Yog Chinmoy is an expert on adventure activities in India and has been a pioneer in bringing sports like Rappelling, Rock Climbing and the like to the central part of the country. His enterprise's name is Junoon Adventure, through which he imparts Corporate training and conducts team building and managements workshops with the help of adventure games. He also organizes various Himalaya trekking expeditions and adventure events in various parts of the country - trips that are famous for their thrill, fun and Junoon(passion) component.
You can know more about him from his website http://junoonadventure.in/
An insatiable lust that will burn in your heart for the rest of your life – to go back to the wild, powerful and enchanting land of the mountains again and again and again..
And if you are lucky enough to start this Himalayan love affair with a trek to Triund and Indrahaar pass trail, yours will have been a story written in heaven..LITERALLY
One of the most popular trekking routes in the country, this place has borne witness to many trekkers and nature lovers coming out of their shells. There is something so mesmerizing about this place that you just cannot resist being inspired.
And if you need more reasons to try this Himalayan trek yourself, here are some of the things that you will be carrying with you back home as amazing memories..
#1 The Magic View Cafe
(Oldest Chai Shop – Since 1984..now that is definitely an achievement worth boasting about..)
We can bet our 15 years of existence in the industry that you MUST be day dreaming about the trip already, with images floating around your work-numbed brain while it works on this dull Monday. And we are very sure that the images look somewhat like THIS..
But while actually trekking, the experience becomes something like THIS..
And if you hire a porter, the poor guy will be feeling like THIS..
WHY?? BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T PACK YOUR RUCKSACK RIGHT!!
Follow this Infographic and learn how to get your backpack ready for a long and happy trek..
Lack of proper acclimatization can spoil your entire experience when you trek the Himalayas. This is one ailment that every trekker will have to deal with, no matter how experienced they are or how many treks they have undertaken in the past. And just to burst your bubble, no matter what your fitness level and strength might be, the symptoms of altitude sickness WILL start to show themselves in some or the other magnitude as soon as you move past the height of 1500 mts. And Beware, if not managed properly, these symptoms can even bring your Himalaya trekking experience to a full stop!
Understand what you are up against here.. This will give you a fair warning about your condition, help you get better acclimatized and take preventive action before you are out of help’s reach!
When you cross the 1500mts mark, it is time to be alert. On an average, most people start to show certain milder symptoms of altitude sickness around this height. These signs may include lack of sleep, occasional breathlessness, slight nausea, loss of appetite, runny nose and an increased urge to urinate. Some Himalayan hikers also report vivid, wild dreams at around 2500-3800m in altitude. Keep a watch on the occurrence of any of these in your body or in the bodies of your fellow trekkers. This discomfort is the most common form of altitude sickness and will manifest itself in every individual.
If you start to notice any of these symptoms then become alert as things are beginning to get serious. Headaches are some of the most common signs on this category. And you will often find that these aches will begin around evening time and will almost always get worse as the night progresses. People also report feeling nauseated and dizzy. Lack of appetite or generally feeling bad and a painful raspy cough also starts to develop as you continue to gain height. If these signs start to show themselves, it is always better to take an extra acclimatization day before moving forward. Never go higher with these symptoms and these should not be taken lightly.
Persistence of a severe headache, vomiting and cough, loss of consciousness, marked blueness of face and lips, extreme difficulty in breathing, severe lethargy and drowsiness are the more severe category of effects of altitude sickness. In such cases the milder symptoms start to get worse at a really fast rate. One of the best markers of severe altitude sickness is Ataxia or loss of co-ordination, inability to walk in a straight line or else walking like a drunk person. If any of this happens, abort the Himalaya trek there and then and descend immediately. Continuing to trek can even put your life at risk!
Hope this helps you be safe while on your trek this summer!
Yeah yeah.. the movie has been out for months now but with the Himalayan trekking season upon us, we just thought of setting the record straight..
Well this here was a movie that sort of put mountain trekking on the map. It got people up and down the country (especially the younger kind.. 😉 ) googling for trips to the glorious mountains that we have up north. It got people to consider taking a different kind of vacation – one that is closer to nature and with a touch of adventure. It gave Deepika Padukone and Ranbeer Kapoor’s career a big time boost too! But it also did set a few false standards and I thought I should just clear the air of them before you plan your trekking adventure for the coming summers..
So here goes..
Ladies and gentlemen.. with the blockbuster “Yeh Jawani He Deewani” in the backdrop, here is what you should not be doing while you trek in the mountains.
Clothing like this movie? NO!
Don’t get me wrong now.. I have nothing against fashionable wear but whether you are a guy or a girl.. in the land of the ‘Bichoo Booti’, you DO NOT go about dressed like that. Reason why? You could seriously hurt yourself! Then there are insects and bugs and small little critters and other poisonous animals and plants that can harm your body in more ways than one!
Then whether you are an experienced trekker or an amateur, the chances of getting cuts and scrapes in the wild is pretty high. Imagine trying to navigate your way through thorny bushes wearing something like THAT! You get the picture I guess.. Being out in the wild needs some precautions to be followed quite strictly on your part and ensuring comfortable and protective clothing is an important one (but hey… if you have Ranbeer or Deepika trekking in your group, I guess you are allowed to make at least one exception. 😉 )
Taking off on your own like Ranbeer and Deepika did? Absolutely NO!
See my point is, I accept you are a strong and experienced trekker who of course can manage a solo trek. And you might be sensible enough to find your way in the woods too. And then, you HAVE managed to complete several solo treks in the the plainer regions of the country…
But no matter how much it catches your fancy, solo trekking is a strict NO-NO in the mountains! You see, here the conditions are different – the trails are a lot more treacherous, the air is thin which means less oxygen and even more stress for your body, the flora and fauna is new and unknown for most people and finally the nearest speck of civilization and help is miles away. So if, God forbid, you injure yourself or get incapacitated for any reason, it would be days before anybody finds your location. And who knows what would happen by then…
No.. when in the mountains you do not go off on your own solo adventure, away from the group, like Ranbeer and Deepika did.
Boozing? HELL NO!!!
I hate to be a spoil sport people, but no matter what, you do NOT consume alcohol while trekking in the mountains. Now I know what you will say – it would be cold and a bit of rum will be good for warmth… But if you have boozed before, you must be aware that it can seriously dehydrate your body. And a dehydrated body at THOSE altitudes with the thin air, scarce oxygen and altitude sickness – not a good combination at all. And you can think that the nearest help is going to miles away from you.
So the mantra to follow is –
DON’T DRIVE under the influence of alcohol and DON’T TREK under the influence of alcohol. Period!
And if it is warmth you are seeking, why don’t you put on some woollens 🙂
H.E.A.T. has been that one getaway that allows me to be myself completely, to do what I love most and get a chance to know some amazing people along the way. Every year, I embark upon this expedition with the mind to experience some amazing moments and H.E.A.T. has never failed me in this regard. Ever since my first one way back in 2002, this trip thrown surprise upon surprise my way. And the best part is, this trip means a chance to explore the mighty Himalayas in a way that is totally untried!
trekking on a trail that will take you into the heart of the mountains, away from civilization and human impact, into the midst of nature. Every step you take in this gorgeous setting unveils a new surprise, a new gift from Mother Nature waiting to amaze you. Every sight you see, every sound you hear and every breath you take is a delight to the senses, making you feel alive like never before!
Then the people on the journey always make the experience even more exciting. Its a new mix of people every time, all hailing from different walks of life and all adding a new color to the whole expedition. In fact, I have trekked with a 3 year old kid and even a 60 year old couple.. together discovering the hidden treasures of these amazing mountains.
I have witnessed the Himalayas taking their toll on these trekkers, challenging them in unexpected ways and getting them to push their limits.I have seen people failing, giving up half way. And I have witnessed people emerging triumphant, that look of satisfaction and pride dawning on their faces as they set foot in the trek’s destination for the first time.
Where once I used to be a sole trekker, I am now a Trek Group Leader.. and I am proud to say that on each of my expeditions, no hiker has failed to reach to the top! Whether they are confident to complete the challenge or are apprehensive about their abilities, I make sure that they complete the journey, no matter what it takes!
Why do I do it?
Well it is the look in their eyes that amazes me, the expression that their faces exhibit when they finally get to see that great Himalayan treasure for the first time. That satisfaction, the amazement and the awe that they feel when they set their eyes on those amazing views is humbling as well as gratifying for me, all at the same time. If I could play my small part in getting these people to discover their adventurous side, getting them to test themselves beyond their limits and giving them a chance to witness some of the most breathtaking sights on Planet Earth, I consider my life’s purpose fulfilled.
And as I am making my way back home, the anticipation for the next H.E.A.T. is already rushing through my veins. I cant help but imagine what the next expedition will be like and what the surprises will the Himalayas have in store for me this time. So I am asking you, will you join me for this ultimate adventure next time?!!