Vaibhav Chauhan talks about why one should do Prashar Lake Trek this winter.
Surrounded amidst the towering Dhaladhar ranges of Kulu valley is a small blue watered lake called Prashar. The lake known to locals is a well kept secret in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. The trek to Prashar Lake retains its charm by following a beautiful trail that goes through a series of reserved forest cover, small rivulets and scenic pasture-lands. Mean while one can enjoy the local “pahadi” village culture as the trail goes through the muddy tarred path of the local villages here. The trail is quiet enjoyable and gives a breathtaking 180 degree view of Dhauladhar, Pir Pinjal and Kinnaur mountain ranges.
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Vaibhav Chauhan talks about why Kuari Pass makes a terrific winter exploratory trek.
There has been an ongoing discussion about how few Himalayan treks are available for trekking in the winter season when the trek routes get enveloped with heavy snow-fall. Kuari Pass is one trek we thought needs a special mention. The area receives it's first seasons snow-fall in last week of December on-forth making it a delightful snow trek. Kuari Pass has everything a trek should have. Wide open expanse of meadow fields, beautiful Oak and Deodar trees in the backdrop of beautiful snow capped peaks.
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Arjun Majumdar talks about why the winter Har Ki Dun trek must be a part of your wishlist..
I am aware there are other Indiahikes winter treks lined up this year. But passing up Har-ki-dun for them would be foolhardy. Har-ki-dun is a winter trek that will stay in your heart for many years.
Har-Ki-dun is a super trek for winter. Not only does it have terrific camp sites but has ready winter trails comfortable to walk on.The scenery on the trek is stunning, to say the least. There are some moments that stand out. Walking on the snowy trail with the Supin gurgling next to you is out of a post card. This setting stays with you long on the trek.
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There is a difference between forests and rain forests. Tucked in the borders close to Myanmar (Burma), in Arunachal Pradesh is one of the densest rain forest of India. If you have ever imagined the Amazon basin and the tropical forests of Africa, then this is as close as you can get. To put things in perspective, when Indiahikes explores the Namdapha trail in Arunachal this December, we are being accompanied by an elephant porter! For all days of the trek!
The trek takes us through deep jungles separated by rivers. Tribes that have no human contact live in the forests. Needless to say, spotting wildlife is common and Namdapha is a known tiger reserve. This is one of the reason why an elephant accompanies us. The Namdapha is in the lower foothills of the Himalayas.
This is an invitation for an exploratory trek in Namdapha sanctuary. The trek has all the thrills of a Himalayan trek with the bonus of the rain forests. For those who have been keen to explore the North East, this is perhaps the best trek to do. The exploratory trek starts on December 22. Note: A maximum of 8 members are invited for the trek. To sign up follow this link: Namdapha.
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Pin Parvati Pass is a great trek for seasoned trekkers. One can easily be bedazzled with the spectacular beauty this trek has to offer and overlook the challenges it throws back. Regardless, Pin Parvati Pass trek is a 100 km trail of nonstop thrills for those who seek adventure with reasonable risks. Route finding a way inside the thick forest of Great Himalayan National Park can confuse even the well prepared trekker. Crossing Parvati River and its tributaries can be a harrowing experience and traversing the high altitude Pin Parvati Pass has its risks of un-roped trekking across the deceptive crevasses.
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Rajat Prapat is a waterfall in Madhya Pradesh. It is the 30th highest waterfall in India. It is a horsetail type waterfall with a single drop of 107 metres (351 ft). When sunlight falls on it, it shines as silver, that is why it is known as Rajat Prapat or Silver Fall. In Hindi, ‘rajat’ means silver and ‘prapat’ means falls.
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The trek to Harihar Fort is short one and yet tiring. The last 200 feet of hike offers a nerve-racking climb through steep rock cut stairs inclined at 80 degrees. The adventure doubles up in the monsoon as the stairs become slippery. The descent is particularly exhilarating as you have to climb down and at one point you are greeted with sheer 500 ft drop. The architecture of the stair is so diverse and outstanding. The rock-cut stairs offer spectacular and occasionally scary views of the valley below. The fort is situated amidst the huge Vaitarna dam and Trimbakeshwar mountain ranges offers stunning views of the area around.
Weekend Trek Guide
Day Trek Guide
Week long Himalayan treks
Hampta Pass - Jun 7, Jun 14, Jun 21, Jun 28, Jul5, Jul 12, Jul 19 & Jul 26, 2014
Stok Kangri - Jul 12, Jul 19, Jul 26, Aug 2, Aug 9, Aug 15, 2014
Valley of flowers Trek - July 12, July 19, Jul 26, 2 Aug, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, 30 Aug, 2014
Namdhapa Rainforest Trek in Arunachal Pradesh - Dec 22 (Full)
Kuari Pass winter exploration - Jan 11, 2014
Prashar Lake Trek - Jan 25, 2014
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