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Is Hampta Pass in February possible?

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Is Hampta Pass in February possible?

Situated at an altitude of 4277.86 meters above sea level, the Hampta Pass is an essential part of Manali’s landscape, which is definitely India’s much loved adventure spot, this trek is certainly amongst the easiest of treks and most accessible to beginners. An electrifying experience, trekking around Hampta Pass unlocks the door to a whole new beautiful world.

While the whole of India is enjoying spring with cool pleasant weather all around, Hampta Pass in February is still a cold desert with harsh weather and unpredictable snowstorms. Though the Hampta Pass trek is not that difficult, it is nearly impossible to complete in the month of February.

Hampta Pass in February is closed due to Snow 

Hampta Pass in February is covered with a thick blanket of snow and the weather is unpredictable. The narrowing and constriction of the valley increases the amount of the snow that collects there. The temperature gets as low as 5°C even during the day and there is snowfall. In February, the track to the valley is too steep and sharp to trek which can be risky to walk on and is highly unsafe. But if you plan to attempt Hampta Pass, you should be experienced with other treks in the Himalayan region in order to complete the trek. But it is not advisable to attempt Hampta Pass in February.

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Hampta Pass in February

But if you want to enjoy Hampta Pass, you should do this trek in mid-June. In mid-June, you will find a beautiful green valley with a few patches of snow – they are abundantly present and found all through the trek. In a nutshell, Hampta Pass in February is not a good idea unless you have a lot of experience. Mid-June to mid-October is the best time to trek the Hampta Pass. After the mid-June, trek fever ends in July and the snow melts down and the valley turns intoa green paradise.

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Hampta Pass in October

How is Hampta Pass Trek in October?

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Hampta Pass Trek in October

Linking the beautiful valleys of Lahaul and Kullu, the Hampta Pass hiking trip is a well-liked trek amidst trekkers. Making your way from Manali through various isolated villages and towns, this trek offers gorgeous landscapes that charm plenty of travelers every year.

Starting from Manali’s altitude of 14,100 ft., this trek will take you through beautiful high-altitude woodlands and glaciers on the way to the Hampta Pass and the magical Chandratal Lake. This mesmerizing trek offers you an amazing sight of flowers, birds and picturesque landscapes together with rocky terrains, pine woodlands, glacial valleys, and streams.

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The approach to crossing the Hampta Pass is not difficult but a tiring one. Climbing the sharp climb to reach Hampta Pass is a long haul. With fluctuating weather and wobbly and rough climb, one needs to be smart enough to attempt this trek during trek season.

Hampta Pass Trek in October
Hampta Pass Trek in October ” All Barren Landscape”

 

Best Time for Hampta Pass Trek – Mid June to Mid October 

The best time to do Hampta pass is from mid-June to mid-October. Hampta Pass in October is a great time to do this trek but only until the second week. October marks the beginning of Winters and there are chances of snowfall as well, you have clear weather and clear views of high peaks and mountains. No rains, bright sun and cold nights you will get to face when doing Hampta Pass Trek in October. But in the second half of October, Hampta Pass is a dicey terrain there are chances of snowfall and getting struck due to road closure at Rohtang Pass. There is not really heavy snowfall but there is a high chance of snowfall and the weather turns unpredictable.

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Temperatures during Hamtpa Pass Trek in October

The temperature in the first half of October is approximately 15°C but the temperature gets as low as – 2°C in the second half of the October. The snow starts coming back and it gets harder to trek due to constriction and narrowing of treks due to the accumulation of snow.

There is much less greenery in Hampta Pass Trek in October and you find more snow patches. In conclusion, October is a dicey time to attempt Hampta Pass trek. If there is no hefty snowfall, you may be able to complete it, but it is sensible to avoid any high Himalayan pass at that time. Most people who try to attempt the Hampta Pass in October will come back from the top instead of descending down to Lahaul, as Rohtang Pass may get shut.

But if you are still adamant and plan to attempt Hampta Pass, make sure you have enough experience in the Himalayan region and local guides.

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Hampta Pass in September

How is Hampta Pass in September?

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Hampta Pass in September

Hampta Pass Trek in September is the best time to go to see the lush green cover after monsoon rain and clear skies. Hampta Pass is not difficult but can be tiresome. With shifting weather pattern and loose residual ridge hike, one has to have some experience. The massive peaks surrounding the Hampta Pass looks frightening. A couple of unknown mountains around it give an impression of a dry cold desert. As one reaches the pass, one can marvel the magnificence of the place.

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Unlike the majority of trekkers that prefer snow patches and ice in a narrow valley of the Hampta pass, many prefer to attempt this trek post monsoon. The valley that appears to be a completely spectacular alpine snow glacier in the month of June changes into a green  and flat field in September. The sharp peaks across the river have a strange pattern that attracts immediate attention. Hampta Pass in September or post monsoons offers an exceptional impression about the trek which one barely gets to see in the summer months. You will witness less greenery and rare beauty of the barren fields of cold Himalayas, comparative to monsoons. Conformist and experienced trekkers will feel at home.

Hampta pass in September

While you camp at Balu Ka Ghera, you will witness the beautiful view of Hampta pass in September. There is nothing better than the solitude that Rani Ka nalla offers which is found to be lacking any snow bridges that make the trek more difficult. You get to observe a remarkable range of streams, seeping down the glacial sink. The whole scenery of the area takes a complete twist as you reach the barren Spiti valley as you leave Kullu valley behind.  There is an abundance of beauty in this valley which takes a lot of time to be absorbed by anyone. Even though the valley is snowless, there is so much more to see like an unhindered view of majestic Indrasen peak and its glacier basin.

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How is Hampta Pass Trek in July?

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Hampta Pass Trek in July

Hampta Pass in July is beautiful. Even though there is a possibility that it would be raining after mid-July. But, there are several trek organizing groups which organize Hampta Pass trek from June till September. So, you shouldn’t worry about the weather as there is only partial rainfall. Moreover, the rains would only increase the exhilaration.

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Hampta Pass Trek in July is an off-beat, adventure-filled pass. The Hampta Pass is thought to be an ideal trek for beginners, the trek is moderately difficult. It is a short trek of 5 days that gives you an ample amount of time to enjoy the diverse landscape that it offers. Its landscape varies from plush green Kullu valleys to a vertical ledge, high in the mountains.

Hampta Pass Trek in July

 

The ledge gives you the feeling of standing on a balcony, only giving you the best view of the Himalayan Range and the deserts of Lahaul. You get a mesmerizing view of Lahaul Valley in one wide panoramic shot. And the best time to enjoy these views is from mid-June to mid-October. Hampta Pass in July and August is a haven for adventurers and amateur trekkers, giving them the right amount of adventure and beauty.

 

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Some of the high points of the trek are meadows at Jwara covered with green alpine trees and the sand campsite of Balu ka Gera that serves as an overnight campsite. The ascent and descent while crossing from Balu Ka Gera to Shea Goru via Hampta Pass is sharp that makes the trek, thrilling.

In August, the weather would be fiddly since there would be snow and ice with rains but nothing to be very anxious about. The land is very flat and the climb is gradual. The second day can seem slightly hard in bad weather. You should not go without local guides if you don’t have any experience of trekking in the Himalayas before. Just make sure you carry good protective winter apparel, trekking shoes, gloves, a raincoat and essential medications, trek pole, sunglasses, sunscreen (with SPF of at least 50).

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Buran Ghati trek

Buran Ghati Trek

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The Buran Ghati trek is built to perfection. It feels like a wormhole between two worlds– one green and verdant with meadows and hills and the other rough, jagged and majestic.

This trek is suitable for those who have some trekking experience and have followed the fitness schedule regularly. The minimum age requirement to be eligible for this trek is 12 years.Buran Ghati is a moderate to difficult trek. The 1628 ft climb to Dunda can be challenging and requires a decent level of fitness. On this trek, your mental strength is as important as physical fitness. At the top of the Buran pass, you will see the main obstacle ahead- a 400-meter vertical ice wall. This stretch is a great adventure but one must tread carefully.

Region: Himachal Pradesh

Duration: 8 days

Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

Highest altitude: 15,000 ft

Average temperature: Daytime: 13°C-18°C; Night time: 0°C-7°C

Cost per person: INR 13,950

Buran Ghati trek

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Diude/Janglik; 9-10 hours drive from Shimla
Day 2: Diude/Janglik (9,200 ft) to Dayara (11,075 ft)
Day 3: Dayara (11,075 ft) to Litham (11,737 ft)
Day 4: Expedition to Chandranahan Lake (13,900 ft)
Day 5: Litham (11,737 ft) to Dhunda (13,365 ft)
Day 6: Dhunda (13,365 ft) to River campsite (11,800 ft) via Buran Ghati (15,000 ft)
Day 7: River campsite (11,800 ft) to Barua (6,700 ft)
Day 8: Buffer Day

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Diude/Janglik; 9-10 hours’ drive from Shimla

Report at the road ahead of the trek in Diude/Janglik.

Day 2: Diude/Janglik (9,200 ft) to Dayara (11,075 ft)

The trek starts from Diude. The trail till Dayara is covered with beautiful flowers– yellow, white and purple and myriads of sweet-smelling herbs. Every little stream is covered with bright yellow flowers.

Day 3: Dayara (11,075 ft) to Litham (11,737 ft)

These streams are all over the place, glistening as they go on their way. The trail takes you through a dense forest of oak and pine before a nights halt at the Litham valley.

Day 4: Expedition to Chandranahan Lake (13,900 ft)

Chandranahan lake is set in a glacial nest surrounded by prayer pillars and other symbols of spiritual adoration. The lake is considered sacred by many locals. The view of both sides from the Buran pass is exquisite! After spending some time at the lake we turn back to the campsite. This short excursion will help you acclimatize for the trek ahead.

Day 5: Litham (11,737 ft) to Dhunda (13,365 ft)

The 1628 ft climb to Dunda can be challenging and requires a decent level of fitness. Continue north-east along the Pabbar River which originates from the slopes of the Buran Ghati. Pass through Khubrini Thach and leaving the tree line behind climb steeply through boulders to enter Dunda Thach, located at the foot of the pass.

Day 6: Dhunda (13,365 ft) to River campsite (11,800 ft) via Buran Ghati (15,000 ft)

Out of the Dhunda campsite follow the ridge and hop over boulders towards the base of the pass. From the base, it is an hour long climb to the top, mostly on snow. Buran Ghati at exactly 15,000 ft is a thrilling climb. Descending on the Buran Ghati trek is quick and very soon you lose all the altitude that you have gained. It takes about 2 hours to get to the end of the snow line. You also lose about 3,000 ft in altitude. Out of the snow line, the descent takes you down a ridge with junipers and lovely flower crested shrubs.  Descend for another hour to get to a stream that needs to be hopped over. Across the stream, the first farmers’ huts appear. This is where you camp for the night.

Day 7: River campsite (11,800 ft) to Barua (6,700 ft)

The trail is well marled from river campsite. Take the lower trail descending into the valley. The trail passes through grasslands & forest of pine trees. Arrive at kahrcham by the afternoon. You deserve to spend some easy time after an arduous trek. The campsite itself is very beautiful. Enjoy the evening at the campsite.

Day 8: Buffer Day

This day will only be used if the need arises during the trek. You are advised to keep a buffer day in your travel plan.

From beauty to adventure this trek has it all.So let’s get going folks!

 

Churdhar peak trek

Churdhar Peak Trek

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Himachal never disappoints any visitor who reaches here seeking adventure and hardcore trekking. Himachal boasts of Himalayan elegance and natural beauty. It proudly challenges the seekers of the offbeat tourism spots. Churdhar is one such awesome destination where you can quench your thirst of experiencing nature at one of its best faces. At a modest elevation of just under 12,000 feet, Churdhar is the highest peak of outside Himalayan range. Very few know that it is from the top of this peak George Everest made his astronomical reading of Himalayan Mountains. Churdhar is also called Chur Chandni, which means mountain dressed in the moonlight. From the summit, you get a panoramic view of the lowland tracts on the south and snow clad ranges, including the peaks of Badrinath and Kedarnath in the Garhwal region towards the north. For almost six months, the north face of the mountain is snow-clad, and below that the flanks are covered with verdant forests. The Churdhar peak is only marginally higher than the long east-west ridgeline separating the rivers Tons and Giri.

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 2 days

Basecamp: Nohradhar

Cost per person: INR 4250

Best season: May to November (Except Monsoon season)

Churdhar peak trek

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Chandigarh to Nauradhar (2175 meters) and then an easy trek from Nauradhar to Jam Nallah (2855 meters)
Day 2: Moderate trek from Jam Nallah to Churdhar Peak (3655 meters) and return
Day 3: Trek back from Jam Nallah to Nauradhar and then we drive back from Nauradhar to Chandigarh

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:  Drive from Chandigarh to Nauradhar (2175 meters) and then an easy trek from Nauradhar to Jam Nallah. (2855 meters)

Nauradhar is a small town where one can purchase basic essentials. Trek starts right from the center of this town. First 2 km is a bit steep, and after that, it is a gradual incline through a forest of pine trees till Jam Nallah, our first-day camping site

Day 2: Moderate trek from Jam Nallah to Churdhar Peak (3655 meters) and return

During a trek of almost 5 hours, you don’t feel tired as the striking views, like that of the Kedarnath and Badrinath peaks, ranges of Lahaul and Spiti, a thick forest full of chirping noises, Gujjars with their cattle and many more, keep your energy level up. Also, a few other charming spots and temples, that you come across while you are on the way to Churdhar, make the journey unforgettable. After that, we start our descend towards the campsite.

Day 3: Trek back from Jam Nallah to Nauradhar and then we drive back from Nauradhar to Chandigarh

We descend down from Jam Nallah to Nauradhar. It would take 3-4 hours to reach Nauradhar from Jam Nallah. Later we drive back to Chandigarh from Nauradhar

 

So gear up and go for it!

Camping in Jaipur

Camping in Jaipur

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Camping in Jaipur is one of the most fabulous experiences one can ever have.There are stunning campsites, picturesque landscapes and mindblowing activities which leaves people awestruck.Want to experience it?Then take a look at this:

Camping in Jaipur

Jaipur is well – known for its amazing camel safaris.So, why not combine camel safaris with camping from Dawa to Kakkoo? You can enjoy a 1N/2D camping and camel safari from Dawa to Kakku near Bikaner, a beautiful safari spot in Thar desert.Start your tour by reaching Dawa, a remote village with plenty of typical village sights and the place has really clean sand dunes around.The camel will take you up to 14 kilometers a day.Indulge in a charming ride to Kaku and on the way, you will meet different types of people involved in their trade and daily activities.Visit some mud huts where typical tribes are living; the place is really beautiful though in spite of its extreme tough climatic scenario.

You can also visit the iconic city of Jaipur and some of its most exotic tourist destinations followed by a visit to one of the most famous Sariska National Park where you will get a chance to witness the exotic wildlife. After the wildlife encounter, you will continue your journey to Jaipur to behold the royalness of the city where you can indulge in trekking, camel, elephant safari at Amber Fort and also indulge in Diwali Maha Aarti. Witness the lively atmosphere and simple fireworks.

Camping in Jaipur

One of the ideal destinations for camping in Jaipur is Aravalli Hills.The dense forests, the tranquil atmosphere, and the lush green meadows make it worthwhile. The sandy terrain of Rajasthan provides us a good opportunity for enjoying hot air balloon trips, parasailing, gliding etc.Kite flying is considered as one of the most thrilling adventure sports in Jaipur.There is also an international kite flying competition held there.Buy a colorful kite and get to know what the fun is all about!You can also bicycle through the streets of Jaipur and indulge yourself in watersports.

There is an ample number of ways to lose yourself in this beautiful city.Explore it to your heart’s content.

 

Winter Spiti Tour

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Most people think Spiti Valley is inaccessible in the winters. For the adventurous soul, this may turn out to be the best time to visit. There are hardly any tourists around and you will have all of Spiti to yourself. Winter is a perfect time to see local life in Spiti, as it has existed for centuries.

Winter in Spiti is harsh and temperatures are known to plummet to lesser than -35 degree Celsius at night. Everything is quite likely to be frozen and there is no running water in the taps. If you are lucky, there is a huge possibility of experiencing snowfall in Spiti, and sighting a snow leopard is a good possibility.

The change in landscape means it is quite possible to think of Spiti as an entirely different land as compared to summers. There are frozen waterfalls, azure blue skies, trees devoid of leaves, pristine freezing rivers in the winter that make Spiti a more beautiful and novel experience.


It is a good idea to first get acclimatized to the bare cold and high altitude of Kaza (3700 m) before exploring the various sites in the region. While coming from the Shimla route, the monastery of Nako coupled with a walk to the frozen or semi-frozen Nako Lake will help in acclimatization and be getting used to the cold. The oldest monastery in India, Tabo Gompa complex can be explored at leisure before making the final run to Kaza.

Apart from these places, there are other noteworthy monasteries in Spiti, including the Sakya Gompa in Kaza, Ki Monastery, Dhankar Monastery and Dhankar Lake, Komic Gompa, Giu Monastery, Lhalung Gompa and Kungri Monastery.Keep in mind that, depending on the amount of snow, the roads to these places may or may not be open. If the roads are closed, it is possible to trek to these villages on foot in the snow; it is advised not to trek by yourself and have a local guide or villager around.
Major Spiti Valley attraction in the winters is the possibility of walking on the frozen Spiti and Pin rivers; keep in mind that there have been instances of people drowning in the past and any attempts are off the recommended list. A visit to a high altitude Spitian village is another major attraction, you will get to see local life and experience how it goes on in spite of the unbearable freezing temperatures.
Reaching the village of Losar is a big upcoming attraction in Spitian winters. It is the biggest and farthest of all the Spitian villages and is a cultural delight. Locals celebrate festivals and folk dances by singing traditional Spitian songs. To revive the tradition, winters also see young men learn the art of carving Buddhist prayers on mane stones. In Kaza, locals can be seen playing the favorite Spitian game of  ‘Cholo’.

The road to Losar is almost unbelievable in the winter and the landscape is covered in a blanket of white. There may be blossoms of various colors of almond, plum, peach and apricot trees along the route in February/March. Celebrating the festivals of Dechang and Losar is another big attraction in the winters.

Poon Hill Trek

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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, also popularly known as Annapurna Sunrise Trekking, or Annapurna Panorama Trekking is one of the most popular and relatively easy treks that meander through the beautiful ethnic villages of Annapurna Region. Invigorating through some rhododendron forests, Poon Hill Trekking in Nepal will let you feel the Himalayan Panorama while providing you the opportunities to get close to the local Culture.Poon Hill Trek is obviously best known for the views from Poon Hill.

Being popularly known as the Photographer’s Paradise, you can capture some of the best snaps of impressive Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Poon Hill offers you the striking panorama of the huge Himalayas including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, III, and IV, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, and Manaslu ranges among few others. The phenomenal sunrise from Poon Hill is just unmissable. A provocative glimpse of high mountains surrounding you can mesmerize anyone who’s the part of this awesome trek.
In addition to that, Poon Hill Trekking will also let you witness terraced slopes, warm villages, beautiful paddy fields, and wonderful culture and lifestyle of ethnic people like Gurungs and Magars. Ghorepani and Ghandruk are two of the largest Gurung settlements in the Annapurna Region.

You will hike 2 days to Ghorepani (which used to be a rest stop where ancient traders found water (pani in Nepali) for their horses (ghoda in Nepali).  You will experience sunrise at Poon Hill, with breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna Sanctuary, including Gangapurna, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Hiunchuli.  Along the trail, you will hike through bamboo and rhododendron forest which will be in full bloom in the spring if you trek the Himalayas in March-April.

Enjoy the energizing fresh mountain air while you are totally enthralled with the breathtaking view of the dramatic Annapurna and Fishtail range. Hiking in the serene mountains is truly a blessing and it is made even better with the presence of the Himalayas. The sense of joy that comes to you while you see the snow capped mountains is indescribable; you must experience it for yourself.

200 km west of Kathmandu is the unbelievably beautiful city of Pokhara, a six hours bus ride or twenty-five minutes flight from Kathmandu, it is the main-gate way to the Ghorepani Poon hill trek. From Pokhara there is another one and half hour drive to Nayapul where your trek of the lifetime starts. As you walk the rugged trails, you will enjoy the beauty of nature as you cross small beautiful mountain streams, green hills that overlook the white Himalayan peaks and eventually watch the sunrise over the Annapurna mountain range which is blissful.

This short but spectacular trek will make you fall in love with the Nepal Himalayan Mountains, and make you want to see more.

Get set Go !!!

Adventure tours for college or group

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College is probably the most amazing experience one can ever have.What makes college so exciting?!Friends, fun, partying and what not!But the most amusing part is embarking on adventure tours with our buddies!Here are some of the coolest adventure tours you must set out on:

  • Jodhpur

Jodhpur or popularly known as “Blue City” is one of the most popular tourist locations. In Jodhpur, there is much scope for adventure at Mehrangarh Fort. At Mehrangarh Fort, you can enjoy the 6 zip line tour of the fort, lakes, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, and have the mesmerizing view of the blue city.

  • Punjab

Punjab is also a good option for adventure trips. Kikar Lodge is a good option where you can enjoy the forested safari experience with adventure activities like aerial zip lining in India, elephant riding, and much more.

  • Leh

If you are an all-boys group, make sure you don’t miss this road trip. If you have girls along, well, it makes it all the more memorable! Rent Royal Enfields and get ready to put your endurance skills to test. Brave streams of ice-cold water, snow-capped mountains and glacial melts to complete this Mecca of all road trips!

  • Havelock Island, Andaman

If your group has traveled on all of the Indian soil, try plunging into the deep Indian waters! Jetpack to Havelock Island, take your bestie’s hand and go snorkeling beneath the azure waters and witness the splendid coral reefs, only to come back with unforgettable sights.

  • Dandeli, Karnataka

Dandeli is an ideal vacation destination in north Karnataka for those who love nature.Whitewater rafting, kayaking, and canoeing on the Kali River make it an unforgettable experience for adventure seekers. Overland treks, cycling and mountain biking can be spontaneous or fully catered with equipment and guides.Wildlife enthusiasts will fall in love with the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary offering a glimpse of black panthers, Sambhar deer, bison and Malabar giant squirrels.

  • Ladakh

You don’t get to visit Ladakh every day. But you should make sure you go there at least once. Visit the Pangong Lake and experience cotton candy clouds over you and unblemished water at your feet. Also, try the Yak Safari to navigate your gang through the glacial valleys.