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Yoga sessions conducted during Himalayan trek

Yoga sessions conducted during Himalayan trek

During a trek in the Himalayan range Yoga sessions were conducted as a trial from 3rd and 18th June 2007. The participants were university students from USA who were on a geographical study trip. The Yoga class was optional for the participants. The journey started from Rishikesh moving on to Lohajung, Bedni, Aali, Pathar nachauniya, […]

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Adventure Course Summer 2007

Adventure Course Summer 2007

May 8, 2007 marked the beginning of an incredible three week, six credit hour adventure course for a team of fifteen students from Georgia Southern University (GSU). The students studied Sustainable Mountain Development and Mountain Geography while being led from the plains of Delhi to the towering Himalayan peaks of the Garhwal by Dr. Keith […]

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Leaving Winter Transhumant Field Study

Leaving Winter Transhumant Field Study

Ian Snider and Kelly Sheets will be sharing the culture of Appalachia as they accompany Bhotiya shepherds to their summer pastures Mountain Works Sustainable Development conducted its pilot project entitled Leaving Winter. This collaborative field study centered on a month long trekking excursion in the Garhwal Himalaya of Uttarakhand, beginning April 23, 2007. Where as […]

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The Hindu: Enigmatic Peak

The Hindu: Enigmatic Peak

Vijay Sharma, The Hindu March 4, 2007 IT is not the highest Indian peak — not unless one imposes the rather stringent condition of requiring the recipient of that honour to be “located entirely within the country’s borders”. But Nanda Devi is arguably the most beautiful, and almost certainly the most enigmatic, of India’s many […]

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Nanda Devi Women’s Festival 2007

Nanda Devi Women’s Festival 2007

The Fourth Annual Nanda Devi Women’s Festival was held in Lata village on Indian Republic Day. More low key than previous years, the festival however acknowledged a year of rapid progress towards the goals of the Mountain Shepherds Initiative with the holding of the Nanda Devi Inaugural Women’s Trek in the fall. As usual, the […]

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ICIMOD Publishes Nanda Devi Talking Points Booklet

ICIMOD Publishes Nanda Devi Talking Points Booklet

Community Rights and Livelihoods in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, India “This Talking Points document revisits the communities surrounding Nanda Devi, where the Chipko movement in which tree-hugging village women successfully prevented state-organised timber concessionaires from felling forest trees began in the 1970s. These communities where conservation activism traces its roots lost much of their […]

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Trekking in the Himalayas open to students

Trekking in the Himalayas open to students

Trekking the Himalayan Mountains while living in villages among native mountain people may thought to be found only in the movies, but Appalachian State University students are getting the chance to do just this. Through a company called Nature-Link Institute, students from all over the country are getting the chance to participate in a 22-day […]

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Gear for Garhwal a resounding success!

Gear for Garhwal a resounding success!

By Ian Snider Garhwal Post, November 30, 2006 Recently, an event was held which marked the greatest step to date in the struggle for Bhotiya rights to the slopes of their blessed Nanda Devi. The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) graduated a crop of students which come mostly from Niti Valley Garhwal, cradle of the […]

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Historic Nanda Devi Trek Draws World Women

Historic Nanda Devi Trek Draws World Women

JOSHIMATH, 18 Oct, 2006: This past weekend, the last of three international teams departed for Dharansi Pass in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve as part of the Inaugural Nanda Devi Women’s Trek. Stopping over at eminent journalist Harish Chandola’s guest house near Auli, the group of four women including two Americans, a Canadian, and an […]

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Trained for the Mountain

Trained for the Mountain

After years of fundraising, grant writing, and recruiting, Mountain Shepherds sent fourty boys from the upper reaches of the Uttarakhand Himalayas to the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering for basic mountaineering training, as part of a drive to involve local people in mountain tourism. Anjali Nauriyal Times of India (Doon Plus Edition) September 30, 2006 Download […]