Mountaineering or trekking is considered as a male dominated profession. But this woman, Thinlas Chorol from Ladakh changed the perception of the people. She was born in a small village Takmachik in Ladakh and during her childhood, she spent most of her time helping her parents in farming. That is how her love for the mountains grew and she took up trekking as a profession.
Thinlas Chorol is 34-year-old and operates country’s first all-women travel agency in Ladakh which is completed owned and operated by women. She is considered as one of the best trekking guides.
Of course, being a trekking guide is not cakewalk. She had plans to make career in this industry. The narrow thinking of the people did become a problem for her in initial phase but she never paid attention to such comments.
At that time, there were not many female trekking guides so no travel companies were ready to hire her because she was a woman. These things were not enough to shatter her. She travelled and met few other women travellers who had a bitter experience with male trekking guides and they were in search of a female guide.
She completed her mountaineering course from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (Uttarkashi). She received immense support from SECMOL (Students Education and Culture Movement of Ladakh). She matured into a trek leader by doing a semester at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Later she worked as an instructor at NOLS.
At the age of 29, she started her own Ladakhi Women’s Travel Company (LWTC). Presently, the company has about 8 guides, 4 trainees and 20 employees in total.
She has even received the Person of the Year Award from K. Vijay Kumar, special security adviser, Union Ministry of Home Affairs in 2015.
According to Thinlas Chorol, her choice to take up trekking as a profession is unique and she believes that her travel company make tourists to feel at home. Since, all the guides are women, so women tourists do not have to worry. And as per Thinlas Chorol, among the tourists who visited Ladakh region last year, 50% were women.