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Iquest Chadar Trek A grand Success

After Enduring the Harsh weather conditions with Tempratures dipping to less then -30 Degrees C, our team completed the trek with a smile

 

The trek held in January had 13 members in our team ,   it was a mix of seasoned trekkers and  beginners , the Pre trek briefings ,  and regular updates , kept the mood upbeat , and helped our team members   a lot ,

 

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Cambodia : The Land of beautiful mystries

We at Iquest Adventures  Strive to bring  Memorable and responsible experiences  through all our ventures ,

A peek into Cambodia  ….  to help you  design your next  escape….

 

Cambodia

Country in Asia

Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation whose landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline. Its busy capital, Phnom Penh, is home to the art deco Central Market, glittering Royal Palace and the National Museum’s historical and archaeological exhibits. In the country’s northwest lie ruins of Angkor Wat, a massive stone temple complex built during the Khmer Empire.

A citizen of Cambodia is usually identified as “Cambodian” or “Khmer,” though the latter strictly refers to ethnic Khmers. Most Cambodians are Theravada Buddhists of Khmer extraction, but the country also has a substantial number of predominantly Muslim Cham, as well as ethnic Chinese, Vietnamese and small animist hill tribes.

 

The country borders Thailand to its west and northwest, Laos to its northeast, and Vietnam to its east and southeast. In the south it faces the Gulf of Thailand. The geography of Cambodia is dominated by the Mekong river and the Tonlé Sap lake, an important source of fish.

 

Agriculture has long been the most important sector of the Cambodian economy, with around 59% of the population relying on agriculture for their livelihood (with rice the principal crop). Garments, tourism, and construction are also important.

 

Tourism in CambodiaSiem ReapBattambang Province The tourism industry is the country’s second-greatest source of hard currency after the textile industry. 

Tourism has been one of Cambodia’s triple pillar industries. The Angkor Wat historical park in Siem Reap province, the beaches in Sihanoukville and the capital city Phnom Penh are the main attractions for foreign tourists.

Cambodia’s tourist souvenir industry employs a lot of people around the main places of interest. Obviously, the quantity of souvenirs that are produced is not sufficient to face the increasing number of tourists and a majority of products sold to the tourists on the markets are imported from China, Thailand and Vietnam.Some of the locally produced souvenirs include:

  • Krama (traditional scarf)
  • Ceramic works
  • Soap, candle, spices
  • Wood carving, lacquerware, silverplating
  • Painted bottles containing infused rice wine

There are many temples around Cambodia to see. Both men and women should make sure to have their shoulders and knees covered – and head uncovered – when entering the temples out of respect.

  • Explore the Cardamom mountains for jungle trekking and waterfalls. Walk in S.E. Asia’s largest mangrove forest. Hang out on white sand beaches, all in Koh Kong
  • Laze on the beach in Sihanoukville.
  • Enjoy the river and peace in Kampot
  • Visit the temples of Angkornear Siem Reap
  • Get far off the beaten track with a motorcycle tour which will take you into some of the most remote parts of the country.
  • Visit the Royal Palace, National Museum and Toul Sleng Museum In Phnom Penh
  • Enjoy one of the last natural Island, Rabbit Island of Kep
  • Koh Rong, Sihanoukville (5hrs by boat from Sihanoukville). The islands of Cambodia are what Thailand was 15 years ago. Currently, Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloeum are the only islands accessible to the public with any development. Koh Rong, the bigger of the two, has a growing backpacker presence but, to date (December 2014), still has 78 sq. kms of jungle, 30 untouched beaches, 4 fishing villages, and fewer than 10 bungalow guesthouses. Koh Rong Samloeum is just as beautiful as its bigger cousin, but quieter and less developed and caters more to mid-range tourists.

CITIES TO SEE

  • Phnom Penh— the capital
  • Banlung— far northeastern provincial capital located near some great waterfalls and national parks
  • Battambang— the second biggest town of Cambodia
  • Kampot— town between the capital and Sihanoukville and gateway to the Bokor National Park
  • Koh Kong— small border crossing town near the Thai border
  • Kompong Thom— access to less well known (and less crowded) ancient temples and other sites
  • Kratie— relaxed river town in the north-east on the Mekong, and an excellent place to get a close look at endangered river dolphins
  • Siem Reap— the access point for Angkor Wat
  • Sihanoukville— seaside town in the south, also known as Kompong Som

DESTINATIONs TO SEE

  • Angkor Archaeological Park— home of the imposing ruins of ancient Khmer civilization
  • Bokor National Park— ghostly former French hill resort
  • Kampong Cham— nice countryside village on the Mekong river and good place to meet real Cambodia
  • Kep— a seaside area which pre-dates Sihanoukville as the main beach resort in Cambodia; slowly being re-discovered by travellers
  • Krek— a small village on the backpacker trail between Kratie and Kampong Cham
  • Koh Ker— more ancient ruins, north of Angkor
  • Poipet— gritty border town that most overland visitors to Angkor pass through
  • Preah Vihear— cliff-top temple pre-dating Angkor
  • Tonle Sap Lake— huge lake with floating villages and Southeast Asia’s premier bird sanctuary

CYCLING TOUR

  • The countries of Southeast Asia are greatly diverse. With improved travel links, multi-country cycling is a popular way to explore the ancient and modern wonders of the region. On our multi-country tours, you’ll explore historic temples, relax on spectacular beaches, experience buzzing cities, and cycle among the best biking tour guides deep into the SE Asian countryside.
  • We at Iquest Adventures genuinely believe that cycling through a region for the first time with a group of like-minded people is the best way to experience Asia. Our aim is to provide you with the opportunity to meet new people, learn about new cultures, experience different landscapes and, most importantly, to have some fun. 
  • Cycling is a major part of our trips – they are cycle tours after all. All of our tours accommodate the preferences of the participating cyclists. Different trips will require varying degrees of physical ability. Specific details on terrain, cycling conditions, distances covered each day and altitude will be discussed prior to your biking adventure.
  • Remember, we’re here to make your Indochina experience the best it can be. We understand that while biking allows unique access to the countryside, it can also be tiring! All of our trips are fully supported, We design each tour to allow you the opportunities and time to appreciate the environment, scenery and culture around you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIETNAM OVERVIEW

The natural landscape of Vietnam ranges from the fertile, green paddy fields of the Mekong Delta in the south, to long stretches of sandy beaches along the coastal area, with highlands and mountains in the north. A warm and friendly people will welcome you as you explore quiet villages and bustling cities and experience a unique blend of rich heritage and modern tourist facilities. 

 

About Vietnam:

  • Official name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  • Population: 90,730,000 (estimated 2014)
  • Capital city: Hanoi (6 million); Ho Chi Minh City (8 million)
  • Area: 332,698 km2
  • Administrative units: Vietnam is divided into 64 provinces and cities. 
  • Weather: Sub-tropical climate with four seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) in the North and two seasons (dry and rainy) in the south.
  • Time zone: GMT +7
  • Religion: Buddhism, Christianity, Catholicism, Islam, Hoa Hao, Cao Dai
  • Currency: The Vietnamese Dong (VND) is the official currency. 

 

Cycling in Vietnam:

Vietnam has become one of the best destination for cycling tours in Indochina.Hanoi, it’s charming capital, has a lot of character of Vietnam with its old building where Ho Chi Minh City is modern and bustling. Combine with Hanoi, it is truly a good discovery by bicycle to Sapa and Halong Bay. From Hanoi, it is worth to have a beach break in the central part of Hoi An, and the other two old towns of Hue and Danang before heading to Ho Chi Minh City.  Exploring Mekong Delta on bike is one of the best trip in Vietnam to see the lives of the people along the Mekong River and take the boat trip in Chau Doc. Vientam Cycling also offer combination cycling trips Thailand to Vietnam through Cambodia, and Laos. It is worth to visit Indochina on bike.

 

Vietnam’s number of visitors for tourism and vacation has increased steadily over the past ten years. The government and private enterprises are investing capital into the coastal regions that are already popular for their beaches and boat tours. Besides those regular tours, Vietnam is perhaps one of the best countries for cycling vacations. It gives travellers more chances to see the countryside and experience local life, compared with other methods of travel.

Popular destinations include: Hanoi, Saigon, Phong Nha, Hue (the old imperial capital), World Heritage Sites like Hoi An and the Cham temples of Mỹ Sơn, the coastal city of Nha Trang, the caves of Ha Long Bay, the Marble Mountains, and the Mekong Delta.

 

 

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HIMALAYAN TREKKING EXPEDITION TO DZONGRI- SIKKIM

 

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Established by a strong group of Professionals, iQuest Adventures is committed to producing adventurous challenges, professional events and learning programs that are fused with our unique brand of fun and creativity.

 

Over the years, our team has become one of India’s Leading Adventure Companies by providing excellent customer service, a trustworthy standard of safety, and above all, by bringing a pioneering vision to the activities we feel so passionate about.

 

The dzongri trek takes you up-close for a spectacular view amidst a majestic panorama of the Himalayan giants within its range of mountains.

 

It’s a beautiful journey  through  a very spectacular  range of  Mountains Meadows ,  This trek is suitable for first timers, beginners and those with less holidays

9th to 16th November 2014

ARRIVAL AT  Bagdogra ON 9th Nov, 2014.

Day 1

Arrive at Bagdogra in the morning & depart to Yuksam. Arrive in Yuksam by evening & check into hotel

Day 2

Explore Yuksam & get acclimatized to clean air

Day 3

Trek to Bakkim or Tshoka

Day 4

Tshoka to Dzongri

Day 5

Dzongri Acclimatizing Day

Day 6

Dzongri to Tshoka

Day 7

Tshoka to Yuksum

Day 8

Yuksum to NJP or bagdogra

 

Cost:-

Rs. 17,000/- Service Tax Extra

 

Age Group:-

15 and above

Minimum number of participants : 10 nos.

Cost Includes:-

● Highly experienced, Leaders, High Altitude Guides, Cooks and support Staff

● Transportation [Train, Jeep & local transportations]

 ● Accommodation [hotels when in city, during the trek in tents on sharing basis]

● Food [3 Veg meals a day, tea/coffee, Snacks

● Porters and Yaks [ruck sacks will be carried by porters and yaks

● Trekker needs to carry the day pack with minimal must haves]

● Certificates and expedition t-shirts

 

Cost Excludes:-

  • All the personal expenses like drinks, tips etc.
  • ● Cost of any form of insurance, rescue, evacuation, hospitalization, etc.
  • Travel fare up to Kolkatta and Back (iQuest can assist in getting reservations for travel)

Register now  : Contact

Sunand sampath : +91 9448476683

Email : contact@iquestindia.com

Website:  www.iquestindia.com

 

How does “Children’s Camp” helps Children???

Hi!!!

Have you been to any camp before ???

If  you’re then, you will not be surprised when you hear about the advantages of the camp. Experiencing life at camp yourself as a child, you know the profound optimistic effects that still matter to you as an adult, and you also know that you want the same thing for your own kids:-)!!!

But if you didn’t go to camp as a child, you may not realize just how good the experience is for children. You may not know why so many parents are committed to sending their kids to camp. So here is a list of the most important reasons to send your kids to camp.

 

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At camp, children Expertise, Experience and Explore To New Things Like;

1.      Children spend their day being physically active !

As children spend so much time these days inside and mostly sitting down, it provides a wonderful opportunity to move. Running, swimming, jumping, hiking, climbing!

2.       Camp Enables to experience success and become more confident !

Camp helps children build self-confidence and self-esteem by removing the kind of academic, athletic and social competition that shapes their lives at school. With its non-competitive activities and diverse opportunities to succeed, camp life is a real boost for young people. There’s accomplishment every day.

3.      Camp helps conquer fears & Gain resiliency !

The kind of encouragement and nurture kids receive at camp makes it a great environment to endure setbacks, try new (and thereby maybe a little frightening) things, and see that improvement comes when you give something another try.

4.       Camp is real Unplugged  from technology!

When kids take a break from TV, cell phones, and the Internet, they rediscover their creative powers and engage the real world— real people, real activities, and real emotions. They realize, there’s always plenty to do.

5.      Camp  help inDeveloping  life-long skills !

Camps provide the right instruction, equipment and facilities for kids to enhance their sports abilities, their artistic talents, and their adventure skills. The sheer variety of activities offered at camp, makes it easy for kids to discover and develop what they like to do.

6.       Camp helps kids to Grow more independent !

Camp is the perfect place for kids to practice making decisions for themselves without parents and teachers guiding every move. Managing their daily choices in the safe, caring environment of camp, children welcome this as a freedom to blossom in new directions.

7.      Have free time for unstructured play !

Free from the overly-structured, overly-scheduled routines of home and school, life at camp gives children much needed free time to just play. It is a slice of carefree living where kids can relax, laugh, and be silly all day long.

8.      Camp builds teamwork!

Coming to camp means joining a close-knit community where everyone must agree to cooperate and respect each other. When they live in a cabin with others, kids share chores, resolve disagreements, and see firsthand the importance of sincere communication.

9.      Reconnect with nature !

It’s a wonderful antidote to “nature deficit disorder,” to the narrow experience of modern indoor life. Outdoor experience enriches kid’s perception of the world and supports healthy child development.

10. camp creates friendships!.

Camp is the place where kids make their very best friends. Free from the social expectations pressuring them at school, It encourages kids to relax and make friends easily. All the fun at camp draws everyone together— singing, laughing, talking, playing, doing almost everything together  “Everyday.”

See?

Camp is “Great”!!!

So wait no more to give an unique experience to your child.

 

 Contact  now:

Contact   :  Sunand Sampath

Mobile    :   + 91 9448476683

Email       :   contact@iquestindia.com

Website :    www.iquestindia.com

Mountain Stories Narrated to SMW

 ON Social Media Week  at Bangalore,  iquest adventures hosted a event on mountain stories by Renu Kotian & Sunand Sampath.

It went on like…

When the mountain calls, you have to respond. IQuest started ten years ago when Sunand Sampath followed his heart and swapped the life of an engineer for that of an adventurer. He decided to take up mountaineering professionally and eventually started offering services to people who wanted to answer the call of the wild too.
It all began with a small circle of networking with close friends and family, expanding by word of mouth until the time when a professional team was required to set up a page and help them navigate the flow of enquiries and engagement with enthusiasts from all over the world.

In this session at Social Media Week, Sunand shared how they have encouraged their to shed their fears and inhibitions and conquer mountains together. He has also been steadfast in promoting thinking green and not leaving a trail behind as he helped people plan their expeditions to the Himalayas, Mt. Everest base camps and Mt Kilimanjaro among other.

Photographer and Capoeira enthusiast Taushik Mandal also shared how social media got him in touch with the other side of Brazil and took him to Israel to interact with other Capoeira enthusiasts. He also presented snapshots from his exploratory trip to Spiti Valley and the trials and joys of being in the mountains.

Renu Kotain took us on a journey to the basecamp of Mt. Everest and back. With her effusive narrative and cheerful recounting of her adventures and misadventures, including her encounters with yaks on bridges and “Dal bhat – full power – No toilet – No shower” initiation, the audience was moved and felt like they had taken the trip with her to the snowcapped peaks of the majestic Himalayas.

Ramakhrishna regaled the gathering with stories from his travels to Mt. Kilimanjaro and how he social media connected him to Sunand and enabled him to realise his dream of conquering the peak.

The evening came to a close with much interaction between the presenters and audience while addressing concerns like training for the climb, saving funds, preparation, packing, equpments and planning successful climbs without disturbing the ecological balance of nature, accepting one’s limits and no spill attitude. Sunand urged the audience to go out there, make the climb and conquer life.

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 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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