Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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...
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...
“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...
Located in the north western part of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering Bhutan on the west and Tibet on the north, Tawang is the site of the historic 1962 Indo Sino war. It houses the largest Buddhist monastery in the world (outside of Lhasa), is the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama, and has one of the highest motorable passes...
As the anticipation of melting snows and the approaching trekking season grew more and more in me, I started looking for doable trekking routes considering the trek was going to be in the last week of March and the high passes were still receiving heavy spells of snowfall. Eventually, I decided to head to Dharamshala and look for a...
“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...
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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...
Spiti Valley - A world within a world! Are you planning to push yourself to the extremes, and travel to Spiti Valley? If yes, then you can thank me after experiencing the most enthralling trip of your life. To plan a trip to Spiti Valley, you need to know a lot of things. I will try to address most of these in...
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...

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