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Weekly trekking tales #03



Santanu Bhattacharya talks about lessons learnt on a trek to Hamta Pass.

The first is simple…we spend years planning for the future, but it is only the present moment that we have any control over. The second was that every few years, one should go away with one’s closest friends for experiences that will belong to just us. That brings me to my final lesson. Being away from technology for five days (no phone calls, no social media, no texting) was one of the most liberating experiences. 

Given the possibility of heavy snowfall, the strategically important Manali-Leh highway has been closed officially for all type of vehicles. Now, vehicles can ply this route only at their own risk. Rohtang Pass will be officially closed for vehicular movement after November 15. From November 15, Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports is going to establish two rescue posts on either side of Rohtang Pass to ensure safety of travellers. Read More.


A nine-day excursion in Patagonia led by South American photographer and filmmaker Ossian Lindholm.

Dates: Jan. 5-13, March 12-20 Price: From $5,795 per person, double occupancy. Includes all accommodations and breakfasts, seven lunches and dinners, domestic airfare and all activities and entrance fees. International airfare not included.

We are crazy about icebreaker merino wool clothing. It looks like Snarky Nomad shares our passion.

Gear and Deals

Lifestraw portable water filter available on Amazon India. Here’s what we have to say about Lifestraw in our comprehensive review.

But for every other trekking scenarios especially in the Indian Himalayas, this is a must have item in your backpack. OUR RATING 5/5. EXCELLENT AND RECOMMENDED. CANDIDATE FOR INDITRAMP’S “GEAR OF THE YEAR” 2015

Grab it before they run out (again).

Save Rs. 4,497.00 (37%) on Tatonka Yukon 50 litres backpack at Amazon India. It may seem expensive but it is a bombproof backpack with excellent V2 suspension system. Want a bit more space for winter? It also comes in a 60 litre version, available on Amazon India


inditramp wishes all its readers a happy and prosperous Deepawali. Cover image By Vikramjit Kakati (Own work) CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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