Namrata Nandish from Bangalore has created a unique record of successfully climbing 50 lakes located at an altitude of about 10,000 feet above sea level in Kashmir within four months despite suffering from arthritis. Due to this special achievement, Namrata has now got a new identity in the name of ‘Alpine Girl’.
Namrata, who hails from Bangalore’s Bellandur area, is probably the first woman to climb these 50 high altitude lakes. Namrata started her expedition from Tulian Lake, which is situated between the Pir Panjal and Zanskar mountain ranges in the Pahalgam region of South Kashmir. He ended his splendid and exciting expedition with the Shilsar lake in the hilly region of Anantnag-Kishtwar region.
Alpine (mountain) lakes are located at an altitude of 10,000 feet above sea level. On this achievement, Namrata Nandish said, “Nothing was predetermined. It all started with the thought of my husband Abhishek, who had gone to Srinagar last winter. He wanted to see the frozen Dal Lake.” The couple began their journey to the Kashmir Valley on January 26 and stayed at a local hotel.
Namrata said, “I made all my preparations for this expedition and decided to visit 33 lakes during this season as a birthday gift. She turned 33 this year. Working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic proved very beneficial for Namrata, who worked as an HR manager in an IT company, and started her campaign in mid-June.
Namrata said, “Work hard and play hard. On my weekends I used to pack my bags and join a trekking group to achieve my goal, which started from Tulian Lake.” Local expert mountaineer Syed Tahir accompanied her during the expedition. Tahir accompanied him on most of his travels. Referring to the meeting she met Namrata, she said, “Tourists come here and want to do three to four days of mountaineering, but there was a woman who had set a goal for herself even before the season started. Syed Tahir has been associated with this industry for almost a decade.