Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Trekking in Himalayas It’s Never Too Late to Start

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A vertical climb of 2000 ft, a trail into the mountains, a hike across the meadows, the crisp mountain air, and adrenalin rushing as you reach the summit- does that sound like an adventure enthusiast you read about but that’s actually the story of your first trekking expedition.

Kashmir Great Lakes Trekking

The mountains and trails have always beckoned the humans to start their journey of adventure and the story is always new. It doesn’t matter if you’re in 40s or 50s, you’re still younger than you’re going to be tomorrow, it’s never too late to get out and get going to the mountains- not to retire but to start really living. So get rid of that lazy muscles and get yourself a great backpack, a neat pair of trekking shoes, a water bottle, a cool hat, supercool glares and start walking, trudging, limping whatever you got to go with.

 

The reasons for you to go on Trekking Trip

Trekking is in vogue: Trekking has been in vogue since the time traders discovered new routes to business, since armies went trekking on training programs and the Maharajas made hunting expeditions a passion. So if you haven’t started trekking, then hey, you’re not in fashion. So put on that hat and feel like a Maharaja minus the shotgun and plus the camera and march down the royal paths to mountains.

 

You may be making history: When trekking in the beautiful valley with exotic herbs, wild flowers and protected fauna that we know as Valley of Flowers today- well we would never have known this treasure if Frank Smythe had not decided to follow the trail of wild flowers and vast meadows on his way back from the Mt Kamet Trek. Who knows what you might find or what feat you may accomplish!

Valley of flowers trek blog

Trekking is a healthy addiction– While the rest of your mates will be groaning to get out of bed and head to the gym, you’re already up and training for the exciting trekking trip ahead. Your ‘pink of health’ status will be maintained by the path you choose and that’s not difficult when it’s a new trek path that you’re hooked to.

 

You’ll be the coolest grandparent– You can go on and on about your wild adventure tales of snow leopards, mountain goats, yetis and all .Your grandkids will be all ears and are going to love showing you off to their friends.

Read more Trekking Reasons for Couples 

 

You’ll never get bored- Nature has made sure you’re amply supplied with never ending trails to discover and by the time you finish one you’ll be planning the next exciting trek. The beauty of starting a trek is that there are so many more places waiting to be discovered.

 

You’ll make new friends– Whoever told you that you can’t make new friends when you’re older hasn’t met a trekker. The trekking world will open doors to friends who share the same crazy passion and that’s not going to happen unless you get of that couch and start walking.

 

Trekking as simple as taking that first step. Here are a few tips that have been gathered from experience that will help you hop out and prepare to take the wild road to happiness.

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Trekking Tips for Beginners 

Set a goal: Whether it’s the hill in the vicinity of your city or the Everest itself have a destination and start planning. Trekking associations are a great way to get information to get started and all it takes is making that call.

Get your gear right: Backpack, shoes, water bottle and every other gear need to be in place to avoid discomfort of strain. Your equipment will be worth every cent when you’re well on your way through challenging parts of the terrain.

Prepare: Once you know where you’re going start preparing with the everyday walks and small hikes increasing them slowly to allow your body to get in tune with the larger goal.

Remember starting is the hardest part and once you’re past that hurdle everything is a flow.  The only thing you have to do is really enjoy the trek- breathe in the freedom and fresh air and the live in the moment. So pack up the excuses and start packing for the treks you’re going to be taking.

Here are some of the best treks for beginners to start with

Here read more about Easy Treks in Uttarakhand

 

 

 

Lessons from Trekking

7 Life Lessons you will learn while Trekking in Himalayas

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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.

Trekking in Manali – Things to do

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Going for a trekking  in Manali then this is the article for you read on

Himachal Pradesh

In Hindu religion there are 33 Crore Devis and Devta and Himachal Pradesh popularly known as the Devbhumi   means “The Land of Dev”, Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful Himalayan state of north India. The state is surrounded Tibetan plateau, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab. Himachal Pradesh is the prominent hills state on the Indian tourism map for both leisure and adventure. Himachal Pradesh is home to High Altitude Trans Himalayan desert, Dense Deodar forests, and mouth watering Apple laden trees, Snow capped high Himalayan mountain ranges, Glacial Lakes, thundering rivers and beautiful people on earth.

 Manali – Manali is undoubtedly an adventure capital of India famous for various adventure activities like Rafting, Paragliding, trekking in the Himalayas, Zorbing, Camping, Birding and other adventure sports. Manali tourist season is year all round affair with tourist. Backpackers come to enjoy the solitude of hippy villages around the Manali town, adventurers come for trekking in Himalayas, rafting, paragliding, skiing and honeymooners and families swarm the Manali town for mountain views and cool air. Manali town serves as the basecamp for adventure and motorbike junkies for their long demanding journeys to the tough Trans Himalayan terrain of Lahaul & Spiti and Leh Ladakh. Manali also serves as the staging point for trekking in Manali to various treks Hampta Pass, Chandrakhani Pass, Beas Kund Trek, Brighu Lake trek, Sar Pass Trek and numerous other treks in Lahaul and Spiti.

Best time to Visit Manali:

Though Manali is nowadays is a year long affair but May-June and September – October are the best months to visit Manali but because of good connectivity of luxury Volvo buses anytime is the good time to visit Manali. In July August Manali is full of adventurers who are planning their Leh Ladakh tour and in winters with those who want to have their first snow experience.

 Here is the monthly breakup for your Manali tour

March – June: Summer Full Season

July – August: Monsoon, Heavy Rainfall

Mid September – Mid Oct: Monsoons recede leaving lush green cover

October – February: Winters visit Manali in December end to January to enjoy Snowfall

Temperature in Manali during the year

How to Reach Manali 

By Volvo Bus

Best way to Reach Manali is by taking a luxury bus from Delhi which starts around 4 PM from Delhi and takes around 14 hours to reach Manali. You can book tickets online through these websites

HRTC

HPTDC

Redbus

Railway Station

Nearest Railway station to Manali: Chandigarh and Ambala are the nearest railway station to Manali and from these stations one can get several buses or taxi for Manali and takes around 8 – 10 Hours depending on the traffic.

 By Air

Bhuntar is the nearest airport which is around 50 kms from Manali is the fastest way to reach Manali but at the time of writing this article there were no flight operating.

Manali Sightseeing and best places to visit in Manali

HadimbaTemple

Hadimba Temple is in Manali around 1 km from circuit house. The Hadimba temple is very calm and surrounded by tall deodar trees.

SolangValley

Solang Valley is famous for adventure sports like Skiing, Para gliding, Zorbing is located around 11 kms from

Manikaran

Manikaran is a centre of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Sikhs; it’s located in Parvati Valley on the banks of Parvati Valley and famous for its sulphur springs cooked rice.

Rohtang Pass

It’s the first pass one has to cross on Manali – Leh highway or a gateway to Lahaul and Spiti and situated at an altitude of 3979 m.

Old Manali

Old Manali is backpackers paradise full of awesome cafes, restaurant and budget guest house attract lot of backpackers, trekkers and adventure junkies. Our favourite is Geeta Cottage to stay and Laze Dog cafe for food.

 Manu Temple

Manu Temple is about 3 kms from the Old Manali main bazar. It is believed that this is the only temple of Manu Rishi in India. Manu Rishi is believed to be the creator of human race on earth.

 Great Himalayan National Park

The newest National Park of India with an area of 754 sq. km. is located in Kullu District and is home to virgin coniferous forest of Himachal Pradesh and important wildlife species of Western Himalayas. Raktisar Trek – the origin of Sainj River and Tirath Trek – the origin of Tirthan River are the famous treks in Great Himalayan National Park.

Naggar Castle

Now a HPTDC hotel was once residence of Raja Sidh Singh of Kullu. It’s unique amalgamation of European and Himalayan architecture and use of stone and wood only. Blockbuster Jab We Met and lot of other movies were shot in Naggar Castle. You can stay in Naggar Castle and revisit the history for just Rs 1700 per night for Court Yard Suite.

Pandoh Dam

The dam on River Beas about 80 kms from Manali and is a sight to watch, the gushing water from Pandoh Dam is incredibly beautiful. Just look out from the window on the way to Manali to get the glimpse of the beautiful dam.

Jagatsukh Shiva Temple

Jagatsukh is small picturesque village located 7 kms from Manali on the way to Naggar. Jagatsukh is known for its temples and tranquil environment. The Shiva temple in Jagatsukh was built during 8th century in “Shikhara Style” Hindu temple architecture representing a mountain peak.

Malana Village

The infamous Malana Village is always a hot topic of discussion only because of negative reasons like the drug mafia selling Malana Cream with its Do’s and Don’ts rules. However the Malana Village is unique in terms its geographical location which helped in preserving its Bio diversity. The architecture of temples and houses, language, worship rituals make this village a unique village in Himachal Pradesh. Until few years back the only to reach Malana village is to do Chanderkhani pass  trek from Jari to Malana.

Kasol Village

Kasol is a small village located about 75 kms from Manali on road to Manikaran Sahib. Kasol is an ultimate choice for backpacking, trekking and enjoying the nature at its best. Recent flux of Israeli tourist made it famous as mini Israel of India and mushrooming of restaurant and guest house in Kasol.

Roerich Art Gallery

A must visit for art aficionados Roerich Art Gallery is about 2km above the Naggar castle. It is the former home of a possible spy Nikolai Roerich an eccentric painter, spiritualist and an explorer. He died in Naggar in 1947.

Urusvati Himalayan Folk & Art Museum

A five-minute walk uphill from the Roerich art Gallery is the Urusvati Himalayan Folk & Art Museum (admission with the gallery ticket).

Beas Kund

Beas Kund is the source of River Beas and Beas Kund trek near Manali is very famous amongst the first time trekkers in Himalayas. Beas Kund trek is a easy trek in the Himalayas can be start from Old Manali or Solang Valley. The Beas Kund Trek route is Old Manali – Solang Valley – Bakkar Thach – Beas Kund.

Brighu Lake

Brighu Lake at an altitude of 4235 m lies east of Rohtang pass and about 6km from village of Gulaba. Brighu Lake trek is another popular trek near Manali which is above 4000m. Brighu Lake trek is an easy trek starts from Vashisht and can be done in a span of 1 to 5 days.

HamptaPass

Hampta Pass is a famous trek which connects Kullu Valley to Lahaul and Spiti valley. Hampta Pass trek get its name from people of Hampta village use this pass to take their herds in Lahaul & Spiti valley for Neeru grass.

Pin Valley National Park

As the name suggests Pin Valley National Park lies in the Pin Valley of Pin River in Lahaul & Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh and is home endangered animals including shy snow leopard and Himalayan Ibex. There are many treks in Pin Valley National Park the most famous is Pin Parvati Pass Trek which starts from Barsheni in Kullu and ends in Mud Village near Kaza in Lahaul Spiti Valley.

Where to stay in Manali: Hotels in Manali

Now you know what to do in Manali then comes the important question Where to stay in Manali? Here is the list of all types of accommodation from luxury to basic types of hotels in Manali

 5 star hotels in Manali: There are no branded hotel chain’s hotel is there in Manali but these two Hotel and resort are of 5 star hotels in Manali.

  • Manu Allaya Resort And Spa, Manali
  • Span Resort & Spa, Manali

 3 star hotels in Manali

Our favourite is Apple Bud cottages for more check out on Cleartrip with Tripadvisor ratings.

 Best for backpackers and Trekkers who come to enjoy nature with a budget here are the list of our favourite hotels or guest houses in Manali with their per day tariff.

 Geeta Cottage – Old Manali

Basic guest house in Old Manali just before Drifter’s Inn nice rooms with balcony and per day cost around Rs 600 with free WiFi

 Mountain View Guest House

A guest just opposite the Hang Out cafe with nice and clean rooms with free wifi and with in a budget of Rs 700

Khusboo Resorts

Its a very good hotel just opposite the BRO camp in Aleo Manali. The service and staff is super for per day cost of Rs 1200

 Enjoy your stay in Manali and if you like this please share with your friends!! And for Leh Ladakh Packages click !!

Happy Trekking in Manali

Stok Kangri Trek – Everything is Mind

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Stok Kangri – The Challenging Trekking Peak in India

Stok Kangri Peak in Leh Ladakh is most famous trekking peak and this trek offers multitude of adventures along the trekking route to Base camp and towering Stok Kangri height at 6153 meters high from mean sea level. Trek starts from Stok village where centuries old Stok Palace still stands strong. Leh Ladakh Tour is a must for any adventure enthusiast. Stok Kangri Trek is an ideal challenging trek for both experienced as well first time trekkers to Himalayas but they need to prepare well because the climb is a challenging trek because of its altitude.

The Stok Kangri Trekking experience entails ice climbing, crampon, glacier trekking, Ice climbing and traversing the thin trekking trail to summit over the sharp ridge. Combine your Stok Expedition with a short tour to Zanskar Valley, Pangong Lake and Nubra Valley.

Everything is Mind

When I was doing my Basic Mountaineering Course in HMI Darjeeling we had one instructor by the name Mr. Bhutia. He was an extremely talented mountaineer and a very good teacher. During our training he used to keep repeating the phrase ” Everything is mind”. Which meant that we could do anything if we could conquer our minds. This is probably as true for life as it is for mountaineering and high altitude trekking.

This pic which I came across  reminds of that phrase.

Dont Give up - Stok Kangri Trek
Dont Give up

During my first  Expedition in Leh Ladakh those words inspired me a lot. Mind over matter in now a truism I try to live by. Every year many trekkers from world come for this expedition from June to October few only reach up to the summit. Trekking or Mountaineering is more of mental game rather then physical. Below picture is an example when I reached on the summit of stok for the first time in 2011 there was fellow trekker (In Red Jacket) who was on the summit and he was an amputee and he reached the summit of Stok on his own with his guide.

Stok Kangri
On the Summit of Stok Kangri

How to Dress in Layers for Upcoming Treks

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By Team Renok

Layering is the tried and tested method used by Mountaineers for a long time. The beauty of this simple concept is that it allows you to make quick adjustments based on your activity level and changes in the weather.

We can divide our clothing into broadly three layers for your upcoming treks.

1. Base Layer – near the skin, manages moisture

2. Insulation Layer – protects you from the cold on upcoming treks.

3 Shell or Outer Layer – protects you from Wind or Rain.

Base Layer:

This Layer is next to your skin and helps in regulate your body temperature by moving perspiration away from your body. Keeping dry is important for maintaining a cool body temperature in the summer and avoiding hypothermia in the winter. If you have ever used a cotton T under your rain cover while hiking or trekking, you will get wet not from outside but from inside.

Base Layer
Base Layer

Cotton is not a good material for this clothing layer instead synthetic fabrics like MTS, Capilene, PowerDry and CoolMax polyester or Silk are better alternatives for upcoming treks.

 Insulation Layer – protects from cold

The insulating layer helps you retain heat by trapping air close to your body. Fleece vests, jackets and tights are classic examples of insulation ideal for outdoor activities and for more extreme conditions feather jackets are most appropriate. Down has a very good warmth:weight ratio, and can be packed down (squeezed) to take very little room but are very costly.

They not only trap air but are also made with moisture transferring fibers to help keep you dry.

Shell or Outer Layer – protects from Wind or Rain

The outermost clothes are called the shell layer, they block wind or water and have good mechanical strength. Ideally the shell layer clothes are breathable i.e they lets moisture through to the outside while not letting wind and water pass through from the outside to the inside. This layer is a must is your upcoming treks are in the monsoon like the Valley Of Flowers Trek.

Gore Tex

Gore Tex is extensively used for outer layer and it is Waterproof and breathable made of the very strong fabrics. It is founded by W. L. Gore & Associates and they are best known for their this product which is used in various world leading brands.

Things you need to know(or need) before your first Himalayan Trek

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Your first Himalayan Trek is one of the most exciting adventures you can take. There is so much to  discover. Probably the biggest mysteries you unlock will come from within yourself. Indeed, many who embark on Roopkund, Dodital or the Kuari Pass trek return with a completely different view of their place on this planet.From narrow paths traversing deep gorges, to ice bridges, to the altitude adjustments in your body, there are real mental and physical feats you will have to face.  When you return home after your first Himalayan trek, you will be a new person and want to celebrate and reflect.

 Things You Need To Know (or need ) Before Your First Himalayan Trek:

Good Trekking Shoes- An old proverb says, “Your feet carry you forward in life, take good care of them.” Get a pair of trekking shoes. If you need help read our blog finding the best trekking shoes.

A Light Backpack- Every gram of weight you carry will feel like ten times more than you think after 2-3 days of trekking in the Indian Himalayas. It’s not just the climb, it’s also the lessening of oxygen as you get higher each day. So, start with a backpack that does not weigh much itself, and then pack as light as you can. We can take a look at this nice info graphic to guide you getting the correct backpack

Multi-Function Clothing- Wear your pants, shirts and socks as many days in a row as you can. Nobody really cares what you look like. Showers are or non-existent, but there are streams and small water bodies on most Himalayan treks, so use them and just keep your body as clean as possible. This will keep your clothes a little fresher. Avoid jeans or denim jackets. They are heavy, dry slowly, and not very flexible. Take neoprene or nylon clothes and be sure to have a fleece and some warm layers for underneath. Himalayan passes are freezing. You can go from extremely hot to extremely cold in the same day.Try to wear clothes in layers. To know how you can read our blog dressing in layers.

A Few Electric/Electronics-You need a flashlight (small), a camera, spare batteries, and that’s about it. Electricity is sparse on the rooftop of the world. Some villages do not have any electricity at all, and the ones that do are subjected to load shedding.Make you have charged back-up batteries for everything.

Never Trek Alone. As great as it seems to be out there experiencing nature in a meditative,quiet way too many people have gone missing in the last few years.If you don’t have a trekking partner go with a trekking company or reliable guide.

Get some cultural information before you leave. The various people of the Himalayas represent beautiful ancient cultures. Read up a bit on them so that your experience is more enriching.