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My experience on trekking independently (without guides or porters)

I am writing this blog post to share my good/bad experiences while hiking in the Himalayas on my own. I hope it’ll be of some help in planning your trek. How it all started for me When I chose Chandrashila Peak to be my first trek way back in 2012, I wasn’t even aware that one could hire guides and porters for a trek. I … Continue reading My experience on trekking independently (without guides or porters)

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The less explored Kareri Lake

A group of us decided to hike to Kareri lake on our own. Yet again, no guides or porters. I have tried explaining the entire route in case you plan to do the same. But if you have even the slightest doubt on yourself, I’d strongly suggest you take a guide. If you have any questions and would like to contact me, please feel free … Continue reading The less explored Kareri Lake

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The hidden gem of Prashar Lake, Himachal Pradesh

Three of us went to Prashar Lake on a Holi weekend and did the trek independently. We took our own tents but no food. We used public transport and trekked till the lake (you can drive too if you want). If you have any questions and would like to contact me, please feel free to message me on my Instagram: @mountain.affair “A lake is the … Continue reading The hidden gem of Prashar Lake, Himachal Pradesh

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Winter trekking: Chandrashila Vs Kedarkantha

I have done Chandrashila trek six times and Kedarkantha once. Instead of writing a detailed Kedarkantha blog, I have shared below the differences and similarities in my opinion between the two. Hopefully, it will help you in making the decision on which one to go for! If you still have any questions and would like to contact me, please feel free to message me on … Continue reading Winter trekking: Chandrashila Vs Kedarkantha

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A Solo Trek to Beas Kund

One of my first solo and independent treks in Himachal Pradesh. There was a section in the trail where I did regret not taking a guide, but fortunately, managed it somehow. I’d suggest you take a guide if you don’t have any experience in hiking in the Himalayas. If you have any questions and would like to contact me, please feel free to message me … Continue reading A Solo Trek to Beas Kund

Volunteering in McLeodganj

As the anticipation of melting snows and the approaching trekking season grew more and more in me, I started looking for doable trekking routes considering the trek was going to be in the last week of March and the high passes were still receiving heavy spells of snowfall. Eventually, I decided to head to Dharamshala and look for a trekking partner and then approach the … Continue reading Volunteering in McLeodganj

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Chandrakhani Pass Trek

A gorgeous walk from Manali to Kasol (kind of!) via Malana. We did it independently, without guides or porters, but it is highly recommended you take a guide. Below is my journal of the trek. If you have any questions and would like to contact me, please feel free to message me on my Instagram: @mountain.affair Please visit Chandrakhani Pass Trek for pictures from my trek to … Continue reading Chandrakhani Pass Trek

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A trek to Deoria Tal, Chopta, Tungnath and the Chandrashila Peak

As of May 2018, I have made six trips to Chandrashila. I just can’t seem to get enough of the place! I think it would be safe to say that I am well informed about the area, and can help you in planning the trek. 🙂 If you have any questions and would like to contact me, please feel free to message me on my … Continue reading A trek to Deoria Tal, Chopta, Tungnath and the Chandrashila Peak

A journey to the mystical & elusive Malana Village

If you have any questions and would like to contact me, please feel free to message me on my Instagram: @mountain.affair Based on my travel last week, a small piece I wrote for travelers who are already aware of Malana Village but need more information on how to reach the elusive village and how the experience might be like. Standing isolated from the outside world … Continue reading A journey to the mystical & elusive Malana Village

Pure Explore – A Tool to Plan Your Trekking and Camping Holidays in India

A team of us have been busy the last few months working on a project called ‘Pure Explore’ which will make it easier and much cheaper for you to plan your trekking and camping holidays in Indian and Nepal Himalayas. This small blog consists of just a few posts and yet I get messages almost everyday from various trekking enthusiasts seeking answers to their doubts … Continue reading Pure Explore – A Tool to Plan Your Trekking and Camping Holidays in India

My independent trek to Roopkund, October 2014

I went for a solo Roopkund trek in October 2014. As all of my other treks too, I chose to do this without taking guides or porters. Below is my journal of the entire journey. Hope you like it! If you have any questions and would like to contact me, please feel free to message me on my Instagram: @mountain.affair Click here for the complete … Continue reading My independent trek to Roopkund, October 2014

Tips on how to take care of your trekking shoes

Below I share some tips on how to take care of your hiking boots during and after treks: Break in your new hiking boots: When you first buy your hiking shoes, wear them around the house and for short local walks initially. This helps in giving the shoes slight wear to them and mould around your feet before you embark on your trek. This also … Continue reading Tips on how to take care of your trekking shoes

How to prolong the life of your tent

When we buy a tent, we hope to make it last for quite a few uses. Below I have written some tips to prolong the life of your tent: Use a groundsheet whenever possible. This not only protects the floor of your tent, but also makes it much easier to clean it. I simply use the tarp which vegetable vendors in Delhi use to shield their … Continue reading How to prolong the life of your tent