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First Pilgrim – Celebrating Freedom

On India’s Independence Day, we find the real meaning of Freedom by being in the outdoors   Starring: Sandesh Ragbansingh Gautami Putireddy Atul Khandar Mohan Singh Danu Camera & Edits: Neeraj Mishra To Subscribe to First Pilgrim: https://goo.gl/vlCPqR Like us on: https://facebook.com/firstpilgrim Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/first_pilgrim First Pilgrim: Curated Himalayan Experiences | Travelers on Foot    

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On Climbing a Mountain

The closest I’ve come to meditating is while climbing a mountain.  Burdens strapped tight on the back, braving the chill in the thin air, and the stabs on your lungs.  Head turned down, watching every step intently and reveling in the mild surprise of having come this far. The painful gasping for that precious breath of air, as your head grows dizzy, and knowing that you have to take that one last step, maybe one more.  The rhythm that your […]

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Annapurna Circuit Trek – A First Person Account

Annapurna Circuit Trek | A First Person Account – 2016 was coming to an end and I was hoping to close the year on a high. YouTube videos on mountaineering left a craving to trek in the Himalayas and I set out to fulfill my dreams. My childhood friend had recently quit from his start-up & decided to follow his passion: mountains. He did six consecutive treks in Uttarakhand! A couple of calls and web digging later, both of us […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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