Tashi Delek from Arunachal Pradesh! Talle Valley is starting this weekend. We are all tingles and nerves about our foray in Arunachal Pradesh. Our team reached Ziro Valley today and are flooding our phones with pictures. We can’t wait to see what this new trek has in store.
Trekkers heading to Talle Valley this weekend, here are some things you should know:
- You can get your Inner line Permits at Arunachal Tourism cabin at Guwahati Airport. The cabin is open till 5 pm.
- You would need a photo ID- say, a driving license, Aadhar card or voter’s ID for obtaining the permit. A PAN card won’t do. The ILP would cost you Rs 450 at the airport and Rs 410 at Naharlagun Railway station.
- From Guwahati Airport, you will have to take a cab to the railway station or Paltan Bazaar where you can get buses. The cab fare is Rs 600.
- If you don’t get your ILP at Guwahati Airport, you can also get it on arrival at Naharlagun railway station. The train from Guwahati to Naharlagun takes 7: 30 hours without delays. Indiahikes pick up will be arranged from Naharlagun Railway station.
Starting 2017 with fresh explorations
Arjun Majumdar, the founder of Indiahikes says, “I am pretty excited about some of the things that are happening at Indiahikes. Ankit, Manish and our core team are setting up a new trek in Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal, the last state of India, has been out of Indian trekking radar for a long time. Everyone wants to go there, but no one does. I am hoping this will set a new trend in our country.”
He adds, “On the other hand Dushyant is off exploring a very exciting trek in Sikkim. It is in the heart of Rhododendron country. Besides, you get super views of the sleeping Buddha. Quietly, young lad Indrajit is exploring Kumaon. This is one hilly region that we have just not ventured into. Jit may just discover some exciting treks. ”
With our Trek Leaders out on explorations, I must say, our New Year has an exciting start!
How the Office Team started the year
Our New Year also started with a weekend at a secluded little beach, off Mangalore, called Sasihithlu. We camped at the outcrop of land where the river meets the sea.We discussed the last year at Indiahikes and where we envision the growth of the organisation – after swimming in the sea of course. What a fantastic way to start the year with colleagues!
To start the year, Arjun has also made things easier for trekkers. He has a compiled a list of 15 treks you should consider in 2017. Click here for the article!
Wrapping up the early winter treks
With the onset of January month, our Kedarkantha, Kuari Pass and Deoriatal-Chandrashila season wrapped up. Here is a video from our KK wrap up that will make you run to the slopes and sing along with our local staff! Don’t miss the song that Kazi sings! We love Shravan’s cheeky comment too!
How are the peak winter treks going?
Weekend treks – Prashar Lake and Nag Tibba
January and February are our peak winter seasons. According to the weather department, the last week saw a cold wave grip most of north India. Consequently, temperatures are likely to be below normal till January 21st. This news reflects on our slopes with an extreme dip in temperatures. In fact, there was such a heavy snowfall at Prashar Lake that we had to shift two batches to Nag Tibba. Here is what Prashar lake looks like now.
On the other hand, the Nag Tibba base camp had over one foot of snow! The summit view from Nag Tibba, however, was clear. Our trekkers saw the grand Bandarpoonch range lined along the horizon.
Here’s what one of our trekkers, Sachin Goel had to say about his experience to Nag Tibba.
“Dear Indiahikes, Thanks a million for organising such a magnificent trek to Nag Tibba in pins-and-needles cold. The majestic scenery throughout the trek was spellbinding. The whole adventure was carried out in an atmosphere of good humour! The personal touch that Sandeep and Jude gave the trekkers in their group was very impressive. They both did a phenomenal job!” – Sachin Goel, 14th January batch
Updates from Brahmatal
It has been snowing on and off at Lohajung and on the Brahmatal trail. The evening temperatures are dipping down to -7 and -8 degrees Celsius. Trekkers going to Brahmatal this weekend, go prepared. Here’s what the lake looks like right now.
Pick up these Army Grade Shoes from the Lohajung base camp for your trek
Brahmatal saw such a heavy snowfall in the first week of January that our technical team had to rescue our equipment from the base. The shoes they wore helped them enormously to wade through snow. We have a stock of the Para Commander boots they wore. If you are looking for a shoe that will last you five treks at the very least, you can contact your Ground Coordinator for them.
According to our technical guides, these shoes have very high ankles so the snow doesn’t get in; they are waterproof and have very good grip on snow. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for details about how to order your shoe.
Speaking of snow, have you put Pangarchulla on your bucket list?
Trek With Swathi
In this week’s episode, Swathi and Arjun discuss the little known mountain sitting beside Kuari Pass: Pangarchulla. The beauty of Kuari Pass trail with a punch of a challenging, snowy summit climb! Pangarchulla is indeed a trek to keep an eye out for. Watch it here!
We’ll have more updates next Thursday! Stay tuned to our website! 🙂