THE NEW SUNDAY EXPRESS VOICES MAGAZINE PUSHPESH PANT G PARTHASARATHY ANAND NEELAKANTAN RAVI SHANKAR ATUL DEULGAONKAR SADHGURU JAGGI VASUDEV BUFFET PEOPLE WELLNESS BOOKS FOOD ART & CULTURE ENTERTAINMENT JULY 14 2019 SUNDAY PAGES 12 Walking in the Rain SUMMER TREKS ROOPKUND TREK, UTTARAKHAND MONSOON TREK CHECK By AYESHA SINGH A s the burnt dusty days welcome the monsoon and the mountains turn lush with colour, the slippery path beckons. From the starkness of Ladakh’s lofty landscapes, to a forgotten 11th century Shiva temple in Manali, or perhaps to the summit of the world’s highest tea plantation in Kerala—not to mention the forbidding Tawang base camp—there are enough opportunities to get wet and wild this season. Unlike the days when a monsoon hike was a hazardous enterprise, today an array of equipment and advice is available. A waterproof backpack to store all essentials is a must to pack gadgets, batteries and food; all sealed in dry zipper bags. Layers, layers, layers is the best advice for any rain-happy walker to keep pneumonia at bay Get a lightweight hoodie with long sleeves, or even a . baseball cap to keep the head dry and retain body heat. Get little hotties—hand warmers—that provide eight hours of 57 °Celsius warmth without the help of batteries, and are activated by shaking them for a few minutes. Don’t forget the trekking umbrella. Wear a headlamp to keep the hands free. Polyester jackets, hiking pants, waterproof woollen socks, and hiking boots and gaiters are available at sport shops or online. All that water from the sky is not enough; drink at least two litres of H2O a day from a water bottle with a tight cap. Before starting out, fill the thermos with hot coffee or tea; a rainy day needs its cuppa. Replenish calories with nuts, fruits and chocolate bars to keep hunger at bay A piece of advice: terrain can get deceptively slippery in the rain. . Hence don’t forget trekking poles. Now, take a walk. N O R T H STOK KANGRI TREK, LADAKH ALTITUDE 20,180 Ft. DURATION 8 Days 40 Km LEVEL Difficult PIN PARVATI TREK, HIMACHAL PRADESH BOOKING trekthehimalayas.com ALTITUDE 17,400 Ft. COST `21,500 (approx) DURATION T owering as the highest peak in the Stok range in Ladakh, this is not for the faint-hearted. How to proceed: After a two-day acclimatisation protocol, you drive to Stok village from where you trek to Chang Ma at 13,087 ft, through stark brown, grey topography leading you to Mankorma at 14,200 ft. From there you’ll head to the base camp at 16,300 ft circled by a grassy shrubby path. Tip: The oxygen in the air towards the end of the trek thins out, so you must conserve your energy till the next uphill trek that takes you to Stok Kangri at 20,080 ft through glaciers and icy slopes. Undoubtedly the toughest part of the journey, it is the most fulfilling. The trek ends with trooping back to the base camp and then to Leh. Watch out for: On a good day, you’ll see the Karakoram, and the Zanskar ranges. 11 Days 90 Km LEVEL BOOKING Himalayatrekker.com Difficult COST `32,500 (approx) O ne of the most scenic treks in the Himalayas, it gives one the chance to walk on a glacier. How to proceed: It takes you through Manali to Barsheni, a 110-km drive from where you hike up to Kheer Ganga, which takes around five to six hours. The trail follows to Tundabhuj, an approximately 12-km stretch, before reaching the base camp. It also covers Mud, which is the longest part of the adventure: 25 km. Post this you can drive back to Manali. Tip: The Pin side base on the Pin Parvati Pass, a nine-km exposed stretch, is notably testing. Watch out for: The valleys, the springs of streaming water, the sprawling wide grounds and the high snow-covered peaks. BHRIGU LAKE TREK, MANALI ALTITUDE 14,009 Ft. DURATION 4 Days 25 Km BOOKING Thrillophilia.com LEVEL Moderate This is not only an adventurous expedition, it’s also a historical one as Roopkund is an archaeological glacial lake at 16,499 ft. It has acquired the name of Mystery and Skeletons Lake because of the human skeletons once found on its rim owing to a 9th-century hailstorm. The trail offers the brightest green hue and sublime views of rock-strewn glaciers, clear lakes, Nandadevi Temple, Neel Ganga River, Bhagwabasa cave and more. Altitude: 16,499 ft Duration: 8 days Level: Moderate Length: 5 km (approx) Booking: Indiansummits.com Cost: `13,000 DUDHSAGAR WATERFALL TREK, MUMBAI Among India’s highest waterfalls at 1,017 ft, Dudhsagar is situated in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park. A short recreational trek for beginners, you take an overnight train to Madgaon from where you reach Kulem. This is the starting point of the trek to the rocky Dudhsagar Waterfall Bridge and Dudhsagar viewpoint where a campsite will be established. Altitude: 1,017 ft Duration: 3 days Level: Moderate Length: 11 km (approx) Booking: Adventurenation.com Cost: 2,999 HAMPTA PASS TREK, HIMACHAL PRADESH From Manali to Jobra and then to Chika, the mountains take you to one of India’s favourite summer treks to the Hampta Pass. Traversing through the enormity of Pir Panjal ranges and to the dreamy Chandra Tal, you reach the centre point of three major passes that is the Hampta Pass, Spiti, and Rohtang Pass at 14,100 ft. Altitude: 14,100ft Duration: 5-6 days Level: Moderate Length: 35 km Booking: Thrillophilia.com Cost: `8,500 COST `5,800 (approx) K nown as the place where the famous saint Maharishi Bhrigu sat in meditation, one must do the Bhrigu Lake trek for its grasslands. How to proceed: A jeep takes you to Gulaba and you begin your trek for Rohlikohli campsite—which takes a few hours. After an overnight stay, the three-hour trek from Naggar to Rumsu base camp begins. Tip: Rohlikohli is a good place to get your cameras out for picturesque views of the Solang Valley But . don’t throw caution to the wind. There are parts of the region that take you through precarious routes. Watch out for: The 11th century Shiva temple called Gowrishankar, Naggar Castle, Roerich Gallery, Tripura Sundari Temple and others on the way . KASHMIR GREAT LAKE TREK, JAMMU AND KASHMIR What commences at Srinagar, takes you on a journey of a lifetime. This is not just a trek, it’s a revelation of the beauty that surrounds us. You travel from Sonmarg on day two enjoying the postcard-like views of the Shekdur Range. From Nichnai to Vishansar Lake to Gadsa, Satsar and then Gangabal Twin lakes, happiness will flow like the streams of freshwater passing your way. Altitude: 13,800ft Duration: 8 days Level: Moderate Length: 72 km Booking: Thrillophilia.com Cost: `13,200 BALI PASS, UTTARAKHAND Braving summer is more challenging or this trek, you decide. From Har Ki Dun Valley to Yamunotri you witness the magnificence of The Himalayas like few other ways. The trail leads to the confluence of Tons and Ruinsara rivers and the meadows of Devsu Thach. What lies ahead is a ‘tall’ challenge at 16,207 ft, the Bali Pass with a mesmerising new of Bandarpoonch, Kalanag and Swargarohini peaks. Altitude: 16,207 ft Duration: 8 hours Level: Difficult Length: 56 km (approx) Booking: Indiahikes.com Cost: Approx `16,000 SURVIVAL GUIDE Check weather reports before setting out Use durable Watch out for water-resistant hyperthermia clothing Keep treks short Rather than glasses, go in for contact lenses Avoid cooking in the tent Ditch earphones Walk in groups Climbing in the morning is best Get waterproof cases for gadgets and avoid gizmos unsuitable for extreme weather conditions Turn to page 2
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