Why restriction in camping at Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek a good call by Forest Department

This winter season, Uttarakhand Forest Officials set out to protect the state wildlife by bringing in camping regulations. The latest being withdrawal of permission to camp inside Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary. Is this going to help or just a knee jerk reaction? We investigate. … More Why restriction in camping at Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek a good call by Forest Department

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5 amazing treks we lost to Guided Trekking Companies in 2016

We take no pride in listing 5 Himalayan Treks we lost to the bogarting presence of Guided Trekking Companies in 2016. We give a perspective of what Independent Backpackers feel about the overt commercialization of trekking in India. Read on. … More 5 amazing treks we lost to Guided Trekking Companies in 2016

3 picture stories of Children of Spiti that will make your heart melt

“The Hills have eyes”. At over 14,500 feet, frolicking kids exchanging innocent banter is a common sight. In a place where time stands still, the careless shenanigans add spark to a primordial lifestyle. The voraciousness and tenacity of these young angels is a spectacle to behold. In my recent visit to Spiti, I saw a few children that caught my immediate attention. There was so much I saw and heard that warmed the cockles of my heart. Watching the kids get on with their curious ways gave so much joy. I could feel the child in me wanting to live those golden years again. … More 3 picture stories of Children of Spiti that will make your heart melt

How Depi Chaudhry Digital Maps Project can help trekkers in exploring the unexplored Himalayas

The magnanimity of mapping the Himalayas by a veteran explorer is turning out to be of a great help to trekkers. Difficulties faced in finding a detailed trekking Map of Indian Himalayas is going to be a thing in the past. This gives a good reason for Independent Trekkers in India to rejoice.

The first free version of the downloadable Map got a tremendous response. The anticipated launch of a GPS-aided Mapping software is going to be a game changer for explorers. Read more. … More How Depi Chaudhry Digital Maps Project can help trekkers in exploring the unexplored Himalayas

5 trusted Trekking Guidebooks on Indian Himalayas

Finding a dependable guidebook on treks in the Indian Himalayas can be a frustrating experience. There are a plethora of cheap and up to date quality guidebooks on Himalayan treks in Nepal readily available. But when one looks for the same for Indian Treks, only a handful of them stand out from the rest. Keeping this in mind, here are Five guidebooks on the Indian Himalayas to consider. … More 5 trusted Trekking Guidebooks on Indian Himalayas