Even though I managed to do a few trips / treks this year, I am still catching up with the huge backlog of trip / trek logs and photos I have not posted. Hoping to do that as soon as I get some breathing space. Thanks to all those who follow this site and gave me valuable suggestions and encouragement. Its been a privilege to know that people are actually using the contents of this site. I hope to keep the contents up to date and useful!
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Returning back to the Kudremukh ranges for a Mullodi - Hiremaleguppi - Navuru trek, was very rewarding - lush green grass lands all around, Kudremukh peak from Hiremaleguppi, twin peaks Hiremaleguppi and Thirumaleguppi, hill ranges hosting Hiremaleguppi, Thirumaleguppi and Athiberi ... to add to the charm, it was a challenging trek as well.
After very slow progress of documenting a Kashmir trip we did in August 2013, I decided to post the trip log in multiple parts. Part I, which covers Amritsar, Srinagar, Kargil and Sankoo, Part II, which covers Leh, Khardung La and Nubra valley, Part III, which covers Pangong Tso and Part IV, which is still in progress. In hindsight, we needed a seperate trip and more time dedicated for Srinagar, Zanskar valley - which we had to skip and Nubra valley - where we spent less than a day! Even Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) and Leh town needed more time and a revisit :( Ofcourse, I could spend any number of days at either Pangong Tso or Tso Moriri! Hope to do this again later.
Thrilled to finally complete the write-up on a Pandiar - Daverbetta - Mukurthi - Western Cachement - Avalanche trek, with all the details I could gather. Thanks to Ramkumar Gopalan and Srinivas Reddy IFS to provide me with this rare opportunity to revisit the Nilgiri hills and grass lands, through which I was able to explore many important peaks in Nilgiri.
Trek to Narasimha Parvatha was a long pending item in my ToDo list, which did not happen so far due to the naxal threat in the area resulting in permission issues. Now that the situation is eased, we took Vishwa's help to organize a Malandur - Narasimha Parvatha - Kigge trek, coupled with visits to Jogi Gundi and Onake Abbi falls. The trip was double fun with my college gang.
Yet another solo weekend ride on the Avenger DTSi 220 - this time to Meghamalai and Rajapalayam. It was almost a non-stop 52 hour ride clocking about 1240kms - would definitely rank as one of the craziest bike rides of mine.
Couple of trips to Hogenakkal - after a long time I was there at the right time of the year and managed to take the coracle ride in to the canyon.
Almost year after my first Himalaya trek, I managed to write it down. We - me, Preethu, Amit and Priya - joined the YHAI India trek to Saurkundi for an awesome first time experience in the Himalayas.
It was great to be back on the highway in a 2-wheeler - this time on the new Avenger DTSi 220. I did close to 1000km around Malampuzha, Siruvani, Mannarkad and Attappadi, during a weekend.