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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 😛 ?

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.

 

Everest Base Camp Trek

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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.