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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
But if you have a good week to 10 days, go for a trek like Roopkund in Uttarakhand, or the Great Lakes in Kashmir.
For something in between, try Chandrakhani Pass near Manali!
If you’ve got a humble amount saved up, then Piang Neru or Khar Myundari may be just what you’re looking for!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 😛 ?
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!
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!
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!
Snow Leopard Trek in Hemis National Park gives you the best opportunity for Snow Leopard Photography and ideal months are February and March. Snow Leopard the most elusive cats can be spotted throughout the Hemis National Park and near Rumbak there are several spots famous for Snow Leopard Photography. Snow Leopard Trek in Ladakh gives you an opportunity of spotting other famous wildlife of Ladakh like Nyan, Tinetan Argali, Himalayan Blue Sheep (Bharal), Napo, Uriel, Asiatic Ibex, Red Fox, Tibetan Wolf and many others.
Snow Leopard Trek – Photographers Delight
SNOW LEOPARD TREK ITINERARY
Day 1 Snow Leopard Trek: Arrive at Leh and Rest for Acclimatization
Day 2 Snow Leopard Trek: Drive to Zingchen & Trek to Rumbak
Day 3 Snow Leopard Trek: Trek from Rumbak to Yurutse Via Stok La
Day 4-7 Snow Leopard Trek: Snow Leopard Trail Exploration Days
Day 8 Snow Leopard Trek: Drive back to Leh
Day 9 Snow Leopard Trek: Return Flight to Delhi
TREK DURATION: 9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS
What’s Included :-
Accommodation (Camping & Guest House Stay)
Meals while on trek (Veg)
First aid medical kits
Qualified and experienced guide and support staff.
Transport from Leh and return (as per Snow Leopard Trek itinerary)
What’s Not Included :-
Porters to Carry Personal Gear
Foreigner Permit Fee
Mineral Water & any kind of beverages
Batch1: 20th February 2016
Batch2: 5th March 2016
Snow Leopard TrekCost: Rs 39750 + 3.6 Service Tax (Leh to Leh)
Snow Leopard Trek Itinerary Day 1: Arrive at Leh and Rest for Acclimatization
Arrive at Leh & transfer to your hotel after the welcome tea. Rest for acclimatization and after lunch join our local crew for a briefing session and after that you are free to explore Leh market on your own but please ensure that you keep it physically light. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2 Snow Leopard Trek: Drive to Zingchen & Trek to Camp
We drive on Leh Manali Road and after crossing the bridge at Phey start the snow leopard trekking towards the Zingchen Gorge. This gorge forms the entry gate to the Snow Leopard’s high altitude home in Hemis National Park. Enroute the snow leopard trekking trail once can see pug marks and signs of other wildlife. Camp at wildlife study camp. Trekking time: approx 5-6 hrs. Elevation: 12,400′
Day 3 Snow Leopard Trek: Wildlife Viewing
During the winter months snow leopard descend to lower altitude so there are high chances that you will see signs of Snow Leopard during today’s full day tracking of snow leopard. Hemis National Park is home to other wild life of Ladakh like Blue Sheep, Argali, Ibex, Tibetan wolf and other migratory birds. After the full day exploration we return to camp share our experiences over the hot cup of Tea and Snacks. Overnight Camp.
Day 4-7 Snow Leopard Trek: Snow Leopard Trail Exploration Days
We will betrekkingto nearby sites where Snow Leopard have been sighted recently and visit village Rumbak and stay overnight in cosy Ladakhi Homestays.
Day 8 Snow Leopard Trek: Trek to Zingchen and drive back to Leh
It’s time to say goodbye to the superb hospitality of Ladakhis and trek down to same snow leopard trail to the road head drive back to Leh. In the evening we will meet at bonfire to share our experiecens and feedback. Overnight in a hotel.
The Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek in Kashmir encompasses a journey of two beautiful lakes surrounded by the peaks of the Kolahi Mountains. The twin lakes, which flow in opposite directions, are separated by a mountain and known for their almond shape. What makes this trek special is its breathtaking beauty and serenity.
The Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek is a week long experience spanning six nights and seven days. The trek will go up to a height of 4,100 metres. It will certainly be an enjoyable experience for those fond of trekking and communing with nature.
Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek – Brief Itinerary
Day 1 –Srinagar to Aru Valley
Day 2 – Aru Valley to Lidderwat
Day 3 – Lidderwat Valley to Seikiwais
Day 4 – Seikiwais to Tarsar Lake
Day 5 – Tarsar Lake to Marsar Lake
Day 6 – Tarsar to Sonamous
Day 7 – Sonamous to Sumbal Village
TREK DURATION: 7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS
What’s Included :-
Accommodation (Camping & Hotel Stay)
Meals while on trek(Veg)
Qualified and experienced Guide and support staff.
Early booking Cost Per Person: INR 11950 + 4.5% service tax
Detailed Itinerary – Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek
Day 1: Srinagar to Aru Valley
Arrive early at the Srinagar station. We will use the vehicles to embark on the first part of our journey. We then begin our three – hour drive from Srinagar to Aru Valley. Aru Valley is the first camp in our trek. On reaching there, we will set camp for the night.
Day 2 : Aru Valley to Lidderwat
We will proceed from the Aru Valley on foot along a trail that follows alongside the River Lidder and opens into the lush green meadows of the Lidderwat Valley. It is an excellent campsite for overnight camping. Here we shall spend six to seven hours soaking in the greenery. Since we have so much time at our disposal, we can even set up a campfire in the later hours of the evening.
Day 3 : Lidderwat Valley to Seikiwais
Today’s climb is a steep one involving a lot of ascending. We first head to Hamwais, where we will cross the river. While crossing, we will battle another steep ascent to reach Seikiwais – a beautiful meadow base-camp. The track has numerous clear streams providing drinking water. The Seikiwais is one of the best campsites of the entire trek. Here we will have a relaxed night after the long, stressful climb.
Day 4 : Seikiwais to Tarsar Lake
Once again, we ascend to reach the Tarsar Lake. The view along the way is beautiful, full of numerous wild flowers. We will stop here for three to four hours to relax in the shade of the surrounding Alpine tress and breathe in some of those heady fragrances.
Day 5 : Tarsar Lake to Marsar Lake
A steep walk alongside the Tarsar Lake will lead you to the Marsar Lake. Here we will enjoy watching the nature and listening to the melodious chirping of birds. After taking a dip in the fresh water, we will head back to the Tarsar Campsite. Camping alongside this lake is a beautiful experience.
Day 6 :Tarsar Lake to Sonamous
Today we trek along a steep goat track to reach the Zazmarg Valley. This valley is surrounded by mountains and scenic beauty. On reaching the top of the Sonamous, you can feast your eyes on a breathtaking view. Then, a steep descent of about an hour will take you to the Sonamous Namdas village, which will be our last camp on Tarsar Marsar trek.
Day 7 : Sonamous to Sumbal Village
On our last day of the trip, we will head out from Sonamous and move toward Sumbal, where a steep six-hour descent will bring us into the midst of the mesmerizing Sumbal village. This is where Tasrsar Marsar trek ends and after spending a few hours here, we head back to Srinagar.
Other Options of Trekking In Kashmir : Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
Auli Skiing famous Ski slopes makes Auli a small town 16 km from Joshimath is an ideal winter adventure sport destination. A 3 km long Auli Skiing slope ranging from a height of 2519 to 3049 m is a major attraction. The Auli Skiing resort run by GMVN (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) has snow beaters which beat the snow to keep the slopes fit for skiing at all times. You can enjoy Auli Skiing without worry about going back to the top, there is a a 500 m long ski-lift which carries skiiers back to the slope top.
Auli Skiing Duration : 6 Days 5 Nights
Destinations Covered during Auli Skiing : Haridwar, Deoprayag, Joshimath, Auli
Auli Skiing Cost per Person: Rs 12950 + 4.5% Service Tax per person (Ex Haridwar) Groups Size: Only 15 participants per batch to keep it more focused
What’s Included :-
Accommodation (Guest House in Joshimath/Camping)
Transport from Haridwar to Joshimath and return.
Accommodation (Home stay/ Guest House)
Chair Car Ticket
All meals in during your stay in Joshimath
Skiing Equipments (Skii, Boots & Sticks only)
What’s Not Included :-
Ski lift charges
Personal Equipment like Skiing Goggles, Gloves, Jackets etc
Mineral Water and Meals during Transit
Any Kind of Detour
23rd – 28th January 2017
5th – 10th February 2017
12th – 17th February 2017
19th – 24th February 2017
19th – 24th February 2017
26th Feb – 3rd March 2017
5th – 10th March 2017
19th – 24th March 2017
Auli Skiing Destination
The Uttarakhand state provide immense opportunities for Trekking and Adventure sports like skiing, White Water Rafting, mountaineering and other sports. Some the best meadows with best slopes for skiing are situated in Uttarakhand which are covered under seasoned snow. For the avid skier there are ski slopes as long as 20 Kms are available and their some of them at the altitude equal to highest point in Alps.
Auli Skiing Best Season : Early January to March
Auli Skiing Equipment: We provides modern ski equipment. All Auli Skiing Participants are advised to bring good quality Skiing Clothing like Ski cap, Jackets, Gloves for personal use. Here is the list for Auli Skiing Essentials List.
Auli Skiing 6 day Package: We conduct 6 day Auli Skiing Courses at Auli under the guidance of qualified ski instructors.
Auli Skiing Intinerary
Auli Skiing Day 01: Arrival Joshimath Our representative will meet you at Haridwar Railway Station and start the drive to Joshimath (270Kms) early morning. Reach Joshimath and relax in guest house after long and tiring drive to Joshimath.
Auli Skiing Day 02: Auli (skiing) After an early breakfast you will be introduce to our experience and certified Ski Instructors and then a theory class about the basics about the Skiing. Understanding the theory part is as important as doing it at the ski slopes and after the class we will go actual skiing. Its takes time to get used to walk on snow with Ski’s and its different experience altogether. During your practice you will fall, roll, bang and have lot of fun in fresh snow. We will end our day with trying few moves with Ski and Ski Sticks to see how much you utilized your day.
Auli Skiing Day 03: Learn to Maneuver with Ski After first day’s practice you will gain confidence to walk over the snow with skis but today is the day to learn maneuvering over the fantastic Auli Snow Ski Slopes. Learn how to move forward with ski and applying breaks on your own. Once getting the hands on experience practice is the key to bring the perfection. Discuss with team mates today’s learning over the lunch breaks.
Auli Skiing Day 04: Skiing lessons – Practice Practice & Practice Practice what you learnt over the flat snow surface and once you gain confidence then move to gentle slopes. Learn to move forward with ski stick and apply brakes. Once your instructors is convinced about your progress you can move to advance slopes where you will gain a good speed and it will be the test for your maneuvering techniques.
Auli Skiing Day 05: Practice at Advance Slopes Today is the last of our course and it’s time to test your newly learned skiing skills at advance slopes. Advance slopes are much longer with high gradient. Sweat it out under the wathcfull eye of your ski instructor and enjoy the day to the fullest. In the evening we will have a graduation ceremony where certificate of achievement will be honored.
Auli Skiing Day 06: Return to Haridwar After an extensive learning experience its time to head back to Haridwar for your onward journey. We are sure even in your dream you will practice the moves which you learned over these days in Auli.
If you have gone for a trek anywhere in the Western Himalayas then you must have heard about the famous Roopkund trek. Roopkund is to treks what David Beckham is to football. It would be hard to match its combination of pristine high altitude lakes, meadows(bugyals), spectacular mountain views, alpine camps, secluded villages and pristine oak and rhododendron forests.
Roopkund Lake is a glacial lake at an altitude of 5029 metres which lies in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in NDBR (Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve). It lies in the lap of Mt Trishul masstif in which the Trishul I is highest mountain with a height of 7120 metres.
Trek Duration : 8 DAYS 7 NIGHTS
Destinations Covered during Roopkund Trek : Kathgodam, Lohajung, Didna Village, Ali Bugyal, Ghora Lotani, Bhagwabasa, Bedni Bugyal
Cost per Person: RS 10500 + 4.50% Service Tax Per Person(Ex Kathgodam)
Early Booking Cost per Person: RS 9950 + 4.50% Service Tax Per Person(Ex Kathgodam) (valid till 31st March 2017)
What’s Included :
Accommodation (Camping during Roopkund Trek)
Meals while on trek(Veg)
First aid medical kits
Qualified and experienced Trek Leader, Guide and support staff
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Arrive early at the Kathgodam Railway station. Various overnight trains run from Delhi and other cities(For more information click here). We will meet you at the station. We begin our drive from Kathgodam to Lohajung (Starting point for the Roopkund Trek ). Although this drive is long it is very scenic for the most part as we will be driving along rivers before turning right into the beautiful Pindar valley. En route you will be crossing Almora. Founded in 1568, Almora, is a district in the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand . Overnight stay in forest guest house/tents.
Day: 2 Lohajung to Didna Village
The trek to Roopkund Lake starts from Lohajung to a village called Didna. This will be our first camp of the Roopkund trek. Initially the trek is a steady climb up to the Lohajung pass and then downhill to the Bedni River popularly known as the “Bedni Ganga”. We then cross a bridge and then start climbing through oak & bamboo forests to the village of Didna. We will cross the village and continue walking up to a meadow where we will camp for the night. Overnight in tents.
Day 3: Didna village to Ali Bugyal
We get up early in the morning and do some stretching exercises. It is essential that we stretch ourselves properly to avoid muscle problems through the trek.
Today’s stretch of the Roopkund trek is a steep one through oak trees and large stands of bamboo. You will after this climb start enjoying the stunning views of Garhwal Himalayan peaks and reach the alpine grazing meadow called Ali bugyal. AliBugyal is as beautiful as Bedni and lies on top a hill and from there you can enjoy the views of unending vistas in all directions. This is probably one of the finest camping sites in the Garhwal Himalayas. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 4: Ali Bugyal to Ghora Lotani
Today is a comparatively easy day. Walk while listening to chirping birds and admiring the beauty of our surroundings. After few hours of trekking you will be on other side of the ridge and the view from this point is absolutely Fanta bullous. Ghora Lotani on the Roopkund trek is a brilliant campsite and offers you great views all around. We should reach the campsite by the afternoon with enough to relax and acclimatize to the weather conditions and altitude. Overnight camp at Lotani.
Day 5: Ghora Lotani to Bhagwabasa
The day’s snow trek will bring you to an altitude of 14,500 ft from 12,500 ft. This part of the Roopkund Lake trek is to be considered as high altitude trekking and you can feel the effects of this during trekking from Ghora Lotani to Bhagwabasa. Shortness of breath, mild headache and tiredness are some very common in high altitude trekking. Trek slowly and steadily, stop for water after every hour for 2 to 5 minutes. A steep and zig zag route takes you to Kalu Vinayak. Compared to the beauty of Ali Bugyal, it is hard to imagine a more desolate, boulder strewn campsite than that of Bhugu Basa (4100m). It is exposed to icy northern winds that whip around the stone shelter huts. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 6: Bhagwabasa to Roopkund Lake.Back to Bedni Bugyal via Bhagwabasa
The D day of the Roopkund Trek is here. We will start the day as early as 5 AM. We will start early as during early hours snow is tough due to lower temperatures and it’s easy to negotiate without getting your shoes drenched in water. Roopkund Lake is a 5 km gradual up-hill climb from Bhagwabasa. We will have steep climb towards the end of the trail to reach the Roopkund Lake. It would take about 3 – 3½ hours to reach the Lake. A further trek of around half an hour takes to the highest point of Roopkund Lake trek Junar Gali. Then we head back for our campsite at Bedni Bugyal. The views from the alpine camp at Bedni Bugyal extends west across the main Himalaya Range as far as Gangotri, while the peaks of Trisul and Nanda Ghunti provide an awesome backdrop.
Day 7: Bedni Bugyal to Lohajung via Wan.
Return trek from Bedni Bugyal via Wan. You would see the end of meadows after a few minutes. On a clear day, you would be astonished by looking at the Trishul on your way back from Bedni Bugyal to Wan at Kanakdhar. There is a steep descend and then a short climb from Bedni Bugyal. On our way we will go through a Rhododendron forest. You would have a steep descent for the Neel Ganga. On reaching Wan we drive to Lohajung. Overnight stay at Lohajung.
Day 8: Lohajung to Kathgodam
After getting to the base camp at Lohajung and finishing the Roopkund trek, you might think of spending a day at Lohajung. This is a great place to relax and chill out and our rewarding trek.Early morning start drive towards Kathgodam. At Kathgodam our trek ends.
Stok Kangri trek is the best trek in Ladakh which takes you above 6000mts or over 20000 ft.
Stok Kangri trek is the best trek in Ladakh which takes you above 6000mts or just below 20000 ft. Stok Kangri is the highest peak in Stok range clearly visible from Leh and surrounding areas. The best part of Stok Kangri trek is that you can reach to its basecamp in just 2-3 days of trekking while in any other part of Himalayas it takes around at least 4-5 days of trekking to reach to the base camp of such high altitude peak. Stok Kangri Trek gives you an opportunity to reach this altitude without the technical expertise in mountaineering. Many mountains in Ladakh exceed an altitude of 6000 meters. Stok Kangri Trek gained considerable popularity along side its sister peak Golep Kangri. Stok Kangri is been declared as a trekking peak by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) which means less paper work.
Trek Duration : 9 Days 8 Nights
Destinations Covered during Stok Kangri Trek: Leh, Choglamsar, Thiksey Monastery, Shey Palace, Stok Village
Cost per Person: Rs 16700 per person + 4.50% Service Tax (Ex Leh)
Early Booking Cost per Person: Rs 15950 per person + 4.50% Service Tax (Ex Leh)
What’s Included :
Accommodation during Trek (Camping & Guest house in Leh)
Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
Transport as per Itinerary
What’s Not Included :
IMF Fee of USD 50 for Foreign Nationals
Mineral Water & other Beverages
Tips & Gratuity
Cost incurred due to natural reasons
Any Kind Of Expenses For Loss / Misplaced / Theft On Personal Belongings
Cost Incidental To Any Change In The Itinerary- Stay On Account Of Train Cancellation / Ill Health / Road Blocks And / Or Any Factors Beyond Control.
DEPARTURES (All departures for The Stok Kangri Trek are ex Leh)
1st July 2017- 9th July 2017
8th July 2017 – 16th July 2017
15th July 2017 – 23rd July 2017
22nd July 2017 – 30th July 2017
29th July 2017 – 6th August 2017
5th August 2017 – 13th August 2017
12th August 2017 – 20th August 2017
19th August 2017 – 27th August 2017
26th August 2017 – 3rd September 2017
2nd September 2017 – 10th September 2017
16th September 2017 – 24th September 2017
23rd September 2017 – 1st October 2017
30th September 2017 – 8th October 2017
Stok Kangri Trek Itinerary Detail
Leh (Stok Kangri Trek) DAY 1
Arrival at Leh
Arrive at Leh and check into the guest house and take complete rest for acclimatization.
Leh (Stok Kangri Trek) DAY 2
ACCLIMITIZATION DAY IN LEH
Leh is situated at an average high altitude of 3400mts, land at the only high altitude beautiful airport in Leh and check into Ladakhi family guest house and entire day is for you to relax and acclimatize to the high altitude of Leh. In the evening go for a stroll in the Leh market and enjoy the cultural and natural beauty of Leh city’s barren landscape. Make most of your acclimatization day by visiting Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace and Leh Monastery.
STOK VILLAGE (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 3
DRIVE FROM LEH TO STOK VILLAGE AND TREK TO MANOKARMA
Visit Leh Market and have breakfast at one of the famous restaurant of Leh and then we will start our drive to Stok Village the starting point of Stok Kangri Trek. The drive from Leh to Stok Village is a short one but a scenic one. We drive towards Manali on Manali Leh Highway and then take a right turn from Choglamsar towards Stok Village. Meet our trekking teak at Stok Village and start the trek to Manokarma. This first trekking day will show you the real beauty of barren landscape of Leh Ladakh and why Ladakh known as cold desert. It is a fairly easy trek crossing the Stok village and their hydro powered Buddhist prayer wheel.
STOK KANGRI BASECAMP (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 4
TREK FROM MANOKARMA TO STOK KANGRI TREK BASECAMP
After breakfast we will start the next leg of Stok Kangri trek the trek to base camp. Stok Kangri trek base camp is a nice place but because of the popularity of Stok Kangri trek it’s always full house at Stok Kangri Trek basecamp.
STOK KANGRI BASECAMP (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 5
Today is fairly relaxed day for all trekkers. After breakfast we will go for training to nearby glacier and we will learn How to use crampons? Climbing mountains involves lot of uncertainties our trek leader will let you know about the different situations which might occur and how to deal with them. This is also the day of relaxation, So that you gain all your strength for next days summit push.
STOK KANGRI BASECAMP (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 6
Today is the D day of Stok Kangri Trek, we will start early in the morning in two batches the early movers and the Pushers at 12 AM and 1 AM respectively. The Stok Kangri trek route passes the advance basecamp, moraine, and glaciers and then comes the steep slope of the summit ridge full of snow. At the start of this slope wear your crampons and start the long climb. When you will be climbing this you will feel that nobody is moving from their place for hours. This climb is the test of your physical as well as mental strength. For an average trekker it takes around 9 hours to reach the Stok Kangri Summit and if you are a slow trekker then add another 3 hours. The Stok Kangri Summit gives you spectacular views the Himalayas to Karakoram.
STOK KANGRI BASECAMP (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 7
REST DAY (SECOND SUMMIT DAY)
After the successful summit of Stok Kangri you would be tired and need rest, today is complete rest for summiteers and those who couldn’t summit today they can go for second attempt. The beautiful location of the base camp, warm soup and playing cards would take away the pain.
STOK KANGRI BASECAMP (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 8
STOK KANGRI BASECAMP TO LEH
The Stok Kangri trek includes high altitude trekking and mountaineering is ultimate experience would finally come to an end today at Stok Village. We will be starting early from basecamp and trekking downhill all the way till Stok Village where our vehicles will be waiting for us you to transfer to guest house in Leh.
LEH (STOK KANGRI TREK) DAY 9
Keep a Buffer day while booking your return your flight back to Delhi or alternatively plan a visit to beautiful monasteries in Leh and surrounding areas.
Essentials Things to Get for Stok Kangri Trek
· Backpack (Min 60 Ltrs) with Rain Cover · Trekking Shoes (Forclaz 100,500 recommended) · 3 Pairs of Full sleeve shirts/T-Shirt and Track Pants (1 should be waterproof/windproof) · 3 Pair of cotton socks. 3 pairs of woollen socks · 2 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket (preferable) · One Heavy Jacket (Down Feather preferable) · Thermal Inners 1 Pair · 1 pair water proof hand gloves · 1 Pair woollen Gloves. · Sun Cap · One Scarf · Light towel · Lip Balm · Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+) · Water Bottle 1 Lt · Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries · Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper · Personal Medicine Kit · Dark Sunglasses (U/V protected) · Walking Stick (At least one) People who were spectacles- Should avoid contact lenses and use use photo chromatic glasses instead
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
Entry Fees of any kind
Stay would be in Camps at Jispa, Pangong Tso, Hotel in Leh & Homestay in Nubra Valley
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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.
Join Renok Adventures on the Chadar Trek as we weave are way through the Frozen Zanskar. The landscape on this unique 8 day trek will leave you spellbound.
During the winter ,Ladakh, is isolated from the whole country due to heavy snowfall. The only way to Ladakh is by air from Delhi. In winter the temperature goes down to 3o below zero and the mighty Zanskar river freezes. This seven to eight day trek from Chilling to Naerak over the Zanskar is both challenging as well as an unforgettable experience. The landscape acquires a pristine grandeur in winter as the trail enters into the gorge of the Zanskar. Trek Duration : 9 Days 8Nights
Chadar Trek Cost : Rs 22,500 (Ex Leh) + 4.50% Service Tax
What’s Included :-
Accommodation during Trek(Camping) and 2 day stay at Leh in Guest house as per itinerary on sharing basis.
Meals only while on trek (Veg)
First aid medical kits
Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
Tents & Sleeping bags
Transport from Leh and Return as per Itinerary
What’s Not Included :-
Wildlife Fee if any (There is no fee currently)
Medical expenses (apart from first aid) and insurance of any kind.
Mineral Water & any kind of beverages
Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses.
Meals in Leh
DEPARTURES (All departures for The Chadar Trek are ex Leh)
21st to 29th January 2017
28th to 5th February 2017
Itinerary Detail (Chadar Trek)
Leh Day 1 – Arrival at Leh
Arrive at Leh and check into a hotel. Leh is a high altitude desert and it takes at least a day to acclimatise to these conditions.So rest in your hotel room and in the evening roam around Leh market. Leh is a culturally rich place. There are dozens of monasteries and ancient temples that you can go around. Overnight stay in Leh.
Tilad Do Camp Day 2 – Drive to Chilling roadhead and trek to Tilad Do camp 3100m
Post breakfast we will drive to Chilling from where we will start our Chadar Trek. The drive to Chilling – the starting point of Chadar trek is an adventurous drive. The ride is along the river Indus via village Nimu the place which is the confluence of the river Indus and the Zanskar. To reach camp one needs to cross the frozen Zanskar.
Gyalpo Day 3 – Trek to Gyalpo camp 3170m
After morning stretching exercises and breakfast our instructors will brief you on how to trek on the Chadar Trek. The Frozen Zanskar is hard as rock and slippery in the winter and trekking on this river can be quite challenging. We will stop for lunch prepared by our staff on the Zanskar which is an experience in itself. After passing Shingra Koma, you reach the camp-site for the day at Gyalpo, where tents have already been pitched by the porters.
Tibb Cave Day 4 – Trek to Dib Cave 3225m
Today we will start our trek after a nutritious breakfast.Today’s stretch of the Chadar Trek is around 14 km. Our destination for the day is Dib Cave. Dib Cave is big cave which provides shelter. We welcome you to the cave with a hot cup of ladakhi butter tea. Overnight stay at Dib Cave.
Nyeraks Camp Day 5 – Trek to Naerak Camp 3390m
Today we trek over deep gorges under the frozen Zanskar. You can hear the sound of water flowing beneath it. After trekking for a few hours we reach a huge waterfall. An old, dilapidated bridge on the river, which villagers claim to be more than 1,000 years old, marks Naerak.
Dib Cave Day 6 – Trek to Dib Cave 3225m
Naerak to Dibb: The same way back? Well technically ,yes. In fact the Chadar changes by the minute, and the colors and perspectives all change. Overnight stay in Dib Cave.
Gyalpo Day 7 – Trek to Gyalpo 3225m
We continue walking in the gorge, which is inaccessible in any other season and we come across some stunning frozen waterfalls.
Tilad Do Day 8 – Drive back to Leh from Tilad Do
At the end of an outstanding frozen river Chadar trek through the Himalayas, you are back to Leh. Overnight stay in Leh.
Leh Day 9 – Take your Flight to Delhi
List of Essential items for Chadar Trek 2016
Backpack (Min 60 Ltrs) with Rain Cover
Trekking Shoes. (Quechua Forclaz 500 M Wenge Men Hiking Boots (43))
4 Pairs of Full sleeve shirts/T-Shirt and Track Pants (1 should be waterproof/windproof)
4 Pair of cotton socks. 3 pairs of wollen socks.
2 Full Sleeve Sweater (Quechua Forclaz 50 Fleece, Men’s Large (Black))
One Heavy Down Jacket (Quechua Warm Down Ski Jacket, XXL (Black)
Thermal Inners -2 Pair
2 pair water proof hand gloves
2 Pair woollen Gloves
Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
Water Bottle 1 Lt
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
Personal Medicine Kit
Dark Sunglasses (U/V protected)
Walking Stick (At least one)
People who were spectacles- Should avoid contact lenses and use use photo chromatic glasses instead