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10 Best Treks in May

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10 Best Treks In May:

Treks in the Himalayas:

The month of May is maybe cursed with blistering heat of summers, but it is definitely also blessed with the vacation period that serves respite from the hectic busy life schedule and provides an opportunity to admire the serenity and beauty of the Himalayas with its pleasant and chilling mountain breeze, saving you from the fiery summer heat. And the best way to explore the Himalayas is to trek its ancient and sprawling precipitous trails. From research and experience, a compiled list of best treks in May is presented below.

Here is a list of 10 Best Treks in May 2019, perched in the mighty mountains of the great Himalayas:

Trekking In India:

 

Goechala Trek - Treks In May
Goechala Trek – Treks In May
  1. Goechala trek: Yuksom, Sikkim.

Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult.

Length: 95 km.

Altitude: 15,100 ft.

Duration: 11 days.

Base Camp: Yuksom.

Lying in the beautiful Goechala National Park in Sikkim, the Goechala Trek is believed to be one of the most beautiful treks in May due to some of its amazing views of the serene Samiti Lake with the reflection of Mt. Pandim, the tear-shaped Goechala Lake and glittering rays during sunset and sunrise on the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak in the world. The entire trek is filled with adrenaline rushing steep slopes but the hardship is indemnified by the peaceful walk on the wooden logs trails of the rhododendron forests, verdant valets and meadows, and burbling rivers.  In addition to all this, the trek also presents the grand views of 14 other Summits other than Kanchenjunga.

Route:  Yuksom – Legship – Sachen – Phedang – Dzongri – Thangshing – Goechala – Yuksom.

 

Roopkund Trek - Treks In May
Roopkund Trek – Treks In May
  1. Roopkund Trek: Chamoli, Uttarakhand.

Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult

Length: 53 km.

Altitude: 15,750 ft.

Duration: 9 days.

Base Camp: Lohajung.

This is definitely one of the best choices to opt to from the list of best treks in May because it is a complete package of natural beauty, excitement, challenges, adventure and pleasant weather of the summers. The trek starts with the encounter from the great and ancient Oak forests of the alpine Uttarakhand and passes through gurgling and scintillating brooks. Be prepared to get your mind completely blown by the indomitable charm of the most beautiful verdant meadows of Ali and Bedni Bugyal with views of grand Himalayan peaks. Finally, beyond these forests, streams and meadows the ultimate destination of the trek is the most mysterious and famous Roopkund Lake in the lap of the marvellous Mt. Trishul. The lake is extremely popular for residing around 300 Human Skeleton in its bosom from ages, which are believed to be a result of a hailstorm somewhere in 854 AD.

Route: Lohajung – Wan – Ghairoli Patal – Bedni Bugyal – Patar Nachauni – Bhagwabhasa – Roopkund – Junargali.

 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek - Treks In May
Annapurna Base Camp Trek – Treks In May
  1. Annapurna Base Camp Trek: Pokhra, Nepal.

Difficulty Level: Moderate – Difficult.

Length: 53 km.

Altitude: 13,545 ft.

Duration: 9 days.

Base Camp: Gnadruk.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an amazing trek that takes you to the most beautiful and marvellous Annapurna Massif, where the Annapurna I stands proudly of being the tenth highest mountain peak in the world and was the first of the eight-thousanders to be climbed. The trek provides an opportunity to observe the diverse cultures along with high altitude diverse landscapes, terraced fields and quaint villages that reflect the native Nepali culture. Also get a chance to have a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful Mt. Machapuchhre (the Fish-Tailed Mountain) which is revered by the Nepalese for its beauty. The clear summer sky turns this trek into one of the most visited treks in May.

Route: Pokhra – Gandruk – Chhomrong – Dovan – Deurali – Machapuchhre Base Camp – Annapurna Base Camp.

Pindari Glacier Trek-Treks In May
Pindari Glacier Trek-Treks In May
  1. Pindari Glacier: Almora, Utttarakhand.

Difficulty Level: Easy – Moderate.

Length: 41 km.

Altitude: 12,300 ft.

Duration: 7 days.

Base Camp: Loharkhet.

The Pindari Glacier is one of the most easily accessible glaciers in the Himalayas. Situated in the Kumaon Region of Uttarakhand, this trek is best in all the treks in May because the weather of that region in summer is so soothing and enchanting. The drive to Loharkhet from Almora is one of the most picturesque drives of Himalayas and the trek from Loharkhet takes you to the serene and beautiful Khati Village. The trek is encompassed with alpine rhododendron forests and streams dominating with the Pindari River that meets the River Alaknanda and several quaint villages that offers you a whiff of the lifestyle and culture of the local people. Ultimately the trek takes you to the pristine Pindari Glacier resting among two mighty Himalayan Peaks – the Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot.

Route: Loharkhet – Dhakuri – Khati – Dwali – Phurkiya – Pindari Glacier.

 

Kedar Tal Trek - Treks In May
Kedar Tal Trek – Treks In May
  1. Kedar Tal Trek: Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand.

Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult.

Length: 17 km

Altitude: 15,600 ft

Duration: 9 days

Base Camp: Gangotri.

Drown in the holiness of this trek as the trek itself commences from one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Hinduism, the Gangotri and takes you to the magnificent Kedar Tal which is one of the highest altitude lakes in India that lies in the foot of Mt. Thalyasagar and Mt. Bhirupanth. The lake is fed by the snowfall over the surrounding mountain peaks and is the source of the River Kedar Ganga which is a major tributary of the River Bhagirathi. The trails of the trek pass through dense Himalayan birch forests, high altitude meadows and sparkling streams and the entire region is full of diversity of flora and fauna and one can even have a sight of the famous Blue Sheep or Bharals. Above all, the campsite along the glacial lake of Kedar Tal offers mesmerizing views of the mountainous setting all around, making it one of the most beautiful treks in May.

Route: Gangotri – Bhoj Kharak – Kedar Kharak – Kedar Tal.

 

Rupin Pass Trek - Treks In May
Rupin Pass Trek – Treks In May
  1. Rupin Pass Trek: Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

Difficulty level: Moderate-Difficult.

Length: 52 km.

Altitude: 15,250 ft.

Duration: 9 Days.

Base Camp: Dhaula.

The trek begins with a whiff of holiness at the Pokhu Devta, an ancient worshipping place and takes you to the magical world of the hanging village of Jhaka through dense forests and tricky trails. Take the glimpses of majestic cascading waterfalls, dense woodlands of Rhododendron and Oak and tiny hamlets encompassing the entire trek. Get a chance to camp in the beautiful valleys and verdant riverside meadows under the bright night sky full of stars which makes this trek a great choice among the treks in May. Witness the mighty Kailash Peak and the marvellous two-story temple of Kinnauri culture as you head towards the finish of the trek.

Route:  Dhaula – Sewa – Jhaka – Suruwas Thach – Water Fall Camp – Rupin Pass – Ronti Gad – Sangla.

 

Har Ki Dun Trek-Treks In May.

  1. Har Ki Dun Trek: Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

Difficulty level: Easy-Moderate.

Length: 47 km.

Altitude: 11,675 ft.

Duration: 7 Days.

Base Camp: Sankri (10 kms from Dehradun).

The Har Ki Dun is a cradle shaped hanging valley in the Garhwal Region of the Himalayas. The trek holds the title of “Valley of Gods”, and the trekkers take the very same trail that the Pandavas took to ascend to heaven via Swargarohini, the mountain that dominates the Har Ki Dun valley. Lying proudly in the Garhwal Himalayas. The Har Ki Dun Trek feasts the eyes of the trekkers with dazzling views of wild orchids and blue poppy, dense blooming forests of pine and rhododendron humming with the sounds of wild birds. Also, small hamlets and various glaciers and valley, are all the reasons why this is one of the best treks in May,. Also witness the verdant meadows and grazing grounds of cows and horses, along with the glimpses of some rare Himalayan wildlife like Leopards, Barking Deer, Bores and Langoors. Enjoy passing through small gurgling streams and bright night sky at your camps along with a bonfire.

Route: Dehradun – Sankri – Taluka – Osla – Kalkatiya Dhar – Har Ki Dun – Sankri.

 

Kauri Pass Trek - Treks In May
Kauri Pass Trek – Treks In May
  1. Kauri Pass Trek: Haridwar, Uttarakhand.

Difficulty level: Easy-Moderate.

Length: 33 km.

Altitude: 12,516 ft.

Duration: 6 Days.

Base Camp: Joshimath.

Get completely enthralled in the holiness of the environment as the trek goes through some of the most famous pilgrim spots of Himalayas like Devprayag, Bhagirathi and Alaknanda confluence, views of Nanda Devi peak and so on. Also witness some of the oldest Himalayan forests of Oak and Rhododendron separated with lush meadows and well-defined tracks in between, that are all blooming in the summers making this one of the must to do treks in May. The trek offers some of the most outstanding campsites in the entire Himalayan region. Enjoy the dazzling views of the Mighty Himalayan peaks from atop Kauri and while returning get a chance to attain an adrenaline-pumping experience of Skiing in one of the best skiing destination, Auli. Finally, the trek winds up at Haridwar via Joshimath.

Route: Haridwar – Joshimath – Dhak – Chitrakantha – Tali Top – Khulkara – Kauri Pass – Auli – Joshimath.

 

Dayara Bugyal Trek-Treks In May
Dayara Bugyal Trek-Treks In May
  1. Dayara Bugyal Trek: Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand.

Difficulty level: Easy-Moderate.

Length: 20 km.

Altitude: 12,100 ft.

Duration: 5 Days.

Base Camp: Barsu.

The word Bugyal in the local dialect means “High altitude meadow” which gives a clear image of the trek ahead. The entire trek encompasses with dense Oak forests, small vacant villages and high altitude beautiful verdant meadows which turns into exotic picture perfect landscape during the summers which makes it one of the perfect treks in May and attracts lots of shutterbugs from India and abroad.  Catch glimpses of the Gangotri peaks, Srikanth peak, Bandarpoonch, and Black Peak and the majestic Barnala Tal, a small crystal waterhole flanked by a temple of the Nag Devta near the end of the trek.

Route: Barsu – Barnala Bugyal – Dayara Bugyal – Bakariya Top.

 

Sandakphu Trek - Treks In May
Sandakphu Trek – Treks In May
  1. Sandakphu Trek: Darjeeling, West Bengal.

Difficulty level: Easy – Moderate.

Length: 47 km.

Altitude: 11,941 ft.

Duration: 6 Days.

Base Camp: Manebhajan.

One of the most beautiful treks situated in the highest region of West Bengal, the Sandakphu Trek is also the only trail that offers the awe-striking views of four of the world’s five highest peaks – Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu. The trek is also known as the Singali La Trek because it goes through the Singali ridge that divides India and Nepal. The Kanchenjunga cluster family is popularly known as “The Sleeping Buddha” offers mesmerizing views from the trek routes. The blooming rhododendron forests in the month of May adds the cherry to the cake and takes the beauty of the trek to a whole new level that makes this trek as one of the most important treks in May. Witness the abundance of flora and fauna of the region and even get a chance to have a glimpse of the rare Red Panda in the woods. The trek offers some of the most spectacular views of grand Himalayan mountain peaks of India, Nepal Bhutan and further.

Route: Manebhajan – Tumling – Kalipokhri – Sandakphu – Srikhola – New Jalpaiguri.

 

See Also:

Kedarkantha trek: Treks in May.
Hampta Pass Trek: Treks in May.

BEST TREKS IN DECEMBER

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This blog is specially written for all those daring adventurers who leave the comfort of their bed in the freezing month of December in the quest for their winter adventure. You can be certain that you will face several challenges and have thrilling experiences. Treks in December are truly mesmerizing with the views of snow capped mountains, frozen lakes, glaciers and chilling breezes. So here’s a list of top 15 treks in December for all the adventure junkies.

1.KEDARKANTHA TREK
Kedarkantha trek

Altitude – 12500 ft.

Trekking Distance – 20 kms

Base Camp – Sankri

Difficulty Level – Moderate

Temperature – -5 deg to -10 deg Celsius

Located in the Shivalik hills of Garhwal Himalayas, it is one of the most beautiful treks in December.  Kedarkantha is located in Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. One of the USP’s of Kedarkantha trek is that trekkers can see a beautiful 360-degree view of the mountains from the base camp. The whole route of the trek is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and pine trees. Trekkers can even see mountain peaks such as Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, and Black Peak while trekking. The Juda-ka-talaab, one of its campsites is known to have the most breathtaking views. Visit the link for more details on Kedarkantha trek route and full itinerary.

2.PANGARCHULLA PEAK TREK
View from Pangarchulla Peak

Altitude – 15000 ft.

Trekking Distance – 36 kms

Base Camp – Joshimath

Difficulty Level – Moderate

Temperature – 0 deg to -3 deg Celsius

It is a moderate level trek in the heart of Garhwal Himalayas and has enough challenges during the trail for adventure junkies. The trekking trail passes through Nanda Devi Sanctuary and trekkers get exquisite views of Mt. Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, Dunagiri, Hati Parbat, Ghori Parbat etc. Trekking trail passes through beautiful oak forests and grasslands. During spring, trekkers can also enjoy wonderful views of Rhododendrons in full bloom. Following link will lead you to the itinerary for Pangarchulla peak trek via Kuari pass.

3.DZONGRI TREK
Dzongri Trek

Altitude – 15000 ft.

Trekking Distance – 60 kms

Base Camp – Yuksom

Difficulty Level – Easy to Moderate

Temperature – -5 deg to 5 deg Celsius 

This north-eastern trail is set amongst the forests of Sikkim Himalayas. Yuksom, Laxmi Pokhrari lake, Dzongri viewpoint and Tshoka are some of the highlights of this trek. Magnificent views of Kanchenjunga, Koktang, Ratong, Kabru, Renok peak can be seen from the Dzongri Viewpoint. Trekkers may also visit other attractions such as waterfalls within the region and Tiger Hill sunset point and Khecheopalri Lake. Before going for this trek, trekkers need to make an entry at the police station and pay the fees for the permits at forest check post. Check the itinerary for Dzongri trek here.

4.SANDAKPHU TREK
“Sleeping Buddha” formation of peaks -Sandakphu trek view

Altitude – 11929 ft.

Trekking Distance – 32 kms

Base Camp – Manebhanjan

Difficulty Level – Moderate

Temperature – -5 deg to 5 deg Celsius 

One of the best treks in December with the most magnificent views. Sandakphu is the highest region in West Bengal. The trekking trail goes through Singalila National Park and entry permit can be obtained from the base camp Manebhanjan. Being a national park trekkers might be able to spot Red pandas- the rare species found in the region and the park is also famous for Birding and wildflowers. Trekkers get views of Kanchenjunga, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu peaks from the highest point of the trek. Major highlight for this trek is the famous “Sleeping Buddha” formation of peaks which includes Kanchendzongha range, Everest, Janu, Chamlang, Makalu, Baruntse, Lhotse and a host of Sikkim peaks. Following link will lead you to Sandakphu Trek Package.

5.KHAR MYUNDARI TREK
Khar Myundari

Altitude – 11200 ft.

Trekking Distance – 12 kms 

Base Camp – Manali

Difficulty Level – Easy

Temperature – -5 deg to 3 deg Celsius 

Khar Myundari is the perfect weekend trek from Manali with great snow trekking experience. Trekking trail passes through Deodar and Pine forests and trekkers may also enjoy snowy views of Kullu Valley. The trek starts from Setan and you trek to Khar Myundari and next day you descend to Prini. After trekking you may also enjoy other adventure activities in Solang Valley such as Paragliding, Zorbing and Rafting.

6.DEO TIBBA TREK
Deo Tibba Trek

Altitude – 14500 ft.

Trekking Distance – 75 kms 

Base Camp – Manali 

Difficulty Level – Moderate

Temperature – -2 deg to 5 deg Celsius 

Set amongst the Pir Panjal range of Himalayas, Deo Tibba Trek is considered to be a photographers paradise. Alpine forests, waterfalls, high altitude lakes such as Chota Chandrataal, snow capped peaks of Deo Tibba & Indrasan and glaciers of Jagatsukh are some of the major attractions of this trek. It’s a moderate level trek and the destinations covered during the trek are Manali, Jobri, Tainta, Chikka, Chota Chandrataal and Jagatsukh. For itinerary and package- Deo Tibba Trek.

7.CHOPTA CHANDRASHILA TREK
Chopta Chandrashila Trek

Altitude – 14000 ft.

Trekking Distance – 30 kms 

Base Camp – Chopta 

Difficulty Level – Easy 

Temperature – -5 deg to 3 deg Celsius 

Famous among the adventure junkies this trek is one of the best treks in December. The journey starts from Haridwar and covers Deoriatal, Chopta, Tungnath and finally the summit of Chandrashila. Once trekkers reach the top they will be able to see Kedarnath, Nandadevi, Chaukhamba and Trishul peaks. Chaukhamba peak is quite famous for its amazing sunset views.  Nature lovers may also enjoy Birding while trekking. Also the region is a protected sanctuary for musk deers. Tungnath has a 1000 years old highest shiva temple which is a must visit while trekking. For more details visit the link- Chopta Chandrashila Trek package.

8.PRASHAR LAKE TREK
Prashar Lake

Altitude – 9000 ft.

Trekking Distance – 15 kms 

Base Camp – Panarsa

Difficulty Level – Easy 

Temperature – 0 deg to 7 deg Celsius 

This trek has something to offer to everyone. Trekkers can enjoy an amazing 180 deg view of Dhauladar, Kinnaur and Pir Panjal mountain ranges.Trek goes through meadows and dense forests to a crystal clear lake which has a circular island on its surface which keeps on changing location with time. Architecture lovers might find Prashar Rishi temple interesting because of its local Himachali architecture. Adventure junkies can go for Tunga Mata temple trek which is 12 km from Prashar lake. The trail is very steep and so trekkers would love it. You may also go exploring some offbeat destinations such as Kamru Nag lake and temple, Barot, Pandoh and Shikhari Devi temple. For more details visit- Prashar Lake Trek.

9.DODITAL TREK
Dodital Lake

Altitude – 13600 ft.

Trekking Distance – 54 kms

Base Camp – Dayara Bugyal

Difficulty Level – Moderate

Temperature – -2 deg Celsius

Passing through dense forests and meadows Dodital trek is a beginner’s delight. It provides the most mesmerizing views of Himalayan ranges. Surrounded by pine and oak trees Dodital lake is a beautiful and picturesque campsite. The lake also has religious significance as it is said to be the birthplace of Lord Ganesha. It is also bird watchers paradise. Trekkers may also explore Asi Ganga valley. Stunning views of Bandarpuch peak and Swargarohini range can be enjoyed from the Darwa top which is 5 km from Dodital. If you are interested in itinerary follow the link- Dodital Trek Package.

10.HAR KI DUN TREK
Har ki Dun trek

Altitude – 12000 ft.

Trekking Distance – 50 kms

Base Camp – Sankri

Difficulty Level – Moderate

Temperature – -2 deg to 5 deg Celsius 

Known as the “Valley of Gods”, Har ki Dun is the most beautiful valley in Garhwal Himalayas. It can be reached through Govind National Park. Surrounded with pine forests, the trail has very rich flora and fauna. Langoors, black bears, wild boars, barasingha and golden eagles are some of the species which you can spot in the region. Mesmerizing views of mountain peaks such as Swargarohini- I,II,III and Bandarpuch, Blackpeak and the Ruinsara peaks can be enjoyed on this trek. For itinerary and package visit- Har ki Dun Trek.

11.BRAHMATAL TREK
Brahmatal Trek, Image Courtesy- Sandeep Rawat

Altitude – 12100 ft.

Trekking Distance – 32 kms 

Base Camp – Lohajung

Difficulty Level – Moderate 

Temperature – -4 deg to 3 deg Celsius

It is a classic winter trek. It is said that Lord Brahma himself meditated here and that’s how it got its name. Breathtaking views of Mt. Trishul and Mt. Nanda Ghunti, Mrigthuni, Chaukhamba, Nilkanth, Kamet, Hathi and Ghoda peaks can be enjoyed from the top point. Even the trails of Roopkund trek including Ali Bugyal, Bedni Bugyal and Junargali can be seen. Snow-capped mountain peaks and frozen lakes provide the awe-inspiring views to trekkers. If you are planning to do this trek, visit the link for more info- Brahmatal trek.

12.KUARI PASS TREK
Kuari Pass Trek, Image Courtesy- Bikash Doley

Altitude – 12700 ft.

Trekking Distance – 33 kms 

Base Camp – Joshimath

Difficulty Level – Easy to Moderate 

Temperature – 1 deg to 5 deg Celsius 

It is the Best Himalayan Trek for Beginners. Lord Curzon first trekked to Kuari Pass in 1905 and so this trail is also known as Curzon Trail. It is surrounded by old oak forests, beautiful sights and filled with different challenges. It also passes through typical Garhwal villages. Trekkers may enjoy wonderful views of Garhwal Himalayan peaks, twin peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Bertholi, Mana and Neelkanth peaks.

13.NAG TIBBA TREK
Nag Tibba Trek

Altitude – 9900 ft. 

Trekking Distance – 15 kms 

Base Camp – Pantwari

Difficulty Level – Easy 

Temperature – -3 deg to -7 deg Celsius

Nag Tibba Trek also known as the Serpent’s Peak is just perfect weekend trek starting from Pantwari. It is one of the best treks in December near Mussoorie. Some great views of peaks like Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Kedarnath and Gangotri can be enjoyed from the summit point. Its terrain is quite gentle and so it is perfect for beginners. For more details check out this link- Nag Tibba Trek.

14.TRIUND
Triund Top

Altitude – 9270 ft.

Trekking Distance – 9 kms 

Base Camp – Mcleodganj

Difficulty Level – Easy

Temperature – -2 deg to -10 deg Celsius 

Triund is a small hill in Kangra district and at the foot of Dhauladhar ranges. With its tricky curves and steep ascents the trek is a famous one near Dharamshala. Trekkers would love the Tibetan culture of the region. Night camping at the hilltop would be the best camping experience for trekkers. Majestic views of Dhauladhar range on one side and Kangra valley on the other side is surely a highlight for the trek. Trek can be done either from McLeod Ganj or Dharamkot. Following link will lead you to Triund Trekking Package.

15.KHEERGANGA TREK
Kheerganga trek

Altitude – 9700 ft.

Trekking Distance – 12 kms

Base Camp – Barshaini

Difficulty Level – Easy

Temperature – -5 deg to -15 deg Celsius

It lies at extreme end of Parvati Valley. At the top there are hot water springs which trekkers may enjoy after trekking in snow. Trek has lot of interesting great spots such as Shiva temple, Rudra Nag waterfalls and lot of interesting rock formations. Views of the trekking trail in snow are really amazing and mesmerizing. It is one of the best weekend treks in December and if you are planning to spend your weekend trekking there, you may find Kheerganga trek package here.

Bagini Glacier

Bagini Glacier Trek

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Bagini Glacier runs down northwards from Changabang & Trishuli peaks and then the Bagini river turns westwards where it is joined by Dunagiri Glacier waters running down from Purbi-Dronagiri ridge. Further west, it is joined by the Lampak stream and finally flows into the Dhauli-Ganga, just north of Jumma Village.

Region: Uttarakhand
Duration: 9 Days
Cost per person: INR 14,900
Grade: Moderate
Max Altitude: 14,816 ft.
Approx Trekking: 43 Kms.

Bagini Glacier

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Haridwar to Joshimath.
Day 2: Joshimath to Jumma & trek to Ruin village
Day 3: Ruing Village to Dronagiri Village
Day 4: Dronagiri village to Longatulli
Day 5: Langatuli to Basecamp
Day 6: Base camp to Bagini Glacier and Back to Basecamp
Day 7: Base camp to Ruing Village
Day 8: Ruing Village to Joshimath
Day 9: Joshimath to Rishikesh.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Haridwar to Joshimath (8-9hrs. Drive)

Drive to Joshimath from Haridwar is about 256 km. If you arrive Haridwar in the morning, drive to Joshimath through Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudrapryag, Karnprayag. You can have breakfast and lunch on the way.

Day 2: Joshimath to Jumma & trek to Ruin village

The trek starts from a non-descript village called Jumma which is an hour ride from Joshimath. Tapovan, Reni, Lata, Suraithota, Phagti are many villages which fall on the way. In between Suraithota and Jumma, the road is on par with the Dhauliganga River, which makes it a good watch in autumn. The trail starts with a steel suspension bridge over the Dhauliganga after which the ascent of Ruing begins.

Day 3: Ruing Village to Dronagiri Village

The trail from Jumma to Ruing is a well-laid path through the forest sometimes meandering up and sometimes down. At a distance of around 3.5mtrs from the Campsite, we reach the beginning of the landslide zone. The trail is dusty and full of mudslides, small streams crisscrossing your path.Once we reach there, a cemented pavement awaits in silent anticipation to take us to the Village. The scene is straight out from a Swiss alpine landscape. The horizon is dotted with the snow-laden peaks of Hathi Parvat, Ghori Parvat. For once we forget this is not a trek but a walk in the Swiss Alps.

Day 4: Dronagiri village to Longatulli

After leaving Dronagiri we reach a meandering path which leads us to a high ridge from where the first view of the Rishi peak is visible. Bagini nala too is first visible from here. After we leave the village we will reach a concrete bridge over the Bagini Nala.

Day 5: Langatuli to Basecamp

After crossing that bridge the path again takes a meandering turn upwards. Further an hour more we reach the camping ground of Longatulli which is again a very good campsite.

Day 6: Base camp to Bagini Glacier and Back to Basecamp

Bagini lower base camp is reached after a sound 3 hours hike on a rocky trail from Longatulli. Bagini lower campsite is a plain plateau. Few stunning peaks that can be observed from this place are Satminal, Hardeul and Rishi Pahar. From Bagini Advanced Base camp the route to Changabang base camp again ascends. The road is full of a moraine, and we will spot a number of crevasses on the bagini glacier.Changabang Base Camp is a huge amphitheater. The peaks which are visible from here are Hathi, Ghori,Satminal, Dunagiri east,Garur peak, Trishuli, hardeul, Rishi, Kalanka, Changabang.

Day 7: Basecamp to Ruing Village

After Breakfast, we trek all the way back to Ruing village through Dronagiri Village. Overnight camp at Ruing Village.

Day 8: Ruing Village to Joshimath

Today we descend down to Jumma to drive back to Joshimath. Overnight stay at a hostel.

Day 9: Joshimath to Rishikesh.

After breakfast, we drive to Haridwar.

Buran Ghati trek

Buran Ghati Trek

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The Buran Ghati trek is built to perfection. It feels like a wormhole between two worlds– one green and verdant with meadows and hills and the other rough, jagged and majestic.

This trek is suitable for those who have some trekking experience and have followed the fitness schedule regularly. The minimum age requirement to be eligible for this trek is 12 years.Buran Ghati is a moderate to difficult trek. The 1628 ft climb to Dunda can be challenging and requires a decent level of fitness. On this trek, your mental strength is as important as physical fitness. At the top of the Buran pass, you will see the main obstacle ahead- a 400-meter vertical ice wall. This stretch is a great adventure but one must tread carefully.

Region: Himachal Pradesh

Duration: 8 days

Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

Highest altitude: 15,000 ft

Average temperature: Daytime: 13°C-18°C; Night time: 0°C-7°C

Cost per person: INR 13,950

Buran Ghati trek

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Diude/Janglik; 9-10 hours drive from Shimla
Day 2: Diude/Janglik (9,200 ft) to Dayara (11,075 ft)
Day 3: Dayara (11,075 ft) to Litham (11,737 ft)
Day 4: Expedition to Chandranahan Lake (13,900 ft)
Day 5: Litham (11,737 ft) to Dhunda (13,365 ft)
Day 6: Dhunda (13,365 ft) to River campsite (11,800 ft) via Buran Ghati (15,000 ft)
Day 7: River campsite (11,800 ft) to Barua (6,700 ft)
Day 8: Buffer Day

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Diude/Janglik; 9-10 hours’ drive from Shimla

Report at the road ahead of the trek in Diude/Janglik.

Day 2: Diude/Janglik (9,200 ft) to Dayara (11,075 ft)

The trek starts from Diude. The trail till Dayara is covered with beautiful flowers– yellow, white and purple and myriads of sweet-smelling herbs. Every little stream is covered with bright yellow flowers.

Day 3: Dayara (11,075 ft) to Litham (11,737 ft)

These streams are all over the place, glistening as they go on their way. The trail takes you through a dense forest of oak and pine before a nights halt at the Litham valley.

Day 4: Expedition to Chandranahan Lake (13,900 ft)

Chandranahan lake is set in a glacial nest surrounded by prayer pillars and other symbols of spiritual adoration. The lake is considered sacred by many locals. The view of both sides from the Buran pass is exquisite! After spending some time at the lake we turn back to the campsite. This short excursion will help you acclimatize for the trek ahead.

Day 5: Litham (11,737 ft) to Dhunda (13,365 ft)

The 1628 ft climb to Dunda can be challenging and requires a decent level of fitness. Continue north-east along the Pabbar River which originates from the slopes of the Buran Ghati. Pass through Khubrini Thach and leaving the tree line behind climb steeply through boulders to enter Dunda Thach, located at the foot of the pass.

Day 6: Dhunda (13,365 ft) to River campsite (11,800 ft) via Buran Ghati (15,000 ft)

Out of the Dhunda campsite follow the ridge and hop over boulders towards the base of the pass. From the base, it is an hour long climb to the top, mostly on snow. Buran Ghati at exactly 15,000 ft is a thrilling climb. Descending on the Buran Ghati trek is quick and very soon you lose all the altitude that you have gained. It takes about 2 hours to get to the end of the snow line. You also lose about 3,000 ft in altitude. Out of the snow line, the descent takes you down a ridge with junipers and lovely flower crested shrubs.  Descend for another hour to get to a stream that needs to be hopped over. Across the stream, the first farmers’ huts appear. This is where you camp for the night.

Day 7: River campsite (11,800 ft) to Barua (6,700 ft)

The trail is well marled from river campsite. Take the lower trail descending into the valley. The trail passes through grasslands & forest of pine trees. Arrive at kahrcham by the afternoon. You deserve to spend some easy time after an arduous trek. The campsite itself is very beautiful. Enjoy the evening at the campsite.

Day 8: Buffer Day

This day will only be used if the need arises during the trek. You are advised to keep a buffer day in your travel plan.

From beauty to adventure this trek has it all.So let’s get going folks!

 

Churdhar peak trek

Churdhar Peak Trek

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Himachal never disappoints any visitor who reaches here seeking adventure and hardcore trekking. Himachal boasts of Himalayan elegance and natural beauty. It proudly challenges the seekers of the offbeat tourism spots. Churdhar is one such awesome destination where you can quench your thirst of experiencing nature at one of its best faces. At a modest elevation of just under 12,000 feet, Churdhar is the highest peak of outside Himalayan range. Very few know that it is from the top of this peak George Everest made his astronomical reading of Himalayan Mountains. Churdhar is also called Chur Chandni, which means mountain dressed in the moonlight. From the summit, you get a panoramic view of the lowland tracts on the south and snow clad ranges, including the peaks of Badrinath and Kedarnath in the Garhwal region towards the north. For almost six months, the north face of the mountain is snow-clad, and below that the flanks are covered with verdant forests. The Churdhar peak is only marginally higher than the long east-west ridgeline separating the rivers Tons and Giri.

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 2 days

Basecamp: Nohradhar

Cost per person: INR 4250

Best season: May to November (Except Monsoon season)

Churdhar peak trek

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Chandigarh to Nauradhar (2175 meters) and then an easy trek from Nauradhar to Jam Nallah (2855 meters)
Day 2: Moderate trek from Jam Nallah to Churdhar Peak (3655 meters) and return
Day 3: Trek back from Jam Nallah to Nauradhar and then we drive back from Nauradhar to Chandigarh

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:  Drive from Chandigarh to Nauradhar (2175 meters) and then an easy trek from Nauradhar to Jam Nallah. (2855 meters)

Nauradhar is a small town where one can purchase basic essentials. Trek starts right from the center of this town. First 2 km is a bit steep, and after that, it is a gradual incline through a forest of pine trees till Jam Nallah, our first-day camping site

Day 2: Moderate trek from Jam Nallah to Churdhar Peak (3655 meters) and return

During a trek of almost 5 hours, you don’t feel tired as the striking views, like that of the Kedarnath and Badrinath peaks, ranges of Lahaul and Spiti, a thick forest full of chirping noises, Gujjars with their cattle and many more, keep your energy level up. Also, a few other charming spots and temples, that you come across while you are on the way to Churdhar, make the journey unforgettable. After that, we start our descend towards the campsite.

Day 3: Trek back from Jam Nallah to Nauradhar and then we drive back from Nauradhar to Chandigarh

We descend down from Jam Nallah to Nauradhar. It would take 3-4 hours to reach Nauradhar from Jam Nallah. Later we drive back to Chandigarh from Nauradhar

 

So gear up and go for it!

Sambhar Lake

Sambhar Lake Camping Trip

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Sambhar Lake, situated in the Indian state of Rajasthan, is a place where horizons stretch to infinity, where water and sky merge in a shimmer of gauzy blue. Its civilization is centuries old.

Sambhar is India’s largest saline lake, 190 sq km in extent at full capacity, and lays some 60 km west of Jaipur. Several seasonal freshwater streams, two of the major ones being the rivers Mendha and Rupangarh, feed it.

Sambhar Lake

There are a good number of mountains around the lake where you can do a little bit of trekking too. There are a couple of state highways surrounded by the lake. So, it is easy to find a camping site. Just look for hard ground, instead of wet one, and you’re good to camp.Before you set up the camp and the campfire, make sure the distance is, at least, 4-5KMs away from the road.

Sambhar Lake is an offbeat photography place in Rajasthan and it is definitely an ace one. You cannot see anything other than the lake and its emptiness.It is a perfect place to do wedding shoot or sunrise-sunset shoots, and you can even capture the milky way in the night. Yes, the sky is that clear as there is hardly any pollution here. Enjoy the calm and serene views of this stunning lake.

What really draws one to Sambhar is the lure of flamingos. After the Rann of Kutch, where they breed, Sambhar is said to be the most important habitat for flamingos in the country. Pelicans too, apparently love the lake and flock here in large battalions.There are many other species to be appreciated too. Storks, sandpipers, redshanks, black-winged stilts, coots, and shovelers float peacefully in the water.

Sambhar Lake

From here resume your journey and make your way to the gorgeous town of Sawarda which boasts a very beautiful and unique Gurudwara. Experience the best of Rajasthan culture, witness colorful streets and interact with humble locals. Enjoy a smooth ride and experience Rajasthan like never before by embarking on this exciting trip to Sambhar Lake.

Camping in Jaipur

Camping in Jaipur

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Camping in Jaipur is one of the most fabulous experiences one can ever have.There are stunning campsites, picturesque landscapes and mindblowing activities which leaves people awestruck.Want to experience it?Then take a look at this:

Camping in Jaipur

Jaipur is well – known for its amazing camel safaris.So, why not combine camel safaris with camping from Dawa to Kakkoo? You can enjoy a 1N/2D camping and camel safari from Dawa to Kakku near Bikaner, a beautiful safari spot in Thar desert.Start your tour by reaching Dawa, a remote village with plenty of typical village sights and the place has really clean sand dunes around.The camel will take you up to 14 kilometers a day.Indulge in a charming ride to Kaku and on the way, you will meet different types of people involved in their trade and daily activities.Visit some mud huts where typical tribes are living; the place is really beautiful though in spite of its extreme tough climatic scenario.

You can also visit the iconic city of Jaipur and some of its most exotic tourist destinations followed by a visit to one of the most famous Sariska National Park where you will get a chance to witness the exotic wildlife. After the wildlife encounter, you will continue your journey to Jaipur to behold the royalness of the city where you can indulge in trekking, camel, elephant safari at Amber Fort and also indulge in Diwali Maha Aarti. Witness the lively atmosphere and simple fireworks.

Camping in Jaipur

One of the ideal destinations for camping in Jaipur is Aravalli Hills.The dense forests, the tranquil atmosphere, and the lush green meadows make it worthwhile. The sandy terrain of Rajasthan provides us a good opportunity for enjoying hot air balloon trips, parasailing, gliding etc.Kite flying is considered as one of the most thrilling adventure sports in Jaipur.There is also an international kite flying competition held there.Buy a colorful kite and get to know what the fun is all about!You can also bicycle through the streets of Jaipur and indulge yourself in watersports.

There is an ample number of ways to lose yourself in this beautiful city.Explore it to your heart’s content.

 

Poon Hill Trek

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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, also popularly known as Annapurna Sunrise Trekking, or Annapurna Panorama Trekking is one of the most popular and relatively easy treks that meander through the beautiful ethnic villages of Annapurna Region. Invigorating through some rhododendron forests, Poon Hill Trekking in Nepal will let you feel the Himalayan Panorama while providing you the opportunities to get close to the local Culture.Poon Hill Trek is obviously best known for the views from Poon Hill.

Being popularly known as the Photographer’s Paradise, you can capture some of the best snaps of impressive Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Poon Hill offers you the striking panorama of the huge Himalayas including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, III, and IV, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, and Manaslu ranges among few others. The phenomenal sunrise from Poon Hill is just unmissable. A provocative glimpse of high mountains surrounding you can mesmerize anyone who’s the part of this awesome trek.
In addition to that, Poon Hill Trekking will also let you witness terraced slopes, warm villages, beautiful paddy fields, and wonderful culture and lifestyle of ethnic people like Gurungs and Magars. Ghorepani and Ghandruk are two of the largest Gurung settlements in the Annapurna Region.

You will hike 2 days to Ghorepani (which used to be a rest stop where ancient traders found water (pani in Nepali) for their horses (ghoda in Nepali).  You will experience sunrise at Poon Hill, with breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna Sanctuary, including Gangapurna, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Hiunchuli.  Along the trail, you will hike through bamboo and rhododendron forest which will be in full bloom in the spring if you trek the Himalayas in March-April.

Enjoy the energizing fresh mountain air while you are totally enthralled with the breathtaking view of the dramatic Annapurna and Fishtail range. Hiking in the serene mountains is truly a blessing and it is made even better with the presence of the Himalayas. The sense of joy that comes to you while you see the snow capped mountains is indescribable; you must experience it for yourself.

200 km west of Kathmandu is the unbelievably beautiful city of Pokhara, a six hours bus ride or twenty-five minutes flight from Kathmandu, it is the main-gate way to the Ghorepani Poon hill trek. From Pokhara there is another one and half hour drive to Nayapul where your trek of the lifetime starts. As you walk the rugged trails, you will enjoy the beauty of nature as you cross small beautiful mountain streams, green hills that overlook the white Himalayan peaks and eventually watch the sunrise over the Annapurna mountain range which is blissful.

This short but spectacular trek will make you fall in love with the Nepal Himalayan Mountains, and make you want to see more.

Get set Go !!!

Adventure tours for college or group

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College is probably the most amazing experience one can ever have.What makes college so exciting?!Friends, fun, partying and what not!But the most amusing part is embarking on adventure tours with our buddies!Here are some of the coolest adventure tours you must set out on:

  • Jodhpur

Jodhpur or popularly known as “Blue City” is one of the most popular tourist locations. In Jodhpur, there is much scope for adventure at Mehrangarh Fort. At Mehrangarh Fort, you can enjoy the 6 zip line tour of the fort, lakes, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, and have the mesmerizing view of the blue city.

  • Punjab

Punjab is also a good option for adventure trips. Kikar Lodge is a good option where you can enjoy the forested safari experience with adventure activities like aerial zip lining in India, elephant riding, and much more.

  • Leh

If you are an all-boys group, make sure you don’t miss this road trip. If you have girls along, well, it makes it all the more memorable! Rent Royal Enfields and get ready to put your endurance skills to test. Brave streams of ice-cold water, snow-capped mountains and glacial melts to complete this Mecca of all road trips!

  • Havelock Island, Andaman

If your group has traveled on all of the Indian soil, try plunging into the deep Indian waters! Jetpack to Havelock Island, take your bestie’s hand and go snorkeling beneath the azure waters and witness the splendid coral reefs, only to come back with unforgettable sights.

  • Dandeli, Karnataka

Dandeli is an ideal vacation destination in north Karnataka for those who love nature.Whitewater rafting, kayaking, and canoeing on the Kali River make it an unforgettable experience for adventure seekers. Overland treks, cycling and mountain biking can be spontaneous or fully catered with equipment and guides.Wildlife enthusiasts will fall in love with the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary offering a glimpse of black panthers, Sambhar deer, bison and Malabar giant squirrels.

  • Ladakh

You don’t get to visit Ladakh every day. But you should make sure you go there at least once. Visit the Pangong Lake and experience cotton candy clouds over you and unblemished water at your feet. Also, try the Yak Safari to navigate your gang through the glacial valleys.

Trek Story: How one girl completed the Chadar trek against all odds

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We recently interviewed Spriha Gupta, an adventure seeker from Bangalore. In a candid chat, she told us about her thrilling experience to Chadar trek that she recently completed in February. Read on!

Q: When did you start trekking?

A: I started trekking a couple of years ago but I only did a few short treks in South India, in and around Bangalore. Last year, I went for my first winter Himalayan trek with you guys, when I completed the Kedarkantha Trek. Hence, I was experienced and well-prepared for the Chadar trek.

Q: Why did you choose the Chadar trek?

A: There are two main reasons why I chose this trek. Firstly, I wanted to challenge myself and test my abilities. Secondly, I heard the route to this trek was going to shut down and another route was going to open. So I had to complete this trek this year and check it off my list.

Q: How was the Chadar trek?

A: For me, it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. Maybe, because I was better prepared for it, in terms of clothing. My experience in Kedarkantha trek came in handy as I knew how cold it can actually get at an altitude as high as 12,000 ft. So I wore thermals, better and warmer jackets this time and in addition to this, I also carried heat pouches.

Q: Sounds like it was quite a task, So what inspired you to keep walking in below freezing temperature and an extreme weather?

A: My wish and will to complete the trek kept me determined throughout the trek but yes, the trek did challenge me on so many levels. The first day was definitely difficult because I was completely clueless about everything. As one reaches there, he/she is unaware of what lies in front of them and in case of this trek, what lies beneath them. Apart from this, I was adamant about the fact that I have to reach the waterfalls.

Q: How was your stay at the Dib cave?

A: It was an overnight camp but we didn’t really stay inside the cave as it is reserved for locals but our camp was right opposite to the cave and it was pretty amazing. Overnight camps are always beautiful.

Q: How did you feel when you reached Gyalpo waterfalls, your ‘destination’?

A: It was a feeling of accomplishment and relief that I had completed the trek after all the challenges that I faced. The biggest challenge was broken chadar. As I remember correctly, every other batch except ours returned because the chadar had cracked. Our batch faced the same issue, but later that day we saw a couple of girls coming down from another route. Excitedly, I asked them about the route and they told me that the alternate route was steep and rough. So when I asked my guide to give us another shot at this, he agreed and this is where Renok adventures really helped me out. Out of our batch of 9 people, 2 trekkers, my friend and I completed this trek against all odds. And all of this was definitely worth it because when I reached the waterfalls, the view was to die for!

 

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

A: My journey to the waterfalls was definitely the event that stood out for me. That day, I challenged my own self and I came out as a winner and that feeling of achievement was spectacular.

Q: Lastly, do you have any advice for first-time trekkers who aim to complete the Chadar trek?

A: Yes. Firstly, go for this trek in the second half of January because the chadar might start breaking in February and trekkers can lose out on experiencing the whole trek. Our batch faced the same challenge and many others didn’t get to see the waterfalls. Secondly, carry heat pouches because it can get really cold out there.

Spriha’s determination and willpower amazed us all. Her trek to the Chadar trek proves that you can go for this mesmerizing trek if you are as strong-willed as Spriha. She definitely had an amazing experience. Do you think Chadar trek could be your calling too?