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Weekend Manali Camping & Apple Orchard Tour – Renok Adventures

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Long Weekend Manali Camping and Khar Myundari Trek

Participate in this unique Weekend Manali Camping and picturesque apple orchard Tour with Renok Adventures. Indulge in adventure activities in Manali like Paragliding in Solang and Zorbing furthermore relish the fresh apples plucked by you for you and understand the process of Apple Plucking and Packaging and Camp amidst the apple trees and enjoy the bonfire and sumptuous dinner.

Khar Myundari Trek

Next day trek to Khar Myundari a beautiful and serene plane near Manali and Khar Myundari trek starts from Setan which half hour drive from Manali.

Trek Duration : 3 Days 2 Nights

Destinations Covered during Weekend Manali Camping : Apple Orchard, Khar Myundari Trek
Cost per Person: Rs 5850 + 4.5% (Rs 6113) per person (Ex Manali)
Group Discount: 15% on booking 8 and moreTool Online Fast furious legacy Coins

What’s Included :

  • Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
  • Meals during the Trek (2 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 2 Dinner)
  • Permits
  • Transport from Manali to Apple Orchard Camp, Trek Start Point and Return
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Guide and support staff.

What’s Not Included :-

  • Trekking Poles, Jackets, Boots etc
  • Adventure Activities like Paragliding, Zorbing Etc (We will have arrangement but cost would be Extra)
  • Transport for Adventure Activities
  • Any Deviation or detour
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DEPARTURES (All departures for Friendship peak Trek are ex Manali)

  • 13th – 15th August  2016
  • 19th – 21st August 2016

Brief Itinerary (Weekend Manali Camping & Khar Myundari Trek)

  • Day 1: Assemble at Meeting Point and Transfer to Apple Orchard Camp after adventure activities
  • Day 2: Drive from Apple Orchard Camp to Setan and Start the Trek to Khar Myundari
  • Day 3. Trek from Khar Myundari to Setan and Drive to Manali Bus Stand

Detailed Itinerary (Weekend Manali Camping & Khar Myundari Trek)

Manali Camping Day 1 

Day 1 : Drive from Manali to Apple Orchard Camp and Apple Orchard Tour ( 4 Hours)

Adventure Activities:

First of all we will assemble at our meeting point SBI ATM on Mall Road outside Government Bus Stand and after meet and greet You are free to explore Manali on your own or take part in adventure activities in and around Manali. Arrangements for adventure activities like Paragliding in Manali, Zorbing, Rafting etc will be made by us at extra charges.

Apple Plucking and Apple Orchard Tour

After these activities we drive to our Apple Orchard Camp and have our lunch. After taking some and rest we proceed for Apple Orchard tour and Apple plucking session which yet another interesting and unique Things to do in Manali. Understand the process of apple plucking with local guide and farmers and relish the apples plucked by you for you and finally return to camp amidst the Apple Orchard and enjoy the bonfire and sumptuous dinner. Overnight stay in Tents.

Khar Myundari Trek Trek Day 2

Drive from Apple Orchard Camp to Setan and Start the Trek to Khar Myundari (5 Hours)

We drive from our camp to Setan which is around half and hour drive and start the trek to Khar Myundari which is a picturesque camping location beside the small lake and gives amazing views of Kullu Valley and Dhauladhar Range

Khar Myundari Trek Trek Day 3

Trek from Khar Myundari to Setan and Drive to Manali Bus Stand (4 hours)

After a sumptuous breakfast and morning exercise we wind up our camp and trek downhill following more or less the same route to Setan and we will have our packed lunch on the way. After trekking down to Setan we drive back to Manali bus stand from where you catch your returnd bus to Delhi or Chandigarh. Our Weekend Manali Camping and Apple Orchard Tour comes to an end with mosaic of beautiful memories.

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22 Best Treks from Manali Trekking Circuit

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Manali Trekking – The Adventure Capital of India

For all thrill seekers in Himalayas Manali is the one stop solution for all your needs like Biking Trips, Paragliding, Jeep Safari, Manali Camping but Manali Trekking circuit has all sorts of trek from day treks to week long trekking expeditions in and around Manali. Manali Altitude is around 2000 meters which makes it an ideal location for easy to challenging trek in Himalayas

22 Best Treks from Manali Trekking circuit from Weekend Trek to Week Long Trek

Manali is situated at an altitude of 2050 Meters above sea level which make Manali Trekking Circuit most sought after trekking trips in the Indian Himalayas. The good connectivity by Volvo buses from Delhi or Chandigarh gives it an edge over other treks In Himachal. Manali Trekking have everything for everyone from one day treks like Lamadugh, Jogini Waterfalls to week long treks like Hamtpa Pass.

1. Beas Kund Trek

Beas Kund Trek a short trek of over 3 days will take you the source of River Beas. Beas Kund trek is short trek but it is full of stunning views of glaciers and snow clad peaks. Bakarthach campsite is the highlight of the trek due to stunning views of hanging glaciers.

Manali Trekking

Max Altitude           : 3650 Meters

Best Season          : April to November

Duration                : 3 to 4  Days

Difficulty Level       : Easy to Moderate

Trekking Distance : 20 Kms (Approx)

 

2. Bhrigu Lake Trek

Bhrigu Lake trek is a short trek near Manali which takes you to pristine lake Bhrigu Lake located at an elevation of around 4,300 metres (14,100 ft) in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh. It is located to the east of Rohtang Pass and is around 6 kilometres from Gulaba village.

Bhrigu Lake Trek by Crawford Learmonth Manali Trekking
Bhrigu Lake Trek : Photo Credit : Crawford Learmonth Flickr

 

Max Altitude          : 4300 Meters

Best Season          : April to November

Duration                : 3 to 4  Days

Difficulty Level       : Easy to Moderate

Trekking Distance : 18 Kms (Approx)

3. Lama Dugh Trek

A day hike which starts from backpackers paradise Old Manali through thick forest of Deodar, Pine, Oak, Horse Chestnut and Cedar  to the beautiful meadow of Lama Dugh at an altitude of 3635 meters which offer great views of Manali, Manalsu Glacier, Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges including Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba and Rohtang Pass. You can enjoy Manali camping as well on Lama Dugh Trek.

Max Altitude           : 3000 Meters

Best Season          : April to December

Duration                : 1 to 2  Days

Difficulty Level       : Easy

Trekking Distance : 17 Kms (Approx)

4. Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek

Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek takes you through one of the most breathtakingly beautiful parts of the country. If you are short on time then Deo Tibba Trek is just the right one for you. You will walk through dreamy fairytale meadows filled with beautifully scented junipers, silver birch trees and vibrant rhododendrons. You will see the pristine snow clad peaks of Deo Tibba and alpine forests of this beautiful region.

Deo tibba base camp trek Manali Trekking

Max Altitude           : 4450 Meters

Best Season           : May to November

Duration                 : 4 to 5  Days

Difficulty Level       : Easy to Moderate

Trekking Distance : 37 Kms (Approx)

5. Vashisht Jogini Waterfall Trek

Jogini Water Trek starts from sleepy town of Vashisht and after trekking for about 3 Kms. It’s a gentle walk through the forest and views of Rohtang and river Beas on your left side. 

Jogini Waterfall Trek - Manali Trekking

Max Altitude           : 2850 Meters

Best Season          : All Year

Duration                : 1  Day

Difficulty Level       : Easy

Trekking Distance : 11 Kms (Approx)

6. Baralacha Chandratal Lake Trek

Chandratal to Baralacha La trek in Himachal Pradesh is full of adventure and excitement. You start from the source of Chandra River and end this trek at Suraj Tal at Baralacha La which is said to be the source of Bhaga River. This trek is not for the faint heart but for those who have have extensive trekking experience as you will be crossing glacial water bodies and reaching reasonably high altitude.

Chandratal Lake Trek - Best of Manali Trekking

Max Altitude          : 4950 Meters

Best Season          : July to October

Duration                : 5 to 7  Days

Difficulty Level       : Moderate to Challenging

Trekking Distance : 56 Kms (Approx)

7. Hampta Pass Trek

Hampta Pass is the most famout trek in Manali Trekking circuit, This 5 day trek including a visit to Chandratal Lake and beauty of this trek is that in short duration you get to see different landscape everyday. Hampta Pass takes you from lush green Kullu Valley to barren Lahaul and Spiti which have similar landscape of Ladakh and on top of that camping at Chandratal lake is icing on the cake.

Max Altitude           : 4450 Meters

Best Season          : June to October

Duration                : 4 to 5  Days

Difficulty Level       : Easy to Moderate

Trekking Distance : 31 Kms (Approx)

8. Chanderkhani Pass Trek

Chanderkhani Pass or Malana trek  takes you to Malana village over Chanderkhani Pass which is infamous for “Malana Cream” a hash which famous globally. The Malana village is a small community of tribal people who have a unique culture and their very own government.

Best of Manali trekking

Max Altitude            : 4450 Meters

Best Season           : May to November

Duration                 : 4 to 5  Days

Difficulty Level        : Easy to Moderate

Trekking Distance  : 37 Kms (Approx)

9. Tosh Valley Trek

Tosh Valley trek is a popular small trek in the Parvati Valley which leads to the Pin Parvati Pass Trek and Animal Pass Trek and little less explored in Manali Trekking circuit. 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.

Max Altitude          : 4450 Meters

Best Season          : May to November

Duration                 : 5 to 6  Days

Difficulty Level       : Easy to Moderate

Trekking Distance : 55 Kms (Approx)

10. Bijli Mahadev Winter Trek

The trek to Bijli Mahadev starts from Chansari village which is 24 kilometres from Kullu and is accessible by public bus and taxi. The trekking route starts as a narrow trekking trail through Pine trees and covered in snow in winter. A gorgeous meadow with an ancient Shiva temple, famous for its stone Shiva-Linga that shatters every year on the eve of Maha Shivratri when each time lightning strikes it, only to be resurrected by the Pujari.

Max Altitude           : 4450 Meters

Best Season           : March to December

Duration                 : 4 to 5  Days

Difficulty Level        : Easy to Moderate

Trekking Distance  : 20 Kms (Approx)

11. Khar Myundari Trek

Short on Holidays and want to enjoy trekking in Himalayas then Khar Myundari Trek is the perfect Manali Weekend Trek. Khar Myundari starts from Setan which around 1 hour drive from Manali. This trek takes you to the beautiful campsite beside the lake and offer great views of Kullu Valley. This is becoming a the best weekend trek in Manali Trekking circuit similar to Triund Trek.

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Max Altitude            : 3340 Meters

Best Season           : All Year round

Duration                  : 2 to 3 Days

Difficulty Level        : Easy

Trekking Distance  : 19 Kms (Approx)

12. Kheerganga Trek

Kheerganga trek is much needed break from the hippie town of Tosh or Kasol. Kheerganga Trek is very pleasant and offers some exhilarating views. During the trek the vegetation changes dramatically and at the end of the trek it open up into a beautiful meadow with beautiful views and a natural hot water spring after the arduous trek.

Max Altitude            : 2960 Meters

Best Season           : May to November

Duration                 : 1 to 2  Days

Difficulty Level        : Easy

Trekking Distance  : 19 Kms (Approx)

13. Fakunda Peak Trek

Fakunda Peak is popular trekking peak near Manali which takes you to an altitude of 3,998 metres. It is one of the most popular trails in the Manali Trekking circuit. Parvati Valley abounds in natural beauty with snow-clad mountains, perennial rivulets and streams waterfalls, picturesque meadows in the midst of dense forests of Deodar trees, which beckon the young adventure lover to come and experience the serene and calm atmosphere of all pervading nature.

Max Altitude           : 3998 Meters

Best Season          : May to November

Duration                 : 4 to 5  Days

Difficulty Level        : Easy to Moderate

Trekking Distance  : 26 Kms (Approx)

14. Manali to Bir Billing Trek – Thamsar Pass Trek

This is a 14 days nights challenging trek and It is one of the most enchanting and picturesque treks leading from the Kullu valley into the Scenic Kangra valley. Bara Bhangal is one of the most remote villages of Himachal Pradesh and there is no road approach this arduous trek is part of Manali to Bir trek via Thamsar Pass. This trek is weary and required good mountaineering and technical skills. Himachal Gaddis (Shepherds) are common sight on this trekking trail.

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Max Altitude         : 4850 Meters

Best Season         : July to October

Duration                : 10 to 11  Days

Difficulty Level       : Moderate to Challenging

Trekking Distance  : 70 Kms (Approx)

15. Manali Trekking Camps

When you think of some offbeat Holiday like Trekking or Camping then think of Manali Trekking Camps with Himalayan Frontiers. Manali Trekking Camp at Khar Myundari, Chika, Bhrigu Lake or Solang Valley are full of advntures and fun. They are suitable for any age group they are never short of fun.

Max Altitude           : 3550 Meters

Best Season           : All Year Round

Duration                 : 2 to 3  Days

Difficulty Level        : Easy

Trekking Distance  : 16 Kms (Approx)

16. Weekend Manali Trekking to Chika

Tourist throng to Rohtang pass to see the the trek but believe us it not at worth the effort. A short trek from Jobri to Chika in the month of April & May will give you unending views of snow and fun of trekking in snow. Camp at Chika overnight with bonfire and return to Manali next day.

Max Altitude          : 3100 Meters

Best Season         : April  to December

Duration                : 1 to 2  Days

Difficulty Level      : Easy

Trekking Distance : 9 Kms (Approx)

17. Shitidhar Peak Climb

At over 5250 meter Mt Shitidhar is a good peak for those who are looking for their first peak to summit in Himalayas in Manali Trekking circuit. The base camp is set up at Beas Kund another famous trek in Manali Trekking circuit. From the Shitidhar summit one can have wonderful views of Hanuman Tibba, Indrasan and Deo Tibba.

Max Altitude         : 5250 Meters

Best Season         : May to June & Setember to October

Duration                : 5 to 6 Days

Difficulty Level      : Moderate to Challenging

Trekking Distance : 45 Kms (Approx)

18. Hamta Circle Trek

The Hamta circle trek is an easy to moderate grade trek near in Manali Trekking cuircuti which starts from the sleepy town of Jagatsukh on Naggar road. Trek through the village trail surrounded by Apple Orchard which enters in dense forest of deodar,  Pine, Oak and Cedar. The beauftiful campsite which great veiws of Manali and Rohtang comes once you cross the tree line.

Max Altitude          : 3800 Meters

Best Season          : May to November

Duration                : 4 to 5  Days

Difficulty Level       : Easy

Trekking Distance  : 31 Kms (Approx)

19. Patalsu Peak Trek

A short 3 day trek from Solang valley takes you to the beautiful Patalsu Peak and takes you the maximum altitude of 4472 meters which no other trek has to offer. Trek from Solang to Shaghadugh campsite and next day trek to Patalsu Peak and return to solang.

Max Altitude         : 4472 Meters

Best Season         : June to November

Duration                : 3 to 5  Days

Difficulty Level       : Easy to Moderate

Trekking Distance  : 33 Kms (Approx)

20. Friendship Peak Trek

Friendship peak is a trekking peak in the Beas Kund area with an altitude of 5289 Meters. It is an ideal trekking peak for those who are looking for their first Himalayan Peak with an altitude of above 5000 meters.

Max Altitude           : 5289 Meters

Best Season          : June, September & October

Duration                : 5 to 6  Days

Difficulty Level       : Moderate to Challenging

Trekking Distance  : 46 Kms (Approx)

21. Rumsu Basecamp Winter Trek

Take Rumsu Basecamp Winter Trek to experience the snowfall during winter. This trek start from Naggar a small town in Kullu district famous for Naggar Castle and Roerich Art Gallery. Trek from Naggar to Rumsu basecamp through the snowy trail and enjoy trekking in the snow to the fullest.

Max Altitude          : 3850 Meters

Best Season          : December to March

Duration                : 3 to 4  Days

Difficulty Level       : Easy

Trekking Distance  : 22 Kms (Approx)

22. Sar Pass Trek

Sar Pass Trek an ideal trek for beginners through thick forests, alpine meadows and Himalayan villages which will take you to an altitude of 13,800 ft and offers an amazing views of snow clad peaks. The Sar Pass Trek starts from Kasol which is famous among the backpackers. Furthermore Kasol is also a starting point for many treks in the Parvati Valley like Tosh Valley Trek, Animal Pass Trek, Sara Umga Pass Trek and many more.

Max Altitude         : 4220 Meters

Best Season         : May to October

Duration                : 4 to 5  Days

Difficulty Level       : Easy to Moderate

Trekking Distance  : 31 Kms (Approx)

The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Blog by Tushar Chatterji

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If there is heaven on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here!

                                                                                                                                      Firdaus

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Blog: July 23-30, 2016 with Renok Adventures

 

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek blog: Regardless of time and age, Kashmir continues to embrace its pristine glory and serene beauty in every sense. If I’m not mistaken, every year, millions of travelers from across the globe shortlist Kashmir as their holiday or adventure destination, and end up exploring the panoramic views of the lush green valleys, enthralling peaks, and winding mountain passes.

Given the current turmoil in the state, I was advised to reconsider my decision by family and friends; however, my quest for adventure coupled with the passion for hiking made me determined to sign up for this “so-called less popular” trek. I would be lying if I’d say there was no element of nervousness and the numerous “what ifs” doing the rounds in my mind, but as Aamir Khan said in 3 Idiots, “apne dil ko sambhal le bache aur bol, all is well, all is well.” In the end, everything pans out just fine. Unfortunately, my filmy side won’t drift away so easily, and in this write up, my dear readers might get to witness many more versions (I’d try my best not to bore you though).

Great Lakes Trek Sonmarg to Narnag

The spectacular beauty of alpine meadows, snow-clad mountain peaks and shimmering lakes is a sight that pleases the heart of a wanderlust and ardent explorers. The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is spread over 70 km, starting from Sonamarg (7,850 ft) and ending at Naranag (7,400 feet). Over the course of this picturesque journey, one gets the splendid opportunity to hike through the endearing Gadsar pass (13,750 ft), the highest point of the trek.

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Difficulty Level – Moderate or Difficult

Some adventure groups categorize this trek as being difficult, though for the average and enthusiastic trekker and those who are physically fit, it may be regarded as a moderate level trek. The route is open during the monsoon months from June to September, and is the classic monsoon trek. One just needs to pray that the weather forecast is in agreement with one’s travel itinerary to make the journey more memorable and enjoyable.

Arrival in Srinagar

Day 1: Arrival in Srinagar – Adrenaline levels were high when I boarded the 10:55 AM flight from Mumbai. As planned, I started reading my recently acquired novel “The Demonologist” by Ed & Lorraine Warren and tried not to think much about the situation in Srinagar. Call it excitement or tension, I was so lost in thoughts that I didn’t even realize that there was a brief stopover at Jammu, following which we were to proceed to Srinagar.

So, I observed a majority of the passengers disembarking once the plane parked, and as I mentioned, I was dumb enough to get up from my seat, pack my novel, and happily walk out of the flight only to find out that I had gotten off at Jammu. Epic embarrassment! Nothing surprising followed – the ground security force asked me to go back and take my seat on the flight and the air hostesses were actually surprised to see me coming back. I had a silly smile on my face and might have given the remaining folks enough entertainment for the next 45 minutes or so. Anyways, I decided to simply shut my eyes and wait for my actual destination. Voila! We arrived in Srinagar before I knew it, and here I was waiting for my backpack at the baggage counter. Srinagar isn’t one of those conventional and flamboyant airports that would interest the “metro” population.

Entering Srinagar

Little did I know that the city would be equally dead. We already had bookings at a houseboat in Dal Lake and the driver was at the airport to receive us. We had previously received word that there was no network connectivity, and so there was no way to inform folks back home that I had arrived safely in the city. As the car left the airport, the driver started to detail us on the current situation and how it had been worsening over the past few days. We heard him intently and asked him as many questions as we could while we drove through empty streets on a perfectly sunny day. I happened to observe several stones and pellets on the roads and pieces of shattered glass in some areas.

Visiting Dal Lake during the Turmoil

We arrived at Dal Lake in 15-20 minutes and I was introduced to my first Shikara ride. We were taken to our houseboat, “Young Bombay Group of Houseboats” and was ecstatic to find myself there. The houseboat totally took me by surprise as I hadn’t expected it to be so clean, cosy, and comfortable. It felt like home and half of my fatigue disappeared after sipping on some hot Kashmir Kehwa.

That was my first and oh boy, did it taste good and refreshing. The only thing I got reminded of while having Kehwa was the scene in the Bollywood movie, Mission Kashmir, where one of the junior artistes goes like “altaf bhai, kehwa, riaz bhai, kehwa…” The owner was extremely courteous and paid careful attention to customer service and hospitality. We got to hear stories and opinions in the light of the recent events there from the owner, which is when we were told that day travel to Sonamarg (the starting point of our Greak Lakes Trek on the following day) wouldn’t be possible.

WiFi Connectivity Amidst All Tension

On the other hand, we were fortunate to have Wifi connectivity on the houseboat that enabled us to contact the rest of the team, get updates from our organizers, Renok Adventures, and also let family know that we had arrived safely. Amidst all these conversations, we managed to take a short Shikara ride to the Dal Lake market. The surroundings were so calm that one wouldn’t even imagine in their wildest nightmares that a place as beautiful as Dal Lake would be so desolate at this time of the year.

One could sense the tension around, and to be honest, I was actually in two minds on whether to rejoice at being away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the peace or feel sad about the lacking hungama. Dinner was served at 8:00 PM and would definitely rank among the best that I’ve had to date – simple, ghar ka khana types, including rice, roti, dal, chicken curry, sabzi, and salad.

Travel From Srinagar to Sonmarg

As we had already received the news that day travel wouldn’t be possible on the following day, we had to spend our Saturday in Srinagar too. We were given confirmation from Renok Adventures that we will be leaving for Sonamarg at 10:30 PM. Secondly, the rest of our fellow trekkers had also planned their travel such that they arrive by noon on Saturday. They were picked up from the airport and taken to a nearby hotel; they were asked to freshen up and wait until the driver would pick them up around 10:00 PM and come to Dal Lake to receive the two of us.

Finally, I met the entire group around 10:45 PM and hit it off on a high note during the 2 hour drive to our guest house at Sonamarg. On the way, we were stopped at one of the army barricades, but nothing exciting happened (much to the reader’s dismay). We reached our guest house at 1:00 AM. Although my friend and I had finished dinner at the houseboat, the others were tired and hungry. So, the ground coordinator of Renok Adventures had prepared dinner for the rest of us. We broke off after dinner and resigned to our rooms to get some sleep. Before we did so, we were told that we would be leaving for our trek around 10:00 AM on the following day.

Start of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Day 2: The valley beckons; trekking towards Nichnai pass – After a sumptuous breakfast of aloo parathas, we left for our starting point by car. It was a 10-15-minute drive along the river Sindh. A beautiful day lay ahead of us, is what I told myself. Basic instructions were provided following which we began walking. The sunshine complemented the lush green meadows and the snow-capped mountains in the distant background as we continued our ascent towards Nichnai. Along the way, we stopped at an army base camp and a small hut, where we had our lunch and another cup of Kashmiri kehwa. We were advised to reach our first campsite by 4:00-5:00 PM, and we managed to do that with ease.

We walked along several streams and on a slightly rocky terrain, stretching our muscles and preparing ourselves for the coming days. One of the many advantages of trekking in a decently-sized group is that you don’t lose track or sight of them, and each individual keeps the spirits high and everyone else motivated. It makes the journey worthwhile and people get a chance to mingle better and get to know everyone.

As my fellow trekkers and mountain lovers might already know, the weather at high altitudes is always unpredictable It began to drizzle once we reached our campsite, but it didn’t affect our spirits in any way. It lasted for merely 30 minutes after which the weather cleared and our tents were set up. We had some hot tea and biscuits and got to talking and knowing each other while sitting on the rocks of the stream flowing beside our campsite. I must say this was one of the highlights of this trek; the fact that we camped in valleys and close to streams, no matter how high we ascended on all days. The mornings were welcomed with stunning views of mountain passes and absolute serenity. We were treated to some good dinner afterwards following which we enjoyed a good night’s rest.

Vishansar Lake

Day 3: Destination Vishansar Lake, our first Great Lake – Today, we gained close to 12.500 ft as we trekked via the Nichnai pass and made our way to Vishansar. The trek comprised a steep ascent in some portions followed by a descent and standard walk towards Vishansar. There were a couple of instances where we were required to cross streams by removing our shoes. The cold water coupled with the sharp rocks beneath pinched our feet like never before, but for me honestly, the feeling was great. After all, who gets a chance to walk across pure running streams in the city.

As i slowly made my way on to the other side, I stopped midway for a quick click (shoes in one hand and phone in the other). We halted briefly at the top of Nichnai pass by which time our guide and horses had also caught up. Next, began our 2 h descent towards Vishansar lake.

Two of us reached the campsite around 1:45 PM, but unfortunately, we didn’t have our lunch packets with us as we had kept it in another trekmates’s bag who seemed to be slightly behind benicar 20 mg. However, there was nothing to fear, as our cook Praveen was here. He gladly volunteered to make us some hot Maggi (and for those who’d understand where I’m coming from), no one denies a bowl of hot Maggi at an altitude of 12,000 ft.

The weather was slightly overcast around the time we arrived, but it was raining heavily. The other trekkers arrived in a while, after which I decided to walk to Vishansar lake. It was hardly a 10-minute casual walk and I was delighted to see the first great lake. Green still water against the peaks with the sun setting in the backdrop provided the perfect end to the evening. I went closer to the lake to enjoy the view and calmness. One really tends to forget all worries amidst that serenity and the mind is cautiously relaxed, and somewhat compelled to appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature.

There is no competition, no hurry to reach anywhere, no one to bother you, and none to blame you for doing what your heart has set out to do. It’s just you and your tanhayee talking and getting to know yourself better. It sounds deep and poetic, but I assure you that such calmness demands poetry and brings out the best of you within a short time period.

To add to the excitement, we requested a fisherman to catch some fresh fish for supper and he successfully managed a few. I needn’t say more as I’m sure all you fish lovers might already be envying us. Fish masala, dal, sabzi, rice, and roti was the menu for tonight and we were more than overjoyed to have been part of this delicious feast. Then, it was time to resign to our tents and prepare ourselves for another eventful day of trekking.

Vishansar Lake

Day 4: Let’s rest our legs today, buddy and explore VIshansar! – I woke up at my usual time of 6:00 AM (mind it, without an alarm clock’s blaring voice next to my ears). Actually, I didn’t even need one as my daily morning routine call forced me to get out of my sleeping bag and run to the rocks, or for the more sophisticated audience, the toilet tent. As I made my earnest attempt at finding a suitable spot, the sun shone indicating that it’s going to be another wonderful day.

As I walked back to my tent and started to prepare my clothes for the day, our guide came over and said if we would agree to have our first rest day today instead of ascending to Gadsar. We were well on track per our itinerary and complied with his request. He also mentioned that since we were a small group, we could cover some extra distance on the following 2 days and have another rest day on Friday, if required. That was it! All of us took our own sweet time to get out of the tents, while we decided to walk down to the Vishansar valley and spend some time at the lake too.

Beautiful – Kishansar Lake

After breakfast, we went to the lake where a couple of our enthusiastic trekmates decided to take a dip in the pristine water. Ready steady po! And before we knew it they were out of the water, freezing to death. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t a funny sight, but hats off to them for doing this and having their interests satisfied. We left for the valley after this brief swimming stint and played with mountain sheep along the way. It was definitely a relaxing day and our intentions were clear in simply soaking the bright sunshine and hog.

No one can Predict Mountain Weather

Day 5: Damn you mountain weather! We were forced to take another rest day – Our hopes were lowered when we woke up today as it had been raining all night and the weather was dull and gloomy. From the looks of it, the Rain Gods had their message loud and clear and were adamant on testing our patience. Our guide told us bluntly that if the weather conditions didn’t improve during the day or got worse, we might have to end up going back to Sonamarg via the same route.

For those of you who have done a decent number of high altitude treks and are aware of what I call “mountain etiquette,” you would know that even if the trekkers can walk through changing climatic conditions and terrains, our accompanying beasts of burden would not necessarily be able to make it via the normal route. So, there are times when there is a certain level of disappointment, frustration, and anger on the mountain weather (as luck would have it), and people end up wishing they had a magic wand that would immediately reverse the weather conditions. Unfortunately, this happens only in silly Bollywood movies and fairytales, and all one can possibly survive on is sheer hope and patience. As I always say, mountains have their own way of teaching strategies in the real-life setting.

Highest Point on Kashmir Great Lakes Trek – Gadsar Pass

Day 6: We touched the highest point in our trek, en route to Gadsar via Gadsar Pass –Thankfully, the rains had stopped the previous evening though the weather wasn’t the best this morning. It was overcast and the clouds were seriously within our reach. However, we were determined to march forward and reach our next campsite, which we were told was around 12 km from Vishansar and should take us approximately 6 h to reach. We finished a quick breakfast and set out.

The initial few kilometers were basically an ascent to the highest point of the Great Lakes trek (the Gadsar Pass) at an altitude of 13,500 ft. En route, we passed the Krishansar Lake. Owing to the not-so-clear skies, the view was slightly romantic and eerie (to some extent in a good way). We didn’t waste any time clicking pictures as we had to reach the top before the weather got any worse. The ascent felt great as it involved hiking along a rough and winding terrain. Fortunately, the weather was clearing up as we gained altitude and within an hour or so, our horses were within sight as well. Once we reached the top, we could see the Gadsar lake in the distance. Our fellow guide told us that the rest of the trek would involve descending into the valley and crossing the Gadsar lake, a ballpark estimate of 2-3 h depending on the trekker’s speed.

My friend and I managed to reach the campsite by 1:45 PM again, and what are the odds of not having our lunch boxes again? Surprise!!! We freshened up and had a bowl of hot Maggi, following which we sat by stream and enjoyed the rest the sunset. The clouds had luckily disappeared and the climate was refreshing and rejuvenating. Gadsar pass had a small army camp where we had to submit our registration forms and provide details before setting up our tents. From what we heard, this army camp was approximately 60 km away from the POC.

One could easily get lost in viewing the panorama of towering peaks with the mountain sheep grazing to their heart’s content. We knew the best was yet to come and we sure weren’t mistaken.

Longest Day of Kashmir Great Lakes Trek – Gadsar to Gangabal

Day 7: The longest, but definitely the best day of the trek: from Gadsar to Gangabal –Everything comes at a price, as they say it, and this was the day that all of us had eagerly been waiting for. As we had an extra rest day owing to bad weather, we had to cover double the distance and trek for almost 22 km to reach Gangabal.

We had an early breakfast and started our journey around 7:30 AM. The initial couple of hours involved walking along a mountain ridge and crossing over to the other side to reach Satsar (Seven Lakes). As the name suggests, the area comprised smaller, but elegant patches of blue water beneath crystal clear skies, thereby providing the perfect blend of divine beauty and natural surroundings. I wouldn’t say that the hike was difficult, but what made it taxing was the distance that we needed to cover.

Post-lunch, we had some more excitement in store as we walked over huge boulders for over an hour to reach the top of Satsar pass and make our way to Gangabal. This rocky patch was fantabulously enriching as all of us had to mark our steps carefully and ensure that we don’t end up slipping or blocking our fellow trekkers’ path. As safety measures, it was advisable that people scared of heights do not look onto the other side, which essentially had the deep valley, to avoid any nervousness from creeping in.

I have to say that each member in the group was brave and strong enough to trek this terrain and feel proud of the adrenaline rush within. All of us managed to reach the top of Satsar pass within the next 180-190 minutes.

Words cannot describe the view from this top. A splendid view of the Twin Great Lakes, Gangabal and Nindkul, with Mt. Harmukh in the backdrop was a treat to the eye. We were proud of our achievement as we knew that 80% of the trek was completed and all that remained in the next 2 days was a moderate descent. We spent close to 45 minutes here, clicking several pictures, following which we started our descent towards our last campsite, Nindkul.

View of Gadsar Lake

We reached there by 5:00 PM, freshened up, and relaxed our muscles to get rid of the fatigue. Mission accomplished, as I gazed up to see the clouds brush away to make Mt Harmukh smile right back at me. The setting sun made the waters shine while I kept staring at it wondering If I’d get to view anything better than this. The best part about such journeys is that the beauty becomes so clearly etched in thy memories that no DSLR or high resolution camera can capture. It remains in your mind for as long as you can possibly remember, and years later, you relive these moments and the actual journey through them.

There was a spark of disappointment as this was the last day of camping and we knew that the following day would mark the end of this amazing Kashmir trek. We resigned to our tents after supper and decided to start our descent slightly late the following day.

Good things comes to an End and It was Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Day 8: It all ends here, but never say never again; from Gangabal to Naranag – My excitement woke me up at the usual time today as well, and while I got ready for the last day, our guide came over and asked us whether we would be interested to walk to the Gangabal Lake, click some pictures, and then have breakfast and commence our descent to Naranag. “Of course,” we responded in chorus. So, we had a warm-up hike to Gangabal before breakfast.

Satsar Lake

In the early hours of the day, the lake was calm and possibly preparing itself for the trekker’s delight. The rays of the sun added to this mesmerizing effect and we ended up clicking a few quick pictures. Unfortunately, we couldn’t spend much time here, and I couldn’t get back to my thinking ways (Haha!). As they say it, soak in as much as you can, as there is always a next time and a much better destination to look forward to. So, that’s precisely what I did and we returned to our tents, had a filling breakfast and started our onward descent towards Naranag.

The journey lasted 5 hours and the trail led us through a forest with several twists and turns. We halted at a tea hut for some hot tea and Kashmiri bread an hour prior to our final stop, and before we knew it, we were at the hotel in Naranag.

We were expecting that the situation in the city might have gotten better while we were up in the mountains, but alas! It had only become worse and travel during day time wasn’t feasible yet. Each one of us were dying to take a hot shower (for obvious reasons), and it wasn’t long before the hotel owner informed us that we will be leaving around midnight. Meanwhile, a few of us started to reschedule our flights for the next morning (as my friend from Mumbai and I) had our previous flight bookings for Sunday afternoon. We reached a mutual consensus that we needed to get out of this place at the earliest as the best part of the trip had come to an end.

All of us had taken a substantial risk a week ago when we decided to fly down to Kashmir despite the serious state of affairs, demonstrate daring camaraderie at all times, and complete close to 70 km over a week. We now had to get back to reality as people back home were worried and it would have been stupidity on our part to stay back at Srinagar any longer. The flight rescheduling was successful and we informed the hotel owner that we could be dropped off at Srinagar airport itself.

After relishing Mutton Rogan Josh and steamed rice for dinner, we bid our goodbyes and left for Srinagar airport in the dark hours of the night. Honestly, everything seemed to be coming straight out of a Bollywood movie, and as we drove past the small villages on narrow roads, I got reminded of Akshay Kumar’s Airlift, funny but true. All of us remained attentive until we were close to the airport, where the Army stood at high alert. We reach by 2:05 AM and waited outside the airport for another 3 hours before the gates opened. Our flight to Delhi departed on time. We had breakfast at Delhi airport, and landed in Mumbai by 1:00 PM. This beautiful and super exciting journey had ended, and I took back several memories to last a lifetime.

As I look back on this trek, it gave me peace and the strength to believe in myself for the better. Although it was physically demanding in some portions, the primary outcome was nothing short of WOW. The pleasure of being close to Mother Nature and experiencing its charm and beauty is a world of its own – every trekker’s passion. What’s most important is to enjoy the journey; it’s not about reaching the summit first, but rather maintaining an average pace and soaking in the beauty at all points. Mountains have their way of touching your hearts and one should really have the patience and intent to appreciate it. It’s like wine, the older it gets, the better it tastes. For all you adventure enthusiasts who haven’t been to this fairyland, I’d strongly recommend you give it a shot. This trek may not be listed amongst the top treks of the country, but I assure you won’t be disappointed if you take out one week of your busy schedules and rush to this place.

Now it’s time for me to sign off and start planning my next adventure. So, folks keep travelling, discovering, and living your life to the fullest, because without travel, our very existence would be marred by tension, crankiness, and utmost fear.

Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek – Renok Adventures

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Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek 

Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek takes you through one of the most breathtakingly beautiful parts of the country. If you are short on time then Deo Tibba Trek is just the right one for you. You will walk through dreamy fairytale meadows filled with beautifully scented junipers, silver birch trees and vibrant rhododendrons. You will see the pristine snow clad peaks of Deo Tibba and alpine forests of this beautiful region. Deo Tibba Trek is a very picturesque trek and is perfect for lovers of flora and fauna.

Trek Duration : 5 Days 4 Nights

Destinations Covered during Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek  : Manali, Jobri, Piyang Niru, Chotta Chandratal

Cost per Person: Rs 9500 + 4.5% per person (Ex Manali)

Early Bird Booking Rs 8950 + 4.5% per person (Ex Manali) Book by 31st January

What’s Included :

  • Accommodation during Trek(Camping)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg)
  • Transport as per the Itinerary
  • Permits
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.

What’s Not Included :

  • Trekking Poles, Jackets, Boot, etc
  • Meals during transit and in Manali
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reason

DEPARTURES (All departures for Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek  are ex Manali)

  • Batch 1: 6th May 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 2: 13th May 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 3: 20th May 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 4: 27th May 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 5: 3rd June 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 6: 10th June 2017(Open)
  • Batch 7: 17th June 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 8: 24th June 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 9: 1st July 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 10: 8th July 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 11: 15th July 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 12: 22nd July 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 13: 29th July 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 14: 5th August 2017 (Open)

Brief Itinerary (Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek )

Day 1: Drive from Manali to Jagatsukh and trek to Chikka ( 5 Hours)

Day 2: Trek from Chikka to Seri Camp (5 Hours)

Day 3. Trek from Seri to Tainta and Trek to Chotta Chandratal and return to Tainta (8 Hours)

Day 4. Trek from Tainta to Chika (11 Kms 5 hours)

Day 5. Trek from Chika to Jagatsukh and Drive to Manali

Detailed Itinerary (Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek )

Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek  Day 1 

Day 1 : Drive from Manali to Jagatsukh and trek to Chikka ( 5 Hours)

The very first day we will meet at Manali SBI ATM on mall road outside government bus stand. After briefing and introduction we will drive towards the trek starting point at Jagatsukh and start the trek alongside the Jagatsukh Nalah. Intial let of the trek is through thick green forests of Deodar, Oak and Pine trees. Stay overnight in tents.

Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek  Day 2

Day 2: Trek from Chikka to Seri Camp (5 Hours)

After breakfast we start the trek for Seri. The route is along the right bank of Jagatsukh nalah. After a time the tree line starts to disappear slowly & the high altitude zone start. The effects of high altitude will be more visible when you will be gasping for your breadth. Deo Tibba Trek   Overnight in tents at Seri.

Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek  Day 3

Day 3:

We start early in the morning for Tenta which offers magnificent views of the towering Mount Deo Tibba and its massive glaciers. The day starts early today as we will be taking our packed lunch and essentials like water bottle, Jackets & Ponchos. The stretch will be through moraines with and uphill trekking on intervals. All along the trail massive Deo Tibba always stay in view. If weather permit us then we can trek upto Chota Chandratal and having lunch at such a place is like a dream come true after spending quality time and packed lunch we trek back to Seri Tenta and overnight in camps.

Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek  Day 4

Day 4: Trek from Tainta to Chika (11 Kms 5 hours)

Today you will be trekking for around 5 to 6 hours to reach our camping in himalayas at Chika. The trek passes through the mix of ascend and descend. Once you cross the stream then it’s fairly gradual trekking trail. En route, you will get amazing views of Kullu Valley and the majestic views of Himalayan mountain of Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal Range of greater Himalayas. Overning stay in camp.

Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek  Day 5

Day 5. Trek from Chika to Jagatsukh and Drive to Manali (5 Hours)

We trek downhill after the success full Deo Tibba Trek by folloing the same trekking trail. Drive back to Manali.

Hamtpa Pass Trek can be combined with this trek to make it a 10 days trek from Manali to Manali

Please Note: Depending upon the weather conditions the itinerary is subject to change without prior notice.

Weekend Manali Camping & Apple Orchard Tour – Renok Adventures

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Long Weekend Manali Camping and Khar Myundari Trek

Participate in this unique Weekend Manali Camping and picturesque apple orchard Tour with Renok Adventures. Indulge in adventure activities in Manali like Paragliding in Solang and Zorbing furthermore relish the fresh apples plucked by you for you and understand the process of Apple Plucking and Packaging and Camp amidst the apple trees and enjoy the bonfire and sumptuous dinner.

Khar Myundari Trek

Next day trek to Khar Myundari a beautiful and serene plane near Manali and Khar Myundari trek starts from Setan which half hour drive from Manali.

Trek Duration : 3 Days 2 Nights

Destinations Covered during Weekend Manali Camping : Apple Orchard, Khar Myundari Trek
Cost per Person: Rs 5850 + 4.5% (Rs 6113) per person (Ex Manali)
Group Discount: 15% on booking 8 and more

What’s Included :watch full The Lego Batman Movie movie

  • Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
  • Meals during the Trek (2 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 2 Dinner)
  • Permits
  • Transport from Manali to Apple Orchard Camp, Trek Start Point and Return
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Guide and support staff.

What’s Not Included :-

  • Trekking Poles, Jackets, Boots etc
  • Adventure Activities like Paragliding, Zorbing Etc (We will have arrangement but cost would be Extra)
  • Transport for Adventure Activities
  • Any Deviation or detour
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DEPARTURES (All departures for Friendship peak Trek are ex Manali)

  • 13th – 15th August  2016
  • 19th – 21st August 2016

Brief Itinerary (Weekend Manali Camping & Khar Myundari Trek)

  • Day 1: Assemble at Meeting Point and Transfer to Apple Orchard Camp after adventure activities
  • Day 2: Drive from Apple Orchard Camp to Setan and Start the Trek to Khar Myundari
  • Day 3. Trek from Khar Myundari to Setan and Drive to Manali Bus Stand

Detailed Itinerary (Weekend Manali Camping & Khar Myundari Trek)

Manali Camping Day 1 

Day 1 : Drive from Manali to Apple Orchard Camp and Apple Orchard Tour ( 4 Hours)

Adventure Activities:

First of all we will assemble at our meeting point SBI ATM on Mall Road outside Government Bus Stand and after meet and greet You are free to explore Manali on your own or take part in adventure activities in and around Manali. Arrangements for adventure activities like Paragliding in Manali, Zorbing, Rafting etc will be made by us at extra charges.

Apple Plucking and Apple Orchard Tour

After these activities we drive to our Apple Orchard Camp and have our lunch. After taking some and rest we proceed for Apple Orchard tour and Apple plucking session which yet another interesting and unique Things to do in Manali. Understand the process of apple plucking with local guide and farmers and relish the apples plucked by you for you and finally return to camp amidst the Apple Orchard and enjoy the bonfire and sumptuous dinner. Overnight stay in Tents.

Khar Myundari Trek Trek Day 2

Drive from Apple Orchard Camp to Setan and Start the Trek to Khar Myundari (5 Hours)

We drive from our camp to Setan which is around half and hour drive and start the trek to Khar Myundari which is a picturesque camping location beside the small lake and gives amazing views of Kullu Valley and Dhauladhar Range

Khar Myundari Trek Trek Day 3

Trek from Khar Myundari to Setan and Drive to Manali Bus Stand (4 hours)

After a sumptuous breakfast and morning exercise we wind up our camp and trek downhill following more or less the same route to Setan and we will have our packed lunch on the way. After trekking down to Setan we drive back to Manali bus stand from where you catch your returnd bus to Delhi or Chandigarh. Our Weekend Manali Camping and Apple Orchard Tour comes to an end with mosaic of beautiful memories.

Trekkers to Animal Pass – Tosh Valley Trek sharing their Experiences

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Must Watch for all the trekkers who are going for trekking in Himalayas.

Animal Pass Trek in Tosh Valley connects the Parvati Valley and Spiti Valley but its a moderate to challenging Trek. Animal pass trek is the further extension of Tosh Valley Trek. 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.

Prem: First Time Trekker to Himalayas sharing his experiences of Changes from Chennai to Himalayas

While going on a Himalayas Trek First time trekkers have many pre-conceived notions about things. Here is what the first time trekker Prem; who came all the way from Chennai to join us on this less explored vivid trek of Tosh Valley Animal Pass. He is sharing something of what this trek meant to him.

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Sneha: Sneha from Chennai sharing her experiences from the recent trek to Tosh Valley Trek Animal Pass

Sometimes it looks easy, sometimes hard. A trek tests your limits in and out! First timers on a trek have a tendency of giving up easily. Here is what one first time trekker went through in terms of experiential state sharing her journey.

Smitha from Chennai expressing her joys and sorrows from the Tosh Valley Animal Pass trek.

First timers on a trek have a tendency of giving up easily. Here is what one first time trekker went through in terms of experiential state sharing her journey.

Bharath South Indian Actor advice to the trekkers on what to Expect on Such Himalayan Trip.

A trek takes you on a journey from all the emotional terrains. Bharath the South Indian cinema actor tells us about how Tosh Valley Animal Pass Trek took him by surprise and his advice to trekkers what to expect on such kind of trips in Himalayas.

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My Travelogue of Pangarchulla Peak Trek – Renok Adventures

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Daunting Climb of Pangarchulla Peak Trek

Pangarchulla Peak Trek takes you above 15000 ft from mean sea level is usually chosen by the initiates, before attempting the higher peaks in the Himalayas, for its moderate yet challenging grade. The winter season as well as spring are both perfect for climbing although April and May are the preferred months after the winter snow has settled down. The technical difficulty of this trek and the gradient make it a perfect training ground for novices. The Pangarchulla Peak trek leads you from the lush green meadows better known as the Bugyals through dense forest cover and stunning snow covered peaks in the Garwhal region. The prominent peaks- Neelkanth, Nanda Devi, Mount Kamet, Hathi Parbat, Dronagiri and many more are visible on this trek. Pangarchulla with its magnificent beauty and moderate climb is a much sought after trek for beginners and the experienced alike.

Here is my day to day experiences of my climb of Pangarchulla Peak

Day 1: Haridwar to Auli (2450M): We drove early morning from Haridwar to Joshimath via the holy confluences of Devprayag and Rudraprayag along the banks of the sacred Ganges and Alaknanda Rivers up to the picturesque Auli town- a skiing destination situated in the midst of the beautiful ranges.

Day 2: Auli to Khulara (3225M): A hearty breakfast in beautiful settings is a good idea before heading out to cross the Bugyals at Auli. Get a good views of Nanda Devi, Mt Kamet, Hathi Ghodi Parvat and more majestic peaks and trek through rich forests to emerge into the prairies of Gorson. Oak, Chestnut, Deodar and Maple trees form another expanse of forests before you reach the campsite of Tali with a tiny lake. Another lengthy walk brings you to the vast meadows of Khulara campsite amongst the mountainous landscapes. Camp at Khulara be under a vast night sky full of twinkling stars.

Day 3: Khulara to Kuari Pass (3650 M) Pangarchula Base: An early start will allow you time to pause at the awe-inspiring peaks of Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Kedarnath, Haathi, Kamet, Mana, Dronagiri and more. The trek starts with a climb through the green and rich pastures of Khulara, passes through Kuari Pass and then in view of the towering peaks before settling for camp at the Pangarchulla Base camp.

Day 4: Base Camp to Pangarchula Peak (4700M): It’s time to gather your energy and climb up the mountain slopes and ridges to summit Pangarchulla Peak. Snow covered tracks and mesmerizing views keep you busy as you trudge across to the peak. The climb, using gaiters and crampons is challenging and demands your complete attention and fitness. The mighty peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul and other majestic peaks are sights to behold and you can take your time clicking and gathering beautiful memories before walking back to camp. The sense of achievement and exhilaration on summiting a peak with technical challenges is huge.

Day 5: Base Camp to Dhak Bend (3225 M): We trek down via Charming villages like Tugasi & Karcho and robust forests make a fine trek down to Dhak village via the road linking Joshimath and Niti Malari Valley. Earlier trekkers use to trek down to Tapovan but as the new road is constructed Dhak bend is preferred option. After an arduous downhill trek which is far more problematic then trekking uphill we had our chai stop at a local tea stall where we had nice interaction with the locals of Dhak village and drove back to our Hotel at Joshimath. We distributed the certificates of participation and celebrate the success of our trek to Kuari Pass Trek and Pangarchulla Peak Trek.

Day 6: Auli to Haridwar: It’s farewell to the mountains and a long drive back to Haridwar but one you’ll spend reminiscing and dreaming of Pangarchulla, its beautiful peaks and meadows and of course the feather in your cap of having sumitted one of the most beautiful peaks in the Garhwal Mountains.

Friendship Peak Trek – Best Trekking Peak in Manali – Renok Adventures

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Friendship Peak Trek

Friendship peak is located in Pir panjal range of Himalayas. The trek provides an opportunity for trekkers to see the paranomic view of some snowy peaks of Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal range. The friendship trek goes through the beautiful Solang valley, alpine meadows and thick pine and oak forest. The  Friendship Peak Trek trail is dotted with several varieties alpine flowers. The friendship peak trek begins Solang valley, which is around 13 kms from Manali. From Solang valley we trek uphill to Bakarthach (Thach is for term used for a flat ground at an alpine Meadow), after passing through the flourish green valley and thick forest further trek will continue to the base camps.

Trek Duration : 6 Days 5 Nights

Destinations Covered during Friendship peak Trek : Manali, Solang Valley & Beas Kund

Cost per Person: Rs 13850 + 4.5% per person (Ex Manali)

What’s Included :

  • Accommodation during Trek(Camping)
  • Meals while on trek(Veg)
  • Permits
  • Transport as per the Itineray
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced 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 Friendship peak Trek are ex Manali)

  • 10th – 15th September 2016 (Full) 
  • 17th – 22nd September 2016 (Full) 

Brief Itinerary (Friendship peak Trek)

Day 1: Drive from Manali to Dhundi and trek to Bakarthach ( 8 Hours)

Day 2: Trek from Bakarthach to Friendship Peak Camp 1 Lady Leg ( 7 Hours)

Day 3. Trek from Camp 1 to Advance Base Camp (3 Hours)

Day 4. Summit Day

Day 5. Trek from Friendship Peak ABC to Bakarthach (5 Hours)

Day 6. Trek to Dhundi and drive to Manali

Detailed Itinerary (Friendship peak Trek)

Friendship peak Trek Day 1 

Day 1 : Drive from Manali to Dhundi and trek to Bakarthach (5 Kms, 8 Hours)

We will start early morning around 8 AM. It’s advisable that you arrive in Manali a day early so that we can start on Time. The very first day we will meet at Manali bus stand at SBI ATM early morning and then drive to Dhundi via Solang Valley and then start the trek to our first campsite of Friendship Peak Trek called Bakarthach. Dinner and over night in Tents.

Friendship peak Trek Day 2

Day 2: Trek from Bakarthach to Friendship Peak Camp 1 Lady Leg ( 7 Hours)

After breakfast we start the trek from Bakarthach to Camp 1 which is knows as Lady Leg. Initial of today’s Friendship Peak Trek is pristine and beautiful. First we trek to Beas Kund and the further towards Campiste Lady Leg. The last leg of today’s trek is very steep trek over the ridge which is infamous for its arduous climb. Once we reach camp rest for a while and the we will go for acclimatize walk.

Friendship peak Trek Day 3

Day 3: Training Day  (4 hours)

Depending upon the condition for mules to trek from Lady Leg camp to ABC we will set up advance or else we stay at the same camp and do training for the climb.  We will go to the nearby snow line to practice use of Crampon, Rope up,   After the setup of camp rest for the day. From ABC you can see the summit, it is about 11 hours of arduous climb.

Friendship peak Trek Day 4

Day 4: Friendship Peak Trek (Summit Day)

We start climbing very early in the morning after summit with all essential gear necessary for Friendship Peak Summit like Jackets, Water Bottle, Packed Lunch and extra layer. Today is going to be a long day so we start early in the morning so that we cross the snow patch before it melts in the direct sun. It will take around 8 hours to reach on summit after spending 15 minutes at summit we head back to camp.

Friendship peak Trek Day 5

Day 5. Trek from Friendship Peak Base Camp to Bakarthach (5 Hours)

We trek downhill after the success full summit of Friendship Peak and we will camp at Bakarthach and celebrate the successful Summit of Friendship Peak

Friendship peak Trek Day 6

Day 6. Trek to Dhundi and drive to Manali

Wind up our camp site and Move to Bakarthach and then back to Manali.

5 Reasons for Couples to Go Trekking in the Himalayas

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Most couples would opt for safer, more luxurious, less tiring getaways. But, what could make you worry about safety and pain or even comfort when you are with your partner?? A trek in the Himalayas would be ideal for any couple.

 

What keeps a couple together and happy? The four pillars of a loving relationship – trust, love, respect and understanding.  Keeping these pillars from crumbling is, however, a 24/7 job.  But it does not have to be hard or painful, there are fun, adventurous and healthy ways of bonding with your partner. We recommend one such tried and tested “path” – a couple trek in the majestic Himalayas. Most couples would opt for safer, more luxurious, less tiring getaways. But, what could make you worry about safety and pain or even comfort when you are with your partner?? A trek in the Himalayas would be ideal for couples who are not just health and fitness conscious or those who share a common love for mountainous landscapes, fresh air and challenging workouts but for all the couples.

 

Why the Himalayas? Those who have been there never fail to evoke the ethereal quality of the mighty mountains and the transcendental, mystic power of the peaks and valleys. Almost all return centered, humbled and transformed. If the Himalayas can teach you patience, humility, sensitivity to your surroundings and bestow you with inner peace, you are not just a better human being but a better, more loving partner/spouse. From Ladakh to Sikkim, from Uttaranchal to Himachal Pradesh, go take a dive in the beauty of a vibrant valley of flowers, of surreal landscapes and serene skies…together!

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We at Renok Adventures, give you five excellent reasons to trek together in the Himalayas:

 

Security: A trek in the Himalayas can strain every sinew and every nerve. Only the tough will survive, stays no more. It does help, though, to share some of this strain, to be present if your partner falters, to accompany in illness and health, good times and bad. The security that comes from trekking as a couple is probably the finest reason why you should be trekking together.

 

Romance and Passion: The Himalayas provide the perfect romantic backdrop for a great workout. As they say, couples that work-out together stay together. Those moments of tenderness, hands held together, while you look back at the distance covered, the hug and kiss of elation when you have made it to a destination, the intimacy that is waiting to be expressed in the midst of nature, the “Silsila-like” silken romance that the valley of flowers would gently encourage…need we say more? The Himalayas couldn’t care less if you have been married two years or twenty. Age is just a number here.

 

And if you are dating, the trek-date would be the perfect setting to discover if you are made for each other. Observe her spirit of cooperation, his sense of timing, her sense of discipline, his capacity to reach out to strangers and work out solutions proactively. These are, after all, the attributes of a good spouse.

 

Mutual Motivation: As a couple, you not only give the company, but are also expected to bring out the best in each other. Gently nudging your partner, literally, to greater heights is what a happy relationship is all about.  Those “I know you can do it”, “that was quite a feat!”, “keep going – I’m with you” encouraging phrases will not only help you make it to your destination, but will also bring your other half to have full support for you. Haven’t you always waited for this one single time, when your spouse would bring roots to the promise they had made long back.

 

Learning to Let Go: One of the most unforgettable lessons a trek in the Himalayas can teach you is to let go. You may be a power-couple, sophisticated, go-getting and used to controlling and being controlled.  In the mountains, though, you learn to let go – since your sphere of influence is far smaller.  When you are together in the knowledge that you have no choice but to surrender to the vagaries of nature, you learn to listen to each other and show respect and appreciation for every obstacle to overcome, every sign of resilience and consideration. When you return to your concrete jungles, you are a more evolved couple – capable of better discerning the urgent from the important and letting go whenever necessary.

 

Pacing Each Other: Couples often do in the Himalayas what they forget today while living through their daily schedules.  They pace themselves and each other. “Slow down”, “take it easy”, let’s stop a while”, “let’s go”… every step in sync with your bodily needs and sensations, every remark a reflection of your intuition regarding your partner’s needs. When you pace each other, you tune in to each other, emotionally, psychologically and physically.

 

So when you return with tanned faces, svelte silhouettes and bright eyes, expect your folks back home to turn green with envy. They will want to know if it was love, or the Himalayas that kept you going.  Only you know the answer!