Yoga trekking in India – a report from the point of view of the organizer

During the seven-day yoga trek in the Hamta Valley near Manali in the Indian Himalayas, I had to stop every now and then to look into the mountain landscape, take a deep breath and realize what I was doing here! I was on a seven-day trekking tour. In India. In the Himalayas. In the best […]

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India is still swinging in me

A wonderful report by Elke, who travelled India with the help of Chalo!Travels. She stayed in a Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh and did a  Yoga Trek in the Himalayas. This beautiful writing deserves a place on the Chalo! Travels Blog. Dirty, noisy. I cannot stand the sight of this extreme poverty. These are some of […]

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About success and failure on the mountain

Thoughts and insights after a (un)successful expedition to the Chandra Bagha 13 peak in India.No, we could not reach the summit of the 6264 m high C.B. 13 on our 11-day expedition and even had to make an early resignation. Not only the sudden snowfall, but above all the symptoms of altitude sickness and a […]

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Five days of yoga trekking and six-day mountain bike pilot tour from Dharamshala to Manali

Amelie and Marlies are not only two very ambitious sportswomen, but also very adventurous travellers. Together they have been travelling almost all over the world. While Marlies is active in outdoor sports such as trail running, mountaineering, mountain biking and climbing, Amelie is an active triathlete and trains almost every day. […]

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The Indian Himalayas

November Calendar Sheet No. 11 The Himalayas, the highest mountain range in the world. Snow-capped peaks, raging mountain rivers, deep forests, traditional mountain villages, herds of sheep, moon-like desert landscapes, furrowed glaciers, colourful flower meadows. All this are the Himalayas and so much more. […]

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Nine friends climb the Friendship summit at 5289 m

In the last three years I was lucky enough to eather take part in or organize  mountain expeditions in the Indian Himalayas. Mostly there were traditional expeditions with load horses, kitchen team, loadferry and acclimatization days. Sometimes we climbed the summit in alpine style as a team of three or four and quickly reached our […]

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Ascent of the Friendship Summit

Nature, adventure, effort, suffering, physical performance, community, tranquility…. all this and much more is an expedition in the Himalayas. Here is a report on the Guideboard blog about our three-day trip in alpine style up to the 5298 m high summit of the Friendship.   […]

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Climbing mountains – Why do I do this?

Extreme weather conditions: It can storm, snow, become foggy and temperatures drop well below freezing. […]

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Emergency pharmacy for trekking tours and mountain expeditions in the Indian Himalayas

The Indian Himalayas are high, huge and not inhabited for large parts. On trekking or mountain tours, you often meet no human soul for days, except for a few shepherds. Villages can usually only be found at the start and end points of the trekking tours. And even here you will mostly not find a […]

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The complete technical equipment for a mountain ascent in the Indian Himalayas

In addition to great multi-day trekking tours, you can also climb mountains in India. In the Indian Himalayan region there are countless mountain peaks of every level, many of them are even unclimbed and nameless. The 5000 to 7000 metre high peaks range from easy trekking peaks to challenging technical climbing tours on rock and […]

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Hike to the hot springs at Khir Ganga

Leaving the Kullu valley and turning into the narrower and wilder Parvati valley, one reaches Barsheni, the last village of the valley that can still be reached by car. Barsheni itself is not particularly beautiful. For some years now, a construction site has been here due to a planned hydroelectric power plant and it is […]

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Mountaineering in India…

Finally, the time has come! My article about our Deo Tibba (6001 m) adventure is  published on the open air blog. Oh, what beautiful memories of this unforgettable experience! This year, by the way, Hanuman Tibba (5932 m) is waiting for us in June! […]

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12 Days Bara Banghal Trek – from Manali to Daramshala

All Treks are different. There are trekking routes with well-developed paths and trails, treks with tea houses along the way, where you can get accommodation and food. There are low-altitude tours and there is the Bara Banghal Trek. A trek, on which for several days there are a lot of goats and sheep, but no […]

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Trekking Peak in Spiti: Kanamo Peak (5969 m)

Another mountain ascent Due to illness, unfortunately, our planned seven-day trek over the Parangla Pass (5600 m) from the Spiti valley to Ladakh got canceled! The trek was supposed to start from the 4200 meter high village Kibber, but our guests unfortunately just didn’t feel comfortable with fever and cold and decided to drive directly […]

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Day hike to the Dangan Kot summit

It is June- ideal trekking and hiking time in the Kullu Valley: During the day it is warm and sunny, slowly the snow melts on the peaks, the mountain flowers are in full bloom and the shepardmen move with their herds higher into the mountains. I, too, am drawn to the mountains. Every day from […]

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Interview with mountaineer, backpacker and Indian lover David Funseth from Sweden

Our first adventure with David from Sweden we had last year on our ten-day expedition to the 6001 meter high Deo Tibba. David had previously taken part in a month-long mountaineering course in Uttarkhashi (Indian mountain resort in the state of Utthrakhand) and was now fire and flame to apply his gained knowledge. The expedition […]

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A trek to breathe… at 4600 meters

My climbing friend David from Sweden has finally arrived in Manali! After we were able to climb two peaks in the Kullu valley together last year (Deo Tibba 6001 m, Friendship 5328 m), we have planned for this year the exedition to beautiful Hanuman Tibba (5932 m) We will approach the mountain in alpine style, […]

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Trekking and mountaineering in the Himalayas: How do I prepare for this?

It remains the case: the Himalayas are up to 8848 meters high. At the same time, despite (or precisely because of) its high mountains, huge glaciers, massive rock formations and quaint forests, it exerts a great attraction on us and quite a few are drawn to Asia to the highest mountains in the world to […]

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Mount Everest

On my flight from Mumbai to Istanbul I finally saw the new Everest movie about the tragic accident in 1996, in which countless climbers lost their lives. I know the story well, the book “Into thin Air” by Jon Krakauer about this tragic event was my entry into the world of the mountains and sparked […]

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The village of Karzok at Lake Tsomoriri

September Calendar Sheet  No. 9 The village Karzok is located at 4500 meters, making it one of the highest villages in the world. Once upon a time, the tranquil village on Lake Tsomoriri was located on the Central Asian trade route between China and India. Today, this route is a challenging trek that leads from […]

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Trekking in the monsoon time

On Khanpari Tibba (4130 m) July in Himacha Pradesh does not automatically mean days of rain! Quite the opposite. We just had a great three-day trek on the 4130 meter high Khanpari Tibba, the local mountain Manalis. High grass, lots of flowers, a few clouds, but no rain! We even had a nice view from […]

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Deo Tibba Expedition June 2015

A ten-day expedition to the 6001 m Deo Tibba got 8 successful climbers up to the summit! There were ten hard but good days in which we learned not only a lot about mountaineering techniques and the Himalayas, but also a lot about ourselves!  Climbing the mountain is not only physically, but also mentally exhausting: […]

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Friendship peak in 3 days

Once you have started climbing summits, you can’t stop! In any case, mountain sports have grabbed me and now I am drawn from one summit to the next. After the successful Deo Tibba expedition we took advantage of our acclimatized condition and climbed the Friendship Peak (5289 m) in alpine style in three days! A […]

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Nine points to ask the Trekking organizer before booking a trekking tour

Here is a checklist that everyone should make sure of before booking a trek: The porters: Are there separate porters or do the employees have to do double work and additionally work as a guide or cook? How much weight do the porters carry? More than 20 kg per person is no longer humane. Is […]

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Day 3 and 4 of the expedition to Hanuman Tibba

Day 3 From Base Camp to Camp 1 Now the expedition would actually start. Completely on our own, we left the Base camp and made our way up to the first camp heavily loaded. Of course, we were aware that we were far from carrying the entire load, because we had already carried up our […]

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Day 1 of the Hanuman Expedition: From Manali to Lake Beaskund/ Day 2: From Manali to Camp 1 and back again

Day 1 To Lake Beaskund (Base Camp) With big heavy backpacks and three porters and ready for an adventure we started in the morning by car to Dundhi to get from here with a five-hour trek to Lake Beaskund. I was quite tense, because I was on the road with four strong men, three of […]

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12 days trekking tour from Spiti Valley to Ladakh

A few days ago I returned to Manali safe and healthy from my longest and highest trek yet!It was a unique experience and I had become very accustomed to the seclusion and solitude of trekking! I enjoyed that for almost two weeks nothing else was important but to walk, eat, sleep and only be in […]

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From the first Himalaya Trek to a trekking organizer

And so the circle closes… When I was still working as a volunteer in Delhi, I made my first trek with a friend and my father during the summer holidays exactly four years ago. I always enjoyed hiking and during our summer holidays we did many day trips, but I had never done a multi-day […]

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The right size of a trekking group

People interested in trekking often come to our office in Manali to join already booked trekking tours. This is understandable, since with the number of trekking participants, the price per person decreases. In addition, many guests prefer to make contact with other fellow hikers during a trek. In fact, it is always very interesting to […]

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3 Days Yoga Trekking

Our first 3 days Yoga Trek successfully came to an end. With two customers from New York we hiked through the beautiful green mountains of the Himalayas in the Kullu valley and started and ended our days with a yoga session consisting of asanas, pranayama and relaxation. […]

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What do I take with me on my trekking tour/expedition or bike tour through the Indian Himalayas?

After a four-day trek we arrived in Manali yesterday. This time we trekked with an american family of four, who were rather less prepared for a trekking tour in the Indian Himalayas, which today leads me to create a “pack list for treks and expeditions in the Indian Himalayas and Cycling tours in India”. […]

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Altitude sickness – underestimated danger of the mountains

Here is an article by Sigmund Haider on the interesting topic of altitude sickness: In the course of the 19th century, people began to discover the mountains, especially the Alps, as an infinite playground for their desire for conquest. In In the 20th century, the mountain world was increasingly instrumentalized as a playground for the […]

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Relaxed Yoga Trek with cultural insights

Trekking in February Our first trek this year was something very special in many ways: 1. Never before have we had a trek so early in the year and yet it was warm like in summer! When Katja and Erik asked if trekking was possible in February, I had doubts. At this time in Manali […]

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