LAFL encourages children of all ages to get in touch with their natural surroundings! With activities that foster a love of the outdoors and environmental sciences that can be initiated indoors and out. Society often overlooks the value of wilderness training and survival skills. We live among urban sprawls and in suburban epicenters – but there is still plenty of raw, untamed natural world left to explore.

Knowing a few basics of wilderness prep and survival is a good idea no matter where you live or what activities you participate in. And there’s no better time to acquire these skills than when you are young. By teaching children the basics, we are instilling life-long knowledge that could one day save their lives or the lives of others. Some of the most important “survival” techniques would be introduced to kids and presented in such a way that it’s not intimidating, but rather engaging and fun.

 

“Getting children interested in the outdoors and survival skills has been one of the major goals of my career and there is a lot of evidence that outdoor activities are enormously beneficial to the young.” – Prateek Deo , CEO LAFL

 

WILDERNESS SURVIVAL SKILLS OBJECTIVE

The objective of this children’s adventure camp is to connect children with nature in a fun-sharing environment. This is nature awareness adventure camp for kids that will cover the basic Wilderness survival skills. It will be structured for fun learning, with plenty of games, and creativity.

Our brief list of some of the activities your child will engage in:
 Ancestral Technologies such as:
 Learn Wilderness safety and knowledge of hazards
 Learn how to make a fire from sticks and friction and 1 match
fires
 Create your own survival camp fire making kit
 Wild craft a bag for your wilderness kit
 Wild crafting with medicinal plants and trees for healing salves,
tinctures, sprays, ointments and pastes
 Learn how to cook over the survival style cooking fire
 Experiential wilderness awareness games
 Hill exploration and discovery​
 Experience unique nature immersion and survival skills
through play, discovery, investigation and exploration.

 

SURVIVAL SKILLS OUTLINE

There are 5 basic survival skills that your child would learn …
1) Mindset
If you are caught in a situation where you actually need your survival
skills, the most important of all will be your attitude.

2) Water gathering
Focus on water. Find it, purify it, drink it, and store it for later.

3) Shelter creating
If you believe that you will have to overnight before being rescued the
next order of business is to get a shelter built.

4) Fire making
Fire is an important skill because losing body heat can kill you just as
quickly as lack of water.

5) Food
Keeping your energy up is important, you will be burning a lot more
calories than you are used to burning.

WHAT WE DO- WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT ?

In a time of earth’s fragile ecology, LAFL, help children connect with wonder and amazement to the natural world, growing their innate curiosity and passion for the earth and its flora and fauna. We do this through mentoring, guided creative exploration and hands-on discovery.

Why is this important?
We believe it is through having magical experiential nature mentors that students will be inspired to have both hope and solutions in an era of climate change and global environmental uncertainty.
We believe students, who are taught to fall in love with science through child-led nature mentoring, will be the ones who will be the pioneers of zero-impact, cradle to cradle manufacturing, and create bio mimicry designs to complex human challenges for a healthy planet. They will be the ones who inspire their own families and people in their communities, for seven generations and beyond.

HOW WE TEACH ?

We focus on child-directed experiential learning, acute observation
and inquiry, whereby students are “learning by doing”.
 Small groups
 Hands-on projects
 Guided exploration and Inquiry based learning
 Experienced educators & naturalists & artists
 Stories and games
 Student centered activities
 Acute observation and inquiry skills

OTHER DETAILS

Who can participate?

Participants include all children between age group of 7 to 14 yrs.
*Parents & maids not allowed in this camp.
*This is a Coed camp- Girls & Boys together

Camp dates:
29 th April, 4 th May 2020: Camp Waters Edge: Kamshet
10 th May 2020: Camp Magic Forest: Wada

Camp duration: 3 days 2 nights

Camp location:
Camp water’s Edge, Kamshet is located about 20kms from Lonavala. From
Mumbai it is 1 h 16 min (79.5 km) via Mumbai – Pune Expy.

Camp magic Forest at Wada is around 100kms from Mumbai, near Palghar.

Both the campsites are located next to a beautiful lake and is well equipped with
up-to-date staying facilities, good quality food freshly cooked at the premises,
hygienic drinking water facilities and bunch of efficient support staff.

 

 

PARTICIPATION FEES AND PAYMENT DETAILS

  •  Cost per child would be Rs. 7000 + 5% GST
     Cost would include:
    o Accommodation in tents, all vegetarian meals,
    transportation to the campsite and back, all equipment
    required for adventure activities, first aid, LAFL
    coordinator assistance, guide & instructors.

 Cost would exclude:
o Personal items like clothing, footwear, toiletries, fine art
accessories, insurance of any kind.

 Payment Details
o Online Payment can be done through our website
payment gateway (CC Avenue) via Credit or Debit cards
& Net Transfer.

Online Payment link:
https://bit.ly/LAFLChildrensAdventureCamp

o IMPS or NEFT can be done to our bank account.

 Bank name: NKGSB
a/c name: Life Away From Life
a/c no: 010110100005551
a/c branch: CBD Belapur
a/c type : current
IFSC code: NKGS0000010

 

 

IMPORTANT DETAILS

  • Trained and experienced coordinators to handle the group.
  • Female coordinators for girls
  • This camp has a limit of 40 so be sure to register early.
  • Healthy vegetarian meals will be provided, no junk food allowed.
  • No mobile phone & electronic games allowed.
  • Daily Instagram live broadcast of events and daily life of their child in the camp , for parents would be done.
  • Separate toilets & bathrooms for girls & boys (children would be assisted by female & male coordinators from LAFL).
  • Completion certificates would be awarded to all children.
  • Camp leader: Mr Prateek Deo – Mountaineering Graduate from HMI Darjeeling , and over 15 years experience in conducting Adventure Camps for children.
  • All activities mentioned, would be under the guidance of Mr Prateek Deo, and assisted by his qualified team of coordinators.
  • During all activities female students would have a female coordinator to help them with.
  • High Standard, Tested, mountaineering equipment’s would be used for all activities.
  • We would maintain strict discipline in regards to hygiene, behavior & punctuality.

 

 

CONTACT

Email id : lifeawayfromlife2020@gmail.com

Instagram : lafl_admin

Facebook: life away from life

LinkedIn:  life away from life

 

What’s app: +91 7718058351

Website: http://www.lifeawayfromlife.com

 

From sleeping in railway stations to pioneering adventure tourism in India. The inspiring story of Prateek Deo Gupta.

(This is a mesmerising journey of a person who dared to dream, went against the norm and turned his passion into a lucrative profession. Taking the interview of this very inspiring entrepreneur was an absolute delight).

It was late evening. The station felt damp and was almost empty. The bulb in the public phone booth was flickering. A son called up his father and finally confessed that to save money, while travelling, he had been sleeping in shabby railway stations and at times had to take in more water than food to kill his hunger. His father worriedly asked him what exactly he was doing with his life. Couldn’t he just go back to his cushy corporate job?

He could have. Easily. But he did not want to. Because although it was one helluva bumpy road, strangely, he started enjoying the struggle. Immensely.

“The water filters and the benches in the railway stations became my friends. I really started enjoying the struggle. I was happy. I did not care anymore. I was living my life and had the belief that all this would lead to something”.

I know it was not at all easy because in the early 2000s, owing to India’s economic liberalisation, multinationals and private companies were mushrooming all over the place and every other middle class person wanted to join them for better salaries and a better life. The whole country was going with that flow. A few of them, like this guy, dared to go against it.

Probably, this is what successful entrepreneurs are made of. When adventure holidays were almost unheard of, the internet was still a baby and the start-up culture and infrastructure was literally non-existent, a young Creative Director in the IT industry left his well-paid corporate job and followed his dreams to become a traveller and adventurer. Felicitated by the country’s Prime Minister, Prateek Deo Gupta is known as one of the pioneers of adventure holiday in India.

For the last 20 years, Prateek’s company Life Away From Life has been educating and taking individuals and corporate clients on adventure holidays and treks on motorbikes, cycles and foot to exotic locations like Ladakh, Meghalaya, Kerala, Coorg, Bhutan, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Antarctica, Mount Kilimanjaro, Turkey etc. just to name a few.

Whenever I see his LinkedIn updates of the beautiful pictures of the valleys, mountains, villages, the local food, people and culture, it completely stimulates me and fills me up with a desire to fly away to those places.

prateek deo

prateek deo

Ladakh Staying with the Locals

Why are you in the pictures of every trip?

One thing that the pictures struck me was that in almost every trip Prateek would be there. It made me realize that Prateek probably has not built his company in a way where he could be this CEO doing all the strategic stuffs while leaving the field trips to his employees.

I asked him the question. He answered. And I absolutely loved it.

Although Prateek has built this lucrative company where revenues have been growing year on year, his first love is still being with nature and meeting new people. He has been successful in finding that envious sweet spot where he is still living his passion hands-on and his passion is making money for him. He loves to travel. The only difference is that now he travels with a bunch of other people who pays him for taking them along with him.

It has actually turned out to be an excellent strategy. People and companies go to Prateek for this very personal touch.

“Balance sheets and Profit and Loss Accounts do not give me the kick. What gives me the ultimate kick is when customers thank me for giving them one of their best lifetime experiences. And that takes care of the balance sheets as well”. – Prateek

It gives Prateek a tremendous sense of satisfaction, purpose and happiness when his clients confess that the trips have had life-changing impacts on them. Some of them rediscovered themselves and some of them overcame their fears, phobias and illnesses.

The sense of purpose reached its peak when one of Prateek’s customers invited him to her wedding and told him that going on the trip to the hills and meeting new people completely changed something in her from the inside. In fact, if it was not for the trip, she would not have been probably standing there. Because before the trip, the girl was contemplating suicide.

The big question: how did you make it?

When I was talking with Prateek, I got the unmissable impression that this guy is like a free bird. Just carry on in the journey singing and playing, enjoy whatever life offers you and do what makes you happy without a care in the world.

However, behind this care-free impression is a thinking mind. Prateek left the IT world and joined an adventure travel company as a Coordinator for a year. In his effort to learn about the business he did all sorts of work including the menial ones like picking up customers’ luggage etc.

“If you want to learn about a business, you have to start from the very grass root level. You have to learn the basics. That’s where you understand what the customer likes or does not like.” – Prateek

Thereafter, he left his job and went on to travel all across the country over the next few years. This was year 2000 and he was about 28 years old.

“If I had to take people to these places, I myself needed to know these places first.” – Prateek

Those days, the internet being at its nascency, data was not available like how it is today. Prateek displayed tremendous foresightedness in collecting data manually. During his travels, with a pencil and a notebook, he took notes of each and every minute details. For example, on a particular route where could one find hot drinks or snacks to eat etc. (remember, these are remote locations and there were no smartphone those days). This manual database turned out to be the key in building his business and delighting his customers.

In 2001, he did his first trip with clients to Ladakh in a no profit/no loss basis to test his idea. However, it would not be until 2007 when Life Away From Life started seeing revenues skyrocketing, ending Prateek’s immense struggle of 6 years.

What struggle did you face? How did you manage your financial needs?

Adventure holiday was very new and majority of the Indians did not quite relate to it. A massive challenge was to educate people on adventure tourism. This made business sluggish. It led to the bigger challenge of dwindling finances. Prateek’s savings were almost exhausted and he was struggling with money to continue the business. The start-up infrastructure being non-existent, he did not have any access to investments.

To manage his financial needs, Prateek played in a rock band, freelanced as a tourist guide for other companies, sang in restaurants, wrote for magazines and also sold his travel data to international travel magazines. He did all of this so that Life Away From Life could continue to keep its head above water. In 2007, thanks to the increase in internet usage in India, his business boomed, and revenues increased by 1500%.

“The key to success is the combo of being happy and working hard. If you really enjoy the struggle, the process and the journey and work hard, the universe would conspire to give you what you want.” – Prateek

I asked how did he handle the pressure of not having money on one hand and on the other hand, seeing his friends buy cars and houses? How did he remain so laser-focussed?

Apart from his passion, self-belief and the fact that he started enjoying the struggles, there was something else that helped him. A marvellous lesson got opened before me.

Prateek had taken a course in mountaineering.

“In mountaineering, the thing that was drilled into my head was that when I had to go from Point A to Point B, my focus had to be zeroed in on only that part of the journey and not beyond. That conditioned me tremendously to be in the moment”.

Prateek’s career high came when he was felicitated by the country’s most ever loved and respected Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, while doing a cycle trip of 2500 kilometers from Mumbai to Haridwar (picture below – second from left in black).

prime minister felicitation

 

Finally, what made you go for adventure tourism?

A picture!

Prateek, in his younger days, came across a picture cut out of a magazine. It always took him back to his childhood when his father, who was a painter, often used to take Prateek and his family to the hills so that his father could paint. This instilled a very strong affinity in Prateek towards nature.

Although Prateek was doing well in his corporate job, he was not happy from within. The thing that invaded his mind again and again almost every night was the picture. Of a man holding a cup of hot coffee in his hand while standing near a tent in a serene hill overseeing a beautiful landscape. Like a free bird discovering “life” to the fullest.

Prateek wanted to be that man in the picture for the rest of his life. And he became.

He starved, bled, toiled, cried, laughed, got dusted and dirty. But he finally became.

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Note: Prateek Deo Gupta lives in Mumbai and is a father of twins – one boy and one girl.

 

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3 most exciting cycling trips to end the year 2018.

by Life Away From Life

 

1: Coastal Cycling trip near Mumbai

– 3 days 2 nights : October

Maharashtra Coastal Cycling

The Maharashtra Coastal Cycling route is considered to be one of the best cycling routes in India. Dotted with golden beaches, picturesque creeks, solitary lighthouses, ancient forts, stunning cliffs and charming fishing hamlets, many of them still remain the way nature sculpted them.

read more : http://bit.ly/CoastalCycling

 

2: Rajasthan Rural cycling trip   : Bikaner to Jodhpur

–6 days 5 nights : November / December

rajasthan cycling

If you are looking cycling on the roads along the desert , visiting the rural desert villages , meeting their people, eating their cuisine, stay in tents on the dunes, then this Rajasthan cycling tour from Bikaner to Jodhpur is a perfect ultimate trip.

read more : http://bit.ly/BikanerCycling

 

3: Vietnam to Cambodia cycling trip

– 12 days 11 nights : 23rd Nov 2018.

vietnam cycling

Experience the freedom of cycling, as we make our way through two of Southeast Asia’s most diverse and fascinating countries, and the famous temples of Angkor.

read more:  http://bit.ly/CambodiaCycling

 

 

 

for further inquiries u can contact :

Life Away From Life : +91 7718058351 ( whats app also)

or write to lifeawayfromlife2018@gmail.com

 

 

TOP 10Trekking Trips

by Life Away From Life

#1) Markha Valley trek – Ladakh

One of the most beautiful treks in the world and one in a life time experience.
A benchmark trek of Life Away From Life.

markha valley trek

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#2 Ladakh backpacking trek

At a height of 9000 feet and spread across the Himalayas, Ladakh has the essence of backpacking flowing through the city. Your first look at the city and you will all in love with vast stretches of mountains, sneak-peaks of snow, the sound of water passing by and the hospitality of the people. With Ladakh’s mysterious way of life and its humble people, a backpacking trek to Ladakh is a lifetime experience, something every backpacker is looking for.

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#3 Druk Path Trek – Bhutan

This Trek is one of the most popular treks in Bhutan and it passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, while at the same time offering the opportunity to visit some ancient temples, dzongs and villages.

Date: 14th October 2018

Life Away from Life - Adventure travel

#4 Goechala pass trek – Sikkim

The Goechala trek is one of the most beautiful trails in the world, located in the Sikkim Himalayas of India. Some brilliant views of the massive Mt. Khangchendzonga, world’s 3rd highest mountain and other high peaks in the region, are highlights of this trek.

goechala trek

#5 Valley of flowers trek backpacking- Uttarakhand

Hold your hearts, for the most beautiful trek in the world.
Valley of flowers is located at an altitude of 3800 metres and is covered under snow for most of the year except for a short time from the month ofJuly to September when the entire place spurts in to an explosion oflimitless colorful flowers.

The entirety of valley floor is overrun by flowers of millions of species andfrom a view far-off, it just looks like a huge colorful carpet.

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#6) Snow Leopard Sighting Wildlife trek – Ladakh

The  Snow Leopard sighting wildlife trek  is a rare opportunity to spot elusive Snow Leopards in the wild. The majority of this trip is based deep in Hemis National Park in Ladakh, with one of the world’s highest concentration of snow leopards.

This snow leopard sighting wildlife trek offers you the chance to track these ‘ghosts of the mountains’ and their prey through the snow, with the ability to witness these sadly diminishing but stunning creatures in their natural environment – and to capture all this through your camera lens.

snow leopard trek

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#7 Sandhakphu Trek – Darjeeling

Done with tea plantations and Heritage railway of Darjeeling?  Then come with us to experience the breath taking views of Snow capped Mountains, battalions of colorful wild flowers & views of Worlds highest peaks like Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Lhotse all appear at the horizon and would baffle your eyes.
Of course you will have to make an effort and trek uphill to experience this ‘top of the world’ feeling but we assure you it is definitely worth all the effort.

The Sandakphu Phalut trek

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#8 Great Indian Desert Trek – Bikaner, Rajasthan

The desert, and the act of moving through it, is a wonderful place for cleaning the mind of all our daily thoughts and worries. The desert and its dunes stretch for miles and miles. Then a few more miles before the evening meal, a roaring fire, music, singing and a night under the stars as you have never before seen them.
You will return from the desert feeling mentally clean and rested.

read more

 

#9) Tadiyendamol trek – Coorg, Karnataka

Imagine yourself walking across teak forest, coffee plantations and green fields ..
One of the most amazing & beautiful short weekend treks near Bengaluru.

Coorg Trek

#10) Monsoon Treks near Mumbai – Maharashtra

Come explore one-day monsoon treks on the Western Ghats of Maharahtra, with Life Away From Life. Its an amazing experience  trekking in monsoons, bathing in waterfalls and everything around you  turns lush green.

monsoon trek

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#DrukPathTrek #BhutanTrek #trekking #lifeawayfromlife

 

Top 3 Super Festive discounted trips

by LAFL

  1. ) Meghalaya Jeep Safari

    – 5 days 4 nights  Ex Guwahati
    – Previous cost Rs 22000  , Now discounted cost : Rs 18000/-

    more details http://bit.ly/MeghalayaJeepSafari

    meghalaya jeep safari

     

  2. Orchha Experience – sightseeing trip

    – 3 days 2 nights  Ex Jhansi
    – Previous cost Rs 18630  , Now discounted cost : Rs 11500/-

    more details http://bit.ly/OrchhaExperience

    The Orchha Experience

  3. Coorg Trek

    – 3 days 2 nights  Ex Coorg
    – Previous cost Rs 8800  , Now discounted cost : Rs 7000/-

    more details http://bit.ly/CoorgTrek

     

    coorg trek

Adventure Retreats by Life Away From Life

LAFL runs life-changing adventure retreats in some of the most iconic and transformational destinations on earth.

If you are looking to rekindle you inner fire, reconnect with your passions, and retake control of your life through challenging physical adventures, immersive cultural experiences, and powerful conversations with like-minded travellers – then our Adventures are for you!

Explore our different programs options below. You can sign up for one of our set departure programs or create your own customized Adventure Retreat for you and your friends!

#1 Meditation, Hiking & Yoga Retreat in Bhutan

Bhutan Retreat

This Meditation, Yoga & Hiking program is a powerful 7-day retreat in Bhutan that gives you a chance to dive deeply into a guided journey of personal exploration and discovery. This is the perfect place to begin your journey to wellness and enlightenment. Restore your body, mind and soul with yoga, healing foods and holistic therapies, and explore the beauty of this tranquil nation.

It includes exciting and challenging physical adventures, opportunities for cultural immersion, facilitated group discussions and personal reflection activities, meditation sessions, morning & evening yoga sessions conducted by our experts.

The retreat is open to all levels of yoga practitioners including beginners.

Read more http://bit.ly/BhutanRetreat

 

#2 Hiking & Yoga Retreat in Coorg, Karnataka, India.

Adventure Retreats

 

This Hiking & Yoga program is a powerful 5 day retreat in Coorg, Karnataka, India, that give you a chance to dive deeply into a guided journey of personal exploration and discovery. It includes exciting and challenging physical adventures, opportunities for cultural immersion, facilitated group discussions and personal reflection activities, optional one-on-one coaching, and optional morning yoga and/or meditation.

You’ll explore, make new friends, and reconnect with yourself!

Read more : http://www.lifeawayfromlife.com/wordpress/tours/hiking-yoga-retreat-coorg/

 

WHY LAFL ADVENTURE RETREATS?

 

Travel can be a rewarding and transformational experience.

When you get out of your head, out of your comfort zones, and into the world, amazing things tend to happen: Perspectives shift, creativity is unleashed, and things that once seemed like insurmountable challenges become incredible opportunities for growth.

At LAFL, we leverage the transformational power of travel by combining carefully curated adventures with inspirational and authentic group conversations to give you a truly life-changing experience.

Announcing 3 top short motorcycle trips in the month of November 2017.

Motorcycling has been a passion with Life Away From Life.
Designing short biking trips , which can fit over the weekends, has been our top interest.

here’s the top 3 in the month of November 2017:

#1 Dang Forest Motorcycle trip – Gujarat

Dang forest motorcycle tour

The Motorcycle trip to the Dang’s from Mumbai is one of the most beautiful short road journeys over the weekend.

The 300 kms one way route passes through teak forests,sugarcane, onion fields, grapes & Strawberry  farms, some excellent highways and awesome eateries.
when you make it to Dang, you find everything changed in one stroke. The air is cold and misty. The smell is predominantly of the wild.

2 days 1 night

Dates : 4th , 11th , 18th , 25th Nov 2017

More details : http://bit.ly/DangMotorcycleTrip

 

#2  Coorg Motorcycle trip – Karnataka

Motorcycle trip to Coorg

The 300 kms one way route passes through teak forests,coffee plantations, some excellent highways and awesome eateries.when you make it to Coorg, you find everything changed in one stroke. The air is cold and misty. The smell is predominantly of coffee, but still with a hint of dried ginger, cardamom and orange in that order.

3 days 2 nights

Dates : 3rd , 10th , 17th , 24th Nov 2017

More details : http://bit.ly/BikeToCoorg

 

#3 Kumaon Motorcycle trip – Uttarakhand

Kumaon Motorcycle trip

The idea is to explore very remote places in the Kumaon Himalayan region of Uttarakhand in India. It’s going to be a 7 day expedition on motorcycles and some real hardcore riding on the hills.

7 days 6 nights

Dates : 3rd , 10th , 17th , 24th Nov 2017

More details : http://bit.ly/KumaonMotorcycleTrip

 

Top 3 Most Popular
Diwali vacation trips

by Life Away From Life

Top 3 most popular trips trips suggested by Life Away From life during the diwali vacations of 2017.

1: The Great Indian Desert Trek – Bikaner , Rajasthan, India.

The desert, and the act of moving through it, is a wonderful place for cleaning the mind of all our daily thoughts and worries. The desert and its dunes stretch for miles and miles. Then a few more miles before the evening meal, a roaring fire, music, singing and a night under the stars as you have never before seen them.
Lying on the dunes, watching the star studded sky, with the chill breeze and a hot cuppa coffee is our idea of spending an evening in the desert.

You will return from the desert feeling mentally clean and rested.

 We would stay in tents in the middle of desert. Join us.

more details : http://bit.ly/GreatIndianDeserttrek

2: The Little Rann of Kutch – Kutch , Gujarat, India.

The Little Rann of Kutch proudly boasts of being one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in India. It sprawls over some 4950 sq ft in area. It is rich in biodiversity and is an ecologically important area for wildlife and many local and migratory waterbirds like cranes, ducks, pelicans, flamingos and land birds like sandgrouse, francolins and the Indian bustards.It is also home to various unique mammals apart from wild ass such as the Indian wolf , desert fox  and nilgai. Experience it .

more details : http://bit.ly/LittleRannofKutch

3: Motorcycle trip to Coorg- Karnataka, India.

Motorcycle trip to Coorg

Bored on the weekend ?? Nothing to do ??

Join us for an exciting motorcycle trip to Coorg from Bangalore.
The Motorcycle trip to Coorg from Bangalore is one of the most beautiful short road journeys over the weekend.

The 300 kms one way route passes through teak forests,coffee plantations, some excellent highways and awesome eateries.
when you make it to Coorg, you find everything changed in one stroke. The air is cold and misty. The smell is predominantly of coffee, but still with a hint of dried ginger, cardamom and orange in that order.

more details : http://bit.ly/BikeToCoorg

LAFL organised an adventure trip for the Indian Navy ( Colaba, Mumbai) to Matheran in Maharashtra.

This trip included Trekking, workshops on Rock Climbing & Rappelling basics, Traversing.

The workshops were conducted by Mr Prateek Deo – CEO LAFL, Adventure Coach.

Benefits of Trekking & Hiking

Mental benefits – Stress can disrupt your everyday life, causing health problems and depression. Trekking is a great way to reduce the stress in your life, because of the release of endorphins, which are known to make us happy!

 

 

Other health benefits of Hiking & Trekking  :

HEALTHY HEART – While trekking, a person has to climb up and down which makes the heart pump blood with vigour, so in a way, trekking is a great way to provide much needed exercise for the heart

LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE – 
Logging cardio in the form of hiking can lower blood pressure by four to 10 points, and reduce the danger of heart disease, diabetes and strokes for those at high-risk.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24731832

CONTROLS CHOLESTEROL & SUGAR LEVELS – Trekking on a regular basis decreases cholesterol also. Both the ups and downs have benefits when it comes to lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol.Hiking uphill lowers triglyceride whereas hiking downhill is two benefits of trekkingtimes more effective at removing blood sugars and improving glucose tolerance.

IMPROVED LUNG CAPACITY  – Most trekking tours are organized away from human population which in an area with extensive vegetation that would keep the air cleaner. Taking deep breaths while hiking / trekking increases the tidal volume, ie lung capacity and also clears toxins from the body making you feel rejuvenated.

STRONGER BONES – Trekking requires optimum effort from human body, as it requires stretching, jumping, climbing and dodging at several intervals.  Such small burst of exercises at regular intervals during trekking would help make bones stronger.

IMPROVED MUSCLE TONE – The energy and strain that a trekker requires, would undoubtedly lead to exercising and stretching of each and every muscle in the body, thus making the body flexible and muscles strong. Body gets into a better shape

Benefits of trekking

FLEXIBLE JOINTS – The stretching and exertion, especially in climbing, mobilizes all the joints. This improves the secretion and circulation of the joint fluids improving joint flexibility and strength. Such healthy joints develop arthritis much later than others. Also, hiking / trekking in nature puts less strain on your joints than walking on concrete or asphalt.

PREVENT BACKACHE – The spine is also comprises of many joints, all of which become more flexible and more stable because the supporting muscles become stronger while hiking. Leads to a better posture.

INCREASES IMMUNITY – Already, there is a growing body of scientific research that shows that time spent in the great outdoors is physically and mentally beneficial.Trekking and associated activities also improve immunity by stimulating the lymphatic system.
http://wilderness.org/blog/can-wilderness-boost-your-immune-system-some-surprising-answers

PREVENTS &CURES CANCER – Exposure to forests boosts our immune system. While we breathe in the fresh air, we breathe in phytoncides, airborne chemicals that plants give off to protect themselves from insects. Phytoncides have antibacterial and anti fungal qualities which help plants fight disease. When people breathe in these chemicals, our bodies respond by increasing the number and activity of a type of white blood cell called natural killer cells or NK. These cells kill tumour- and virus-infected cells in our bodies

MENTAL FOCUS& CONCENTRATION – Trekking requires unhindered concentration, and to do that, a person has to clear his thoughts and prepare his mind to face topographical challenges.

 WEIGHT LOSS – Climbing, dodging around boulders and lights runs and sprints is common while on trekking tours.  These physical activities eventually help shed unwanted weight. In fact, trekking at a moderate level of intensity on a regular basis can lead to significant weight loss. Just an hour of trekking can burn upto 500 calories

BETTER THAN A TREADMILL – Unlike the treadmill, trekking offers new scenery, different  terrain, and requires almost no equipment or training. Besides you inhale crisp fresh oxygen instead of the smelly and stuffy gym air and listen to the soothing sounds of chirping birds and flowing streams rather than the unfamiliar loud noise in a gym

MENTAL RELAXATION – Trekking is a great way to reduce the stress in your life, because of the release of endorphins, which are known to make us happy! Taking in the fresh air and nature around you while trekking is a great way to help improve your mental health, and it is believed to also improve memory and functionality of the brain. Breathing in the fresh air, as well as seeing flowers, butterflies, birds and animals can also give you a better appreciation of the world and a sense of calmness and joy.

CURES DEPRESSION – 
A study commissioned by Mind, a leading British mental health charity, suggests hiking contributes to improved mental and emotional health. Focusing on people affected by depression, researchers from the University of Essex compared the benefits of hiking a trail through the woods and around a lake in a nature park to walking in an indoor shopping centre.

BETTER QUALITY OF SLEEP – Regular physical activity has been shown to improve sleep by over 50 percent in those who engage in a regular schedule of exercise. Thus, hiking can be an important part of getting a better night’s sleep. If you choose decide to spend an entire night in nature, or a few nights, you are helping your sleep cycle tremendously.Most of us in the modern world have gotten so used to the artificial lights, noises and distractions of modern technology that our bodies have forgotten how and when it’s time to sleep. A night under the stars is a good way to reset that.

Other Life Benefitstreking

IMPROVE CREATIVITY
PLEASANT MEMORIES
BONDING & TRUST BUILDING
EXPLORING NEW CULTURES

WARNING !!! Hiking / trekking can seriously improve your health.

 

* As suggested by Dr. Abhinav Gupta 

CORPORATE MEDICAL ADVISOR, FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE-TRAINED CLINICIAN, AND HOLISTIC LIFESTYLE + FITNESS+ WELLNESS COACH.