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Saturday, 1 February 2014

In pursuit of his dreams...

He's a dreamer, he loves to explore new heights!

Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery; this is what Nikhil Trivedi, a multitalented resident of Sohna Road believes in. He loves to explore all that comes his way. He’s a man full of enthusiasm and wisdom.

It is believed that the spirit of adventure glorifies and enriches the lives of the people. Nikhil, very bold, daring and passionate, discovered his love for adventure when he was in his teen years. “I have been a very mischievous, curious and adventurous being since childhood. It was only during my college days that I got various great opportunities of getting involved in adventure activities and thus, I could get right exposure to trekking, mountaineering, rock climbing and other adventure sports. This also provided me a huge platform to interact with people from around the world,” shares this very exploratory young man who loves to experiment with his life.

An alumnus of Christ Church College, CSJM University Kanpur, Nikhil, is now a part of the Merchant Navy. Even after taking up a job which is full of perils, challenges and adventures, Nikhil never gave up on his passion and dreams to travel to high altitudes.

With every new challenge we learn something new, and that's the most enthralling part about it which keeps the zeal and interest inside each one of us awakened and pushes us to go beyond any obstacles and limits. The very courageous Nikhil has climbed many peaks. His motive does not lie in just mountaineering but to get in touch with the astonishingly beautiful nature and people from different cultures. He believes that it is more of an intellectual challenge and not simply a physical one. “The strong urge to explore and live by the raw elements and civilizations of nature as well as the curiosity to try to understand the real meaning of life thrills me to the depth of my inner self,” shares Trivedi with glittering eyes.

A free-willing, fearless, and adventure-loving young man, Nikhil always dreamt of becoming a mountaineer. By dint of his hard work and sheer determination, Nikhil Trivedi lived his dream when he successfully summited the Stok Kangri (elevation 6,153 m (20,182 feet) which is the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of northwest India. His expedition to Chadar Frozen River Trek in February this year has been his latest voyage. It is a trek over a frozen river in Ladakh. Average mean temperature during the day is minus 10. In the night, temperatures fall to minus 20 and 25. Ice forms, breaks and changes colour on the river every few hours. Additionally, he has explored different places like Kedartal, Roopkund in Uttarakhand, Lake SatopanthKuari Pass trekMarkha Valley in Leh Ladakh region and has also camped at Deoria Tal. And he would be travelling to the Nubra Valley in October, this year.

It is the raw beauty of the nature which inspires him the most. He wants to live and feel every single bit of nature. This is why he is so inclined towards the expeditions to various hill stations and places of scenic beauty. Asked about his inspirations, Nikhil shares, “I am lucky that I've got two of the finest guides, Jai Singh and Santosh who taught me the golden principles of a successful expedition and also accompanied me to various places.”

While telling about the difficulty that he faces when he plans to set out on any expedition, Nikhil says, “The biggest hurdle which I, or any other independent mountaineer faces is that of seeking large number of permits and permissions before any expedition. These rules are important and surely are a must but it’s time they need to be simplified.

Apart from being a pure adventure-lover, Nikhil has various other hobbies and interests. “I enjoy interacting with people from different cultures, reading biographies, cooking, and capturing each and every priceless moment by photographing it,” concludes this zesty, high-spirited man.