• A case for Decathlon Quechua Arpenaz 15 ultra-compact, waterproof backpack

    The recently launched 10 and 15 litre Quechua backpacks have been quickly dismissed by trekkers. Most feel that a 10 or 15-litre pack is so small that it has no real-world application. Some trekkers believe that these launches highlight Decathlon’s attempt to pander to the casual camper and hiker.

  • The best viewpoint in Mcleodganj (Himachal Pradesh)

    Today we share the best viewpoint over Mcleodganj with our readers. It is a moderate 1.2 km / 1.5-hour trek to this viewpoint but the views along this trail are breathtaking.

  • The second best viewpoint in Mcleodganj (Himachal Pradesh)

    Mcleodganj plays its cards close to its chest and yet, our exploration and persistence paid off this summer. We discovered two spots which have the best view of the city, Kangra hills and the Dhauladhars. These are spots no-one will tell you about, yet they are a must-visit if you’re in the neighbourhood.

  • Gallu Temple to Waterfall Cafe (near Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh) trek

    If you find Triund to be loud and boisterous this summer, I recommend taking a quiet trek to the Waterfall Cafe. The Waterfall Cafe trek is a 2.5-kilometre/1-hour easy trek with a waterfall and a tea shop at its terminus. You may extend the length and difficulty of this trek by following the waterfall rivulet, upstream.

  • Turn a difficult situation into a survival situation

    Newspapers and social media are abuzz with the news of a 72-year-old woman (Ann Charon Rodgers) and her dog (Queenie) surviving in the Gila County wilderness for nine days before being rescued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety on Saturday (April 9th, 2016).

  • Use clouds to predict weather while trekking

    Being able to forecast mountain weather is a crucial skill when travelling or living in mountainous terrain. Checking online weather forecasts before leaving shelter and carrying a portable radio on longer treks is always a good idea. Nevertheless, it is crucial to pay attention to clouds and rapid changes in air pressure while on the trail.

  • 12 new year resolutions to be a better trekker

    Every new year I embark on a self-improvement program that is promptly forgotten a month later. To get over this procrastination and ennui this year I’ve broken down my trekking resolutions into small monthly chunks. One month, one simple resolution feels like a right-sized morsel for a fulfilling trek year ahead. You are welcome to follow these resolutions with me.

  • Chowari Jot to Dainkund (Himachal Pradesh) trek

    The Dainkund–Chowari Jot trek is an easy yet scenic day trek near Dalhousie and Chamba (H.P.). This trek follows a mule trail that links Chowari Jot near Chamba with Pholani Devi Temple at Dainkund.

  • Dainkund to Khajjiar (Himachal Pradesh) trek

    Dainkund to Khajjiar is an easy 3.5-kilometre walk. The trek starts from the Pholani Devi Temple at Dainkund and it ends at a road head 6 kilometres from Khajjiar on the Dalhousie-Khajjiar Road.

  • Dalhousie to Dainkund (Himachal Pradesh) trek

    An easy 4.5-kilometre day trek. Climb through a fir and deodar forest and walk along the Dainkund ridge. The mountain range to the North is exceptionally photogenic.