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Prepare for a trek in The Himalayas

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How to prepare for a trek in The Himalayas

If you’ve never trek in the Himalayas or high altitude, you will soon be introduced to a part of world like no other. A great challenge comes along with the dramatic scenery and culture that any trek in the Himalayas provides. Everest Base Camp, Tea House trek of Nepal, Hampta Pass, Chandra TaalRoopkund Trek, Stok Kangri Trek or any other trek in the Himalayas will provide with a different experience.

Proper physical conditioning is absolutely essential to reaching your goals of the summit or highest pass—while enjoying every step. Dedication is the key element in conditioning for your trek in the Himalayas. Though we all have busy lives, you must find time to be committed to a daily personal training regimen. The goal is to create a workout program that gets you in top shape at the date…

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Posted by on July 27, 2013 in Travel

 

Hampta Trek Seasons’s First Batch

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Rendezvous with  Team Renok

 Hampta Pass trek date is set and team is set but change at the last moment. We were settled in Old Manali hotel and last day decided that I will be leading the second batch (Balaji, Ani, Puru, Janesh, Rashimi & Rajesh) of Hampta pass trek. Till now Rohan was the one man contact from Renok Adventures and Balaji from our guest side form the team of four. While we were getting for the 7 day trek (Hampta Pass and Hampta Circle) we communicated it to Balaji and first time we had a conversation. I am quite comfortable speaking to Madrasi’s (In north India every from south is madrasi – LOL) thanks to my FMS days.

 Adventure Begins

We were late!!  Balaji’s bus arrived late, we were struck in traffic from old Manali to New Manali, We did last minute shopping….etc.  And of course if…

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Posted by on July 27, 2013 in Travel

 

Hampta Pass Trek Diary by Sanjit

Hampta Pass Trek

The Hampta Pass trek is ideal for first-time trekkers as it packs in everything from dark pine forests, open meadows, glacial valleys and an adventurous of a lifetime.

The last time I read about them was in dreary textbooks in school, not quite properly assessing the sheer enormity of their presence. It was only recently that everything fell into perspective.

So off we went, into the wilderness of one of the most intimidating yet calming mountain ranges of all time, to witness for ourselves what it would be to be in a place of absolute calm and peace. Our journey commenced from Manali to Prini by road. Then onwards, by foot to Chikha.

As anticipated, the conditions, even for a fit person, were hard-hitting. Sleeping in tents, crossing ice cold rivers and navigating the dense forests were just the beginning of the adventure that lay ahead. When one night, while…

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Posted by on July 27, 2013 in Travel

 

All About SEO on WordPress.com

Every Blogger should read !!

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We get a lot of questions about SEO here on WordPress.com, and no wonder — you work hard on your site and want to get the word out! SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. SEO recommendations are intended to help your site rank higher and more accurately in search engines, like Google. Say you write a blog about sailboats. When someone Googles “sailboats,” how many pages of results do they have to scroll through before they see a link to your blog? The goal behind having good SEO is to increase your website’s SERP (Search Engine Results Page) ranking.

Ideally, you want your link to be on the first page of results. The best ways to accomplish this are:

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The more traffic your blog receives for sailboat-related searches, the…

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Posted by on July 27, 2013 in Travel

 

Hampta Pass Trek Blog

Hampta Pass Trek Blog

Hampta Pass Trek Blog by Jai

The Hampta Pass trek is ideal for first-time trekkers as it packs in everything from dark pine forests, open meadows, glacial valleys and an adventurous of a lifetime.

Hampta Pass Trek Blog

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Here is my Hampta Pass Trek blog: The last time I read about them was in dreary textbooks in school, not quite properly assessing the sheer enormity of their presence. It was only recently that everything fell into perspective.

So off we went, into the wilderness of one of the most intimidating yet calming mountain ranges of all time, to witness for ourselves what it would be to be in a place of absolute calm and peace. Our journey commenced from Manali to Prini by road. Then onwards, by foot to Chikha.

As anticipated, the conditions, even for a fit person, were hard-hitting. Sleeping in tents, crossing ice cold rivers and navigating the dense forests were just the beginning of the adventure that lay ahead. When one night, while trying to catch some sleep, I heard a wolf call out, I knew we were in a place where to panic only meant pain. I felt threatened but when there is no other option, it is better to send up a quick prayer and hit the sack.

The Route: Hampta Pass Trek Blog

Day 1: The trek starts with stepping into a forest of deodar, toss, oak and maple trees. The beauty is breathtaking. Soon, we cross a makeshift wooden bridge over the Rani Nalla. On one side are tall deodars that rise to 150 feet. They are so dense that it is difficult for light to reach us. On the way, we cross numerous streams but they are not obstacles in the trek. Soon, the Rani Nalla spreads out into a wide valley. We soon find ourselves in Chikha and start climbing over the grassy ridge. After all the trekking, wholesome and nourishing dinner is served.

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The Jwara Nalah Crossing: Hampta Pass Trek Blog

Day 2: The morning is brilliant with the sparkling warmth of the sun. By 7 o’clock the camp comes alive. After breakfast, we move from Chikha to Balu-ka-Gera. We cross a stream “Jwara Nalah” and it is a best part of this entire hampta pass trek blog and start an upward climb towards the closed end of the Kullu Valley. The scenery changes rapidly. Below us, snow patches on the valley increases in frequency. Ahead, the snow-covered slopes of the Hampta Pass reveal themselves. Everything is dazzlingly white. The snow looks magnificent. On the way, a dancing stream welcomes us. I take off my shoes and step into the freezing water. The chill freezes my bones but a sense of adventure beckons.

Hampta Pass River Crossing

The Big Day Hampta Pass Crossing

Day 3: No sun, only a light drizzle. We move to Shiagoru via Hampta Pass. The serious climb starts now. It is clear that no one has ever been here before. There are no footprints. The snow is soft and virginal. The pass is a wide plateau. On its eastern flanks are the towering cliffs of the mountain side. On the west, it curves to the left and drops down to Spiti Valley. There is celebration in the air but we make it short because of the rains. We walk down and soon find ourselves in Spiti Valley. We halt and camp in Shiagoru.

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Day 4: The fourth day is a Himalayan blessing. There is no drizzle and the sky is clear. Today is the last trek of our trip. We move towards Chatru and then drive to Chandrataal. It is again a steep climb up to the main trail. The scenery is different. I was expecting it to be barren, but surprisingly the slopes are green—but they are boulder strewn. Another surprise is Chatru itself. There are only five-six houses. I was expecting it to be bigger.

Chandratal Lake

Our plans for Chandratal Lake proves to be a flop, thanks to a sudden landslide on the way to the lake. Instead, we decide to go ahead to the Kunzum Pass. It is one of the highest motorable passes across the Kunzum range at an altitude of 4,551 m. It serves as an entrance pass to the Spiti Valley from Lahaul. Goddess Kunjum (Durga/Parvati) resides in a temple on the Kunzum top and keeps guard over the pass and wards off the evil. Visitors normally do a round of the temple to seek her blessings. We then come down to Batal and set up our camps. It is a village that lies at the foot of the Kunzum Pass and serves as the resting point for tourists. Moreover, the Bara Shigri Glacier and the triangular peaks in the south can be seen from Batal.

Day 5: It is a lazy morning as we’ve partied all night. We start only by 9 am for Manali —and back to civilisation.

Thumb rules

1)One month prior to a wildlife trek, you should build up stamina, muscle strength and flexibility. Running, skipping, pushups and other forms of exercise help.

2)Travel light

3)Carry healthy food like dry fruits, and energy bars.

4)Essentials like a torch, extra batteries, first-aid kit will come in handy.

Region: Himachal (Manali)

Duration: 5 days

Grade: Easy to Moderate

Maximum Altitude: 14,100 ft.

Approx, Trekking KM: 26 km

Source: Indian Express

 

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Posted by on July 20, 2013 in Travel

 

Change and The Joy of Trekking!

Inspirational read for your Outbound training program !!

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2013 in Travel

 
 
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