Monday, 3 April 2017


In India trekking has always lured youngsters. Here, you can walk through icy deserts and tropical rain forests, climb vast Himalayan peaks or run down expansive rolling meadows and all without ever crossing a national border.

There is quite nothing like finishing a trek to a peak and staring down into the vast openness. The satisfaction derived from a steaming cup of tea and the simplest fare (bread and jam for instance) can outmatch the fanciest meal, and getting to know the locals is always a bonus. And after the gut-wrenching struggle that involves short bursts of vertigo and paranoia, innumerable scrapes and cuts, buckets of sweat and aches and pains, you're bound to feel two things. First, how out-of-shape you really are. Secondly and more importantly, the dawning realisation that life is about much more than existing from one day to the next, trying to beat other rats at the race.

Well, those of you who haven’t heard of Kumar Parvata, it is one of the highest peaks in Karnataka and hosts the route of the longest and the most difficult trek in the state. Pushpagiri or Kumaraparvatha is the second highest peak in Coorg after Tadiandamol and the 6th highest in Karnataka. Kumara parvat has the toughest terrains to trek on especially on rainy or sunny days. The difficult terrain with certain steep areas at an angle of 45 degrees is what makes this trek exciting and gives you a bigger sense of accomplishment when you finally drag yourself to the top. The landscape seen from the peak and the viewpoints are breathtaking, but the 5 to 6 hours of strenuous trekking is most thrilling, you can't really enjoy the peak unless you relish the journey. The lessons and experiences you learn from this trek stay with you forever. The walk through the forest would captivate you.
Best time to visit: October-February

The beauty which lies in the water is always out of our imagination. Colours which don’t fade in the water and makes best scene inside. But what if that is not inside and your imagination is just a dream. What if you find skeletons and only skeletons inside the water?  Here when the glacial ice melts at 5000 meters above sea level then human skeletons comes out. Yes you are reading and it is not that I am making this story but it is true. This is one of the creepiest places and most exciting trekking in India. Trekking can take anywhere from a week to 9 days . This challenging trek requires one to be in decent shape, given that is situated at a high altitude (4,800 mts). 
Best time to visit: May-October

A trek to Dzongri will grant you some spectacular views of Mount Kanchenjunga (the third highest peak in the world). A tough climb by any standards, the trek commences from Yuksom, a popular base for Mt. Everest trekkers. Dzongri sits at 4,000 metres.
Best time to visit: September -November or March and April

If walking on frozen Dal Lake is not enough for you then try walking on frozen river Zanskar (also called Chadar that literally means sheet) situated in the Zanskar Valley. The swiftly flowing river freezes over only in the months of January to February, and can prove an arduous obstacle to cross: one has to climb over icy rocks, and sleep in caves at night. The view combined with ice sheets that constantly change colour however, makes it an unparalleled experience. So pack your bags for next winter.
Best time to visit: January-February.

The mountain speaks its own language and we've got to give in to its methods to learn about life & find our true strengths. As they say, you can never conquer a mountain, you can only conquer yourself. Deoriatal combined with visiting Tungnath and Chandrashila makes for an ideal weekend trek. Situated at a distance of approximately 3 kilometres from Sari village, Deoriatal's clear waters provide a beautiful reflection of the Chaumkhamba and Kedar peaks at sunset.

Best time to visit: May-Spetember

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