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1996 Everest Disaster Survivor Retraces Climb to Make Peace with the Mountain

Back then, Beidleman was working as a guide under his close friend and seasoned mountaineer Scott Fischer. Fischer died on that mountain and was buried there. Beidleman said he never truly understood what happened and that the tragedy nagged at him.

Neal Beidleman

Neal Beidleman with Everest Photographs

Fingers were pointed in numerous directions and many were blamed for what happened that day but there were only words of praise for Beidleman, who went up as a mountaineer and came down a hero. Beidleman himself doesn’t see it that way.

For years, Beidleman was in high demand to speak about the lessons he had learned on Everest, about team building, about taking risks and living with the consequences, and about how disasters are rarely caused by one single action or one single person but often a cascading series of bad luck and bad choices. He also talked about second chances.On Everest, even the smallest of details matter. Every footstep holds the possibility of disaster.

It’s the kind of place where really catastrophic things can happen and you can’t see them coming.Part of the problem is the air. At altitudes like this — the Everest peak in 29,028 feet — the oxygen is so thin the brain gets foggy and judgments cloud.

 

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Manali to Leh Highway – Full of Adventure

There are two roads by which you can reach Leh

1. Manali to Leh

2. Srinagar to Leh

Manali – Leh Highway

Manali to Leh road is open only for 2-3 months, between June and September, every year before the snows cover it up and remain under the feet of snow layer until it is opened by Border Roads Organisation (Indian Army’s road division). This road has some of the best scenery of Great Himalayas.

This road has some of the world’s highest motorable road and average elevation is around 4000 Metres or 13000 Feet. First is Rohtang Pass (3948 Mts) which is around 53 Kms from Manali, Baralach La (5030 Mts), Tanglang La (5360 Mts) which is also worlds thirds highest motorable pass after Khandung La and Chang La.

Khoksar Village

The first village north of Rohtang Pass – KhoksarKhosarView of Khoksar VillageOne should cross these Nallas early morning when water level is low.

Tanglang La – Altitude 17582 Feet (Second Highest Pass)

Lachung La Photo

Lachung La - Altitude 16615 Feet

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Most Common Trekking Dangers

Trekking is one of the best ways to get in touch with nature and enjoy the beautiful world around you. Trekking is an adventure sports which involves some kind of risk. One need to take proper precautions or it could be fatal.

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Renok's Trekking Group at Hampta Pass, Himalayas.

What are those life threatening dangers you need to take care on your next trekking adventure trip.

Dehydration

This may be the biggest danger on the trail especially high altitude trekking in Indian Himalayas. Many people underestimate the amount of water they need when engaged in a vigorous activity. At an altitude one looses more water than then at lower altitudes while breathing because the air is dry due to severe cold it extracts more water from your body. Because of lower temperatures people don’t feel like drinking cold water and end up being dehydrated. Signs of dehydration include thirst, sticky and dry mouth, reduced urine output, headache, dizziness and fatigue. Drink at least 3 liters of water for 4-5 Hours of hike, you can drink more than that but not less.

Sun

In addition to drinking plenty of water, you must protect yourself from the sun when you are on the trail. Sunburns are painful enough, but extreme sun damage can actually lead to infection, shock, and even death. Sun damage can also cause mutations in the skin that may result in skin cancer. Use sunscreen and reapply often, wear a wide-brimmed hat and wear clothing to protect your skin from the sun if possible. Bandanas and protective clothing are more effective than sunscreens.

Poisons

Whether you are talking about plants, insects or other animals are aware that poisonous living things lurk on the trail. Know how to recognize poisonous trees, plants, shrubs etc. The simplest way in Himalayas is ask the shepherds which you find everywhere or villager enroute and don’t be Gama in theland of Lamameans no experiments.

Parasites

Just as dangerous as the poisonous creatures are the parasites you may encounter on the trail. Don’t ever drink or swim in stagnant water, which can be the home of worms, bacteria and even deadly amoebas.

Weather

The weather can be extremely dangerous for a hiker. You should take care to track the weather before you hit the trail, and have a plan in case of inclement weather erupts when you are in the middle of your hike. I had a very bad experience while we were trekking in Sikkim,India. During our camping in Dzongri storm blew our tents, we couldn’t sleep; our eyes were full of dust. These conditions lead to acute AMS. When your body is acclimatizing for the change environment and you get bad weather that means your body needs to work hard….chances are high that AMS will hit you.

If you will be Trekking far away from your vehicle, make sure you have a plan in place in case bad weather sneaks up on you. Carry a weather radio if possible so that you can get updates on any storms heading your way. And make sure someone knows where you are in case the worst case scenario comes your way. Always be safe on the trail.

Be Safe!! Enjoy while trekking

 

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Trekking in Indian Himalayas – Valley of Flowers

Trekking in Indian Himalayas – Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers – The Paradise on Earth

Himalayas are the youngest and tallest mountains on earth. Indian Himalayas spread from northern most part of  India i.e. Jammu and Kashmir to Eastern most part Assam. The design or spread of Indian Himalayas makes them home to variety of flora and fauna. Northern most part is barren land and known as cold desert while eastern Himalayas receives highest rainfall and are kind of humid subtropical. The lower Himalayas called Shivaliks fall in the category of subtropical climatic zone.

Valley of Flowers trek is located in Chamoli Garhwal in the state of Uttarakhand, in NDBR region (Nanda Devi Bioshpere reserve). About 595 kilometres from Delhi, the altitude of valley of flowers Uttaranchal varies from 3,200 m to 6,600 m.

The stunning landscape of The Valley of Flowers National Park in northern India’s state of Uttarakhand, bordered by Nepal and Tibet, comes alive with the monsoon rain. This high-altitude Himalayan valley has around 300 different varieties of alpine flowers, which appear as a bright carpet of color against a mountainous snow capped background.

Here are the pictures from my last visit.

Valley of Flowers trek

White Flowers

Golden Drops

Flower in Valley of Flowers

Yellow FlowersOur GroupRoute Mapbeautiful Maple leaf with dew drops on itMaple Leaf

 

Cobra Lily

Amazing red flowers

Valley and Flowers

 

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Never Give Up – Everything is Mind

When I was doing my Basic Mountaineering Course in HMI Darjelling there was one instructor Mr. Bhutia. We used to call him Bhutia Sir – extremely talented and a very good teacher. Whenever he used to teach us he used to repeat these words !!

  • Everything is Mind – u know Everything is Mind
  • If you can do it here in this part of Himalayas you will run in others
During my entire course these words help me a lot!!

This pic which I came across (most famous pic on twitter for this week) while reading something on net reminds of everything what Norbu Sir said!!

Dont Give up

Dont Give up

This is one example which proves that everything is mind!!  The other example when I went for Stok Kangri Expedition in Leh Ladakh, India. This gentleman in the pic inspired me a lot..he was with us during the trek and also on the summit of Stok Kangri (6153 Metres).

Gentleman in the Red Jacket

While trekking we were sitting and their group crossed us!!

http://stokkangritrek.net/

While trekking – Approaching the Basecamp!!

And On the Summit of Stok Kangri Trek !! He is there with us!!

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On the Summit of Stok Kangri

Obstacles or blocks or excuse are nothing but creation of our mind !! I think

If they can , We can and You can do 

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Adventure, Mountaineering, Travel

 

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Switzerland of Uttarakhand Chopta or Trek Deoriatal – Chopta – Tungnath – Chandrashila

Chopta is a picturesque hamlet which is still unexplored by travelers. Chopta is the commencement point of the trek to Tungnath – 3rd Kedar. Another 1.5 km trek from Tungnath leads to Chandrashila (4000mts above sea level) which offers a splendid view of snow clad Himalayan peaks including Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba stretched widely. If some one want more can do a Deorital to Chadrashila trek which will we super delight for beginners.

Chukhamba and Deoria Tal

Chaukhama Mountain and Deoria Tal, Chopta

Chopta itself offers splendid views of the imposing Himalayan range including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba. It is located at an elevation of 2680mts above sea level. Chopta is rich in varied flora and fauna. Chopta is situated amidst thick forest of pine, deodar and rhododendrons.

Tungnath Temple Chopta

Tungnath Temple Chopta

To reach Chopta take a train Ndls Ddn Ac Exp (12205) from Delhi to Haridwar and from Haridwar take a shared taxi, hire cab or take a bus to Ukhimath. These bus taxi take around 8 to 10 hours to reach Ukhimath and from Ukhimath Chopta is is easily accessible and 37KMs. It is located on the road connecting Gopeshwar with Guptkashi. Wake up with cool salubrious breeze and chirping of birds in Chopta. The morning view from Chopta is invigorating when the crimson rays of sun kisses the snow laden Himalayas. Carry light woolens in summers and heavy woolens in winters while planning a visit to Chopta. Hotel in Chopta provides standard accommodation facilities at affordable prices.

Chopta, Tungnath and Chandrashila are covered with snow during winters. If you visit the place during Dec-Feb, you may witness snowfall and enjoy trekking in snow.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Adventure, Photography, Travel

 

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Trans Himalayan Jeep Expedition – Manali to Leh

About Ladakh

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Ladakh a barren, virtually rainless area is the most remote region of India. The defiance of its barren landscape, unique flora and fauna, birds, culture, clear blue skies and clean air has much more to offer than just a good holiday. Ladakh is also known as “The Moonland” and romantically as “the last Shangri La” where as Ladakh in Tibetan language means “The Land of Passes”

Leh Market

Ladakh is surrounded by world’s biggest mountain ranges, the Himalayan range and the Karakoram. These lay crossways two others Zanskar and Ladakh range. The main watercourse of Ladakh is Indus which penetrates India from Tibet at Demchok. The highest altitude you will find here is 7637 m. At this height, the air is thin and the heat of the sun is intensely felt. That is why it is said Ladakh is the only place on earth where you can get sunburn as well as frostbite at the same time.

Ladakh has a distinct alpine, floral and faunal variety. Several flowering plants, a dozen important mammals and over a hundred species of birds are found here in this rugged terrain. You are likely to spot marmots, mouse hares, stone martens, red foxes, wolves, ibex, bharal, chiru (Tibetan antelope famous for Shahtoosh), goa (Tibetan gazelle), lynx, pallas cat, kyamg and shapu.

The avid bird watcher can spend fruitful hours by observing Bactrian magpies, grey tits, chough, raven, sparrow, kite, kestrel, Turkoman rock pigeon, chukor, finches, buntings, larks, desert wheat eaters, a many more varieties of birds. Black necked crane, bar-headed geese, ducks and several other water birds breed near the lakes in thousands. The highest realm belongs to the birds of prey and carrion eaters. These include choughs, griffon vultures, ravens and lammergeiers (bearded vultures).

During the safari we cross through two famous high altitude passes i.e. Baralacha and Tag Lang La, which is also the second highest motorable road in the world. Crossing through various tiny villages and monasteries we stop at a few and explore. We visit the famous Tsokar lake which is also known as the “White Lake” because of the salt deposited around it. The local nomads collect this salt and sell it in Ladakh and Kashmir.

Nubra Valley 

Hunder Nubra valley

Hunder: Maitreyi Buddha

Nubra Valley is about 150 km north of Leh, the capital town of Ladakh, India. Local scholars say that its original name was Ldumra (the valley of flowers). The Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachan River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft. above the sea level. The common way to access this valley is to travel over the Khardung La from Leh. Non-locals require an Inner Line Permit (obtainable in Leh town) to enter Nubra.

Pangong Tso:

Pangong Tso: is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to Tibet. 60% of the length of the lake lies in Tibet.

Pangong Tso, Pangong Lake

The brackish water of the lake has very low micro-vegetation. Guides report that there are no fish or other aquatic life in the lake, except for some small crustaceans. On the other hand, visitors see numerous ducks and gulls over and on the lake surface. There are some species of scrub and perennial herbs that grow in the marshes around the lake.

The lake acts as an important breeding ground for a variety of birds including a number of migratory birds. During summer, the Bar-headed goose and Brahmini ducks are commonly seen here. The region around the lake supports a number of species of wildlife including the kiang and the Marmot.

Day 01: Manali to Sarchu


Today we start our journey to Leh stopping at Sarchu for a night. We cross Rohtang Pass (3978 m), Keylong (3350 m), Baralacha Pass (4890m) with overnight stopover at Sarchu (4253 m), border of the states of Himachal Pradesh (Lahaul) and Jammu & Kashmir (Ladakh). Photography workshop “Stop Shooting Auto” on basics of photography and how to do photography in high altitude areas. Upon arrival in Sarchu we will set up our camp for overnight stay.

Day 02: Sarchu to Leh


Leave for Leh by early morning, through Nakeela and Lachangla Pass 16,617 ft. Lunch at Pang. After Lunch drive to Leh passing through Skyangchu Thang (Biggest and Highest Plateau on Earth on Stretch of 42 Kms), Tanglang La Pass 17,585ft and Indus Valley. Upon arrival in leh you will be greeted by our CEOs (chief Experience Officers) meet our representative and check in at our Hotel.

Day 03: Leh to Pangong Lake

After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass 5486 Mtrs. Pangong Lake, situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). A long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly six to seven kilometer at its widest point and over 130km long, it is bisected by the international border between India and China. Enjoy the landscape in the back drop of the Lake. Evening at leisure and overnight stay on the shore of Lake.

Day 04: Pangong Lake to Leh

Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of lake and later we drive back to leh enroute visiting Hemis Gompa, the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism, Thiksey an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village, Shey Palace, The ancient capital of Ladakh & Stok Palace Museum. Drive further to Leh and check in at our hotel for Overnight

Day 05: Drive to Nubra Valley

After an early breakfast we drive to Nubra Valley leads through Khardungla- Pass (the highest motorable road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldorma or the valley of flowers. It is situated to the North of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. Arrive Sumur or Hunder by afternoon and rest of the day at leisure to explore beautiful village of Sumur & Hunder with a Visit to Diskit Monastery. Overnight stay at Camp.

Day 06: Nubra Valley – Leh

After your breakfast at the camp, visit the Sand Dunes to enjoy a camel safari. Later we drive to Leh over Khardung La. Afternoon rest and relax or take a walk to the local market. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Leh

Post breakfast we drive towards Kargil road and start our sightseeing with Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army, Kali Mata Temple, Gurudwara Patthar Sahib Nestled deep in the Himalayas, which was built by the Lamas of Leh in 1517 to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak Dev. A drive of another 4 km took us to Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up & further Driving through a picturesque landscape we reached the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar River 4 km before Nimmu village. And Visit to Basgo a certainly the most impressive of Ladakhi citadels despite its ruined state. After visiting above places we drive back to Hotel for Overnight Stay.

Day 8: Leh Depart Leh
Transfer to domestic airport to catch the flight for your onward destination, safari concludes.

Dates: 2nd June 2012 to 9th June 2012

Cost: INR 14,500 inclusive of taxes, no hidden charges, price is for Manali to Leh includes all breakfast, lunch and dinner.It does not include any sort of tips, personal drinks etc

Book your adventure by paying 70% amount in advance, remaining to be paid once you reach Manali. If for some reason you wish to cancel your trek before 30days full amount will be refunded no refunds after that.

Contact Us
Jai Govind Meena
Mobile : 7597921601 Email : jaigovindmeena@gmail.com

Kapil Agarwal
Mobile : 9460634400 Email : vaish.kapil@gmail.com

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