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Feb 13, 2014 - Uncategorized    No Comments

A new thought on conservation of mountains

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
― Gary Snyder.

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
— Sylvia Plath

What is Mountain??

A area that has been raised by erosion (being worn down) or Plates sliding. Mountains are formed when the land is being pushed up by strong forces in the Earth, such as plate tectonics. Some mountains are formed by areas being thrust up over other areas; some mountains are volcanoes that have died out, or become extinct.

A mountain  must be an equilibrium between uplift and erosion (glacial or fluvial) in order  to maintain the mountain, otherwise it would be eroded back to base level.

What is conservation??

the action of conserving, preserving , protecting , or restoration of the natural environment and of wildlife, repair of archaeological, historical, and cultural sites and are facts.

 

Why  the Mountain has to be conserved?

We are living on the planet as if we have another one to go to. It is not reasonable that art should win the place of honor over our great and powerful mother Nature. We have so overloaded the beauty and richness of her works by our inventions that we have quite smothered her.

Mountains have always presented the human race with a great challenge – they have had to be climbed, cultivated and tamed. They have also been the subject of numerous books about heroic deeds, wars, adventures, real and imagined, and of mystical and romantic poetry, as well as favorite places for prayer and adoration.

From the scientific viewpoint, mountains are large, interesting laboratories of knowledge where species and communities, which have adapted in various ways to their environment.

Mountain environments are essential to the survival of the global ecosystem. But mountains are also very fragile and are, now more than ever, experiencing environmental degradation from soil erosion, landslides, loss of habitats and species, and genetic diversity. In addition, they are particularly vulnerable to pressing changes such as global warming. Regional cooperation in mountainous areas has proved to be the right approach to protect mountains as storehouses of biological diversity and endangered species.

Organization involved in the process:-

There are “n” number of organization who had involved in the common object to conserve mountains internationally  like:

  • earth System Governance Project (ESGP)
  • Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
  • World Nature Organization (WNO)
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Not only these organization which has to come forward to protect our mountains, but even we as  a individual must also join hands to protect each and every gift of our mother land.

 

Feb 12, 2014 - Sunand Sampath, Travel    No Comments

Some interesting place of Sikkim..

Welcome!!! to the Himalayan land called “Indrakil” or “Garden of Lord Indra”.
(Sikkim), where you will find a unique landscape, fast flowing rivers and lakes, nurtured varieties of flora and fauna and different animal species. Sikkim is such a unique place where you will find every reason for an adventurous trip and can make your imagination come true. If you are an enthusiastic and daring traveler, Sikkim adventure holidays is the great opportunity to explore yourself.

Iquest Outdoor Leadership and Adventure Consultants specialized in designing and organizing tailor made packages to Sikkim.

We undertake packages for groups of various types, whether you are a honeymooner, seeking a truly exotic experience  or a corporate team looking for a stimulating engaging and refreshing experience for your team. You might be looking out for a family outing or group of friends , we will design an experience for you………
Just contact us NOW..

Sikkim – Perfect for Adventure Travel:-

Sikkim is one of the best spots for adventure travel in India. The most famous attraction points include Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mighty Kanchenjunga glacier and Great Valleys. Darjeeling in northeastern part of India has many of the perfect ambiances of the hill resorts with its mild climate. Trekking is the best tour that can make you explore the beauty of Sikkim in the most memorable way.

Adventure Sports at Sikkim – Most Demanded by Travelers:-
Trekking in Sikkim:-

Trekking is the most amazing possibility of getting a closer look to lofty peaks, dense forests, winding rivers, spring and to know the village or mountain life. You can experience the thrill and excitement related to trekking and can have wonderful moments. Some of the wonderful treks can make your trekking experience more excited, and they are: Dzongri – Goecha la Trek, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, Singalila Ridge trek, Green Lake treks etc.

Sikkim is embraced with the gigantic peaks of Himalayas including Mt. Kanchenjunga which is 8586 m high. Sikkim trekking tour will give you the towering moments and inner strength to feel the natural wonders of the world. Trekking in Sikkim is exciting both in spring and during autumn. You can get clear view of mountains with variety of blossoming flowers. On the other hand, in autumn you will find dry and clear mountain views.

Mountain Biking in Sikkim:

Visiting Sikkim is incomplete without having fun of mountain biking. Most of the adventure lovers must take the opportunity to experience the thrilling and excitement while biking. It is the best way to know this place while riding. Since many of the routes of Sikkim are suitable for mountain biking, you can easily explore many of the mountains of Sikkim. The starting point for mountain biking in Sikkim is Gangtok

Mountaineering: Sikkim Himalayas is the best place for mountaineering in the world. In the southern part of Himalayas there is a wide range of peaks like Kanchenjunga, pandim, Narsing, Kabru, Talung with its sheer beauty.

River Rafting: River Rafting is the adventure sport most enjoyed in Sikkim. Teesta & Rangit River are

the ideal rivers for safe River Rafting. The river is covered by the thick forest from both the sides.

Yak Safari: Yaks are bovine mammals that makes the adventure sports travel  more interesting and unforgettable. You can have a unique kind of experience while yak safari. You are supposed to have a ride on yak and cover the different trekking points and Rivers.
Hang Gliding: Hang Gliding is the kind of aero sports that makes you to fly over the sky like birds. At some parts of Sikkim, Hang Gliding adventure is available. And so on………

Pack your bag for a great exploring trip where you will get your interest of activities at a single destination.

Enjoy the full fledged activities provided in Sikkim adventure holidays and become a daring traveler to explore the unidentified regions in the world and unfold its beauty.

 

Feb 11, 2014 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Few glimpses of the iquest programe with Seva in Action’s special childrens

For some children wheelchair is not a boundary, this young one attempting the slack line at the camp. !The amount of energy and will power he has is tremendous. And moving… ask for a moment of thought

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Look at that smile , own creation , need to wait to see what arrives out of that pattern . ?..

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And the colors , just play with imagination , everybody loves to c4eat their own pattern

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Through the process

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Tie and dye , whites getting set to get colored

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Riot of colors

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Climbers Dictionary

  “Here are few  abbreviations associated with rock climbing.

This might be helpful answer  for some questions of rock

climbers or help you feel more familiar with the scenario.”

 

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  • Aid Climbing – The use of anything other than the natural features to ascend up the rock.
  • Anchor – The point where the rope is fixed into the rock.
  • Barn Door – An off balance move that causes a climber to pivot on two points of contact. The result looks like you are opening the barn door.
  • Belay – To keep the climber safe by controlling the rope.
  • Belayer – The person keeping the climber safe by controlling the rope.
  • Belay Device – Usually a metal device which the belayer uses to control the rope. There ae several types of devices, all creating friction against the rope, allowing the belayer to catch a falling climber.
  • Belay Betty or Belay Bob – The significant other of an addictive rock climber.
  • Big wall – A long route that takes many pitches or rope lengths to ascend.
  • Biner – Short for  “carabiner”, a short loop of metal with a gate that can attach things together.
  • Boulder – A rock short enough to climb relatively safely without a rope.
  • Bouldering – Climbing low to the ground and without a rope.
  • Brake Hand – The hand that holds the rope securely.
  • Camming Device – A removable, portable protection that helps stop a climber if they fall.
  • Carabiner – A removable, portable protection that helps stop a climber if they fall.
  • Crack climbing – Climbing continuous cracks in rocks, requiring specific techniques and protection methods.
  • Crimp – Gripping so that the fingertips contact the hold with slightly raised knuckles.
  • Crimping on the Way Radical Tiny Gnarlies – climbing a route with really small holds.
  • Cross through – Reaching with a hand or foot that crosses the other appendage.
  • Crux – The most crucial., difficult part of the climb.
  • Descender – The device used for rappelling.
  • Dirt Me – Climbing speak for “Let me down”, after finishing or giving up on a top rope climb.
  • Don’t Slap Rude if You’re Shaky at the Crux – duh… Don’t slap rude if you’re shaky at the crux… Dude!
  • Downclimb – Climbing downward rather than upward.
  • Dyno – Climbing move in which the climber jumps from one hold to another.
  • 8-Ring – A common rappel / belay device shaped like the number “8”.
  • Elvis leg – A leg shaking uncontrollably during a climb, usually due to nerves or over contraction of the muscles. Sometimes called sewing machine leg.
  • Enscarfment – A food break at the edge of a cliff.
  • Epic – The story of an ordinary, well planned, climb that suddenly turns into an adventure thriller!  With an eventual happy ending.  As the drama unfolds around the campfires at night or to a wide-eyed audience in the local tavern, it becomes increasingly difficult to sift the fact from the fiction.
  • Figure 8 knot – The most common knot used to attach the climber’s harness to the rope.
  • Flag – Dangling a leg to improve balance.
  • 4th Classing – see Free Solo
  • Free Climb – To climb upward using only the natural rock features, and only using man made gear for protection.
  • Free Solo – To free climb without the use of any manmade protection.
  • Going To Church – Climbing on Sunday.
  • Gravical – The adrenaline high a climber may experiences upon a lot of air between climber and the ground level.  ( i.e., “This is gravical, dude!”)
  • Gumbie – An inexperienced or new rock climber.
  • Hang Dog – To rest on the rope while climbing.
  • Lead – Starting with the rope on the ground, climbing by clipping into protection points on the way up.
  • Poser – Someone trying to make you believe that they climb much better than they actually do.
  • Rack – The climbing gear carried during an ascent.
  • Rappel – Descending down the length of a rope.
  • Rarppele – One who enjoys sliding down ropes instead of climbing up rocks.
  • “Rock!” – A warning yelled to anyone below when a piece of rock is falling on a climb.
  • Scrambling – Easy climbing, usually unroped.
  • Slab – A climb that is less than vertical.
  • Summit – The top of a mountain or rock.
  • Sling n : A sewn, typically shoulder-length nylon runner used to clip in long to protection, build anchors, carry gear, etc.
  • Sloper n : A downsloping handhold that relies on skin friction and an open-hand grip.
  • Smear n, v : To apply your entire forefoot (and not just toe) to the rock, often while slab climbing, stemming, or on large, sloping features.
  • Sport climbing n : Gymnastic face and overhang free climbing, with the climbs typically having fixed protection like bolts (usually equipped top down with a power drill). Another key feature is the acceptance of hang dogging.
  • Squeeze chimney n : Bigger than an off-width but smaller than a chimney, a squeeze chimney (12 to 18 inches or so) is a crack up which you must wriggle; these are infamous for provoking claustrophobia. A wise climber will ensure that his torso squeezes through unimpaired, even on a full in-breath.
  • Stem n, v : To splay and oppose your legs, {sansV}-like, across a dihedral or to otherwise enter a splits position.
  • Traditional climbing n : Before sport climbing, all climbing was traditional climbing, in which you started on the ground, placing pro as you went. Today’s slightly modified meaning seems to encompass all gear-protected (natural) leads.
  • Under cling n, v : Any hold used by turning your palm upside-down, as if receiving alms, and walking the feet up.

The IQUEST ADVENTURES – ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK (NEPAL)

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Annapurna circuit trek …. !!!!

This trek takes you through distinct regional scenery of rivers, flora, fauna and above all – mountains.    There are four regions that are passed through on the trek; Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi.

Lamjung and Myagdi of the lower elevations are both predominantly Hindu and with lush green subtropical valleys with villages and terraced farming. Manang and Mustang are of the higher elevations and are predominantly Tibetan Buddhist.

The trek goes counter-clockwise reaches its summit in Thorung La (pass) at the height of 5416m, or 17,769 feet.  The route goes past the  mountains,      passing through the world’s deepest gorge in between those two 8,000-plus meter peaks. Poon Hill, at the end of the trek, affords views of those two mountains, as well as South Annapurna and Macchupucchre, the “Fishtail Mountain.”

The trek also goes through Buddhist villages and Hindu holy sites, most notably the village of Muktinath, a holy site for both Buddhists and Hindus, and Braga, one of the oldest monasteries in the region. From Dharapani to
Kagbeni you will be walking the Annapurna section of The Great Himalaya Trail, a long distance trekking route that connects Nepal from East to West.
To Be led by a Highly experienced Mountaineering Leader and supported by well experienced Guides and Friendly Staff…!

Dates : 5th April to 20th April 2014 ,KTM to KTM.
Type of Trek : Tea House.
Highest point:  17873 ft/5416 mts.
Focus : Villages, monasteries, wildlife, high passes, and dramatic landscape.
Grade : Physical Challenge, Hard trek overall, so physical fitness is recommended.

Day to Day Itinerary:-

Day 01: 5th April 2014: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arriving in Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport), a representative will meet you and help you transfer to your hotel by private bus. Enjoy a free evening to explore Kathmandu and recover from your jet-lag. Meet the our trip leader during a short pre-tour briefing before dinner.

Day 02: 6th April: Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley and preparation for the trip. Travel to Pokhara proceed to syangje and stay.

Day 03: 7th April: Trek from Syange to Dharapani [1,960m/6,430ft]: 7-8 hrs. A leisurely trekking pace takes us into the Manang district with its fields of barley, rice, potato and pine forests. We pass the village of Kodo and will overnight in Dharapani.

Day 04: 8th April: Trek from Dharapani to Chame [2,710m/8,891ft]: 5-6 hrs. On the way to Chame we climb a few steep, forested ridges and are treated by some of the most sensational mountain views: Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). At our destination a few small hot springs bring relief to our taxed muscles.

Day 05: 9th April: Trek from Chame to Pisang [3,300m/10824ft]: 5-6 hrs.
Today we trek higher along a steep and narrow, densely forest path that leads to a rock face that soars 1500m/4,920 ft above the river. We reach at Pisang finally.

Day 06: 10th April: Trek from Upper Pisang to Manang [3,500m/11,482ft]: 6-7 hrs. Out of the two routes to choose, we select the upper one (through Upper Pisang and Geru) where the sceneries are unmatched. Majestic peaks tower all around us are Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others. As we trek higher the landscape and vegetation change with the colder and dryer environment. It’s not all hard work though, since we will visit the Barge monastery (largest in the district of Manang).

Day 07: 11th April: Trek from Manang: Acclimatization Day
To allow our body chemistry to change, adapt to the lower levels of oxygen at altitude, this will be an acclimatization day. We will take a few short walks to higher ground. Great destinations are the Bhojo Gompa, Gangapurna Lake, the Himalayan Rescue Association and even the small old, monastery village of Vraga. This day is important since the next two are challenging with a rapid gain in altitude.

Day 8: 12th April: Trek from Manag to Yak Kharka ,3,110m/13,484ft]: 3-4 hrs.  We climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley toward Jarsang Khola and Ghunsa. We pass a few pastures, a patch of juniper trees, and the flat mud roofs. After crossing a small river, we pass an ancient old Mani wall (religious carvings on stone slabs) before entering the small village of Yak Kharka.

Day 9: 13th April: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi [4,600m/15,092ft]: 3-4 hrs.  Thorong Pedi is close to the foot of the pass, Thorong La. This ‘trekker/climber’ village caters to the needs of these adventures souls. Some people hike higher to make the “pass-day” easier and risk contracting Altitude Sickness. We stop here to avoid this and potentially get a better night’s sleep.

Day 10: 14th April: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath [3,800/12,467ft]: 7-8 hrs. Thorong La (5,416 m/17,769 ft), an unforgettable experience, is clearly the climax of our Annapurna Circuit trek. It is in our grasp today. Yes, we will be huffing and puffing, and at the same time exulting in the experience; our own human performance and the unimaginable majesty of this place that few Westerners see. We reach Muktinath with the setting sun. Muktinath hosts a Vishnu temple and a Buddhist Monastery and is often referred to as an example of the religions harmony in Nepal.

Day 11: 15th April: Trek from Muktinath to Tatopani [1,200m/3937ft]: 6-8 hrs. Today, we drive along a plateau above the Kali Gandaki – world`s deepest gorge. We will be using the local private jeep of bus to Ghasa and then change another vehicle to Tatopani. The road is gravel and unfortunately rough and dusty. At Tatopani another treat awaits us, and everyone is anxious to relax their weary muscles in one of the hot spring pools.

Day 12: 16th April: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani [2,850m/9,350ft].: 7-8 hrs. The trek to Ghorepani takes us past the Pun Magar villages of Ghara and Sikha and their terraced farmlands, through Phalate and Chitre, and through beautiful rhododendron, birch, and magnolia stands. The surrounding peaks look wonderful, almost ominous, as they tower above.

Day 13: 17th April: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Nayapul and then drive to Pokhara. And stay
An early ascent of Poon Hill (3,210m. /10,531ft) takes us to the top to witness a spectacular moment in time: sunrise over the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. We then return back to our lodge for the breakfast. And then, we trek downhill to Nayapul via Ulleri and Birethanti. We drive to Pokhara from Nayapul, which take approx. an hour and half.

Day 14: 18th April Buffer Day 1
Day 15 : 19th April Buffer Day 2
Day 16 : 20th April: Final Departure from Kathmandu

Note:-

  • Cost :40000/- INR
  • Last Date for Registration : 15th March 2014                                                 [Registration through an advance payment of 50% of the total charges , Balance to be paid before 15th March 2014]
  • Age Group: 15 and above
  • Minimum number of participants : 5 nos.
  • Contact for registration:-
  • Sunand Sampath ( Expedition Coordinator )
  • Email contact@iquestindia.com phone +91 80 40930357 ( 15:00 to 19:00 hrs on week days )
  • Mobil: 9448476683

Cost Includes:-

  • Highly experienced Leaders, High Altitude Guides.
  • Hotels when in city, during the trek in tents on sharing basis.
  • Food :3 Veg meals a day while trekking.
  • Certificates and expedition t-shirts.
  • Flight to and fro Pokhara
  • 3 night accommodation in Kathmandu in non star hotel.
  • 2 Night Accommodation in Pokhara non star (without meals)

Cost Excludes:-

  • All the personal expenses like drinks, tips etc.
  • Cost of any form of insurance, rescue, evacuation, hospitalization, etc.
  • Travel fare up to KTM and Back (iQuest can assist in getting reservations for travel).
  • Any Insurance. Any item apart from that indicated in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing and other charges in Kathmandu.
  • Meals in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
  • Any Temple entry fee

Cancellation Charges:-

  • 25% of the total charges of the actual cost incurred , whichever is higher if cancelled before 15th March 2014.
  • 50% of the total charges If cancelled between 16th March and 25th March 2014.
  • 75% of the total charges if cancelled between 26th March and 31st March 2014.
  • 100% charges if cancelled on or after 1st April 2014 , No refunds will be made if the participant has to return back at any point of the programme or does not attend the programme due to any reason what-so-ever .

KINDLY NOTE:-

In case of circumstance out of our control like, natural calamities, local law and order situation,etc.,which may result in change in itinerary, additional booking of accommdation,transport,logistic etc., causing an increase in expenses, and also in case of any fuel price hike .The additional cost thus incurred shall be borne by the participant.