When asked to paint a hillside scenery, what comes to mind? Trees, flowers, a water body, snow-capped mountains in the backdrop… This is exactly what Deoria Tal looks like. From there, a trek to Chandrashila Peak gives you the honour of having trekked to the highest temple in the world! This peak boasts of a 300 degree view of the most famous peaks of the Read More
Surrounded by the imposing Dhauladhar ranges in Kullu Valley is a pristine blue-water lake called Prashar. It is a well-kept secret in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. The trek to Prashar Lake follows a charming trail through a reserved forest, small rivulets and scenic pasture-lands. Meanwhile, one can enjoy the local culture as the trail goes through villages here. The trek offers a breathtaking 180 degree view of the Dhauladhar, Pir Pinjal and Kinnaur mountain ranges.
Nag Tibba is a trekkers delight. For those who want to walk in the forests, climb up to 10,000 feet, see snow clad mountains and camp under starry night skies the Nag Tibba trek is just perfect. Join the trek happening every weekend in March and April and Read More
One of the prettiest treks in India. The KGL trek is overwhelmingly the most beautiful one. It is just a tragedy that it is unknown to most people. Seven beautiful lakes and lush green meadows make this trek Read More
We have always imagined our Kashmir Great Lakes trek to be the most beautiful trek in India. We were wrong. It is the Tarsar Marsar. It has terrific similarity with the Kashmir Great Lakes trek: superb meadows, wide open plains, impressive lakes, grand mountain views, but with one very big difference. The Tarsar Marsar trek has lot more variety. There are valleys that are flower-decked with such density that it takes careful stepping not to trample on flowers. Read More
This November, Indiahikes will be organising a Himalayan Outbound Programme for the students of IIM Indore in some of the most beautiful slopes of the Garhwal Himalayas. It is a week – long programme which involves various complex games that entails strategy, planning, guile and guts. The programme will be conducted …
This is a debate that refuses to die. When trekkers discuss amongst themselves about the most beautiful meadow in India – Dayara Bugyal is often placed at the top position, only to be hotly contested and pushed to the next best. But there is no debate amongst trekkers that Dayara Bugyal would fall within the two most beautiful high altitude meadows in India. It is not difficult to see why. Read More
Many tales are spun around the Valley of Flowers – usually about trekkers falling unconscious from the heavy scent of flowers on the valley floor. Whatever the stories, they do have a grain of truth in them, in a good way! It is rare to find a valley so full of flowers. Flowers bloom everywhere in a riot of colours – purple, yellow, white, pink… They blanket the valley in such a way that sometimes, you can’t see the valley floor at all! Read More
Pin Parvati Pass is a great trans Himalayan trek for seasoned trekkers. You will be dazzled with the spectacular beauty this trek has to offer. It is a 100 km trail of nonstop thrills for those who seek adventure with reasonable risks. Despite challenges, this trek is one of the most sought after high altitude Himalayan pass treks.Read More
The Warwan valley, which falls in the Kishtwar district of Kashmir is one of the most beautiful and untouched trails in the upper Himalayas. In August 2015, Indiahikes will be exploring this wonderful divide between the Zanskar and Kashmir valley. The 7 day trek starts from Panikhar (near Kargil) and ends at Inshan. Read More
Pakshipathalam is a hill in Wayanad that can be reached only through hiking trails. Rooted deep inside deciduous forests, this hill can be accessed from both, Karnataka and Kerala. Pakshipathalam is especially known as the home for several species of birds and reptiles. Read More
This guide takes you to Talley Valley and Hong, lands covered in white bamboo forests and home to 40 per cent of the flora and fauna in India and inhabited by the tribal Aptani people. Read More
Har Ki dun is a super trek for winter.The scenery on the trek is stunning. A delight for trekkers, both in summer and winter, this valley is accessible through Govind National Park – known for its rich variety of flora and fauna. The trail goes through alpine meadows, moraine ridges, glacier basins, pine forests and ancient villages, giving you spectacular valley views and Read More
Kedarkantha is quick trek in the eastern fringes of Uttarakhand. Pretty campsites in vast meadows surrounded by snow capped peaks all around make Kedarkantha an unforgetable Read More
Spread over five days the Sandakphu trek climbs over superb oak and rhododendron forests. When the trek finally tops the ridge line your jaws drop. Across the entire periphery of vision are the ranges in between the Kanchenjunga and Everest. The magnificent views stay with you for long on the trek. If there is a big reason to do the trek it would be Read More
The results are out! Here are the top 3 photographs from June 2015. Congratulations to the winners!
Packing a backpack correctly saves precious time that you might waste trying to find your things later. It is wise to spend some time on learning what really goes into packing a backpack.
We've picked out a list of 12 of the most beautiful treks in the Himalayas - the best for each month. Choose from trails that pass through frozen rivers and waterfalls; roll over lush green meadows, traverse through dense dark forests, or be blinded by an ocean of flowers. The Himalayas have it all.
Trekking gear and equipment is available for purchase online. Registered Indiahikes trekkers can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to place their order. Read More
Since mountaineering is still an unconventional and hard-to-get sport in India, Indiahikes has started training young mountaineering enthusiasts. Here's why. Also find details about an exploration of Mt. Jogin 3.
Imagine playing Holi with milk, butter and chaach (butter milk) at an altitude of 10,000 feet on a Himalayan trek! As bizarre as it may sound, the villagers of Raithal near Uttarkashi do exactly that during the festival of Anduri.
Changthang Plateau in Ladakh is known for its wide variety of Birds. Vijaya Kumar, who was part of Rumtse - Tso Kar Lake exploratory team, documented some of the birds on the trail. Here they are.
There are some journeys in life which are hard to forget. My trek to the much talked about Double Decker Root Bridge in Meghalaya was one such journey for me. I usually trek alone and do not really think too much about the risks involved in the forest as I feel that most of the answers to my deepest questions lie there. As always the forest did talk to me and answered a lot of pending questions I had.
It's no fun trekking on a crowded trail. It's the exact opposite when you have the whole trail to yourself. Karan Sandhu, a solo trekker completed the Panchachuli Base Camp trek in Darma Valley in November 2008. Despite having a broken hand just a week before, he aced the trek and made the best of it!
This is an interview with Prakash and Pallavi Chitnis. They trekked the Valley of Flowers with Indiahikes in August 2012. They both suggest that it's best to be fit beyond the requirement of the trek, because when you're not struggling to walk is when you'll enjoy sceneries best.
“It is not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves.” The words of Edmund Hillary rings true when you confront the hunger, thirst, cold not to mention exhaustion in the mountains. You are up against yourself. And you cannot stop as you still have to go that extra mile. So how to motivate yourself for a summit climb? Planning ahead, self-motivation, steady rhythm, yoga stretches have all been recommended by a team of experts. Take a look.
Retrace the footsteps of Chhatrapati Shivaji and his army to Umberkhind, where he cleverly defeated Mughal ruler Kartalab Khan. Alive with history, this trail takes trekkers back to the 17th century. Offering terrific views of the Sahyadri mountain range, this trail is situated in Pen, Maharastra, and makes for an easy one-day trek. Read More
The water is icy cold in the stream, the water levels coming up to your mid-calf and knee. There are no make shift bridges or boulders to cross the river and the stones inside the water are slippery. Your feet are going to go numb with cold. But there is no escaping out.
Arjun Majumdar talks about how a trek helps in making a better choice of a life partner.
"The sound of ice cracking, like the shattering sound of glass, you look down praying it’s not the ice under your feet. You make your grip on the trekking pole stronger, look for people around you to see who can come to your rescue; this is all a part of the challenge in this trek." Aashish writes a thrilling day-to-day account of his trek to Chadar.
"The professionalism is visible all over, expert team highly trained technical staff makes it possible for all of us to reach the summit." - Himani Verma, Roopkund, May 23, 2015
"After a steep ascent, some kitchen staff waited for us with glucose and parathas in the middle of nowhere. At the last campsite, they even baked a cake for us. Unbelievable!" – Alexander Fell, Rupin Pass, May 22, 2015
"I wish to thank the entire team of Indiahikes for a wonderful experience of trekking from Deoria Tal to Chandrashila peak. I appreciate the online support before the trek and the actual support of trek leader and the local guides. They helped make the experience unforgettable." – Utpala Joshi, Deoria Tal – Chandrashila, April 4, 2015
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