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
Informative 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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Our Book of Adventures 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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Practicing Safety 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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Our Book of Adventures 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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Our Book of Adventures 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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Our Book of Adventures 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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Our Book of Adventures 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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Our Book of Adventures 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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Latest Updates 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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Informative 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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Practicing Safety 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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Latest Updates 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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Latest Updates 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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Informative 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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Practicing Sustainability 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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Our Book of Adventures 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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Our Book of Adventures 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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Practicing Safety What steps are we taking to make trekking safer during the second wave?
08 July 2020 | Kanishka S

With the outbreak of Covid-19 last year, Bikat Adventures conducted a survey with trekkers to get an idea of the apprehensions and expectations they may have regarding traveling. We also interacted wi

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Latest Updates 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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Latest Updates INTRODUCING ALPINE CLIMBING WITH BIKAT ADVENTURES
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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Latest Updates 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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Informative 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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Informative Winter Versions of Summer Treks: Why do we hold them and are they safe for trekkers?
05 February 2021 | Kanishka S

In 2011, Bikat Adventures held its very first trek in India. A competent trek leader and a guide were the only staff to accompany the team. There were no porters or cooks. The trekkers carried their f

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Informative Goechala – Who is this trek meant for?
06 February 2021 | Kanishka S

Burrowed deep within the leafy jungles of the Kanchenjunga National Park, the coveted Goechala trek takes one disarmingly close to the third highest mountain range in the world. Boasting staggering vi

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Our Book of Adventures Kalindi Khal: An Experience Steeped in Murphy's Law (Part 1/2)
11 February 2021 | 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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Our Book of Adventures Kalindi Khal: An Experience Steeped in Murphy's Law (Part 2/2)
26 February 2021 | 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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Practicing Safety How equipped/skilled are Trek Leaders at Bikat Adventures to handle a crisis on-field?
14 March 2021 | Kanishka S

During a full-fledged season of the Rupin Pass Trek some time ago, Pankaj (one of our founders) received a call about a bizarre situation that had developed on the slopes of the Rupin Pass. The call w

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Informative What is the Career Growth for a Trek Leader at Bikat Adventures?
22 March 2021 | Kanishka S

Bikat Adventures is one of the few organisations in the country that holds mountaineering expeditions in conjunction with Himalayan treks and other outdoor activities. This essentially means a Trek L

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Informative What is the Hiring Process for a Trek Leader at Bikat Adventures?
22 March 2021 | Kanishka S

The hiring process for a trek leader at Bikat Adventures is a lengthy one. This is primarily because the roles and responsibilities of a trek leader do not just end with treks. Bikat Adventures is one

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Informative Highlights of the Goechala Trek
07 May 2021 | Kanishka S

Over the years, Goechala has gained great acclaim as that trek that lets you meet the legendary Mt. Kanchenjunga face to face. But that is not the only reason this trek remains a favourite amongst bot

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Skiing Know Your Ski
21 May 2021 | Kanishka S

Did you know Skiing or traveling over snow on skis has a history of over eight millennia? Since then, skiing has evolved from being a purely utilitarian activity to one of recreational activity and sp

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Know How How to Attire for your Basic Skiing Course?
07 June 2021 | Kanishka S

If you are new to skiing and are wondering how to attire for your upcoming skiing course, then this article is for you. It lays out the basics of what you will need to keep yourself protected from the

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Know How How to climb Uphill on your Skis?
07 June 2021 | Kanishka S

There are many ways of climbing uphill on your skis. Broadly speaking, these are classified into two categories: Gliding techniques and non-gliding techniques. In the Basic Skiing Course, we will be

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Know How How to wear your Ski Boots and Skis?
07 June 2021 | Kanishka S

This article is a detailed step by step guide on how to wear and remove your Ski Boots and Skis. While this is a fairly straightforward process, there are little nuances to wearing your boots and ski

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Informative Different types of Snow Skiing
18 June 2021 | Kanishka S

Skiing is more than just cruising downhill on a snowy slope wearing your skis. While this is the form most people are familiar with, the sport has evolved and adapted over time to challenge and naviga

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Our Book of Adventures A Night on the Rupin Pass: A Tale of Survival and Rescue
06 August 2021 | Kanishka S

During a full-fledged trekking season in May of 2019, the Rupin Pass witnessed a curious sight that was incomprehensible at first glance. Roughly 100 M below the Pass, on the slope that faces the Ron

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Our Book of Adventures A Night on the Rupin Pass: A Tale of Survival and Rescue - 2
13 August 2021 | Kanishka S

This is Part 2 of the story. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, please use the link below to access it. A Night on the Rupin Pass: Part 1   Picking up from where we left… In contras

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Practicing Sustainability How do you find out if a Trekking Organization is Sustainable?
10 September 2021 | Kanishka S

It is no secret that interest in trekking has been flourishing in India in recent times. With each passing year, we see An increase in new beginners taking up trekking More of the old trails getti

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Practicing Sustainability Fixed Camping should be banned in the Himalayas: Here are 7 Reasons Why
08 October 2021 | Kanishka S

There has been a lot of debate around fixed camping within the trekking community lately. Organisations and seasoned trekkers alike have been calling for a ban of this practice on all high altitude Hi

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