To begin with, this year, the temperatures in the Himalayas are lower than usual. So regardless of which trek you’re going on, carry at least 4 layers of warm clothing.
Here are some trek-specific updates:
In Sikkim, there have been continuous rains, which has led to a slight lag in the schedule. Trekkers haven’t had to use their buffer day – they have just been delayed by a few hours.
You can take a look at the video below to see what the trek has been like. It was shot by our trekker Rohit Rege on September 25th. He shot this brilliant 2 minute timelapse video. We loved it!
Moving to Himachal, Buran Ghati has always been popular as a wonderful meadow trek. This year, for the first time, we organised the trek in September. And trekkers loved it! Here are a few pictures shot by Vishwajeet Chavan. More photos soon to come!
In Uttarakhand, trekkers from the October 1st batch to Roopkund experienced fresh snow – half an hour of snow fall at Bhagwabasa campsite. What a lucky bunch of trekkers! As expected, though, the temperature is low, so ensure you’re well-equipped with warm clothes on your treks in October and November.
Latest reports from our folks at Sandakphu say that the weather is overcast. The Sleeping Buddha is of course a major highlight of this trek. But don’t miss out on the other wonders of this trail. You hike through rich bamboo forests that are home to the endangered Red Panda. Most importantly, Sandakphu is unique in a way such that you step in and out of Nepal everyday!
The weather on the Deoriatal Chandrashila peak trek is pleasant – clear blue skies with occasional cotton candy clouds. Trekkers from early October got brilliant views of the surrounding Garhwal and Kumaon mountain ranges.
Exploring Arunachal Pradesh
Our Head of Operations Manishji is in awe of the Talle Valley trek. This week, he went to Aalo Valley which is an 8 hour drive from Ziro (Base camp for Talle Valley trek). Kibo Village in Aalo Valley is an interesting place in itself. Check out pictures below!
On the Green Trails front, our crusaders are taking their next step forward: Making hand-made paper! As you know, we collect medical certificates and disclaimers from all trekkers. Now, this leaves us with a lot of paper that we can’t use. So we make fresh usable paper out of them! Here in this image, Yashpal is busy making paper out of mashed up paper pulp and laying them out to dry. It’s a long and slow process, but we’re working on it. If you’ve worked on something like this and have some suggestions, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On another note, this week, from the Deoriatal trek, our trekkers collected 22 kg of garbage – 4 kg of organic waste went straight into the composting pit at our base camp. The non recyclable waste was sent to Waste Warriors. Recyclable waste went to Kabadiwalas.
Trek With Swathi
Swathi interviewed experienced trekkers on the highlights of Bhrigu Lake trek and Pin Bhaba trek. Our founders Arjun and Sandhya did both of these treks last month. The videos will be up on our website soon.
A quick trek in Kerala
Banasura Hill Trek
Durga Pooja celebration
On Vijayadashami, Arjun Majumdar, our founder, took us pandal hopping! All of us from different places – Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Himachal, Ahmedabad, Coimbatore and Kerala got a peek into the Bengali world and we loved it! Here’s a picture of the team!
Changing times in the mountains
On a completely different note, there is something that we’ve wanted to share with you for a long time. It’s about our local folk on the slopes. Over the years we have seen them transform – in terms of their roles, their lifestyle, their standard of living. It’s wonderful to see them all taking up managerial roles now.
Along with better economic status, all our local folk now have bank accounts. Salaries are transferred directly and most transactions are cashless. Almost every member has a PAN card. The improvement in their lives is a great source of inspiration for us. It is also a huge achievement for Indiahikes to be able to boost income at the grass root level. We hope to take this to greater heights in the near future.
Stay tuned to our website for more updates!