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We’re Beginning Journey Remedy Treks At Indiahikes


I need to share a small story. 

It was narrated to me by Izzat Yaganagi, the top of Experiential Studying at Indiahikes. It’s a story that dates again 11 years, when Izzat was on her first Himalayan trek. The story features extra significance if you recognize 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 by means of a troublesome part in my life. I used to be at a crossroads with the whole lot — my private life, my skilled life. I felt low. I needed to get away from the whole lot.” 

“That’s when, on the advice of a colleague, I signed up for a Himalayan trek. To not remedy myself, however simply to get away from the whole lot for some time. Little did I do know that the trek would change the whole lot 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 may see the Gadsar valley stretching into the horizon. 

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

Later that evening, when Izzat was reflecting on the trek, she realised that what she had gone by means of was very totally different. The trek had an enormous function to play in it. “The trek had helped me get out of a hard atmosphere into an area the place I may see my very own issues from a fowl’s eye view. Within the metropolis, I used to be always speeding from sooner or later to the following, by no means capable of give myself the psychological house 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 house to open up. I used to be by no means in a rush. I had no different tasks. I felt calm. I may suppose 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 places of work. However the trek was naturally lending itself to such a setting,” she says.  

“I bear in mind considering ‘why not deliver my purchasers right here. It could have such a deep influence on their way of thinking. It may do what months of remedy wouldn’t,” remembers Izzat. 

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

It was again then that Izzat determined to affix Indiahikes with the intention of utilizing trekking as a medium to assist these scuffling with 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 faculties to deliver these learnings from the outside into our day by day lives. The influence of those applications has been huge. 

Group periods and one-on-one periods will play a key function on our journey remedy treks.

What’s journey remedy?  

Journey Remedy isn’t a brand new idea. It’s one thing that has existed in lots of types 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 scuffling with 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 a direct 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, “Once we trek, our physique releases giant doses of endorphins, the hormone that makes us glad. Added to that there’s a increase of serotonin, which relaxes us. We get robust doses of Dopamine, which makes us really feel achieved, it triggers our reward centres. And there’s additionally 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 way of thinking,” explains Izzat. “Many instances, it wants facilitation by somebody who can nudge them to reinforce what the trek is already doing,” she provides. 

That is what we can 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 skilled 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 skilled to conduct remedy. 

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

Whereas the trek goes to work by itself, Ms Izzat Yaganagi can be taking part in an enormous function by means of one-on-one periods, group periods. Speaking remedy and experiential studying are going to be a key characteristic within the journey remedy trek.

Whom is it meant for? 

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

We can be taking folks on an invite-basis solely. You’ll find a hyperlink to a kind on the finish of this electronic mail. Please fill it in. We are going to 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 prefer to make clear this right here. This trek isn’t meant for many who are present process remedy for serious psychological points.  

(It’s also not meant for many 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 electronic mail us at [email protected]. We are going to think about your scenario 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 stunning Dayara Bugyal. The bottom camp, the campsites, the meadows, mountain views, all of them lend themselves to a fantastic 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 through 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 may be performed.

How you can apply: 

In case you’d prefer to be part of our Journey Remedy trek, observe this hyperlink to fill the shape

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

In conclusion: 

Everyone knows how helpful a trek may 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 consider in it, however have seen the therapeutic powers ourselves. 

“Nature grounds us, and whereas the patches of inexperienced at house are useful, there’s nothing like being out within the vast 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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