Hello All, recently my team of Adventure Travel Trip asked me to write my experience of Tilgan Exploration. So, I was not able to say “No”. Reminding of my experience during Tilgan Trek, I have one word for it – Awesome.

Introduction to Tilgan

Tilgan is a wonderful location in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh. For this amazing location, you need to track from Manali. It will take around 5-6 hrs to reach Tilgan from Kalath, Manali.

The landscape of Tilgan is full of Green Grass. The rocky mountains of Himalayas cover Tilgan Ground from two sides. Campsite of Tilgan is crossed with a narrow water body. The water from this narrow sub-river is so pure that you will be drugged to drink it.

Below Tilgan, you will find the slope connected to paths to the nearest villages.

How I feel about Tilgan?

Tilgan is one of its kind place where you find an instant connection. When I reach Tilgan, I lost track of all heavy load of efforts that I pursued to reach here. During the whole trek, I was only imagining the 1% of how beautiful would be Tilgan? The real beauty of the Himalayas can be visualized from here.

I still remember the time when we played cricket in their and spared our time with a bonfire. I promised myself that whenever I will be getting time, I will visit the place again.

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

We feel to draft an article after our last trip on Trekking Shoes or Boots, What is the difference?  A general question that needs to be clearly answered after our last Manali Trekking Exploration

Hand on experience of Trekking Shoes or Boots – The Boot Tragedy.  

In during that trip, one of our co-traveler was wronged by a local shopkeeper to buy boots for trekking instead of trekking shoes. Because of which she suffered a lot during the whole trek. Her legs got swollen. Toes were in bad condition and some of us was covering her up.

The scenario she faced was major because of her shoes. Now, why? She was wearing a perfect boot – Hard sole, Leather made, with good grip over the foot and moreover a good price tag.

People generally misunderstand the concept of Trekking Shoes. The trekking shoes are made to be wear for a longer duration with vividness in the terrain to walk. They came with adequate grip towards the foot and floor. Specifically designed to provide you with support at ankle and toes. Also, to reduce the force of movement and absorbs somewhat of shocks.

She was so in pain that she even fixed cotton & bandages to support her feet inside the shoes, but that was not a permanent option. After that trip, we always suggest our guest have proper trekking shoes for multiday treks.

Trekking Shoes or Boots, What is the difference?
Trekking Shoes or Boots, What is the difference?

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

As the “Winter is Coming” people are getting excited about Kuari Pass Trek. We at Adventure Travel Trip is all set to bring the Kuari Pass Trek for you.

It is located in the Uttarakhand State of India. The Himalayan Range in this areas is famous for the vegetation and forest. The Kuari Pass Treks starts from Joshimath. The location of Joshimath is a key centre for various treks like Badrinath – Kedarnath Yatra, Valley of Flowers Trek, Auli Trek and what not.

How to Reach Joshimath?

Joshimath’s nearest base station is Haridwar, which is located on about 250 km from the area. Haridwar is a famous tourist and pilgrims point for India. A lot of travellers come here to seek spiritual and religious completeness. 

Haridwar can be easily accessible through Railway or Bus Service, and there are ample private taxi services for so. The nearest International Airports to Haridwar are located at Delhi, from where you can reach Haridwar through Railway or by road transportation.

From Haridwar, the road to Joshimath is a bit stretched and includes a lot of turns and views. The complexities of the Himalayan mountain can be easily seen here. It will take about 8-10 hrs with good weather to reach Joshimath.

Who can do Kuari Pass Trek?

Understanding the difficulties of the place where you are travelling is always good and beneficial.  People generally inquires about kuari pass trek and the level of the trek. 

For a beginner, this trek is a great place to learn trekking. The weather is good and the path is almost certain. You can learn things about trekking and others. Kuari Pass has its difficulties varies from Easy to Moderate. 

Best Months to Plan a Trip

In Winter Kuari Pass Trek is more attractive, so try to plan the trip by October to December. 

Everything to know about Kuari Pass Trek - 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.

The past week was one of the great time that I have spent in my life. It was truly an honour to host such a wonderful spirit on an extraordinary trekking trip which ended with a lot of memories. The Hamta pass trek exploration was one of the finest treks in India and it is most engaging when we travel with a lot of smiling people around us.

Adventure Travel Trip - Hamta Pass Trek with Hitesh Sharma
Adventure Travel Trip – Hamta Pass Trek with Hitesh Sharma

Our journey started on 26th May 2018 at around 10’o Clock from Jaipur, after which we proceed to Into Wild Himalayas Camps in Kalath Manali. That was an exhausting 20 hrs road journey which was completed in the vehicles provided by Jaipur Tempo Traveller. We made our journey in a Force Tempo Traveller which was equipped with music system and Mobile chargers which assisted us in completing this long route with a sweet atmosphere.

In during the journey, our group made themselves more friendly with each other by playing games like dumbshal arts and much more. In Journey, we had dinner on 26th and followed by a Dahi-Parantha Breakfast on the land of Punjab which was again an exciting activity for our travellers.

When we reached the base camp in Kalath, Manali, our camps were literally located in the wild Himalayas. The base camp was situated nearby the river Beas and the greenery near the camps is one of the best things one can use to decorate his land. Everyone was thrilled to see this land and find themselves more attached to the location with all these wonderful views of nature.

On the next day, we started trekking to our first stoppage that was Tilgan, which is placed in near mountain range for which we have to walk for at least 6 hrs and after which we relaxed our muscles by following some exercises. In during the trek, we rested on rocks and had our lunch which was carried by us. The night was something fascinating and full of moonlight, under which we had our dinner and sat nearby a bonfire.

On 29th May our journey continues with a hard trekking route crossing some waterfalls and green lands after which we reached our destination Saruto, where we camped for two consecutive nights. The place is chilled and one can see glorious mountains covered with Ice, standing tall and unbeatable.

On 30th May our trek was somewhat longer than combined previous days so we moved early in the morning. We trekked about 6 hrs to the top and 4 hrs to the base sight on the same day. We played with Ice on the rocky tops and captured the real beauty of the mountains there. Our whole group enjoyed a lot in the sloppy floppy ice on those Rocky mountains. After a memorable time on the ice, we get departed to our campsite on Saruto, where we had our dinner and get rest for final departure.

On the last day of the trek, we packed our luggage and started downhill walk to the base camp. It took us around 10 hrs to reach the base camp. We enjoyed our last night with a little wine and beer with the musical surrounding. Also, we added our memories with bonfire and activities like Truth, Dare, and Situation (Another Classic).

Finally, we departed to our City “Jaipur”, with Happy memories.