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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 😛 ?

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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Stok La Trek

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Stok Kangri(6120m)  is a very popular peak among trekkers in Leh. This short trek offers panoramic view of the Ladakh Himalayas from Stok La (4700 mt). Trek through scenic valleys and beautiful Ladakhi villages , passing monasteries and Mani walls. Visit Stok Palace  an emblem of the rich heritage of Ladakh.

Tour Duration : 7 Days 6 Nights

Destinations Covered : Leh, Stok, Stok La, Rumbak, Zingchen, Spituk

Summary (Stok La Trek)

What’s Included :-

Accommodation (Camping )

Meals while on trek(Veg)

Permits

First aid medical kits

Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.

DEPARTURES

16th August 2014

Cost per Person: Rs 13,000 + 4.5% service tax per person Ex Leh

Early bird booking cost per person: INR 12,500 + 4.5% service tax.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 0: Delhi

Departure

Morning flight to Leh. Check in to hotel. Spend the rest of the day acclimatizing to the altitude. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 1: Leh

Arrival

Today you can go sightseeing to  Shey, Thiksey and Hemis Monastery or shopping in the Leh Market. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2: Stok La Base

Trek till Base of Stok La

We drive to Stok village, on arrival meet our staff and trek till Base of Stok La (4700 Mt) via Mankarmo along barren mountains on both the sides. Overnight camp.

Day3: Stok La Base – Stok – Rumbak

Trek to Rumbak Via Stok La

Morning trek to Rumbak via  Stok-La. One can have a panoramic view of the Indus Valley mountain range from Stok La. Overnight stay at Rumbak.

Day4: Rumbak – Zingchen

Trek to Zingchen

Morning trek to Zingchen. Overnight camp.

Day 5: Zingchen – Spituk – Leh

Trek down the last lap to Spituk bridge. Upon arrival we drive back to Leh. Check-in at the same hotel for the night.

 

Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari – Kalachakra 2014

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Kalachakra 2014 is in Leh, Ladakh from July 3 to 14: His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be giving the Kalachakra at the request of the two main organizers of Kalachakra 2014, The Ladakh Buddhist Association and The Ladakh Gonpa Association. The Kalachakra is very complex teaching and practice in Tibetan Buddhism that literally means “Time Cycles”. The Kālachakra tradition revolves around the concept of time (Kala) and cycles (Chakra). Kalachakra teaches the practice of working with the most subtle energies within one’s body on the path to enlightenment.

Schedule for Kalachakra 2014 – Leh Ladakh

3rd July – 5th July 2014

His Holiness Dalai Lama and Monks of Namgyal Monastery will conduct rituals to consecrate the venue.

6th July – 8th July 2014

His Holiness Dalai Lama will give preliminary teachings on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend (shetring).

9th July 2014

Kalachakra Ritual Dance will be performed by monks of Namgyal Monastery.

10th July – 13th July 2014

His Holiness Dalai Lama will confer the Kalachakra Initiation

14th July

The long life empowerment (tsewang) and a ceremony offering prayers for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be performed.

 

Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari – Kalachakra 2014 Edition

Sarchu 7th July 2014

Drive from Manali to Sarchu. Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari starts.

Stay in Sarchu depends on us reaching there on time, else we will stay before Sarchu.

Today we start our Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari – Kalachakra Edition to Leh stopping at Sarchu for a night. We cross the Rohtang Pass (3978 m), Keylong (3350 m), Baralacha Pass (4890m). We have a photography workshop “Stop Shooting Auto” on basics of photography in high altitude areas. Upon arrival in Sarchu we will set up our camp for an overnight stay. Sarchu is between Baralacha La to the south and Lachulung La to the north, at an altitude of 4,290 m

Leh 8th July 2014

Sarchu to Leh.

We leave early in the morning for Leh, through Nakeela and Lachung la Pass 16,617 ft. Lunch at Pang. After Lunch we drive to Leh passing through Skyangchu Thang (Biggest and highest plateau on Earth on Stretch of 42 Kms), Tanglang La Pass 17,585ft and the Indus Valley. Upon arrival in Leh you will be greeted by our CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) before checking into our Hotel or Camp for Kalachakra 2014.

Kalachakra 2014   9th July 2014

Today we will witness on of the most beautiful congregation of Buddhist monks for Kalachakra 2014.Kalachakra Ritual Dance will be performed by monks of Namgyal Monastery which is a superb opportunity to capture the culture and traditions of Ladakh on camera.

Kalachakra 2014 Initiation Leh 10th July 2014

Today His Holiness Dalai Lama will start the Kalachakra Initiation. The Initiation process spans several days, first is the preparation ceremony for Kalachakra Initiation, followed by two or three days of actual empowerment which itself involves a complex process.

Drive from Leh to Pangong Lake.- 11th July 2014

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

Pangong Lake to Leh- 12th July 2014

Today we drive back to Leh en route visiting Hemis Monastery provided we have time left.

Leh to Nubra Valley – 13th July 2014

After an early breakfast we drive to Nubra Valley through the Khardungla- Pass (the highest motorable road in the world at 18,390 ft). Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldorma or the Valley of Flowers. It is situated to the North of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. We explore this beautiful valley and the villages and monasteries surrounding it. Overnight stay at Camp.

Nubra Valley to Leh- 14th July 2014

After breakfast at the camp, we visit the sand dunes in the Nubra valley. That evening you can either rest or take a walk to the local market with us. Overnight at hotel. Reach early and witness the long life empowerment (tsewang) and a ceremony offering prayers for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be performed.

Leh Departure 15th July

Transfer to Airport

 

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