All tagged Himalaya

Meru film review - Of Giants and Men

In 2011 a three-man team successfully made it to the 6310m (20702ft) summit of the central peak of Meru via the treacherous Shark’s Fin route. Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk had climbed their way to a world record.

Sundance Audience award winner Meru (2015) chronicles their journey along this most challenging vertiginous climb. The film is not just a documentary on climbing, but a meditation on the choices made, of passion, mentorship, brotherhood, trust, loyalty and the human will.

Watch the film for its universal appeal. Brilliant!

Foraged rose hip tea in the Indian Himalayas

The Girl Outdoor recently shared a recipe for rose hip tea and we have been agog to try it out in the Indian Himalayas. Rose hips are the fruit of a rose tree and they grow wild in the Lower Indian Himalayas. After the rose flower has bloomed and all its petals fallen off, the fruit can be picked off. They ripen in autumn and are abundant between an altitude of 1700 to 2100 metres (5500 to 7000 feet). 

A trekking stove primer for the Indian Himalayas - Part 3 - Choosing the right stove

Having covered stove fuel in part 1 and the different types of stoves in part 2 we move on to stove usage. There is no one size that fits all when it comes to trekking stoves. Different hikers have different requirements for trekking stoves. In essence, the choice for a stove, boils down (pun intended) to the following factors

  1. Cost
  2. Three vs four season or winter use
  3. Group size
  4. Simmering / Gourmet vs boiling water

In this final post we construe various trekking profiles and shed some light on which stove is suitable for a each trekker profile.

A trekking stove primer for Indian Himalayas - Part 2 Stove Types

After comparing different fuel types in Part 1, we move on to the various kinds of stoves available for trekking. The discussion on fuels (see part 1) was essential, because the type of fuel used often defines the characteristics and performance of a trekking stove. In this second part of this three part series we discuss various stove types, their pros and cons especially applicable to the Indian Himalayas and some stove handling tips.

A trekking stove primer for the Indian Himalayas. Part 1 - An introduction to fuels

With today's technology and lightweight materials, a trekking stove doesn't have to be bulky and heavy. Yet with all the different styles of stoves and types of fuel that they burn, making the right choice is not an easy decision. Each type of stove has its advantages and disadvantages. In these series of articles we analyse different kinds of stoves and their pros and cons. Our focus in this article is especially on what kind of stove works or doesn't work in the Indian Himalayas. Armed with this information, you can make a purchase that's right for your climate and  trekking style.

Winter day trek from Janjehli to Shikari Mata

At 3342 metres, Shikari Mata is a roofless temple, dedicated to a hunting goddess. Legend has it, hunters used to worship the Goddess on the mountain for success in their hunt. The temple is connected to Janjehli town in Himachal Pradesh with a 18 kilometre fair weather road. In winters, this fair weather road is closed just after Janjehli due to heavy snow drifts. The trek from Janjehli to Shikari Mata along this closed road is difficult yet exhilarating trek. The trek is difficult because of the large distance to be covered in one day and some avalanche prone sections. Yet for its difficulty this trek offers beautiful views, the lack of need for navigation, solitude and a unparalleled sense of accomplishment. If you are contemplating a challenging winter trek, we recommend you try this trek to get your snow-craft and winter gear sorted.