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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!

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Posted By : Jai Govind Meena/ 34 11

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is on of the most beautiful treks in the Himalayas which in comparison to others treks in the Himalayas is not that famous.

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is a classic trek in the Himalayas but in comparison to others trek in the Himalayas it’s not that famous. We at Renok Adventures provide our trekkers a splendid opportunity to experience the nature’s camaraderie in Kashmir – The Paradise on earth. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is can a wonderful trek for first time trekkers in the Himalayas and considered as beginner’s delight. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is considered as the best way to see the true beauty of Kashmir lies in the hidden valleys which are not accessible by road.

Trek Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights
Destinations Covered : Srinagar, Sonmarg, Gander bal
Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Cost: Rs 12500 + Service Tax 4.5% (Sonmarg to Narnag)
Early Booking cost for Kashmir Great Lakes Trek (Valid till 30th June 2016): Rs 11950 + Service Tax 4.5% (Sonmarg to Narnag)

What’s Included:-

    • Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
    • Meals while on trek (Veg)
    • Permits (Foreign national need to pay)
    • First aid medical kits
    • Qualified and experienced Trek Leader and support staff.

What’s Not Included :-

  • Meals during transit
  • Mineral Water or soft drinks
  • Transportation of any kind
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reason
  • Unscheduled stay due to landslide.

DEPARTURES 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

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1 : – Srinagar to Sonamarg (9000ft)
  • Day 2 : – Sonamarg (9000 feet) to Nichnai (11,500 feet).
  • Day 3 : – Nichnai (11,500 feet) Vishansar Lake (12,000 feet).
  • Day 4 : – Explore Vishansar Lake and Kishansar Lake (12,000 feet)
  • Day 5 : – Vishansar lake (12,500ft) to Gadsar (13,750 ft) via Gadsar Pass
  • Day 6 : – Gadsar (12,000 ft) to Satsar (12,000 ft)
  • Day 7 : – Satsar (12,000ft) to Twin Lakes of Gangabal (11,500 ft).
  • Day 8 : – Gangabal (11,500 ft) to Naranag (7,450ft).

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Itinerary Detail

Sonamarg     (Kashmir Great Lakes Trek)           DAY 1

Drive from Srinagar to Sonamarg (9000 ft, 4 hrs)

We will arrange your transport from TRC Srinagar to Sonmarg which is a short drive of around 2 hours. Its picturesque drive from Srinagar to Sonamarg which takes around 2 hrs but prior to that you can make a short trip to famous places of Srinagar like Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens etc. Reach Sonamarg by evening and stay in tents ahead of Sonamarg our trek starting point and enjoy the beauty of Sonamarg at its best. Pickup Cost is Rs 500 one side extra

Nichnai (Kashmir Great Lakes Trek)           DAY 2

TREK FROM SONAMARG TO NICHNAI (11500FT, 6 HRS)

Today is the actual start of the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek just few kilometres ahead of Sonamarg. The trekking tail starting point is marked by a nice roadside Dhabha where one can buy packaged food items for the trek. The trekking tail follows the Sindh River through the forest full of Maple and Pine trees. After trekking for few hours turn around to see the superb panorama of Sonamarg valley.

VISHANSAR LAKE (Kashmir Great Lakes Trek)           DAY 3

TREK FROM NICHNAI TO VISHANSAR LAKE (12500FT, 6 HRS)

Trek from Nichnai to Vishansar Lake is long but a scenic one it passes through beautiful lush green meadows then small ascent to Nichnai Pass and from small descent to Vishansar Lake. The best part of Kashmir Great Lakes trek is that views it offered to trekkers. We cross Nichnai pass which is quite wide open and offer great views of white snow clad peaks.

 

VISHANSAR LAKE (Kashmir Great Lakes Trek)           DAY 4

Exploration Day (12500FT, 6 HRS)

The day is free to explore the Vishansar Lake and its surroundings which just few minutes away from our campsite. The must things to do in Kashmir Great Lakes Trek are to capture the reflections of mountain peaks in the lake. We will conduct a basic photography workshop “Stop Shooting Auto”. Also explore the nearby Kishansar Lake which is also big and deep blue in colour.

GADSAR (Kashmir Great Lakes Trek)           DAY 5

TREK FROM VISHANSAR LAKE TO GADSAR (13750FT, 6 HRS)

After breakfast we will start our trek passing by Kishansar Lake towards Gadsar Pass and to reach there it takes around 2 to 3 hours depending upon your pace and once you reach the top, be ready to absorb the views which you can never imagine both the Vishansar Lake and Kishansar Lake are in full view together. Gadsar is one of the most beautiful and most pristine lake of the Kashmir great lakes trek. On one side of the Gadsar lake lies the snow clad cliffs and on the other side open lush green meadows.

SATSAR (Kashmir Great Lakes Trek)           DAY 6

TREK FROM GADSAR TO SATSAR (12500FT, 6 HRS)

Start the trek with breathing exercise and nice breakfast beside the army camp. The best way to reach Satsar is after crossing the river and enjoys the dipping of your feet in ice cold water. Satsar is basically a collection of 7 lakes and you can actually find water in various lakes depending upon the season of your trek and all of them are interconnected. Camp at the beautiful campsite near the first lake.

Gangabal LAKE (Kashmir Great Lakes Trek)           DAY 7

TREK FROM SATSAR TO GANGABAL TWIN LAKES  (12500ft, 6 HRS)

Today is a tough day and be prepared for a long arduous trek through the rocky terrain full of boulders. Crossing last Lake of Satsar we will start descending towards Gangabal our today’s destination.

VISHANSAR LAKE (Kashmir Great Lakes Trek)           DAY 8

TREK FROM GANGABAL TO NARANAG   (12500ft, 6 HRS)

Today is the last and final day of Kashmir Great Lakes trek, you must be tired and exhausted. Start trekking towards the tree line alongside the stream and then through Pine forest and grassy land to reach our final destination of Naranag where our jeeps would be waiting for us.

Photo Credit : Pradeep Flickr Stream

 

Stok Kangri Trek

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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)
    • Meals while on trek (Veg)
    • Equipments (Tents, Sleeping Bags, Crampon & Ice Axe)
    • First aid medical kits & Oxygen Cylinder
    • 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
    • Wildlife Fee
    • Tips & Gratuity
    • Cost incurred due to natural reasons
    • Buffer Day
    • 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

TRAINING DAY

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

SUMMIT DAY

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

Valley Of Flowers Trek – Renok Adventures

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Join us on the Valley Of Flowers trek. In this adventure we trek to the enchanting Valley Of Flowers and the famous Hemkund Sahib

The snow on the Himalayas adds majesty to the mountains and the innumerable flower patches of vivid colors add to its beauty. When the sun shines hot on this field, thousands of flowers bloom here. This valley was unknown till a British mountaineer Frank Smythe first discovered this place. In 1931,  Smythe wanted to scale a peak in Garhwal called Kamet. While returning after successfully completing his mission he took the western pass and lost his way and reached this valley after many difficulties. Thus, was born the Valley Of Flowers Trek.

Trek Duration : 6 Days 5 nights

Destinations Covered in the Valley of Flowers Trek : Joshimath, Govindghat, Ghangaria, Haridwar, Rishikesh

Valley of Flowers Trek Cost : Rs 7850 + 4.5% Service Tax (Govindghat to Govindghat)

What’s Included :-

  • Accommodation (5 Nights Hotel Accommodation on triple sharing basis)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg) (Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Trek guide

What’s Not Included :-

  • Transport from Haridwar to Govindghat (Extra Rs 2000 Bothways)
  • Permit Fee for Indian Nationals
  • Meals in Govindghat and during the drive
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reason
  • Unscheduled stay due to landslide

Fixed Departures for Valley of flowers trek 2017

 (All departures for The Valley of flowers trek are ex Govindghat)

Valley of flowers trek 2017

      • 1st July 2017 (Open)
      • 2nd July 2017 (Open)
      • 8th July 2017 (Open)
      • 9th July 2017 (Open)
      • 15th July 2017 (Open)
      • 16th July 2017 (Open)
      • 22nd July 2017 (Open)
      • 23rd July 2017 (Open)
      • 29th July 2017 (Open)
      • 30th July 2017 (Open)
      • 5th August 2017 (Open)
      • 6th August 2017 (Open)
      • 12th August 2017 (Open)
      • 13th August 2017 (Open)
      • 19th August 2017 (Open)
      • 20th August 2017 (Open)
      • 26th August 2017 (Open)
      • 27th August 2017 (Open)
      • 2nd September 2017 (Open)
      • 3rd September 2017 (Open)
      • 9th September 2017 (Open)
      • 10th September 2017 (Open)

Valley of flowers trek 2015 Photos  : We had 11 batches of Valley of Flowers Trek in 2015

Itinerary Detail
Govindghat Day 1 – Drive from Haridwar to Govindghat via Joshimat and Devprayag (8-9 hrs)

We pick you up early in the morning at Haridwar Railway station. There are many ways to reach Haridwar by train,bus and by air (Reaching Haridwar). We drive to Govindghat from Haridwar via Joshimath and Devprayag. Devprayag is a holy city which is the confluence of the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers, after this the rivers become the holy Ganges. We Arrive at Joshimath by the evening and check into a hotel. Dinner & overnight stay. Get a good night’s sleep as tomorrow our Valley Of Flowers trek starts. We will also try and reach Govindghat and stay in Hotel Bhagat Govindghat or similar to start the valley of flowers trek next morning.

Ghangaria Day 2 – Trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria (14 km, 3-4 hrs)

 

At Govindghat there is a gradual ascent along a well maintained pilgrim trail to Ghangaria. Upon arrival at Ghangria check into a hotel. Explore the surroundings in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.

Valley Of Flowers Trek Day 3 – Trek from Ghangaria to Valley Of Flowers and back. (5km one side/4-5 hrs)

Today after an early breakfast we start our trek towards the Valley Of Flowers (3858 m) from Ghangaria. The valley is an enchanting sight with an impressive array of rare wildflowers like Geranium, Marsh etc.. The valley is 10 kms long, 2 kms wide, and is divided by the Pushpawati stream, into which several tiny streams and waterfalls merge. After absorbing the beauty of the Valley Of Flowers we trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.

Hemkund Sahib Day 4 – Trek from Ghangaria to Hemkund and back.

In the morning we trek to Hemkund Sahib (4329 m) from Ghangaria. This is quite a steep climb. In the Sikh holy book, The Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh recounts that in a previous life, he meditated on the shores of a lake surrounded by seven snowcapped mountains now recognized as Hemkund. Late afternoon trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.

Joshimath Day 5 – Trek from Ghangaria to Govindghat. Then drive back to Joshimath

We trek back to Govindghat and from here we drive to Joshimath. Upon arrival at Joshimath check into a hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore this picturesque area.

Haridwar Day 6 – Drive back to Haridwar.

Early morning we drive back Rishikesh/Haridwar. Lunch enroute. Arrive Rishikesh/Haridwar by evening. Trek ends with a mosaic of colorful memories.

 

Roopkund Trek

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Probably the most famous trek in all of India. The Mysterious Roopkund Lake in Uttarakhand lies above 5000m and the trek to it is beautiful.

Goechala Trek – Best of Sikkim Trekking – Renok Adventures

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Join us at Renok on the Goechala Trek through rhododendron forests to the snow-capped peaks and glaciers below the awesome summit of Kangchenjunga .

Goechala Trek – Great views of Mt Kanchenjunga

Goechala Trek gives you the best views of Kanchenjunga – the third highest mountain in the world, provides an inspiring backdrop for the Goechala Trek. Until the discovery of the height of Mt Everest in the 19th century, Kanchenjunga was considered to be the highest mountain in the world. Viewing its huge flanks rising high above the foothills, it is not hard to understand why, while the many 7000m peaks complete an impressive panorama.

Yet there are more than mountain views to whet the appetite of the seasoned trekker. The trails lead from steamy, subtropical forest with bamboo, luxuriant ferns and orchids to temperate forest bands with ancient oak and rhododendron trees before heading to the alpine meadows that afford uninterrupted views of the East Ridge of the mighty Kanchenjunga.

Trek Duration : 10 Days 9 Nights

Cost per Person: Rs 14500 + 4.5% per person (Ex NJP Including Transport)

Book Before 31st January 2017 Cost per Person: Rs 13500 + 4.5% per person (Ex NJP Including Transport)

 GOECHALA TREK ITINERARY

  • Day 1 Goechala Trek :- NJP to Yuksom(5,800ft).
  • Day 2 Goechala Trek :- Yuksom (5,800 feet) to Sachen (7,200 feet).4 hours.
  • Day 3 Goechala Trek :- Sachen (7,200 feet) – Tshoka (9,650 feet). 4 hours
  • Day 4 Goechala Trek :- Tshoka(9,650 feet)- Dzongri(12,980 feet) via Phedang (12,050 feet). 5-6 hours
  • Day 5 Goechala Trek :- Dzongri(12980ft) to Dzongri top and back.
  • Day 6 Goechala Trek :- Dzongri to Lamuney via Kockchurang(12096ft).6-7 hours.
  • Day 7 Goechala Trek :- Lamuney(13,693ft) to Goechala(16,000ft) and back to Kockchurang.10 hours.
  • Day 8 Goechala Trek :- Kokchurang to Tshoka via Phedang. 6-7 hours.
  • Day 9 Goechala Trek :- Tshoka to Yuksom via Bhakim and Sachen. 6 hours.
  • Day 10 Goechala Trek :- Drive back to NJP.

What’s Included :-

  • Accommodation (Camping & Guest House Stay in Yuksom)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg)
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Permits
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
  • Transport from NJP and return (as per Goechala Trek itinerary)

What’s Excluded :-

  • Permit Fee for foreigners.
  • Meals during transit or in Yuksom.
  • Mineral Water or Soft drinks.
  • Any tips or gratuity paid.
  • Anything which is not a part of our inclusions.

DEPARTURES

Batch 1: 15th April 2017 – 24th April 2017
Batch 2: 29th April 2017 – 8th May 2017
Batch 3: 13th May 2017 – 22nd May 2017
Batch 4: 27th May 2017 – 5th June 2017
Batch 5: 10th June 2017 – 19th June 2017
Batch 6: 24th June 2017 -3rd July 2017
Batch 7: 2nd September 2017 -11th September 2017
Batch 8: 16th September 2017 – 25th September 2017
Batch 9: 7th October 2017 – 16th October 2017
Batch 10: 21st October 2017 – 30th October 2017
Batch 11: 4th November 2017 – 13th November 2017

DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1: New Jalpaiguri railway station to Yuksom

New Jalpaiguri Railway Station(NJP) is located in the Jalpaiguri District which is considered to be the Gateway to the Northeast. All major cities and towns are connected to NJP via the Indian Railways. The closet airport is Bagdogra Airport which is about 16km from NJP. From NJP we take a taxi to Yuksom in Sikkim. This journey will take us approximately 6 hrs. Yuksom is a beautiful town in West Sikkim which was once the capital of Sikkim. Overnight stay in Yuksom

Day 2: Yuksom(5800 feet) to Sachen (7250feet). 4 hours

This is the first day of the trek. After walking across open fields we enter the beautiful valley of the Rathong river. En route appreciate ancient Oak, Conifer and Bamboo forests and the luxuriant ferns and delicate orchids that line the trail . Yuksom (1760m) marks the entrance to the Kanchenjunga National Park. Just after leaving the village you can see Baktim on a ridge high above the confluence of the Rathong and Prek Rivers, which will give you an idea of how to pace yourself for the day. Sachen is located at about 7200 feet above sea level. At Sachen we will find a lot of Log huts were we will spend the night.

Day 3 :- Sachen (7,200 feet) – Tshoka (9,650 feet). 3 ½ – 4 hours

The trek from Sachen to Tshoka involves quite considerable attitude gain. We continue walking until we reach the bridge over the river,Perk. Prayer flags in the distance are an indication of the start of the Goechala trail. We trek through Oak and later Rhododendron forests. On the way we pass through Bakhim. Bakhim has a forest rest house and a tea and snack stall. We can stop and rest for a while and enjoy the view of the Yuksom Valley. From Bakhim, Tshoka, is about an hour. From a distance you will see a trekkers hut on a plateau.This is Tshoka. Overnight stay in Tshoka.

Day 4 :- Tshoka(9,650 feet)- Dzongri(12,980 feet) via Phedang(12,050 feet). 5-6 hours

On the fourth day we have a steep climb. You will be surrounded by Rhododendron forests all around. After about half an hour in to the trek the trail changes to a well laid out path with wooden logs. In some time we reach Phedang. At 12,000 feet and a source of water nearly Phedang is a perfect place to stop for lunch. We then continue for Dzongri. Through this leg of the trek you will be reaching over 13,000 feet, so headaches are not uncommon due to the thin air. In about 6 -7 hrs we reach Dzongri. Overnight stay at Dzongri.

Day 5 :- Dzongri (12980ft) to Dzongri top(13681ft) and back.

Today we start a steep ascend to Dzongri top which will take up about an hour. This is the highest point on the trek from where we will get a 180 degree panoramic view of the Kanchenchunja range. If we start early at 4am we can reach the top just in time for the sunrise. Experience how the golden rays of the sun interact with this magnificent mountain range. After enjoying this spectacular view we retrace our steps to Dzongri.

Day 6 :- Dzongri(12980ft) to Lamuney(13,692ft) via Kockchurang(12096ft).6-7 hours.

Beyond Dzongri, the peak of Pandim looms above the Prek Valley. Below the mountain peaks are countless hanging glaciers and snowfields that define the upper reaches of this impressive alpine valley and the route to the GoechaLa, providing a taste of the days to follow. The hanging glaciers and moraine fields leave little doubt that you are in the midst of the high mountains while the alpine meadows are particularly attractive during May. From camp, head east from Dzongri to a series of cairns above the Prek Valley. From the ridge, a steep descent though rhododendron forest leads to the riverbed before heading up along the boulder-strewn riverbed to a bridge over the Prek River. The trail leads to the meadows at Thangsing(3930m). Overnight stay at Thangsing.

 

Day 7 :- Lamuney(13,693ft) to Goechala(16,000ft) and back to Kockchurang.10-12 hours.

The trek to the rarefied climes of the GoechaLa is rewarded with unrivaled views of the massive East Ridge of Kanchenjunga high above the Talung Glacier as well as views of the high ridges and peaks that enclose the upper Prek Valley. Looking north there is a vast mountain region yet to explore, but for now the GoechaLa is as far as you are permitted to go. The pass is often shrouded in mist and cloud not long after sunrise, so an early start is necessary.

The trail heads along the far side of the lake and through moraine before crossing a sandy section alongside the Onglakhing Glacier. From here, you can see the pass at the head of the valley. However, the trek through the lateral moraine is tiring – more so if there has been a recent snowfall.The Goecha La is marked with fluttering, colourful prayer flags, framing the peak of Kanchenjunga.

Lead the same trek towards Lamuney and then move forwards to reach the destination for the day- Kockchurang. You can choose to set up your tent near the bank of the river or you can also reside in the trekkers hut.

Day 8: Kokchurang to Tshoka via Phedang. 6-7 hours

From Kockchurang we trek back to Tshoka via Phedang the way we came. It is going to be downhill walk only but you will be tired and happy at the same time as you have been to Goechala.

Day 9: Tshoka to Yuksom via Bhakim and Sachen. 6 hours.

We retrace our steps back to Yuksom via Bhakim and Sachen and reach Yuksom our base camp for Goechala Trek Trek. Next day we take a cab back to NJP.

Day10 . Back to NJP
We drive back from Yuksom to NJP.

 

Everest Base Camp Trek

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Trek Duration : 13 Days 12 Nights

Destinations Covered during Everest Base Camp Trek : Kathmandu, Namche Bazaar, Lukla

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost per Person: INR 64000+4.5% Service Tax

What’s Included :

  • Accommodation (during trek to Everest Base Camp)
  • Meals
  • Trekking equipment
  • First aid medical kit
  • Qualified and experienced trek guide and support staff
  • All Transport from Kathmandu as per itinerary.

Fixed Departures :

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Brief Itinerary Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 1:- Kathmandu

Day 2:- Lukla – Phakding

Day 3:- Phakding to Namche Bazaar

Day 4:- Namche Bazaar

Day 5:- Namche Bazaar to Thyanboche

Day 6:- Thyangboche to Dingboche

Day 7: Dingboche

Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche

Day 9:- Lobuche to Gorak Shep via Kala Patthar

Day 10:- Everest Base Camp Trek & then to Pheriche

Day 11:- Pheriche to Namche Bazaar

Day 12:- Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Day 13:- Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 14:- Departure from Nepal.

About Everest Base Camp Trek

Mount Everest for its size is a shy and retiring mountain. It hides itself away behind other mountains. On the north side, in Tibet, it does indeed stand up proudly and alone, a true monarch among mountains. But it stands in a very sparsely inhabited part of Tibet, and very few people ever go to Tibet. From the Indian side only its tip appears among a mighty array of peaks which being nearer look higher. Consequently for a long time no one suspected Mount Everest of being the supreme mountain not only of the Himalaya but of the world.

The idea of climbing Mount Everest has been vaguely in men’s mind since the late 19th century. Lord Curzon the former Governor General and Viceroy of India from 1899 to 1905 also had it in his mind when he had written suggesting that the Royal Geographical Society and the Alpine Club should make a joint exploration of the mountain.

On our Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal you’ll stand face to face with Mount Everest. On this journey of a lifetime, you’ll experience base camp life of Mount Everest climbers, trek to the infamous Khumbu Icefall, marvel at the stunning views from Kala Patthar, and absorb the culture of the friendly Sherpa people of Nepal.

This carefully constructed itinerary ensures proper acclimatization, allowing you to fully enjoy one of the world’s most stunning treks and discover why this Everest Base Camp Trek has become one of our most rewarding journeys.

Itinerary for Everest Base Camp Trek

Day 1:- Kathmandu
Elevation: 4,383 feet / 1336 meters

Arrive at Kathmandu and explore Durbar Square, Hindu temples and shrines, Buddhist stupas – or you can just relax in your hotel. A favourite destination is the Monkey Temple, a Buddhist temple situated on a small hill that offers panoramic views of the city. Or you can join the thousands of Hindus who venture to the Pashupatinath temple, one of the most famous Hindu temples in Nepal and the most famous Shiva temple in Asia.

Day 2:- Lukla – Phakding
Elevation: 8,700 feet / 2652 meters
Hiking Distance: ~7 kilometres

We fly on a twin-engine aircraft to the Himalayan foothills where we begin our trek into the Khumbu region. The sights from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic views of terraced hills and distant Himalayan giants. After landing in the village of Lukla (9,350 feet), we meet the rest of our staff and porters and trek for about two and a half hours to Phakding.

Day 3:- Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Elevation: 11,300 feet / 3444 meters
Hiking Distance: ~ 7 kilometres

The Everest Base Camp Trek continues along the banks of the Dudh Kosi.We cross this river many times on suspension bridges laden with Buddhist prayer flags. After entering the Sagarmatha National Park, there is a steep trail with magnificent views to Namche Bazaar, which is the gateway to the Khumbu region.

Day 4:- Namche Bazaar
Elevation: 11,300 feet / 3444 meters

Today on our Everest Base Camp Trek we take it easy and spend the rest of the day in Namche Bazaar to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude. Explore and take a walk around this colourful village and immerse yourself in its people and their culture. You can take an early hike above town to catch a glimpse of a Himalayan sunrise and get a view of Mt Everest,Lhotse(fourth highest peak in the world) and the beautiful Ama Dablam.

Day 5:- Namche Bazaar to Thyanboche
Elevation: 12,887 feet / 3928 meters
Hiking Distance: ~ 8 kilometres

We continue trekking along the onrushing glacial waters of the the Dudh Kosi.  We spend the night next to the Thyangboche monastery, the spiritual centre of the Khumbu region. Inside the Thyangboche monastery are ornate wall hangings and a 20-foot sculpture of the Buddha.

Day 6:- Thyangboche to Dingboche
Elevation: 14,250 feet / 4343 meters
Hiking Distance: ~ 8 kilometres

From Thyangboche we descend to Debuche and cross another suspension bridge on the Imja Khola. We then climb up to Pangboche among thousands of mani stones. Our uphill climb continues, taking us to Dingboche, a quaint traditional Sherpa village. From this village we get a great view of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam.

Day 7: Dingboche
Elevation: 14,250 feet / 4343 meters

We take this day to rest and acclimatize to our Himalayan surroundings. If you want you can take a small hike up the valley to take photographs of the surrounding region.

Day 8: Dingboche to Lobuche
Elevation: 16,175 feet / 4930 meters
Hiking Distance: ~ 8 kilometres

Today’s trek continues along the lateral moraine (a moraine is a glacially formed accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris) of the famous Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits.

Day 9:- Lobuche to Gorak Shep via Kala Patthar
Elevation: 17,000 feet / 5182 meters

On the 9th day we will weather permiting trek upto Kala Patthar (18,450). Kala Patthar is located on the south ridge Pumori (7,161 m or 23,494 ft). The ascent of Kala Patthar provides the most accessible point to view Mt. Everest as the peak cannot be viewed from the base camp. We then go down to Gorak Shep for the night. The next day we trek to Everest Base Camp.

Day 10:- Everest Base Camp Trek &  then to Pheriche
Elevation: 13,950 feet / 4252 meters

After an early morning start, we trek to Everest Base Camp trek. We have lunch at the base camp and then head for the village of Pheriche.

Day 11:- Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
Elevation: 11,300 feet / 3444 meters

In the morning we will enjoy tea and breakfast before our parting view of Everest and our descent. We head down the glacier and re-enter the lush and beautiful valleys, surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks. Upon reaching the village of Pheriche, you will have the opportunity to visit the Himalayan Rescue Association’s Aid Post

Day 12:- Namche Bazaar to Lukla

Elevation: 9,318 feet / 2840 meters
Hiking Distance: ~14 kilometres

This is the last day of your trekking in Nepal. Today you would have a long walk to Lukla. There will be a few up hill climbs but you will manage it very easily. The lush green beauty and forests will take your pain away. After this long trek  we will reach Lukla. Celebrate the success of the Everest Base Camp Trek with the team with a sumptuous dinner and few drinks. Overnight stay at Lukla.

Day 13:- Lukla to Kathmandu

We depart for Kathmandu by air.Once you reach Kathmandu we drop you off to your hotel.

Day 14:- Departure from Nepal 

Everest Base camp trek ends.