The LAFL team gets felicitated by the , then Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee , for the 2500kms Mumbai to Haridwar cross country cycling event, 2005.

The team consisted of Prateek Deo, Vinod Kumar, & Glean Gonsalves. These were 3 brave riders from Mumbai who cycled for 2500 kms in 23 days crossing 7 states.
There were no back-up vehicle for support. The motto of the trip was “do it the truckers way” , so no hotel stay was decided.

The team successfully completed their journey in the planned 23 days and made their name in history for this unique journey

Mumbai to Haridwar cycling trip

 

 

Backpacking Trips by Life Away From Life.

1

Kerala Backwaters Backpacking cycling trip.

Life Away From Life plans  a backpacking cycling trip through the beautiful landscapes and backwater villages of southern India,Kerala. Southern India is a magical place with beautiful landscapes, fascinating towns and villages, long white beaches and superb food, an excellent place to explore by cycle.

backpacking trips by LAFL

Read More :  http://bit.ly/KeralaCyclingTrip.

2

Bundi Photography Backpacking trip in Rajasthan.

So all interested individuals simply grab your cameras (professional camera not required) and get the best opportunity to capture different aspects of life in different forms and moods. We would travel into the realms of life capturing moments that finally make a good photograph. Let us explore more about photography through informal discussions and practical experimentation during this unique workshop in Bundi, Rajasthan.

backpacking trips by LAFL

Read More http://bit.ly/BackpackingTripToBundi.

3

Ladakh Backpacking Trek .

Ladakh has its mysterious ways with its vast stretches of mountain terrain . Backpacking is the best way to explore the beautiful city of Ladakh. This trek happens at  a height of 9000 feet and above.  The Ladakh Backpacking trek is a unique initiative that allows you to unravel the beauty of the Himalayas – a dream of every backpacker.

Ladakh one of the most favourite trekking destination, having some of the most picturesque and challenging treks. Ladakh is a paradise for adventure lover given by its world’s mightiest mountain ranges, the Greater Himalaya and the Karakoram, and two others, the Ladakh range and the Zangskar range. The most important feature of trekking in Ladakh is it’s High Mountain passes which comes on the trekking routes gives opportunity to have wonderful view of colorful mountains and amazing landscape.

backpacking trips by LAFL

For more details, visit http://bit.ly/LadakhTrek.

4

Valley of Flowers trek – Uttarakhand

The Valley of Flowers, a National Park located at an altitude of 3800 meters on the West Himalayan area of Uttarakhand. This backpacking journey through the West Himalayas is a unique experience that covers the herbal and scenic secrets of the valley. The valley is full of rare and endangered animals, pheasant and high altitude birds. Register for the trek and we will take you for a unique backpacking experience.
This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard,musk deer,brown bear, red fox,and blue sheep.

backpacking trips by LAFL
For more details, visit http://bit.ly/ValleyOfFlowersBackpacking.

 

5

Sandakphu – Phalut Trek in Darjeeling.

Introducing the Phalut trek – a beautiful and serene trek that takes you through snow-clad mountains, stretches of colorful flowers with melancholic birds . Its a an opportunity to witness the grandeur of the five highest mountains in the world!

The Sandakphu – Phalut trek in Darjeeling is one of the worlds most exciting treks. The grandeur of snow capped mountains, colorful wild flowers like primulas, rhododendron, magnolias, orchids and many other sub-alpine flowers. The melodic chirp of birds filling the air and the fresh green smell. Soaking in all of this would definitely elate all your senses.

backpacking treks by LAFL

For more details, visit http://bit.ly/PhalutTrek.

We suggest 5 MUST DO treks  this summer.

  1. Ladakh Backpacking Trek in LadakhSummer Treks Ladakh backpacking trek

    Ladakh has its mysterious ways with its vast stretches of mountain terrain and backpacking is the best way to explore the beautiful city of Ladakh. At a height of 9000 feet, the Ladakh Backpacking trek is a unique initiative that allows you to unravel the beauty of the Himalayas – a dream of every backpacker and among the best treks in this world.

    Cost: INR 8500 per person + 3.625 % service tax
    For more details, visit http://bit.ly/LadakhTrek

  2. Sandakphu – Phalut trek in DarjeelingThe Sandakphu Phalut trek

    Introducing the Phalut trek – a beautiful and serene trek that takes you through snow-clad mountains, stretches of colorful flowers with melancholic birds and an opportunity to witness the grandeur of the five highest mountains in the world!

    The Sandakphu – Phalut trek in Darjeeling is one of the worlds most exciting treks. The grandeur of snow capped mountains, battalions of colorful wild flowers like primulas, rhododendron, magnolias, orchids and many other sub-alpine flowers, the melodic chirp of birds filling the air and the fresh green smell… soaking in all of this would definitely elate all your senses.

    Charges: Rs 9,000  + 3.625% service tax– 6 days and 5 nights

    For more details, visit http://bit.ly/PhalutTrek or reach out to us on 022 66096693 / 7718058351

  3. Valley of Flowers trek , Uttarakhandsummer treks

    Our backpacking initiative takes you to the Valley of Flowers, a National Park located at an altitude of 3800 meters on the West Himalayan area of Uttarakhand. This backpacking journey through the West Himalayas is a unique experience that covers the herbal and scenic secrets of the valley, rare and endangered animals, pheasant and high altitude birds, and many more surprises.

    Register for the trek and we will take you for a unique backpacking experience.

    Cost: INR 6000/- per person + 3.625 % service tax

    For more details, visit http://bit.ly/ValleyOfFlowersBackpacking

  4. Kang Yatse 2 peak expedition , Ladakhsummer treks by Life Away From Life

    Unfurl the Indian Tricolour on 15th August on Kang Yatse Peak in Ladakh

    Ladakh has several fascinating peaks to its credit, Kang Yatse being one of them. At a height of about 6400 meters, the trek to the peak is adventurous and arduous. This trek takes you through some amazing valleys, some beautiful rivers and some really quaint villages that give a glimpse into the local life of people there.

    Last year LAFL hoisted the Indian Flag simultaneously at 3 summits on 15th August – Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Stok Kangri peak (Ladakh) and Peb Fort (Maharashtra). Following this tradition, this year we will summit the Kang Yatse peak on 15th August and hoist the Indian Flag. Join us in this expedition.

    Charges: Rs 25,324 + 3.625% – 9 days and 8 nights
    For more details, visit http://bit.ly/KangYatseExpedition

  5. Mt. Kilimanjaro Expedition, TanzaniaSummer treks by Life Away from Life

    After a successful summit in 2015, we are happy to announce the most excited trip of this year. An exciting expedition to Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in the months of July, August & September 2016

    Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the African continent and the tallest free standing mountain in the world. It rises in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland with an elevation ranging from around 900 metres to an imperious 5,895 meters (19,336ft).

    Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most reachable high summits. Most visitors will reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gilman’s point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates.

    Our 9 days 8 nights trip to Tanzania, to climb Mt Kilimanjaro will fascinate you at every level.
    Join us for this unique trek.

23rd – 26th March 2016

gir-biking

Sitting down in office, discussing our next recce trip. The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat is next on our long list of recce trips that needs to be done before the end of the year. It’s a completely new territory and the excitement starts seeping in.  But there’s a wait, a long wait before you hit the roads. Patience is the key. With each passing day you feel the anxiety building up, the wait getting shorter and soon you’re on your way to unfold a beautiful road route – one that passes through forests, small villages, large cities and more.

Day 1 of the road trip and the car has already hits 100 Kmps. Our destination for day 1 is Ahmedabad and thanks to the amazing national highways and good-quality roads, we reached Ahmedabad in less than 9 hours. 530 Kms in less than 9 hours…we definitely drove at some speed! The final leg of this journey, the route from Baroda to Ahmedabad was spectacular with top notch roads that are surprisingly and absolutely just straight. We spent the night at a local couple’s place in Ahmedabad. After spending most of the day traveling in the heat, the joy of being treated with some chilled chaas was refreshing.

The next day we were up early and all geared up to reach Gir Forest. We were greeted with some tea and breakfast, and the couple were also kind enough to lend their bike for the next 2 days. It is the hospitality of people like these that keep us going on such backpacking trips. The clock hits 7AM and we are already on our way, ramping up the bike on the Ahmadabad – Rajkot highway. With halts for some local ‘fafda’ breakfast, fresh sugarcane juice and some tea, we reached Junagadh which is a couple of hours from the forest.

Local Breakfast

The route now turned into one-lane roads inching closer to our destination. Almost 24 hours since we left from Mumbai and after a long 9-hour bike ride, we reached the Gir Forest – the home for over 500 lions or so they say. There was a sense of excitement and a hint of victory at successfully completing 900Kms in 24 hours as we reached a little before 4PM. The journey did take a toll on us. Tired and exhausted we immediately checked into the hotel and spent sometime in the room relaxing & discussing our course of action for the evening.

Selfie 2

Plans are meant ‘not’ to be followed, and as we made our way of to start our recce work, we bumped into our old clients, who surprisingly were doing a trip of their own at Gir Forest. Nature has its own ways, and almost 3 years after a Meghalaya trip we were destined to bump into them again and of all the places at Gir! Surprised at seeing known faces in an unknown land, we sat down for a cup of tea reminiscing the memories of our escapades during the Meghalaya trip. One thing leads to another and soon we found ourselves driving into the forest with our friends on an adventure trip of our own. Driving into the forest for almost 30 minutes, we finally reached an establishment, relieved to see humans and not lions :P! We spend the evening catching up on how life has fared for all of us since our last trip and bringing up fond memories of Meghalaya. We also got a chance to witness the tribal performance called ‘Tamasha’ (not sure if this is the correct name, but that what everyone there called it). Frankly speaking wasn’t quite amazed at the performance. It was a little offending than pleasing, and more so there was nothing ‘authentic’ about it. But nonetheless a new experience! We then made our way to meet Mr. Murad – a legend of the forest and a hero in the eyes of locals! Mr. Murad is known for his brave encounters with the lions and for whom the forest is another home! A humble person with absolutely no airs about his accomplishments that’s who Mr. Murad is – a true hero! We were obliged by the fact that Mr. Murad invited us to his house late at night close to 10:30 PM, and was more than happy to share his experiences. We spent almost an hour talking to Mr. Murad understanding the nature of lions, the way they live, his encounters with them, and asking him plenty of questions. One account that stands out is when we asked him ‘If you are given an opportunity to move to a city with a high-paying job, will you do it’ he replied saying ‘Never will I leave my lions’ – the sign of a true legend! Truly obliged and thankful to Mr. Murad for his time and humility, we left his house immersed in thoughts of his bravery, achievements and his life!

With Mr. Murad

After a good night’s sleep, we finally decided to start with our recce work the next day. A quick breakfast at a local hotel, and we were back on our bike hoping from one resort to another trying to understand the accommodation charges, services and other facilities being provided. Riding through Gir and interacting with locals all morning, we got to know of this place called Jamwala about 35kms from the city. We had all the information we needed from Gir, and were about to leave for Ahmedabad, and there we were contemplating on whether we should visit Jamwala on our way back or not. Our instincts somehow kept telling us that we should and the adventurer in us backed those thoughts. Soon we checked out of our hotel and headed straight for Jamwala, completely unaware of what to expect from this place. We started riding, asking for directions on our way; the roads taking us away from the city and the forest around us getting dense. We crossed the tribal village on our way and eventually found our way to Jamawala check post, an hour after leaving from Gir. A couple of locals led us to a farm-house owned by Mr. Falgun, and to our surprise it was the best place we had seen at Sasan Gir. Camouflaged deep within the forest, away from the city, surrounded by farms, water reserves and the dense forest – this place was what we had imaged the Gir forest to be and exactly what we were looking for! Mr. Falgun too seemed quite surprised at our adventurous trip from Mumbai and amazed that we rode all the way to Jamwala to find his place. A chirpy and adventurous person himself, he was more than welcome to show us around his and also offered lunch. A nice home-cooked meal with barbeque fish – what a delight! The gamble to visit Jamwala…paid off, the intention of the recce trip…met, the excitement of discovering a new place…achieved! Satisfied and content with ourselves, we said our goodbyes to Mr. Falgun with an assurance that we’ll be back again and left from Jamwala. Little did we know that the best part of the trip was yet to come…

On our way out from Jamwala, we were suggested to take a different route to Ahmedabad, a much shorter and time-saving route. We made our way to Dhari and within a few minutes we were at a check post registering our personal and bike details. Curious to know the reason for the registration, we were informed that it was for safety reasons as the next stretch of 35kms is through the actual Gir Forest!

Shocked, surprised and excited, you could see a change in our body language. We were no longer tired of riding in the heat, but were all charged up, ready to face the challenge, our cameras ready just in case we saw a sneak-peak of something! We started riding, with a strange sense of fear within. There was no one on the road, not a single car or bike ahead or behind us. The roads were rough but we kept riding. As we went deeper into the forest, we saw a herd of deer…we slowed down a bit to sink in a visual and get a closer look.

Deer

Deer Crossing

It was just beautiful; seeing the animals in their natural habitat. We didn’t halt as this would scare the deer, but we drove as slow as we could to get a good glimpse. We continued our way through the forest, scared to even halt for water, as a deer ran across the road a few yards ahead. We kept riding, highly attentive to the movements happening around us, as the roads became more and more rough. And out of nowhere we spotted a peacock. We slowed down again as the peacock continued walking in the woods. We could just barely see it among the trees and then it emerged from woods to cross the road. The majestic bird crossed the road just a few feet ahead of us and disappeared into the forest – whoa what a sight! Absolutely amazing! We went on till the end of the forest, completely watchful, gripped with a sense of fear and curiosity!

Peacock

The 35kms forest stretch was a complete off-roading experience and took us almost 2 hour to traverse, but was absolutely worth it! We were hoping to reach Dhari soon and from there zoom into Ahmedabad. But to our destiny, the route after the forest had something unique – a sense of freedom which we couldn’t anticipate. We found ourselves riding on narrow 2-lane roads connecting small towns with golden farms on both sides. What a contrast – off-roading through a forest and now riding through beautiful farms.

The roads

We stopped beside a farm just to absorb the extravagance and beauty all around us. We didn’t speak a word; the silence around us divine. We felt at peace doing absolutely nothing. This is what life is all about…these tiny moments when you find yourself completely lost in the beauty of nature, your mind exhilarated at capturing the scenes around you and your body relaxed with a sense of freshness!

Freedom 2

It had started getting a little dark by now. The thoughts of camping there at night did cross our minds, but we had to reach Mumbai the next day. Soon we were back on our bike, with a long journey to Ahmedabad that had to be covered in the time left in the day.

We reached Ahmedabad early morning the next day, completely exhausted. We spent what was left of the night at the same local’s place. The next morning we spent some time with the couple, telling them about our adventurous journey across Gir, returned their bike very much grateful at their kind gesture and were back on the road for the last leg of our journey from Ahmedabad to Mumbai. We were back to Mumbai after a long 9-hour drive, and having covered 1800 kms in 4 days, we were completely burned out and waiting to hit the bed. But we felt content at the end of the day, having successfully achieved the intention of going to Gir forest and having discovered some really amazing places and routes.

There’s one thing I’ve observed in doing these trips. By the time you’re back home, you’re physically exhausted. But as you lie in your bed and your body slowly starts relaxing, you start collecting your thoughts and memories, and when you close your eyes, you find yourself riding on the beautiful roads surrounded by golden farms on both sides! That’s when you know you’ve created another fond memory, something you’ll cherish for the rest of your life!

Freedom

CHADAR TREK BY LAFL

Life Away From Life yet again manages to give their participants an awesome experience of the frozen river trek in Ladakh – THE WORLD FAMOUS CHADAR TREK on 26th Jan 2016.

Trekking in the Chadar trek  with the right frame of mind and good facilities makes the chadar trek more interesting and keeps the mind fresh.

The team did well during the chadar trek  to survive the treacherous minus 30 deg celcius in the nights. The Extra two days before the Chadar  trek worked well to get acclimatize to the  high altitude of Ladakh as well as the cold factor.
These extra days are trademark planning of Life Away from Life in all their treks.

The Chadar trek started late cause of the melting condition of the river. The global warming effect was clearly seen in the snow conditions of this region.
The first day walk was short but exciting. We had to leave the Chadar trek route and climb mountains at times.

Our guide Mr Dorje and his team were locales of this area and had done this Chadar Trek a lot o f times.Great food made our tiredness lesser. This is another trademark of Life Away From Life trips- Great food !!

The second day was much more interesting where we had to walk almost for 5 hours on thick sheet of Ice to reach our next camp site.
There were slippery moments and some really awesome moments. The Chadar trek kept us spell bound.

The highlight of this day was it was 26th January , our Republic Day , and we celebrated it with Pizzas and Momos.

The Chadar Trek is one of the most exciting experiences which everyone must do it at least once in their lifetime.

 

the video gives you a feel of what the team experienced.

The Life Away from Life  Team :
Prateek Deo – Expedition Leader
Neha Jiwarajka
Sanjay Gupta
Ridhima Arora
Basavaraj Masanagi
Dorje – Trek Guide