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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!

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.

Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar

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Ladakh is a must visit place and in everyone’s bucket list. Ladakh is best enjoyed by a road trip. The hard core adventure junkies prefer Manali to Leh Road Trip where as the Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar is equally enjoyable and with comfort of driving on a smooth road. Our Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar takes you from Sringar to Leh Ladakh through Zojila Pass and  Drass, Kargil to Leh and we visit breathtakingly beautiful places like Leh, Sarchu, Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley etc.

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SAFARI DURATION( Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar ) : 8 Days 7 Nights

DESTINATIONS COVERED IN THE LEH LADAKH TOUR FROM SRINAGAR: Srinagar, Kargil, Drass, Leh, Pangong lake, Nubra Valley

COST PER PERSON (Deluxe): Rs 26,500 per person( Includes all transportation from Srinagar to Leh)
COST PER PERSON (Economy): Rs 21,500 per person( Includes all transportation from Srinagar to Leh)

What’s Included :-

  • Accommodation during Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar. Does not include accommodation in Srinagar.
  • Breakfast and Dinner (buffet).
  • Permits. (Foreign Nationals need to get their own permit)
  • First aid medical kits .
  • Group Leader (Local) during the Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari
  • Transportation as per Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar by Xylo/Innova/Tempo Traveller

What’s Not Included :-

  • Mineral Water & other Beverages
  • Tips and other Gratuity
  • Cost incurred because of reason’s which are beyond our control
  • Airport Transfers
  • Monastery Fees
  • Entry Fees of any kind

 

Stay would be in Camps at Kargil , Pangong Tso, Good Hotel in Leh & Beautiful Homestay in Nubra Valley  

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FIXED DEPARTURES (Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari)

  • 18th June- 25nd June 2016
  • 25th June – 2nd July 2016
  • 2nd July – 9th July 2016
  • 9th July – 16th July 2016
  • 16th July- 23rd July 2016
  • 23rd July – 30th July 2016
  • 30th July – 6th August 2016
  • 6th August – 13th August 2016
  • 13th August – 20th August 2016
  • 20th August – 27th August 2016
  • 27th August – 3rd September 2016
  • 3rd September – 10th September 2016
  • 10th September – 17th September 2016
  • 17th September – 24th September 2016
  • 24th September – 1st October 2016

Itinerary for The Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar

Kargil Day 1 Drive from Srinagar to Kargil Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar starts.

Today we start Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar via Zozila Pass, our first Leg of our grand Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar to Leh stopping at Kargil for a night. We cross the Zozila Pass (3528 m) and Drass (3350 m) the second most coldest inhibited place in world. Upon arrival at camp Kargil check in at camp and enjoy the evening tea then we will explore the camp surroundings.

Leh Day 2 Kargil to Leh.

We leave early in the morning for Leh, through Namik la and Fotu La. Lunch at Khaltse and after Lunch we drive to Leh passing through Magnetic hill, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib & Confluence of river Indus and Zanskar. Upon arrival in Leh check into the hotel and take complete rest to get acclimatized to High altitude.

 

Leh Day 3 Sightseeing around Leh

Today is rest day and acclimatization day to the high altitude of Ladakh. To enjoy your Leh Ladakh tour acclimatization to high altitude is very important. Have your breakfast in your hotel and take complete rest to acclimatize to the Ladakh high altitude unique environment in evening we will have briefing session about the trip.

Nubra Valley Day 4 Leh to Nubra Valley

After an early breakfast we start our Leh Ladakh Tour, we drive to Nubra Valley through the Khardungla- Pass (the highest motorable road in the world at 18,390 ft). Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldorma (LUDMRA) or the Valley of Flowers. It is situated to the North of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. We explore this beautiful valley and the villages and monasteries surrounding it. Overnight stay at beautiful homestay managed by local Ladakhi family. Enjoy the delicious dinner prepared by them and all ingredients sourced from their own farm which surrounds their beautiful home.

Nubra Valley to Leh Day 5

After breakfast at the camp, we visit the sand dunes in the Nubra valley and enjoy a small camel safari. Later we drive back to Leh. In the evening you can either rest or take a walk to the local market with us. Overnight at hotel.

Pangong Lake Day 6 Drive from Leh to Pangong Lake.

After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass (5486 Mtrs). Pangong lake, situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m) is a long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly six to seven kilometres at its widest point and over 130km long . The picturesque lake is bisected by the international border between India and China. We spend the night on the shores of this beautiful Lake with the Milky Way to keep us company.

Leh Day 7 Pyongang Lake to Leh

Leh Palace

Today we drive back to Leh enroute visiting Thiksey Monastery (An impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village). Overnight stay in Leh.

Departure Day 8 We depart from Leh

We will help to arrange a taxi to transfer to domestic airport to catch the flight for your onward destination, Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari concludes.

Alternate Options : Travel to Manali in two days

Tarsar Marsar Trek

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The Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek in Kashmir encompasses a journey of two beautiful lakes surrounded by the peaks of the Kolahi Mountains. The twin lakes, which flow in opposite directions, are separated by a mountain and known for their almond shape. What makes this trek special is its breathtaking beauty and serenity.

The Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek  is a week long experience spanning six nights and seven days. The trek will go up to a height of 4,100 metres. It will certainly be an enjoyable experience for those fond of trekking and communing with nature.

Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek  –  Brief Itinerary

Day 1 –Srinagar to Aru Valley

Day 2 – Aru Valley to Lidderwat

Day 3 – Lidderwat Valley to Seikiwais

Day 4 – Seikiwais to Tarsar Lake

Day 5 – Tarsar Lake to Marsar Lake

Day 6 – Tarsar to Sonamous

Day 7 – Sonamous to Sumbal Village

TREK DURATION: 7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS

What’s Included :-

  • Accommodation (Camping & Hotel Stay)
  • Meals while on trek(Veg)
  • Qualified and experienced Guide and support staff.
  • Transport by Sumo/Qualis from Srinagar

What’s Not Included :-

  • Meals during transit
  • Mineral Water or soft drinks
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reason
  • Unscheduled stay due to landslide.

DEPARTURES

Tarsar Marsar Trek in June Departures

  • Batch 3: 13th August – 19th August 2016

COST: Rs 12500 (Ex Srinagar)+ 4.5% Service taxdownload movie Alien: Covenant now

Early booking Cost Per Person: INR 11950 + 4.5% service tax

Detailed Itinerary – Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek

Day 1: Srinagar to Aru Valley

Arrive early at the Srinagar station. We will use the vehicles to embark on the first part of our journey. We then begin our three – hour drive from Srinagar to Aru Valley. Aru Valley is the first camp in our trek. On reaching there, we will set camp for the night.

Day 2 : Aru Valley to Lidderwat

We will proceed from the Aru Valley on foot along a trail that follows alongside the River Lidder and opens into the lush green meadows of the Lidderwat Valley. It is an excellent campsite for overnight camping. Here we shall spend six to seven hours soaking in the greenery. Since we have so much time at our disposal, we can even set up a campfire in the later hours of the evening.

Day 3 : Lidderwat Valley to Seikiwais

Today’s climb is a steep one involving a lot of ascending. We first head to Hamwais, where we will cross the river. While crossing, we will battle another steep ascent to reach Seikiwais – a beautiful meadow base-camp. The track has numerous clear streams providing drinking water. The Seikiwais is one of the best campsites of the entire trek. Here we will have a relaxed night after the long, stressful climb.

Day 4 : Seikiwais to Tarsar Lake

Once again, we ascend to reach the Tarsar Lake. The view along the way is beautiful, full of numerous wild flowers. We will stop here for three to four hours to relax in the shade of the surrounding Alpine tress and breathe in some of those heady fragrances.

Day 5 : Tarsar Lake to Marsar Lake

A steep walk alongside the Tarsar Lake will lead you to the Marsar Lake. Here we will enjoy watching the nature and listening to the melodious chirping of birds. After taking a dip in the fresh water, we will head back to the Tarsar Campsite. Camping alongside this lake is a beautiful experience.

Day 6 :Tarsar Lake to Sonamous

Today we trek along a steep goat track to reach the Zazmarg Valley. This valley is surrounded by mountains and scenic beauty. On reaching the top of the Sonamous, you can feast your eyes on a breathtaking view. Then, a steep descent of about an hour will take you to the Sonamous Namdas village, which will be our last camp on Tarsar Marsar trek.

Day 7 : Sonamous to Sumbal Village

On our last day of the trip, we will head out from Sonamous and move toward Sumbal, where a steep six-hour descent will bring us into the midst of the mesmerizing Sumbal village. This is where Tasrsar Marsar trek ends and after spending a few hours here, we head back to Srinagar.

Other Options of Trekking In Kashmir : Kashmir Great Lakes Trek 

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is on of the most beautiful treks in the Himalayas which in comparison to others treks in the Himalayas is not that famous.

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is a classic trek in the Himalayas but in comparison to others trek in the Himalayas it’s not that famous. We at Renok Adventures provide our trekkers a splendid opportunity to experience the nature’s camaraderie in Kashmir – The Paradise on earth. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is can a wonderful trek for first time trekkers in the Himalayas and considered as beginner’s delight. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is considered as the best way to see the true beauty of Kashmir lies in the hidden valleys which are not accessible by road.

Trek Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights
Destinations Covered : Srinagar, Sonmarg, Gander bal
Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Cost: Rs 12500 + Service Tax 4.5% (Sonmarg to Narnag)
Early Booking cost for Kashmir Great Lakes Trek (Valid till 30th June 2016): Rs 11950 + Service Tax 4.5% (Sonmarg to Narnag)

What’s Included:-

    • Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
    • Meals while on trek (Veg)
    • Permits (Foreign national need to pay)
    • First aid medical kits
    • Qualified and experienced Trek Leader and support staff.

What’s Not Included :-

  • Meals during transit
  • Mineral Water or soft drinks
  • Transportation of any kind
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reason
  • Unscheduled stay due to landslide.

DEPARTURES 2017

  • 17th June 2017 – 24th June 2017
  • 24th June 2017 – 1st July 2017
  • 1st July 2017 – 8th July 2017
  • 8th July 2017 – 15th July 2017
  • 15th July 2017 – 22nd July 2017
  • 22nd July 2017 -29th July 2017
  • 29th July 2017 – 5th August 2017
  • 5th August 2017 – 12th August 2017
  • 12th August 2017 – 19th August 2017
  • 19th August 2017 – 26th August 2017
  • 26th August 2017 – 2nd September 2017
  • 2nd September 2017 – 9th September 2017
  • 9th September 2017 – 16th September 2017
  • 16th September 2017 – 23rd September 2017
  • 23rd September 2017 – 30th September 2017
  • 30th September 2017 – 7th October 2017

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1 : – Srinagar to Sonamarg (9000ft)
  • Day 2 : – Sonamarg (9000 feet) to Nichnai (11,500 feet).
  • Day 3 : – Nichnai (11,500 feet) Vishansar Lake (12,000 feet).
  • Day 4 : – Explore Vishansar Lake and Kishansar Lake (12,000 feet)
  • Day 5 : – Vishansar lake (12,500ft) to Gadsar (13,750 ft) via Gadsar Pass
  • Day 6 : – Gadsar (12,000 ft) to Satsar (12,000 ft)
  • Day 7 : – Satsar (12,000ft) to Twin Lakes of Gangabal (11,500 ft).
  • Day 8 : – Gangabal (11,500 ft) to Naranag (7,450ft).

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Itinerary Detail

Sonamarg     (Kashmir Great Lakes Trek)           DAY 1

Drive from Srinagar to Sonamarg (9000 ft, 4 hrs)

We will arrange your transport from TRC Srinagar to Sonmarg which is a short drive of around 2 hours. Its picturesque drive from Srinagar to Sonamarg which takes around 2 hrs but prior to that you can make a short trip to famous places of Srinagar like Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens etc. Reach Sonamarg by evening and stay in tents ahead of Sonamarg our trek starting point and enjoy the beauty of Sonamarg at its best. Pickup Cost is Rs 500 one side extra

Nichnai (Kashmir Great Lakes Trek)           DAY 2

TREK FROM SONAMARG TO NICHNAI (11500FT, 6 HRS)

Today is the actual start of the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek just few kilometres ahead of Sonamarg. The trekking tail starting point is marked by a nice roadside Dhabha where one can buy packaged food items for the trek. The trekking tail follows the Sindh River through the forest full of Maple and Pine trees. After trekking for few hours turn around to see the superb panorama of Sonamarg valley.

VISHANSAR LAKE (Kashmir Great Lakes Trek)           DAY 3

TREK FROM NICHNAI TO VISHANSAR LAKE (12500FT, 6 HRS)

Trek from Nichnai to Vishansar Lake is long but a scenic one it passes through beautiful lush green meadows then small ascent to Nichnai Pass and from small descent to Vishansar Lake. The best part of Kashmir Great Lakes trek is that views it offered to trekkers. We cross Nichnai pass which is quite wide open and offer great views of white snow clad peaks.

 

VISHANSAR LAKE (Kashmir Great Lakes Trek)           DAY 4

Exploration Day (12500FT, 6 HRS)

The day is free to explore the Vishansar Lake and its surroundings which just few minutes away from our campsite. The must things to do in Kashmir Great Lakes Trek are to capture the reflections of mountain peaks in the lake. We will conduct a basic photography workshop “Stop Shooting Auto”. Also explore the nearby Kishansar Lake which is also big and deep blue in colour.

GADSAR (Kashmir Great Lakes Trek)           DAY 5

TREK FROM VISHANSAR LAKE TO GADSAR (13750FT, 6 HRS)

After breakfast we will start our trek passing by Kishansar Lake towards Gadsar Pass and to reach there it takes around 2 to 3 hours depending upon your pace and once you reach the top, be ready to absorb the views which you can never imagine both the Vishansar Lake and Kishansar Lake are in full view together. Gadsar is one of the most beautiful and most pristine lake of the Kashmir great lakes trek. On one side of the Gadsar lake lies the snow clad cliffs and on the other side open lush green meadows.

SATSAR (Kashmir Great Lakes Trek)           DAY 6

TREK FROM GADSAR TO SATSAR (12500FT, 6 HRS)

Start the trek with breathing exercise and nice breakfast beside the army camp. The best way to reach Satsar is after crossing the river and enjoys the dipping of your feet in ice cold water. Satsar is basically a collection of 7 lakes and you can actually find water in various lakes depending upon the season of your trek and all of them are interconnected. Camp at the beautiful campsite near the first lake.

Gangabal LAKE (Kashmir Great Lakes Trek)           DAY 7

TREK FROM SATSAR TO GANGABAL TWIN LAKES  (12500ft, 6 HRS)

Today is a tough day and be prepared for a long arduous trek through the rocky terrain full of boulders. Crossing last Lake of Satsar we will start descending towards Gangabal our today’s destination.

VISHANSAR LAKE (Kashmir Great Lakes Trek)           DAY 8

TREK FROM GANGABAL TO NARANAG   (12500ft, 6 HRS)

Today is the last and final day of Kashmir Great Lakes trek, you must be tired and exhausted. Start trekking towards the tree line alongside the stream and then through Pine forest and grassy land to reach our final destination of Naranag where our jeeps would be waiting for us.

Photo Credit : Pradeep Flickr Stream

 

Stok Kangri Trek

Posted By : Jai Govind Meena/ 30 13

Stok Kangri trek is the best trek in Ladakh which takes you above 6000mts or over 20000 ft.

Stok Kangri trek is the best trek in Ladakh which takes you above 6000mts or just below 20000 ft. Stok Kangri is the highest peak in Stok range clearly visible from Leh and surrounding areas. The best part of Stok Kangri trek is that you can reach to its basecamp in just 2-3 days of trekking while in any other part of Himalayas it takes around at least 4-5 days of trekking to reach to the base camp of such high altitude peak. Stok Kangri Trek gives you an opportunity to reach this altitude without the technical expertise in mountaineering. Many mountains in Ladakh exceed an altitude of 6000 meters. Stok Kangri Trek gained considerable popularity along side its sister peak Golep Kangri. Stok Kangri is been declared as a trekking peak by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) which means less paper work.

Trek Duration : 9 Days 8 Nights

Destinations Covered during Stok Kangri Trek: Leh, Choglamsar, Thiksey Monastery, Shey Palace, Stok Village

Cost per Person: Rs 16700 per person + 4.50% Service Tax (Ex Leh)

Early Booking Cost per Person: Rs 15950 per person + 4.50% Service Tax (Ex Leh)

What’s Included :

    • Accommodation during Trek (Camping & Guest house in Leh)
    • Meals while on trek (Veg)
    • Equipments (Tents, Sleeping Bags, Crampon & Ice Axe)
    • First aid medical kits & Oxygen Cylinder
    • Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
    • Transport as per Itinerary

What’s Not Included :

    • IMF Fee of USD 50 for Foreign Nationals
    • Mineral Water & other Beverages
    • Wildlife Fee
    • Tips & Gratuity
    • Cost incurred due to natural reasons
    • Buffer Day
    • Any Kind Of Expenses For Loss / Misplaced / Theft On Personal Belongings
    • Cost Incidental To Any Change In The Itinerary- Stay On Account Of Train Cancellation / Ill Health / Road Blocks And /   Or Any Factors Beyond Control.

DEPARTURES (All departures for The Stok Kangri Trek are ex Leh)

  • 1st July 2017- 9th July 2017
  • 8th July 2017 – 16th July 2017
  • 15th July 2017 – 23rd July 2017
  • 22nd July 2017 – 30th July 2017
  • 29th July 2017 – 6th August 2017
  • 5th August 2017 – 13th August 2017
  • 12th August 2017 – 20th August 2017
  • 19th August 2017 – 27th August 2017
  • 26th August 2017 – 3rd September 2017
  • 2nd September 2017 – 10th September 2017
  • 16th September 2017 – 24th September 2017
  • 23rd September 2017 – 1st October 2017
  • 30th September 2017 – 8th October 2017

Stok Kangri Trek Itinerary Detail

Leh (Stok Kangri Trek) DAY 1

Arrival at Leh

Arrive at Leh and check into the guest house and take complete rest for acclimatization.

Leh (Stok Kangri Trek) DAY 2

ACCLIMITIZATION DAY IN LEH

Leh is situated at an average high altitude of 3400mts, land at the only high altitude beautiful airport in Leh and check into Ladakhi family guest house and entire day is for you to relax and acclimatize to the high altitude of Leh. In the evening go for a stroll in the Leh market and enjoy the cultural and natural beauty of Leh city’s barren landscape. Make most of your acclimatization day by visiting Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace and Leh Monastery.

STOK VILLAGE (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 3

DRIVE FROM LEH TO STOK VILLAGE AND TREK TO MANOKARMA

Visit Leh Market and have breakfast at one of the famous restaurant of Leh and then we will start our drive to Stok Village the starting point of Stok Kangri Trek. The drive from Leh to Stok Village is a short one but a scenic one. We drive towards Manali on Manali Leh Highway and then take a right turn from Choglamsar towards Stok Village. Meet our trekking teak at Stok Village and start the trek to Manokarma. This first trekking day will show you the real beauty of barren landscape of Leh Ladakh and why Ladakh known as cold desert. It is a fairly easy trek crossing the Stok village and their hydro powered Buddhist prayer wheel.

STOK KANGRI BASECAMP (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 4

TREK FROM MANOKARMA TO STOK KANGRI TREK BASECAMP

After breakfast we will start the next leg of Stok Kangri trek the trek to base camp. Stok Kangri trek base camp is a nice place but because of the popularity of Stok Kangri trek it’s always full house at Stok Kangri Trek basecamp.

STOK KANGRI BASECAMP (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 5

TRAINING DAY

Today is fairly relaxed day for all trekkers. After breakfast we will go for training to nearby glacier and we will learn How to use crampons? Climbing mountains involves lot of uncertainties our trek leader will let you know about the different situations which might occur and how to deal with them. This is also the day of relaxation, So that you gain all your strength for next days summit push.

STOK KANGRI BASECAMP (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 6

SUMMIT DAY

Today is the D day of Stok Kangri Trek, we will start early in the morning in two batches the early movers and the Pushers at 12 AM and 1 AM respectively. The Stok Kangri trek route passes the advance basecamp, moraine, and glaciers and then comes the steep slope of the summit ridge full of snow. At the start of this slope wear your crampons and start the long climb. When you will be climbing this you will feel that nobody is moving from their place for hours. This climb is the test of your physical as well as mental strength. For an average trekker it takes around 9 hours to reach the Stok Kangri Summit and if you are a slow trekker then add another 3 hours. The Stok Kangri Summit gives you spectacular views the Himalayas to Karakoram.

STOK KANGRI BASECAMP (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 7

REST DAY (SECOND SUMMIT DAY)

After the successful summit of Stok Kangri you would be tired and need rest, today is complete rest for summiteers and those who couldn’t summit today they can go for second attempt. The beautiful location of the base camp, warm soup and playing cards would take away the pain.

STOK KANGRI BASECAMP (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 8

STOK KANGRI BASECAMP TO LEH

The Stok Kangri trek includes high altitude trekking and mountaineering is ultimate experience would finally come to an end today at Stok Village. We will be starting early from basecamp and trekking downhill all the way till Stok Village where our vehicles will be waiting for us you to transfer to guest house in Leh.

LEH (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 9

Keep a Buffer day while booking your return your flight back to Delhi or alternatively plan a visit to beautiful monasteries in Leh and surrounding areas.

Essentials Things to Get for Stok Kangri Trek

· Backpack (Min 60 Ltrs) with Rain Cover
· Trekking Shoes (Forclaz 100,500 recommended)
· 3 Pairs of Full sleeve shirts/T-Shirt and Track Pants (1 should be waterproof/windproof)
· 3 Pair of cotton socks. 3 pairs of woollen socks
· 2 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket (preferable)
· One Heavy Jacket (Down Feather preferable)
· Thermal Inners 1 Pair
· 1 pair water proof hand gloves
· 1 Pair woollen Gloves.
· Sun Cap
· One Scarf
· Light towel
· Lip Balm
· Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
· Water Bottle 1 Lt
· Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
· Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
· Personal Medicine Kit
· Dark Sunglasses (U/V protected)
· Walking Stick (At least one)
People who were spectacles-
Should avoid contact lenses and use use photo chromatic glasses
instead

Triund Trek – A weekend Trek

Posted By : Jai Govind Meena/ 12 3

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..

 


Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari

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Join Renok Adventures on the Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari which takes you from Manali to Ladakh visiting places like Leh,Sarchu,Pangong Lake,Nubra Valley.

Ladakh is a barren high altitude desert in one of the most remote regions of India. The beauty of its barren and rugged landscape, unique flora and fauna and culture have much more to offer than just a good holiday. Our Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari takes you from Manali to Ladakh through some of the highest motorable roads in the world as we visit breathtakingly beautiful places like Leh, Sarchu, Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley etc.

SAFARI DURATION( Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari) : 8 Days 7 Nights
DESTINATIONS COVERED IN THE TRANS HIMALAYAN JEEP SAFARI: Manali, Leh, Jispa, Pangong lake, Nubra Valley
COST PER PERSON: Rs 27,500 per person + 4.50% Service Tax ( Includes all transportation from Manali to Leh)
EARLY BIRD BOOKING COST PER PERSON: Rs 26,500 per person + 4.50% Service Tax ( Includes all transportation from Manali to Leh)

What’s Included :-

  • Accommodation during Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari. Does not include accommodation in Manali.
  • Breakfast and Dinner (buffet).
  • Permits. (Foreign Nationals need to get their own permit)
  • First aid medical kits & Oxygen Cylinder
  • Group Leader (Local) during the Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari
  • Transportation as per Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari by Sumo/Tempo Traveller/Xylo

What’s Not Included :-

  • Mineral Water & other Beverages
  • Tips and other Gratuity
  • Cost incurred because of reason’s which are beyond our control
  • Airport Transfers
  • Monastery Fees
  • Entry Fees of any kind
  • Emergency Rescue

Stay would be in Camps at Jispa, Pangong Tso, Hotel in Leh & Homestay in Nubra Valley  

Check out Photos on our Facebook Page  Post by Renok Adventures.

DEPARTURES

    • 10th June 2017 – 17th June 2017
    • 17th June 2017 – 24th June 2017
    • 24th June 2017 – 1st July 2017
    • 1st July 2017 – 8th July 2017
    • 8th July 2017 – 15th July 2017
    • 15th July 2017 – 22nd July 2017
    • 22nd July 2017 -29th July 2017
    • 29th July 2017 – 5th August 2017
    • 5th August 2017 – 12th August 2017
    • 12th August 2017 – 19th August 2017
    • 19th August 2017 – 26th August 2017
    • 26th August 2017 – 2nd September 2017
    • 2nd September 2017 – 9th September 2017
    • 9th September 2017 – 16th September 2017
    • 16th September 2017 – 23rd September 2017
    • 23rd September 2017 – 30th September 2017
    • 30th September 2017 – 7th October 2017

 

Itinerary for The Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari

Arrival Day 0 

Report at Manali and check-in into a hotel .The day is free to acclimatize and to explore Manali. You can enjoy you r stay in by relaxing in Old Manali and enjoying the lively atmosphere.

Jispa Day 1
Drive from Manali to Jispa. Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari starts.

Today we start our Manali Leh Jeep Safari Leg of our grand Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari to Leh stopping at Jispa for a night. We cross the Rohtang Pass (3978 m) and Keylong (3350 m) the district head quarter of Lahaul and Spiti. Upon arrival in Jispa we will set up our camp for an overnight stay. Jispa is an ideal location for the over night stop during Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari because of its altitude which is around 3300m beyond Jispa all stopovers are above 4ooo m which pose a risk of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Sarchu is between Baralacha La to the south and Lachulung La to the north, at an altitude of 4,290 m which very high in comparison if you stayed at Manali (2000m) last night.

Leh Day 2 – Jispa to Leh.

We leave early in the morning for Leh, through Baralacha la, Nakeela and Lachang la Pass 16,617 ft. Lunch at Pang. After Lunch we drive to Leh passing through Skyangchu Thang (Biggest and highest plateau on Earth on Stretch of 42 Kms), Tanglang La Pass 17,585ft and the Indus Valley. Upon arrival in Leh check into the hotel and take complete rest to get acclimatized to High altitude.

Leh Day 3 – Sightseeing around Leh

Today is rest day and acclimatization day to the high altitude of Ladakh. Ladakh Jeep Safari first leg from Manali to Leh is very tiring because of road and 5 high altitude passes. Have your breakfast in your hotel and take complete rest to acclimatize to the Ladakh high altitude unique environment in evening we will have briefing session about the trip.

Nubra Valley Day 4 – Leh to Nubra Valley

After an early breakfast we start our Leh Ladakh Jeep Safari, we drive to Nubra Valley through the Khardungla- Pass (the highest motorable road in the world at 18,390 ft). Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldorma (LUDMRA) or the Valley of Flowers. It is situated to the North of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. We explore this beautiful valley and the villages and monasteries surrounding it. Overnight stay at beautiful homestay managed by local Ladakhi family. Enjoy the delicious dinner prepared by them and all ingredients sourced from their own farm which surrounds their beautiful home.

Nubra Valley to Leh Day 5

After breakfast at the camp, we visit the sand dunes in the Nubra valley and enjoy a small camel safari. Later we drive back to Leh. In the evening you can either rest or take a walk to the local market with us. Overnight at hotel.

Pangong Lake Day 6 – Drive from Leh to Pangong Lake.

After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass (5486 Mtrs). Pangong lake, situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m) is a long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly six to seven kilometres at its widest point and over 130km long . The picturesque lake is bisected by the international border between India and China. We spend the night on the shores of this beautiful Lake with the Milky Way to keep us company.

Leh Day 7 – Pyongang Lake to Leh

 

Today we drive back to Leh enroute visiting Thiksey Monastery (An impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village). Overnight stay in Leh.

Departure Day 8 – We depart from Leh

We will help to arrange a taxi to transfer to domestic airport to catch the flight for your onward destination, Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari concludes.

Alternate Options : Travel to Srinagar in two days

The other option is to take our customized itinerary from Leh to Srinagar via Darachik – The Red Aryan Village. The other options for sightseeing are Hall of Fame near Leh, Kali Mata Temple, Gurudwara Patthar Sahib (built by the Lamas of Leh in 1517 to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak Dev). A drive of another 4 km will take us to Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity. It’s been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up!! We drive further through a picturesque landscape as we reach the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar River 4 km before Nimmu village.