Category : Uttarakhand

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Forbidden Mountains in India: To Climb or Not To Climb

Trekking all the way up to snow-capped peaks and high elevations is quite a challenge. However, you just cannot climb the summit of banned peaks, no matter how physically fit you are. By banned, we mean they are forbidden to climb – some of them for religious or spiritual reasons, some for political and the others because of the prevailing environmental or physical conditions. Mountains and mythological significance go hand in hand. Moreover, the Himalayan mountain range has held a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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