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Hampta Pass height

What is the Hampta Pass height?

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Hampta Pass height or Hampta Pass Altitude 4270 M


Hampta Pass
 is situated at an altitude of 4270m on the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas. Hampta Pass height is approximately 14,010 ft.and it serves as a small passageway between Lahaul Spiti Valley and Kullu valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. This pass is often used by shepherds, in search for high altitude fields with grass in the dry and cold desert of Lahaul during summers.  It’s named after the Hampta situated in the region Lahaul Spiti. From the pass, you can see the Lahaul valley in a wide panoramic curve. Hampta Pass height gives it the X-factor that every pass needs, Hampta Pass height makes it easier and more accessible than other treks but at the same time makes it and snow-filled and adventurous pass.

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Hampta Pass height

The pass starts from the Prini village and takes us to the magnificent hills of The Great Himalayas, the Pir Panjal Range. Over this trek one witnesses diverse shades of nature as one gains altitude from thick green forests of pine to a gorgeous view of Mt. Deo Tibba and Mt. Indrasan and their glaciers to the infertile and barren lands of Lahaul and Spiti valley. Just like the landscapes, the weather at the Hampta Pass can change at every 100m and in no time. A clear blue sky can turn grey with clouds in just a few minutes as it is a Pass.

There are many ways Hampta Pass height can be measured. There are mainly three ways to do that, Barometric altimeters, radio altimeters and GPS. Barometric altimeters use barometric pressure in order to measure the altitude or elevation. The drawback of using barometric altimeter is that the barometric pressure also changes with the weather, mainly the change in air pressure due to change in weather.  Hence, you cannot fully rely on these.

The second way to measure altitude is by using Radio altimeter. It measures altitude above the terrain radio waves.  GPS is the most accurate because when it works, it always provides the geometric altitude without the need for setting that might be incorrect; it calculates one’s location in 3-Dimensional space within a few feet. But the only drawback could be the unavailability of the cellular network in secluded areas.

If you want to get a better idea about Hampta Pass height, and even other surrounding popular places, you can refer to our detailed map. Click here

Also Read : Hampta Pass in August 

10 Best Treks in May

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10 Best Treks In May:

Treks in the Himalayas:

The month of May is maybe cursed with blistering heat of summers, but it is definitely also blessed with the vacation period that serves respite from the hectic busy life schedule and provides an opportunity to admire the serenity and beauty of the Himalayas with its pleasant and chilling mountain breeze, saving you from the fiery summer heat. And the best way to explore the Himalayas is to trek its ancient and sprawling precipitous trails. From research and experience, a compiled list of best treks in May is presented below.

Here is a list of 10 Best Treks in May 2019, perched in the mighty mountains of the great Himalayas:

Trekking In India:

 

Goechala Trek - Treks In May
Goechala Trek – Treks In May
  1. Goechala trek: Yuksom, Sikkim.

Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult.

Length: 95 km.

Altitude: 15,100 ft.

Duration: 11 days.

Base Camp: Yuksom.

Lying in the beautiful Goechala National Park in Sikkim, the Goechala Trek is believed to be one of the most beautiful treks in May due to some of its amazing views of the serene Samiti Lake with the reflection of Mt. Pandim, the tear-shaped Goechala Lake and glittering rays during sunset and sunrise on the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak in the world. The entire trek is filled with adrenaline rushing steep slopes but the hardship is indemnified by the peaceful walk on the wooden logs trails of the rhododendron forests, verdant valets and meadows, and burbling rivers.  In addition to all this, the trek also presents the grand views of 14 other Summits other than Kanchenjunga.

Route:  Yuksom – Legship – Sachen – Phedang – Dzongri – Thangshing – Goechala – Yuksom.

 

Roopkund Trek - Treks In May
Roopkund Trek – Treks In May
  1. Roopkund Trek: Chamoli, Uttarakhand.

Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult

Length: 53 km.

Altitude: 15,750 ft.

Duration: 9 days.

Base Camp: Lohajung.

This is definitely one of the best choices to opt to from the list of best treks in May because it is a complete package of natural beauty, excitement, challenges, adventure and pleasant weather of the summers. The trek starts with the encounter from the great and ancient Oak forests of the alpine Uttarakhand and passes through gurgling and scintillating brooks. Be prepared to get your mind completely blown by the indomitable charm of the most beautiful verdant meadows of Ali and Bedni Bugyal with views of grand Himalayan peaks. Finally, beyond these forests, streams and meadows the ultimate destination of the trek is the most mysterious and famous Roopkund Lake in the lap of the marvellous Mt. Trishul. The lake is extremely popular for residing around 300 Human Skeleton in its bosom from ages, which are believed to be a result of a hailstorm somewhere in 854 AD.

Route: Lohajung – Wan – Ghairoli Patal – Bedni Bugyal – Patar Nachauni – Bhagwabhasa – Roopkund – Junargali.

 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek - Treks In May
Annapurna Base Camp Trek – Treks In May
  1. Annapurna Base Camp Trek: Pokhra, Nepal.

Difficulty Level: Moderate – Difficult.

Length: 53 km.

Altitude: 13,545 ft.

Duration: 9 days.

Base Camp: Gnadruk.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an amazing trek that takes you to the most beautiful and marvellous Annapurna Massif, where the Annapurna I stands proudly of being the tenth highest mountain peak in the world and was the first of the eight-thousanders to be climbed. The trek provides an opportunity to observe the diverse cultures along with high altitude diverse landscapes, terraced fields and quaint villages that reflect the native Nepali culture. Also get a chance to have a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful Mt. Machapuchhre (the Fish-Tailed Mountain) which is revered by the Nepalese for its beauty. The clear summer sky turns this trek into one of the most visited treks in May.

Route: Pokhra – Gandruk – Chhomrong – Dovan – Deurali – Machapuchhre Base Camp – Annapurna Base Camp.

Pindari Glacier Trek-Treks In May
Pindari Glacier Trek-Treks In May
  1. Pindari Glacier: Almora, Utttarakhand.

Difficulty Level: Easy – Moderate.

Length: 41 km.

Altitude: 12,300 ft.

Duration: 7 days.

Base Camp: Loharkhet.

The Pindari Glacier is one of the most easily accessible glaciers in the Himalayas. Situated in the Kumaon Region of Uttarakhand, this trek is best in all the treks in May because the weather of that region in summer is so soothing and enchanting. The drive to Loharkhet from Almora is one of the most picturesque drives of Himalayas and the trek from Loharkhet takes you to the serene and beautiful Khati Village. The trek is encompassed with alpine rhododendron forests and streams dominating with the Pindari River that meets the River Alaknanda and several quaint villages that offers you a whiff of the lifestyle and culture of the local people. Ultimately the trek takes you to the pristine Pindari Glacier resting among two mighty Himalayan Peaks – the Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot.

Route: Loharkhet – Dhakuri – Khati – Dwali – Phurkiya – Pindari Glacier.

 

Kedar Tal Trek - Treks In May
Kedar Tal Trek – Treks In May
  1. Kedar Tal Trek: Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand.

Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult.

Length: 17 km

Altitude: 15,600 ft

Duration: 9 days

Base Camp: Gangotri.

Drown in the holiness of this trek as the trek itself commences from one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Hinduism, the Gangotri and takes you to the magnificent Kedar Tal which is one of the highest altitude lakes in India that lies in the foot of Mt. Thalyasagar and Mt. Bhirupanth. The lake is fed by the snowfall over the surrounding mountain peaks and is the source of the River Kedar Ganga which is a major tributary of the River Bhagirathi. The trails of the trek pass through dense Himalayan birch forests, high altitude meadows and sparkling streams and the entire region is full of diversity of flora and fauna and one can even have a sight of the famous Blue Sheep or Bharals. Above all, the campsite along the glacial lake of Kedar Tal offers mesmerizing views of the mountainous setting all around, making it one of the most beautiful treks in May.

Route: Gangotri – Bhoj Kharak – Kedar Kharak – Kedar Tal.

 

Rupin Pass Trek - Treks In May
Rupin Pass Trek – Treks In May
  1. Rupin Pass Trek: Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

Difficulty level: Moderate-Difficult.

Length: 52 km.

Altitude: 15,250 ft.

Duration: 9 Days.

Base Camp: Dhaula.

The trek begins with a whiff of holiness at the Pokhu Devta, an ancient worshipping place and takes you to the magical world of the hanging village of Jhaka through dense forests and tricky trails. Take the glimpses of majestic cascading waterfalls, dense woodlands of Rhododendron and Oak and tiny hamlets encompassing the entire trek. Get a chance to camp in the beautiful valleys and verdant riverside meadows under the bright night sky full of stars which makes this trek a great choice among the treks in May. Witness the mighty Kailash Peak and the marvellous two-story temple of Kinnauri culture as you head towards the finish of the trek.

Route:  Dhaula – Sewa – Jhaka – Suruwas Thach – Water Fall Camp – Rupin Pass – Ronti Gad – Sangla.

 

Har Ki Dun Trek-Treks In May.

  1. Har Ki Dun Trek: Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

Difficulty level: Easy-Moderate.

Length: 47 km.

Altitude: 11,675 ft.

Duration: 7 Days.

Base Camp: Sankri (10 kms from Dehradun).

The Har Ki Dun is a cradle shaped hanging valley in the Garhwal Region of the Himalayas. The trek holds the title of “Valley of Gods”, and the trekkers take the very same trail that the Pandavas took to ascend to heaven via Swargarohini, the mountain that dominates the Har Ki Dun valley. Lying proudly in the Garhwal Himalayas. The Har Ki Dun Trek feasts the eyes of the trekkers with dazzling views of wild orchids and blue poppy, dense blooming forests of pine and rhododendron humming with the sounds of wild birds. Also, small hamlets and various glaciers and valley, are all the reasons why this is one of the best treks in May,. Also witness the verdant meadows and grazing grounds of cows and horses, along with the glimpses of some rare Himalayan wildlife like Leopards, Barking Deer, Bores and Langoors. Enjoy passing through small gurgling streams and bright night sky at your camps along with a bonfire.

Route: Dehradun – Sankri – Taluka – Osla – Kalkatiya Dhar – Har Ki Dun – Sankri.

 

Kauri Pass Trek - Treks In May
Kauri Pass Trek – Treks In May
  1. Kauri Pass Trek: Haridwar, Uttarakhand.

Difficulty level: Easy-Moderate.

Length: 33 km.

Altitude: 12,516 ft.

Duration: 6 Days.

Base Camp: Joshimath.

Get completely enthralled in the holiness of the environment as the trek goes through some of the most famous pilgrim spots of Himalayas like Devprayag, Bhagirathi and Alaknanda confluence, views of Nanda Devi peak and so on. Also witness some of the oldest Himalayan forests of Oak and Rhododendron separated with lush meadows and well-defined tracks in between, that are all blooming in the summers making this one of the must to do treks in May. The trek offers some of the most outstanding campsites in the entire Himalayan region. Enjoy the dazzling views of the Mighty Himalayan peaks from atop Kauri and while returning get a chance to attain an adrenaline-pumping experience of Skiing in one of the best skiing destination, Auli. Finally, the trek winds up at Haridwar via Joshimath.

Route: Haridwar – Joshimath – Dhak – Chitrakantha – Tali Top – Khulkara – Kauri Pass – Auli – Joshimath.

 

Dayara Bugyal Trek-Treks In May
Dayara Bugyal Trek-Treks In May
  1. Dayara Bugyal Trek: Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand.

Difficulty level: Easy-Moderate.

Length: 20 km.

Altitude: 12,100 ft.

Duration: 5 Days.

Base Camp: Barsu.

The word Bugyal in the local dialect means “High altitude meadow” which gives a clear image of the trek ahead. The entire trek encompasses with dense Oak forests, small vacant villages and high altitude beautiful verdant meadows which turns into exotic picture perfect landscape during the summers which makes it one of the perfect treks in May and attracts lots of shutterbugs from India and abroad.  Catch glimpses of the Gangotri peaks, Srikanth peak, Bandarpoonch, and Black Peak and the majestic Barnala Tal, a small crystal waterhole flanked by a temple of the Nag Devta near the end of the trek.

Route: Barsu – Barnala Bugyal – Dayara Bugyal – Bakariya Top.

 

Sandakphu Trek - Treks In May
Sandakphu Trek – Treks In May
  1. Sandakphu Trek: Darjeeling, West Bengal.

Difficulty level: Easy – Moderate.

Length: 47 km.

Altitude: 11,941 ft.

Duration: 6 Days.

Base Camp: Manebhajan.

One of the most beautiful treks situated in the highest region of West Bengal, the Sandakphu Trek is also the only trail that offers the awe-striking views of four of the world’s five highest peaks – Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu. The trek is also known as the Singali La Trek because it goes through the Singali ridge that divides India and Nepal. The Kanchenjunga cluster family is popularly known as “The Sleeping Buddha” offers mesmerizing views from the trek routes. The blooming rhododendron forests in the month of May adds the cherry to the cake and takes the beauty of the trek to a whole new level that makes this trek as one of the most important treks in May. Witness the abundance of flora and fauna of the region and even get a chance to have a glimpse of the rare Red Panda in the woods. The trek offers some of the most spectacular views of grand Himalayan mountain peaks of India, Nepal Bhutan and further.

Route: Manebhajan – Tumling – Kalipokhri – Sandakphu – Srikhola – New Jalpaiguri.

 

See Also:

Kedarkantha trek: Treks in May.
Hampta Pass Trek: Treks in May.

Adventure tours for college or group

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College is probably the most amazing experience one can ever have.What makes college so exciting?!Friends, fun, partying and what not!But the most amusing part is embarking on adventure tours with our buddies!Here are some of the coolest adventure tours you must set out on:

  • Jodhpur

Jodhpur or popularly known as “Blue City” is one of the most popular tourist locations. In Jodhpur, there is much scope for adventure at Mehrangarh Fort. At Mehrangarh Fort, you can enjoy the 6 zip line tour of the fort, lakes, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, and have the mesmerizing view of the blue city.

  • Punjab

Punjab is also a good option for adventure trips. Kikar Lodge is a good option where you can enjoy the forested safari experience with adventure activities like aerial zip lining in India, elephant riding, and much more.

  • Leh

If you are an all-boys group, make sure you don’t miss this road trip. If you have girls along, well, it makes it all the more memorable! Rent Royal Enfields and get ready to put your endurance skills to test. Brave streams of ice-cold water, snow-capped mountains and glacial melts to complete this Mecca of all road trips!

  • Havelock Island, Andaman

If your group has traveled on all of the Indian soil, try plunging into the deep Indian waters! Jetpack to Havelock Island, take your bestie’s hand and go snorkeling beneath the azure waters and witness the splendid coral reefs, only to come back with unforgettable sights.

  • Dandeli, Karnataka

Dandeli is an ideal vacation destination in north Karnataka for those who love nature.Whitewater rafting, kayaking, and canoeing on the Kali River make it an unforgettable experience for adventure seekers. Overland treks, cycling and mountain biking can be spontaneous or fully catered with equipment and guides.Wildlife enthusiasts will fall in love with the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary offering a glimpse of black panthers, Sambhar deer, bison and Malabar giant squirrels.

  • Ladakh

You don’t get to visit Ladakh every day. But you should make sure you go there at least once. Visit the Pangong Lake and experience cotton candy clouds over you and unblemished water at your feet. Also, try the Yak Safari to navigate your gang through the glacial valleys.

25 Must-Have Songs For Your Travel Playlist

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Travelling is an uplifting activity. Be it a road trip with friends, or a solo holiday, listening to the correct music while travelling can make it all the more enjoyable.

So here are 25 songs that you should add to your Travel playlist today!

1. Leaving On A Jetplane – John Denver

“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go” perfectly defines how all of us feel before setting out on our trips.

2. Khwabon Ke Parindey – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Oho, kya pata, jaayenge kahaan

3. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf

Get your motor running, head out on the highway“… what could be more inspiring?

4. Mai Ni Meriye – Mohit Chauhan

Chambe jaana zaroor

5. Kashmire – Led Zeppelin

My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon, I will return again
This song is especially suited for a Kashmir sojourn.
Check out our Kashmir Great Lakes trek here!

6. Sab Bhula Ke – CALL

Sab bhula ke, fir bhi chala mai,
Duniya ki rasme bhula ke
Perfect for them angst-y solitary blues.

7. I Want To Break Free – Queen

God knows, God knows I want to break free

8. Yuhin Chala Chal Rahi – Swades

Kitni hasin hai yeh duniya?

9. Highway To Hell – ACDC

I’m on my way to the promised land, whoo!”

10. Banjarey – Fugly

Rabb hi jaane jo hoga aage.

11. Wanted Dead Or Alive – Bon Jovi

I’m a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride,
I’m wanted, dead or alive

12. Dil Chahta Hai – Title Track

With lyrics like “Dil chahta hai, hum na rahen kabhi yaaro ke bin“, this is the perfect song for a road trip with friends.
If road trips are your thing, check out our Ladakh Jeep Safari!

13. Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen

Tramps like us, baby we were born to run

14. Mast Baharon Ka Mai Aashiq – Mohammad Rafi

Mast baharon ka main aashiq
Main jo chaahe yaar karoon

15. Riders On The Storm – The Doors

Take a long holiday,
Let your children play
It’s a subtle message to all the parents out there 😛
Obviously, this song becomes all the more fun to listen to when it’s actually raining.

16. Hum Jo Chalne Lage – Jab We Met

With lyrics such as “Manzil se behtar lagne lage hai yeh raste“, it’s a reminder that we should enjoy the journey as well, apart from the destination.

17. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams – Green Day

My shadow’s the only one that walks beside me
Another one for them solo trips.

18. Ek Aise Gagan Ke Tale – Kishore Kumar

This song is filled with beautiful lyrics, all of them stand out.

19. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2

The title explains itself. If you’re searching for something but you don’t know what it is, this is the song to listen to while doing it.

20. Ilahi – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Shaame malang si.

21. Hotel California – The Eagles

You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave
Once you’re in the mountains, your body may return to the city, but a part of your soul will always be there.

22. Freebird – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Cause I’m as free as a bird now,
And this bird you can not change

23. Mamma I’m Coming Home – Ozzy Osbourne

It hurts so bad, it’s been so long
For when you’re nearing the end of your trip, and home calls.

24. Take Me Home Country Roads – John Denver

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong

John Denver gets a special second mention, since his songs are just so.. country.

25. Chhaiyyan Chhaiyyan – Dil Se

Yaar misaale os chale,
Paaon ke tale firdaus chale


Well, these were our suggestions.

Let us know in the comments what songs you like having on your Travel playlist!

Top 10 Reasons Why Girls Should Go Solo Trekking in Himalayas

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For all the spunky, spirited and carefree girls reading this blog, why girls should go solo trekking and why the Himalayas? Renok brings to you 10 terrific reasons.

Times are changing! And it is all for the best! Venturing into uncharted terrain is no longer just about geography. It is also no longer just a man’s world.  To cite a famous ad for a scooterette, “Why should boys have all the fun?

When the mighty Himalayas beckon the girl in you to take the trekking challenge, how will you respond? Will you choose the “travel agent-guide-safety in numbers” path or the one “less travelled”, the one that urges you to go solo? Trekking solo, especially in the Himalayas, is not for the faint-hearted (or the weak-kneed). For all the spunky, spirited and carefree girls reading this blog, why girls should go solo trekking and why the Himalayas? Here are 10 terrific reasons:

    1. I go to the hills when my heart feels lonely

From the enticing Ladakh plateau to serene Sikkim, from the magical Valley of Flowers Trek in Uttarakhand to the surreal landscapes of Himachal Pradesh, regions from the Northwest to the Northeast are happily couched in the awe-inspiring Himalayas, waiting to be explored.

      1. I am the master of my fate

Going solo Trekking in himalayas is definitely for the free-spirited, uncompromising, at-my-own-pace kind of gal. Group trekking to the Himalayas has its advantages. However, if you are the kind who prefers to chart out her own itinerary, stop a little longer or skip a spot without feeling guilty about it, solo trekking gives you that wonderful power of choice.

    1. I am responsible

Paradoxical as it may seem, solo trekking in the Himalayas will bring forth the responsible, pro-active side of your nature. There is little room for mistakes. You plan better, you are more adequately stocked, your backups and emergency options are thought-out to perfection. Collective trekkers do well in groups – but rarely pay attention to the itinerary or supplies, and are consequently lost if, Heaven forbid, they are indeed “lost”.

      1. I say ‘Hello stranger!’

The Himalayas are not just about inspiring landscapes, lush valleys and thick blankets of snow. They are also about beautiful people – smiling, hospitable, and spontaneous, from Ladakh to Uttarakhand. Solo trekking is also about reaching out to these beautiful people who “happen” along your route. Some may give you valuable insight into life in the mountain ranges. And it would be easier for you young ladies, since locals would be happy to help without feeling threatened.  Be cautious, tough, and trust your instinct when it comes to befriending a stranger.

      1. I have confidence in me

Again, contrary to what one is normally conditioned to believe, young ladies are moving out of their comfort zones into hitherto unexplored domains.  Going solo trekking to the Himalayas is a brave choice, one that requires heaps of confidence. Nothing is familiar. Deep-rooted fears need to be overcome. Courage will be your ultimate ally in the face of lurking dangers. But, as a wise person put it, “Outside of the comfort zone is where the magic happens”.

      1. I think positive

For the young lady who thinks positively, solo trekking only reinforces the positivity. You have chosen a path that is fraught with uncertainty and possible failure at making it to the destination. This could be due to reasons beyond your powers – altitude sickness, landslides, a broken ankle. However, the mountains, nature, fresh air – they could all be lost on you if you are constantly fearful and full of nerves.  If you choose to trek solo in the Himalayas, you have also chosen to transform yourself into a more positive person, expecting things to work out for you instead of dreading failure.

      1. I learn to pace myself

Solo trekking with no guidance teaches you a valuable life skill – learning to pace yourself. You are no longer “controlled” by gadgets, tutors, parents, competitive exams or the system. You pace yourself, with every step. What a superb lesson the Himalayas can teach you, girl! You know when to pause for breath, when to speed up, how to listen to your body and slow down. This is one skill that girls, forever expected to multitask and juggle different roles as they grow into womanhood, cannot do without.

    1. I choose health

The very act of solo-trekking is a test of your physical and mental health generic for benicar. How healthy are you? If you are the kinda girl who takes loving care of body, mind and soul, the solo-trek up the Himalayas would be the perfect test of your physical and mental strength. And if you are fit and with a body to die for, the Himalayas will help you stay that way.

      1. I now have a great profile

Yes, you can put authentic pictures of you surrounded by the majestic Himalayas, with all your trekking gear on, on your facebook page.  Your penchant for doing things creatively and out-of-the-box could be a great way to boost your CV too – just what the new-age employer is looking for!

      1. I reconnect with myself

Solo, in the Himalayas – there could be no better way for you to reconnect with yourself.  There is no one to impress, no one to judge or be judged by, no room for pretense or unnecessary social niceties.  You can be yourself and love yourself exactly the way you are.

As Maya Angelou puts it smartly: ” You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody”.

 

Go girl, go and live your life in the Himalayas, at least once in your lifetime!

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10 Must Things to Do When Trekking in Himalayas

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Planning to go for a trek in Himalayas here is the list of 10 must things to do before the trek. No matter whether you are going in an organized trekking in Himalayas or self organized these are the must things to do before the trek.

10 Must Things to Do Before or during Trekking in Himalayas

Planning to go for a trek in Himalayas here is the list of 10 must things to do before the trek. No matter whether you are going in an organized trekking in Himalayas or self organized these are the must things to do before the trek.

1) Thorough Research on your Trek
It’s mandatory that you do your thorough research about the trek. You need to know about the place you will be trekking, weather conditions, the terrain, average trekking distance between camps, Difficulty level, Time etc and plan your trek accordingly.

2) Carry the Right Trekking Equipment
No once can predict the weather on mountains especially when trekking in himalayas. So hope for the best and be prepared for the worst. Hence carry proper gear and trekking equipment’s.

Rainwear, torches, trekking poles, caps, mitten, gloves, sleeping bags or tents being some of the essentials. When trekking in snow do carry proper snow boots & Gaiters.

Trekking in Himalayas
Photo Credit : Kavita Manhas

 

3) Pack Proper Clothing
It’s rightly said that “THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER, ONLY BAD CLOTHING”. By wrong clothing, footwear and trekking equipment you are inviting trouble during the trek. These things can lead to injuries so pack as advised. Check our list of Trek Essentials.

4) Carry a first aid kit
A first aid kit must be the first thing you should pack for your trek. Needless to say, you should always carry basic medicines and ointments while trekking. This will avoid you from stopping in the middle of the trek due to some injuries!

A winner is a dreamer who never gives up!

 

5) Pack your backpack correctly
Got all your stuff ready for the trek? Packing your backpack properly can make your trek comfortable, efficient and can even save your life! Read our guide ‘Backpack Infographic’ to know how to pack your trekking backpack in the right manner.

6) Avoid Alcohol & Smoke 
Avoid alcohol and smoke before your trek in himalayas. At 6000 feet above sea level, you exhale and perspire twice as much moisture as you do at sea level and alcohol further dehydrate the body.

 

7) Never plan your trek without a guide when it’s your first time
It’s always better to go with an experienced trek leader. As Himalayan Trekking trails are tricky, it is advisable that you don’t go solo for your first attempt. Choose the right company/ group of people or take a local guide along.

8) Keep yourself Hydrated
Your fluid requirements will increase significantly when trekking in Himalayas because in Himalayas the climate is Cold and Dry. Drink good amount of water before you feel thirsty. During your trek you should have Water stops every 1 hour and try and drink little and always remember “When in mountains never share your water with anyone”. This is the habit to be developed to be self sufficient.

9) Keep it light on stomach 
When you are on trek in Himalayas take extra care because even a good doctor is helpless without his equipment. So avoid eating heavy meals while on the trek. Carry simple and easily digestible foods so that you get instant energy.

10) Know Your Limits
If you don’t have the habit of walking long distances, you can try to cover short distances and take breaks. Fatigue is a common problem that most people usually face while on an excursion. You are the only one who is aware of your physical strength and endurance, so always keep your limitations in consideration.

No matter How hard it was during your trek in the himalayas but once you return you will come to know how enriching experience it was.

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Trek Essentials

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Trek Essentials – All you need to carry for your next trek! Do your preparation wisely and look upon what this blue planet has got to offer you..

Trek Essentials

 

 

  • Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs): A good quality backpack from reputed brand and try it before buying we recommend Quechua Forclaz 70
  • Floaters or Sandals: When you are at the camp they help to move freely something like Quechua Arpenaz 50 Sandals, 11 UK (Beige)
  • Trekking Shoes: Always invest in a good quality trekking shoes, we recommend Quechua Forclaz 500
    by Quechua. They are light weight, good grip, sturdy and easily available throughout India. Read How to find best trekking shoes.
  • 2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
  • 1 Pair of good Thermals
  • 3 Pair of Socks
  • Full Sleeve Sweater or Quechua Forclaz 50 Fleece
  • One Heavy Jacket like Quechua Warm Navy
  • Gloves
  • Sun Cap
  • One Scarf
  • Light towel
  • Lip Balm
  • Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
  • Water Bottle 1 Lt
  • Headlamp or Torch with fresh pair of Batteries
  • Personal Toilet Kit and Toilet paper
  • Personal Medicine Kit
  • Dark Sunglasses
  • Gaiters 
  • Trekking Pole (1 is must)  Coleman Trekking Poles
frozen river trek

6 Tips to help you in Chadar Trek – Frozen River Trek

Posted By : Team/ 830

Deep in the valley of Ladakh, tucked away in the ravines, is the wild river Zanskar. Come winter, this lovely river is enveloped by a blanket of ice. And that is what the Chadar Lake refers to – a sheet or a blanket over water.

The Zanskar Frozen River Trek

Deep in the valley of Ladakh, tucked away in the ravines is the wild river Zanskar. Come winter, this lovely river is enveloped by a blanket of ice and trekking over this blanket of ice is what the Chadar Trek refers to. To be specific, Chadar awaits your visit in the months of January and February. Surrounded by the breath taking gorgeousness that Ladakh provides for, walking over the Chadar is nothing less than a surreal experience which will be the stuff, greatest of your memories will be made of.

Considered as one of the toughest treks in the country, the Chadar Trek is often on the bucket list of many trekkers. However, even the most experienced trekkers are sometimes tempted to postpone trekking on Chadar which reaches sub-zero levels in the winters. This trek is all about extreme and insane cold, with temperatures ranging from -1ºC to -20ºC through the day and night. But, fret not.

Here are 6 tips to brace yourself and walk on this breathtaking frozen River Trek ( Chadar Trek) without any glitches.

  1. Prepare Your Mind First

There is no mountain too high and a trek too tough for the mind which has found its resolve and calm. Train your mind to expect and accept the sub-zero level. Do bear in mind that there is life which exists there as well; For centuries Chadar is used as the only way to commute to Leh during winters. Your mental strength will signal your body to withstand the cold clime.

  1. Pack Warm Clothes, Especially Exothermic Pouches

Don’t forget to pack your woolen apparels and accessories – jackets, fleece, thermals,  socks, gloves and mufflers. We especially recommend carrying little heat releasing exothermic pouches or pads as they add an extra layer of warmth. Meant for single usage , these pouches are good to last up to 10 hours and are the real live savers while you are at Chadar Trek – The Frozen River Trek. Slip them in your gloves, boots or jackets and they will keep you warm. You can find them online and exclusive adventure shops in your city. Or, you could even purchase them from the local Leh markets.

  1. Carry Gum Boots and Running Shoes

While you may possess the best quality trekking shoes, nothing can beat the grip and comfort of gum boots while waking across and over the Frozen River Trek (Chadar Trek). And not to mention, gum boots are comparatively cheaper and more reliable too. The only downside to gum boots is that your feet will sweat a lot, leaving your socks damp. You will realize this only once you take them off. Hence, make sure throw in a few extra pair of socks in your trekking bag.

There may be stretches with some knee high water levels which you may need to cross.  Here, your trekking shoes are likely to give you a better grip than the hiking boots. So, you would need to carry both gum boots and trekking shoes.

 

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  1. Take Along Two Sleeping Bags

As it is clear by now, you will be living in very cold temperatures while you are here. Add to that, the wind element which make the nights even colder. You want to be warm and well rested. So make sure that you have a good sleeping bag (with a liner) and an additional sleeping bag, should you need more protection against the cold. As you tuck yourself in, don’t forget to put all your belongings, including metal flask into the sleeping bag as well. Else they will be frozen, if left outside. Though we will provide you the suitable sleeping bags for Chadar Trek but carrying one of your own always helps.

  1. Stop, observe, go

The locals can give you a first hand training of how to cross the lake on your foot. On a closer observation, you would notice that they walk fast and take Penguin like strides on the ice. As you watch them, you will learn their ways of maneuvering around on the ice blanket and learn when is it wiser to wait than to carry on, or the reverse. A few hours of keen observation should teach you a lot!

Zanskar Guide
Our Zanskar Guide – Pic Credit Globalframe.net

 

  1. Keep Your Electronics Warm

Did you know that cold can drain out the charge from your electronics? So make sure you don’t run out of that precious battery when you want to take those breathtaking photographs. Keep them safe by tucking them in your pockets closer to your body it will keep them warm and long lasting. Additionally, carry some extra batteries too.

 

Keep the above mentioned points in mind and you will surely breeze through this trek. As courtesy to Chadar Lake and fellow travelers, make sure that you do not litter and are aware of anything accidentally which may be getting thrown in the terrain. It is, after all our duty to keep this little piece of heaven just that- pristine and clean.

Be safe, be warm. Bon Voyage!

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Lessons from Trekking

7 Life Lessons you will learn while Trekking in Himalayas

Posted By : Jai G/ 1254 3

Trek in Himalayas isn’t just a leisure pursuit simply to escape the hustle & bustle of our polluted cities. It is the way we get connected to our motherland.

Trekking in Himalayas isn’t just a leisure pursuit simply to escape the hustle & bustle of our polluted cities. Trekking is a way to get connected with Mother Nature. While this is something many of us may understand, we have a responsibility to pass down the love of nature to future generations. Trekking isn’t just about getting out into the woods, it is about learning how to deal with different situations and adapting to them. Trekking lets us grow as individuals, and the best classroom in the world can be a trekking trail in the Himalayas. In our experience we have seen whoever comes to trek in Himalayas becomes caring, calm and much relaxed person. This is where you should take your children early in their life to teach them some valuable life lessons.

Photo Credit: blmiers2

Lesson#1
During Trekking you will discover that there are better things in world then TV and Video Games

In our fast paced urban life we hardly find any time to go out and play and watching TV and playing video games has become our only past time which is dangerous to our mental as well as physical health. Going on a trekking trip to himalayas gives you fresh air, better smells, better light and no mobile networks makes sure that you are totally connected to yourself.

 Lesson#2
Life is full of crests and troughs and both are equally important

If you ask any trekker they will have great a appreciation for life. Trekking in Himalayas shows the different aspects of life which we normal don’t see in our urban life. Trekking and experiencing nature lets us see the true circle of life.

Lesson#3
We need to Protect the Environment

After your trekking trip to Himalayas you will come to know How fragile our environment is and we need to protect it for our future. Seeing gushing rivers and waterfalls will urge you to save them them.

Lesson#4
Water is Important

Trekking will you the importance of fresh water when you can only drink what you carry in your bottle, one really develop the understanding of importance of water. Selection of camping site highly depends on water source. You need to plan according to the availability of water along the trekking trail. All these things makes you realize the importance of water.

Lesson#5
There are Other ways to Get High !!

Trekkers do drink and do other stuffs to get high but when they are on trekking trip they are already high by the sheer thrills of walking in woods or crossing rivers bare foot and they less likely to demand for any other things to get high.

Lesson#6
You Have To Leave Your Comfort Zone To Get Better Things

Leaving your comfort zone and being uncomfortable for some time is always rewarding. Pushing your body limit to reach at new Lake, Peak or any high altitude pass will give you a feeling which cannot be describe in words.

Lesson#7
Hard Work Usually pay Off

Struggling along a trekking trail for hours at a time can be exhausting and frustrating, but many trekkers get a rush of adrenaline from reaching their destination. Yes, legs might be sore or tired and sweat might be dripping off your face, but completing a goal is a great thing to accomplish.

Sleeping Bag

10 Tips on How to Stay Warm in Sleeping for Trekking

Posted By : Jai G/ 4273 0

How to Stay Warm in Sleeping Bag while Trekking: Keeping yourself warm during your trekking trip is very important and here are 10 tips to keep help you

10 Tips on How to Stay Warm in Sleeping Bag for Trekking

 1. Get In Sleeping Bag Warm

Make sure you do a few jumping jacks, Push ups just enough to warm yourself up but before you start sweating. If you get in a sleeping bag when you are cold you’ll likely stay cold but if you get in sleeping bag warm then you will stay warm.

2. Fuel up:

If it’s going to be a very cold night considers a pre-bedtime snack that will keep the furnace burning. Slow burning fatty snacks are better than refined sugars or caffeine. A light snack will help you during the cold night when you are using the Sleeping Bag for Trekking

Sleeping Bag for Trekking

 

3. Water:

You need to be well hydrated to stay warm. How much water to drink within the hour or two before you go to sleep is determined by how fast you process it? If nature calls in the middle of the night get up and go! Holding it in makes you colder and remember to cover your head while going out.

4. Wear Only Dry Clothes

As soon as you reach the camp change your damp clothes which you wore during the day trekking. If you wear them to sleeping bag you will have to heat your damp clothes before you get warm. Remember you always have to have a pair of dry clothes you can trek in wet clothes but you cannot sleep in wet clothes

5. Use Your Trekking Water Bottle:

Consider using you trekking water bottle filled with hot water and keeping it in sleeping bag to you’re your feet warm. This will also serve other purpose of keeping that water bottle at body temperature so that you don’t have to drink freezing water. Use only good quality bottle with no leakage otherwise you know it……

6. Wear A Warm Skull Cap:

We lose heat from our heads. It’s not an old wives’ tale; wear a hat to keep your feet warm. As soon you reach camp you should keep your head covered by any kind of cap, muffler or hat.

7. Keep Your Nose And Mouth Outside:

Don’t put your nose and mouth into your sleeping bag. Moisture from breathing will make the bag and your clothing damp. A well-designed mummy style sleeping bag will allow you to close the bag so only your nose and mouth are exposed.

8. Keep Off The Ground:

Sleeping warm suggests that insulating you from the bottom. A decent insulating pad is vital it gives much needed insulation from snow beneath the tent or from cold surface.

9. Sleeping Bag Socks :

If you get cold feet try keeping a enthusiastic pair of thick, loose swindle or wool socks worn only in the resting bag.

10. Shake Up Your Bag

Whatever type of insulation is in your sleeping bag it will be compacted from packing. Do a good job of shaking and redistribute the filling before you get in the bag.

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Cheat Sheet to keep yourself warm in Sleeping Bag: 

  • You can keep a air tight water bottle (Nalgene, Quechua or Maaza Bottle are good as they are leak proof) filled with luke warm water inside your sleeping bag near your feet, this way you can keep your feet warm plus you will get body temperature water to drink during the night
  • You can use Warmee they are easily available online on amazon