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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

Calculated risks - hiking through a Himalayan snowstorm (a photo gallery)

Does blistering cold and foul winter weather mean staying indoor next to a roaring fire and drinking warm chocolate? Apparently not for us, at team inditramp. Our weatherman (accuweather) had predicted a snowstorm in the higher reaches the next day and we figured that staying indoors would be too easy. So The previous evening we finalised our day walking route i.e. around Chorgala meadow (read more about this trek) and proceeded to load “base camp 1” a.k.a our faithful four wheel drive with gear. Here’s a photo-log of what happened the next day.

Stair climbing - the only home / office exercise to remain trek fit this winter

With winter almost upon us, our repertoire of exercises shrivels up to a few choices. In North India winter is often accompanied with fog. This makes cycling or even driving to the gym a dangerous expedition. However, hope is still at hand. There is one simple exercise that will help you maintain your fitness around the year, especially though the lean winter months. This exercise does not require any training equipment, systems, and fad diets which is mostly the result of marketing rather than a genuine effort to reach higher levels of fitness and well-being.

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.

8 winter trekking tips for the Indian Himalayas

Despite its extra challenges winter trekking can be fun. For starters, the air is crisp and the visibility is better in winters. With fewer people out trekking, there is far greater onus on serenity and self-reliance. This serenity may be addictive and it can be a boon for solitude seekers. Nevertheless, this solitude and harsh weather also magnifies any any mistakes made on the trail. These mistakes can have severe and in come cases, even fatal repercussions. In this article we compile a few tips and share some mistakes that we made during our 2014-15 winter trekking season. Our tips do not guarantee an accident free winter trek, but they will definitely make your winter Himalayan trek relatively stress free and definitely more fun.