Participating in this adventure race was such a life-changing experience for this 40-year-old, she is now prepping her teenage daughter to join her this year
On his 40th birthday, my marathon-running husband was presented with the chance to participate in the Himalayan Adventure Challenge (HAC). I watched him struggle up steep slopes, nearly fall off cliffs on his bike, and freeze on his raft. It looked beyond my worst nightmare. And then his team won.
So maybe it wasn’t that tough. Which was why, when I turned 40, I decided to enter the HAC with a just-as-crazy as me friend as the first and so far, only, an all-woman team in the HAC. We called ourselves Team Pink Fluff. HAC requires a 25km hike, followed by a 30km bike ride, with, finally, an excruciating 28km raft down the Ganges. And I did not know how to cycle. So the training programmes started, complete with nutrition advice (not from the spouse), and then some shopping for gear.
Our property is an oasis surrounded by Reserved Forest, and it is a thorough privilege to be so close to nature. If you book, come with the purpose of living in the valley of India’s holiest life force, the Ganga, for the call of the barking deer, or the midnight roar of the leopard ; and for that lovely dull ache after a busy day in the great outdoors. 80% of the property is built on a hillside, and you will have to walk a series of steps to reach your cottage. If your group includes infants, small kids and infirm elders, do request for cottages closer to the Cafe´.
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