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Rupin Waterfall crossing – in pre season

Rupin valley is nestled in between two approximately parallel run of giant lateral ribs a.k.a spur, stretching south from the high snow fields just below the main ridge of Dhaula Dhar range. Rupin pass is situated on this ridge beyond the snow field, where the ridge-altitude is as low as 4680 meters (15350 feet) thus allowing a crossing of the ridge without much risk. However during pre season, snow is found from an altitude of 2900-3000 meters (9500 feet) even when snowfall of previous year was less than average. In any case, during pre season you will have to climb at least 1700 meters (5600 feet) of snow slopes of varying gradient before reaching the pass, which offers a superb experience and learning for relatively less experienced trekkers.

Among all these sections of snow climbings, personally I loved crossing the frozen Rupin waterfall the most. Let us look at it in greater detail.

There is more than one ways to look at and discuss this colossal artwork of nature .

The climb and exploration, I would say, presents scopes of  understanding the Himalayas in greater detail. After the last Ice Age, as the Earth has become warm enough, the last of the great glaciers have disappeared , except for the polar ones and the ones situated at the highest altitudes. Rupin waterfall presents the opportunity of finding out the deep creases and crevasses of its now-disappeared glacier. Ten to twenty thousand years ago the top of this waterfall was a glacier’s feeding zone, which fed the present stretch of the near-vertical waterfall (which was the accumulation zone of the glacier) with snow , ice and moraines. Today, the sprawling green meadows that we see after monsoon is result of that deposition of moraines which consists of rich alluvial soil and eroded stones full of minerals. The grandeur and charm of the lush Rupin valley and the mystic magic of the waterfall is the result of those distant past events. Read more23

MAJOR THINGS TO ENSURE IN A TREK

In a theoretical sense – Trekking is a necessary routine within a sport called Mountaineering. Any mountaineering expedition must involve trekking unless the full expedition team is being flown(by helicopter/small aeroplane) all the way to the climbing base camp of the target mountain. The more remote a mountain is , the more time and resources(i.e fuel,food,porter,pony/yak) are invested in trek just to reach a base camp. Read more23

Bara Bhangal,A Secret Kingdom at the Headwater of Ravi ( Iravati )

A trudge on the time-worn routes of Bara and Chota Bhangal taxes one physically; although, at the same time it rewards the journeying soul with jaw dropping landscapes,bleak unique outposts and sense of timelessness. River Ravi, originating at the foot of Bara Bhangal village kept nurturing the valley’s life from time immemorial. For thousands of years the dodgy, perilous routes from here to central Asia crossed over the massive Dhaula dhar and Pir panjal mountain ranges, enabling the region’s trade and cultural exchange. Bara Bhangal with its population of over 750 is an important centre for the Gaddi shepherds. Till today, ponies are used to carry ration for the villagers from across the passes that connect the valley to rest of the world. A satellite phone for emergency purpose,installed by government is the sold mode of communication for the villagers. The obscurity and difficult approach has cast a veil of mystery and fancy in the minds of romanticists,about Bara Bhangal. It is about time that we explore the region in some meaningful detail.

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DZONGU

Dzongu

The electoral district of Dzongu in remote North Sikkim is inhabited by the indigenous Lepcha people. It’s geographic boundary to the west is marked by Talung(7350 m) and Pandim(6691 m) peaks. To the north by mt. Kangchenzonga South(8476 m), mt. Zemu peak(7780 m), Zemu Gap(5870 m) , mt. Simvu(6811 m) , mt. Sinioulchu(6888 m) , Kishong la pass(4785 m) and mt. Lamo Angdong(5900 m). To the east by Teesta river and to the south by Narsingh(5800 m) group of peaks. The valley constitutes the remotest reaches of the rich and varied Kanchenjonga Biosphere Reserve, an UNESCO world heritage site.

Lepcha villages are thinly populated, always quiet ,and often wrapped up in a lively green cloak of vegetation. They worship nature whose care and protection are integral part of their philosophy. Many Lepcha has worked in fields of Butterflying, Birding etc ; Experts on Rhododendrons, master of bush craft can be found in these villages.

In this article I shall narrate only the nature and geographic setting of Dzongu valley, and touch upon the prospect of trekking.

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The enigma called Arunachal

Arunachal is a state that yields curiosity and expectation. Many of us know that it has largely unspoilt eco-regions, unparalleled biodiversity and untouched mountainous terrain ; all of which is true. The thing is , we are very fortunate that a region like Arunachal “still” exists in a country of a billion , and we need to protect the region. Let us not spoil it , let us explore.

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Toilet, on a trek or Outdoor camping

Pop up toilet tent

Where and how to poop on a trek or Outdoor? Where and how do people poop on a trek or while camping outdoor? These are a very frequent question asked by fresh trekkers, prior trek. Yes, obviously you should ask this question to your trek operator too. Also, I found a lot of trekkers or operators come up with a partially wrong answer or an answer without environmental awareness. Read more23

Himalayan Trek Packing List

Himalayan trek Packing list

A comprehensive Himalayan Trek Packing List is an important concern for many trekkers. Here, we try to develop a logical approach to finding it.

The weight of a backpack is inversely proportioned with the experience of outdoor. Keeping your backpack light is an art.  It begins with the question – ‘what to pack?’.  And the answer to the question is absolutely related to – ‘when and where are you heading to?’. Even every different region of Himalaya has its own climatic patterns based on the seasons. Your backpacking checklist should change too with the pattern.  Understanding of the expected weather and its uncertainty is the key of your packing. Read more23

We Love Our Rhododendron ~ Lets Know Them Too ~ Focus Indian Himalaya

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Walking through a Himalayan Nature Park we often come across with Rhododendron species. Many we know – Many we don’t. But No matter what , when they Bloom they set the forest on fire.

For city dwellers the view of a Rhododendron Burst can be enchanting but it may leave a huge impression on you. Personally when I traveled Kanchenjunga Wildlife Sanctuary in Spring time , The Forest made me insane. It was an unforgettable place which I could not Forget and it haunts my soul  till date. Read more23

RIP : The Aryan Myth ~ Welcome to the Genetic era of Human History

Human Migration
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With Gene Technology making its presence felt – Many History Primarily based of Folklore , Legends , Literature & Classical Anthropological Tools Needs a Critical Revision.We Are Not Too Old To Forget the Aryan Theory that we knew from our School Books.

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Hidden lake Maldaru

Maldaru tal is a pristine glacial lake that remains frozen half the year, stays hidden by the mountains.  It lies in the shadow of connecting ridges between Singtur range and Ruinsara range, at an altitude of 13500 feet. It can be approached via Debsu bugiyal above Seema village in Supin valley of Uttarkashi district, Garhwal.

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Shila-samudra , a garden of eden, hidden by Trishul & Nanda-ghunti

Plodding towards Ronti saddle through old moraine ridges. .

Recently we’ve been revisiting memories of some our favorite treks in Garhwal. Roopkund-Junargali-Homkund is one such trek. It was 2009 June, when 5 of us hiked this bewitchingly beautiful trek. Shila-samudra , a garden of eden, hidden by Trishul & Nanda-ghunti was the place who astonished me most, Here are some photos from that adventure.  Read more23

The Smoke Circuit – Goecha La diaries (Mangtabung to Yuksom via Tashiding road and back to Mangtabung)

Having breakfast with the eldest of the Chhetris, and the platter screams of hospitality.

Warning: Cigarette smoking is injurious to health, especially if you want to climb many a mountain in your life.

Cigarettes while hiking are a strict ‘no no’; but tell that to the average Bengali smoker and see him hike away from you to the next mountain paying minimum heed. Read more23

Purbasthali Oxbow Lake – Birding Diaries – Trip Report

The mighty Osprey provided some of the moments of the day with a partially devoured fish in its talons

Ten of us decided to cool off a bit after epic wedding celebrations of Kabya and Roopdatta during the first week of February 2017. The plan was made hastily but executed with precision.

Onset of our boat journey

Onset of our boat journey

The Plan:

Birding on fishing boats on the Ox-bow Lake at Chupi/Purbasthali (Burdwan, West Bengal). This 11 kms long lake in the shape of an Ox-bow has been the winter and permanent homes of thousands of ducks, waders and other birds from time immemorial, i suppose.
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Pilgrim on the mountain, KangYatse 2


This post is a part of a three chapter series on my experience summiting Stok Kangri,6153m and Kang Yatse 6200m in two fortunate weeks of July in 2016. I’ve never been laconic with my blog posts but unless you’re hooked on to Pokemon Go, you should be alright.

Zero – Training for a 6000er
One – Stok Kangri
Two – Kang Yatse 2 – You are reading.

“We are approaching 6000m”, announces Sharki Sherpa, as we make a steep 60 degree, but shorter detour to the summit ridge that starts at about 6100m. The detour took us up a 100m in a short, exhausting push. Both Jan and I were feeling alright and very excited about the prospect of being on top on KangYatse 2 on the day. All seemed to be going well when our sherpa stopped sharp. We followed closer and came to a halt at an icy blue and endless crack of the bergschrund staring at us right in the face and it spanned the entire width of the north east face we were climbing.The summit was the least of my concerns at that point, it was more like,

” F— this. How do we get out of this mess?” Read more23

How to combat cold in Himalayan treks? The concept of layering clothes

How to combat cold in Himalayan treks? The concept of layering clothes

How to combat cold in Himalayan treks? OR how to combat the extreme cold like Chadar trek? The one and only answer is the concept of layering clothes. There can’t be any single Jacket from any brand to protect you from cold of -25 C, what a winter Himalayan trek like Chadar offers. And if there is any such from a brand like North Face, then definitely that will cost more than your trip Or if it is cheap then you will end up adding the heaviest item into the backpack. Read more23

How to choose a trekking company?

How to choose a trekking company?

How to choose a trekking company? Yes, it is difficult to choose one among many.  So, here I am trying to develop an approach to compare. There are many companies operating for every trek. In the case of planning your trek and choosing an operator, you may consider few points; which will help you to identify a company with good facilities and sincere responsibilities. Read more23

How To Prepare for a trek, The Physical Endurance

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A TREK, THE PHYSICAL ENDURANCE

How To Prepare for a trek, The Physical Endurance is the 2nd Chapter of the article. Please read chapter 1 of the article titled To Prepare for a trek, The Mental Endurance.

To prepare for a trek, we need to strengthen our 2 prime M’s – Mind and Muscle, the body. Only then, the spending of the 3rd M – Money; a little or more, can bring to us an intense lifelong experience like trekking. Read more23

Unidentified flying squirrel species spotted, Sikkim

Unidentified flying squirrel species spotted at Sikkim

Dear explorers, please help us to identify the species of the squirrel. This has been spotted at Kanchendzonga national park during one of our exploration till Goecha La. The exact location of the image is near the hut at Phedang. Locals failed to identify the species and claimed no reported sighting till date. The extra layer of skin visible from side suggests a presence of gliding membrane, which may help to narrow down the search.

How To Prepare for a trek, The Mental Endurance

Looks like a good bet for the Marathon title...:D

How To Prepare for a trek, The Mental Endurance is the 1st part of the article. Please read Part 2 of the article titled To Prepare for a trek, The Physical Endurance.

To prepare for a trek, we need to strengthen our 2 prime M’s – Mind and Muscle, the body. Only then, the spending of the 3rd M – Money; a little or more, can bring to us an intense lifelong experience like trekking. Read more23

Bali pass trek | Tons to Yamuna | A close look at Badarpoonch

On Bali top

Bali pass trek (4850 m.) goes through the mountainous ridge-line which divides the valleys of Ruinsara and Yamuna. It is also known as Yamunotri pass. This ridge-line works as the barrier between the catchment areas of Yamuna river and its main tributary Tons. Tons river is a combination of three main rivers Rupin, Har-ki-doon and Ruinsara. Interestingly, Tons carries more water than Yamuna itself.

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Danphebir La | High circuit of Sikkim | hidden lakes and Kanchendzonga

Walk along the ridge and savour the spectacular vista

Danphebir La is one unique region that hosts several pristine, large high altitude lakes and boasts one of the best views of Himalayas.

For over the years , Danphebir La trek has remained a route far less traversed by city trekkers. However, the route that runs through the upper Singali La ridge, is as pristine and wildly beautiful if not more, as some of the best high-altitude treks in the Himalayas.

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How to walk on Chadar trek? the penguin style

One of the most common questions asked by a traveler prior the trek that  -How to walk on Chadar trek ? Or what shoe should I use during the Chadar trek? What is penguin style? And much more.

One of the most unique and magnificent treks of the world, the Zanskar canyon trek, mostly known as Chadar Trek is hugely popular now. Chadar (literal meaning is Blanket in the Hindi language) signifies the frozen sheet of ice that is formed on the raging River Zanskar. Due to extreme cold and the less amount of direct sunlight as the river flows through a narrow gorge. Solid ice is formed best around the time frame, 2nd week of January to 2nd week of February – the time when the winter at it’s maximum.

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