By Dhanusha Gokulan
Khaleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Pooja Dhiman quit a steady job at a leading advertising agency in Dubai, packed her backpack in mid-2016 and hasn’t looked back since.
In these days of Insta-travel, many of us travel vicariously through social media accounts of popular travelers and trekkers.
ut 29-year-old Indian national, adventurer and trekker Pooja Dhiman gave up looking at the world through her smartphone and leaped face-first into a world of travel and adventure.
A former advertising professional and alumni of American University of Dubai, Pooja quit a steady job at a leading agency in Dubai, packed her backpack in mid-2016 and hasn’t looked back since.
After traveling across 13 countries in Europe, South East Asia and the Subcontinent, Pooja is now a trek blogger and mountaineer certified by the Indian Army and continues to conquer her fears, one mountain in the Himalayan range at a time.
The travel so far…
She describes herself as a “solo backpacker, a Muay Thai boxer and a mountain goat”. Unlike regular travel, a wonderful romanticism is attached to Pooja’s travels. She has lived, worked small jobs, picked up new languages, and learned a martial art, along the way.
Khaleej Times caught up with Pooja for a chat, just after her return from the Kuari Pass Trek. Located 12,516ft above sea level in Uttarakhand, India, the Kuari Pass Trek is one of the easiest treks in the Himalayan mountain range. From the Markha Valley Trek in Ladakh to the Stok Kangri, the highest trekkable summit in India, she has traversed some of the most challenging and breathtaking mountains in the Himalayas.
“The plan was to see epic landscapes, sip tea with people you don’t have a language in common with, do odd jobs, never wake up to an alarm and stay away from the cities and the crowd (and selfie sticks),” she explained.