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
The Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek in Kashmir encompasses a journey of two beautiful lakes surrounded by the peaks of the Kolahi Mountains. The twin lakes, which flow in opposite directions, are separated by a mountain and known for their almond shape. What makes this trek special is its breathtaking beauty and serenity.
The Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek is a week long experience spanning six nights and seven days. The trek will go up to a height of 4,100 metres. It will certainly be an enjoyable experience for those fond of trekking and communing with nature.
Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek – Brief Itinerary
Day 1 –Srinagar to Aru Valley
Day 2 – Aru Valley to Lidderwat
Day 3 – Lidderwat Valley to Seikiwais
Day 4 – Seikiwais to Tarsar Lake
Day 5 – Tarsar Lake to Marsar Lake
Day 6 – Tarsar to Sonamous
Day 7 – Sonamous to Sumbal Village
TREK DURATION: 7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS
What’s Included :-
Accommodation (Camping & Hotel Stay)
Meals while on trek(Veg)
Qualified and experienced Guide and support staff.
Early booking Cost Per Person: INR 11950 + 4.5% service tax
Detailed Itinerary – Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek
Day 1: Srinagar to Aru Valley
Arrive early at the Srinagar station. We will use the vehicles to embark on the first part of our journey. We then begin our three – hour drive from Srinagar to Aru Valley. Aru Valley is the first camp in our trek. On reaching there, we will set camp for the night.
Day 2 : Aru Valley to Lidderwat
We will proceed from the Aru Valley on foot along a trail that follows alongside the River Lidder and opens into the lush green meadows of the Lidderwat Valley. It is an excellent campsite for overnight camping. Here we shall spend six to seven hours soaking in the greenery. Since we have so much time at our disposal, we can even set up a campfire in the later hours of the evening.
Day 3 : Lidderwat Valley to Seikiwais
Today’s climb is a steep one involving a lot of ascending. We first head to Hamwais, where we will cross the river. While crossing, we will battle another steep ascent to reach Seikiwais – a beautiful meadow base-camp. The track has numerous clear streams providing drinking water. The Seikiwais is one of the best campsites of the entire trek. Here we will have a relaxed night after the long, stressful climb.
Day 4 : Seikiwais to Tarsar Lake
Once again, we ascend to reach the Tarsar Lake. The view along the way is beautiful, full of numerous wild flowers. We will stop here for three to four hours to relax in the shade of the surrounding Alpine tress and breathe in some of those heady fragrances.
Day 5 : Tarsar Lake to Marsar Lake
A steep walk alongside the Tarsar Lake will lead you to the Marsar Lake. Here we will enjoy watching the nature and listening to the melodious chirping of birds. After taking a dip in the fresh water, we will head back to the Tarsar Campsite. Camping alongside this lake is a beautiful experience.
Day 6 :Tarsar Lake to Sonamous
Today we trek along a steep goat track to reach the Zazmarg Valley. This valley is surrounded by mountains and scenic beauty. On reaching the top of the Sonamous, you can feast your eyes on a breathtaking view. Then, a steep descent of about an hour will take you to the Sonamous Namdas village, which will be our last camp on Tarsar Marsar trek.
Day 7 : Sonamous to Sumbal Village
On our last day of the trip, we will head out from Sonamous and move toward Sumbal, where a steep six-hour descent will bring us into the midst of the mesmerizing Sumbal village. This is where Tasrsar Marsar trek ends and after spending a few hours here, we head back to Srinagar.
Other Options of Trekking In Kashmir : Kashmir Great Lakes Trek
The classic Pin Parvati Trek is takes you from Parvati Valley in Kullu district to Pin Valley in Spiti of Himachal Pradesh. Pin Parvati trek is one of the tough treks in Himalayas with lots of challenges and trekking distance of over 100 kms. Trek Duration : 11 Days 10Nights Cost per Person: Rs 24,500 per person (Ex Manali) What’s Included :-
Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
Meals while on trek (Veg)
First aid medical kits
Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
All Transportation as per trek Itinerary
DEPARTURES (All departures for The Pin Parvati Trek are ex Manali)
1st Batch : 15th -26th September 2015 2nd Batch : 2nd -13th October 2015 Brief Itinerary – Pin Parvati Trek
Day 1 Drive from Manali to Barsheni Village and trek till basecamp at Rudranath.
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.
Join Renok Adventures on the Chopta Tungnath Trek which takes us through one of the most breathtakingly beautiful part of the Garhwal Himalayas.
The Chopta Tungnath trek takes us to one of the most breathtakingly beautiful part of the Garhwal Himalayas. We start from Okhimath, and pass through Deoria tal, Chopta and Tungnath to reach the summit of Chandrashila for a great view of the Indian Himalayas. Maximum altitude reached on the Chopta Tungnath trek would be around 4000m at the summit of Chandrashila. This region is a protected sanctuary for musk deer, and is rich in flora and fauna. Tungnath is famous for being the highest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. On top of Chandrashila we will be able to see Chaukhamba, Kedarnath, Nandadevi and Trishul peaks.
Qualified and experienced trek guide and support staff
Transport from Haridwar to Okhimat and return from Chopta to Haridwar as per itinerary
Cost per person : INR 9000 + 3.5% service tax (ex Haridwar)
Rudraprayag/Devprayag Day 1 – Rishikesh to Rudraprayag/Devprayag
We depart from Rishikesh in the morning. Reach Rudraprayag/Devprayag in the evening. Overnight stay at Rudraprayag/Devprayag.
Deoria Tal Day 2 – Drive to Ukhimat. .Lunch. Trek starts at Sari village. Ends at Deoria Tal
We depart early for Ukhimath by road.At Ukhimat we have lunch. After lunch we take a short drive to Sari village. At Sari village we get our first experience of trekking in Uttarakhand.We pass through forests as we trek uphill to reach our destination- Deoria Tal (2400 metres). Overnight camp at Deoria Tal. Deoria Tal is a beautiful lake which gives a 300 degree panoramic view of great peaks like Chaukhamba, Nilkantha, Bandarpunch, Yellow Tooth, Kedar Range, Kalanag, etc.
Banagher Day 3 – Trek continues from Deoria Tal to Banagher ( 5hrs approx)
This trek takes us through thickly forested areas of the Garhwal Himalayas. It takes around 5 hours to reach Banagher. Overnight camp at Banagher.
Chopta Day 4 – Banagher to Chopta
Trek from Banagher to the high meadows of Chopta. Overnight camp. Chopta(2900m) known as ‘Mini Switzerland’ of the Garhwal Himalayas, is situated amidst thick forest of Pine, Deodar and Rhododendrons.
Chandrashila, Tungnath Day 5 – Chopta to Chandrashila and back to Chopta.
We trek to Tungnath(3680m). Tungnath is the world’s highest Shiv temple. From Tungnath we climb to the Summit of Chandrashila(3950m) and back to Chopta. At Chandrashila we get a spectacular view of Nandadevi, Trishul, Kedar Peak, Chaukhamba, Bandarpunch, etc.
Rishikesh Day6 – Drive from Chopta to Rishikesh(8-9 hours).
We drive back from Chopta to Rishikesh(8-9 hours). At Rishikesh our Chopta Tungnath trek ends. Trekking in the Himalayas has never been so much fun!!!
Join Renok Adventures on this 5 day 4 night Malana trek to the ancient and mysterious village of Malana through the magnificent Chanderkhani Pass.
The Malana village is a small community of tribal people who have a unique culture and their very own government. Legend has it that Alexander the Great during his invasion of India penetrated as far as this village where few soldiers who were left behind from his army intermarried and developed the society. The Malana trek takes us through the Chanderkhani Pass to Malana on of the most beautiful parts of Himachal Pradesh.
Trek Duration : 5 Days 4 Nights Cost per Person: On Demand
What’s Included :
Accommodation (During the Malana Trek)
First aid medical kit
Qualified and experienced trek guide and support staff
All Transport from Manali as per the Malana trek
Itinerary ( Malana Trek)
Day 1 – Drive from Manali to Nagar. Trek to Rumsu
On the first day of the Malana Trek, we will drive from Manali to Naggar from where we will start our trek. Manali is the adventure capital of India and other famous treks like the one to Hampta Pass start from here. The distance is 25 kms by jeep. After that, a trek will start from Naggar to Rumsu. Stay overnight in a camp near Rumsu village.
Day 2 – Trek from Rumsu to Chandarkhani base camp
After breakfast, our trek will start for the Chanderkhani base camp. We trek to the base camp through a forest of oak, poplar, pine, meadow of wild flowers and Rhododendron bushes. Overnight stay at Chanderkhani base.
Day 3 – Chandrakhani Base camp to Malana Village
Today we trek for around 6 hours to reach the famous Malana village. We cross the spectacular Chandrakhani Pass (3600m) on our way. Malana has its own lifestyle and social structure which is distinct from the rest of Himachal and India.
Day 4 – Trek from Manala to Jari.
This will be a downhill trek which should take us around 4 hours. The beautiful Pin Parvati range can be seen on our way to Jari.
Day 5 – Drive from Jari to Manali
We drive to Manali from Jari in the morning. Reach Manali in the afternoon. Manali Trek ends.