About Me

Me with my shelter which I had pitched next to a cliff at Tungnath.
Me with my shelter which I had pitched next to a cliff at Tungnath.

Any unknown destination brings with it a box full of surprises which you uncover everyday while travelling. I have sailed in the backwaters of Kerala, spent a night in the middle of the dunes in Jaisalmer and swam in the beaches of Goa; but it is the mountains that have always had the most magical and magnetic effect on me since I was a kid.

After exploring almost every popular tourist town in the mountains over the years, in 2012 August, I decided to go for my first ‘trek’. I had never trekked before but I wanted to do it independently – without hiring porters or guides. I don’t know how many of you have tried it, but trekking solo is an experience that all mountain lovers should try at least once. It is only then do you realize the wonders of true solitude and the gift of being all alone with Nature.

After much deliberation, I chose to go to Deoria Tal, Tungnath and Chandrashila Peak. In hindsight, it might not have been such a brilliant idea to go trekking at over 3000 meters in Uttarakhand in the middle of monsoons! But the glistening shine of the deepest of green after a shower is a sight to behold. That is when everything around you comes to life!

And this short trek was the start of my ever increasing bond that I feel being with untamed Nature. I started going to Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand almost every 2 months if not every month to be surrounded with the positive energy that only the Himalayas can give. Squeezing in a day or two with a weekend or just blatantly exploiting the rare but occasional long weekends we get, I began walking the trails leading to the less explored vistas. And now through my blog, I’m trying to share my experiences with everyone and anyone who happen to share the same love for mountains as I do.

In case you have any particular question regarding a trek, suggestions, or maybe you want to do a trek together, please leave a comment or drop me an email at karankapur.pe@gmail.com. Else, you can message me on my Instagram: @mountain.affair

See you on the trail!



8 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Very informative blog Karan
    I plan to go for deoria tal-tunganath-chandrashila trek from 24-28 May
    Is it a good time to go
    Is ther a lot of haze in the hills

    1. That is a very good time to go trekking there! The skies will in all probability remain clear and the view of the mountains should be as clear as it could be. As for haze, generally the lower foothills see a lot of haze. But the higher reaches like Deoria Tal, Chopta, Tungnath do not get hazy. Let me know if you have more questions. Cheers and have a great trip!

  2. Hi Karan,

    Was searching for options to go solo trekking in the Himalayas (Himachal or Uttarakhand) in the second half of May. This is the first time I am doing a solo trek.
    I don’t intend to take along my own tent/camping equipment for this time. Maybe in the future.
    So, I was wondering if at all there are any options to do a good 4-7 day trek staying at teahouses/homestays (or for that matter any basic accomodation to sleep overnight). While also getting to enjoy the solitude of the more remote Himalayan locales.

    Would be grateful if you can suggest any such hikes.The Chandrashila trek seems to be such an option. Please let me know if so. Also, if you could mention any other options that you know.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    1. Hi Sriram, if this is going to be your first solo trek, then I’d suggest an easy one, like Chandrashila or Har Ki Dun. You can consider HKD if you are fitter than an average person since this is a 4-5 day trek. There are GMVN Rest houses at every campsite. They provide food too. During that time, there will be many companies taking groups there like Indhikes, TTH etc. You can check their calendar and schedule your trek accordingly. This way, you wont need a guide. Chandrashila is an easy trek and a beautiful one too! Everything is available, nothing to worry about. Cheers!

  3. Hey,
    A couple of friends and me are planning to do the Chandrakhani pass trek (to Malana) on our own during the last week of June. We wanted to know what we should do about food and camping equipment. You know any reliable people we cant rent from? Also, what arrangements will we have to make for cooking while out camping? Carrying a full stove and assorted items?

    1. During June end, there is a Dhaba which operates just below the pass if you are climbing from Manali side. Sometimes the Dhaba owner can give you some space to spend the night, but it will be taking a chance. It is best not to take chances. Either hire a guide who will arrange everything or you make arrangements on your own. You will have to carry stove, fuel, utensils and food. You won’t be spending more than 2 nights camping, most probably just 1. So you can consider taking food which you don’t need to cook. You can spend a night at Rumsu and start early morning for Malana. If you are moderately fit, you can reach Malana the same day without any camping.

      1. Hey! That was really useful. We managed to source a good tent and sleeping bags. The only worry is food now, don’t think buying a stove is worth it for one trek. What kind of food do you generally carry? If the dhaba is definitely operational it shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
        Thanks a lot! You have no idea how incredibly helpful all of this is.

      2. If the Dhaba is operational, then yes, it should not be much of a problem. Do check at Naggar or Rumsu though before you begin your climb to the pass. And I hope you are doing it from Manali side and not from Kasol side. The ascent from Malana village to Chandrakhani pass is extremely steep so it is better to do it the other way around. As for food, when I don’t carry stove/fuel etc., I usually carry Wai Wai noodles, Chocolates, Dry fruits, Granola Bars, Biscuits etc. If you like eggs, you can carry boiled eggs or get some parantha or something packed from Naggar/Rumsu which you can eat later in the evening.

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