Pooja Dhiman

I am a solo backpacker, a muay thai boxer and a mountain goat. I quit my job in April 2016 to go see the world, and I am currently exploring the Himalayas and hiking and trekking whenever possible. I am here to share tidbits of my journey with you. Find me on instagram @thismadmadworld.

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Popular Treks Experiential Trekking Goecha La Trek Goecha-La: An epic journey to the footsteps of Mt. Kanchenjunga
01 June 2017 | Pooja Dhiman

Distance: 103 KMS (64 Miles) Avg.Time: 6-8 days What to expect: Pure Awesomeness I am a serious believer in the school of thought that we are not meant to just earn and pay our bills…and die

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Popular Treks Experiential Trekking Markha Valley Trek Smelling my stinky socks on the Markha Valley Trek
09 August 2017 | Pooja Dhiman

I have always been a mountain goat. Watching fluffy clouds floating by, having a cup of chai at 5 am in my tent, watching a bazillion stars at night, watching sheep and horses being stupid in the wild

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Popular Treks Informative Trekking Markha Valley Trek Markha Valley Trek: Your gateway to Ladakhi Culture
10 August 2017 | Pooja Dhiman

Every trek shows you a world of its own.  The Markha Valley trek not just showed me epic landscapes but also a beautiful culture tucked away in the middle of nowhere. This is my journey

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Popular Treks Informative Trekking Markha Valley Trek Trek to Markha Valley is no pancake..Be ready for some rough breaths!
10 August 2017 | Pooja Dhiman

Total Distance: 60 KMS (but it sorta feels like 120 kms) Number of days: 7 What to expect: a wildly beautiful but challenging trek Markha Valley is super popular trek in Ladakh for those who p

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Popular Treks Knowhow Trekking Ladakh Flora & Fauna Wildlife you stumble across while trekking in Ladakh
12 August 2017 | Pooja Dhiman

The mountains are full of mysteries and surprises. Take a walk in the wilderness and you’ll stumble across curious little creatures living and breathing in the same space as you. Although Ladakh

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Popular Treks Informative Tourist Attractions Leh Ladakh The city that will touch your soul: Ladakh
15 August 2017 | Pooja Dhiman

Every city has a heartbeat, a personality, an aura of its own. Every once in a while, it is essential to go to places where people still live in the old traditional beautiful simple way. Far far away

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Popular Treks Informative Trekking Stok Kangri Trek Stepping stone for serious trekkers: Stok Kangri
15 August 2017 | Pooja Dhiman

Take a closer look at this picture. 

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Popular Treks Informative Trekking Pin Parvati Pass Trek Ten days, ten reasons to go on Pin Parvati Pass
01 September 2017 | Pooja Dhiman

This is going to a be picturesque story. Be prepared to get blown away by what I am going to show. Pin Parvati Pass trek is, by far, the most beautiful trek I have ever been on. From forests to meado

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Popular Treks Knowhow Trekking Pin Parvati Pass Trek Flora & Fauna Pin Parvati Pass Flora and Fauna
05 September 2017 | Pooja Dhiman

You are never alone in the mountains. There is life all around you; in the waterfalls, you see in the distance, the flowers that bloom in the valleys, the stars that fall from the sky at night, or the

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Popular Treks Informative Trekking Pin Parvati Pass Trek A beautiful marriage of two soulful valleys: Pin Parvati Pass
07 September 2017 | Pooja Dhiman

So here is what’s going to happen. I will show you some epic pictures and you’ll go like ‘man that’s awesome’ and when you go and see those places for yourself, your hear

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Popular Treks The Unknown Hamta Circle
29 September 2017 | Pooja Dhiman

A lonely trek. Some horses. Loads of Buffaloes. 4 blissful days. There are so many beautiful treks hidden away in the Himalayas that we know nothing about. Most of you are aware of the Hampta Pass

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Popular Treks What makes Bali Pass a badass trek?
03 October 2017 | Pooja Dhiman

Someone, somewhere in the Himalayas is witnessing this view right now. 

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Popular Treks Get to know the flowers that can save or kill you on the Bali Pass trek.
04 October 2017 | Pooja Dhiman

Flowers are beautiful in a strange way; some have unbelievable magical powers that can do wonders that modern medicine can’t, while some look absolutely gorgeous but can kill you within seconds.

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Popular Treks A walk in the land of myths: Bali Pass
05 October 2017 | Pooja Dhiman

We all grew up listening to fables, myths, and legends. And they fascinate us. They take us to a different world. There are faiths around the world based on stories and even against all odds, a part o

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Popular Treks Up for a #FamilyAdventure? Check out the epic Hamta Circle trek.
30 October 2017 | Pooja Dhiman

Parents, this blog is for you. If you love trekking and prefer taking your family to the mountains instead of the malls, then hifive, you’ve just joined the coolest parents club and here is an

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Mountaineering Legendary peaks and glaciers around Vasuki Tal
02 November 2017 | Pooja Dhiman

The Garhwal Himalayas draw top-notch climbers and spiritual seekers from all over the world. Everywhere you turn, you’ll see a giant peak in front of you. Some are sacred; central to Hinduism, w

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Popular Treks Vasuki Tal Flora and Fauna
03 November 2017 | Pooja Dhiman

I come from an ad agency background, and a couple of years back, we learnt that majority of the people spend their time on YouTube watching funny cat videos. It was an amazing insight. A lot of brands

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Popular Treks Why doing Kuari Pass with Bikat Adventures is pure awesomeness?
02 January 2018 | Pooja Dhiman

The world changes when it snows. It becomes a little bit magical, a tiny bit fragile and a whole lot crazy if you decide to spend a few days in the mountains.

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Aspirational Expeditions Nag Tibba Photo Story
12 January 2018 | Pooja Dhiman

We all wanna get lost in the mountains every now and then, but it’s not always easy to take time off from our busy schedules. Luckily, there are a few treks in the Himalayas that can be done in

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Popular Treks Deaths of solo trekkers in the mountains.
27 January 2018 | Pooja Dhiman

We head to the mountains to be free, to walk amongst the clouds, and feel the cool breeze take all the stress away, see wildlife in their prime habitat and most importantly to feel alive. But this sho

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Popular Treks Experiential 5 Reasons why Kedarkantha is my favorite winter trek
04 February 2018 | Pooja Dhiman

Life in the mountains is uncomplicated. It’s old school. It takes us back to the basics where food, shelter and survival are the most important things in life. For me, it’s also a reminder

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Popular Treks Kedarkantha Photo Story
05 February 2018 | Pooja Dhiman

We all need to climb a mountain at least once in our lives. It changes us, inspires us and puts things in perspective. There is something about inhaling the wild carefree air that fills us up with pos

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Popular Treks What makes Kedarkantha a good trek for beginners?
06 February 2018 | Pooja Dhiman

24 KMs. 4 days. A dreamy terrain. A peak to summit. Add a pinch of courage if you are a beginner, and it all seems doable.

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Popular Treks Peaks visible from Kedarkantha
06 February 2018 | Pooja Dhiman

In the past, and even today, when we look at mountains, their sheer size and magnificence makes us feel that we are standing in the presence of something …Godlike. They are still believed to be

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Popular Treks The end of the beautiful Chadar Trek
08 February 2018 | Pooja Dhiman

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Popular Treks 15 Most Glorious Pictures of Chadar Trek
25 February 2018 | Pooja Dhiman

So, what does one of the coolest treks in the world really look like? Well, you are about to find out.  I can boldly say that Chadar Trek is like no other trek in the world. I wouldn’

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Popular Treks What makes Brahmatal a great winter trek?
17 March 2018 | Pooja Dhiman

During winters, the Himalayas wear a blanket of snow, limiting the number of treks that are safe for outdoor enthusiasts. While the summer months bloom with endless options of well-known and virgin tr

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Popular Treks Experiential Things I like and dislike about Brahmatal Trek
17 March 2018 | Pooja Dhiman

Brahmatal trek is NOT the most happening winter trek in the Himalayas.  WRONG.  I am going to prove how much fun a short winter trek can be in this blog post. Most people are not even awar

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Popular Treks Brahmatal Photo Story
17 March 2018 | Pooja Dhiman

The snow covered Himalayas tease all outdoor enthusiasts to leave their comforts behind and spend a few days in the wilderness. It’s almost like an open invitation to all adrenaline seeking, nat

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