• Trekking trails in India need our help

    I am 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.

  • Stair climbing to remain fit this winter

    With winter almost upon us, our repertoire of exercises shrivels up to a few choices. In North India, fog often accompanies winter. This makes cycling or even driving to the gym a dangerous expedition. However, hope is still at hand. There is one simple exercise that will help you maintain your fitness around the year, especially though the lean winter months.

  • An emergency kit for Himalayan treks

    It is imperative to prepare and carry an emergency kit when spending any amount of time, hiking or trekking in the Himalaya. However, it is important to remember that this kit works only in conjunction with the presence of mind. Remember! That your brain was and shall aways be the best survival tool.

  • Jia to Aadi Himani Chamunda Temple (Himachal Pradesh) Trek

    The Jia – Aadi Himani Chamunda is an easy 7.4-kilometre trek near Chamunda (H.P.). This trek involves a moderate yet relentless climb from Jia to the temple. Shelters, shops and solar lamps dot the trail. The trail itself is partially paved and it is clearly defined. The relatively gentle and clear trail does not involve any technical skills or any precarious drops; the temple complex provides a dormitory and bedding for an overnight stay. All these factors make this an extremely attractive trek to complete with children.

  • Foraged Himalayan rose hip tea

    The Girl Outdoor recently shared a recipe for rose hip tea and I have been agog to try it out in the Indian Himalayas. Rose hips are the fruit of a rose tree and they grow wild in the Lower Indian Himalayas. After the rose flower has bloomed and all its petals fallen off, the fruit can be picked off. They ripen in autumn and are abundant between an altitude of 1700 to 2100 metres (5500 to 7000 feet).

  • What is hypothermia and how to avoid it while trekking

    The recent tragedy at Omasi La raises the question if “PanditJi” was hypothermic after a cold stream crossing and whether hypothermia led to other serious complications. However, in hindsight, our interpretation of events is merely a conjecture. What is important for a trekker venturing out in the Himalayas, is the ability to recognise, avoid and if necessary deal with hypothermia.

  • Decathlon Quechua Forclaz 500 boot review

    I am (regular readers will agree) an ardent fan of lightweight trail running shoes for trekking. Yet, as a prudent trekker, I concede that certain situations do need the extra protection and comfort offered by a heavier and stiffer trekking boot.

  • Chattargala pass to Sonbain Glacier (near Bhaderwah, J&K) trek

    Sonbain (elevation 3130 metres) is a glacier near Bhaderwah (Jammu & Kashmir). Whereas the approach to most glaciers is usually devoid of any vegetation; Sonbain glacier is a bit of an anomaly. The slope below the glacier is a natural flowerbed.

  • Khandas to Bhimashankar via Ganesh Ghat (Maharashtra) trek

    Gazing at Bhimashankar’s walls is the most compelling reason to visit Bhimashankar during the monsoons. Bhimashankar temple is located 50 kilometres northwest of Khed near Pune in the heart of the Western Ghats. The temple sits on a plateau that towers 850 metres over the surrounding countryside. The formidable rocky sides of this towering plateau are known as Bhimashankar’s walls.

  • Clothes for a Himalayan trek

    Trekking is a simple and delightful activity. Trekking clothes, however, is a different story. The vast array of trekking clothing choices can be bewildering for a beginner. You don’t need to buy a new wardrobe before you hit the trail in the Himalayas, but you’ll need a few basics to stay safe and comfortable.