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Weekly trekking tales #18


Youngest girl on Everest and she is an Indian.

Purna became the youngest girl (at a mere 13 years and 11 months) in the world to reach the pinnacle of the 8,848 metres high Mount Everest. Hailing from a small village ‘Pakala’ in Nizamabad district of Telangana, she is the younger child of the farm labourers Lakshmi and Devidas. Read more.

Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand with YHAI

The Tarunodaya unit, of Youth Hostels’ Association of India, has organised a 12-day trekking expedition at Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand in April. Those interested in taking part in the expedition should register their names by March 30. For details, call 9448105198.

Hatu Peak (3400 m)

Hatu peak, standing 3400m above sea level boasts the highest summit of Shimla-Narkanda (Himachal Pradesh) region. A beautiful photo-blog celebrates this day trek.

Agasthiarmalai Biosphere Reserve

Home to four wildlife sanctuaries, one tiger reserve and more than 2,250 plant species, the Agasthiarmalai Biosphere Reserve (ABR), has been recently included in the Unesco’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves. ABR, which spans the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

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While trekking to the peak is prohibited from the Tamil Nadu side, the Kerala government is allowing trekkers to visit the peak. Every day, nearly 100 visitors are allowed from the Kerala side, say forest managers in Tamil Nadu. Trekking passes are issued by Kerala Forest Department from the district office at Trivandrum. The trekking route starts from Bonacaud. The route “Neyyar-Agasthyakoodam” is not open to the public.

Light and independent on a bicycle

Traveling light does requires an adjustment of mindset, and it might not be for everyone. Expect to wash out your clothes and put them on damp because they’re the only ones you have. 

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Off the beaten track in Nepal

In October 2015 three Italian mountaineers, Riccardo Bergamini, Luca Montanari and Giorgio Sartori organised a climbing expedition to Himlung, a beautiful 7126m mountain in the Peri Himal district. The summit is split between Nepal and Tibet and the decision to climb there stemmed from the fact that they wished to climb in an area that has only recently been opened to mountaineering, with an approach that followed a route far removed from the popular trekking circuits, in search of the pioneering spirt of the early mountaineering expeditions. The trek lived up to their expectations and they discovered a remote and beautiful area, marked by a sense for adventure where they shared the every-day life of the local population.

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Peru untouched

Discover indigenous communities in the Peruvian rain forest with Regina Roeder.

Rock Climbing Training

Scottish climber Robbie Phillips has just released the fourth episode of a new series of training videos called “The Process.” This episode focuses on the basics of power endurance.



 As an alpin­ist, Oregon-born Steve House has achieved a num­ber of stun­ning ascents across the world. In 2004, he marked the sec­ond ascent of K7 West in the Karako­ram via a new route, estab­lished a new winter line on Canada’s Mt. Alberta in win­ter con­di­tions and his most note­wor­thy climb is the cen­tral pil­lar of the Rupal Face on Pakistan’s Nanga Par­bat, which earned him the Pio­let D’Or alpine award.

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Twisting spokes rediscover Arunachal Pradesh by bicycle

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The land of dawn-lit mountains, Arunachal Pradesh was waiting for us to be discovered. We had read and been told that it is a wild and remote region of India. After cycling through Manipur and Nagaland we had now reached Assam and got acquainted with India a little bit more like the mainland. We were eager to cross the Brahmaputra and head back into the mountains for fresh air and quiet. The road from Likabali would eventually drop down in the valley to Zero (Ziro)

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