Category: Winter Treks

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 !!!

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Trek Story: Arjun Wahi, the 7-year-old boy who completed Kedarkantha trek

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At the age of just 7 years and three months, Arjun Wahi completed his trek to the Kedarkantha Peak on 29th December and made us believe that kids are no less. We recently interviewed this schoolgoing boy from Mumbai, and he narrated his awe-inspiring experience and journey to this beautiful winter trek, we hope to inspire many with his trek story. Read on!

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Q: What inspired you to go trekking?

A: I love being outdoors with my mom, dad, and brother. I inherited my love for trekking from my father and he is my inspiration. From the very beginning, my dad has taken me on many small treks in and around Mumbai and Lonavala. This year, I learned skiing and climbed down Aparwat phase 1 ( 11,000 feet) in Gulmarg, Kashmir. Kedarkantha was the first Himalayan Trek for me and my elder brother.

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Q: Why did you choose Kedarkantha trek? How was your experience?

A: When my dad got to know about this trek he told us that the highest altitude was only 12,000 ft. and this would be an ‘easy’ trek for kids. Also, we were fortunate enough to find suitable dates during our winter break.

My trek experience was amazing. I made a lot of friends who pampered and cheered me throughout the trek. Our trek leaders Ameen Bhaiya and Sandeep Bhaiya took good care of me and made sure I had enough sleeping blankets throughout the night. I also want to mention Faizal Bhaiya, Harish Bhaiya and Darshan Bhaiya for their constant support, motivation and cheering. I enjoyed my trek thoroughly.

Q: Do you also motivate your friends and classmates to go trekking?

A: Recently, I have not been able to connect with too many of my friends, but yes, I think I was able to motivate my cousins and close friends.

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Q: For a young boy like you, this trek must have been difficult so what kept you going?

A: It was a winter trek so we were prepared for the harsh and cold weather. At night, the temperature was below freezing point and it got really chilly but our trek leaders made sure to check up on me every night and provided extra sleeping bags etc.

Q: Do you inculcate this passion for trekking from your parents?

A: Yes, my father and grandfather are both from the Armed Forces. They have always been enthusiastically active and they love being outdoors and they make sure to take us children with them. My elder brother also encourages me to participate in such activities and he is a big influence on me.

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Q: In those five days of trekking, what is the most memorable event?

A: My best memory of the trek would be the time I reached a small ‘Maggi Hut’ on the summit day. After almost 4 hours of trekking in the dark and in sub-zero temperatures, we reached that small Maggi point. But the moment I reached there, everyone made space for me to sit next to the fire. And I was treated with hot Maggi noodles.

Q: Was it a proud moment when you reached the summit?

A: Even though I was extremely tired, I jumped with happiness when I reached the summit. I remember, for almost an hour Ameen Bhaiya kept motivating me by saying “10 minutes more, 10 minutes more”.

Everyone took pictures with me, Faizal Bhaiya threw me in the snow, it was a lot of fun!

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Q: Was there any particular event from this trip that challenged you?

A: The climb to the top of the summit was the most challenging task, we woke up at 3:30 am, the temperature was below zero. We got ready and by 4:30 am, we had started our trek. I was walking with my dad as there was a long and continuous stretch of ascent and we kept walking for 3 hours and the trek got tougher due to low temperatures. However, I was rejoiced and rejuvenated once we took that break at the ‘Maggi Hut’.

Q: Any advice for young first-time trekkers out there?

A: I think every young trekker must try to attempt ‘Kedarkantha trek’ once in their life. And they must do it with Ameen and Sandeep Bhaiya because they are a lot of fun and take great care of kids.

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Q: Can you sum up your whole experience in few words?

A: It was a wonderful experience and I made a lot of new friends. Trekking in the Himalayas is very enjoyable. I would love to come back every year during my school breaks.

At this young age of 7, Arjun amazed us all with his determination and willpower. Arjun is an inspiration to all of us, his trek to the Kedarkantha peak proves that anyone can go for this mesmerizing winter trek. Arjun definitely had an amazing experience. Do you think trek to the Kedarkantha could be your winter adventure too?

Snow Leopard Trek

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Snow Leopard Trek in Hemis National Park gives you the best opportunity for Snow Leopard Photography and ideal months are February and March. Snow Leopard the most elusive cats can be spotted throughout the Hemis National Park and near Rumbak there are several spots famous for Snow Leopard Photography. Snow Leopard Trek in Ladakh gives you an opportunity of spotting other famous wildlife of Ladakh like Nyan, Tinetan Argali, Himalayan Blue Sheep (Bharal), Napo, Uriel, Asiatic Ibex, Red Fox, Tibetan Wolf and many others.

Snow Leopard Trek – Photographers Delight

 

 SNOW LEOPARD TREK ITINERARY

  • Day 1 Snow Leopard Trek: Arrive at Leh and Rest for Acclimatization
  • Day 2 Snow Leopard Trek: Drive to Zingchen & Trek to Rumbak
  • Day 3 Snow Leopard Trek: Trek from Rumbak to Yurutse Via Stok La
  • Day 4-7 Snow Leopard Trek: Snow Leopard Trail Exploration Days
  • Day 8 Snow Leopard Trek: Drive back to Leh
  • Day 9 Snow Leopard Trek: Return Flight to Delhi

TREK DURATION: 9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS

What’s Included :-

  • Accommodation (Camping & Guest House Stay)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg)
  • Camping Equipment
  • Permits
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced guide and support staff.
  • Transport from Leh  and return (as per Snow Leopard Trek itinerary)

What’s Not Included :-

  • Porters to Carry Personal Gear
  • Foreigner Permit Fee
  • Airport Transfers
  • Mineral Water & any kind of beverages

DEPARTURES

  • Batch1: 20th February 2016
  • Batch2: 5th March 2016

Snow Leopard TrekCost: Rs 39750 + 3.6 Service Tax (Leh to Leh)

Snow Leopard Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive at Leh and Rest for Acclimatization

Arrive at Leh & transfer to your hotel after the welcome tea. Rest for acclimatization and after lunch join our local crew for a briefing session and after that you are free to explore Leh market on your own but please ensure that you keep it physically light. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 2 Snow Leopard Trek: Drive to Zingchen & Trek to Camp

We drive on Leh Manali Road and after crossing the bridge at Phey start the snow leopard trekking towards the Zingchen Gorge. This gorge forms the entry gate to the Snow Leopard’s high altitude home in Hemis National Park. Enroute the snow leopard trekking trail once can see pug marks and signs of other wildlife. Camp at wildlife study camp. Trekking time: approx 5-6 hrs. Elevation: 12,400′

Day 3 Snow Leopard Trek: Wildlife Viewing

During the winter months snow leopard descend to lower altitude so there are high chances that you will see signs of Snow Leopard during today’s full day tracking of snow leopard. Hemis National Park is home to other wild life of Ladakh like Blue Sheep, Argali, Ibex, Tibetan wolf and other migratory birds. After the full day exploration we return to camp share our experiences over the hot cup of Tea and Snacks. Overnight Camp.

Day 4-7 Snow Leopard Trek: Snow Leopard Trail Exploration Days

We will be trekking to nearby sites where Snow Leopard have been sighted recently and visit village Rumbak  and stay overnight in cosy Ladakhi Homestays.

Day 8 Snow Leopard Trek: Trek to Zingchen and drive back to Leh

It’s time to say goodbye to the superb hospitality of Ladakhis and trek down to same snow leopard trail to the road head drive back to Leh. In the evening we will meet at bonfire to share our experiecens and feedback.  Overnight in a hotel.

Day 9 Snow Leopard Trek: Return Flight to Delhi

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Hatu Peak Trek

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Hatu Peak is situated at an elevation of 3400m and only 8 kms from Narkanda town. Hatu Peak offers 360 degree view of the snow capped Himalayan Peak. Hatu Peak Trek takes you to the top through thick Pine, Spruce and rhododendron forests. Along the Hatu Peak trekking trail you will come across sprawling meadows, Gujjar settlements and beautiful pond. Hatu Peak trek is an easy trek suitable for family camping and trekking.

Hatu Peak Trek Duration : 6 Days 5 Nights

Destinations Covered during Hatu Peak Trek : Narkanda

Hatu Peak Trek Cost per Person: Rs 2850 per person (Ex Narkanda)

What’s Included :

  • Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg)
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
  • Wildlife Sanctuary Fees

What’s not Included :

  • Transport
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reason
  • Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions

 

DEPARTURES (All departures for Hatu Peak Trek are ex Narkanda)

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Hatu Peak Trek Itinerary

 

Day 1 Shimla serves as major bus link from all metros and from Shimla it takes two hour to reach Narkanda. Check in to hotel/camp and explore the surrounding area one can also go to Karena peak for acclimatizing trek. Briefing about the Hatu Peak trek and enjoy the bonfire under the open sky.

Narkanda: situated at an attitude of 2708 meters on the Hindustan Tibet Road (NH – 22), Narkanda offers a spectacular view of snowclad mountain ranges. This is an ideal retreat for the tourists who seek seclusion in mountains. It commands an unique view of the eternal snow line, the inviting apple orchards and dense forests. Narkanda is famous for Skiing & Winter sports. During these days the slopes come alive with skiers. The skiing at Narkanda was started in 1980 and since then HPTDC is conducting skiing courses every year.

Day 2 Get up early and have sumptuous breakfast and start the trek to Hatu Peak. Hatu Peak trek starting point is about 1 kilometer from Narkanda at intersection point. Initial trek is through the thick forest and after trekking for about 3 kms you get the uninterrupted views of Himalayan mountain range. Hatu peak top is a vantage point gives you panoramic views of The Great Himalayan Range and you can visit sacred Hatu Mata Temple. After spending quality time at the top trek back and relax in hotel.

Day 3 After break fast drive towards Shimla for your onward journey.

Bhrigu Lake Trek – Beautiful Short Trek near Manali – Renok Adventures

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Bhrigu Lake Trek

Bhrigu Lake trek is a short trek near Manali which takes you to pristine lake Bhrigu Lake located at an elevation of around 4,300 metres (14,100 ft) in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh. It is located to the east of Rohtang Pass and is around 6 kilometres from Gulaba village.
Trek Duration : 3 Days 2 Nights

Destinations Covered during Bhrigu Lake Trek : Gulaba, Bhrigu Lake

Bhrigu Lake Trek Cost per Person: Rs 5850 + 4.5% per person (Ex Manali)

What’s Included :

  • Accommodation during Trek(Camping)
  • Meals while on trek (Veg)
  • Permits
  • Transport from Manali as per the Itineray
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Guide and support staff.

What’s Not Included :-

  • Trekking Poles, Jackets, Boots etc
  • Any Deviation or detour
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reason

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Bhrigu Lake Trek Fixed Departures 2017

  • Batch 1: 6th May 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 2: 13th May 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 3: 20th May 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 4: 27th May 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 5: 3rd June 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 6: 10th June 2017(Open)
  • Batch 7: 17th June 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 8: 24th June 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 9: 1st July 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 10: 8th July 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 11: 15th July 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 12: 22nd July 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 13: 29th July 2017 (Open)
  • Batch 14: 5th August 2017 (Open)

Itinerary Detail Bhrigu Lake Trek 

Bhrigu Lake Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Drive from Manali to Gulaba and trek upto Rohli Khel (9500ft)

We will meet at Manali Mall bus stand at 9:00 AM and start the drive to Gulaba village the base of Bhrigu Lake trek. After quick briefing session we will start the Bhrigu Lake trek. The Bhrigu Lake Trek start through apple orchard and dense forest of Deodar and Pine trees and after few hours of the trek the stunning vistas the Kullu Valley welcomes you.  After 5 hours of trek we reach our today’s campsite of Rohli Khel. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 2: Trek from  Rohli Khel to Bhrigu   (14000ft)

After an early morning sumptuous breakfast, we begin our trek to Bhrigu Lake and few hours of trekking enjoying the views which Bhrigu Lake Trek offers we cross a stream and start ascending a ridge after crossing it you reach the Brighu Lake. After spending some quality time we return back or proceed further to Pandu Ropa campsite.

Day 3: Trek from Panduropa to Vashisht

After breakfast, we start our downhill trek through a small meadow towards ridge with steep descend to reach Vashisht where you can take bath at famous hot sulphur springs. We drive back to Manali. Our trek ends with mosaic of beautiful memories.

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