Kanishka S

Kanishka is a part of the Content Team at Bikat Adventures. She holds a Masters in Development Studies from IIT Madras. A certified Zumba Instructor and an avid photographer, she is usually found taking Zumba classes or experimenting with photography when not writing. Her love for the mountains began in the year 2012 when she had her first glimpse of an alpenglow suffused Himalayan range in Himachal. Some of her photography can be found on her Instagram handle: @kanishka_sv. You can also reach her via email: kanishka@bikatadventures.com.

Articles by this Author
Mountaineering The Origin: An Untold Story of the Founders of Bikat Adventures
11 March 2019 | Kanishka S

The first time I looked into the rating scale on our website, I couldn’t help but wonder why we had to rate the difficulty level of our treks on a scale of 1 to 10. Wouldn’t it suffice to

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Mountaineering Our Expedition to Mt. Nun
05 September 2019 | Kanishka S

The date in our office calendar read 2nd of August, 2019. A Security Advisory had been issued by the Home Department of Jammu and Kashmir, following which tourists were scrambling out of the state. Hi

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Mountaineering Announcement The Rating Scale of Bikat Adventures
22 September 2019 | Kanishka S

If you have landed on this page then it is likely you wanted to learn more about the difficulty rating of the trek you were going to book. You are probably wondering what the difference between a tre

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Expeditions Auden's Col: To do or Not to?
06 October 2019 | Kanishka S

Two weeks ago, on the 23rd of September, two weary trekkers with their porters approached our camp at around half past seven in the evening. They were from a different trekking group and were attempti

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Mountaineering Mt. Deo Tibba: 300 metres to summit
18 October 2019 | Kanishka S

On the 11th of June this year, a little after the sun had risen to clear blue skies, mild confusion clouded the snow clad slopes of Mt. Deo Tibba. The source of this confusion lay in a cryptic me

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Mountaineering Mt. Gangotri III: A Lesson In Climbing
02 December 2019 | Kanishka S

Sometime on the eighth day of our expedition to Mt. Gangotri III this year, one of our climbers for the first time wondered out loud if we should continue the summit attempt. Our team had returned to

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Mountaineering Black Peak: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
16 December 2019 | Kanishka S

On the 11th day of our expedition in October this year, Arjun (our Assistant Expedition Leader) found himself in a precarious position. He was 200 metres below summit camp with our team members. H

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Know How How To Choose A Backpack
14 January 2020 | Kanishka S

Choosing the right backpack isn’t an easy task. You have expensive, branded packs on one end, economical, non-branded ones on the other and so many options in between!  

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Expeditions 27 Passes, 1022 kms, 47 Days : A Story of Skill & Survival
20 February 2020 | Kanishka S

In 2018, three seasoned climbers were confronted by a challenge unlike any they have faced before. Caught amidst a tough snowstorm on one of the most formidable Passes of the Garhwal Himalayas of Utta

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Know How Corona Virus Scare in India: Things to keep in mind while planning a Trek
10 March 2020 | Kanishka S

A Q&A guide for anyone looking to trek in India right now. In view of the uncertain situation, we will be updating this page regularly in line with the news we receive in the coming days.  &

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Know How How to pack a Backpack?
11 March 2020 | Kanishka S

A backpack when packed right is not only easy to carry and use but can also fit in an amazing array of items. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to packing. However, some broad guidelines

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Know How How to wear a loaded backpack
11 March 2020 | Kanishka S

  Even the best backpack can fatigue you or cause injuries when worn wrong. We have listed below a step by step guide on how to hoist and fit your backpack right along with some common mistakes

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Know How Know Your Backpack
11 March 2020 | Kanishka S

Trekking backpacks, in contrast to your daily backpacks, are a little more complex. There are several parts to it and not without reason.  On a multiple day trek, your backpack becomes your home

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Informative Do I really need to get Trek Insurance?
11 March 2020 | Kanishka S

A little after insurance for adventure activities was introduced in India, we made it mandatory for every member embarking on a trek with us to be insured. Time and again, we have received q

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Treks Covid-19 in India: Why we have called off our upcoming treks
17 March 2020 | Kanishka S

We are calling off all our treks falling on/between 28th of March and 25th of April this year.   Over the last week, ever since the World Health Organisation declared the Covid-19 to be a globa

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Treks Covid-19 in India: The Mountains are calling, Should I go?
20 March 2020 | Kanishka S

March has been a trying month for all of us. With the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic and contradictory updates popping in every other day it has been hard to decide our next course of a

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Treks Covid-19 Pandemic: How to indulge your wanderlust this quarantine?
23 March 2020 | Kanishka S

  With regular activities cut out for most of us this quarantine period, things can get a little bleak and frustrating on some days. But, this needn’t be the case. We have put together so

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Treks Over-crowded Himalayan Treks: Some insights from past data and a possible solution
14 April 2020 | Kanishka S

We are all well aware of the ban that was imposed in 2018 by the Uttarakhand Government on camping overnight in the bugyals / high altitude meadows of the state. More recently

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Stories Lockdown Reads: A Collection of our Adventures in the Mountains (Part 1)
14 May 2020 | Kanishka S

Are you missing the mountains? We sure do. To make up for not being able to travel there, we thought we would share some stories of adventures we have had in the mountains that could transport you str

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Stories Lockdown Reads: A Collection of our Adventures in the Mountains (Part 2)
26 May 2020 | Kanishka S

To make up for not being able to travel to the mountains, we have put together some stories of adventures we have had in the mountains that could transport you straight to the mountains. While it may

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Treks What steps are we taking to make trekking safer post lockdown?
08 July 2020 | Kanishka S

A lot is being said about the novel Covid-19. Some say a vaccine is the only cure. So we need to stay put. Other experts claim the virus is likely to become endemic to the region even after a vac

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Treks How do Trekkers feel about traveling after the lockdown?
18 July 2020 | Kanishka S

Last month, when the states in India had not yet opened their borders to tourism, Bikat Adventures conducted a short survey to get a basic idea of how trekkers feel about traveling after the lockdown.

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06 August 2020 | Kanishka S

Ten years ago, when Bikat Adventures had just begun operations, the style of trekking we indulged in was different from the ones we organise now. Our teams were 7-8 trekkers big. There were no o

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Mountaineering 9 Expeditions to Challenge You In 2021
21 August 2020 | Kanishka S

If you have had a look at our Rating Scale, you would have noticed that we only have expeditions up to level 8. Levels 9 and 10 are, at the moment, empty. This is because we are still perfecting

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Treks Frequently Asked Questions on Dynamic Pricing
14 September 2020 | Kanishka S

On 14-04-2020, we introduced a Dynamic Pricing System on all our treks. Uncommon in the adventure industry, we have been receiving a lot of queries from our community about this move. We discuss answe

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09 December 2020 | Kanishka S

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Expeditions Kalindi Khal: An Experience Steeped in Murphy's Law (Part 1/2)
10 December 2020 | Kanishka S

For the first time in a week since the start of the Kalindi Khal Expedition, genial merriment permeated the blanket of gloom that had enveloped the campsite of Nandanvan. Settling down on a floor rum

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