Har Ki Dun March 2017. Part 3 - There and back again (to Osla)

Har Ki Dun Valley is a cradle shaped hanging valley in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is surrounded by snow-covered peaks and alpine vegetation. This valley is at an altitude of approx 3500m above mean sea level and is snow-covered during October to March. The valley is around 25 km from Taluka (Uttarakhand). Travel with me as I make a final push towards Har Ki Dun in a approaching snowstorm. This is the third and final part of the trek journal

Har Ki Dun March 2017. Part 2 - Taluka to Osla and beyond

Har Ki Dun Valley is a cradle shaped hanging valley in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is surrounded by snow-covered peaks and alpine vegetation. This valley is at an altitude of approx 3500m above mean sea level and is snow-covered during October to March. The valley is around 25 km from Taluka (Uttarakhand). Travel with me as I make my way from Taluka to Osla and beyond in Part 2 of my trek journal.

Har Ki Dun March 2017. Part 1- Nainbagh to Taluka.

Har Ki Dun Valley is a cradle shaped hanging valley in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is surrounded by snow-covered peaks and alpine vegetation. This valley is at an altitude of approx 3500m above mean sea level and is snow-covered during October to March. The valley is around 25 km from Taluka (Uttarakhand). Travel with me as I make my way to Taluka village in Part 1 of my trek journal.

Alone in the Wilderness

At age 51, Dick Proenneke chose a life in the wilderness, built a cabin for himself in the extreme rugged clime of untouched Alaska. He lived there for the next 30 years, his life a meditative exercise in living responsibly, simply and joyfully. Over the 30 years, he wrote in his journal every day, maintaining a rich documentation of his daily life, his commune with nature around him and a meticulous recording of meteorological data. These journals & the film footage he has recorded using his 16mm wind-up camera let us look into a life led with a strong work and wilderness ethic, a life led with extreme contentment.

He would have turned 100 in 2016. We celebrate the man, his life and his message in this review.

The 5 gadgets that are always in my backpack

We've been often asked about the electronic gadgets we carry on our trek. Here's our list of the 5 gadgets we absolutely don't leave without. Life is so much simpler with them, these basic must-own gadgets ably equip us on our treks. This list of life-saving, trek-saving and memory-saving items should help you decide what makes it to your backpack.

A taste of Sahyadri. Accessible monsoon weekend treks for Mumbaikars

With the monsoon around the corner, here's a compendium of treks that is guaranteed to incite travellust. So grab those daypacks and hiking shoes Mumbaikars and head out to the Sahyadri. Western Ghats are one of the world’s eight “hottest hotspots” of biological diversity. Around 5,000 species of vascular plants alone grow there, as do hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles, birds, and amphibians. A large number of these species are endemic to the Ghats: they are found nowhere else in the world.