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Founder of Touristlink.com a social network for travel. Touristlink lets travelers connect with each other and with locals for tours, transport, cultural, language exchanges, friendships and more. Touristlink is now one of the fastest growing “big” social travel sites and we expect to grow our member base from 30,000 today (January 2014) to 300,000 in the next 8 months. I am an avid traveler and have to been to over 40 countries. I started Touristlink out of my passion for travel. I recently, raised seed funding for Touristlink in both Chile and Kenya and had a chance to live in both these countries.
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Approaching Kanchenjunga Basecamp; Nepal or India?
Published 5:14 am, 13 Dec 2014
The massive and captivating Kanchenjunga 8,586 m (28,169 ft) situated on the border between Nepal and India is the world’s third tallest mountain. The peak lies in a larger portion of the Himalayas known as the The Kangchenjunga Himal that includes 16 peaks over 7,000m (23,000 ft). Most of the region is protected as part of a large national park that spans both India and Nepal and protects the natural beauty of the region and cultural traditions of a diverse range of ethnic groups. The mountain consists of 5 separate peaks and in Tibetan Kanchenjunga means the “Five Treasures of the Snow.” The peak is considered holy by the people of Sikkim and climbers have always stopped just short of the summit out of respect for the mountain. Four giant glaciers cover the bulk of the terrain above 5000m/16000ft and encompass a vast area that measures over 315 km / 125 square miles. The glaciers, Zemu, Talung, Yalung and Kangchen radiate out from the mountain at nearly ninety degree angles while the main ridges of the mountain run almost north to south and east to west forming a giant cross. On the eastern point of this cross one finds […]
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The 5 Best Treks of Himachal Pradesh
Published 10:55 pm, 26 Nov 2014
The Indian state of Himachal Pradesh lies in the heart of the Himalayas nestled between Ladakh one side and Uttarakhand on the other. It’s a land of contrast between the lush and rainy southern portion which encompasses, the districts of Chamba, Kangra, Kullu and Kinnar and the much drier northern region of Lahaul and Spiti which lies in the rain shadow of the Himalayas. It’s a fantastic region for trekking with a handful of well trodden routes and numerous peaks between 6000 and 7000 meters. Access is via the hill stations of Shimla, Manali and Dharamsala. Flights from New Delhi can take you to either Manali or Dharamsala and all three are accessible by overnight bus. One of the most amazing treks in the region is Pin Parvati a 10 day journey that traverses the Himalayan Range from south to north and encompasses the full range of environments from arid landscapes and glacial traverses to towering pine forests. Here is a look at what might be the 5 best hikes in Himachal Pradesh. Pin Parvati is a challenging 10 trek across the Himalayas that covers nearly 100km (60 miles) and tops out at the pass of the same name (17,457 […]
The World’s Highest Trek – Mount Everest Advance Base Camp
Published 10:53 pm, 25 Nov 2014
Mount Everest Advance Base Camp (EABC) not to be confused with Everest Base Camp is approached from Tibet and is the highest that one can go on Everest without a climbing permit. It’s also the world’s highest trek on an established trail. The same route is typically used by climbers attempting to summit who continue on past Advanced Base Camp and follow the North Col and then the Northeast Ridge to the summit. The route has to Mount Everest Advance Base Camp is a challenging but beautiful trek through a stunning mountain landscape. The journey to EABC starts in Lhasa (11,975ft/ 3,650m) the capital of Tibet where it’s best to spend a few days acclimatizing before heading out towards Everest. Lhasa is amazing destination itself with the majestic Potala Palace, the great three monasteries of Sera, Ganden and Drepung as well as the Barkor Square and Jokhang Temple. It’s 627km by road from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp and the Rongbuk Valley that’s best taken over three days both to enjoy the sights but also to assist in the acclimatization process. A possible itinerary is to spend the first day visiting Yamdrock Lake, a beautiful turquoise lake, before crossing the […]
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Packing Checklist for Everest Base Camp
Published 11:10 pm, 13 Nov 2014
Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a trek to Everest Base Camp or any other tea-house trek in Nepal. Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long ways to ensuring you have a great trekking experience. The article goes into some detail on everything you might want to bring but you can skip ahead and download the entire Everest Base Camp Packing List as either a word doc or pdf. The first thing to consider is that during the trek your gear will be divided between what you carry in a day pack and what the porters carry up the mountain for you in a duffel bag (we will provide). At the start of every morning the porters will take your duffel and carry it up to the next tea house. What this means is you need to pack a daypack with everything you need for the day of trekking as will be difficult to access any of your gear that the porters are carrying until the evening when you arrive at the tea house. To make trekking easier you should keep your daypack as light as possible and only carry what […]
The Greatest 7 Treks of Uttarakhand
Published 12:48 am, 27 Oct 2014
Often called the “Land of the Gods” the Indian state of Uttarakhand lies just west of Nepal and is the geographic center of the greater Himalayas. Hindus have long made pilgrimages to the source of the Ganga which starts from the Gangotri Glacier glaciers high in the Himalayas. Home to Nanda Devi (7,816 m / 25,643 ft) the second tallest peak in India as well as a host of other 7000m+ peaks Uttarakhand is a fantastic destination for trekkers. Known as the Garhwal Himalayas it is further divided into the western Garhwal division and eastern Kumaon division. Daily flights can be taken to Dehradun from Delhi but it still a few days of travel to get into the mountains via rugged mountains. The small town of Rishikesh along the banks of the Ganges and at the base of the Himalayas can make a good resting point for those on their way into the mountains. The best trekking season is between April and Early June and then again during October and November. Here is a look at some of the best treks in the region. Gomukh Tapovan or Gangotri Glacier Trek : This is a short 4 or 5 day trek […]