Indie Trekking & Travel Blog

I am excited to announce the Nepal launch of a website that allows trekkers to request or join a trek with an experienced local guide. Eleven treks are currently available for booking covvering teahouse treks in the Annapurana, Manaslu, Langtang, and Everest Regions of Nepal, and we are working on expanding service to India for the 2017 summer season.   

I've often complained about the dearth of good maps of the Indian Himalayas. A new article in The Mint newspaper profiles Depi Chaudhry (full article from The Mint here) launch of a digital Indian Himalayas map for trekkers. The digital version appears to still be a little bit "in the works" but the plan is to incorporate GPS route data of popular treks into accessible digital maps complete with counter information.

Next to my life, health, and well being, the thing I least wanted to lose while I was traveling was my pictures, after all every thing else is replaceable. When you are traveling for years at a time and generating a huge number of large image files, storing your images securely can be a bit of a logistical dilemma. This was my solution.

Sunrise on top of Stok Kangri in Ladakh

Photographing while trekking requires a number of trade offs.    The increased weight of the camera gear must be balanced with the desire to have the right gear for any possible situation, and especially when you are talking about high altitude treks, every little bit of weight becomes magnified in the thin air.

Having spent 6 years continuously traveling I've met a number of people on around-the-world and gap year trip, and I've learned a lot from my own experiences about long term travel. But when I hear people planning the trips or meet people in the middle of their trips I find many of them missing out on what I find to be the most memorable and rewarding experiences of long term travel. I’m sure all of them enjoyed their trip, but I think often in trying “maximize” their time people miss out on the really unique experiences. Here are a couple of my observations and things to think about if you’re about to head off for a long trip. Hopefully you will avoid some of these often made mistakes on your trip.

Welcome to the new Indie Trekking and Travel site, dedicated to helping people explore the Himalayas independently. Formerly A Guide to Independent Trekking in the Himalayas at I've redesigned the site and spun it off into its own domain to hopefully make it easier to find and use the information as well as share and update the information for others. Let me know what you think of the new look and let me know if you have any suggestions.

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