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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!

Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar

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Ladakh is a must visit place and in everyone’s bucket list. Ladakh is best enjoyed by a road trip. The hard core adventure junkies prefer Manali to Leh Road Trip where as the Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar is equally enjoyable and with comfort of driving on a smooth road. Our Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar takes you from Sringar to Leh Ladakh through Zojila Pass and  Drass, Kargil to Leh and we visit breathtakingly beautiful places like Leh, Sarchu, Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley etc.

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SAFARI DURATION( Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar ) : 8 Days 7 Nights

DESTINATIONS COVERED IN THE LEH LADAKH TOUR FROM SRINAGAR: Srinagar, Kargil, Drass, Leh, Pangong lake, Nubra Valley

COST PER PERSON (Deluxe): Rs 26,500 per person( Includes all transportation from Srinagar to Leh)
COST PER PERSON (Economy): Rs 21,500 per person( Includes all transportation from Srinagar to Leh)

What’s Included :-

  • Accommodation during Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar. Does not include accommodation in Srinagar.
  • Breakfast and Dinner (buffet).
  • Permits. (Foreign Nationals need to get their own permit)
  • First aid medical kits .
  • Group Leader (Local) during the Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari
  • Transportation as per Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar by Xylo/Innova/Tempo Traveller

What’s Not Included :-

  • Mineral Water & other Beverages
  • Tips and other Gratuity
  • Cost incurred because of reason’s which are beyond our control
  • Airport Transfers
  • Monastery Fees
  • Entry Fees of any kind

 

Stay would be in Camps at Kargil , Pangong Tso, Good Hotel in Leh & Beautiful Homestay in Nubra Valley  

Check out Photos on our Facebook Page  Post by Renok Adventures.

FIXED DEPARTURES (Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari)

  • 18th June- 25nd June 2016
  • 25th June – 2nd July 2016
  • 2nd July – 9th July 2016
  • 9th July – 16th July 2016
  • 16th July- 23rd July 2016
  • 23rd July – 30th July 2016
  • 30th July – 6th August 2016
  • 6th August – 13th August 2016
  • 13th August – 20th August 2016
  • 20th August – 27th August 2016
  • 27th August – 3rd September 2016
  • 3rd September – 10th September 2016
  • 10th September – 17th September 2016
  • 17th September – 24th September 2016
  • 24th September – 1st October 2016

Itinerary for The Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar

Kargil Day 1 Drive from Srinagar to Kargil Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar starts.

Today we start Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar via Zozila Pass, our first Leg of our grand Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar to Leh stopping at Kargil for a night. We cross the Zozila Pass (3528 m) and Drass (3350 m) the second most coldest inhibited place in world. Upon arrival at camp Kargil check in at camp and enjoy the evening tea then we will explore the camp surroundings.

Leh Day 2 Kargil to Leh.

We leave early in the morning for Leh, through Namik la and Fotu La. Lunch at Khaltse and after Lunch we drive to Leh passing through Magnetic hill, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib & Confluence of river Indus and Zanskar. Upon arrival in Leh check into the hotel and take complete rest to get acclimatized to High altitude.

 

Leh Day 3 Sightseeing around Leh

Today is rest day and acclimatization day to the high altitude of Ladakh. To enjoy your Leh Ladakh tour acclimatization to high altitude is very important. Have your breakfast in your hotel and take complete rest to acclimatize to the Ladakh high altitude unique environment in evening we will have briefing session about the trip.

Nubra Valley Day 4 Leh to Nubra Valley

After an early breakfast we start our Leh Ladakh Tour, 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 (LUDMRA) 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 beautiful homestay managed by local Ladakhi family. Enjoy the delicious dinner prepared by them and all ingredients sourced from their own farm which surrounds their beautiful home.

Nubra Valley to Leh Day 5

After breakfast at the camp, we visit the sand dunes in the Nubra valley and enjoy a small camel safari. Later we drive back to Leh. In the evening you can either rest or take a walk to the local market with us. Overnight at hotel.

Pangong Lake Day 6 Drive from Leh to Pangong Lake.

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.

Leh Day 7 Pyongang Lake to Leh

Leh Palace

Today we drive back to Leh enroute visiting Thiksey Monastery (An impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village). Overnight stay in Leh.

Departure Day 8 We depart from Leh

We will help to arrange a taxi to transfer to domestic airport to catch the flight for your onward destination, Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari concludes.

Alternate Options : Travel to Manali in two days

Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari

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Join Renok Adventures on the Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari which takes you from Manali to Ladakh visiting places like Leh,Sarchu,Pangong Lake,Nubra Valley.

Ladakh is a barren high altitude desert in one of the most remote regions of India. The beauty of its barren and rugged landscape, unique flora and fauna and culture have much more to offer than just a good holiday. Our Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari takes you from Manali to Ladakh through some of the highest motorable roads in the world as we visit breathtakingly beautiful places like Leh, Sarchu, Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley etc.

SAFARI DURATION( Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari) : 8 Days 7 Nights
DESTINATIONS COVERED IN THE TRANS HIMALAYAN JEEP SAFARI: Manali, Leh, Jispa, Pangong lake, Nubra Valley
COST PER PERSON: Rs 27,500 per person + 4.50% Service Tax ( Includes all transportation from Manali to Leh)
EARLY BIRD BOOKING COST PER PERSON: Rs 26,500 per person + 4.50% Service Tax ( Includes all transportation from Manali to Leh)

What’s Included :-

  • Accommodation during Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari. Does not include accommodation in Manali.
  • Breakfast and Dinner (buffet).
  • Permits. (Foreign Nationals need to get their own permit)
  • First aid medical kits & Oxygen Cylinder
  • Group Leader (Local) during the Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari
  • Transportation as per Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari by Sumo/Tempo Traveller/Xylo

What’s Not Included :-

  • Mineral Water & other Beverages
  • Tips and other Gratuity
  • Cost incurred because of reason’s which are beyond our control
  • Airport Transfers
  • Monastery Fees
  • Entry Fees of any kind
  • Emergency Rescue

Stay would be in Camps at Jispa, Pangong Tso, Hotel in Leh & Homestay in Nubra Valley  

Check out Photos on our Facebook Page  Post by Renok Adventures.

DEPARTURES

    • 10th June 2017 – 17th June 2017
    • 17th June 2017 – 24th June 2017
    • 24th June 2017 – 1st July 2017
    • 1st July 2017 – 8th July 2017
    • 8th July 2017 – 15th July 2017
    • 15th July 2017 – 22nd July 2017
    • 22nd July 2017 -29th July 2017
    • 29th July 2017 – 5th August 2017
    • 5th August 2017 – 12th August 2017
    • 12th August 2017 – 19th August 2017
    • 19th August 2017 – 26th August 2017
    • 26th August 2017 – 2nd September 2017
    • 2nd September 2017 – 9th September 2017
    • 9th September 2017 – 16th September 2017
    • 16th September 2017 – 23rd September 2017
    • 23rd September 2017 – 30th September 2017
    • 30th September 2017 – 7th October 2017

 

Itinerary for The Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari

Arrival Day 0 

Report at Manali and check-in into a hotel .The day is free to acclimatize and to explore Manali. You can enjoy you r stay in by relaxing in Old Manali and enjoying the lively atmosphere.

Jispa Day 1
Drive from Manali to Jispa. Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari starts.

Today we start our Manali Leh Jeep Safari Leg of our grand Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari to Leh stopping at Jispa for a night. We cross the Rohtang Pass (3978 m) and Keylong (3350 m) the district head quarter of Lahaul and Spiti. Upon arrival in Jispa we will set up our camp for an overnight stay. Jispa is an ideal location for the over night stop during Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari because of its altitude which is around 3300m beyond Jispa all stopovers are above 4ooo m which pose a risk of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Sarchu is between Baralacha La to the south and Lachulung La to the north, at an altitude of 4,290 m which very high in comparison if you stayed at Manali (2000m) last night.

Leh Day 2 – Jispa to Leh.

We leave early in the morning for Leh, through Baralacha la, Nakeela and Lachang 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 check into the hotel and take complete rest to get acclimatized to High altitude.

Leh Day 3 – Sightseeing around Leh

Today is rest day and acclimatization day to the high altitude of Ladakh. Ladakh Jeep Safari first leg from Manali to Leh is very tiring because of road and 5 high altitude passes. Have your breakfast in your hotel and take complete rest to acclimatize to the Ladakh high altitude unique environment in evening we will have briefing session about the trip.

Nubra Valley Day 4 – Leh to Nubra Valley

After an early breakfast we start our Leh Ladakh Jeep Safari, 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 (LUDMRA) 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 beautiful homestay managed by local Ladakhi family. Enjoy the delicious dinner prepared by them and all ingredients sourced from their own farm which surrounds their beautiful home.

Nubra Valley to Leh Day 5

After breakfast at the camp, we visit the sand dunes in the Nubra valley and enjoy a small camel safari. Later we drive back to Leh. In the evening you can either rest or take a walk to the local market with us. Overnight at hotel.

Pangong Lake Day 6 – Drive from Leh to Pangong Lake.

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.

Leh Day 7 – Pyongang Lake to Leh

 

Today we drive back to Leh enroute visiting Thiksey Monastery (An impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village). Overnight stay in Leh.

Departure Day 8 – We depart from Leh

We will help to arrange a taxi to transfer to domestic airport to catch the flight for your onward destination, Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari concludes.

Alternate Options : Travel to Srinagar in two days

The other option is to take our customized itinerary from Leh to Srinagar via Darachik – The Red Aryan Village. The other options for sightseeing are Hall of Fame near Leh, Kali Mata Temple, Gurudwara Patthar Sahib (built by the Lamas of Leh in 1517 to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak Dev). A drive of another 4 km will take us to Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity. It’s been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up!! We drive further through a picturesque landscape as we reach the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar River 4 km before Nimmu village.

 

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.

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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.

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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

Jaisalmer Desert Safari

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Join Renok Adventures on the Jaisalmer Desert Safari.Experience the Desert on a camel and absorb the wildlife and rich culture of the Desert and its people.

The Thar Desert is an experience everyone should have in their lifetime. Imagine being on top of a camel, trekking through a vast sea of gold. This ocean of golden sand provides the back drop for an authentic natural adventure in the Desert National Park involving a camel trek across sand dunes to a secluded oasis. On our journey, catch a glimpse of the flora and fauna of this magnificent desert environment. In the evening fall in love with the sunset all over again before being mesmerized by traditional Rajasthani musical performances and eventually falling asleep staring at the Milky Way.
Tour Duration( Jaisalmer Desert Safari) : 4 Days 3 Nights

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Trip Highlights :-

  • Learn how to ride a camel and then steering one through the trek.
  • Folk musical performances by local artists
  • Experience the cultural diversity of rural Rajasthan.
  • Photo stops on the way to capture the flora, fauna and the play of light in the Desert.

What’s Included :-

  • Accommodation (Hotel, Camping)
  • Meals(3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners)
  • Local Travel as per Jaisalmer Desert Safari itinerary
  • First aid medical kits

DEPARTURES 2015

  • 1st Batch  : 2nd Nov to 5th Nov (Full)
  • 2nd Batch  : 25th Dec to 28th Dec (Full)
  • 3rd Batch  : 29th Dec to 1st (New Year Special. Cost Rs 7500)
  • 4th Batch  : 11th Jan to 14th Jan 2015 (Full)
  • 5th Batch  : 23rd Jan to 26th Jan
  • 6th Batch  : 12th Febraury-15th February
  • 7th Batch  : 19th Feb to 22Feb

Cost per Person: Rs 7500 per person (Ex Jaisalmer)
Itinerary Detail

Jaisalmer Day 1

Report at Jaisalmer for our Jaisalmer Desert Safari and check-in into a heritage hotel .The day is free to explore the golden city of Jaisalmer with us. We will take you to stunning Havelis, Gadsisar Lake and the Desert Cultural Center. Gather for a reception and introduction with our CEO’s (Chief Experience Officers) and your instructors at 6 PM.

Camel Safari Day 2 – Drive from Jaisalmer to base camp. Jaisalmer Desert Safari starts.

In the morning we will drive from Jaisalmer to our Base Camp i.e. Kanoi Village, where CEO’s will take a session on how to ride a camel. Riding a camel is great fun especially when it rises and runs on the golden sand. This is bound to be one of your favourite memories from this trip. During the trek we will have a guided village tour where you get a peek into rural Rajasthan. After this we will break for lunch .Before the sunset there will be a photography workshop “STOP SHOOTING AUTO”. We will reach our camp before sunset. At the camp you can explore the famous Thar sand dunes. Dinner will be served around a bonfire.

Camel Safari Day 3 – Jaisalmer Desert Safari continues through The Desert National Park.

We will have morning stretching exercise session at 6:00AM followed by a sumptuous breakfast. The Camel Safari resumes at 7:15AM. On our way through the Desert National Park(A bird watchers paradise) we will be able to spot Desert Foxes, Eagles, Harriers, Falcons, Kestrels, Vultures  and if lucky the magnificent  Great Indian Bustard.  En route you will be visiting a traditional Rajput village and then before sunset we will set up camp in the desert with a bonfire and traditional musical performances by local folk artists.

Return to Jaisalmer  Day 4

After breakfast we will drive back to Jaisalmer with a beautiful mosaic of memories of our trip to keep us company.

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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