amongst different issues, arrange the Experiential Studying Division at Indiahikes. At this time, we work with innumerable skilled establishments and colleges to convey these learnings from the outside into our each day lives. The influence of those packages has been huge. 

Group classes and one-on-one classes will play a key position on our journey remedy treks.

What’s journey remedy?  

Journey Remedy just isn’t a brand new idea. It’s one thing that has existed in lots of varieties for over a century. 

In his paper on outside remedy, Stephan Natynczuk, one of many foremost journey therapists on the planet, writes on other ways of journey remedy — “Some depend on nature as a co-therapist; others on experiential studying. Some utilise speaking remedy and others efficiently mix every of those with an adventurous journey.” 

At Indiahikes, we’re constructing on this considered mixing nature remedy, speaking remedy and experiential studying to assist these combating private points. 

“We’ve seen that even on our common treks, trekkers undergo a near-therapeutic expertise. It’s the place nature creates its personal influence with out human intervention,” explains Izzat. 

There’s a science behind this influence, which our founder, Arjun Majumdar, covers in his TEDx speak. “Trekking has an instantaneous calming impact. Our nerves begin soothing. Laughter flows simply. There’s a spring in our step.



There’s a science behind these emotions. It’s to do with hormones. 

Arjun continues, “After we trek, our physique releases massive doses of endorphins, the hormone that makes us glad. Added to that there’s a increase of serotonin, which relaxes us. We get sturdy doses of Dopamine, which makes us really feel achieved, it triggers our reward centres. And there’s additionally an excellent quantity of oxytocin, which provides us a way of tranquillity and love.”

 “However not everybody realises this influence, particularly in the event that they’re in a troubled frame of mind,” explains Izzat. “Many occasions, it wants facilitation by somebody who can nudge them to reinforce what the trek is already doing,” she provides. 

That is what we will probably be doing in our journey remedy treks. 

A trek, by itself, has the facility to influence your thoughts, physique and spirit. However not everybody realises this influence. That is the place a educated skilled is available in, to nudge you to reinforce what the trek is already doing. Image by Faizan Shaikh

How our Journey Remedy Treks work

This isn’t going to be like our common treks. It’s specifically designed and facilitated by group members who’re educated to conduct remedy. 

The primary trek goes to be led by Ms Izzat Yaganagi herself, who’s a Psychological Counselor with a follow of over 15 years. She heads the Experiential Studying division at Indiahikes. 

Whereas the trek goes to work by itself, Ms Izzat Yaganagi will probably be enjoying a giant position via one-on-one classes, group classes. Speaking remedy and experiential studying are going to be a key function within the journey remedy trek.

Whom is it meant for? 

These treks are meant for these going via some problem of their lives. Should you’re feeling low, underconfident, or discovering it onerous to beat difficulties, this trek is supposed for you. Should you’re overcoming the lack of somebody, or unable to focus in your skilled life, this trek will work splendidly for you.

We will probably be taking individuals on an invite-basis solely. You’ll discover a hyperlink to a kind on the finish of this e mail. Please fill it in. We’ll speak to you and see if you actually need this trek earlier than accepting you within the group.  

Whom is it not meant for? 

I’d wish to make clear this right here. This trek just isn’t meant for individuals who are present process remedy for serious psychological points.  

(It’s also not meant for individuals who don’t discover a place in our common teams.)

In case you are questioning whether or not you qualify for it, observe this hyperlink to fill the shape or e mail us at [email protected]. We’ll contemplate your state of affairs and allow you to know. 

When and the place is the Journey Remedy trek going to be held? 

This trek goes to be held on the lovely Dayara Bugyal. The bottom camp, the campsites, the meadows, mountain views, all of them lend themselves to a terrific setting for remedy. 

Dates for the trek: April twenty fifth – April thirtieth, 2022

That is what the itinerary will seem like:


Day 1: Drive From Dehradun to Raithal (8 hour drive). Briefing and orientation in regards to the Journey Remedy Trek by Ms Izzat Yaganagi.

Day 2: Trek from Raithal to Gui 

Day 3: Gui to Chilapada

Day 4: Chilapada to Nayata by way of Dayara Prime 

Day 5: Nayata to Raithal

Day 6: Drive again from Raithal to Dehradun

For the primary group, the journey remedy trek charge is identical as our common group:  8,950 + 5% GST (base camp to base camp). 

You’ll discover extra particulars in regards to the Dayara Bugyal trek on this web page

The Dayara Bugyal trek lends itself superbly to a setting the place journey remedy might be carried out.

Methods to apply: 

Should you’d wish to be part of our Journey Remedy trek, observe this hyperlink to fill the shape

We will probably be preserving the group small, with round 12-13 members. The slots will probably be confirmed on a first-come-first-served foundation. 

In conclusion: 

Everyone knows how helpful a trek might be for the thoughts, physique and spirit. Phrases like nature remedy and forest therapeutic have firmly embedded themselves in conversations of therapists. Medics in international locations like Canada, UK and New Zealand are suggesting nature prescriptions and inexperienced prescriptions as healers. At Indiahikes too, we not solely imagine in it, however have seen the therapeutic powers ourselves. 

“Nature grounds us, and whereas the patches of inexperienced at dwelling are useful, there’s nothing like being out within the huge open areas to assuage the wounded soul. To have the ability to commune with nature, particularly with the assistance of an skilled facilitator, is therapeutic,” says Mahesh Natarajan, licensed counsellor and founder member of Innersight, a collective of counsellors. 

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