My trip to India and to myself- advice from a spiritual seeker

“A guest post by Lisa, who started her trip to India with a trek in the Himalayas with Chalo! Travels. Lisa did a yoga teacher training at Shri Jasnath Ashram, a small ashram in Rajasthan where Chalo-Travels offers yoga and Ayurveda retreats and Sarah teaches as a yoga teacher. In addition, Sarah met Lisa again […]

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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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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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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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Founder of the State of Brandenburg 2016

As part of the 10th Entrepreneurs’ Day 2016, I participated with Chalo” Travels in the competition “Founder of the State of Brandenburg 2016”. Yesterday, on May 4, 2016, the award ceremony took place. I did not win, but at least I got among the three nominees! A beautiful success after 2 years with Chalo! Travels. […]

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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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Rest day during a tour- what to do?

Days of trekking means getting up early, 7-8 hours of daily trekking, reaching the next camp in the afternoon. Then set up a tent, a short body wash, eating and sleeping. A rest day for longer tours is just right. The closer one get’s to the rest day, the more the day is longed for […]

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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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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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Malana – a remote village in the Himalayas,…

… the best hashish and the oldest democracy in the world It is a three-day march from the Kullu Valley over the 3600 meter high Chandrakani Pass to the village of Malana. The pass itself offers magnificent views of the highest mountains in the region, in good weather the two six-thousand-metre peaks Deo Tibba and […]

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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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Living dreams

It was not an easy step to venture into a self-employment as a tour operator for tours in India. But despite my age, some objections of my family and many uncertainties I dared! The decision was 100% right. Time will tell how Chalo! Travels will do in future, but for now t I enjoy India, […]

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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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