5 Most Exciting Hikes in Iceland

Mere mention of Iceland often conjures up images of active volcanoes & areas of geo-thermal activities, stunning landscapes, huge waterfalls & glaciers, the mysterious Northern Lights and very few people! One of the ways to soak up the beauty of this ‘Land of Fire and Ice’ is to explore on foot. We have trekked in different parts of the world including the EBC Himalayas and we think hiking always gives us best opportunities to let ourselves immerse into the surroundings and appreciate a place differently.

Hiking in Iceland
Laugavegur Trail. By Chmee2/Valtameri – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11393212
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Joshimath to Govindghat & Ghangaria

Joshimath to Govindghat & Ghangaria – Day 4
You can go through journeys of earlier days in sequence.
Train journey to Haridwar
Haridwar to Rishikesh and
Rishikesh to Joshimath.

After that grueling, bone breaking bus journey sleep would not come early and when it came, it was difficult to get up early in the morning.
We were told at Joshimath that share-taxis start as early as 6 AM for Govindghat and Badrinath and they are frequent.
We got up as planned, packed and had tea at the only roadside tea cart. It helped us to recover from over groggy … Read the rest

Hiking to Tappiya falls

It was monsoon season when Vasu and I had landed in Batad in Ifugao province of Philippines.
Batad, as we all know, is a UNESCO Heritage place in Philippines and its claim to fame is its many hectares of tall rice terraces; all of them hand built over thousand years back and their descendants still farming here!

During monsoon reaching Batad itself is very difficult with only one trip of Jeepney per day on a muddy one lane road on mountains. Invariably it gets stuck in the mud with no one in sight except its passengers. I won’t go in … Read the rest

I am back from Valley of flowers and more

You must be wondering what I am upto these days!

Well, I am back from my trekking trip to the valley of flowers, Hemkunt Sahib and more. And I tell you, trekking nearly 60 kilometers in all, half of which was uphill is no joke for a city dweller like me !
I also went to Badrinath and walked up to the last tea shop in last village on Indian side before descending to Rishikesh, Dehradun et al.
The time was not perfect for the entire trip as it was raining heavily and we faced a number of landslides on … Read the rest

Off to Uttarakhand …

I am off to Uttarakhand to do some hiking in Himalayas. Can you imagine it is my first visit to that state? Dehradoon, Mussourie, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Nainital…. the state has so many beautiful & alluring places but I have never been to any of them.
BackpackTomorrow early morning we will start our journey. The duration will be around 3 weeks.

There is no fixed return date as we do not have fixed itinerary. This year Uttarakhand is experiencing heavy rains, landslides, cloudbursts etc. Keeping that in mind we have kept some buffer days for bad weather. Let us … Read the rest