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JOURNEYS OF THE HEART

Text: Sachitra Gurung and Aakriti Maya Aryal

Rajat Khadka

A travel-junkie, Khadka is the Founder and Tour Operator of Rustic Himalayan Adventure.

Follow him on Instagram: himalayanjunkie
Follow his blog: www.rustihimalayan.com

What are some things that surprise you when you are travelling?

The beauty of the mountains, the colour of the skies, the billions of stars at night, the warmth of my sleeping bag, places, destination, and people I encounter always get me every time. Recently, I was very amazed to see a red fox during my motorbike expedition in the Northen India. It was right in front of me – just 10 metres away from my bike – at a height of 4500 metres. I also saw some beautiful blue sheep. Witnessing these animals up-close was truly surprising.

What is the scariest travel experience you have had?

I witnessed an avalanche right before my very eyes at Taglang La, the second highest mountain pass in Ladakh at a height of 4900 metres. Although it was only for a few seconds, it gave me quite a fright.

Do you do anything beyond what tourists or travellers normally do? 

Besides the commercial treks like ABC and other well known touristic activities and commercial trekking routes that most travel companies provide, I like travelling to rustic places of Nepal. Whenever I get a chance I try and visit the more remote areas of different destinations like Manaslu, Tsum Valley, and Kanchenjunga etc.

How do you create and share your travel journey content? 

I believe travelling has really shaped me to who I am today. It’s my passion and has really broadened my horizons as a person. Whenever I travel I always keep a travel diary with me. I try to illustrate my feelings and experiences through pictures and doodles. I also make videos while conversing with the locals. Every place has its past and present which I try to portray to my audience through my videos and blog.

Your travel destination for 2019.

Cherrapunji and Rajasthan