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

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

1. Past Experience

How much have you trekked in the past?

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

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

 

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

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

The final trail before ascending Rupin Pass.

2. Fitness Level

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

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

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

3. Weather and Season

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

The pink rhododendrons aka Buransh, at Chopta.

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

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

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

Kathian Campsite on the Nag Tibba trek.

 

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

4. Number Of Days At Hand

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

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

 

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

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

 

For something in between, try Chandrakhani Pass near Manali!

5. Budget

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

Jhameer Campsite on the Piang Neru trek.

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

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

 

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

10 Trekking Tips You Can’t Miss Out On

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

Trekking Tip 1: Double check everything.

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

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

Tosh Valley.

 

Trekking Tip 2: If hit by AMS, descend.

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

 

Trekking Tip 3: Prepare adequately.

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

Trekking Tip 4: Climb high, sleep low.

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

Trekking Tip 5: Start early, reach early.

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

Morning views on the Chopta-Chandrashila trail. 

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

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

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

A moment of reflection at Kedarkantha.

 

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

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

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

 

Trekking Tip 8: Take care of your feet.

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

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

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

Campsite at Piang Neru.

 

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

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

First Time Trekking Experiences At Hampta

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

Q: How did you start trekking?

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

Q: How did you end up choosing Hampta Pass?

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

Above Jobra Campsite

Q: What was Hampta Pass like, for you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chandra Tal

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Triund Trek – A weekend Trek

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

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

 

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

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

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

What’s Not Included :

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

 

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

Triund Trek Itinerary Detail

Triund    (Triund Trek)           DAY 1

Arrive at Mcleodganj

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

Mcleodganj (TRIUND TREK)       DAY 2

TREK FROM Triund TO Mcleodganj

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

 


Chopta Tungnath Trek

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

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

Chopta Tungnath Trek Duration : 6 Days 5 Nights

Destinations Covered : Chopta, Deoria Tal, Tungnath, Chandrashila

What’s Included :-

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

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

Itinerary Detail

Rudraprayag/Devprayag Day 1 – Rishikesh to Rudraprayag/Devprayag

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

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

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

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

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

Chopta  Day 4 – Banagher to Chopta

 

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

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

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

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

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

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The Malana trek

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

chanderkhani

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

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

What’s Included :

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

Itinerary ( Malana Trek)

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

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

Day 2 – Trek from Rumsu to Chandarkhani base camp

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

Day 3 – Chandrakhani Base camp to Malana Village

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

Day 4 – Trek from Manala to Jari.

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

Day 5 – Drive from Jari to Manali

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

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Classic Bhutan Tour – Renok Adventures

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Bhutan Tour Packages

gives you a beautiful blend of stunning natural scenery, culture and traditions which bind this small country together distinguishing it from her larger neighbors. Come join Renok Adventures on a week long Bhutan Tour Packages through Bhutan which culminates at the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Perched on a cliff the Tiger’s Nest, the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries is a sight for sore eyes.

Bhutan Tour Packages

Duration: 7 Days 6 Nights – ( Paro to Paro)

Places Visited: Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Paro, Taktsang Monastery  (Tiger’s Nest)

Price: INR 29,500 per person (Indian Nationals only)

Early Bird Discount 5% Book by 31st July 2015

 What’s Included :
  • All Accommodation in 3 star Category Hotel – Twin Sharing basis
  • All Transport by Hiace/Santafe/Tuscon
  • Buffet Breakfast and Lunch/Dinner
  • All Entry fees as per the itineray
  • All Sightseeing as per itinerary
 What’s not Included :
  • All Rates in INR only
  • Airfare
  • Service Tax @ 3.5%
  • Transportation will be provided as per itinerary – Deviation or Detour will be charged extra
  • Children below 5 years are free (Who don’t require extra bed)
  • Any kind of Personal expenses (Laundry, Minibar, Telephone, additional meals etc)
  • Any kind of Tips & Gratuities

Travel Documents: 

  • All guests traveling to Bhutan need to carry Either original Voter ID or Passport to travel to Bhutan.
  • To travel to Punakha, permits need to be obtained by submitting clear scanned copies of the voter ID card / Passport.
  • Passengers with children need to carry Birth Certificate or School ID card (ID proof should be valid for 6 months from the travel Date)
Dates of Classic Bhutan Packages 2015
  • 19th September 2015
  • 24th September 2015
  • 26th September 2015
  • 2nd October 2015
  • 10th October 2015
Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive at Paro Airport 

Paro is the only airport in Bhutan and is the starting point of your Bhutan tour packages. Complete your immigration formalities and transfer to Thimpu. After checking in to your hotel enjoy the evening shopping at local market. Overnight Stay at Thimpu.

Day 02: Thimphu

After breakfast, explore the Thimphu valley with us. Visit the 1. Folk Heritage Museum, 2. Royal Textile Academy, 3.Anim Dratshang (Nunnery), 4.Trashichhodzong – Fortress in Thimphu & 5.Handicrafts Emporium. Overnight Stay at Thimpu.

Facts: King’s Memorial Chorten : Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”) who has wished to erect monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it serves both as a memorial to the Late King and as a monument to peace. In the evening drive past Trashichhoe Dzong “Fortress of the glorious religion”. This is the center of government and religion in Bhutan and the site of the monarch’s throne room. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans!!!

Day 03 : Thimpu – Punakha (75 km, approx 3 hours drive)

We start early and drive up to the Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly to take in the view of some beautiful Himalayan peaks. The following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), and Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m. Enjoy lunch at newly open restaurant Druk Wangyel Cafe (not included) and enjoy the panoramic view of the mighty himalayas and visit Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lakhang on your way to Punakha.

Overnight stay in Punakha.watch Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015 film now

Day 04 : Phobjika Valley – Punakha (75 km, approx 3 hours drive)

We start early towards Phobjika valley which is home to the Black Neck Crane in the months of winters where the migrant birds are found in large number across the valley.

Overnight stay in Punakha.watch Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015 film now

Day 05: Punakha to Paro ( 130 Km, 6 hours drive )

After an early breakfast we drive to Paro. The Paro valley extends from the confluence of the Paro Chhu (meaning water in Tibetan) and the Wang Chhu rivers at  Chuzom upto Mt. Jomolhari at the Tibetan border to the North. This picturesque region is one of the widest valleys in the kingdom and is covered in fertile rice fields and has a beautiful, crystalline river meandering down the valley.

After checking into your hotel, you would proceed for a sightseeing tour of Paro which would  include the following places:

  • Paro Dzong – National Musuem of Bhutan
  • Ta Dzong – National Musuem of Bhutan

Overnight stay in Paro.

Day 06: Paro to Tiger’s Nest back to Paro

In the morning Tiger’s nest base and start the day trek to Taktsang Monastery famously known as the Tiger’s Nest. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called Tiger’s Nest. In the evening we return to our hotel in Paro.

Day 07: Depart with High Happiness Index from the Kingdom of  Bhutan

Goechala Trek – Best of Sikkim Trekking – Renok Adventures

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Join us at Renok on the Goechala Trek through rhododendron forests to the snow-capped peaks and glaciers below the awesome summit of Kangchenjunga .

Goechala Trek – Great views of Mt Kanchenjunga

Goechala Trek gives you the best views of Kanchenjunga – the third highest mountain in the world, provides an inspiring backdrop for the Goechala Trek. Until the discovery of the height of Mt Everest in the 19th century, Kanchenjunga was considered to be the highest mountain in the world. Viewing its huge flanks rising high above the foothills, it is not hard to understand why, while the many 7000m peaks complete an impressive panorama.

Yet there are more than mountain views to whet the appetite of the seasoned trekker. The trails lead from steamy, subtropical forest with bamboo, luxuriant ferns and orchids to temperate forest bands with ancient oak and rhododendron trees before heading to the alpine meadows that afford uninterrupted views of the East Ridge of the mighty Kanchenjunga.

Trek Duration : 10 Days 9 Nights

Cost per Person: Rs 14500 + 4.5% per person (Ex NJP Including Transport)

Book Before 31st January 2017 Cost per Person: Rs 13500 + 4.5% per person (Ex NJP Including Transport)

 GOECHALA TREK ITINERARY

  • Day 1 Goechala Trek :- NJP to Yuksom(5,800ft).
  • Day 2 Goechala Trek :- Yuksom (5,800 feet) to Sachen (7,200 feet).4 hours.
  • Day 3 Goechala Trek :- Sachen (7,200 feet) – Tshoka (9,650 feet). 4 hours
  • Day 4 Goechala Trek :- Tshoka(9,650 feet)- Dzongri(12,980 feet) via Phedang (12,050 feet). 5-6 hours
  • Day 5 Goechala Trek :- Dzongri(12980ft) to Dzongri top and back.
  • Day 6 Goechala Trek :- Dzongri to Lamuney via Kockchurang(12096ft).6-7 hours.
  • Day 7 Goechala Trek :- Lamuney(13,693ft) to Goechala(16,000ft) and back to Kockchurang.10 hours.
  • Day 8 Goechala Trek :- Kokchurang to Tshoka via Phedang. 6-7 hours.
  • Day 9 Goechala Trek :- Tshoka to Yuksom via Bhakim and Sachen. 6 hours.
  • Day 10 Goechala Trek :- Drive back to NJP.

What’s Included :-

  • Accommodation (Camping & Guest House Stay in Yuksom)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg)
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Permits
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
  • Transport from NJP and return (as per Goechala Trek itinerary)

What’s Excluded :-

  • Permit Fee for foreigners.
  • Meals during transit or in Yuksom.
  • Mineral Water or Soft drinks.
  • Any tips or gratuity paid.
  • Anything which is not a part of our inclusions.

DEPARTURES

Batch 1: 15th April 2017 – 24th April 2017
Batch 2: 29th April 2017 – 8th May 2017
Batch 3: 13th May 2017 – 22nd May 2017
Batch 4: 27th May 2017 – 5th June 2017
Batch 5: 10th June 2017 – 19th June 2017
Batch 6: 24th June 2017 -3rd July 2017
Batch 7: 2nd September 2017 -11th September 2017
Batch 8: 16th September 2017 – 25th September 2017
Batch 9: 7th October 2017 – 16th October 2017
Batch 10: 21st October 2017 – 30th October 2017
Batch 11: 4th November 2017 – 13th November 2017

DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1: New Jalpaiguri railway station to Yuksom

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

Day 2: Yuksom(5800 feet) to Sachen (7250feet). 4 hours

This is the first day of the trek. After walking across open fields we enter the beautiful valley of the Rathong river. En route appreciate ancient Oak, Conifer and Bamboo forests and the luxuriant ferns and delicate orchids that line the trail . Yuksom (1760m) marks the entrance to the Kanchenjunga National Park. Just after leaving the village you can see Baktim on a ridge high above the confluence of the Rathong and Prek Rivers, which will give you an idea of how to pace yourself for the day. Sachen is located at about 7200 feet above sea level. At Sachen we will find a lot of Log huts were we will spend the night.

Day 3 :- Sachen (7,200 feet) – Tshoka (9,650 feet). 3 ½ – 4 hours

The trek from Sachen to Tshoka involves quite considerable attitude gain. We continue walking until we reach the bridge over the river,Perk. Prayer flags in the distance are an indication of the start of the Goechala trail. We trek through Oak and later Rhododendron forests. On the way we pass through Bakhim. Bakhim has a forest rest house and a tea and snack stall. We can stop and rest for a while and enjoy the view of the Yuksom Valley. From Bakhim, Tshoka, is about an hour. From a distance you will see a trekkers hut on a plateau.This is Tshoka. Overnight stay in Tshoka.

Day 4 :- Tshoka(9,650 feet)- Dzongri(12,980 feet) via Phedang(12,050 feet). 5-6 hours

On the fourth day we have a steep climb. You will be surrounded by Rhododendron forests all around. After about half an hour in to the trek the trail changes to a well laid out path with wooden logs. In some time we reach Phedang. At 12,000 feet and a source of water nearly Phedang is a perfect place to stop for lunch. We then continue for Dzongri. Through this leg of the trek you will be reaching over 13,000 feet, so headaches are not uncommon due to the thin air. In about 6 -7 hrs we reach Dzongri. Overnight stay at Dzongri.

Day 5 :- Dzongri (12980ft) to Dzongri top(13681ft) and back.

Today we start a steep ascend to Dzongri top which will take up about an hour. This is the highest point on the trek from where we will get a 180 degree panoramic view of the Kanchenchunja range. If we start early at 4am we can reach the top just in time for the sunrise. Experience how the golden rays of the sun interact with this magnificent mountain range. After enjoying this spectacular view we retrace our steps to Dzongri.

Day 6 :- Dzongri(12980ft) to Lamuney(13,692ft) via Kockchurang(12096ft).6-7 hours.

Beyond Dzongri, the peak of Pandim looms above the Prek Valley. Below the mountain peaks are countless hanging glaciers and snowfields that define the upper reaches of this impressive alpine valley and the route to the GoechaLa, providing a taste of the days to follow. The hanging glaciers and moraine fields leave little doubt that you are in the midst of the high mountains while the alpine meadows are particularly attractive during May. From camp, head east from Dzongri to a series of cairns above the Prek Valley. From the ridge, a steep descent though rhododendron forest leads to the riverbed before heading up along the boulder-strewn riverbed to a bridge over the Prek River. The trail leads to the meadows at Thangsing(3930m). Overnight stay at Thangsing.

 

Day 7 :- Lamuney(13,693ft) to Goechala(16,000ft) and back to Kockchurang.10-12 hours.

The trek to the rarefied climes of the GoechaLa is rewarded with unrivaled views of the massive East Ridge of Kanchenjunga high above the Talung Glacier as well as views of the high ridges and peaks that enclose the upper Prek Valley. Looking north there is a vast mountain region yet to explore, but for now the GoechaLa is as far as you are permitted to go. The pass is often shrouded in mist and cloud not long after sunrise, so an early start is necessary.

The trail heads along the far side of the lake and through moraine before crossing a sandy section alongside the Onglakhing Glacier. From here, you can see the pass at the head of the valley. However, the trek through the lateral moraine is tiring – more so if there has been a recent snowfall.The Goecha La is marked with fluttering, colourful prayer flags, framing the peak of Kanchenjunga.

Lead the same trek towards Lamuney and then move forwards to reach the destination for the day- Kockchurang. You can choose to set up your tent near the bank of the river or you can also reside in the trekkers hut.

Day 8: Kokchurang to Tshoka via Phedang. 6-7 hours

From Kockchurang we trek back to Tshoka via Phedang the way we came. It is going to be downhill walk only but you will be tired and happy at the same time as you have been to Goechala.

Day 9: Tshoka to Yuksom via Bhakim and Sachen. 6 hours.

We retrace our steps back to Yuksom via Bhakim and Sachen and reach Yuksom our base camp for Goechala Trek Trek. Next day we take a cab back to NJP.

Day10 . Back to NJP
We drive back from Yuksom to NJP.

 

Pindari Glacier Trek – Renok Adventures

Posted By : Jai Govind Meena/ 30 13

Pindari Glacier trek is an easy trek in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. This trek offers well-defined trails with only one minor pass crossing en route to the Pindari Glacier. The views from the pass– the Dhakri Khal (2830m) – are particularly impressive and include the many snow-capped peaks that form the southern rim of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. The views from above the Pindari Glacier are also striking, particularly for the first-time trekker.The Pindari Glacier is the source of the Pindar River which meets with the Alaknanda River at Karnaprayag. Pindari Glacier trek is situated at an altitude of 3353 Metres which makes it an easy glacier trek in comparison to other glacier treks.

The best time for this trek are the Pre Monsoon Season: May to June and the Post Monsoon: Mid August to October

Pindari Glacier Trek Details

TREK DURATION: 7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS

DESTINATIONS COVERED ON THE PINDARI GLACIER TREK: Almora, Bageshwar, Kathgodam, Loharkhet, Khati Village

 What’s Included

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

What’s Not Included

  • Meals in Govindghat and during the drive
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reason
  • Unscheduled stay due to landslide

DEPARTURES

COST PER PERSON: RS 14,500 + 4.5% Service Tax per Person (EX Kathgodam)

Pindari Glacier Trek Itinerary Detail

KATHGODAM  (PINDARI GLACIER TREK) DAY 1 – DRIVE FROM KATHGODAM TO Khati VIA ALMORA (220 Kms, 10 HRS)

 Pindari Glacier trek starts from the Loharkhet. We pick you up early in the morning from Kathgodam Railway station and drive from Kathgodam to Khati Village via Almora Bageshwar and Loharkhet . We will reach Khati in the evening. Overnight in Khati Village.

DHAKURI TOP (PINDARI GLACIER TREK) DAY 2 – TREK FROM LOHARKHET TO DHAKURI TOP (10 KM, 5 HRS)

Today we will begin our Pindari Glacier trek from Loharkhet after having breakfast.Through the first day savour the Great Himalayan Range , including the peaks of Trisul, Devtoli, Maiktoli and Nanda Khat that form the southern rim of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. From Loharket (1760m) the trail winds through an evergreen forest of oak and horse chestnut before ascending to the small temple at Taladhakri (2300m). This is the halfway point on the ascent to the Dhakri Khal. Beyond Taladhakri the trail ascends across meadows and rhododendron forest that bloom by late April. The gradient lessens towards the Dhakri Khal. The meadow of Dhakri (2680m) lies just below the pass. Overnight stay in tents.

KHATI VILLAGE (PINDARI GLACIER TREK) DAY 3 – TREK FROM DHAKURI TOP TO KHATI VILLAGE (9 KM, 4 HRS)

Today’s trek is easy and a rewarding, peep into village life at Khati Village. Khati is the largest and last village on the Pindari Glacier trek and Kafni Glacier trek. Khati village is situated on the banks of Pindar Ganga River at an altitude of 2210m. Enjoy your stay in Khati Village by interacting with villagers and visiting the Khati Village temple.

PHURKIA (PINDARI GLACIER TREK) DAY 4 – TREK FROM KHATI TO PHURKIA TOP (16 KM, 9 HRS)

We start the Pindari Glacier trek with a good breakfast in Khati Village. Today’s trek is long. There are few small Dhabhas which run during the season where you can have Maggi and tea. The trek from Khati Village to Phurkia via Dwali is picturesque and full of natural beauty. Overnight stay in Tents.

ZERO POINT (PINDARI GLACIER TREK) DAY 5 – TREK FROM PHURKIA TO ZEROPOINT TO PHURKIA (10 KM, 8 HRS)

Today is going to be a big day. We start early for Pindari Glacier Zero point after breakfast. The views on trek from Phurkia to Zero point are superb, on your left views of Mt Baljuri, Mt Panwali Dwar are stunning. The point from where the Snout of Pindari Glacier is visible is called the Zero point.After enjoying the beauty of trekking in Himalayas visit Pindari Baba Ashram and trek back to Phurkia. Overnight stay in Tent.

KHATI VILLAGE (PINDARI GLACIER TREK) DAY 6 – TREK FROM PHURKIA TO KHATI VILLAGE (16 KM, 6 HRS)

Trek back to Khati village to Khati Village to enjoy one more day stay with hospitable villagers of Khati and share your stories of your trek.

LOHARKHET (PINDARI GLACIER TREK) DAY 7 – TREK FROM KHATI VILLAGE TO LOHARKHET (10 KM, 5 HRS)

After breakfast it’s the time to say goodbye to Khati Village and start the trek to Loharkhet via Dhakuri. We will have our lunch at Dhakuri with stunning views of Mt Maiktoli and then trek downwards to Loharkhet.

KATHGODAM (PINDARI GLACIER TREK) DAY 8 – DRIVE FROM LOHARKHET TO KATHGODAM (210 KM, 10 HRS)

Today’s is just to reach road head where our Jeep will be waiting to drive us to Kathgodam with treasured memoriesof the Pindari Glacier Trek.

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Everest Base Camp Trek

Posted By : adminwebnoo/ 19 2

 

Trek Duration : 13 Days 12 Nights

Destinations Covered during Everest Base Camp Trek : Kathmandu, Namche Bazaar, Lukla

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost per Person: INR 64000+4.5% Service Tax

What’s Included :

  • Accommodation (during trek to Everest Base Camp)
  • Meals
  • Trekking equipment
  • First aid medical kit
  • Qualified and experienced trek guide and support staff
  • All Transport from Kathmandu as per itinerary.

Fixed Departures :

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Brief Itinerary Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 1:- Kathmandu

Day 2:- Lukla – Phakding

Day 3:- Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Day 4:- Namche Bazaar

Day 5:- Namche Bazaar to Thyanboche

Day 6:- Thyangboche to Dingboche

Day 7: Dingboche

Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche

Day 9:- Lobuche to Gorak Shep via Kala Patthar

Day 10:- Everest Base Camp Trek & then to Pheriche

Day 11:- Pheriche to Namche Bazaar

Day 12:- Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Day 13:- Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 14:- Departure from Nepal.

About Everest Base Camp Trek

Mount Everest for its size is a shy and retiring mountain. It hides itself away behind other mountains. On the north side, in Tibet, it does indeed stand up proudly and alone, a true monarch among mountains. But it stands in a very sparsely inhabited part of Tibet, and very few people ever go to Tibet. From the Indian side only its tip appears among a mighty array of peaks which being nearer look higher. Consequently for a long time no one suspected Mount Everest of being the supreme mountain not only of the Himalaya but of the world.

The idea of climbing Mount Everest has been vaguely in men’s mind since the late 19th century. Lord Curzon the former Governor General and Viceroy of India from 1899 to 1905 also had it in his mind when he had written suggesting that the Royal Geographical Society and the Alpine Club should make a joint exploration of the mountain.

On our Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal you’ll stand face to face with Mount Everest. On this journey of a lifetime, you’ll experience base camp life of Mount Everest climbers, trek to the infamous Khumbu Icefall, marvel at the stunning views from Kala Patthar, and absorb the culture of the friendly Sherpa people of Nepal.

This carefully constructed itinerary ensures proper acclimatization, allowing you to fully enjoy one of the world’s most stunning treks and discover why this Everest Base Camp Trek has become one of our most rewarding journeys.

Itinerary for Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 1:- Kathmandu
Elevation: 4,383 feet / 1336 meters

Arrive at Kathmandu and explore Durbar Square, Hindu temples and shrines, Buddhist stupas – or you can just relax in your hotel. A favourite destination is the Monkey Temple, a Buddhist temple situated on a small hill that offers panoramic views of the city. Or you can join the thousands of Hindus who venture to the Pashupatinath temple, one of the most famous Hindu temples in Nepal and the most famous Shiva temple in Asia.

Day 2:- Lukla – Phakding
Elevation: 8,700 feet / 2652 meters
Hiking Distance: ~7 kilometres

We fly on a twin-engine aircraft to the Himalayan foothills where we begin our trek into the Khumbu region. The sights from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic views of terraced hills and distant Himalayan giants. After landing in the village of Lukla (9,350 feet), we meet the rest of our staff and porters and trek for about two and a half hours to Phakding.

Day 3:- Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Elevation: 11,300 feet / 3444 meters
Hiking Distance: ~ 7 kilometres

The Everest Base Camp Trek continues along the banks of the Dudh Kosi.We cross this river many times on suspension bridges laden with Buddhist prayer flags. After entering the Sagarmatha National Park, there is a steep trail with magnificent views to Namche Bazaar, which is the gateway to the Khumbu region.

Day 4:- Namche Bazaar
Elevation: 11,300 feet / 3444 meters

Today on our Everest Base Camp Trek we take it easy and spend the rest of the day in Namche Bazaar to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude. Explore and take a walk around this colourful village and immerse yourself in its people and their culture. You can take an early hike above town to catch a glimpse of a Himalayan sunrise and get a view of Mt Everest,Lhotse(fourth highest peak in the world) and the beautiful Ama Dablam.

Day 5:- Namche Bazaar to Thyanboche
Elevation: 12,887 feet / 3928 meters
Hiking Distance: ~ 8 kilometres

We continue trekking along the onrushing glacial waters of the the Dudh Kosi.  We spend the night next to the Thyangboche monastery, the spiritual centre of the Khumbu region. Inside the Thyangboche monastery are ornate wall hangings and a 20-foot sculpture of the Buddha.

Day 6:- Thyangboche to Dingboche
Elevation: 14,250 feet / 4343 meters
Hiking Distance: ~ 8 kilometres

From Thyangboche we descend to Debuche and cross another suspension bridge on the Imja Khola. We then climb up to Pangboche among thousands of mani stones. Our uphill climb continues, taking us to Dingboche, a quaint traditional Sherpa village. From this village we get a great view of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam.

Day 7: Dingboche
Elevation: 14,250 feet / 4343 meters

We take this day to rest and acclimatize to our Himalayan surroundings. If you want you can take a small hike up the valley to take photographs of the surrounding region.

Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche
Elevation: 16,175 feet / 4930 meters
Hiking Distance: ~ 8 kilometres

Today’s trek continues along the lateral moraine (a moraine is a glacially formed accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris) of the famous Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits.

Day 9:- Lobuche to Gorak Shep via Kala Patthar
Elevation: 17,000 feet / 5182 meters

On the 9th day we will weather permiting trek upto Kala Patthar (18,450). Kala Patthar is located on the south ridge Pumori (7,161 m or 23,494 ft). The ascent of Kala Patthar provides the most accessible point to view Mt. Everest as the peak cannot be viewed from the base camp. We then go down to Gorak Shep for the night. The next day we trek to Everest Base Camp.

Day 10:- Everest Base Camp Trek &  then to Pheriche
Elevation: 13,950 feet / 4252 meters

After an early morning start, we trek to Everest Base Camp trek. We have lunch at the base camp and then head for the village of Pheriche.

Day 11:- Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
Elevation: 11,300 feet / 3444 meters

In the morning we will enjoy tea and breakfast before our parting view of Everest and our descent. We head down the glacier and re-enter the lush and beautiful valleys, surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks. Upon reaching the village of Pheriche, you will have the opportunity to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association’s Aid Post

Day 12:- Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Elevation: 9,318 feet / 2840 meters
Hiking Distance: ~14 kilometres

This is the last day of your trekking in Nepal. Today you would have a long walk to Lukla. There will be a few up hill climbs but you will manage it very easily. The lush green beauty and forests will take your pain away. After this long trek  we will reach Lukla. Celebrate the success of the Everest Base Camp Trek with the team with a sumptuous dinner and few drinks. Overnight stay at Lukla.

Day 13:- Lukla to Kathmandu

We depart for Kathmandu by air.Once you reach Kathmandu we drop you off to your hotel.

Day 14:- Departure from Nepal 

Everest Base camp trek ends.