SUCHETA KADETHANKAR, 33, Trekker
In July 2011, Sucheta Kadethankar became the first Indian to cross the 1,636 km long Gobi Desert. Braving blisters and 45 degrees celsius heat, she walked an average of 33 km everyday before completing the expedition on the 51st day. “Once you endure the initial pain, the discomfort is no longer physical,” she says. Kadethankar went on her first trek to Bhuleshwar when she was seven and since then has scaled 150 peaks in the state.
THE JOURNEY She read about the Gobi expedition on a web portal and trained for six months before the expedition. A former journalist, she now works as a technical writer with Symantec, an IT firm. THE CHALLENGE “There is no external motivation in the desert unlike the mountains which refresh your mind,” she says.
WHAT KEEPS HER TREKKING? When a fellow trekker performs better than her.
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“I like to test myself in different conditions and see how I perform. That is why I was attracted to the Gobi Desert.”