Amira Patel - Founder of The Wanderlust Women Group, encourages hiking & adventure for Muslim women.


Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

Amira in her own words:


“My name is Amira I’m 28 years old and I’m from Bolton. I’m a Muslim British Indian. I currently work at a Spa retreat, and when I’m not working you’ll find me somewhere in the mountains or on an adventure. I’m the founder of The Wanderlust Women Group which is a hiking and adventure group for Muslim women. My aim is to break down the barriers and stereotypes of the niqab and to break down misconceptions of Muslim women. The niqab to me is liberating and dignifying. It gives me strength and freedom. I wear the niqab as a personal act of worship and I deeply believe it brings me closer to god.”


Amira shares more about her passion for the outdoors, why she spends time outside and how she is encouraging other Muslim women to get outdoors and try hiking.

“Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life; it’s about what you inspire others to do.”

“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.”

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Show notes

  • Who is Amira

  • Living in Bolton

  • Combing her passions for photography, videography and the outdoors

  • Doing community based work with other Muslim women

  • Being the oldest child and getting to travel a lot

  • Not wanting to do anything in her teenage years

  • Being encouraged by her mum to go hiking

  • Going solo travelling and backpacking after college

  • Getting to explore more of England

  • Finding her own route into the outdoors

  • How her mum found more people to go hiking with

  • Being a “good scared’ about going solo travelling

  • Deciding to go on a road trip around England

  • Planning a trip to Paris which then expanded to more of Europe

  • Studying art & design at university

  • Being questioned about her decisions

  • How the name for Wanderlust Women came about

  • Researching and answering questions about her safety

  • Lessons learned from being on her own

  • Trying to find out who she is

  • Needing to get out of her comfort zone

  • Wanderlust Women and how it came about

  • The benefits from joining the group

  • Encouraging women to sign up for new challenges and adventures

  • Why the outdoors is for everyone

  • What the niqab is and what it means to her

  • Advice and tips for Muslim women who want to solo hike

  • Finding appropriate clothing to wear to dress modestly

  • Syndeed Clothing

  • Food while hiking

  • Magical moments from the mountains

  • Doing the 3 Peaks Challenge in the UK

  • Connecting with God when outdoors

  • Needing a pause and spending time in nature

  • Wanting to do more in the outdoors

  • Dealing with anxiety on Ben Nevis

  • Bucket List Dreams

  • Who her Muslim role models are

  • Don’t let your fears get in the way

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@the.wanderlust.women


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