Category: April

5 Things To Keep In Mind Before Choosing Your Next Trekking Location

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Well, you’ve been working for a while now, and you think you need a break, and want to go for a trek. But which trekking location should you head for? Take the following factors into account, and we’re sure you’ll have your answer by the end!

1. Past Experience

How much have you trekked in the past?

If you’re an absolute beginner, something small or easy like Dodi Tal or Chopta-Chandrashila should be perfect.

The route to Tungnath-Chandrashila. Chaukhamba peeks out in the background.

 

If you’ve done a couple of treks, perhaps Har Ki Dun or Dayara Bugyal catches your fancy!

And if you have quite some experience, perhaps you should answer the call of Stok Kangri, Rupin Pass, or Goecha La.

The final trail before ascending Rupin Pass.

2. Fitness Level

How fit are you? Ideally, you should be fit for any trek. Work out a month in advance in order to make sure you’re prepared.

If you’re in good shape, then most treks can be undertaken by you. Even Kuari Pass can be done by trekkers who don’t have that much experience, yet are fit.

The winter trail to Kuari Pass, with Hathi and Ghodi Parbat in the background.

3. Weather and Season

Most Himalayan treks like Hampta Pass and Kashmir’s Great Lakes are doable in May and June, but there are some treks that are known for the particular seasons they thrive in. If you’re going in April, think of Chopta-Chandrashila. The rhododendrons are in full bloom at Chopta and the route to Tungnath, and you might even encounter some ice and snow near Chandrashila top!

The pink rhododendrons aka Buransh, at Chopta.

Come July and August, and the famous Valley of Flowers beckons you. The flowers are in full bloom, and monsoon treks hold a charm of their own.

The carpet of flowers in the Valley vary from month to month.

September, October, and November, though cold, are the best months for catching a view of the snow capped peaks. The skies are at their clearest, so I’d recommend Nag Tibba or Kuari Pass.

Kathian Campsite on the Nag Tibba trek.

 

Come December and January, and we have the classic winter treks, namely Kedarkantha, and the Chadar trek.

4. Number Of Days At Hand

How many days do you have? If it’s a long weekend trip, then something like Kheerganga and Bhrigu Lake may be more up your alley.

Bhrigu Lake in the Kullu Valley is as mesmerising a trek as any.

 

But if you have a good week to 10 days, go for a trek like Roopkund in Uttarakhand, or the Great Lakes in Kashmir.

Kishensar (Sar means Lake), on the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek.

 

For something in between, try Chandrakhani Pass near Manali!

5. Budget

If you’ve got a humble amount saved up, then Piang Neru or Khar Myundari may be just what you’re looking for!

Jhameer Campsite on the Piang Neru trek.

And if money’s not an issue, try Pin Parvati Pass or Pangarchula Peak trek.

Pro tip: The lesser the days, the cheaper it will be.

 

Well, we just offered you a variety of choices, and how to decide them, so are you any closer to making up your mind?

10 Trekking Tips You Can’t Miss Out On

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If you’re a beginner to trekking, here are 10 trekking tips that should help you prepare for your first trek! And even if you’re experienced, it’s never too late to brush up on some information.

Trekking Tip 1: Double check everything.

Equipment matters. You don’t want to be out on a hike, and when you need something important, you don’t have it. It can be the difference between life and death. Trekking usually takes place in remote locations, where facilities are scarce, so there’s a good chance you won’t find what you’re looking for.

Even if it is available, why would you want to waste money and buy something you already have?

Tosh Valley.

 

Trekking Tip 2: If hit by AMS, descend.

Mountains can be your best friend, but also your worst enemy. Acute Mountain Sickness hits when you don’t acclimatise properly. Presuming you’re past the point of acclimatising and are already facing symptoms of altitude sickness, the best solution is to descend. While Diamox etc. can help curb the symptoms and effects, removing the cause(high altitude) is the most logical solution.

 

Trekking Tip 3: Prepare adequately.

Make sure you’re physically and mentally fit to go for a trek. Fitness can make the difference between making a trek really easy to complete, or really difficult to manage. You don’t want to be left lagging behind!

Trekking Tip 4: Climb high, sleep low.

Once over 3000 meters above sea level, climb slowly, sleeping no more than 300 m higher at the end of each day. Going higher during the day is fine as long as you go down to sleep. It’s a good idea to reach your destination for the day and then go for an acclimatisation walk somewhere high around, thereafter returning to camp.

Trekking Tip 5: Start early, reach early.

It’s a rule I follow religiously. Early morning usually makes for glorious weather, with astounding views. Plus, if you start by around 5 or 6 AM, there’s a good chance you’ll be at your intended destination by 12 PM or max, 2, just in time for lunch. Plus, the weather usually gets cloudy and rainy post noon, and it’s never fun to trek in that.

Morning views on the Chopta-Chandrashila trail. 

Trekking Tip 6: Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but photos. Kill nothing but time. Keep nothing but memories.

Global warming is consuming our planet at a rapid pace, and the Himalayas have one of the most fragile ecosystems in the world. Add to all this, the throngs of tourists visiting them each year, and you have at hand a disaster waiting to happen.

In light of all these, it is our prerogative that we keep our ecological footprint to a minimum. We leave them as we would like to find them. We do not harm the flora and fauna. We take away nothing but experiences.

A moment of reflection at Kedarkantha.

 

Trekking Tip 7: It’s always further than it looks. It’s always taller than it looks. And it’s always harder than it looks.

This one applies to both trekking and mountaineering. If we keep wasting time thinking about how much further the destination is, we make it mentally tiring for ourselves. So it’s best to concentrate on the next step, on the immediate present, and where to put our foot next.

This one’s for the mountaineers! The West Face of Deo Tibba.

 

Trekking Tip 8: Take care of your feet.

Your legs and feet are your most valuable companion on any trek, and that’s why it’s really important to pay attention to them. Make sure to wear the right socks, and the right number of layers. Break in new shoes before taking them for their first trek. Get comfortable in them. Lace them up to the top to reduce chances twisting your ankle.

Trekking Tip 9: When you reach a destination, set up camp first before anything else.

Before doing anything else, it’s necessary that you pitch your tents first. When you do that, you have a base to function out of, out of which you can organise all other activities like cooking. In the event of unforeseen weather, you have a place to take shelter.

Campsite at Piang Neru.

 

Trekking Tip 10: “Aur kitni aage hai?/How much further?” is always a bad question to ask, and one we hate answering 😛

We all know “Bas thoda aur/just 10 minutes more” is a blatant lie we tell just to keep you satisfied, so why make us say it 😛 ?

First Time Trekking Experiences At Hampta

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We recently interviewed Kratika Jain, a digital marketer from Ahmedabad. In a candid chat, she tells us about her first time trekking experiences to Hampta Pass in July. Read on!

Q: How did you start trekking?

A: Actually, this was my first time trekking, and it all happened rather quickly. Quite a lot of my friends were doing it, and I couldn’t handle their pictures, it was too beautiful, and I really needed a break from my job as well! The satisfaction of the mountains couldn’t be felt in a city like Ahmedabad, and I really wanted to get away. So I quickly opened up Google and started looking for a trek to do.

Q: How did you end up choosing Hampta Pass?

A: I simply searched which trek was popular during July, and Hampta Pass popped up!

Above Jobra Campsite

Q: What was Hampta Pass like, for you?

A: It was easy to moderate, even though it was my first time trekking, but the last two days were quite difficult(during the pass crossing and descending). Even the day we crossed Hampta Pass, we walked for 12 hours. I thought to myself, “Oh shit I’m killing myself !”, but looking back when we finished it, it was a really nice experience, and at that point, I realised that we(the group) had actually done something exciting in life!

Q: How did it feel when you reached the pass itself?

A: Actually, I wasn’t feeling that good, since there was still some portion of the trek remaining. When I reached the pass, I was jubilant, but then thought “Oh shit, abhi aur chalna hai(I still have to walk more!)”.
Then, on the final day, my feelings were the exact opposite and I was thinking “Oh damn, it’s the last day”, and then we felt like it was too short, we wished it was longer. Suddenly all my energy came back that day and we wished we could do it all over again!

Q: Sounds like it was quite a task managing the trek. What inspired you to keep walking?

A: You see so much natural beauty and variations in weather, which you would not get to see in a crowded city like Ahmedabad. The scenery is amazing and beautiful, sometimes it’s flowers, mountains, waterfalls, sometimes it’s rivers. It all inspires you to keep going!

Q: Speaking of rivers, how’d you find the river crossing at Jwara?

A: At first, I felt like not doing it, then I felt a lot of adrenalin during the actual crossing itself, and then I felt like doing it again! It was adventurous, but thankfully I was never scared.

Q: Once you cross Hampta Pass, you come to Spiti and Chandra Tal. How did you like those?

A: It was absolutely beautiful! I had never seen mountainous landscapes, especially since it was my first time trekking. My immediate reaction was “Why don’t they shoot Bollywood movies here? Why do people go abroad to countries like Thailand? Spiti is equally, if not more beautiful”. The truth is, Himachal is really unexplored. That is because of its inaccessibility. But it is this same inaccessibility that allows this region to remain peaceful, calm, and serene. By contrast, we saw Rohtang Pass on the way back, and wahan pe to mela laga hua tha!

Chandra Tal

Q: Being an Indian woman, was there any hurdle you faced while informing your family about going for the trek?

A: I just told my family, don’t wait for me, agar mai waapis nahi aayi! They were asking for a phone number to contact me in case of an emergency, and were shocked to learn ke waahaan pe signal hi nahi aata. They could not comprehend that there are still regions in this country jahaan pe signal nahi aata! All jokes aside, they were mostly fine, they just wanted me to stay in touch, since it was my first time trekking.

Q: Was there any particular event from the trek which stood out for you?

A: The truth is, I wasn’t in a good condition, and desperately wanted a break from my life. I wanted to move out of the city and go to the mountains. So this trek was a big break for me, and genuinely a life changing experience, which I felt I needed. So I would describe the entire trek as an event that stood out for me. To top it all, the Renok staff were really nice and supportive. The group members too were very cooperative. Some of the group members and guides are now friends of mine!

 

Q:Do you have any advice for first time trekkers?

A: What I witnessed on the trek was that people were scared of the altitude, saying “No, mujhse nahi hoga(I will not be able to do it), I can’t do this” etc. If we keep this sort of mindset, we will not be able to concentrate on the trek and enjoy it, enjoy the scenery all around. For those for whom it’s their first time trekking, I have to say this. We should soak in every moment, because every moment is unique, memorable and enjoyable, and we should not forget this in our tiredness!

Q: Finally, has this trek had any lasting effects on you?

A: Apart from being in touch with all the group members, I have realised a lot of things about the mountains.
Trekking is not boring, ever, and it probably won’t be for anyone. Anyone can go for it, people from all walks of life, age, etc., so everyone can disconnect from their individual backgrounds and connect together to the mountains. Trekking also helps you get to know yourself as a person, and nothing can be better than staying with nature.
I felt so much positivity when I returned from Hampta Pass, it’s been life-changing for me. Whenever I’m faced with a negative situation in life, I think of the mountains, and I channel positivity through them into me.
When I returned from Hampta, I kept telling my family and friends the tales of my trek, and now they’ve started to grow bored! Even now, I am in the same mood, dreaming of the mountains. Ab to keeda lag gaya hai(I’m hooked to the mountains now), to trek once or twice during the year.

 

It looks like Kratika had a gala time. Do you think Hampta Pass could be your calling too? Head on over here to find out!

Kedarkantha an Ideal Trek for beginners

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The Kedarkantha trek is a 6 days and 5 night’s round trip trek which starts and ends at Dehradun. The difficulty level of the trek is moderate and is a great option for all those who do not have much experience trekking.

Kedarkantha Terrific Snow Trek for Beginners

With the advent of the New Year, I, like a billion other people, decided to turn my life around this year. And what better way to do that, than escaping right into the lap of Mother Nature i.e. The Himalayas to break free from my boring, mechanized, city life and rejuvenate. Because of my quest for adventure and unforgettable experiences, and my lack of trekking experience, The Kedarkantha trek seemed like the perfect option. The Kedarkantha trek is a 6 days and 5 night’s round trip trek which starts and ends at Dehradun.  The difficulty level of the trek is moderate and is a great option for all those who do not have much experience trekking. Kedarkantha is a beautiful rounded peak situated in the picturesque tons river valley. It is located in the Singtur range of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, India and is elevated at a height of 3800 meters above the sea level.

DAY 1: I was travelling from Delhi with a few friends but we were lucky enough to meet some of our trek mates on the train itself which gave us more time to interact before the trek began. Upon reaching Dehradun, we easily found the Cab that was to take us to the camp site at Sankri. The drive was absolutely beautiful and gave us a taste of what lies ahead. Driving along the tons river was definitely a highlight of the trip. Upon reaching Sankri we were divided into groups and allocated our tents for the night.

DAY 2: The next day of Kedarkantha trek we began with a 6 AM wake up call, followed by super fun exercise session. Today was a little cloudy and the entire setting looked straight out of a travel magazine. (One of those 1000 things to do before you die articles) After a heavy breakfast of cornflakes, masala chai and paranthas, we began our trek at 8 AM sharp. We trekked through dense pine forests with some sensational views. Our Kedarkantha trekking instructor familiarized us with several techniques to minimize breaks and reaching the next camp site in time. From spotting wild boars, hares and langoors to drinking the sweetest water from the brooks, this day gave us memories that we will cherish forever. Upon trekking for a few more hours we reached our next camp site at Juda ka Talab.  As the sun set and the stars came up over this picturesque view of snow clad mountains and the lake in the centre, we made our tents and food. Although I should’ve been exhausted from all the walking and trekking, sleep did not come to me for a long time. I kept thinking about this poem by Sanober khan:

“I do not want to sleep,

For fear I might miss the twinkle of the brightest star.

For fear I may never know,

How the moon glimmers in the darkest hour.”

DAY 3: I woke up early in the morning to see the magical sunrise at the Juda ka Talab with the golden glow spreading over the snow clad peaks and reflecting over the lake spreading warmth all over the clearing. A morning this beautiful always makes me retrospect, makes my city life problems seem so trivial, and makes me want to believe in a god for only he could’ve thought of something as divine as this. Today was a comparatively lighter day. We were given ample amount of time to enjoy and explore the wilderness. Being a photography enthusiast I managed to get some fantastic shots of the scenic beauty around me. After a lunch of delicious dal chawal and Aaloo Sabji, prepared by our cook Mr. Atar Singh ji (with our help of course), we trekked for 4 hours to reach the next campsite  that is the Kedarkantha base camp.

DAY 4: Today, after an early breakfast, we started trekking to summit the Kedarkantha peak. We cleared several meadows covered in gorgeous wild flowers and grazing cattle. Despite the exhaustion, the feeling of summiting a peak is so exquisite, that it almost instantaneously filled us with energy. The mountain was summited with the 15 of us running full speed towards the top, yelling on top of our lungs! The view from the peak was, for lack of a better word, DREAMY! We had the best lunch of our lives in this mesmerizing setting of snow clad peaks around us and only the sound of our laughter filling the air. After observing, exploring and photographing this peak, we spend the night camping at the base.

DAY 5: We followed a stone market trail in Hargaon which led us to a dense pine and walnut forest. The minute we entered the forest, all our senses were heighten. We could smell the fresh fragrance of the leaves, we could hear the birds chirping, I also spotted a carcass of a wild boar I think! The walk was always accompanied by the jokes and funny banter between us. We got a few glimpses of the Har-ki-dun valley also and spent the night at Sankri.

Day 6:  This was the last day of the trek and we were driving back from Sankri to Dehradun. We had to say our goodbye’s to our trek instructors here only. As we drove through the same scenic road between Sankri and Dehradun, I thought of how many changes I see in myself in only 6 days. Everything from my appearance to my thought process has changed drastically. The air in the bus was filled with hope. Hope of staying in touch, hope of meeting again in the future, hope of having many more such life altering experiences! It was indeed my best new year’s resolution..YET.

Here are our Upcoming treks for Kedarkantha Trek and Kedarkantha Winter Trek batches

DEPARTURES (All departures for Kedarkantha Trek are ex Sankri)

1st Batch : 8th October – 13th October 2016  

2nd Batch : 15th October – 20th October 2016  

3rd Batch : 22nd October – 27th October 2016  

4th Batch : 29th October – 3rd November 2016  

5th Batch : 5th November 2016 – 10th November 2016 

6th Batch : 12th November 2016 – 17th November 2016 

7th Batch : 19th November 2016 – 24th November 2016 

8th Batch : 26th November 2016 – 1st December 2016 

Kedarkantha Snow Trek Winter Batches 

1st Batch : 17th December 2016 (Open)

2nd Batch : 18th December 2016 (Open)

3rd Batch : 19th December 2016 (Open)

4th Batch : 20th December 2016 (Open)

5th Batch : 21st December 2016 (Open)

6th Batch : 22nd December 2016 (Open)

7th Batch : 23rd December 2016 (Open)

8th Batch : 24th December 2016 I (Open)

9th Batch : 24th December 2016 II (Open)

10th Batch : 25th December 2016 I  (Open)

11 th Batch : 25th December 2016 II  (Open)

12th Batch : 26th December 2016 (Open)

13th Batch : 27th December 2016 (Open)

14th Batch : 28th December 2016 (Open)

15th Batch : 29th December 2016 (Open)

17th Batch : 31st  December 2016 (Open)

18th Batch : 1st January 2017 (Open)

19th  Batch : 2nd January 2017 (Open)live streaming film The Great Wall 2016 online

20th Batch : 3rd January 2017 (Open)

Tosh Valley Trek – Animal Pass – Renok Adventures

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Tosh Valley Trek – Animal Pass

Tosh Valley trek is a popular small trek in the Parvati Valley which leads to the Pin Parvati Pass Trek and Animal Pass Trek. The Tosh Nallah meets the Parbati river at Pulga coming from the North. The Tosh valley Trek starts in a narrow valley but as you trek it opens up and you come across several beautiful meadows along the Tosh Valley Trek. The Tosh valley trek takes you to the beautiful view of Tosh Glacier and snowcapped peaks Papasura (6451m) & White Sail (6446m)

Trek Duration : 5 Days 4 nights

Destinations Covered in the Tosh Valley Trek : Bhuntar, Barsheni, Kasol, Animal Pass, Tosh Village

Tosh Valley Cost : Rs 11500 + 4.5% Service Tax (Bhuntar to Bhuntar) 

What’s Included :-

  • Accommodation (Camping)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg) (Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Trek guide
  • Permit Fee
  • Transport from Bhuntar and return

What’s Not Included :-

  • Cost Escalation due to natural reason
  • Unscheduled stay due to landslide

Fixed Departures for Tosh Valley Trek 2016

  • 10th September 2016
  • 17th September 2016

Brief Itinerary Tosh Valley Trek 

Day 01: Drive from Bhuntar to Tosh Village and Trek to Buddha Ban (3020m – 5 hours)

Day 02: Buddhaban – Sharam Thach (3505m – 5 to 7 Hours)

Day 03: Sharam Thach – Shamshi Thach (3800m – 4 to 5 Hours)

Day 04: Trek upto Animal Pass Lake and return Sharam Thach (3505m 6 to 9 Hours)

Day 05: Trek from Shamshi Thach – Tosh and drive to Bhuntar (6 hours )

Detailed Itinerary : Tosh Valley Trek – Animal Pass

Day 01: Drive from Bhuntar to Tosh and Trek from Tosh village – Buddha Ban (3020m – 5 hours)

Arrive at Bhuntar then take transport to reach Barsheni and meet our team and then start the short drive to Tosh Village to start the trek enroute stop for breakfast and freshn up. The drive from Barsheni to Manikaran is on beautiful curvaceous road and takes around an hour and a half. The Tosh Valley Trek trail starts from above the Barsheni village with a beautiful view of Parvati Valley Dam and picturesque confluence of Tosh and Parvati River. Tosh Valley Trek starts with a gradual climb from the Tosh village along the raging Tosh river through dense forests of Pine, Oak, Deodar etc to reach Buddhaban meadow which is our campsite.

As you reach Buddhaban campsite, enjoy the scenic surroundings and natural sprigs. You may also try your hands on bouldering at huge rocks.

Day 02: Buddhaban – Sharam Thach (3505m – 4 to 5 Hours)

We will start with morning exercise and sumptuous breakfast and proceed to Tosh Valley Trek. The trekking trail climbs from Buddhaban campsite towards the tree line to continue towards open meadows and clusters of Rhododendron and Juniper. After trekking for good 4 to 5 hours we will reach our campsite at Sharam Thach.

Day 03: Sharam Thach – Shamshi Thach (3800m – 4 to 5 Hours)

After a good sleep after getting used to the sleeping bags we start our Tosh Valley Trek with morning exercise and breakfast. After the steep climb you may encounter patches of snow which is going to be a challenging and once that is crossed the rest to the todays trekking trail will be an easy one. Continue on Tosh Valley Trek along the gushing Tosh River. After a short descent, you arrive at Shamshi Thach a beautiful campsite at the base of the valley with amazing views of Tosh Glacier in the north and Kullu Makalu Peak in the east. After enjoying the views during the height gain we return to camp for a hot cup of Tea.

 Day 04: Trek upto Animal Pass Lake and return Sharam Thach (3505m 6 to 9 Hours)

After our morning routine we get ready for the exploration of the Tosh Valley Trek towards the Animal Pass lake (4260 meters) it’s an arduous trek of around 5 to 6 hours which offers the great views of snow clad peaks of Papsura, Dharamsura and Devachan. Trek little further to have the mesmerizing view of Deo Tibba Range.

Day 05: Trek from Shamshi Thach – Tosh and drive to Bhuntar (6 hours )

Start early though it’s a long day but all downhill trek to Buddhaban. Be ready with your backpacks this is your last day of Tosh Valley Trek (Animal Pass Trek). We will trek back to Barsheni Village you can either take a transport to Bhuntar or stay in Barsheni for complete relaxation.

Dzongri Trek

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Short on time and still want to savor the majesty of West Sikkim trek in Himalayas then the Dzongri Trek is the best. The Dzongri trek is the shares the same trek route to Chaurikhang the HMI Basecamp and Goechala Pass Trek. Dzongri Trek starts at Yuksom the erstwhile capital of Sikkim, after crossing four cantilever bridges and through thick pristine forest of Sikkim Himalayas takes you to the highest point of at Dzongri Top around 15000 ft from where one can imbibe the splendor of Kanchenjunga National Park and jagged mountain peaks like Kabru, Kabru Dome, Frey Peak, Renok Peak.

Dzongri Trek – A short Trek to Altitude above 4000 m

 

 DZONGRI TREK ITINERARY

  • Day 1 Dzongri Trek : Drive from NJP to Yuksom
  • Day 2 Dzongri Trek : Trek from Yuksom to Bakhim (3000m, 6 Hrs)
  • Day 3 Dzongri Trek : Trek from Bakhim to Dzongri (4030m, 5 Hrs)
  • Day 4 Dzongri Trek : Dzongri Exploration Day
  • Day 5 Dzongri Trek : Trek from Dzongri to Bakhim (4030m, 4 Hrs)
  • Day 6 Dzongri Trek : Trek from Bakhim to Yuksom  (1875m, 5 Hrs)
  • Day 7 Dzongri Trek : Drive from Yuksom to NJP

TREK DURATION: 7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS

What’s Included :-

  • Accommodation (Camping & Hotel Stay)
  • Meals while on trek(Veg)
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Permits
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Leader, Guide and support staff.
  • Transport from NJP and return (as per Dzongri Trek itinerary)

DEPARTURES

  • Batch1: 16th April – 22nd April 2016
  • Batch2: 30th April-6th May 2016
  • Batch3: 14th May – 20th May 2016
  • Batch4: 28th May – 3rd June 2016
  • Batch5: 11th June – 17th June 2016
  • Batch6: 25th June – 1st July 2016
  • Batch7: 10th September – 16th September 2016
  • Batch8: 24th September – 30th September 2016
  • Batch 9: 8th October – 14th October 2016
  • Batch 10: 22nd October – 28th October 2016
  • Batch 11: 5th November – 11th November 2016
  • Batch 12: 19th November – 25th November 2016

Dzongri Trek Cost: Rs 10750 (Ex NJP) + 3.63% Service Tax

Dzongri Trek Itinerary
Day 1: New Jalpaiguri railway station to Yuksom

New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) is located in the Jalpaiguri District which is considered to be the Gateway to the Northeast. All major cities and towns are connected to NJP via the Indian Railways. The closet airport is Bagdogra Airport which is about 16km from NJP. From NJP we take a taxi to Yuksom in Sikkim. This journey will take us approximately 6 hrs. Yuksom is a beautiful town in West Sikkim which was once the capital of Sikkim. Overnight stay in Yuksom

Day 2 Dzongri Trek : Trek from Yuksom to Bakhim (3000m, 6 Hrs)

This is the first day of the trek. After walking across open fields we enter the beautiful valley of the Rathong river. En route appreciate ancient Oak, Conifer and Bamboo forests and the luxuriant ferns and delicate orchids that line the trail . Yuksom (1760m) marks the entrance to the Kangchenjunga National Park. Just after leaving the village you can see Bakhim on a ridge high above the confluence of the Rathong and Prek Rivers, which will give you an idea of how to pace yourself for the day. We trek through Oak and later Rhododendron forests. Bakhim has a forest rest house and a tea and snack stall. We will rest for a while and enjoy the view of the Yuksom Valley.

Day 3 Dzongri Trek : Trek from Bakhim to Dzongri (4030m, 5 Hrs)

 

The trek from Bakhim to Dzongri via Tshokha involves quite considerable altitude gain. We continue walking until we reach the bridge over the river Prerak. Prayer flags in the distance are an indication of the start of the Goechala trail. Trek from Bakhim to Tshokha and till Phedang is quite steep, it’s a well laid out path with wooden logs. At 12,000 feet and a source of water nearly Phedang is a perfect place to stop for lunch. We then continue for Dzongri. Through this leg of the trek you will be reaching over 13,000 feet, so headaches are not uncommon due to the thin air. In about 6 -7hrs we reach Dzongri. Overnight stay at Dzongri.

 

Day 4 Dzongri Trek : Dzongri Exploration Day

Today is the exploration day and we trek to Dzongri top early in the morning to get sunlit view of Kanchenchunja massif benicar generic. Experience how the golden rays of the sun interact with this magnificent mountain range. After enjoying this spectacular view we retrace our steps to Dzongri campsite. Dzongri Top is the highest point on the Dzongri  trek from where we will get a 180 degree panoramic view of the Kanchenchunja range. If we start early at 4am we can reach the top just in time for the sunrise.

Day 5 Dzongri Trek : Trek from Dzongri to Bakhim (4030m, 4 Hrs)

We trek back with amzing views of snow clad peaks of Himalayas as close as we were in heaven for a day. You could literally see the mountain peaks waving goodbye from behind the clouds.

Day 6 Dzongri Trek : Trek from Bakhim to Yuksom  (1875m, 5 Hrs)

We followed the same trekking route from Tshokha, Bakhim and trek back to Yuksom, putting an end to a spellbinding Dzongri Trek.

Day 7 Dzongri Trek : Drive from Yuksom to NJP

We drive back from Yuksom to NJP with a mosaic of frozen memories of the Trek.live streaming film Logan 2017 online

 

 

 

Indrahar Pass Trek

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Indrahar Pass is a mountain pass in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas. Located at an altitude of 4,342 metres (14,245 ft) above sea level, near the tourist town of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, Indrahar pass forms the border between Kangra and Chamba districts.

It is part of a very popular trekking route from Dharamshala. It attracts substantial tourist traffic during the trekking season between May–October.

Indrahar pass trail starts from our very own little Tibet of India- Mcleodganj , then further we start from Dharamkot we start our trek towards Triund.. Triund trekking trail is steep ascent and takes around 4-5 hours of trekking through dense forest..You can see beautiful views of Dhauladhar range and Kangra valley from Triund meadow…

Small trek from Triund hill to Laka Got is important for acclimatization to the steep rise in altitude.

Early morning we start for the Indrahar Pass Trek..From the Indrahar Pass you can have the amazing views of majestic peaks of Pir Panjal range of central Himalayas.

After crossing the Indrahar Pass the trekking trail is a steep descent till Chatta Paroa, and the we proceed having a look at the meadows of Mandara to reach the beautiful village of Kuwarsi. Later Drive to Chamba Town..


Trek Duration : 5 Days 4Nights

Destinations Covered during Indrahar Pass Trek : Mcleodganj, Chamba, Triund

Cost per Person: Rs 8000 + 4.50% service tax per person(Ex Mcleodganj to Chamba)

Early Booking Cost per Person: Rs 6500 + 4.50 % service tax per person (Ex Mcleodganj )
What’s Included :

  • Accommodation (Camping during the trek)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg)
  • Trekking Equipment (Tents & Sleeping bags only)
  • Permits
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff

What’s Not Included :

  • Trekking Poles, Jackets, Boots etc
  • Any Deviation or detour
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reason

DEPARTURES (All departures for The Indrahar Pass Trek are ex Mcleodganj )

  • 1st Batch :2nd October 2015 (Full) 
  • 2nd Batch :11th October 2015 (Open)

 

Indrahar Pass Trek Itinerary Brief

Indrahar Pass Trek Day 01: Trek from Mcleodganj to Triund

Indrahar Pass Trek Day 02: Trek from Triund hill to ILaka Got/Lahesh Caves (5 Kms, 4 Hrs)

Indrahar Pass Trek Day 03: Trek from Lahesh Caves to  Indrahar Pass and Return (10 Kms, 7Hrs)

Indrahar Pass Trek Day 04: Trek from Lahesh Caves to Mcleodganj (12 Kms, 6Hrs)

 

Indrahar Pass Trek Detailed Itinerary 

Day 01:  Mcleodganj

Trek from Dharamkot to Triund Hill (9 Kms, 6 Hrs)

Mcleodganj and explore this little Tibet of India and Dalai Lama’s abode. Mcleodganj offers great environment to connect with nature and a chance to imbibe the Tibetan culture. Have your breakfast and we will start walking towards Bhagsu Nag and from Dharamkot follow the well laid trekking trail towards Triud. Triund trekking trail is steep ascent and takes around 4-5 hours of trekking through dense forest of oak, pine, rhododendron and deodar trees. We will have our packed lunch at a beautiful spot on the triund trekking. Arrive at Triund hill and check into forest lodge or set up our camp. You can see beautiful views of Dhauladhar range and Kangra valley from Triund meadow.

Day 02: ILaka Got (Laka Glacier)

Trek from Triund hill to ILaka Got / Lahesh Caves (6 Kms, 4 Hrs)

After breakfast we trek from Triund to Lahesh Caves crossing SnowLine Cafe and Ilaga Got. It is steep climb on a rocky route. We reach Lahesh Caves where trekkers can stay inside the caves if they are vacant otherwise we will pitch our tents.

Day 03: Indrahar Pass

Trek from Lahesh Caves to Indrahar Pass Trek and return. (9 Kms, 7Hrs)

After an early breakfast we start the Indrahar Pass Trek. If we start early then we get enough time to enjoy the stunning views from the Indrahar Pass. From the Indrahar Pass you can have the amazing views of majestic peaks of Pir Panjal range of central Himalayas. If you want to enjoy snow trekking then till June you will be trekking through snow glaciers.  After crossing the Indrahar Pass the trekking trail is a steep descent till Chatta Paroa where we will camp today.

Day 04: Mcleodganj 

Trek from Ilaqa Got to Mcleodganj (12 Kms, 6Hrs)

After few kilometers of downhill trek through the thick forest and marked trail we descend to Dharamkot and our trek comes to end with mosaic of beautiful memories.

Triund Trek – A weekend Trek

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Triund trek is one of the popular weekend treks in Dhauladhar range. Triund trek starts from Mcleodganj and further can be extended up to Indrahar Pass Trek

Triund trek is one of the popular weekend treks in Dhauladhar range. Triund trek starts from Mcleodganj and further can be extended up to Indrahar Pass Trek. The entire triund trek is full of thrilling adventures for the first time trekkers in the Himalayas and all the experiences are rewarding. The Triund trek is one of the most popular treks in Himachal Pradesh trekking circuit.

 

High, snow-capped Himalayan peaks tower nearby. This attractive lodge is located at the far end of Triund.

Trek Duration : 2 Days 1Nights
Destinations Covered during Triund Trek : McLeodganj, Dharamkot, Triund, Snow Line
Cost per Person: Rs 2200 + 4.5% service tax per person  (Ex Mcleodganj)
What’s Included :

  • Camping in Triund: All accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals during Trek includes : Day 1: Lunch and Dinner Day 2: Breakfast (Vegetarian with eggs in breakfast)
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff

What’s Not Included :

  • Personal expenses..
  • Any kind of transportation
  • Any other transportation not Included in Inclusions
  • Porters to Carry Bags
  • First aid medical kits
  • Personal gear.
  • Cost escalation due to unforeseen events
  •  Anything which is not mentioned in the Inclusions

 

DEPARTURES (All departures for The Triund Trek are ex Mcleodganj)

Triund Trek Itinerary Detail

Triund    (Triund Trek)           DAY 1

Arrive at Mcleodganj

Triund is situated at an altitude of 2827m. We start our trek early and make sure we reach the top before it gets dark. Approximately, for an individual, it takes around 3-4 hrs to reach the top, after reaching the top, we experience the scenic views of the mountains and the sunset. .Explore the region. An overnight stay in tents awaits you at Triund.

Mcleodganj (TRIUND TREK)       DAY 2

TREK FROM Triund TO Mcleodganj

After having breakfast, follow the same route on the way back to Mcleodganj..

 


Chopta Tungnath Trek

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Join Renok Adventures on the Chopta Tungnath Trek which takes us through one of the most breathtakingly beautiful part of the Garhwal Himalayas.

The Chopta Tungnath trek takes us to one of the most breathtakingly beautiful part of the Garhwal Himalayas. We start from Okhimath, and pass through Deoria tal, Chopta and Tungnath to reach the summit of Chandrashila for a great view of the Indian Himalayas. Maximum altitude reached on the Chopta Tungnath trek would be around 4000m at the summit of Chandrashila.  This region is a protected sanctuary for musk deer, and is rich in flora and fauna. Tungnath is famous for being the highest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. On top of Chandrashila we will be able to see Chaukhamba, Kedarnath, Nandadevi and Trishul peaks.

Chopta Tungnath Trek Duration : 6 Days 5 Nights

Destinations Covered : Chopta, Deoria Tal, Tungnath, Chandrashila

What’s Included :-

  • Accommodation (Hotel, Camping)
  • Meals(during trek)
  • Trekking equipment
  • First aid medical kit
  • Qualified and experienced trek guide and support staff
  • Transport from Haridwar to Okhimat and return from Chopta to Haridwar as per itinerary

Cost per person : INR 9000 + 3.5% service tax (ex Haridwar)

Itinerary Detail

Rudraprayag/Devprayag Day 1 – Rishikesh to Rudraprayag/Devprayag

 We depart from Rishikesh in the morning. Reach Rudraprayag/Devprayag in the evening. Overnight stay at Rudraprayag/Devprayag.

Deoria Tal  Day 2 – Drive to Ukhimat. .Lunch. Trek starts at Sari village. Ends at Deoria Tal

We depart early for Ukhimath by road.At Ukhimat we have lunch. After lunch we take a short drive to Sari village. At Sari village we get our first experience of trekking in Uttarakhand.We pass through forests as we trek uphill to reach our destination- Deoria Tal (2400 metres). Overnight camp at Deoria Tal. Deoria Tal is a beautiful lake which gives a 300 degree panoramic view of great peaks like Chaukhamba, Nilkantha, Bandarpunch, Yellow Tooth, Kedar Range, Kalanag, etc.

Banagher  Day 3 – Trek continues from Deoria Tal to Banagher ( 5hrs approx)

This trek takes us through thickly forested areas of the Garhwal Himalayas. It takes around 5 hours to reach Banagher. Overnight camp at Banagher.

Chopta  Day 4 – Banagher to Chopta

 

 Trek from Banagher to the high meadows of Chopta. Overnight camp. Chopta(2900m) known as ‘Mini Switzerland’ of the Garhwal Himalayas, is situated amidst thick forest of Pine, Deodar and Rhododendrons.

Chandrashila, Tungnath  Day 5 – Chopta to Chandrashila and back to Chopta.

 We trek to Tungnath(3680m). Tungnath is the world’s highest Shiv temple. From Tungnath we climb to the Summit of Chandrashila(3950m) and back to Chopta. At Chandrashila we get a spectacular view of Nandadevi, Trishul, Kedar Peak, Chaukhamba, Bandarpunch, etc.

 Rishikesh  Day6 – Drive from Chopta to Rishikesh(8-9 hours).

We drive back from Chopta to Rishikesh(8-9 hours). At Rishikesh our Chopta Tungnath trek ends. Trekking in the Himalayas has never been so much fun!!!

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The Malana trek

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Join Renok Adventures on this 5 day 4 night Malana trek to the ancient and mysterious village of Malana through the magnificent Chanderkhani Pass.

chanderkhani

The Malana village is a small community of tribal people who have a unique culture and their very own government. Legend has it that Alexander the Great during his invasion of India penetrated as far as this village where few soldiers who were left behind from his army intermarried and developed the society. The Malana trek takes us through the Chanderkhani Pass to Malana on of the most beautiful parts of Himachal Pradesh.

Trek Duration : 5 Days 4 Nights
Cost per Person: On Demand

What’s Included :

  • Accommodation (During the Malana Trek)
  • Meals
  • Trekking equipment
  • First aid medical kit
  • Qualified and experienced trek guide and support staff
  • All Transport from Manali as per the Malana trek

Itinerary ( Malana Trek)

Day 1 – Drive from Manali to Nagar. Trek to Rumsu

On the first day of the Malana Trek, we will drive from Manali to Naggar from where we will start our trek. Manali is the adventure capital of India  and other famous treks like the one to Hampta Pass start from here. The distance is 25 kms by jeep. After that, a trek will start from Naggar to Rumsu. Stay overnight in a camp near Rumsu village.

Day 2 – Trek from Rumsu to Chandarkhani base camp

After breakfast, our trek will start for the Chanderkhani base camp. We trek to the base camp through a forest of oak, poplar, pine, meadow of wild flowers and Rhododendron bushes. Overnight stay at Chanderkhani base.

Day 3 – Chandrakhani Base camp to Malana Village

Today we trek for around 6 hours to reach the famous Malana village. We cross the spectacular Chandrakhani Pass (3600m) on our way. Malana has its own lifestyle and social structure which is distinct from the rest of Himachal and India.

Day 4 – Trek from Manala to Jari.

This will be a downhill trek which should take us around 4 hours. The beautiful Pin Parvati range can be seen on our way to Jari.

Day 5 – Drive from Jari to Manali

We drive to Manali from Jari in the morning. Reach Manali in the afternoon. Manali Trek ends.

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