• The best trekking stove

    With today’s technology and lightweight materials, a trekking stove doesn’t have to be bulky and heavy. Yet with all the different styles of stoves and types of fuel that they burn, making the right choice is not an easy decision. Each type of stove has its advantages and disadvantages. My focus in this article is on what kind of stove works or doesn’t work in the Indian Himalayas. Armed with this information, you can make a purchase that’s right for your climate and trekking style.

  • Chowari Jot to Chamba (Himachal Pradesh) trek

    The day trek from Chowari Jot to Chamba is a moderately difficult and novel route, just under 19 kilometres long. This route follows a ridge along a series of saddles and peaks from Chowari Jot. It ends with a steep, two vertical kilometre descent over scree and rock-cut steps that left me with wobbly knees at the end of the trek.

  • Overnight winter trek to Triund (Himachal Pradesh). What to wear and pack?

    In this article we list what we wore and packed on our overnight winter trek to Triund. We trekked thrice to Triund and beyond in January 2016. On our treks, this gear provided us with adequate protection through a light snowfall and a night temperature that went as low as -5 degrees C. However, do keep in mind that this is only an indicative guide.  Your final clothing and gear selection shall depend on what you already own and the weather. Therefore, research the weather for your trek days and dress accordingly.

  • 4 Steps to trekking stove safety

    1. Inspect your stove for leaks  before leaving for a trek especially the fuel hoses and ‘o’ rings.
    2. Do not cook inside your tent  because most tents are made with highly inflammable materials.
    3. Use only the recommended fuel for your stove . Wrong fuel may cause a flare up or could lead to an explosion.
    4. Operate your stove on level surface  to avoid spilling fuel or hot food over you and your campmates.
  • Sensible retreat is no disgrace

    I am getting a lot of messages about whether trek “x” is doable in winters and my reply often is – it depends on your skill level. But irrespective of whther you are a novice or a hardcore hiker there will come a moment when you will be contend with the dilemma – to push ahead or beat a hasty retreat.

  • Wear two socks to prevent blisters

    Hiking blisters are caused by friction. A single sock is more likely to stay with your shoe than with your foot. This leaves the sock moving against your skin, which causes friction. With two socks, especially a thin inner wicking liner and a thick outer hiking sock, the outer sock moves against the inner sock instead of against your foot and less friction is created.

  • Blogging light–working remotely with just a smartphone

    This Macbook Pro is the last computer I will use for inditramp.

  • Lydia Bradley – Starting from the Bottom

    Lydia Bradey is not a name you may be familiar with. Yet, Lydia is a celebrated New Zealand mountaineer. She became the first woman to summit Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen in 1988.

  • Benog Hill Sanctuary (Uttarakhand) Nature’s Trail trek

    There’s always tranquillity to be found, even in the most crowded places if you’re willing to look for it. Benog Hill and Sanctuary are as far away from Mussoorie’s madding crowd and bad traffic as you can get. This is a quiet walk among age-old Buransh and Deodar trees. A place where fowl runs free and the only noise you will hear is the chirping of birds and monkeys

  • All about Fleece

    Every winter when I’m putting together a piece on recommended winter gear , a pair of fleece invariably slips into the mix. While I am a little obsessed ( Ed: Didn’t I see you caressing merino wool T-shirts last month at Decathlon? ) with Merino wool, fleece is merino wool’s beer-drinking, hard-hitting, blue-collared cousin with an interesting backstory.

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