Monday, May 31, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
I have been getting some enquiries about which are the best months to trek in Nepal. More specifically, people want to know which is the most busy month and how does spring trekking (March/April) compare to autumn (Oct/Nov)? Weather wise post monsoon Oct/Nov is the most stable and clear but Oct is also the most crowded. I generally like to avoid Oct as lodges are busy, trails are full and there are far too many people around.
Recently we have been trekking in December which is suitable for the foothills but not ideal for the high mountains e.g. Kala Pattar, Annapurna Base Camp etc.
So my recommendations would be for high altitude treks in Nepal try April or mid to late November. For foothills trekking November-December would be fine. In fact Everest Kala Pattar trek would also be good in November before the winter snows set in.
Here are the statistics of trekkers in Everest and Annapurna for the last five years which gives a good idea of the numbers on the trail:
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Everest made easy
Expeditions to the world’s highest peak are now available for the time-starved who want a taste of it
Footnotes | Sumana Mukherjee
You read about Sujoy Das when we profiled him as one of our “how-to” men and women in our 25 August 2007 issue. If you were impressed by his single-minded devotion to the mountains, here’s your chance to share his adventures. A chartered accountant by training and a photographer by calling, Das has launched South Col Expeditions, which specializes in guided treks for people with little or no trekking experience, including children. Departures have been scheduled for the
“All the treks are rated easy to moderate,” says Das, “and accessible to children in the 8-12 age group. The days are divided so that there are no drastic altitude changes. Kids are more likely to get bored than tired, so we have ingenious ways of keeping them entertained and engaged.” With ample time to get into shape, this is the best time to sign up for one of his trips. Visit www.southcol.com for details. All costs per person, on Kathmandu-Kathmandu basis.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
In the summer of 1987 in Calcutta, I had the opportunity of spending an hour with the late Raghubir Singh, one of the finest colour photographers of his generation. One of his photographs shot in Kumartuli, Kolkata is reproduced here. For me the discussion was a revelation and possibly did more for my photography than anything else. For what happened in that one hour please visit
Conversations with Raghubir Singh
Conversations with Raghubir Singh
Friday, May 14, 2010
I want to thank all of you for the overwhelming response to the launch of my trekking site www.southcol.com!
Many of you have given me excellent suggestions which I am in the process of incorporating in the site. A new website takes some time to develop and evolve but I am on the job so do be a little patient!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
23rd September 1899. A forty year old Italian photographer is standing on the Zemu Glacier in
Northern Sikkim at an altitude of around 15,000 feet below the massive north east face of Kangchendzonga. It is five o’ clock in the morning, dark and bitterly cold. His large tripod is sunk in almost three feet of snow. It has been snowing for almost four days. From the north, a chill wind is blowing across the plain biting into his tweed jacket. But Vittorio Sella, the legendary mountain photographer, is undaunted. He mounts his large forty pound plate camera on the tripod and slows pans it away from that sheer face of the third highest peak in the world. Sella carefully frames his photograph, inserts the two pound film plate and waits for dawn. And, as the first light touches Siniolchu, one of the satellites of Kangchendzonga, Sella presses the shutter to capture possibly the finest view of one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. Green Lake