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The peak trekking season in the Himalayas starts from mid may and ends in October but with these winter treks options for trek in the Himalayas one can trek in Himalayas through out the year. These winter treks are at lower altitude and shorter in distance but that doesn’t mean they are the easy treks, some of them are demanding because extreme weather conditions in winters.
Winter may not be best months to venture high into the Himalayas, but for the rewards are high too the 360 degrees views of snow clad peaks and pristine wilderness makes it hard to resist.
“We have got in-principle approval from the Home Ministry for allowing satellite phones in the Himalayas, where there is no phone connectivity. A policy is being finalised and it is likely to be announced on World Tourism Day,” a senior Tourism Ministry official said.
With the government nod, satellite phones-equipped tourists will be able to contact their relatives in case of emergency while trekking in the remote areas of Ladakh, hiking in Sikkim, or exploring the wilderness of the Himalayas spanning across in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Darjeeling.
There is a long-standing demand from the industry for allowing satellite phones in the Himalayas. However, the official said there are certain conditions being laid down by the Ministry of Home Affairs for allowing satellite phones like monitoring of the calls made from these areas and the type of phones to be allowed.
Adventure Tour Operators Association founder member India Ajeet Bajaj said, “It will be a game changer for Indian adventure tourism industry as it will take the adventure related activities in the Himalayas to a new height”. About the proposed call monitoring provision, Bajaj said “we have no problem at all with it.”
According to the policy to be announced shortly, the adventure tour operators will be provided satellite phones by the government authorities for use and they would be responsible for its correct use as per the established norms. According to industry sources, the Himalayas attract about 2 million domestic and foreign adventure tourists in a year who go for skiing, hiking, camping and trekking. The number will go up with the satellite permission as the Himalayan ranges are missing many global tourists due to poor communication facilities. At present, the ministry is pushing adventure tourism in the country and announced several schemes like bearing the cost of 50 per cent fee of climbers trekking the Himalayas as part of the campaign,” 777 Days of the Indian Himalayas”, launched last year.
Source: Economic Times
Trekking in Jaipur Go fish
|Anil & Rajesh resting after the so called hardest trek for them|
|Our Stove which failed and we cook our chicken on makeshift chulha|
My multifuel stove which ditched us when we required it most …and then we went in to the jungle to collect wood and we were afraid that we will not get good dry wood but we were lucky we got lot of them.
|Our Chef – Anil and our Chulha|
|Yummmmmm It was fun to cook there|
|The Red Beacon light cage….first time we saw it so close
Dayara Bugyal – The biggest meadow of Uttarakhand
Bugyal in the local mountain dialect means “High Altitude Meadow”. Trekking to Dayara Bugyal is one of the most beautiful places in Uttaranchal, situated at an elevation ranging from 10,000 – 12,000 ft. This vast meadow is second to none in natural beauty in Uttarakhand trekking circuit. The possibility of Nordic as well as Alpine skiing are immense here, since during winter it provides one of the best ski slopes in India spread over an area of 28 sq/kms, one can combine a trek and ski during winter trekking season.
If some one wants to do this trek here is the ideal itinerary
Day 1 Dehradun to Guest House at Barsu
Arrive at Dehradun/Haridwar in the morning, freshen up, have breakfast and leave for Barsu village Lunch on the way. Arrive at Camp by late afternoon and relax with a hot cup of tea and prepare yourself for trekking in Himalayas. The camp overlooks the Himalayan peaks of Gangotri I, II and III, Jaunli, Draupdi ka Danda and Srikanth.
Days 2 Barsu – Barnala (2700 m) 4 km / 4 hr
Have an early breakfast and get ready for a trekking to Barnala lake (2700 m) about 5 hours away. Trek through the dense forest of Pine and Oak trees. Lunch enroute. Reach Barnala by late afternoon. Explore the forest around the lake and do some bird watching. Barnala is great for bird watching, the most common birds here Whistling Thrush, Red Finch, Monal Pheasant, Koklas etc. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 3 Barnala – Dayara (3250 m) 5 km / 4 hr
Have breakfast and prepare to trek to Dayara. Hot lunch on arrival. The bugyals (meadows), spread over 28 sq kms, are grazing grounds for sheep and cattle and have a 360 degree view of the Himalayas. Spend rest of day walking around the meadows. Overnight stay in tents
Day 4 Dayara – Raithal 7 km / 4 hr
Wake up to a lovely sunrise and walk a little higher for a nice view of Bandarpoonch (6500 mtrs). After breakfast, we will start trekking to village Raithal. Reach camp by early evening. Relax with a hot cup of tea and sumptuous dinner with bonfire. Overnight stay in tents.
Days 5 Raithal – Dehradun / Haridwar
After breakfast leave for Dehradun/Haridwar. Lunch on way, arrive by late afternoon and catch train to go home..
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Green Hiker tips
- Hike in a single file in the middle of the track to avoid further erosion.
- Keep noise levels low, especially when traveling through a forest
- Minimise the use of automobiles wherever possible
- Choose a homestay or a community-run camping site wherever possible
- Set camp 30m away from lakes and streams
- Set up a temporary dustbin to dispose of waste by all campers. Make sure to carry it away
- Never leave a fire unattended this will rule out chances of a devastating forest fire
- Minimize the use of growing vegetation as firewood. Opt for kerosene or fuel efficient stoves
- Avoid burning plastic or other toxic substances
- Carry food that cooks faster and more easily, to reduce fuel consumption
- A small solar cooker will serve the purpose keeping the environs clean too
- Never discard rubbish into water bodies.
- For washing, carry water 30 m away from the lake
- Use biodegradable organic soaps for washing and cleaning. These will minimize water pollution
- Do not feed wild animals since human food may be damaging to them
- Avoid flash photography. Take pictures from a distance
- Observe wildlife from a distance, especially at sensitive times like mating, nesting and raising young
- Never leave behind litter while hiking or camping. Stuff the rubbish into your pocket/backpack/garbage bag to take back with you
- Try and sort your garbage into biodegradable and non-biodegradable at the base camp itself. Ensure that the mouths of the bags are tightly fastened. This will prevent the contents from scattering and emitting foul odour
- Use toilet facilities and where not available, dispose of solid human waste like this – Dig a 15cm hole in the ground, more than 30m away from the lake, campsite and track. Cover it up with soil when finished
- Opt for light, unbreakable utensils instead of plastic or Styrofoam
- Respect the local people, culture and customs
- Get local guides or choose homestays so that the economic benefits remain in the region
- Help your guides/porters to follow the rules as well. They will then be mindful of them in the future
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.
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.
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.
5. Capture motion with slow shutter speeds: Use slow shutter speeds to capture motion, milky way effect while shooting water fall.