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Valley of Flowers Trek

Valley of Flowers Trek

Valley of Flowers Trek

Nestled high in the West Himalaya,India’s valley of flowers national park is renowned for its meadow of endemic alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic clack bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. The gentle landscape of the valley of flowers national park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi national park, inscribed on the world heritage list in 1988. Together they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya, praised by mountaineers and botanists for over a century and in Hindu mythology for much longer.

This hidden treasure or Nature’s beautiful secret was revealed to British mountaineers Frank S. Smythe and Mr. R L Holdsworth on 9th July 1931, when they reached here after a successful expedition of Mount Kamet. Drawn by the irresistible lure of the place Smythe revisited in 1937. In 1938 he published a book “The Valley of Flowers” celebration the beauty of this extra ordinary Valley.

Valley of flowers trek date for 2015

DEPARTURES for Valley of Flowers Trek 2015 
  • 1st Batch   :  4th -9th July 2015
  • 2nd Batch  :   11th – 16th July 2015 
  • 3rd Batch   :   18th -23rd July 2015
  • 4th  Batch  :   1st – 6th August 2015
  • 5th  Batch   :  8th – 13th August 2015
  • 6th Batch : 15th – 19th August 2015
  • 7th Batch : 22nd- 26th August 2015

Pictures from Last years Trek

Valley of flowers Trek

Potentila atrosanguinea

 

Valley of flowers Trek

Blue Poppy

 

Valley of flowers Trek

Fallen Gracefully

 

Peeping Out

 

Valley of flowers Trek

In Paradise Called Valley of Flowers

 

Valley of flowers Trek

Silver Fir

 

Valley of flowers Trek

Breathtaking !!

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Adventure, Photography, Travel, Trekking

 

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Mahindra Adventure Season 2 kicks off in June

The eagerly anticipated second edition of Mahindra Adventure will take place in June 2012

India’s leading SUV manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra’s second season of Mahindra Adventure will be held in June. This series that showcases the off-roading potential of Mahindra vehicles includes categories like Great Escape, challenges, Monastery Escape, Royal New Year Escape, besides three new adventures, viz, the 14-day Tri-Nation Escape that traverses Bhutan, India and Nepal, and the six-day Authentic Goa Escape and Wildlife Escape. Primarily designed for Mahindra vehicle owners, those who do not own one can also participate by paying a nominal fee.

The Great Escape participants can participate in an ‘Off-Roading Trophy’ later in the year.

“After the successful run of Mahindra Adventure Season 1, we are all geared to unveil the new season that promises even more thrills for the adventure seeker. The ‘Off-roading Trophy’ and international events make season 2 even more exciting and will go a long way in showcasing the tough and rugged capability of our range of vehicles,” said Vivek Nayer, Vice President, Marketing, Automotive Division, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

Mahindra Adventure has also featured in the motorsport arena. After roping in drivers Gaurav Gill and Lohitt Urs, it has also got 2012 Dakshin Dare Rally winner Sunny Sidhu on board. The team will compete in India’s most popular motorsport events including Mughal Rally, Raid de Himalaya and Desert Storm.

The company also unveiled ‘Get Lost’, India’s first online adventure magazine.

Month Event Zone Date
July Monsoon Challenge South to West July 19 – July 22
July – August Monastery Escape Classic North July 26 – August 5
September Spice Challenge

Trination Challenge

South

North to East

Sept 7 – Sept 9

Sept 15 – Sept 29

November Wild Escape Central Nov 16 – Nov 21
December – January Royal Escape Classic North Dec 27 – Jan 1

Great Escape Calendar

Month Location Zone Date
June Kottayam – GE 90 South June 23
July Mumbai – GE 91 West July 7
August Goa – GE 92

Chandigarh – GE 93

Saklespur – GE 94

West

North

South

August 11

August 18

August 25

October Kohima – GE 95 East October 20
November Jaipur – GE 96 North November 24
December Off Road Championship  Mumbai December 7 to December 9
January Kolkatta Challenge – GE 97

Hyderabad Challenge – GE 98

East

South

January 13

January 20

February Coimbatore Challenge – GE 99 South February 3

Source: http://www.mahindraadventure.com/

 

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Pro Tips for Spectacular Outdoor Photos

1. Shoot in Low Light of Sunrise and Sunrise: The low-light period around sunset and sunrise is considered one of the best times to take outdoor photos, so get up early in the morning and wait for sunset. However, shooting in low light can also be challenging for beginners. Since longer exposure times are often required in low light situations, a tripod is an essential piece of gear to bring along. Try experiment with camera’s ISO and shutter speed. Keep aperture narrow i.e. higher F number to get good depth of field.

Sunset

 2. Use Flash creatively: Use your flash outside on a sunny day, it will actually fill the shadow areas cast by a hat or umbrella, for example. Faces will also be brighter. Remember though, the flash has limited range, so you need to be within 10-12 feet to realize the benefit.

3.Add a Subject to the Landscape: By placing someone in your landscape, you can establish both a focal point and a point of reference for the composition of your image. By adding a person to the scene, the brain immediately recognizes the scale and tells you what you’re looking at. Adding someone to your landscape can also makes a photo more evocative, as viewers can more easily picture how they would fit into the scene if they were actually there.

You are in Q

4. Bad Weather is Good: Use extreme weather to create striking images with a lot of drama. Overcast days might give you flat images but you can enliven them by shooting into the light. Rays streaming through a fog or through clouds, dark, forbearing clouds, brilliant streak of light are few examples.

Parachute Restaurant at Pang

5. Capture motion with slow shutter speeds: Use slow shutter speeds to capture motion, milky way effect while shooting water fall.

Waterfall

 

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Trans Himalayan Jeep Expedition – 16th June 2012 Join Us

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”.

Maitreyin Budha

Maitreyin Budha

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.

What’s Included :-

  • Accommodation in Ladakhi Family guest houses and tented or camping during stay in Nubra or PangongTso.
  • Meals during the Safari (Only Veg).
  • Permits.
  • First aid medical kits .
  • Qualified and experienced trek leader, Guide and support staff during trekking
  • Transport

Day 1 Manali to Sarchu

Rohtang Pass

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.

Days 2 Sarchu to Leh

Car in a Situation

Car in a Situation

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 3 Leh to Pangong Lake

Pangong Lake

Majestic view of 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 4 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.

Days 5 Drive to Nubra Valley

Khardung La and 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 6 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 7 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.

 

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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.

Trekking

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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Changuch Peak

Panwali Dwar Expedition.

Changuch Peak and Pindari Glacier

via Panwali Dwar Expedition.

 

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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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