Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Why do you trek? What do you get by huffing and puffing up the hill only to come back down, sometimes injured, sometimes ill? No shower for days, freezing winds, single-digit temperatures, sunburns, countless uncertainties, one wrong step and sprain, fracture, and even death! And to top it off, AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), that can bring even the fittest...
The trek to Har Ki Dun is among the most popular winter treks in India. Not just in winters, this trek is extremely popular in summers too. It is one of those treks where you don't reach the summit of a mountain for the endless views, but you actually traverse a valley enclosed by mountains on all sides. The total...
“You mean Hampta Pass trek?” “No. Hamta Circle trek.” “I have never heard of it. What is it? Ok. Let’s do it. ” Introducing the Younger Sibling That was the first time I heard about this lesser known trek near Manali. Often overshadowed by its glamorous elder sister, Hampta Pass Trek, the Hamta Circle (as is often true amongst siblings too) is often confused...
“Summer is gone with all its infinite wealth, and still nature is genial to man. Though he no longer bathes in the stream, or reclines on the bank, or plucks berries on the hills, still he beholds the same inaccessible beauty around him.” – Henry David Thoreau. Most would be surprised, but trekking in the Indian Himalayas can be an...
Note: I undertook this trek thrice- 16th to 18th August, 2012, 28th September to 1st October 2012 and 29th to 31st December 2013. First time around, I had gone solo, relying on public transport while the second and third time, me and a friend had taken our own car. I have tried to pen down the experiences and information...
A team of us have been busy the last few months working on a project called 'Pure Explore' which will make it easier and much cheaper for you to plan your trekking and camping holidays in Indian and Nepal Himalayas. This small blog consists of just a few posts and yet I get messages almost everyday from various trekking enthusiasts...
Below I share some tips on how to take care of your hiking boots during and after treks: Break in your new hiking boots: When you first buy your hiking shoes, wear them around the house and for short local walks initially. This helps in giving the shoes slight wear to them and mould around your feet before you embark...
When we buy a tent, we hope to make it last for quite a few uses. Below I have written some tips to prolong the life of your tent: Use a groundsheet whenever possible. This not only protects the floor of your tent, but also makes it much easier to clean it. I simply use the tarp which vegetable vendors...
The most popular shoes for trekking in India is without doubt the Quechua Forclaz 500. And I believe its less because of its quality but more so because it is the best available option in India for the price. Including my friends and I, more than half the trekkers I meet during treks, are wearing Forclaz 500 or any other Quechua...
After using the Pamir tent for almost 2 years now, I was looking for an ultra lightweight 1 or 2 person tent so I could enjoy my treks more instead of feeling burdened with the heavy weight of the tent. After checking with almost every shop stocking trekking equipment and every online resource in India, I wasn't able to find any tent...

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