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Weekly trekking tales #19


Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.

— Edith Wharton

Kashmir’s great lakes trek

Neelima Vallangi walks along Kashmir’s Great Lakes trek. Don’t miss this exciting photo-blog. The Great Lakes Trek commercially known as Sonamarg-Vishansar-Naranag Trek is an alpine Himalayan high-altitude trek in Kashmir Valley in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Find other hidden jewels in J&K on inditramp.

Calling outdoor women

There are not a lot of women testing, reviewing and writing about outdoor gear in India. Help us correct this imbalance. We at inditramp are looking for a part time gear tester to help us test women trekking gear. If you are reading this, or you know someone who fits this profile, drop us a line at contact(at)

In the meantime read this excellent editorial by Kristin Hostetter.

Frodo the adventure camera, not the hobbit

Conceived in “aamchi Mumbai, India”, Frodo is a fresh take on the adventure camera. Preorder/support Frodo on indiegogo.

Support Totem Pole

A film documenting Paul Pritchard and the Totem Pole, the famous sea stack in Tasmania, is in the pipeline. A crowdfunding campaign for this project has now been launched.

Support the campaign here.

An introduction to lead belaying

As a lead belayer, you have someone else’s life in your hands. If you let go while your partner is hanging on the rope or falling, they will fall to the ground and will be injured or die.

Learn the technique.

Adventure memoirs for a trekker

When packing to go on an adventure, there’s always room for a good book, and what better genre to read by headlamp around the campfire than an adventure memoir?

The Climb compiles 6 adventure memoirs.

43% off on Salomon Quest 4D boots

Is your boot size UK size 8? If so, you can get 43% off on the amazing Salomon Quest 4D hiking boots only on Amazon India.

Rs. 2000 off on Kindle Paperwhite

A device with a battery that lasts as long as an expedition, one that ensures that you will not be bored and it doesn’t bother your fellow trekkers.

Rs 2000 off on the Kindle Paperwhite at Amazon India. The Paperwhite is half the cost of the Kindle Voyage and user reviews on Amazon suggest that the Paperwhite is still the better ebook reader. In case you are holding your breath for the new Kindle Oasis (launching April 27, 2016), remember that it costs Rs. 24000.

35% off on VIP rucksacks

While we do not recommend VIP rucksacks for hiking yet, they are sturdy enough for travel and hauling gear to base camp. Get 35% off or more on Amazon India.

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Cover image – Vishansar Lake seen from Gadsar Pass by Mehrajmir13 – Own work CC BY-SA 3.0

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