Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:51
The Tosh is a feeder valley of the popular Parvati Valley which leads to the Pin Parvati Pass. The Tosh Nallah meets the Parbati river at Pulga coming from the North. The Tosh valley is initially narrow but as you progress higher the valley starts to open up and you cross several beautiful meadows. At the head of the valley is the Tosh Glacier surrounded by some well known peaks: Papasura (6451m) & White Sail (6446m).
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 01:37
A Journey to the remote corner of the world
This is a long, strenuous and remote trek of 10 days to and from the remote village of Bara Bhangal through some stunning landscape and mesmerizing natural beauty. The one question which remains in your mind after the trek is "How did a village get established in such a remote and seemingly inaccessible corner of the world?”.
The trek starts from Manali, and afterone gains and loses elevation in this unforgiving and unrelenting terrain a numerous times, a characteristic feature of this trek, the first pass we cross is called the Kali hind Pass (4610 M). The trail to the pass is ill-defined, and the grassy alpine meadows, characteristic till the base of the pass, gives way to steep scree slopes, and snow/ice as one ascends to the pass, marked by cairns and prayer flags. The descent is along a huge snowfield that has large crevasses, which have to be avoided before one reaches the glacial lakes. Beyond the glacial lakes the route is fairly well marked, but the terrain is arid, similar to the terrain one encounters in Ladakh. The route continues along the side of the valley formed by Kalihani Nala, through scree, boulder slopes, landslides, and numerous side-streams till one reaches a place called “Dev Ki Marhi” characterized by a small Hindu Shrine. By this time the landscape is greener and one can again see “gaddi” sheperds.
At “Dev ki Marhi” one has to cross a turbulent stream,that might be too dangerous to cross later in the day. Once past this challenge , although one knows that the route continues along the Kalihani Nala,one gains and loses elevationso many times that it is with tired legs that one will reach Bara Bhangal, a village so remote that you can’t imagine its existence till you are about half an hour from it and catcha the first glimpse of it. After a well deserved rest one resumes the ascent along the Thamsar Nala, to cross the Thamsar pass (4710 M). Enroute to the Thamsar Pass is an impressive waterfall, and a huge glacial lake surrounded by mountains on all sides. These will be memories one cherishes forever.
As one ascends the green of the grasslands, give way to scree and boulders and the ascent just before the pass is characterizedby snow and ice. The ascent can be very slippery. From the Thamsar pass one can view the Kinner Kailash peaks. The descent is steep and crosses a glacial lake before opening out into grasslands. From here on one can find hotels, at regular intervals till one reaches Bir/Billing. All this makes for a very challenging trek.
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 07:07
This trek combines the green of the Kinnaur region with the stark desolateness of the Spiti valley. The trek begins at Kafnoo in Kinnaur and crosses over the Pin Bhaba pass at 4865 meters, the most frequently used crossing by the locals.
The trail ascends along the left bank of the Wangar River after crossing a footbridge. The path climbs through single crop fields of Mastrang and passes through a mixed forest of conifers and temperate broad-leafed species. The trail climbs through little clearings of potato and buckwheat till it reaches the meadows of Mulling (3350 meters), fringed by birch and birdcherry, leaving the Wangarriver far below. The trail continues to the alpine meadows of Kara, along the banks of the Wangar (Bhaba) gad where one can find numerous “gaddis” (shepherds). This is an ideal camping site. From here the trail continues to Phustirang, a sheltered glade with a spring at one end, which forms the base for the ascent over Bhaba Pass. It is a steep ascent to the pass, over shale and snow, which is marked by typical prayer flags. The descent to the Pin valley, initially over snow, is more gradual over boulder-strewn glaciers.The barren terrain is a sharp contrast to lush green Kinnaur.
The boulder strewn trail continues along the banks of “TariyaKhad”, which eventually feeds into the Pin River. The barrenness is broken by the lush green pastures called Paldar, along the banks of the Pin River. As one walks along the trail, high above the Pin river one catches sight of the Mud Village, an awesome sight with the mountain vistas forming its backdrop. The multi-hued mountain vistas enroute to Mud will leave an indelible imprint in your memories.
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 01:37
On the opium trail
This is a very popular trek in Kullu Valley. This trek takes you through pine forests, alpine meadows and stunning Himalayan scenery to the ancient lost village of Malana. There is a beautiful pass called the Chandrakhani Pass on the third day of the trek. The pass is shaped like a crescent moon and hence is called “Chandrakani”.This is an ideal trek around Manali for tourists who have only a few days and prefer shorter hikes to longer treks.
About Malana Village: Malana can be reached from Parbati valley crossing over the 3180 metres Rashol pass and from Naggar over the 3600 metres beautiful Chanderkhani pass.
This village is a small cluster of around two hundred stone roof houses. Its inimitable culture and the temple of Jamlu distinguish the village. The village consists of around 1500 inhabitants and has an impeccable system of administration with a higher and lower court guided by the spirit of village god Jamlu. Malana stands out as an autonomous self-sufficient unit whose inhabitants claim Greek ancestry. Some stories refer to the village as "a little Greece" as the inhabitants are said to be descendants of Alexander’s Soldiers who settled here centuries ago.
The unique geographical location of Malana has enabled it to preserve its biodiversity and it is an ecological haven. For the outsiders, there is a long list of do's and don'ts to be followed in the village. The people are friendly but outsiders are told to keep distance and not to touch anything in the village.
Malana is divided into two - upper malana (dharabeda) and lower malana (sorbeda). Kanashi, the language of malana, does not resemble any of the dialects spoken in its neighborhood but seems to be a mixture of sanskrit and several tibetan dialects. Two important festivals are celebrated in malana. One called badohmela is celebrated in august and the other called fagdimela in february.
From Malana the trek continues along the Malana Nala through dense forests and meadows (called Thach locally). One crosses the Chota Grahan Thach, Mota Grahan Thach and ascends to Khiksa Thach. Along these Thach’s one will encounter many Gaddi Shepherds. As one reaches the KhiksaThach one will be surrounded by mountains on all sides and one can see the Malana Glacier from which the MalanaNala originates. We will spend a day exploring the glacier and the beautiful meadows in these regions before we retrace our path to Malana.
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 13:52
A Trek to the Himalayan Mystery Lake
Roopkund is situated in the Chamoli district of Gharwal at a height of 5029m and is set beneath the towering summit on the lap of Trishul massif (7120m). Here you can find over 300 mysterious human skeletons and remains of horses which are more than 500 years old.
Hence, this area is usually referred to as the ‘mystery lake’. Various theories have been proposed about the skeletons. One of them goes as a group of pilgrims en route to Hemkund to worship Nanda Devi, lost their footing and tumbled down to the icy depths of the lake. The trek of Roopkund passes through lush green grassy lands and coniferous forests clinging onto the slopes of hills. The trek thereafter winds its way along the Pindar River. The highest Point is 4620m in Roopkund trek. Come to witness the mystery unfolding before your eyes.
Friday, 25 November 2016 19:00
Thousand lakes trek & sightseeing
Dagala is the name in general for the mountains lying between Thimphu and Dagana. These complex and mosaic of mountains are indeed paradox that there is a saying in Bhutanese, ‘even by the time the Djop (nomad) dies of old age, he won’t have understood Dagala’. Dagala is also known for having so many lakes, hence the name Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek. It is a moderate trek with mostly short trekking days, but includes a few steep climbs. The route follows ancient path between Thimphu and Dagana. In ancient days, the Daga Penlop would be seen frequently travelling this route with a caravan of retinue as he paid his monthly or quarterly visits to his superior in Punakha or Thimphu. At every halt, legends surrounding lakes, mountains, stones and cliffs abound that you may wonder whether you have become Alice in Wonderland, adorned with a multitude of pristine, crystal clear lakes. As you walk amidst the shimmering lakes you’ll be treated with stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and some of the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, Jichu Drake, Gangche Ta and many more. During the trek an entire day will be dedicated to visiting some of the more picturesque lakes, fishing and resting. The trail also takes you through several Bhutanese villages so you can get a good idea of traditional Bhutanese village life as you make your way back from the lakes.While this is a somewhat strenuous trek, it is well worth the effort because of the tranquility and beauty of natural landscape that you will enjoy during you visit.
Tuesday, 25 December 2012 20:07
Dayara Bugyal is considered as the most beautiful high land meadow in India. Bugyal in the local language means “High Altitude Meadow”. Dayara Bugyal is situated at an elevation ranging from 10,000-12500 ft. This vast meadow is second to none in natural beauty in Uttaranchal. During winter it provides excellent & one of the best ski slopes in India spread over an area of 28 sq kms.
The view of Himalayas from here is breathtaking. There is a small lake (Barnala Tal) in the area, and to camp by its side is a memorable event.
The road to Dayara Bugyal branches off near Bhatwari on the Uttarkashi-Gangaotri road about 28kms from Uttarkashi. Vehicles can go up to the village of Barsu from where one has to trek a distance of about 8kms to reach Dayara. The other route is via the Raithal village which is 10kms from Bhatwari and one has to trek about 6kms to reach Dayara Bugyal from here.
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 07:07
In the abode of Devi
The Himalayan Mountain Ranges in India are known for beholding spectacular beauty. Millions of visitors from all over the globe come to catch a glimpse of this wondrous land where heaven feels to be at home. Himalayas start at that majestic altitude where the rest of the mountain ranges in the world come to an end. There are thousands of magnetic regions in the Himalayas that are located by travellers, trekkers, adventure tourists and government which has no written record of but the footprints they leave behind stand as an attest. The beauty and natural bliss that abodes here has spread throughout the world. One lifetime is not enough to catch a glimpse of the entire Himalayas. Even so, there are many Himalayan peaks and valleys that have remained less known and meagrely explored by human population. One such stunningly beautiful valley located in the Kumaon region of the Uttaranchal Himalayas is the valley of Sunderdhunga. Sunderdhunga is also known as the “Valley of beautiful stones”. These beautiful stones shine like hundred splendid starts making it a very appealing sight for by-standers.
Sunderdhunga is an eye-catchy region gloriously resting among the Himalayas in Uttarachal. The criss-cross trails of this location brings you to the magnetic villages of Song, Dhakuri (located at a height of 8,860 feet), Dhakuri Khal (located at a height of 9,520 feet), hamlet of Loharkhet (5 kilometres from Song), village of Khati (8 kilometres from Dhakuri), Jatoli (located at a height of 6,500 feet) and Kathelia (located at a series of Bugyals). The rivers that flow through the route are Pindari River, Wacham River, Khati River, Karrni River and Dau River. On these rarely trodden pathways lies the true essence of Himalayas.
In the blissful valley of Sunderdhunga, resides a cosy yet breathe-taking lake of crystal clear waters called as Devikund. Dwelling at a majestic altitude of 14,500 meters and surrounded by magnificent mountains is the Lake of Devikund. Devikund is an exotic medley of colours coming from a huge variety of blossoming rich flowers, alpine meadows, snow bridges, enticing waterfalls and rich range of mountains. The popular mountain peaks of Mrigthuni, Maiktoli, Simsaga and Nandakot are visible from close quarters while standing at this glorious height. The enticing valleys of Pindari, Khafni and Sunderdhunga can also be seen from Devikund. The green patches of mesmerising and endless Himalayan grasslands will sooth your senses. The dark night sky crowded with tiny starts is clearly visible while you lay in your tents at night. While camping in these lush green lands, you will come close to nature and its spell-binding beauty. Devikund is named after the “Devi” or the “Goddess” that is believed to be residing here. The rich history of this place also attracts many people to this land.
The watch the first sunray touch the feet of majestic Maiktoli peak and climb towards the Bulanu top will be an enchanting experience. To the east of Maiktoli peak is the gorgeous Mrigthuni peak, the tallest peak in the region. The Bhanoti peak, Durga Kot, Tharkot, Tent peak (which is also known as Simsaga mountain range), Panwali Dwar (also known as ‘cream roll’), Nanda Kot and Bailguri peak are all visible at close quarters during your trek.
When you set out to explore mountain ranges in Europe and United States of America, mountain peaks are located at an altitude of 13,000 feet and 14,000 feet high. Whereas, when you arrive at Himalayas for a trekking adventure, your basecamps will be set up at that height. Your trekking begins from an altitude of 14,000 feet. Your trail takes you through journey that will alter the definition of holidays for the rest of your life. Passing through the beautiful ridges and delicate bridges will help you cross small streams and rivers as a part of your exciting adventure. The beautiful hills lay alongside the serpentine roads passes through the mountains and valleys parallel to the legendary Saryu River. You can take a dip in this river during your trek. Setting up camps in the banks of River Saryu is another unforgettable experience.
The rich traditions and cultures of the local hill folks are very interesting. You can observe and learn their attire, lifestyle and entire belief system in this short trip. They are friendly and warm people wanting to help those who come here to quench the thirst for peace and glory. The combination of remarkable humans with an abundant of wildlife, flora and birds will be a nerve-calming experience. These forests are a home to a wide variety of bears, langurs and deers. The oak forests of this region form your pathway during your trails. You will be leaving your footprints behind on some of the deep and dark trails where the sunlight has never been shone. The adrenaline thump of exploring this land where not many have been before will bring to you the experience and glory of accomplishment.
Tuesday, 25 December 2012 20:07
Dodital is a beautiful lake situated at a height of 3024 mts surrounded by dense forests of Deodar, Pine, Oak, etc. with the backdrop of Darwa Bugyal, a high altitude meadow; Dodital Lake is the source of the River Asi Ganga that merges with the River Bhagirathi near Gangotri. The lake is about three kilometres in circumference.
The Dodi Lake is a fresh water lake and a tempting trout pool. "Dodi" is the local name of the trout. Multitudes of trout float in the lake, hence the name of 'Dodital'. One can easily spot the Shining red spotted Himalayan Golden Trout in the crystal clear waters.
There is a temple which is devoted to Ganesha. Legend has it that Dodital is the birthplace of Lord Ganesha, who also selected this place as his abode. Another name for this lake is Dhundital meaning Ganesh ka tal(Lake of Ganesha). The trek takes you through high altitude grasslands and dense forests.
Friday, 25 November 2016 14:31
Everest Base Camp
For the glimpse of the Magnificient..!
To know the Magnificience of a mountain you should maintain distance - is a saying related to mountains.It is a dream of every adventure enthusiast and a mountain lover to have a Glimspe of worlds highest peak Eve- Rest - 8898 M .Everest base camp trek traditionally is a route normally following the Hillary footstep which starts with a few hours’ drive to Jiri, but time and development of infrastructures has benefited this trekking region and thus has provided opportunities for people with limited time to trek this EBC trekking trail with a flying to Lukla.
The trekking route in the sherpa region of Everest base camp trekking is a feast to eyes and a endless view of mountain surroundings with curiosity over dramatic landscape. The trail, whether you take a shorter version with a flight into Lukla or the classical trek from Jiri, it all follows the same course of Dudh Kosi river as you gain altitude trekking through forests of rhododendron ( Buransh ) and magnolia into almost arctic conditions when you walk the Khumbu Glaciers into Everest base camp. This trek is even more challenging doing almost a circuit with a trek into Gokyo, crossing the Chola Pass or doing 3 passes or Gorakshep to Kalapathar and EBC or vice versa.
To be frank , to see the highest point on earth “Everest” from close quarters. The mystery of this trek is that one cannot get to see the Everest at close range as you get to see it from Kalapathar. However, the trek to base camp itself is sensational, an over whelming feeling that captures your heart mind and soul.A mountain journey with each step ; each breath worthwhile and experience to cherish for a lifetime..!