King George Island, Antarctica!

I had one of the most memorable winter breaks this time – I was in Antarctica!! Through the Wharton Leadership Ventures, I got an opportunity to spend 6 incredible days in King George Island, Antarctica. It was cold, wet, and beautiful.

This was the first time I was hiking with all my stuff in my backpack, and my first time camping – and I loved every minute of it! Sleeping in a sleeping bag, making our own food, devouring as many as five Snickersย  bars in a day and still feeling hungry, it was awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€

My favorite part was the day we had to hike across a glacier to reach our next campsite. It was completely white all around, I’ve never seen so much white! Plus, the snow was knee deep making it not very easy to walk. I got very hot while hiking, but then the body would cool down really fast as we stopped. It was a delicate balance to maintain.

Overall, it was indeed a once in a lifetime experience. It will forever stay etched in my memory as one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had so far.

Sharing photographs in batches. It was not easy to carry an SLR especially with all the other weight I was lugging around. Also, I was always in a team trying to get to a destination so it wasn’t always possible to stop. And most importantly, each time I wanted to take a photograph, I had to remove many layers before I could handle the camera ๐Ÿ˜€ Even so, sharing what I managed to capture. Hope you enjoy them! ๐Ÿ™‚

Trek to Pindari glacier – I

I recently went for a trek to the Pindari glacier. The trek in itself lasted for eight days, and offered some awesome scenic views, especially towards the later half of the trek. We stayed in KMVN huts at various spots along the way. Our itinerary was as follows –

Day 1 – Drive from Bageshwar to Loharkhet. Trek 9 kms from Loharkhet to Dhakuri

Day 2 – Trek 7 kms from Dhakuri to a village called Khati

Day 3 – Trek 11 kms from Khati to Dwali

Day 4 – Trek 5 kms from Dwali to Phurkiya

Day 5 – Trek 14 kms Phurkiya to Pindari, and back to Phurkiya

Rest of the days, we just retraced ย our path back, with lesser number of stops and more distance covered each day. This was a fairly easy trek, as long as one does not have any knee problems. The scenery, while fairly usual in the beginning , becomes good Dwali onwards. We even spotted a bear on our way to Phurkiya!

Following are some of my captures along the way. Will be posting more soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

The trekking route near Dhakuri

One of the many waterfalls along the way

As one approaches the glacier. Imagine living in that hut!

Snow capped peaks

This photograph has not come out well, but I still loved how the pollen and insects glowed in the sunlight!

Found many sheep. They're really woolly to touch ๐Ÿ™‚

This was a fantastic sight! A herd of sheep crossing a glacier! Was amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚