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How to build your stamina for a high altitude trek?

Climbing is a highly aerobic activity!! You must have definitely felt the heavy lungs and shortness of breath in your uphill climb that gets tougher as you go higher. Try to recollect about your last climb.  You would realize that most of it involves hours or days to reach your destination. The terrain would not […]

Is a Vacation to Himachal possible again?

The big question on everyone’s mind!! You might have just scrolled over a few headlines or read the articles about the state governments reopening Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand for tourism. And yes they have. Both the governments have come up with a set of guidelines to initiate the reopening of these states for tourism. In […]

DKD 2 – IMF Selection Camp for Everest 2020

Mount DKD 2

Indian Mountaineering Foundation recently conducted a pre-Everest training camp in Uttarakhand. As a part of the selection and training, a team of experienced climbers was sent on an expedition to Draupadi Ka Danda 2 summit (DKD2), located at a height of 5,669 m. Based on this expedition and a few more expeditions, IMF is set […]

Why North Sikkim should be next on your travel list

There couldn’t be a better place than Sikkim to witness the Eastern Himalayan range in India. Bordered by mountainous places like Bhutan and Nepal, Sikkim also boasts of having the world’s third highest (India’s highest) mountain, Kanchenjunga, standing tall at 8,586 m. So what makes the Northern part of this place so special? Why you […]

Maintaining backpack balance

Packing trekking bag

People are often careless with the balance of their backpacks. Being carefree should be a result of your preparation and not something that acts as a cause of trouble on your treks. While things like quality of straps and buckles, presence of an adequate frame, etc. can be controlled only when you buy your backpack, […]