Sarthak Madan

I work with Bikat Adventures as an expedition leader and technical content writer. Sometimes, I fly.

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Aspirational Expeditions Experiential Raining, with a chance of more rain - Cycling to the Kingdom of Tawang
16 April 2018 | Sarthak Madan

Three months of being stuck in Delhi nursing a recently repaired shoulder had ensured by the time we reached Guwahati from the capital, I was itching to get my legs moving. Our plan was to cycle to Ta

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Aspirational Expeditions Informative Peaks visible from the Satopanth Lake Trek
29 May 2018 | Sarthak Madan

The Satopanth Lake trek starts from Mana, the closest village to the Indo - Tibetan border in Chamoli, a few kilometers ahead of the popular pilgrimage site of Badrinath. The area around Mana and the

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Aspirational Expeditions Experiential How much moraine is too much moraine?
10 August 2018 | Sarthak Madan

“Screw this, I’m never coming back here again. Kalindi Khal is much better than this shit show”, Depender, our guide, calls out as he enters the kitchen tent. Kamal grunts in agreeme

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Aspirational Expeditions Experiential A sea among mountains : Cycling from Leh to Tso Moriri
18 August 2018 | Sarthak Madan

I’d been in Leh almost a month now and having returned from Kang Yatse more than a week ago, I had an acute case of nothing-to-do. Lala’s (a former monk’s home turned into an ar

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Informative Informative Sun Protection 101 - Staying Safe in the Bright, Sunny Outdoors
12 October 2018 | Sarthak Madan

WHY The sun giveth and the sun taketh away. While the sun is the primary source of energy for all life, it’s kind of a two faced frenemy. Solar emissions consist of visible light and heat - ve

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Know How Knowhow First Aid Basics - Cold Injuries and Hypothermia
15 October 2018 | Sarthak Madan

The FIRST AID modules provide information on caring for injuries and sickness in a backcountry environment when you are hours or even days away from definitive medical care, with focus on wh

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Know How Knowhow First Aid Basics - Mountain Sickness
20 October 2018 | Sarthak Madan

The FIRST AID modules provide information on caring for injuries and sickness in a backcountry environment when you are hours or even days away from definitive medical care, with focus on wh

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Know How Knowhow How to Use : Gaiters
23 October 2018 | Sarthak Madan

How to use Gaiters 101   Bikat's HOW TO USE series provides information about how to choose and use trekking or climbing equipment like backpacks, boots, gaiters, microspikes and a lot mor

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Know How Knowhow Trailcraft Basics : Hiking Attire and Layering
24 October 2018 | Sarthak Madan

TRAILCRAFT is a series of articles and video demonstrations that provide instruction on the fundamental aspects of traveling on trails in wilderness areas, like techniques for ascending and desce

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Informative Informative Eye Protection 101 - How to Choose Sunglasses
25 October 2018 | Sarthak Madan

Last week, we told you about protecting yourself from sunburn and worse in our Sun Protection 101 blog. Surprise, surprise - your eyes need protection from harsh UV rays as well. India receives almos

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Know How Knowhow How to Choose : Trekking Boots
26 October 2018 | Sarthak Madan

Bikat's HOW TO CHOOSE series provides information about how to choose and use trekking or climbing equipment like backpacks, boots, gaiters, microspikes and a lot more. A good pair of boots is t

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Know How Knowhow Campcraft Basics : How to Pack your Rucksack
31 October 2018 | Sarthak Madan

Knowing how to correctly pack your backpack can mean the difference between enjoying and enduring a trek. The video below details the process and principles to keep in mind while packing your backpack

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Know How Knowhow Campcraft Basics : How to Pitch a Tent
02 November 2018 | Sarthak Madan

Bikat's CAMPCRAFT series provides instruction on the fundamental aspects of camping in the Himalayan wilderness. This article will help you learn the process of pitching a tent and making su

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Know How Knowhow First Aid Basics : Blister Prevention and Care
03 November 2018 | Sarthak Madan

The FIRST AID modules provide information on caring for injuries and sickness in a backcountry environment when you are hours or even days away from definitive medical care, with focus on wh

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Know How Knowhow Hydration and Nutrition : Water Filtration and Purification
05 November 2018 | Sarthak Madan

Bikat's HYDRATION AND NUTRITION series provide information about techniques for backcountry hydration and cooking. This is the first article in the series. Hydration is one of the most impo

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Informative Informative Camping 101 : Tent Living and Gear Organisation
05 November 2018 | Sarthak Madan

Now that you know how to pitch a tent, we’re sure you would love to know how to make your camping experience comfortable. Here are some tips for living in a tent and organising your gear. While

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Know How Knowhow How to Use : Microspikes
13 November 2018 | Sarthak Madan

Bikat's HOW TO USE series provides information about how to choose and use trekking or climbing equipment like backpacks, boots, gaiters, microspikes and a lot more. Microspikes are flexible met

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Know How Knowhow First Aid Basics : Wound Management
20 November 2018 | Sarthak Madan

The FIRST AID modules provide information on caring for injuries and sickness in a backcountry environment when you are hours or even days away from definitive medical care, with focus on wh

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Know How Knowhow Trailcraft Basics : Ascending and Descending on Trail and Snow
22 November 2018 | Sarthak Madan

Ascending and Descending on Trails   It is critical to understand the concepts of ascending and descending on varied terrain. This lowers the risks of falls, stumbles, strain, and sprains along

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Know How Knowhow How to Choose : Backpack
26 November 2018 | Sarthak Madan

Bikat's HOW TO CHOOSE series provides information about how to choose and use trekking or climbing equipment like backpacks, boots, gaiters, microspikes and a lot more.

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Know How Knowhow Icecraft Basics : Glacier Travel
04 December 2018 | Sarthak Madan

Glaciers are water bodies made of dense ice that is continuously moving - rivers of ice - and are formed in regions where accumulation of snow in winter exceeds the rate of ablation (melting). Since t

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Know How Knowhow Informative Campcraft Basics : Waste Management, LNT Principles and Camp Ethics
18 December 2018 | Sarthak Madan

Bikat's CAMPCRAFT series provides instruction on the fundamental aspects of camping in the Himalayan wilderness. The outdoors are a major source of recreation and livelihood for all of us at

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Aspirational Expeditions Informative Kang La v/s Auden's Col : High Passes of the Indian Himalayas
14 January 2019 | Sarthak Madan

Kang La V/S Auden's Col   If you’ve been hiking for a few years, you’ve probably heard of Auden’s Col. The holy grail of trekking in the Western Himalayas - this impossibly hi

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Aspirational Expeditions Informative Knowhow Precautions & Planning at Pin Parvati Pass trek
22 January 2019 | Sarthak Madan

Precautions and Planning on Pin Parvati Pass Trek The Pin Parvati Pass trek is a brilliant crossover trail from the lush Kullu valley to Spiti’s arid expanse. As opposed to most Indian Himalaya

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Cycling Informative Seven Reasons to Cycle from Leh to Tso Moriri
07 February 2019 | Sarthak Madan

Tso Moriri is a large high altitude lake in Ladakh, on the eastern extension of the Changthang plateau. 26 km long, it is the largest of the big Ladakh lakes entirely in India, surrounded by the gigan

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Aspirational Expeditions Informative Top Five Reasons to do the Kang La Trek
13 February 2019 | Sarthak Madan

FIVE REASONS TO DO THE KANG LA TREK I started writing this article calling it 5 hundred reasons to do Kang La, because honestly, if I tried hard enough I believe I could list as many. In the interest

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Informative Informative Knowhow 10 Tips for Staying Warm in Himalayan Winters
14 February 2019 | Sarthak Madan

10 TIPS FOR STAYING WARM IN HIMALAYAN WINTERS One thing I’ve learned after our recent snowshoeing trek in the depth of Kashmir winters is that you’re always going to be some degree of col

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