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!
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
Ladakh is a must visit place and in everyone’s bucket list. Ladakh is best enjoyed by a road trip. The hard core adventure junkies prefer Manali to Leh Road Trip where as the Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar is equally enjoyable and with comfort of driving on a smooth road. Our Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar takes you from Sringar to Leh Ladakh through Zojila Pass and Drass, Kargil to Leh and we visit breathtakingly beautiful places like Leh, Sarchu, Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley etc.
SAFARI DURATION( Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar ) : 8 Days 7 Nights
DESTINATIONS COVERED IN THE LEH LADAKH TOUR FROM SRINAGAR: Srinagar, Kargil, Drass, Leh, Pangong lake, Nubra Valley
COST PER PERSON (Deluxe): Rs 26,500 per person( Includes all transportation from Srinagar to Leh)
COST PER PERSON (Economy): Rs 21,500 per person( Includes all transportation from Srinagar to Leh)
What’s Included :-
Accommodation during Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar. Does not include accommodation in Srinagar.
Breakfast and Dinner (buffet).
Permits. (Foreign Nationals need to get their own permit)
First aid medical kits .
Group Leader (Local) during the Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari
Transportation as per Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar by Xylo/Innova/Tempo Traveller
What’s Not Included :-
Mineral Water & other Beverages
Tips and other Gratuity
Cost incurred because of reason’s which are beyond our control
Entry Fees of any kind
Stay would be in Camps at Kargil , Pangong Tso, Good Hotel in Leh & Beautiful Homestay in Nubra Valley
Check out Photos on our Facebook Page Post by Renok Adventures.
FIXED DEPARTURES (Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari)
18th June- 25nd June 2016
25th June – 2nd July 2016
2nd July – 9th July 2016
9th July – 16th July 2016
16th July- 23rd July 2016
23rd July – 30th July 2016
30th July – 6th August 2016
6th August – 13th August 2016
13th August – 20th August 2016
20th August – 27th August 2016
27th August – 3rd September 2016
3rd September – 10th September 2016
10th September – 17th September 2016
17th September – 24th September 2016
24th September – 1st October 2016
Itinerary for The Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar
Kargil Day 1 Drive from Srinagar to Kargil Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar starts.
Today we start Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar via Zozila Pass, our first Leg of our grand Leh Ladakh Tour from Srinagar to Leh stopping at Kargil for a night. We cross the Zozila Pass (3528 m) and Drass (3350 m) the second most coldest inhibited place in world. Upon arrival at camp Kargil check in at camp and enjoy the evening tea then we will explore the camp surroundings.
Leh Day 2 Kargil to Leh.
We leave early in the morning for Leh, through Namik la and Fotu La. Lunch at Khaltse and after Lunch we drive to Leh passing through Magnetic hill, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib & Confluence of river Indus and Zanskar. Upon arrival in Leh check into the hotel and take complete rest to get acclimatized to High altitude.
Leh Day 3 Sightseeing around Leh
Today is rest day and acclimatization day to the high altitude of Ladakh. To enjoy your Leh Ladakh tour acclimatization to high altitude is very important. Have your breakfast in your hotel and take complete rest to acclimatize to the Ladakh high altitude unique environment in evening we will have briefing session about the trip.
Nubra Valley Day 4 Leh to Nubra Valley
After an early breakfast we start our Leh Ladakh Tour, we drive to Nubra Valley through the Khardungla- Pass (the highest motorable road in the world at 18,390 ft). Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldorma (LUDMRA) or the Valley of Flowers. It is situated to the North of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. We explore this beautiful valley and the villages and monasteries surrounding it. Overnight stay at beautiful homestay managed by local Ladakhi family. Enjoy the delicious dinner prepared by them and all ingredients sourced from their own farm which surrounds their beautiful home.
Nubra Valley to Leh Day 5
After breakfast at the camp, we visit the sand dunes in the Nubra valley and enjoy a small camel safari. Later we drive back to Leh. In the evening you can either rest or take a walk to the local market with us. Overnight at hotel.
Pangong Lake Day 6 Drive from Leh to Pangong Lake.
After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake through Changla pass (5486 Mtrs). Pangong lake, situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m) is a long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly six to seven kilometres at its widest point and over 130km long . The picturesque lake is bisected by the international border between India and China. We spend the night on the shores of this beautiful Lake with the Milky Way to keep us company.
Leh Day 7 Pyongang Lake to Leh
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.
Bhrigu Lake trek is a short trek near Manali which takes you to pristine lake Bhrigu Lake located at an elevation of around 4,300 metres (14,100 ft) in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh. It is located to the east of Rohtang Pass and is around 6 kilometres from Gulaba village. Trek Duration : 3 Days 2 Nights
Destinations Covered during Bhrigu Lake Trek : Gulaba, Bhrigu Lake
Bhrigu Lake Trek Cost per Person: Rs 5850 + 4.5% per person (Ex Manali)
What’s Included :
Accommodation during Trek(Camping)
Meals while on trek (Veg)
Transport from Manali as per the Itineray
First aid medical kits
Qualified and experienced Guide and support staff.
Day 1: Drive from Manali to Gulaba and trek upto Rohli Khel (9500ft)
We will meet at Manali Mall bus stand at 9:00 AM and start the drive to Gulaba village the base of Bhrigu Lake trek. After quick briefing session we will start the Bhrigu Lake trek. The Bhrigu Lake Trek start through apple orchard and dense forest of Deodar and Pine trees and after few hours of the trek the stunning vistas the Kullu Valley welcomes you. After 5 hours of trek we reach our today’s campsite of Rohli Khel. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 2: Trek from Rohli Khel to Bhrigu (14000ft)
After an early morning sumptuous breakfast, we begin our trek to Bhrigu Lake and few hours of trekking enjoying the views which Bhrigu Lake Trek offers we cross a stream and start ascending a ridge after crossing it you reach the Brighu Lake. After spending some quality time we return back or proceed further to Pandu Ropa campsite.
Day 3: Trek from Panduropa to Vashisht
After breakfast, we start our downhill trek through a small meadow towards ridge with steep descend to reach Vashisht where you can take bath at famous hot sulphur springs. We drive back to Manali. Our trek ends with mosaic of beautiful memories.
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.
Indrahar Pass is a mountain pass in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas. Located at an altitude of 4,342 metres (14,245 ft) above sea level, near the tourist town of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, Indrahar pass forms the border between Kangra and Chamba districts.
It is part of a very popular trekking route from Dharamshala. It attracts substantial tourist traffic during the trekking season between May–October.
Indrahar pass trail starts from our very own little Tibet of India- Mcleodganj , then further we start from Dharamkot we start our trek towards Triund.. Triund trekking trail is steep ascent and takes around 4-5 hours of trekking through dense forest..You can see beautiful views of Dhauladhar range and Kangra valley from Triund meadow…
Small trek from Triund hill to Laka Got is important for acclimatization to the steep rise in altitude.
Early morning we start for the Indrahar Pass Trek..From the Indrahar Pass you can have the amazing views of majestic peaks of Pir Panjal range of central Himalayas.
After crossing the Indrahar Pass the trekking trail is a steep descent till Chatta Paroa, and the we proceed having a look at the meadows of Mandara to reach the beautiful village of Kuwarsi. Later Drive to Chamba Town..
Trek Duration : 5 Days 4Nights
Destinations Covered during Indrahar Pass Trek : Mcleodganj, Chamba, Triund
Cost per Person: Rs 8000 + 4.50% service tax per person(Ex Mcleodganj to Chamba)
Early Booking Cost per Person: Rs 6500 + 4.50 % service tax per person (Ex Mcleodganj ) What’s Included :
Accommodation (Camping during the trek)
Meals while on trek (Veg)
Trekking Equipment (Tents & Sleeping bags only)
First aid medical kits
Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff
What’s Not Included :
Trekking Poles, Jackets, Boots etc
Any Deviation or detour
Cost Escalation due to natural reason
DEPARTURES (All departures for The Indrahar Pass Trek are ex Mcleodganj )
1st Batch :2nd October 2015 (Full)
2nd Batch :11th October 2015 (Open)
Indrahar Pass Trek Itinerary Brief
Indrahar Pass Trek Day 01: Trek from Mcleodganj to Triund
Indrahar Pass Trek Day 02: Trek from Triund hill to ILaka Got/Lahesh Caves (5 Kms, 4 Hrs)
Indrahar Pass Trek Day 03: Trek from Lahesh Caves to Indrahar Pass and Return (10 Kms, 7Hrs)
Indrahar Pass Trek Day 04: Trek from Lahesh Caves to Mcleodganj (12 Kms, 6Hrs)
Indrahar Pass Trek Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Mcleodganj
Trek from Dharamkot to Triund Hill (9 Kms, 6 Hrs)
Mcleodganj and explore this little Tibet of India and Dalai Lama’s abode. Mcleodganj offers great environment to connect with nature and a chance to imbibe the Tibetan culture. Have your breakfast and we will start walking towards Bhagsu Nag and from Dharamkot follow the well laid trekking trail towards Triud. Triund trekking trail is steep ascent and takes around 4-5 hours of trekking through dense forest of oak, pine, rhododendron and deodar trees. We will have our packed lunch at a beautiful spot on the triund trekking. Arrive at Triund hill and check into forest lodge or set up our camp. You can see beautiful views of Dhauladhar range and Kangra valley from Triund meadow.
Day 02: ILaka Got (Laka Glacier)
Trek from Triund hill to ILaka Got / Lahesh Caves (6 Kms, 4 Hrs)
After breakfast we trek from Triund to Lahesh Caves crossing SnowLine Cafe and Ilaga Got. It is steep climb on a rocky route. We reach Lahesh Caves where trekkers can stay inside the caves if they are vacant otherwise we will pitch our tents.
Day 03: Indrahar Pass
Trek from Lahesh Caves to Indrahar Pass Trek and return. (9 Kms, 7Hrs)
After an early breakfast we start the Indrahar Pass Trek. If we start early then we get enough time to enjoy the stunning views from the Indrahar Pass. From the Indrahar Pass you can have the amazing views of majestic peaks of Pir Panjal range of central Himalayas. If you want to enjoy snow trekking then till June you will be trekking through snow glaciers. After crossing the Indrahar Pass the trekking trail is a steep descent till Chatta Paroa where we will camp today.
Day 04: Mcleodganj
Trek from Ilaqa Got to Mcleodganj (12 Kms, 6Hrs)
After few kilometers of downhill trek through the thick forest and marked trail we descend to Dharamkot and our trek comes to end with mosaic of beautiful memories.
Triund trek is one of the popular weekend treks in Dhauladhar range. Triund trek starts from Mcleodganj and further can be extended up to Indrahar Pass Trek
Triund trek is one of the popular weekend treks in Dhauladhar range. Triund trek starts from Mcleodganj and further can be extended up to Indrahar Pass Trek. The entire triund trek is full of thrilling adventures for the first time trekkers in the Himalayas and all the experiences are rewarding. The Triund trek is one of the most popular treks in Himachal Pradesh trekking circuit.
Trek Duration : 2 Days 1Nights Destinations Covered during Triund Trek : McLeodganj, Dharamkot, Triund, Snow Line Cost per Person: Rs 2200 + 4.5% service tax per person (Ex Mcleodganj) What’s Included :
Camping in Triund: All accommodation on twin sharing basis.
Meals during Trek includes : Day 1: Lunch and Dinner Day 2: Breakfast (Vegetarian with eggs in breakfast)
Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff
What’s Not Included :
Any kind of transportation
Any other transportation not Included in Inclusions
Porters to Carry Bags
First aid medical kits
Cost escalation due to unforeseen events
Anything which is not mentioned in the Inclusions
DEPARTURES (All departures for The Triund Trek are ex Mcleodganj)
Triund Trek Itinerary Detail
Triund (Triund Trek) DAY 1
Arrive at Mcleodganj
Triund is situated at an altitude of 2827m. We start our trek early and make sure we reach the top before it gets dark. Approximately, for an individual, it takes around 3-4 hrs to reach the top, after reaching the top, we experience the scenic views of the mountains and the sunset. .Explore the region. An overnight stay in tents awaits you at Triund.
Mcleodganj (TRIUND TREK) DAY 2
TREK FROM Triund TO Mcleodganj
After having breakfast, follow the same route on the way back to Mcleodganj..
The Sandakphu trek is an absolute delight for trekkers as you can see the panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas including four of the highest peaks
The Sandakphu trek is an absolute delight for trekkers as you can see the panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas including four of the highest peaks in the world Kanchenzongda, Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. The Sandakphu trek has well laid trekking trail located in Singalila Wildlife Sanctuary and Sandakphu Trek is the highest point of West Bengal. Best time to do Sandakphu trek is May to June and mid August to October.
Trek Duration : 7 Days 6 Nights
Destinations Covered during Hampta Pass Trek : Manali, Hampta Pass, Chandra Tal
What’s Included :-
Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
Meals while on trek(Veg)
First aid medical kits
Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
DEPARTURES (All departures for The Sandakphu Trek are ex Darjeeling)
1st Batch : 10th June -14th June 2015
2nd Batch : 16th June-20th June 2015
3nd Batch : 22th June-26th June 2015
4th Batch: 6th September-10th September 2015
5th Batch: 13th September-17th September 2015
6th Batch: 2th October-6th October 2015
7th Batch: 11th October-15th October 2015
Cost per Person: Rs 8950 per person (Ex Darjeeling)
Sandakphu Trek Itinerary Detail
Tonglu (Sandakphu Trek) DAY 1
DRIVE FROM DARJEELING TO MANEYBHANJANG VIA GHOOM (11KMS, 6 HRS)
We will start our trek after an early morning drive from Darjeeling to Maneybhanjang a small Buddhist Sherpa village. Our first camp will be at Tonglu and trek to Tonglu is through dense forest and hillside covered with wild flowers and breathtaking view of Kanchendzonga and its neighbouring peaks like Kabru north, Sleeping Buddha etc. Overnight stay in tents.
Kalipokhari (SANDAKPHU TREK) DAY 2
TREK FROM TONGLU TO Kalipokhari (15 KM, 6 HRS)
Start our trekking after an early morning exercise and breakfast through farmlands and small village inhabited with friendly villagers. You will find the rhododendron flowers in abundance along the trek route. Overnight stay in tents or huts at Kalipokhari.
Sandakphu (SANDAKPHU TREK) DAY 3
TREK FROM Kalipokhari TO Sandakphu (10 KM, 5 HRS)
Sandakphu is situated at an altitude of 3636m and is around 58 kms from Darjeeling and commands some the spectacular views of Kanchendzonga massif and other near by Himalayan peaks. The initial trek descends to the “Valley of Poison” – Bikhebhangang and then steep climb to Sandakphu which takes around 3-4 hours.
Phalut (SANDAKPHU TREK) DAY 4
TREK FROM Sandakphu TO Phalut TOP ( 20 KM 9HRS)
Phalut is the highest point in the Singalila Range and trek from Sandakphu to Phalut is most fascinating part of the entire Sandakphu Trek. Silver fir forest and rhodendron makes most of the beautiful scene.
Rammam (SANDAKPHU TREK) DAY 5
TREK FROM Phalut TO Rammam via Gorkhey (13 KM, 6 HRS)
Start your trek through beautiful dense forest of Pines, Chestnut, Hemlock, Oak etc till the trail reaches the meeting point of two streams called Gorkhey. Gorkhey is small beautiful place where you can enjoy your packed lunch after a bath in the stream. After enjoying our lunch we will trek further towards Rammam.
Rimbik (SANDAKPHU TREK) DAY 6
TREK FROM Rammam TO Rimbik (19 KM, 7 HRS)
The trekking trail from Rammam to Rimbik is almost level walk for around 9 Kms and then it descends to small village called Sirikhola and then after 1 Kms of steep trekking we reach Rimbik. Overnight stay in tent of trekker’s hut.