Basic Mountaineering Course at HMI Darjeeling – Part One

Basic mountaineering course to me was a huge learning opportunity. As they say “life is the best teacher” so I chose to go some extra mile to learn as much as possible by signing up for this course. This is a 28-day course through which we get to undergo rigorous training at the end of…

Things to do in Andaman: An amazing 4-day backpacking guide

Yes, you heard it right. You can cover all the major attractions of the Andaman islands (including Scuba diving) having just 4 days in hand and can easily visit during any upcoming long weekend! Please make sure to go through their current COVID guidelines here before making any plan. We travelled during the month of…

My first High Altitude Trek: Deoriatal – Chandrashila – Part 1

Date: Somewhere around Feb 1st week, 2018 A colleague in my office came back after his trek from Uttarakhand. The trek was Chandrashila and he was explaining about his adventures and experiences of the trek. Looking at his pictures and videos somehow subconsciously I made up my mind to go for that trek. He was…

Why offloading your backpack during trek is not a good idea

March 2018 – Sari, Uttarakhand I had signed up with Indiahikes for my first ever high altitude trek – Deoriatal Chandrashila which is a 3 day trek. Sari is a small village from which the trek begins. First we were given a briefing by our trek leader Bhupender about the details of the trek and…