The thrill of hiking over long trails, soaking in the scenic beauty, is something which can leave you spell-bound. Not only does it help you to relax, but it also boosts your health and stamina. However, often the perks of hiking are weighed down by the cost it entails. Right from the right shoes to comfortable hiking apparel, to backpacks to lodging/camping, hiking can be a costly affair.
However, thanks to crowdfunding, cost factor can be taken care of. There have been umpteen success stories of hikers who shared the passion of hiking but had disabilities or lacked funds for hiking and managed to achieve their hiking goals through crowdfunding.
Maharashtra’s Pride, Aparna Prabhudesai!
Aparna, a facilitator and an entrepreneur from Pune, is a multi-faceted woman. Along with her professional work, she also manages to pursue her hobby of participating in marathons and mountain climbing. Owing to some unfortunate incident in 2012, Aparna was left disabled. However, her unflinching strength and courage did not let the disability overpower her spirit. She took up a mountaineering course, participated in multiple treks and went twice to the Everest Base Camp. Her undeterred efforts led people to donate for her cause and she finally became the first woman from Maharashtra, India to successfully summit the Mount Everest! We feel proud to have been a part of this inspiring journey.
Mission Mount Everest
Another individual from Maharashtra, Nihar, also summited the Mount Everest supported by Ketto. He undertook a three month long expedition starting from Kathmandu, Nepal to the Summit of Mount Everest. With the media coverage that this expedition would garner, he aimed to involve the local communities in developing ways to fight hunger and curb malnutrition in economically backward communities.
His fundraiser committed to donate ₹1 per feet of climb towards this cause. He successfully climbed the summit in March, 2015 and managed to raise ₹65,400 with 14 supporters.
Climbing World Cup: Climb Your Way To Health And Fitness!
There are still not many people like Aparna and Nihar who are so passionate about mountain climbing. Chakram Hikers, a Maharashtra based firm, has been continuously striving in this direction. It organises hiking and trekking tours with intent to bring people closer to nature. The firm has been consistently instilling the spirit of adventure among masses along with spreading awareness about environment preservation. Chakram Hikers raised ₹ 52,000 with Ketto for the IFSC Climbing World Cup, which was scheduled at Navi Mumbai in May, 2016.
Crowdfunding: Hiking The New Way
Besides people like Aparna for climbing Everest, Ketto has been helping many to achieve their hiking goals. Be it Vijayshekhar Nerva, who completed 4 Deserts Gobi March race in June 2015 by raising ₹1,39,740 or Mohit Kapoor, who raised ₹86,500 for a ride across 9 countries, we’re always here to help you!
So if you plan to go for a hike but lack support, you can stay assured that we’re here to give wings to your dreams. Happy hiking!