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5 Things To Keep In Mind Before Choosing Your Next Trekking Location

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Well, you’ve been working for a while now, and you think you need a break, and want to go for a trek. But which trekking location should you head for? Take the following factors into account, and we’re sure you’ll have your answer by the end!

1. Past Experience

How much have you trekked in the past?

If you’re an absolute beginner, something small or easy like Dodi Tal or Chopta-Chandrashila should be perfect.

The route to Tungnath-Chandrashila. Chaukhamba peeks out in the background.

 

If you’ve done a couple of treks, perhaps Har Ki Dun or Dayara Bugyal catches your fancy!

And if you have quite some experience, perhaps you should answer the call of Stok Kangri, Rupin Pass, or Goecha La.

The final trail before ascending Rupin Pass.

2. Fitness Level

How fit are you? Ideally, you should be fit for any trek. Work out a month in advance in order to make sure you’re prepared.

If you’re in good shape, then most treks can be undertaken by you. Even Kuari Pass can be done by trekkers who don’t have that much experience, yet are fit.

The winter trail to Kuari Pass, with Hathi and Ghodi Parbat in the background.

3. Weather and Season

Most Himalayan treks like Hampta Pass and Kashmir’s Great Lakes are doable in May and June, but there are some treks that are known for the particular seasons they thrive in. If you’re going in April, think of Chopta-Chandrashila. The rhododendrons are in full bloom at Chopta and the route to Tungnath, and you might even encounter some ice and snow near Chandrashila top!

The pink rhododendrons aka Buransh, at Chopta.

Come July and August, and the famous Valley of Flowers beckons you. The flowers are in full bloom, and monsoon treks hold a charm of their own.

The carpet of flowers in the Valley vary from month to month.

September, October, and November, though cold, are the best months for catching a view of the snow capped peaks. The skies are at their clearest, so I’d recommend Nag Tibba or Kuari Pass.

Kathian Campsite on the Nag Tibba trek.

 

Come December and January, and we have the classic winter treks, namely Kedarkantha, and the Chadar trek.

4. Number Of Days At Hand

How many days do you have? If it’s a long weekend trip, then something like Kheerganga and Bhrigu Lake may be more up your alley.

Bhrigu Lake in the Kullu Valley is as mesmerising a trek as any.

 

But if you have a good week to 10 days, go for a trek like Roopkund in Uttarakhand, or the Great Lakes in Kashmir.

Kishensar (Sar means Lake), on the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek.

 

For something in between, try Chandrakhani Pass near Manali!

5. Budget

If you’ve got a humble amount saved up, then Piang Neru or Khar Myundari may be just what you’re looking for!

Jhameer Campsite on the Piang Neru trek.

And if money’s not an issue, try Pin Parvati Pass or Pangarchula Peak trek.

Pro tip: The lesser the days, the cheaper it will be.

 

Well, we just offered you a variety of choices, and how to decide them, so are you any closer to making up your mind?

10 Trekking Tips You Can’t Miss Out On

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If you’re a beginner to trekking, here are 10 trekking tips that should help you prepare for your first trek! And even if you’re experienced, it’s never too late to brush up on some information.

Trekking Tip 1: Double check everything.

Equipment matters. You don’t want to be out on a hike, and when you need something important, you don’t have it. It can be the difference between life and death. Trekking usually takes place in remote locations, where facilities are scarce, so there’s a good chance you won’t find what you’re looking for.

Even if it is available, why would you want to waste money and buy something you already have?

Tosh Valley.

 

Trekking Tip 2: If hit by AMS, descend.

Mountains can be your best friend, but also your worst enemy. Acute Mountain Sickness hits when you don’t acclimatise properly. Presuming you’re past the point of acclimatising and are already facing symptoms of altitude sickness, the best solution is to descend. While Diamox etc. can help curb the symptoms and effects, removing the cause(high altitude) is the most logical solution.

 

Trekking Tip 3: Prepare adequately.

Make sure you’re physically and mentally fit to go for a trek. Fitness can make the difference between making a trek really easy to complete, or really difficult to manage. You don’t want to be left lagging behind!

Trekking Tip 4: Climb high, sleep low.

Once over 3000 meters above sea level, climb slowly, sleeping no more than 300 m higher at the end of each day. Going higher during the day is fine as long as you go down to sleep. It’s a good idea to reach your destination for the day and then go for an acclimatisation walk somewhere high around, thereafter returning to camp.

Trekking Tip 5: Start early, reach early.

It’s a rule I follow religiously. Early morning usually makes for glorious weather, with astounding views. Plus, if you start by around 5 or 6 AM, there’s a good chance you’ll be at your intended destination by 12 PM or max, 2, just in time for lunch. Plus, the weather usually gets cloudy and rainy post noon, and it’s never fun to trek in that.

Morning views on the Chopta-Chandrashila trail. 

Trekking Tip 6: Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but photos. Kill nothing but time. Keep nothing but memories.

Global warming is consuming our planet at a rapid pace, and the Himalayas have one of the most fragile ecosystems in the world. Add to all this, the throngs of tourists visiting them each year, and you have at hand a disaster waiting to happen.

In light of all these, it is our prerogative that we keep our ecological footprint to a minimum. We leave them as we would like to find them. We do not harm the flora and fauna. We take away nothing but experiences.

A moment of reflection at Kedarkantha.

 

Trekking Tip 7: It’s always further than it looks. It’s always taller than it looks. And it’s always harder than it looks.

This one applies to both trekking and mountaineering. If we keep wasting time thinking about how much further the destination is, we make it mentally tiring for ourselves. So it’s best to concentrate on the next step, on the immediate present, and where to put our foot next.

This one’s for the mountaineers! The West Face of Deo Tibba.

 

Trekking Tip 8: Take care of your feet.

Your legs and feet are your most valuable companion on any trek, and that’s why it’s really important to pay attention to them. Make sure to wear the right socks, and the right number of layers. Break in new shoes before taking them for their first trek. Get comfortable in them. Lace them up to the top to reduce chances twisting your ankle.

Trekking Tip 9: When you reach a destination, set up camp first before anything else.

Before doing anything else, it’s necessary that you pitch your tents first. When you do that, you have a base to function out of, out of which you can organise all other activities like cooking. In the event of unforeseen weather, you have a place to take shelter.

Campsite at Piang Neru.

 

Trekking Tip 10: “Aur kitni aage hai?/How much further?” is always a bad question to ask, and one we hate answering 😛

We all know “Bas thoda aur/just 10 minutes more” is a blatant lie we tell just to keep you satisfied, so why make us say it 😛 ?

First Time Trekking Experiences At Hampta

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We recently interviewed Kratika Jain, a digital marketer from Ahmedabad. In a candid chat, she tells us about her first time trekking experiences to Hampta Pass in July. Read on!

Q: How did you start trekking?

A: Actually, this was my first time trekking, and it all happened rather quickly. Quite a lot of my friends were doing it, and I couldn’t handle their pictures, it was too beautiful, and I really needed a break from my job as well! The satisfaction of the mountains couldn’t be felt in a city like Ahmedabad, and I really wanted to get away. So I quickly opened up Google and started looking for a trek to do.

Q: How did you end up choosing Hampta Pass?

A: I simply searched which trek was popular during July, and Hampta Pass popped up!

Above Jobra Campsite

Q: What was Hampta Pass like, for you?

A: It was easy to moderate, even though it was my first time trekking, but the last two days were quite difficult(during the pass crossing and descending). Even the day we crossed Hampta Pass, we walked for 12 hours. I thought to myself, “Oh shit I’m killing myself !”, but looking back when we finished it, it was a really nice experience, and at that point, I realised that we(the group) had actually done something exciting in life!

Q: How did it feel when you reached the pass itself?

A: Actually, I wasn’t feeling that good, since there was still some portion of the trek remaining. When I reached the pass, I was jubilant, but then thought “Oh shit, abhi aur chalna hai(I still have to walk more!)”.
Then, on the final day, my feelings were the exact opposite and I was thinking “Oh damn, it’s the last day”, and then we felt like it was too short, we wished it was longer. Suddenly all my energy came back that day and we wished we could do it all over again!

Q: Sounds like it was quite a task managing the trek. What inspired you to keep walking?

A: You see so much natural beauty and variations in weather, which you would not get to see in a crowded city like Ahmedabad. The scenery is amazing and beautiful, sometimes it’s flowers, mountains, waterfalls, sometimes it’s rivers. It all inspires you to keep going!

Q: Speaking of rivers, how’d you find the river crossing at Jwara?

A: At first, I felt like not doing it, then I felt a lot of adrenalin during the actual crossing itself, and then I felt like doing it again! It was adventurous, but thankfully I was never scared.

Q: Once you cross Hampta Pass, you come to Spiti and Chandra Tal. How did you like those?

A: It was absolutely beautiful! I had never seen mountainous landscapes, especially since it was my first time trekking. My immediate reaction was “Why don’t they shoot Bollywood movies here? Why do people go abroad to countries like Thailand? Spiti is equally, if not more beautiful”. The truth is, Himachal is really unexplored. That is because of its inaccessibility. But it is this same inaccessibility that allows this region to remain peaceful, calm, and serene. By contrast, we saw Rohtang Pass on the way back, and wahan pe to mela laga hua tha!

Chandra Tal

Q: Being an Indian woman, was there any hurdle you faced while informing your family about going for the trek?

A: I just told my family, don’t wait for me, agar mai waapis nahi aayi! They were asking for a phone number to contact me in case of an emergency, and were shocked to learn ke waahaan pe signal hi nahi aata. They could not comprehend that there are still regions in this country jahaan pe signal nahi aata! All jokes aside, they were mostly fine, they just wanted me to stay in touch, since it was my first time trekking.

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

A: The truth is, I wasn’t in a good condition, and desperately wanted a break from my life. I wanted to move out of the city and go to the mountains. So this trek was a big break for me, and genuinely a life changing experience, which I felt I needed. So I would describe the entire trek as an event that stood out for me. To top it all, the Renok staff were really nice and supportive. The group members too were very cooperative. Some of the group members and guides are now friends of mine!

 

Q:Do you have any advice for first time trekkers?

A: What I witnessed on the trek was that people were scared of the altitude, saying “No, mujhse nahi hoga(I will not be able to do it), I can’t do this” etc. If we keep this sort of mindset, we will not be able to concentrate on the trek and enjoy it, enjoy the scenery all around. For those for whom it’s their first time trekking, I have to say this. We should soak in every moment, because every moment is unique, memorable and enjoyable, and we should not forget this in our tiredness!

Q: Finally, has this trek had any lasting effects on you?

A: Apart from being in touch with all the group members, I have realised a lot of things about the mountains.
Trekking is not boring, ever, and it probably won’t be for anyone. Anyone can go for it, people from all walks of life, age, etc., so everyone can disconnect from their individual backgrounds and connect together to the mountains. Trekking also helps you get to know yourself as a person, and nothing can be better than staying with nature.
I felt so much positivity when I returned from Hampta Pass, it’s been life-changing for me. Whenever I’m faced with a negative situation in life, I think of the mountains, and I channel positivity through them into me.
When I returned from Hampta, I kept telling my family and friends the tales of my trek, and now they’ve started to grow bored! Even now, I am in the same mood, dreaming of the mountains. Ab to keeda lag gaya hai(I’m hooked to the mountains now), to trek once or twice during the year.

 

It looks like Kratika had a gala time. Do you think Hampta Pass could be your calling too? Head on over here to find out!

Kedarkantha an Ideal Trek for beginners

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The Kedarkantha trek is a 6 days and 5 night’s round trip trek which starts and ends at Dehradun. The difficulty level of the trek is moderate and is a great option for all those who do not have much experience trekking.

Kedarkantha Terrific Snow Trek for Beginners

With the advent of the New Year, I, like a billion other people, decided to turn my life around this year. And what better way to do that, than escaping right into the lap of Mother Nature i.e. The Himalayas to break free from my boring, mechanized, city life and rejuvenate. Because of my quest for adventure and unforgettable experiences, and my lack of trekking experience, The Kedarkantha trek seemed like the perfect option. The Kedarkantha trek is a 6 days and 5 night’s round trip trek which starts and ends at Dehradun.  The difficulty level of the trek is moderate and is a great option for all those who do not have much experience trekking. Kedarkantha is a beautiful rounded peak situated in the picturesque tons river valley. It is located in the Singtur range of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, India and is elevated at a height of 3800 meters above the sea level.

DAY 1: I was travelling from Delhi with a few friends but we were lucky enough to meet some of our trek mates on the train itself which gave us more time to interact before the trek began. Upon reaching Dehradun, we easily found the Cab that was to take us to the camp site at Sankri. The drive was absolutely beautiful and gave us a taste of what lies ahead. Driving along the tons river was definitely a highlight of the trip. Upon reaching Sankri we were divided into groups and allocated our tents for the night.

DAY 2: The next day of Kedarkantha trek we began with a 6 AM wake up call, followed by super fun exercise session. Today was a little cloudy and the entire setting looked straight out of a travel magazine. (One of those 1000 things to do before you die articles) After a heavy breakfast of cornflakes, masala chai and paranthas, we began our trek at 8 AM sharp. We trekked through dense pine forests with some sensational views. Our Kedarkantha trekking instructor familiarized us with several techniques to minimize breaks and reaching the next camp site in time. From spotting wild boars, hares and langoors to drinking the sweetest water from the brooks, this day gave us memories that we will cherish forever. Upon trekking for a few more hours we reached our next camp site at Juda ka Talab.  As the sun set and the stars came up over this picturesque view of snow clad mountains and the lake in the centre, we made our tents and food. Although I should’ve been exhausted from all the walking and trekking, sleep did not come to me for a long time. I kept thinking about this poem by Sanober khan:

“I do not want to sleep,

For fear I might miss the twinkle of the brightest star.

For fear I may never know,

How the moon glimmers in the darkest hour.”

DAY 3: I woke up early in the morning to see the magical sunrise at the Juda ka Talab with the golden glow spreading over the snow clad peaks and reflecting over the lake spreading warmth all over the clearing. A morning this beautiful always makes me retrospect, makes my city life problems seem so trivial, and makes me want to believe in a god for only he could’ve thought of something as divine as this. Today was a comparatively lighter day. We were given ample amount of time to enjoy and explore the wilderness. Being a photography enthusiast I managed to get some fantastic shots of the scenic beauty around me. After a lunch of delicious dal chawal and Aaloo Sabji, prepared by our cook Mr. Atar Singh ji (with our help of course), we trekked for 4 hours to reach the next campsite  that is the Kedarkantha base camp.

DAY 4: Today, after an early breakfast, we started trekking to summit the Kedarkantha peak. We cleared several meadows covered in gorgeous wild flowers and grazing cattle. Despite the exhaustion, the feeling of summiting a peak is so exquisite, that it almost instantaneously filled us with energy. The mountain was summited with the 15 of us running full speed towards the top, yelling on top of our lungs! The view from the peak was, for lack of a better word, DREAMY! We had the best lunch of our lives in this mesmerizing setting of snow clad peaks around us and only the sound of our laughter filling the air. After observing, exploring and photographing this peak, we spend the night camping at the base.

DAY 5: We followed a stone market trail in Hargaon which led us to a dense pine and walnut forest. The minute we entered the forest, all our senses were heighten. We could smell the fresh fragrance of the leaves, we could hear the birds chirping, I also spotted a carcass of a wild boar I think! The walk was always accompanied by the jokes and funny banter between us. We got a few glimpses of the Har-ki-dun valley also and spent the night at Sankri.

Day 6:  This was the last day of the trek and we were driving back from Sankri to Dehradun. We had to say our goodbye’s to our trek instructors here only. As we drove through the same scenic road between Sankri and Dehradun, I thought of how many changes I see in myself in only 6 days. Everything from my appearance to my thought process has changed drastically. The air in the bus was filled with hope. Hope of staying in touch, hope of meeting again in the future, hope of having many more such life altering experiences! It was indeed my best new year’s resolution..YET.

Here are our Upcoming treks for Kedarkantha Trek and Kedarkantha Winter Trek batches

DEPARTURES (All departures for Kedarkantha Trek are ex Sankri)

1st Batch : 8th October – 13th October 2016  

2nd Batch : 15th October – 20th October 2016  

3rd Batch : 22nd October – 27th October 2016  

4th Batch : 29th October – 3rd November 2016  

5th Batch : 5th November 2016 – 10th November 2016 

6th Batch : 12th November 2016 – 17th November 2016 

7th Batch : 19th November 2016 – 24th November 2016 

8th Batch : 26th November 2016 – 1st December 2016 

Kedarkantha Snow Trek Winter Batches 

1st Batch : 17th December 2016 (Open)

2nd Batch : 18th December 2016 (Open)

3rd Batch : 19th December 2016 (Open)

4th Batch : 20th December 2016 (Open)

5th Batch : 21st December 2016 (Open)

6th Batch : 22nd December 2016 (Open)

7th Batch : 23rd December 2016 (Open)

8th Batch : 24th December 2016 I (Open)

9th Batch : 24th December 2016 II (Open)

10th Batch : 25th December 2016 I  (Open)

11 th Batch : 25th December 2016 II  (Open)

12th Batch : 26th December 2016 (Open)

13th Batch : 27th December 2016 (Open)

14th Batch : 28th December 2016 (Open)

15th Batch : 29th December 2016 (Open)

17th Batch : 31st  December 2016 (Open)

18th Batch : 1st January 2017 (Open)

19th  Batch : 2nd January 2017 (Open)live streaming film The Great Wall 2016 online

20th Batch : 3rd January 2017 (Open)

Hatu Peak Trek

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Hatu Peak is situated at an elevation of 3400m and only 8 kms from Narkanda town. Hatu Peak offers 360 degree view of the snow capped Himalayan Peak. Hatu Peak Trek takes you to the top through thick Pine, Spruce and rhododendron forests. Along the Hatu Peak trekking trail you will come across sprawling meadows, Gujjar settlements and beautiful pond. Hatu Peak trek is an easy trek suitable for family camping and trekking.

Hatu Peak Trek Duration : 6 Days 5 Nights

Destinations Covered during Hatu Peak Trek : Narkanda

Hatu Peak Trek Cost per Person: Rs 2850 per person (Ex Narkanda)

What’s Included :

  • Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg)
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
  • Wildlife Sanctuary Fees

What’s not Included :

  • Transport
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reason
  • Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions

 

DEPARTURES (All departures for Hatu Peak Trek are ex Narkanda)

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Winter Trek Batches

Hatu Peak Trek Itinerary

 

Day 1 Shimla serves as major bus link from all metros and from Shimla it takes two hour to reach Narkanda. Check in to hotel/camp and explore the surrounding area one can also go to Karena peak for acclimatizing trek. Briefing about the Hatu Peak trek and enjoy the bonfire under the open sky.

Narkanda: situated at an attitude of 2708 meters on the Hindustan Tibet Road (NH – 22), Narkanda offers a spectacular view of snowclad mountain ranges. This is an ideal retreat for the tourists who seek seclusion in mountains. It commands an unique view of the eternal snow line, the inviting apple orchards and dense forests. Narkanda is famous for Skiing & Winter sports. During these days the slopes come alive with skiers. The skiing at Narkanda was started in 1980 and since then HPTDC is conducting skiing courses every year.

Day 2 Get up early and have sumptuous breakfast and start the trek to Hatu Peak. Hatu Peak trek starting point is about 1 kilometer from Narkanda at intersection point. Initial trek is through the thick forest and after trekking for about 3 kms you get the uninterrupted views of Himalayan mountain range. Hatu peak top is a vantage point gives you panoramic views of The Great Himalayan Range and you can visit sacred Hatu Mata Temple. After spending quality time at the top trek back and relax in hotel.

Day 3 After break fast drive towards Shimla for your onward journey.

Auli Skiing Thrilling Winter Adventures Sports

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Auli Skiing – Thrilling Winter Sports

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

DEPARTURES

  • 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.

Khalia Top Trek

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Khalia Top trek is an easy trek and considered best beginners’ trek. Khalia trek provides you an opportunity to experience the Himalayan flora, fauna & pristine Himalayan outdoors. Located near small town of Munsiyari in Pithoragarh district of (Kumaon region) Uttarakhand. Munsiyari is situated at an altitude of 2250 meters and Khalia top is the highest point at an altitude of 3500 and gives you uninterrupted views of the snow-clad peaks including Panchachuli, Rajrambha,  Hardeol, Nanda Kot, and Nanda Devi all standing tall and marvelous views.
Khalia Top Trek Duration : 5 Days 4 Nights

Destinations Covered during Khuliya Top Trek Trek : Khathgodam, Munsiyari, Almora

Special Offer (Book Now): Rs 9500 per person + 3.5% Service Tax (Ex Kathgodam)

What’s Included :

  • Accommodation during Trek(Camping & Guest House)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg)
  • Permits
  • Transport from Kathgodam as per the Itineray
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Guide and support staff.

DEPARTURES (All departures for The Khuliya Top Trek are ex Kathgodam)

  • 1st Batch   :  6th – 10th February 2016
  • 2nd Batch : 13th – 17th February 2016
  • 3rd Batch : 20th – 24th February 2016 (2 slots Left)
  • 4th Batch : 27th  –  2nd February 2016  (Full) 

 

Khalia Top Trek Detailed Itinerary:-

Day 01: Drive from Kathgodam to Munsiyari:-

Arrive at Kathgodam Railway station and start the scenic drive to Munsiyari. Munsiyari is a small town located at an altitude of 2250 Metres (7380 Feet) above from sea level in Pithoragarh district and about 290 Kms from Kathgodam. Drive to Munsiyari from Kathgodam is scenic one. One can see various trees of Chir, Deodar, Pine, Oak and rhododendrons. You pass through Almora, Bageshwar Kausani, Choukhori and Thal check it out. The road winds itself all the way up to Kalamuni top at a height of 9027 ft before descending into the glorious Munsiyari valley surrounded by snowcapped peaks.

Day 02: Trek from Munsyari to Bhujani (10000Ft.)

The trek to Bhujani is 4 kms takes about 5 hours. We walk through rhododendron and oak forests and climb up to 10000 ft. The trek to Bhujani is a steep and gradual climb to the campsite. The Bhirti falls enroute is an added attraction. The campsite is amidst the oak forests with the stunning view of Panchachuli peak. You can experience the thrill of Valley crossing half up the trek. Overnight camp at Bhujani.

Day 03: Trek from Bhujani to Khalia Top (11500Ft.)

The trek to Khalia Top is 6 kms long and takes 5 hours. As you leave Bhujani the open sky with vast meadows beckon you. Khalia top is a vast meadow in the Kumaon Himalayas and it offers a panoramic 360 degree view of the mountain ranges and the snowline that covers them. Overnight camp at Khalia top.

Day 04: Khalia to Balanti (9600 Ft.)

The descend from Khalia top to Balanti is gradual. Once you leave the skyline the oak forest surrounds you and the greater Himalayan ranges loom ahead in front. Overnight camp at Balanti.

Day 05: Drive from Balanti to Kathgodam

From Balanti the road head is 2 kms walk and takes about 2 hours to reach and you drive back to Kathgodam. Reach Kathgodam in the evening take return transport for your onward journey.

Other Famous Treks in Uttarakhand (Kumaon Region)

Roopkund Trek 

Pindari Glacier Trek 

 

Winter Kuari Pass Trek – Snow Trek with 360 Degree Views

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Kuari which means “doorway” is a Himalayan high mountain pass situated in the Garhwal region of northern India, south of the Tibetan border and on the western rim of the “Nanda Devi Sanctuary” Biosphere Reserve and falls in the Chamoli district.

The Winter Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari which means “doorway” is a Himalayan high mountain pass situated in the Garhwal region of northern India, south of the Tibetan border and on the western rim of the “Nanda Devi Sanctuary” Biosphere Reserve and falls in the Chamoli district.

The Winter Kuari Pass Trek found fame in the early 1900’s when intrepid adventurers and mountaineers such as Lord Curzon, Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman used the passage in their pioneering explorations of the region.The Kuari Pass trek is  known as The Curzon Trail (named after the former British Viceroy Of India “Lord Curzon”).

The views on the Winter Kuari Pass trek are often cited as the best in the Indian Himalayas. It is not hard to discover why. To the north of the Winter Kuari Pass trek is the Chaukhamba Range, while the summits of Mana (7272m), Kamet (7756m) and Abl Gamin (7355m) extend to the Tibet border.

In the middle foreground, a number of spectacular peaks including Dunagiri (7066m) and Changabang (6864m) enclose the Nanda Devi Sanctuary while to the west the snowcapped ranges extend to Gangotri.

Trek Duration : 6 Days 5 Nights

Destinations Covered during Winter Kuari Pass Trek : Haridwar, Joshimath, Chitrakhana, Khullara,

Kuari Pass Trek Cost per Person: Rs 7850 + 4.5% Service Tax (Ex Joshimath)
What’s Included :

  • Accommodation (Camping during trek & Guest House)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg)
  • Trekking Equipment (Sleeping bag, Mattress, Tents)
  • Permits
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.

 

What’s Not Included :

  • Meals during the drive and in Joshimath
  • Mules to carry personal Luggage
  • Insurance
  • Any kind of Cost Increase due to Natural Reason
  • Transport from Haridwar to Joshimath and return
  • The transportation cost from Haridwar to Joshimath and back will have to be borne by the trekkers, the total cost of transportation one way is Rs. 6000 (to be shared among 5-6 people, i.e Rs. approx Rs.1000 per person one way) – to be paid directly to the driver. Trekker can opt for our transport, which we can organise for them, or the trekkers can make their own arrangements and reach Joshimath.
  • Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions

DEPARTURES (All departures for The Winter Kuari Pass Trek are ex Joshimath)

1st Batch : 1st January 2017 (Open)

2nd Batch : 2nd January 2017 (Open)

3rd Batch : 3rd January 2017 (Open)

4th Batch : 7th January 2017 (Open)

5th Batch : 14th January 2017 (Open)

6th Batch : 21th January 2017 (Open)

7th Batch : 28th January 2017 (Open)

8th Batch : 4th February 2017 (Open)

9th Batch : 11th February 2017 (Open)

10th Batch : 18th February 2017 (Open)

11th Batch : 25th February 2017 (Open)

12th Batch : 6th May 2017 (Open)

13th Batch : 13th May 2017 (Open)

14th Batch : 20th May 2017 (Open)

15th Batch : 27th May 2017 (Open)

16thBatch : 3rd June 2017 (Open)

17th Batch : 10th June 2017 (Open)

18th Batch : 17th June 2017 (Open)

19th Batch : 24th June 2017 (Open)

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Drive from Haridwar to Joshimath. Stay in tent/guesthouse/homestay.

Day 2 Drive & then trek from Joshimath to Dhak and Trek to Gulling Camp

Day 3 Trek from Gulling to Tali Forest Camp 

Day 4 Trek to Jhandidhar and Kuari Pass and Return to camp

Day 5 Trek from Tali Forest Campsite to Dhak via Tugasi and Drive back to Joshimath

Day 6 Joshimath to Haridwar

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 1 Joshimath

 Today’s journey from Haridwar to Joshimath is about 260 kms long and takes around 10 hours. Joshimath is a hub for pilgrim tourists traveling to Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib. Check in to guest house at Joshimath.

Day 2 Drive & then trek from Joshimath to Dhak and Trek to Gulling Camp

To start the Kuari Pass trek we first drive to Dhak village.At this village we will start our trekking adventure to the Kuari Pass. We trek through a hemlock, oak and rhododendron forest for 3km before a short descent to the meadow and campsite at Chitra Kantha (3310m).

The impressive snow-capped ridge, including Chaukhamba 1 (7138m), can be seen beyond Joshimath. The shepherds living between here and the Kuari Pass Trek are from Rishikesh or Haridwar and graze flocks of sheep and goats throughout summer. There is a small spring line at the head of the meadow for replenishing your water supply.

Day 3 Trek from Gulling to Tali Forest Camp 

We will start our day early with a few stretching exercises in the morning followed by breakfast. After this our trek leader will brief us about today’s trek schedule. Today we will trek for around 6 kms to Tali Top through green vegetation and red rhododendron flowers which turn red during the blooming season in April & May.

Tali Forest Campsite during Kuari Pass Trek

Climb up through the forested ridge of Rhododendron, Spruce and Silver Birch above Chitra Kantha. It takes around an hour to reach a prominent ridge top (3500m) and a further 30 minutes around to an open meadow where it meets the well-defined track from a place called Tapovan.We will camp at the alpine meadow at the end of Tali top.

Day 4 Tali top to Kuari Pass via Khullara and back

We will start early as this is the longest day on the Kuari Pass Trek. First leg of today’s trek is a gradual ascend till Khullara top and from there traversing through the snow patch we reach Kuari Top. At Kuari Pass top winds will gush past you. Savour the unending vistas of great Himalayan peaks including the famous Nanda Devi.

Views from Kuari Pass Top

Nanda Devi (7816m) is the highest peak completely within India. It is surrounded by a huge circle of mountain walls with only one outlet, where the Rishi Ganga forges a route through deep, almost impenetrable gorges before flowing into the Alaknanda River. Given these natural defences, it was not until 1934 that the first mountaineers were finally able to reach the base of Nanda Devi. Return to Tali Top through the same route and enjoy camp bonfire and sumptuous dinner at Tali campsite.

Day 5 Trek Tali Forest Camping to Dhak and Drive Joshimath 

After having breakfast we trek downhill beside the Rishi Ganga River till the road where the taxi will take us to Joshimath. Auli which is not accessible by road during winters which is famous for its skiing slopes and is home to winter skiing resort run by GMVN (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam). The Auli resort run by GMVN has snow beaters which beat the snow to keep the slopes fit for skiing at all times. GMVN also conducts 7 and 14 day skiing courses at Auli.

Day 6 Joshimath to Haridwar

Today we start driving early to reach Haridwar with a beautiful mosaic of memories  to keep us company. If we reach Haridwar on time then you can take part in Ganga Aarti at Har ki Pauri. Trek ends.

for a more detailed itinerary check out Winter Kuari Pass Trek 

Chadar Trek – Sheer Thrill of Trekking over Frozen River

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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.

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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

Destinations Covered during Chadar Trek : Leh, Tilad D, Gyalpo, Naerak, Dibb

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) 
  • ALTOA Fee
  • Mineral Water
  • Medical expenses (apart from first aid) and insurance of any kind.
  • Mineral Water & any kind of beverages
  • Airport Transfers
  • 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))
  • Gum boots
  • 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
  • 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

Chadar Trek FAQs

Chadar Trek Risk & Precautions

Chadar Trek Difficulty

The Dayara Bugyal Trek

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The Dayara Bugyal trek is one of the most beautiful treks in Uttarakhand, situated at an elevation ranging from 10,000 – 12,000 ft.

Bugyal in the local mountain dialect means “High Altitude Meadow”. The Dayara Bugyal trek is one of the most beautiful treks in Uttarakhand, situated at an elevation ranging from 10,000 – 12,000 ft. The vast meadow, Dayara Bugyal, is second to none in natural beauty in Uttarakhand. There is an immense possibility for Nordic as well as Alpine skiing since during the winter it provides one of the best ski slopes in India spread over an area of 28 sq/kms.

Dayara Bugyal Trek Cost:  Rs 7600 + 4.5% service tax per person (ex Barsu to Raithal)

Early Bird Trek Cost:  Rs 7200 + 4.5% service tax per person (ex Barsu to Raithal) till 30th April

What’s Included :

  • Accommodation (Camping / Guest House)
  • Meals
  • Trekking equipment
  • First aid medical kit
  • Qualified and experienced trek guide and support staff.

What’s Not Included :

  • Mineral Water and Beverages
  • Transportation
  • Meals in Uttarkashi and During the Drive
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusions

Itinerary Detail (Dayara Bugyal Trek)

Day1: Arrive at Camp Bugyalsarai, Barsu

Arrive at Camp Barsu by late afternoon and relax with a hot cup of tea. The camp overlooks the Himalayan peaks of Gangotri I, II and III, Jaunli, Draupdi ka Danda and Srikanth. Bonfire, dinner and overnight stay in tents. Barsu is the starting point for the Dayara Bugyal trek.

Day 2: Trek from Barsu – Barnala

Have an early breakfast and get ready for a trek to Barnala lake (2700 m) about 5 hours away. Lunch enroute. Reach Barnala by late afternoon. Explore the forest around the lake and do some bird watching. Bonfire, dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 03 Trek from Barnala – Dayara Bugyal

Have breakfast and prepare to trek to Dayara. The bugyals( (meadows), spread over 28 sq kms, are grazing grounds for sheep and cattle and have a 270 degree view of the Himalayas. Spend rest of day walking around the meadows.

Day 04 Trek from Dayara Bugyal  – Goey.

This is the last day of the Dayara Bugyal Trek.Wake up to a lovely sunrise and walk a little higher for a nice view of Bandarpoonch (6500 mtrs). After breakfast, start walking back to Goey, approx 3 hrs. Reach Goey by late afternoon.

Day 5 – Trek from Gohey to Road head and Drive back to Haridwar.

Leave for Haridwar.

Other Treks near near Dayara Bugyal Trek is Dodital Trek  and famous Roopkund Trek