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Annapurna Circuit Trek Nepal - First Pilgrim

Hiking the Annapurna Circuit – A Photo Story from an Indian Perspective

“The mountains had bestowed on us their beauties, and we adored them with a child’s simplicity and revered them with a monk’s veneration of the divine. “ — Maurice Herzog, Annapurna: The First Conquest of an 8,000-Meter Peak After over 2.5 months of Hiking in Uttarakhand, I had a short window to pay a visit to the mecca of Himalayan Kingdom — Nepal, before the snow gods blocked all passages into this divine territory. Read Photo Story from my Perspective, […]

Gaumukh Tapovan Trek - First Pilgrim

Gaumukh Tapovan Trek – Hiking to the base of Mount Shivling with an Ascetic

Gaumukh Tapovan Trek – Hiking to the base of Mount Shivling with an Ascetic. It was the middle of October but it was sweltering in the dusty town of Srinagar (Uttarakhand). I had just boarded a bus full of people heading to Chamba in Tehri, from where I had to hopefully hop 2 more buses to reach Uttar Kashi. “People spend their entire lives at those lower altitudes without any awareness that this high country exists.” — Robert M. Pirsig […]

Har Ki Dun Trek - First Pilgrim

Har Ki Dun Trek – Reverie in the Valley of Gods

“O dear Himalaya…why are you so amazing, can I kiss your peak or can I just let your silence speak…O dear Himalaya…” I had just reached the campsite for Har-Ki-Dun, while the others in the group were still slowly climbing the last stretch, oblivious of how beautiful the Har-Ki-Dun campsite was. I had motivated them, or they would like to think “pestered” to walk 16 km today from Sema only because there wasn’t any reason to camp anywhere else enroute. […]

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Musings from the Mountains: Postcards from Kuari pass and Pangarchulla Peak Trek

“Once on his feet, though, man does not stay where he is. ” ― Frédéric Gros, A Philosophy of Walking Musings from the Mountains: Postcard from Kuari Pass Pangarchulla Peak. I was first introduced to the Himalaya in 1992 when I was merely 5 years old and as part of our annual summer sojourn we had moved to Himachal Pradesh for about a month to stay at my uncle’s place in Shimla.  Shimla back then was relatively quiet town compared to the mad rush […]

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Smiles of a Thousand Miles | Short Film | First Pilgrim Originals

Smiles Of A Thousand Miles – John Muir, an American naturalist once said, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over- civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity” According to WHO report, 8 Crore people are suffering from depression and anxiety disorders in India. This is a small effort from our side to put a smile on people faces in this rather stressful world. In the multiple trips to the […]

Manali to Khardungala Cycling Expedition - First Pilgrim

Cycling the World’s highest Roads

Suraj Tal Lake near BaralachaLa Pass (Himachal Pradesh, India) Manali to Khardungala: Cycling World’s Highest Roads – For a major part of my upbringing, the Indian bourgeois mentality led me to focus more on excelling in academics rather than enriching myself with what I truly loved (Outdoors). The sedentary lifestyle of a Technology job, then the startup financial woes always created an internal dichotomy something which Herman Hesse so beautifully elucidates in his epic book — Steppenwolf When I was 21 […]

Hike to the beautiful Kedar Tal - First Pilgrim

Kedar Tal Trek

Kedartal Trek: A Hike to Shiva’s Lake – It was 16th of October 2016 and the alarm rang at 4:30 a.m. I woke up with a sore back and tired legs, the Cold wasn’t helping either!. It was my 25th continuous day of hiking in the Indian Himalaya and just the previous day I was back from Tapovan and Mount Shivling Base camp above Gaumukh (the source of the River Ganga) surviving a mercury drop of almost -15 degrees Celsius. […]

Bagini Glacier Trek - First Pilgrim

Changabang Base Camp

A Memorable Hike to Changabang Base Camp: A For the last three years, in what has become an annual pilgrimage, some friends and I have headed to the Himalayas to explore, and challenge ourselves while traversing the wilderness. Some of us want to escape to a remoteness where, for a fortnight, we aren’t troubled by the buzz of our internet-connected mobile phones that herald yet another email or deadline. For others, it is an opportunity to see the spectacular beauty […]

Brahmatal Trek

Brahmatal – A Beautiful hike in the Garhwal Himalaya

Brahmatal, A Beautiful hike in the Garhwal Himalaya: It was 30th September and I was just done with the Roopkund Trek which starts at Lohajung in Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India. I took a day’s break to rest and withdraw some money from Tharali about 45kms from Lohajung after changing multiple shared jeeps and getting excellent views of the Pindar river. Lohajung is a small market area catering to the villages of Baank, Didna, Wan, Kuling etc in this remote part of […]

Mount Nanada Ghunti and Trisul as seen from Junargali

Hiking the Roopkund Trail 

Hiking the Roopkund Trail: I always feel at home when involved in an expedition in the Himalaya. I’m the best version of myself when climbing the high passes, or strolling in the deep chasms! It was late July 2016 and I was just back from the epic 3-week bicycle Expedition in Ladakh. I wanted to join my friend Torres who was heading for a cycle trip Mongolia in September but work commitments and expensive Air China Flight tickets just didn’t […]

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