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Trek Story: Arjun Wahi, the 7-year-old boy who completed Kedarkantha trek

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At the age of just 7 years and three months, Arjun Wahi completed his trek to the Kedarkantha Peak on 29th December and made us believe that kids are no less. We recently interviewed this schoolgoing boy from Mumbai, and he narrated his awe-inspiring experience and journey to this beautiful winter trek, we hope to inspire many with his trek story. Read on!

Arjun-Wahi

Q: What inspired you to go trekking?

A: I love being outdoors with my mom, dad, and brother. I inherited my love for trekking from my father and he is my inspiration. From the very beginning, my dad has taken me on many small treks in and around Mumbai and Lonavala. This year, I learned skiing and climbed down Aparwat phase 1 ( 11,000 feet) in Gulmarg, Kashmir. Kedarkantha was the first Himalayan Trek for me and my elder brother.

arjun-wahi-with-dad

Q: Why did you choose Kedarkantha trek? How was your experience?

A: When my dad got to know about this trek he told us that the highest altitude was only 12,000 ft. and this would be an ‘easy’ trek for kids. Also, we were fortunate enough to find suitable dates during our winter break.

My trek experience was amazing. I made a lot of friends who pampered and cheered me throughout the trek. Our trek leaders Ameen Bhaiya and Sandeep Bhaiya took good care of me and made sure I had enough sleeping blankets throughout the night. I also want to mention Faizal Bhaiya, Harish Bhaiya and Darshan Bhaiya for their constant support, motivation and cheering. I enjoyed my trek thoroughly.

Q: Do you also motivate your friends and classmates to go trekking?

A: Recently, I have not been able to connect with too many of my friends, but yes, I think I was able to motivate my cousins and close friends.

arjun-wahi

Q: For a young boy like you, this trek must have been difficult so what kept you going?

A: It was a winter trek so we were prepared for the harsh and cold weather. At night, the temperature was below freezing point and it got really chilly but our trek leaders made sure to check up on me every night and provided extra sleeping bags etc.

Q: Do you inculcate this passion for trekking from your parents?

A: Yes, my father and grandfather are both from the Armed Forces. They have always been enthusiastically active and they love being outdoors and they make sure to take us children with them. My elder brother also encourages me to participate in such activities and he is a big influence on me.

arjun-wahi-with-brother

Q: In those five days of trekking, what is the most memorable event?

A: My best memory of the trek would be the time I reached a small ‘Maggi Hut’ on the summit day. After almost 4 hours of trekking in the dark and in sub-zero temperatures, we reached that small Maggi point. But the moment I reached there, everyone made space for me to sit next to the fire. And I was treated with hot Maggi noodles.

Q: Was it a proud moment when you reached the summit?

A: Even though I was extremely tired, I jumped with happiness when I reached the summit. I remember, for almost an hour Ameen Bhaiya kept motivating me by saying “10 minutes more, 10 minutes more”.

Everyone took pictures with me, Faizal Bhaiya threw me in the snow, it was a lot of fun!

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Q: Was there any particular event from this trip that challenged you?

A: The climb to the top of the summit was the most challenging task, we woke up at 3:30 am, the temperature was below zero. We got ready and by 4:30 am, we had started our trek. I was walking with my dad as there was a long and continuous stretch of ascent and we kept walking for 3 hours and the trek got tougher due to low temperatures. However, I was rejoiced and rejuvenated once we took that break at the ‘Maggi Hut’.

Q: Any advice for young first-time trekkers out there?

A: I think every young trekker must try to attempt ‘Kedarkantha trek’ once in their life. And they must do it with Ameen and Sandeep Bhaiya because they are a lot of fun and take great care of kids.

arjun-wahi

Q: Can you sum up your whole experience in few words?

A: It was a wonderful experience and I made a lot of new friends. Trekking in the Himalayas is very enjoyable. I would love to come back every year during my school breaks.

At this young age of 7, Arjun amazed us all with his determination and willpower. Arjun is an inspiration to all of us, his trek to the Kedarkantha peak proves that anyone can go for this mesmerizing winter trek. Arjun definitely had an amazing experience. Do you think trek to the Kedarkantha could be your winter adventure too?

Season’s first snowfall in the Himalayas

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Hey guys! The first snowfall of the season has already blessed the Himalayan Mountains and we are ready to trek!  It has finally snowed in the Har Ki Dun Valley and Kedarkantha and we are ready for trekking in the soft white snow. So what are you waiting for? Head on to magical winter wonderlands and give yourself a beautiful gift of adventures this Christmas!

Prepare yourself to trek through snow-clad mountains, narrow trails, and thick forests and relish the panoramic views that you will treasure for a lifetime as we bring you two of our best, snow-filled winter treks for you to join and enjoy!

When the first snow of the season touches the ground in the middle of December, the mountains turn magical. And this picturesque snow-filled landscape is perfect for a winter trek! Even though in India, there are not many treks that can be considered as winter treks and with plenty of snowfall in the Himalayas during the winter season, most of the prevalent trekking routes are not accessible to trekkers and adventure junkies.  However, there are some trekking routes which can qualify as snowy winter treks.

Kedarkantha Trek is a classic winter trek. The trek provides a great opportunity for trekkers to see the scenic beauty and experience the life of remote villages of Garhwal Himalayas. Kedarkantha Trek lies in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand.

Enjoy these pictures from our first batch to Kedarkantha.

Picture Credits: Charumathi

Of the many treks we carry out, Kedarkantha is one of the most popular winter treks because of the enchanting views and beautiful campsites. We run Kedarkantha batches all December until the end of January. After that, the trek routes are too filled with snow to even walk on. The trek is open again later in March until April.

Looks like the trekkers are already enjoying the first snow.

Picture Credits: Charumathi

The Har Ki Dun means Valley of Gods; this valley is a treat for the first-time trekkers and nature lovers. Har Ki dun is a moderate trek which takes you to the one of the least explored places in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand and best suitable for the first-time trekkers in the Himalayas and also who are experienced in other parts of Himalayas. Sankri serves as the base for Har Ki Dun Trek which is common to other treks like Kedarkantha Trek, Ruinsara Lake Trek etc.

Although the Har Ki Dun winter trek is in the same locale as Kedarkantha trek, it is not as popular in the winter season but that does not stop trekkers to enjoy the beautiful trek.

This year, we are running Har Ki Dun batches throughout the month of December, while the route is still trekkable. This trek is one of the favorites for trekkers and adventure junkies.

Have a strong fear of missing out? Then why miss out the first snowfall of the season?  Give yourself a gift for Christmas and head on to these enchanting treks and enjoy your winter holidays with us!

Trek with us this winter season!

 

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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Story : Third time’s a charm!

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Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Completed on Third Attempt 

Sometimes when you look back at all the unsuccessful attempts and aborted missions, they inspire you to go back out there and accept the challenge again. While many give up after just one try, Rushikesh Patne sets an example for all. We recently interviewed Rushikesh Patne from Pune who took it upon himself to complete his trek to the Kashmir Great lakes after two unsuccessful attempts. Read on!

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek with Rushikesh_Patne

Q: Have you always been passionate about trekking and adventure sports?

A: Yes, I did my first trek in 10th standard. In college, the adventure bug bit me when I was a cadet in the NCC. I did various adventure activities like flying, gliding, parasailing, trekking. In fact, the NCC sent me on my first long-distance trek.

Q: Why did you choose the Kashmir Great Lakes trek?

A: Visiting Kashmir is a perfect stress buster. It’s not necessary for you to trek; you can just sit & relax or roam around someplace far from usual tourist spots. Secondly, It is the beauty of Kashmir and hospitality of Kashmiris that lured me in.

Q: What other treks have you completed in last few years?

A: Trek from Panhala to Vishalgad, Shillong to Cherrapunji, the Kashmir Great Lakes trek (Now I can say it’s completed), Roopkund trek, Mt. SandakPhu trek, Rupin Pass trek and Kuari Pass trek. And yeah, the Chadar trek is yet to be completed.

Kashmir Great Lakes

Q: Which trek did was the most beautiful and the most difficult according to you?

A:  That’s a tricky question. Every trek is difficult & beautiful in its own sense. But to be honest, Rupin Pass is the most beautiful from the treks I have done & Kashmir Great Lakes was the most difficult because the weather in Nichnai can deteriorate at any moment. It tests your patience.

Q: If the Kashmir Great Lakes trek was so difficult, what motivated you to complete the trek?

A: Well, third time’s a charm, right? The fact that I had a trek on my list that hasn’t been completed yet. It had become kind of a backlog. I wanted to see what’s beyond Gadsar Pass. Moreover, I just wanted to complete the task.

Q: What was the most beautiful and most difficult part of the Kashmir Great Lakes trek?

A: The view from the Zaj Pass is the most unforgettable. Also, the view of the Gadsar lake was awesome, I can’t describe the beauty in words.

Crossing the Nichnai Pass was the most difficult part for me. Maybe, it just seemed psychologically impossible because that’s where we encountered bad weather in the last two attempts.

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek with Rushikesh_Patne

Q: How was your whole experience? You must have felt that sense of achievement at the end of your third attempt.

A: Yes, there was a sense of achievement when I was finally able to go beyond the Gadsar Pass. I got to see all those views that I only saw on the internet and trekking with friends was just icing on the cake.

During all my previous attempts, it was because of the weather due to which we had returned without completing the trek. It’s difficult to return home with a feeling that you haven’t completed the trek. I feel like I’m betraying myself. First was when there was a lot of snow in Gadsar Pass. Too much to trek safely. During the second attempt, it was incessant rains that stopped us. However, even though the first two attempts were incomplete, they were also a learning in their own sense.

Q: Do you think you will go back there?

A: No doubts about that. In fact, I think I’ll complete every trek twice. Just to enjoy the views & soak in the beauty.

Q: Any words of motivation?

A: Never give up! Trekking can help a lot in your personal & professional life. You learn to face all your problems and even when you encounter difficulties in life, you can just think about those moments when you didn’t give up.

 

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek with Rushikesh_Patne

Rushikesh is an inspiration to all of us. He sets an example with his determination and strong will power and proves that giving up is never an option. Do you think you’ve got what it takes to complete the Kashmir Great Lakes trek? Head on over there to find out!

 

 

Kedarkantha Trek - Best Snow Trek in Himalayas

What makes the Brahmatal Trek a great winter trekking spot

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The Brahmatal lake is a hidden lake located in Chamoli district in Uttarakhand at a height of 3657.5 m.  Although winter is not a popular season for trekking, the Brahmatal trek is an exceptional winter trekking spot. Brahmatal is an unknown gem to adventure junkies. According to Hindu mythology, the Brahmatal lake was named after Lord Brahma- the creator, who used to meditate there.

 

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Here are six reasons to pack your bags and visit the Brahmatal Trek this winter season!

Less crowded

On social media, the Brahmatal Trek is not as popular as other treks. Hence, the Brahmatal trek is not as crowded as the Kuari Pass or the Kedarkantha trek. But this trek has a high adventure quotient.

Exceptional views and beautiful weather

Another reason to do this trek in March and April is the beautiful view from the mountain peak. However, in May and June, when trekking season is at its peak, the view is disrupted due to smoky mist over the mountaintop. But during the winter season, mountain sights are worth dying for!

Difficulty Level: Easy

During summers, when the snow melts, the rocky terrain becomes hard to trek on. While its easier to trek on snow covered trails, during the winter season.

The enchanting forests

The Brahmatal lake is surrounded by dense oak forests. And if you are in luck, you can even spot a rare Himalayan bird─Monal. Because this trek is mostly unexplored, there is nearly no crowd.

Serene Lakes of Himalayas:

The Bekhal and the Bhramatal Lake are two well-known lakes of this trek while the Khopdaliya and the Bigun lake are lesser known. You can witness the beauty of the Brahmatal lake once you reach the uppermost point of the trek.The lake stays frozen during winters but the serenity of the place will leave you overwhelmed.

Snow Camping:

Camping near the frozen Brahmatal lake can be a memorable experience. The trek offers a chance for you to camp in the middle of the snow-covered forest. Camping on a bed of snow can be an extraordinary experience.

Recently, the Brahmatal trek has started gaining popularity and has created a buzz among trekkers. The trek is already giving other treks a tough competition. Do you think this trek can be your winter wonderland?

Sumur and Tegar

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Sumur and Tegar (previously known as Kyager or Tiger village) are the two crown jewels of Nubra.

A somewhat spread-out village, sprinkled with charming little houses, the main attraction in Sumur is the Samstanling Gompa which strategically stands above the village, at the foot of barren mountains. Built in the 1840s, it was raised by Lama Tsultin Nyima. It is one of the oldest monasteries in the valley, housing about a hundred monks, presided over by a Rinpoche. It has two du-khangs, both filled with marvelous statues and murals. Even though it has been considerably modernized, it still preserves a surreal atmosphere. Nearby one can also spot the crumbling Zamskhang (palace), which is now being restored. Often described as a ‘palace’ but actually a local governor’s home, it is certainly worth visiting. Going up the valley, one can pause at Terisha Tso, a tarn completely hidden in a bowl of jagged ridges. It has a tiny shrine which is a gorgeous spot for sight-seeing. Nearby lies Panamik, known for its considerably clean hot-water springs. However, the actual attraction further up is the ancient Ensa Gompa. Located amidst a dense tuft of dwarfed willows, it is an excellent and undiscovered spot for idling about.

Tegar is a quiet, little village with about 120 houses, close to the banks of the Nubra. A visit to the Zimkhang gompa, the old palace of Tegar’s erstwhile chieftains, now in ruins, is a must. The traditional royal kitchen inside it has been preserved as a museum and gives an actual insight into how the household might have been, with people sitting next to warm fires and talking for hours, invoking a weird sense of nostalgia for the unknown. Near the Zimkhang is the Tegar Maney Khang, a white village shrine, which furthers adds to the overall picture of an ideal village life. The small Yarub Tso Lake is a short trek from here. Legend says that a pure-hearted person can see an image of Guru Rinpoche in the lake, or one can simply sit and enjoy the view, especially the beautiful peaks reflected in the clear water.

Top 5 Adventurous treks around Pune

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Pune is popularly known as Mumbai’s twin city and Queen of the Deccan. It was once the homeland of the Peshwas of the Maratha Empire. The Peshwas were known for their forts that are now the main attraction in Pune. Pune is also a popular trekking destination because of its exceptionally good weather. Since there are numerous reasons to trek, Renok Adventures presents a list of Top 5 adventurous treks around Pune!

Shivneri

Shivneri fort
Source: Wikipedia
  • Distance from Pune: 100Kms
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Trek Time: 1 hour

Shivneri is a military fortification located in Pune district. It is the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The Shivneri fort is surrounded by water bodies and has numerous statues of Shivaji Maharaj and his mother Jijabai.

Sinhagad

Sihangad Fort
Source: Wikipedia
  • Distance from Pune: 35Kms
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Trek Time: 2 hours

Sinhagad is a hill fortress that is connected to Pune through proper roads. It’s a popular weekend spot for many residents of Pune, including trekkers. Visitors can also see the military sheds and the temple of Goddess Kali.

Rajgad

Rajgad Fort
Source: Wikipedia
  • Distance from Pune: 60Kms
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Trek time: 1.5 hours

Rajgad is a hill fort that was the capital of the Maratha Empire for almost 26 years. The fort comprises of palaces, small water bodies, and hidden caves. The fort is most popular during monsoons. The fort’s prime attractions are Pani Kund and the Padmavati temple.

Rajmachi

Rajmachi
Source: Wikipedia
  • Distance from Pune: 170Kms
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Trek time: 4-5 hours

Rajmachi fort is situated near Lonavala district in Maharashtra. It is a historical fort in the hills of Sahyadri mountains. The fort promises an astonishing view of the Sahyadri range and the backwaters of Shirota Dam. Rajmachi fort is a popular destination for trekkers and nature lovers.

Harishchandragad

Harishchandragad
Source: Wikipedia
  • Distance from Pune: 118Kms
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Trek time: 6 hours

Harishchandragad fort is situated in Ahmednagar district. Kokan Kada, the Shiva temple, Taramati peak, the temples of Nageshwar and Harishchandeshwar are few of many notable places of interest. Trekkers usually love to spend their night in cozy caves of the Yadav era that are inside the fort.

These were our Top 5 trekking destinations around Pune that offer adventure and thrill. So what are you waiting for? Get set and Go trekking!

Top 5 weekend getaways from Kolkata

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The world has been coming to Kolkata to absorb the rich culture and metropolitan charm of the city. Nevertheless, daily routine and work can make life monotonous. This means that you need to press your reset button and pack your bags for a perfect weekend getaway once in a while.

Renok Adventures lists out top 5 weekend getaways from Kolkata.

Biharinath Hill, Bankura District, West Bengal
Biharinath getaway from Kolkata
Source: Wikipedia
  • Distance from Kolkata: 230.3 km
  • Altitude: 451m
  • Trek time: 2 hours

Surrounded by the beautiful Purulia hills of the Sub-Himalayan region on one side and the Damador River on the other side, this place is a hiker’s heaven.

Ayodhya Hill, Purulia District, West Bengal
Purulia, getaway from Kolkata
Purulia District, Source: Wikipedia
  • Distance from Kolkata: 332.5 km
  • Altitude: 330-610m
  • Trek time: 7-8 hours

You can either trek the highest peak of Ayodhya or through the thick jungle of Shimul and Palash. At an altitude of 676m above sea level, Gangabaru is pretty high and is mostly a destination for professional rock climbers.Peacock hill is another tourist spot.

Khandoli Dam, Giridh, Jharkhand
Khandoli dam getaway from Kolkata
Source: Wikipedia
  • Altitude: 16m
  • Distance from Kolkata: 323.9 km

Khandoli Dam is widely famous for its adventure sports, mountaineering, hot air ballooning, boating, and kayaking.  It’s a perfect mix of nature and adventure.

Ravangla, Sikkim
Ravangla getaway from Kolkata
Source: Wikipedia
  • Altitude: 2133-3200 m
  • Distance from Kolkata: 673.5 km
  • Trek time: 5 hours

A small town situated between the Meanam and Tendong hills. The trek goes through Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary. Ravangla is a newly discovered traveler destination in South of Sikkim.

Samsing, West Bengal
Samsing getaway from Kolkata
Source: Wikipedia
  • Altitude: 914 m
  • Distance from Kolkata: 644.5 km

Samsing is a peaceful, small hill village in West Bengal. Travelers usually come here for trekking, camping, bird watching. This village is also the gateway to the Neora Valley National Park which is only 18km from there.

With these many options, the stress of daily bustle of the city can become more tolerable.

 

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Budget friendly Trekking destinations in India

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Who doesn’t love the peace and tranquility of mountains and that additional adrenaline rush of a trek? But in today’s modern day lives, putting a dent in your bank balance does not seem thrilling enough? We at Renok Adventures, bring you a list of budget friendly trekking destinations in India  as weekend getaways, so you can scare away your Monday blues. Weekend trekking getaways are not only relaxing but are pretty much a great way to meet new people and make memories being extremely light in your pocket.

Here are our picks for budget-friendly treks from your beloved cities:

Budget friendly trekking destinations from Delhi:

Delhi being the closest metropolitan city to the Himalayas gives rise to numerous weekend trekking retreats.

  1. Nag Tibba Trek, Uttarakhand
Nag Tibba, Uttrakhand
Nag-Tibba-trek

The Nag Tibba trek is an easy and short weekend trek trip to Nag Tibba or Serpent’s Peak close to Mussorrie. It is the highest peak with a height of over 3000 meters in the Nag Tibba range, Garhwal Himalayas and it is one of the easiest treks in Uttarakhand. It’s just 8 hours away from Delhi.

  • Altitude: 3022 meters
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Best Season: Dec, Jan, Feb & March
  • Starting Point: Dehradun
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Trekking Distance: 19 km
  • Temperature Range:0 – 20 °C
  • Budget- ₹ 3500 per head
  1. Chakrata, Uttarakhand
Chakrata-Source-Wikipedia
Chakrata, Source: Wikipedia

Chakrata, a serene hill station on the Yamuna and other rivers, is just 90 km from Dehradun and 320 km from Delhi that makes it a perfect trekking spot.

  • Altitude: 2118 meters
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Best Season: Through the year
  • Starting Point: Dehradun
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Trekking Distance: 14 km
  • Temperature Range:0 – 20 °C
  • Budget- ₹ 3500 per head

Budget friendly trekking destinations from Mumbai:

When Mumbai roads get crazy with road traffic, pollution and buildings, you just want to run to the mountains and take a breath of fresh air. The Himalayas are undoubtedly inaccessible over just one weekend but you have plenty of options.

  1. Rajmachi Fort, Maharashtra
Rajmachi Fort- Source Wikipedia
Rajmachi Fort, Source: Wikipedia

This weekend Trek from Mumbai to Rajamachi has the most astounding sight of the mountains and the Shirota Dam. Over the fort, there are two historically important structures – Shivardhan and Manranjan that can be explored. The serene paths of Rajmachi take you past waterfalls, hills and dense greenery.

  • One Tree Hill Trek
  • Altitude: 2625 ft.
  • Distance from Mumbai: 90 km
  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Budget- ₹ 1450 per head
  1. Jawhar – The waterfall Weekend Trek from Mumbai
Jawhar
Jawhar, Source: Wikipedia

Surrounded by lush vegetation and wonderful Kal Mandavi waterfalls, a hike at Jawhar is an out of the world experience. The village has some really stunning spots like the dam and the lake.

  • Altitude: 1475 ft.
  • Distance from Mumbai: 145 km
  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Budget- ₹ 0

Budget friendly trekking destinations from Bangalore:

The trekking trips neighboring Bangalore are not that long, wearisome or difficult to hike. Rather, they are green havens for adventurous souls that can be effortlessly reached and are safe.

  1. Savandurga
Savandurga trek
Savandurga, Source: Wikipedia

This hill is approximately 60 km from Bangalore. The rock creations are rather a sight. Apart from the picturesque beauty, explorers can also relish rock climbing, rappelling, and other many activities.

  • Altitude: 1226 meters
  • Trek Length: 4 km
  • Best Time to Visit: November to February
  • Budget- ₹ 3000 per head for hotel
  1. Ramanagara
Ramanagara
Ramanagara, Source: Wikipedia

Another destination near Bangalore is Ramanagara which is about 55 km away. It is chiefly a rocky land and quite an adrenaline rush for trekkers. Other attractions include historic caves and Vulture Sanctuary.

  • Altitude: 747 meters
  • Trek Length: 6 km
  • Best Time to Visit: November to February
  • Budget- ₹ 1400 per head

Budget friendly trekking destinations in North East India:

The twisty rivers, the thick forests, the exquisite flora and fauna and the tribal and native people of the North east India can only be experienced by the ones who trek into these unseen regions to discover this unparalleled beauty.

  1. Shillong Peak Trek, Meghalaya
Shillong
Elephant Waterfall, Shillong,Source: Wikipedia

Shillong Peak treks are an incredible experience of snow-capped mountains, several waterfalls, and luscious lands.

  • Altitude:1965 meters
  • Season: Sep-Mar and Oct-Nov
  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Budget- ₹ 4000 per head for hotel
  1. Talley valley Trek, Arunachal Pradesh
Taley Valley
Arunachal Pradesh, Source: Wikipedia

Talley Valley Treks in North East India is a beautiful wasteland and the exclusive fishing and paddy culture of the Apatani Village is a lifetime experience.

  • Altitude: 2400 meters
  • Season: Sep-Apr
  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Budget- ₹ 9950 per head

Excited enough to plan for your next not-so-expensive thrilling quest? Pack your bags today and go on an adventure and go to all these budget friendly trekking destinations in India!

 

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 😛 ?