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A trekking stove primer for the Indian Himalayas. Part 1 – An introduction to fuels

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. In these series of articles we analyse different kinds of stoves and their pros and cons. Our focus in this article is especially 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.

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Monsoon trekking tips for Sahyadri or Western Ghats

Monsoon trekking, especially in the Ghats require a skill set and gear that is different from trekking in the Himalayas. While the basics and skill sets like physical fitness and being mindful of your surroundings remain the same, monsoon trekking offers a different set of challenges for the aspiring trekker. This article is a compilation of 10 trekking tips. Tips we have compiled after a few months of monsoon trekking in the Sahyadri and Western Ghats. 

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8 winter trekking tips for the Indian Himalayas

Despite its extra challenges winter trekking can be fun. For starters, the air is crisp and the visibility is better in winters. With fewer people out trekking, there is far greater onus on serenity and self-reliance. This serenity may be addictive and it can be a boon for solitude seekers. Nevertheless, this solitude and harsh weather also magnifies any any mistakes made on the trail. These mistakes can have severe and in come cases, even fatal repercussions. In this article we compile a few tips and share some mistakes that we made during our 2014-15 winter trekking season. Our tips do not guarantee an accident free winter trek, but they will definitely make your winter Himalayan trek relatively stress free and definitely more fun.

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Overnight winter trek to Triund. What to wear and pack? A gear guide.

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 2015. 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. 

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5 simple steps to cleaner trekking trails

At inditramp we are passionate about keeping our outdoors and trails litter free. Studies show that people will pick up litter is if they witness someone else picking up litter. That is because peer group norms are a more powerful motivator than any other incentive. When reinforced constantly, peer group norms can result in behavioral changes.

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An emergency kit for trekking in the Indian Himalayas

This is the second in a series of three articles on what to wear and pack for a trek in the Indian Himalayas. In the first article we took a look at essential clothing items for a three season trek. In this second article, we cover items that should be a part of every trekker’s emergency kit when out hiking in the Indian Himalayas.

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Bhaderwah-Sarthal-Bani-Basohli Road Circuit

Bhaderwah is often called “mini Kashmir”. This September inditramp visits Bhaderwah to see if it lives up to this moniker. Join us as we explore dense forests, crystal clear mountain streams, awe-inspiring glaciers and majestic waterfalls in our September 2014 issue. We come back enchanted by Bhaderwah and its vicinity. Every nature lover must and should visit this place at least once in their lifetime.

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