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Unchartered Northeast

Before embarking on the trails of the eastern Himalayas, we had made one thing clear, we would explore all the natural wonders and picturesque sites that Meghalaya - our destination in the North-East, presented.

But why in the North-east, many of our friends had asked before we had started preparing for the tour?

North-East India is an abode of natural wonders - with countless flora and fauna thriving in the region. The climate is superb for traveling during peak seasons, Meghalaya being the abode of clouds where you can touch them and get lost within the cloud-laden sky. It is also the land of festivals - the Hornbill festival, Ziro and Dree festivals, Saga Dawa festivals, etc.


Pull Ups - The ideal exercise to strengthen your upper body
You need to strengthen your pulmonary and cardiovascular systems so you can keep up with the demands of the adventure and stay on top of your energy levels to accomplish the rare feats of completing an adventure to the fullest! Pull ups not only help build your cardio endurance and stamina. It also helps you to maintain flexibility, strengthen the top half of the body including shoulders and arm muscles which come in very handy while following difficult trails during an adventure with sacks and backpacks.

‘Captain Planet’ in the real sense - examining glaciers and the impact of climate change!

Fireside chat with Karn Kowshik, alpinist, glacial expert and climate change explorer 

Karn Kowshik has not only been keen to explore the actions of climate change on the Himalayan glaciers, he has also been instrumental in bringing about general awareness and policy change.

In his own words, he has an ‘intimate’ relationship with glaciers, exploring glaciers in Nepal, Ladakh, Zanskar, Kumaon, Himachal, Sikkim, etc. Karn Kowshik has also published in multiple journals and has been vocal about the struggles that are still faced by the glacial experts and alpinists in the Himalayas.

We caught up with Karn Kowshik, who defines himself as a climate change explorer, and had a detailed conversation on how he is trying to change the attitude of the global population towards snow-clad mountains and glaciers. Karn’s primary aim is to study glaciers and comprehend how they have changed during our lives.


Sleeping Bags: Know how to pick the right one for your mission
You can do stair climbing for easy to moderately difficult to highly difficult adventures. Stair climbing is particularly helpful for your lower half of the body. In every adventure it is mandatory that we use our leg power to pull off the adventure. Stair climbing particularly focuses on the Gastrocnemius muscle - commonly known as the calf muscle.

Stair Climbing: A great way to build your endurance and simulate uphill hike
You can do stair climbing for easy to moderately difficult to highly difficult adventures. Stair climbing is particularly helpful for your lower half of the body. In every adventure it is mandatory that we use our leg power to pull off the adventure. Stair climbing particularly focuses on the Gastrocnemius muscle - commonly known as the calf muscle.

The adventurer who braved all odds and reached the Everest Base Camp

We caught up with Mr. Ujjal Das shortly after his return from the EBC Trek and learnt from him, his experience in detail.

Mr. Ujjal Das has been climbing mountains and doing summit trails since time immemorial. He is a person who has defied age and physical limits to set his course to one of the world’s most famous treks - the Everest Base Camp Trek, also known as EBC to most people. Let’s hear his detailed experience of adventure from the senior trekker himself. Without further ado, let’s read every detail about his EBC trek.


The Trailblazer who loves speed climbing in the Himalayas
Fireside chat with Kieren D’Souza, an ultramarathon runner and endurance athlete apart from being an avid mountaineer and adventure enthusiast. In 2016, he achieved the rare feat of being the first Indian to qualify and finish the Spartathlon - a 246 km race held annually from Athens to Sparta in Greece. Kieren, then aged 23, became one of the 29 athletes worldwide below the age of 25 who had finished the race.

Trekking Poles: Benefits not understood unless used
Trekking poles usually absorb a part of the impact that your body will normally sustain, especially while you are moving downhill. A study conducted in the Journal of Sports Medicine concluded that trekking poles reduce the compressive force on your knees by at least 25%. Thus, your body becomes lighter without a substantial amount of weight on your knees during hiking. Since you will be using your arms more when using trekking poles, there is a better energy distribution that increases your endurance.

The Tales of Thrill and Awesomeness

Sanjana Sivaram, a young school student from Mumbai, and already an avid hiker, recently went on the Dayara Bugyal Trek with her schoolmates. It was a remarkably memorable trip for this group of young school students.

Her account will give you a small peek into the wilderness, the beauty of the Himalayas, and above all, how fun and exciting it can be to explore the outdoors from an incredibly young age!


The Superman whose adventure conquests know no bounds

Currently the executive board member of UIAA, Berne, Switzerland, and co-founder of Reccy, Amit Chowdhury has so many feathers on his cap! An ace mountaineer, skier, paragliding pilot, sky diver, a former serving Wing Commander of the Indian Air Force and founder of several start-up ventures, and to top it all, recipient of the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award from the President of India. Amit humbly acknowledged our request for an interview regarding his adventures and life experiences, because, to tell the truth, he is a passionate adventurer and mountaineer from the core of his heart and has some fascinating stories to share.

I can assure you one thing, for all the budding mountaineers and adventure enthusiasts out there, this fireside chat will rekindle all those lurking spirits in your bodies that always aim to reach the farthest summits and the remotest parts on earth.


Crunches: A must do exercise for your trek preparation
You can do crunches for easy to moderately difficult to highly difficult adventures. Crunches enable you to strengthen your core muscles and increase your fitness and flexibility. Since we use our core muscular strength during adventures like trekking, hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, via ferrata and others, doing crunches from 5-6 weeks prior to your adventure could prove to be helpful.

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