All tagged Uttarakhand

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.

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!

Nag Tibba Trek - Prologue

This March I spent a week at Nag Tibba. Often camping and staying with Gaddis or goatherds that flock to its slopes, seeking fodder for their livestock. Gaddis have wandered the Himalaya for generations and no-one understands the topography and geography better than these nomadic people. Living with these shepherds, I discovered that there is more to Nag Tibba than meets the eye at first glance or what a fixed schedule trekking tour would have you believe.

George Everest House to Tibetan Hill - The Garhwal Himalaya view trail

This short 1-kilometre walk brings you to not one, but two viewpoints over the Garhwal Himalayas and the Doon valley. If you thought Lal Tibba near Mussoorie has the best Himalayan views you've probably never been here at sunrise. The Greater Himalayan peaks are best seen from sunup to noon, especially on a clear day after rains. If you are in Mussoorie especially after a rain shower, you owe it to yourself to walk to this knoll at sunrise.