Some of the best places that we need to travel are hidden under their own folds, likewise, we found Tilgan. Its the kind of location which not even exists on Google Maps, that’s for sure. 

Tilgan is a grassy sloppy piece of land located in the mid of Himalayan region near Manali. It took us 5 Hrs to reach this place from Jagatsukh Village. But when we reached here, we found the peace. Natural Sanctuary of Tilgan is truly something. Covered with timberlands from all directions. Displaying the gigantic mountain views. Crossing paths with a lot of streams. This place is what we need to escape from the world.

The trek to this wonderland was also one of the best we had in a while. Its not like something you go in alone. Trek to Tilgan, ways from villages, local residences, grazing animals in the woods – things that bring colors to the journey.

These are the things that generates some emotions in the way. And with courtesy to our trek guide we had 2 great dogs, that accompanied us while the trek.

After this experience, our company has decided to customize a new trek to “The Tilgan Trek”, which will be a 2 day exploration. The weekend trek, which will be released in the year 2019.” Let’s hope that goes well.

The things which will be promised by the trek will be – Trekking, Camping, Nature Sightseeing, Forest Walk, Bonfire, Food, and Memories. As for now, our team is working to craft this trek more effective to replace the old terrains of Himachal Pradesh. 

Tilgan - Hidden Gem of Himalayas
Tilgan – Hidden Gem of Himalayas

From our experience of trekking and regular queries from our guests, we decided to put an informative article to answer the question: How to choose best trekking shoes?

Let us put this first that no trek is same, choosing and investing in trekking shoes must be according to your preference of treks and how often you found are you of going outdoors.

Consider this: If you are going for a weekend trek to Kasol-Kheerganga, Mcleodganj-Triund, Manali Old Town, or somewhere else, then you might not need that costly trekking shoes. Ordinary, sports shoes with good grip and effective grasping over your foot will work perfectly. Generally, this applies over treks with difficulty level from Easy to Moderate.

While for treks like Hamta Circuit Trek, Beas Kund, Kuari Pass, Valley of Flowers, or more like these you need to invest a little in your trekking shoes. We usually find that these treks took 3-5 days and you need better shoes to support your foot base. For these treks, you can bring shoes with hard sole grip, more tradeblocks, shoe lace effective to tighten the shoes effectively and Water Resistant.

Now for Pro Trekkers. When one becomes a usual trekker, he/she knows what kind of shoes are better for them. After experience from the previous trek, one crafts his/her image of shoes and they end up with one. Still, for reference, we are putting the effective parameters for pro trekking shoes with our next article. 

Forward all your queries to the comment box.

How to choose best trekking shoes? - Adventure Travel Trip

Trekking is an activity, where we have to go for unmanned terrains and sometimes move our luggage on our own, so, when it comes to choosing items to put in our trekking Backpack here is a list that will help you.

Personal Luggage: You must carry the following personal items in your backpack.

  • Cloths – Two or Three pairs to a limit. Which must include a trouser/pants, shorts, T-shirts and a Jacket, if you are going to a cool region.
  • Socks and Shoes – Preferably have at least three or four pairs of socks with comfortable shoes.
  • Towel or Napkins – Keep at least one bath towel and one gym towel with you.
  • Gloves – Only if you are traveling to a very low-temperature region
  • Sun Cap – Must.
  • Winter Cap – Depending on travel location, can also include scarfs.

Hand Kit: Things like your brush, facewash, comes here

  • Toilet Kit – Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Tong Cleaner, Mouthwash, Hand Soap, Soap, Paper Soap, Oil, Moisturizer, Sunscreen lotion, comb, etc.
  • Medicines – An Oral Rehydration Solution, An Antibiotic, Paracetamol, Headache and other First Aid Material.
  • Some essential items like – Hand Torch with Batteries, Lighter or Matchsticks, Some Papers, and quick snacks.


Adventure Travel Trip - Tour - trekking Backpack

A general trekking backpack is a simple bag/container/burden, which is one of major asset you have while you’re traveling anywhere on earth, from top-notch hills and mountains to the desserts with shining sand. A backpack is best companion and keeper of secrets for you. So, you must be very detailed while choosing a backpack. So here we are with some viable points that will guide you to select a perfect backpack for your next journey or if you select it may be with you for your complete life.

General Trekking Backpack Description

Parameters for selecting a backpack:

  • Capacity
  • Water Resistance
  • Ample no. of compartments and pockets
  • Adjustable Body Fit
  • Material of Backpack

So how you might go and check for a backpack with these parameters. Have any idea? Backpacks are not a daily use commodity that’s why many of the travelers might find it unrealistic to spend on an “IDEAL” Backpack, also, many find an excuse that they travel after a very long period because of which they DO NOT PREFER to buy this.

In India, if you go in a local market you can find backpacks in the range of INR 500-6000, which will look alike and some might look too attractive to buy, but please remember, “Backpack must be bought on performance rather than looking”.

So, here are some tips to buy a backpack

  • If you are traveling to a location where you might need to carry your luggage most of the time, go for a Backpack of 40-60 ltr capacity and it must be light otherwise you will have to carry unnecessary weight on your shoulders all the time. As per me, if you are going for Adventure activities like trekking, camping or backpack tour, please carry lesser items in your luggage, think twice before putting anything into your bag, because you have to wear that burden. Most of the travelers fail to understand this point and takes a lot of items (Unnecessary Items) and later they question their consciousness for doing so.
  • Comfortability with the Backpack is one prior point and must be considered while choosing it. Ask the shopkeeper to give you a stuffed bag (Do ask him) and put it on your back. Now try to adjust it. Try to walk a little and do some situps and stretching exercises with it. You might look funny but it will give you a proper knowledge that the body part movement with the backpack is comfortable to you or not?
  • Material selection: is another big question. Mostly all backpacks are made up of Polyester Fabric and labeled with Water Resistant mark, but still, they fail. So how you can find a better one??? If you have any previous encounters with bag or luggage case selection than you will know that many manufacture coat the bags from polyester from Inside and go for a hard case coating from exterior, but when you go for some terrains you will find that the fabric from the bottom of the backpack starts to get worn out and ultimately gets damaged. So, go for a backpack with some warranties on the fabric quality.
  • Do you have any count that how many pockets you need in your backpack? Make a list or brief idea about that. Like, in my case, I want to keep my clothes, toiletries, medicines and general purpose items into separate sections so whenever I require them I can easily access them. Also, a water bottle and lunch case partition is a must.
  • Then there are some more factors that might improve the usability of your General Trekking Backpack like, support bands, mobile charger slot (it still needs a power bank), Bluetooth Speaker Socket, Sleeping Bag Section, Adjustable Storage options and many more.

So, I am just finished with describing you about the points, if you have any queries you can put them in the comments section and I will revert to them as soon as possible. You can see an example backpack here.