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Top 5 reasons to trek Mount Kilimanjaro

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Top 5 reasons to trek Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world that attracts approximately 40,000 trekkers every year. Mount Kilimanjaro is the major source of tourism in Tanzania, Africa. It is popularly known as ‘Every man’s Everest’.

Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest peak and it’s summit is called as Uhuru Point which is 5,895 meters or 19,341 feet above sea level. While most of highest peak in the world are part of Mountain ranges for example Mt Everest is part the The Great Himalayas where is Mt Kilimanjaro is a free standing mountain which is a result of volcanic activity.

 

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We have discovered top 5 reasons to trek Mt Kilimanjaro:

1. No Technical Skills Required: Out of the Seven Summits, Mt Kilimanjaro is the easiest to climb. You don’t need any mountaineering equipment or any former mountaineering experience to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. All you need to climb this mountain is to be fit, resolute, and well-versed.

2. Nature’s Wonder: Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world. Thick green rain forests, snow-covered mountains, a host of animals in their natural habitat and a chance to experience five climatic and six ecological zones.

3. The Sense of Achievement: People frequently take up challenges to get out of their comfort zones and Mt. Kilimanjaro offers just that. High altitude and constantly varying temperatures make it a challenge to many. Hence, getting to the top of one of the seven summits is not a small accomplishment.

4. Picturesque Views: Mt Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most prominent natural wonders: a snow-capped peak on the equator, a sea of lush green forest surrounded by dry grasslands. This makes for an amazing, bone-melting view from the top.

5. Availability of accommodation: Mt Kilimanjaro offers proper accommodations to support the trekkers. There is an availability of hotels, mountaineering gears on rent, transportation, and guides. Also you can include Africa wild life safari with you mountaineering expedition.

There are many reasons to trek this beauty and not enough lists to prove that. So don’t think twice and accept the challenge!

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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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Is Hampta Pass in November possible?

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Hampta Pass in November

Hampta Pass trek is a beginner’s delight as it has all the components of adventure with easy access. This trek offers diverse landscapes of thick pine forests, vast meadows, adventure-filled river crossings and a high altitude mountain pass. It is named after the village of Hampta. Shepherds and villagers have used this pass to come into Lahaul Spiti valley of Himachal. Traditionally, this was the alternate route between Lahaul and Kullu Valley before the road was built over Rohtang Pass. Hampta Pass is a moderate trek with a possibility of mingling a lot of other adventure activities to suit variable duration and interest of tourists.

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Best Time for Hampta Pass Trek 

The best time to trek the Hampta Pass is from mid-June to mid-October. There is a possibility of witnessing some snow on the high altitude areas in the early days of the trekking season but gradually it melts down completely post monsoon. But the Pass completely changes its face in the winter season and the weather turns extremely harsh.

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Hampta Pass Trek in november Hampta Pass in december

 

Hampta Pass Trek in Winters

One of the worst times to trek the Hampta Pass would be the winter season. Hampta Pass in November is tremendously cold and the weather is changeable which makes it unsafe to attempt. Hampta Pass in November is covered with snow, the trekkers seem to avoid this trek due to risk factors associated with narrow roads and slippery ice. Even though the maximum temperature can be 25°C to 26°C during daytime, the temperature goes down at night. The weather can be very unpredictable and can change overnight. The native guides are the best judge of the weather conditions as they change very brusquely on the mountains. This makes the Hampta Pass in November extremely unsafe. Trekkers can go for the Hampta Circle Trek instead of the Hampta Pass in November if they want to experience an adventure.

Hampta Pass Trek in December

We are planning to launch Winter Hampta Pass Trek in December but as we all know that it snows heavily in Manali so reaching Hampta Pass is difficult so we have explored a new itinerary from Manali. Here is the Hampta Pass in December itinerary

Day 1 Arrive at Manali and check into Camp

Day 2 Trek to Setan Snow Camp

Day 3 Trek to Khar Myundari and Return to Manali

Day 4 Trek ends

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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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Is Hampta Pass Trek in May a good option?

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Hampta Pass Trek in May

The Hampta Pass Trek is one of the most enjoyable treks in the Manali region of Himachal Pradesh.  Hampta Pass Trek is a moderately difficult trek with a possibility of a manageable schedule to suit one’s time. The exquisiteness of this trek is that the landscape changes each day and every season. And even though this Pass is open for much more time duration than other treks, it does not make it less dangerous in off season.

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Hampta Pass Trek in May

If you are thinking of attempting the Hampta Pass Trek in May, you should think again. Usually, the Hampta Pass trek opens in the first or second week of June. Attempting this trek a bit early would mean a couple of things. Even though the Hampta pass is not very difficult it can be a bit risky while there is still snow. Even for an experienced individual who might know the route pretty well, one can’t be too sure when dealing with snow and ice or any alteration in the landscape because of loose rocks or landslides.

Hampta Pass Temperatures in May 

The temperature in Hampta Pass Trek in May ranges from -1°C at night to 10°C during daytime with snowstorms and cloudy skies. All of these situations could be sufficiently dangerous if things start to go wrong. A person who is thinking of attempting the Hampta Pass trek in the month of May is possibly the first trekker of the season and is, in fact, opening the trek route. Inaugurating a trek route is a job which should be best left to the experts.

Another reason to not go for the Hampta pass trek is that road gets blocked from Chatru to Manali. And if the road is not open by the month of May, then a better option would be the Hampta Circle trek, which is very similar to the Hampta Pass trek but it doesn’t cross the pass.  Chatru is linked to Manali by road through the Rohtang Pass. The Rohtang pass is shut down during the winter season and opens when the previous season’s snow is cleared. This generally happens in May. Hence, Hampta Pass in May is not possible.

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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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What is the Hampta Pass height?

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Hampta Pass height or Hampta Pass Altitude 4270 M


Hampta Pass
 is situated at an altitude of 4270m on the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas. Hampta Pass height is approximately 14,010 ft.and it serves as a small passageway between Lahaul Spiti Valley and Kullu valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. This pass is often used by shepherds, in search for high altitude fields with grass in the dry and cold desert of Lahaul during summers.  It’s named after the Hampta situated in the region Lahaul Spiti. From the pass, you can see the Lahaul valley in a wide panoramic curve. Hampta Pass height gives it the X-factor that every pass needs, Hampta Pass height makes it easier and more accessible than other treks but at the same time makes it and snow-filled and adventurous pass.

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Hampta Pass height

The pass starts from the Prini village and takes us to the magnificent hills of The Great Himalayas, the Pir Panjal Range. Over this trek one witnesses diverse shades of nature as one gains altitude from thick green forests of pine to a gorgeous view of Mt. Deo Tibba and Mt. Indrasan and their glaciers to the infertile and barren lands of Lahaul and Spiti valley. Just like the landscapes, the weather at the Hampta Pass can change at every 100m and in no time. A clear blue sky can turn grey with clouds in just a few minutes as it is a Pass.

There are many ways Hampta Pass height can be measured. There are mainly three ways to do that, Barometric altimeters, radio altimeters and GPS. Barometric altimeters use barometric pressure in order to measure the altitude or elevation. The drawback of using barometric altimeter is that the barometric pressure also changes with the weather, mainly the change in air pressure due to change in weather.  Hence, you cannot fully rely on these.

The second way to measure altitude is by using Radio altimeter. It measures altitude above the terrain radio waves.  GPS is the most accurate because when it works, it always provides the geometric altitude without the need for setting that might be incorrect; it calculates one’s location in 3-Dimensional space within a few feet. But the only drawback could be the unavailability of the cellular network in secluded areas.

If you want to get a better idea about Hampta Pass height, and even other surrounding popular places, you can refer to our detailed map. Click here

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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.

 

According to many,

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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10 Best Treks in May

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10 Best Treks In May:

Treks in the Himalayas:

The month of May is maybe cursed with blistering heat of summers, but it is definitely also blessed with the vacation period that serves respite from the hectic busy life schedule and provides an opportunity to admire the serenity and beauty of the Himalayas with its pleasant and chilling mountain breeze, saving you from the fiery summer heat. And the best way to explore the Himalayas is to trek its ancient and sprawling precipitous trails. From research and experience, a compiled list of best treks in May is presented below.

Here is a list of 10 Best Treks in May 2019, perched in the mighty mountains of the great Himalayas:

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Goechala Trek - Treks In May
Goechala Trek – Treks In May
  1. Goechala trek: Yuksom, Sikkim.

Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult.

Length: 95 km.

Altitude: 15,100 ft.

Duration: 11 days.

Base Camp: Yuksom.

Lying in the beautiful Goechala National Park in Sikkim, the Goechala Trek is believed to be one of the most beautiful treks in May due to some of its amazing views of the serene Samiti Lake with the reflection of Mt. Pandim, the tear-shaped Goechala Lake and glittering rays during sunset and sunrise on the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak in the world. The entire trek is filled with adrenaline rushing steep slopes but the hardship is indemnified by the peaceful walk on the wooden logs trails of the rhododendron forests, verdant valets and meadows, and burbling rivers.  In addition to all this, the trek also presents the grand views of 14 other Summits other than Kanchenjunga.

Route:  Yuksom – Legship – Sachen – Phedang – Dzongri – Thangshing – Goechala – Yuksom.

 

Roopkund Trek - Treks In May
Roopkund Trek – Treks In May
  1. Roopkund Trek: Chamoli, Uttarakhand.

Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult

Length: 53 km.

Altitude: 15,750 ft.

Duration: 9 days.

Base Camp: Lohajung.

This is definitely one of the best choices to opt to from the list of best treks in May because it is a complete package of natural beauty, excitement, challenges, adventure and pleasant weather of the summers. The trek starts with the encounter from the great and ancient Oak forests of the alpine Uttarakhand and passes through gurgling and scintillating brooks. Be prepared to get your mind completely blown by the indomitable charm of the most beautiful verdant meadows of Ali and Bedni Bugyal with views of grand Himalayan peaks. Finally, beyond these forests, streams and meadows the ultimate destination of the trek is the most mysterious and famous Roopkund Lake in the lap of the marvellous Mt. Trishul. The lake is extremely popular for residing around 300 Human Skeleton in its bosom from ages, which are believed to be a result of a hailstorm somewhere in 854 AD.

Route: Lohajung – Wan – Ghairoli Patal – Bedni Bugyal – Patar Nachauni – Bhagwabhasa – Roopkund – Junargali.

 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek - Treks In May
Annapurna Base Camp Trek – Treks In May
  1. Annapurna Base Camp Trek: Pokhra, Nepal.

Difficulty Level: Moderate – Difficult.

Length: 53 km.

Altitude: 13,545 ft.

Duration: 9 days.

Base Camp: Gnadruk.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an amazing trek that takes you to the most beautiful and marvellous Annapurna Massif, where the Annapurna I stands proudly of being the tenth highest mountain peak in the world and was the first of the eight-thousanders to be climbed. The trek provides an opportunity to observe the diverse cultures along with high altitude diverse landscapes, terraced fields and quaint villages that reflect the native Nepali culture. Also get a chance to have a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful Mt. Machapuchhre (the Fish-Tailed Mountain) which is revered by the Nepalese for its beauty. The clear summer sky turns this trek into one of the most visited treks in May.

Route: Pokhra – Gandruk – Chhomrong – Dovan – Deurali – Machapuchhre Base Camp – Annapurna Base Camp.

Pindari Glacier Trek-Treks In May
Pindari Glacier Trek-Treks In May
  1. Pindari Glacier: Almora, Utttarakhand.

Difficulty Level: Easy – Moderate.

Length: 41 km.

Altitude: 12,300 ft.

Duration: 7 days.

Base Camp: Loharkhet.

The Pindari Glacier is one of the most easily accessible glaciers in the Himalayas. Situated in the Kumaon Region of Uttarakhand, this trek is best in all the treks in May because the weather of that region in summer is so soothing and enchanting. The drive to Loharkhet from Almora is one of the most picturesque drives of Himalayas and the trek from Loharkhet takes you to the serene and beautiful Khati Village. The trek is encompassed with alpine rhododendron forests and streams dominating with the Pindari River that meets the River Alaknanda and several quaint villages that offers you a whiff of the lifestyle and culture of the local people. Ultimately the trek takes you to the pristine Pindari Glacier resting among two mighty Himalayan Peaks – the Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot.

Route: Loharkhet – Dhakuri – Khati – Dwali – Phurkiya – Pindari Glacier.

 

Kedar Tal Trek - Treks In May
Kedar Tal Trek – Treks In May
  1. Kedar Tal Trek: Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand.

Difficulty Level: Moderate-Difficult.

Length: 17 km

Altitude: 15,600 ft

Duration: 9 days

Base Camp: Gangotri.

Drown in the holiness of this trek as the trek itself commences from one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Hinduism, the Gangotri and takes you to the magnificent Kedar Tal which is one of the highest altitude lakes in India that lies in the foot of Mt. Thalyasagar and Mt. Bhirupanth. The lake is fed by the snowfall over the surrounding mountain peaks and is the source of the River Kedar Ganga which is a major tributary of the River Bhagirathi. The trails of the trek pass through dense Himalayan birch forests, high altitude meadows and sparkling streams and the entire region is full of diversity of flora and fauna and one can even have a sight of the famous Blue Sheep or Bharals. Above all, the campsite along the glacial lake of Kedar Tal offers mesmerizing views of the mountainous setting all around, making it one of the most beautiful treks in May.

Route: Gangotri – Bhoj Kharak – Kedar Kharak – Kedar Tal.

 

Rupin Pass Trek - Treks In May
Rupin Pass Trek – Treks In May
  1. Rupin Pass Trek: Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

Difficulty level: Moderate-Difficult.

Length: 52 km.

Altitude: 15,250 ft.

Duration: 9 Days.

Base Camp: Dhaula.

The trek begins with a whiff of holiness at the Pokhu Devta, an ancient worshipping place and takes you to the magical world of the hanging village of Jhaka through dense forests and tricky trails. Take the glimpses of majestic cascading waterfalls, dense woodlands of Rhododendron and Oak and tiny hamlets encompassing the entire trek. Get a chance to camp in the beautiful valleys and verdant riverside meadows under the bright night sky full of stars which makes this trek a great choice among the treks in May. Witness the mighty Kailash Peak and the marvellous two-story temple of Kinnauri culture as you head towards the finish of the trek.

Route:  Dhaula – Sewa – Jhaka – Suruwas Thach – Water Fall Camp – Rupin Pass – Ronti Gad – Sangla.

 

Har Ki Dun Trek-Treks In May.

  1. Har Ki Dun Trek: Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

Difficulty level: Easy-Moderate.

Length: 47 km.

Altitude: 11,675 ft.

Duration: 7 Days.

Base Camp: Sankri (10 kms from Dehradun).

The Har Ki Dun is a cradle shaped hanging valley in the Garhwal Region of the Himalayas. The trek holds the title of “Valley of Gods”, and the trekkers take the very same trail that the Pandavas took to ascend to heaven via Swargarohini, the mountain that dominates the Har Ki Dun valley. Lying proudly in the Garhwal Himalayas. The Har Ki Dun Trek feasts the eyes of the trekkers with dazzling views of wild orchids and blue poppy, dense blooming forests of pine and rhododendron humming with the sounds of wild birds. Also, small hamlets and various glaciers and valley, are all the reasons why this is one of the best treks in May,. Also witness the verdant meadows and grazing grounds of cows and horses, along with the glimpses of some rare Himalayan wildlife like Leopards, Barking Deer, Bores and Langoors. Enjoy passing through small gurgling streams and bright night sky at your camps along with a bonfire.

Route: Dehradun – Sankri – Taluka – Osla – Kalkatiya Dhar – Har Ki Dun – Sankri.

 

Kauri Pass Trek - Treks In May
Kauri Pass Trek – Treks In May
  1. Kauri Pass Trek: Haridwar, Uttarakhand.

Difficulty level: Easy-Moderate.

Length: 33 km.

Altitude: 12,516 ft.

Duration: 6 Days.

Base Camp: Joshimath.

Get completely enthralled in the holiness of the environment as the trek goes through some of the most famous pilgrim spots of Himalayas like Devprayag, Bhagirathi and Alaknanda confluence, views of Nanda Devi peak and so on. Also witness some of the oldest Himalayan forests of Oak and Rhododendron separated with lush meadows and well-defined tracks in between, that are all blooming in the summers making this one of the must to do treks in May. The trek offers some of the most outstanding campsites in the entire Himalayan region. Enjoy the dazzling views of the Mighty Himalayan peaks from atop Kauri and while returning get a chance to attain an adrenaline-pumping experience of Skiing in one of the best skiing destination, Auli. Finally, the trek winds up at Haridwar via Joshimath.

Route: Haridwar – Joshimath – Dhak – Chitrakantha – Tali Top – Khulkara – Kauri Pass – Auli – Joshimath.

 

Dayara Bugyal Trek-Treks In May
Dayara Bugyal Trek-Treks In May
  1. Dayara Bugyal Trek: Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand.

Difficulty level: Easy-Moderate.

Length: 20 km.

Altitude: 12,100 ft.

Duration: 5 Days.

Base Camp: Barsu.

The word Bugyal in the local dialect means “High altitude meadow” which gives a clear image of the trek ahead. The entire trek encompasses with dense Oak forests, small vacant villages and high altitude beautiful verdant meadows which turns into exotic picture perfect landscape during the summers which makes it one of the perfect treks in May and attracts lots of shutterbugs from India and abroad.  Catch glimpses of the Gangotri peaks, Srikanth peak, Bandarpoonch, and Black Peak and the majestic Barnala Tal, a small crystal waterhole flanked by a temple of the Nag Devta near the end of the trek.

Route: Barsu – Barnala Bugyal – Dayara Bugyal – Bakariya Top.

 

Sandakphu Trek - Treks In May
Sandakphu Trek – Treks In May
  1. Sandakphu Trek: Darjeeling, West Bengal.

Difficulty level: Easy – Moderate.

Length: 47 km.

Altitude: 11,941 ft.

Duration: 6 Days.

Base Camp: Manebhajan.

One of the most beautiful treks situated in the highest region of West Bengal, the Sandakphu Trek is also the only trail that offers the awe-striking views of four of the world’s five highest peaks – Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu. The trek is also known as the Singali La Trek because it goes through the Singali ridge that divides India and Nepal. The Kanchenjunga cluster family is popularly known as “The Sleeping Buddha” offers mesmerizing views from the trek routes. The blooming rhododendron forests in the month of May adds the cherry to the cake and takes the beauty of the trek to a whole new level that makes this trek as one of the most important treks in May. Witness the abundance of flora and fauna of the region and even get a chance to have a glimpse of the rare Red Panda in the woods. The trek offers some of the most spectacular views of grand Himalayan mountain peaks of India, Nepal Bhutan and further.

Route: Manebhajan – Tumling – Kalipokhri – Sandakphu – Srikhola – New Jalpaiguri.

 

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Kedarkantha trek: Treks in May.
Hampta Pass Trek: Treks in May.
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!