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Packing is one of the most essential components of any trip and when one is travelling in winters and that too for a trek like Har Ki Dun, it becomes an important task to pack the essentials, so that later you don’t regret it.
Being on social media these days is not a choice but a necessity and when you are on handles like Instagram and others, you are bound to get tempted to all the marvellous photos that people post from their travel diaries. And yes, I am also a victim of that ‘temptation’
I have been a trekker for almost 5+ years and have done many treks in Himalayan states of Uttarakhand, Himachal and Ladakh. Although, it goes without saying that the all of them are different, with different level of difficulties as well as magnificently beautiful and magical views they offer.
In Nov 2017, the idea of scaling Everest Base Camp (EBC) came in our best friends (school mates) group, then we reached out to various sources to identify the best leader in the space. My good friends, Dr. Archana Thombre and Dr. Surrendra Patil suggested the name of Saranbir.
There are multiple routes to the mighty Stok Kangri. The most preferred and common route taken is from Leh – Stok village – Changma – Mankarmo – Stok base – Stok summit and back. This is covered in 7 days from Leh to Leh after two days of acclimatisation in Leh.
Buran Ghati is one of the most beautiful treks of our country. It is in the Pabbar valley. The general route taken for this trek starts from a village called Janglik. After an overnight halt/ stay at Janglik, trek to the Dayara site and camp for the night.
Before investing into a rucksack it’s important to know a few details. The size of the back of the rucksack is supposed to be as per the height of your own back.If the sack size is any smaller, the shoulders and lower back will be affected the most, causing discomfort and occasionally aches.
Nag tibba is the highest peak in the lower Himalayas of the Garhwal region. It is a good trek for first time trekkers or beginner trekkers. It is a total of 16 kms in total, Pantwari to Pantwari. It is a moderate trek for beginners with a total elevation gain of 4800 feet (in approx. 2 days).
Finally, the day has come and I am all set for leaving for Kuari Pass trek along with 5 friends. I have always been mesmerized by the scenic beauty of Himalayas. We left for Haridwar in the afternoon as we wanted to attend the Aarti at Ganges in the evening since we never had the chance to attend the Aarti.
I have always dreamt of doing the CHADAR TREK. I have heard that it is one of the most thrilling and adventurous trek in India. CHADAR is a hindi word that refers to a blanket or sheet as the Zanskar river transforms itself from a rapid river into a white blanket of ice during winter.
We started our trip with wanderers on a Thursday night. I took a cab from our house in Saket to Hayat Hotel. That was our meeting point at 11 PM. Took me about 15 – 20 mins to reach the main road outside the hotel and WANDERERS team was already stationed there to welcome.
Started from Delhi in an open Gypsy (it’s an old model 4 wheel drive) that has accompanied us in countless treks and off roading trips. Your drive does make a lot of difference. Not to say that taking other mode of transport in anyway impacts your travel. But for us it was fun right from the start.
We chose Wanderers for our road trip. They have the best skill to show you around. The jeeps they use are connected with each other along with a mobile kitchen made out in a jeep as well. Additionally, Wanderers team also has the sleeping arrangement on top of the jeeps in form of Roof Top Tents and so they are the best choice for a road trip anywhere.
I have done many treks in Uttarakhand, Himachal & Ladakh region including the Chadar expedition & quite a few with Wanderers. I know them from the days they used to run a beach camp ahead of Rishikesh by the name of Beach Hideout. It was because of my amazing experience at Beach Hideout, I started to know Lokesh (Co-Founder, Wanderers) personally as well.
It was in April that I finally made it to Everest Base Camp Trek. I actually planned it in year 2014 as well but it did not work out. In fact, you make it to the base only when it is meant to be. The entire experience of this trek is just beyond words. To be at Kala Pathar and look at all those snowcapped peaks including the mighty Sagarmatha (or Everest) is simply magical.
Sure, there is so much more about Ladakh than what we have experienced so far visiting Ladakh in summers. The lakes, clear blue sky and the Milky Way in the night are second to none. Ladakh is equally beautiful, serene and magnificent in winters.It is quieter and there are less people compared to the road trip summer season and you only tourists.
Situated 49 kms from Mandi in Himachal is Prashar Lake Trek a beautiful lake offering its visitors with a beautiful view of Pir Panjal, Kinnauri and Dhauladhar mountain ranges along with River Beas running adjacently. Lake is named after Sage Prashar and has a 13th century Pagoda style temple. A unique thing about the lake or in the words of locals.
After an unsuccessful attempt to go for Chadar expedition in 2015 (which got cancelled because of a massive landslide because of which water started to get accumulated and the trek got cancelled by the administration), I planned for Chadar Trek again in winters of 2017. This time with Delhi based adventure travel company, Wanderers.