Monthly Archives: June 2017

Gaumukh Tapovan Trek - First Pilgrim

Gaumukh Tapovan Trek – Hiking to the base of Mount Shivling with an Ascetic

Gaumukh Tapovan Trek – Hiking to the base of Mount Shivling with an Ascetic. It was the middle of October but it was sweltering in the dusty town of Srinagar (Uttarakhand). I had just boarded a bus full of people heading to Chamba in Tehri, from where I had to hopefully hop 2 more buses to reach Uttar Kashi. “People spend their entire lives at those lower altitudes without any awareness that this high country exists.” — Robert M. Pirsig […]

Har Ki Dun Trek - First Pilgrim

Har Ki Dun Trek – Reverie in the Valley of Gods

“O dear Himalaya…why are you so amazing, can I kiss your peak or can I just let your silence speak…O dear Himalaya…” I had just reached the campsite for Har-Ki-Dun, while the others in the group were still slowly climbing the last stretch, oblivious of how beautiful the Har-Ki-Dun campsite was. I had motivated them, or they would like to think “pestered” to walk 16 km today from Sema only because there wasn’t any reason to camp anywhere else enroute. […]


Musings from the Mountains: Postcards from Kuari pass and Pangarchulla Peak Trek

“Once on his feet, though, man does not stay where he is. ” ― Frédéric Gros, A Philosophy of Walking Musings from the Mountains: Postcard from Kuari Pass Pangarchulla Peak. I was first introduced to the Himalaya in 1992 when I was merely 5 years old and as part of our annual summer sojourn we had moved to Himachal Pradesh for about a month to stay at my uncle’s place in Shimla.  Shimla back then was relatively quiet town compared to the mad rush […]

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