The Sahyadris in the...

We met at Victoria Terminus, (I shall persist in using the British name, they built it after all) Ankit, Praveen and I. We were to catch the 7:10 p.m. Vidharba Express from platform 18. The train actually turned out to be rather royal despite the name having connotations of farmer suicides. We...

Memoirs of an Himala...

After the thoroughly exhausting marathon Ankit and I collapsed on the bed and had a rather largish nap. We still had 3 days of free time before we caught a train from Kathgodam to Delhi and we were not about to spend 3 days in a small trekking village. We considered various hill stations in...

Memoirs of an Himalayan Expedition: Part 4 –...

After arguably one of the worst nights of our lives we looked forward to getting out of our tent in the morning. We had barely slept the entire night, the -15* Celsius had ensured that we spent most of our time twisting and turning in the vain hope of acquiring a position that would protect us against the brutal cold. Outside the snow was thick and white, very white. The sun had decided to sleep late too ensuring that the morning temperatures also remained near the zero degrees mark. As Ankit and I entered the hut we found that even they had suffered and realised that such temperatures affected everyone even though they were mountain people...

Memoirs of an Himala...

The day dawned, bright and sunny. The tent was a mess, the shoes contributed dirt and Ankit contributed messiness. Today however we did not have to carry our rucksacks, we were to return back to camp in the evening. This was the day every trekker looks forward to, a culmination of days of...

Memoirs of an Himala...

This trek was unique in the sense that there would be just the 3 of us. Ankit, Dineshji and I. While traditional trekking expeditions include a total of 50 or more people including the staff (cooks, guides, mule handlers etc.) this time there would be just the 3 of us. Traditionally we had...

Memoirs of an Himala...

It started on the 5th of April, 2011. Ankit (brother) and I set out for a long awaited trek in the Himalayas, my 5th such expedition but unique in the sense that this time there were only the 2 of us, not an entire troupe. We had vowed to keep it thread-bare simple as is the spirit of a rugged...