How awesome is the new Mumbai Trail? You must see it to believe these words. “The whole trail is wonderful. It has a good mix of difficult, moderate and easy terrain. And one will pass through a variety of landscapes like forests, scrub lands, lakes, hills, farm lands, rivulets etc. There will be a lot of greenery and avian life during the event dates. It’s a great trail and challenge for people who love walking and the outdoors.” said Bipasha Majumder after the International Trail Audit visit in June. Make sure that you enjoy the beauty around you while you take a shot at it. No wonder that the Western Ghats makes it to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and is one of the eight "hottest hotspots" of biological diversity in the world. It is also the favourite weekend getaway for Mumbaikars and Punekars alike.
Mumbai Trailwalker promises to be ‘kuch hatke’ as we say it in Hindi. It is far different from the Bangalore challenge. Karl Lung, an International Trailwalker veteran from Hong Kong, who did the Trail Audit said, “The Mumbai trail involves a lot more ups and downs than Bangalore. The challenge is not just more physically demanding, but the longer hiking time means that you need an even stronger mind to combat fatigue. The majority of Mumbai will be on unpaved trails. While this is good for your feet as you are less likely to get blisters, proper hiking shoes are necessary. Walkers also need to pay much more attention to the trail marks and direction posts as it is easy to get lost on trails, especially at night. The weather (note: I only walked Bangalore in February and Mumbai in April, so this is just my educated guess.) should be a little cooler than Bangalore. However, one should pay attention to the high diurnal temperature, especially the much cooler weather at night.”
Brenda Wong also came in from Hong Kong to conduct the Trail Audit. Brenda Wong, organises Oxfam Trailwalker in Hong Kong where it all started. After the audit she said, “Oxfam Trailwalker in its essence is about four good friends achieving the shared goal of completing 100km and working for a social cause. The sufficiently challenging Mumbai trail will sustain interest for the "high-flyer" types who will participate again and again to excel themselves.” And Bipasha adds, “The trail also takes you closer to nature and local tribal communities. One can get a good glimpse of lives of people in villages and hamlets in this region. Communities wise, the issues they face are closer to the kind of work we do.” So let’s get out of the crowd, pollution and pressures of your city and walk on a pristine trail that will make you crave for more.
Our very own Nisha Agarwal, who completed the Bengaluru Trailwalker 2013 in style, explained her observations, “Get ready for this adventure of a lifetime! We have taken it three notches higher this time. Mumbai Trailwalker promises to be not only three times more challenging but also three times more scenic. I have seen and walked parts of it, and the sights and sounds are just mesmerising. Register soon before the event is sold out! Hope to surprise you at one of the Check Points... and hoping that I will walk along with you on the trail in 2014.”
Just 150 team slots are available this year. Register before it is too late.