Budget friendly Trekking destinations in India

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Who doesn’t love the peace and tranquility of mountains and that additional adrenaline rush of a trek? But in today’s modern day lives, putting a dent in your bank balance does not seem thrilling enough? We at Renok Adventures, bring you a list of budget friendly trekking destinations in India  as weekend getaways, so you can scare away your Monday blues. Weekend trekking getaways are not only relaxing but are pretty much a great way to meet new people and make memories being extremely light in your pocket.

Here are our picks for budget-friendly treks from your beloved cities:

Budget friendly trekking destinations from Delhi:

Delhi being the closest metropolitan city to the Himalayas gives rise to numerous weekend trekking retreats.

  1. Nag Tibba Trek, Uttarakhand
Nag Tibba, Uttrakhand
Nag-Tibba-trek

The Nag Tibba trek is an easy and short weekend trek trip to Nag Tibba or Serpent’s Peak close to Mussorrie. It is the highest peak with a height of over 3000 meters in the Nag Tibba range, Garhwal Himalayas and it is one of the easiest treks in Uttarakhand. It’s just 8 hours away from Delhi.

  • Altitude: 3022 meters
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Best Season: Dec, Jan, Feb & March
  • Starting Point: Dehradun
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Trekking Distance: 19 km
  • Temperature Range:0 – 20 °C
  • Budget- ₹ 3500 per head
  1. Chakrata, Uttarakhand
Chakrata-Source-Wikipedia
Chakrata, Source: Wikipedia

Chakrata, a serene hill station on the Yamuna and other rivers, is just 90 km from Dehradun and 320 km from Delhi that makes it a perfect trekking spot.

  • Altitude: 2118 meters
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Best Season: Through the year
  • Starting Point: Dehradun
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Trekking Distance: 14 km
  • Temperature Range:0 – 20 °C
  • Budget- ₹ 3500 per head

Budget friendly trekking destinations from Mumbai:

When Mumbai roads get crazy with road traffic, pollution and buildings, you just want to run to the mountains and take a breath of fresh air. The Himalayas are undoubtedly inaccessible over just one weekend but you have plenty of options.

  1. Rajmachi Fort, Maharashtra
Rajmachi Fort- Source Wikipedia
Rajmachi Fort, Source: Wikipedia

This weekend Trek from Mumbai to Rajamachi has the most astounding sight of the mountains and the Shirota Dam. Over the fort, there are two historically important structures – Shivardhan and Manranjan that can be explored. The serene paths of Rajmachi take you past waterfalls, hills and dense greenery.

  • One Tree Hill Trek
  • Altitude: 2625 ft.
  • Distance from Mumbai: 90 km
  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Budget- ₹ 1450 per head
  1. Jawhar – The waterfall Weekend Trek from Mumbai
Jawhar
Jawhar, Source: Wikipedia

Surrounded by lush vegetation and wonderful Kal Mandavi waterfalls, a hike at Jawhar is an out of the world experience. The village has some really stunning spots like the dam and the lake.

  • Altitude: 1475 ft.
  • Distance from Mumbai: 145 km
  • Duration: 1 Day
  • Budget- ₹ 0

Budget friendly trekking destinations from Bangalore:

The trekking trips neighboring Bangalore are not that long, wearisome or difficult to hike. Rather, they are green havens for adventurous souls that can be effortlessly reached and are safe.

  1. Savandurga
Savandurga trek
Savandurga, Source: Wikipedia

This hill is approximately 60 km from Bangalore. The rock creations are rather a sight. Apart from the picturesque beauty, explorers can also relish rock climbing, rappelling, and other many activities.

  • Altitude: 1226 meters
  • Trek Length: 4 km
  • Best Time to Visit: November to February
  • Budget- ₹ 3000 per head for hotel
  1. Ramanagara
Ramanagara
Ramanagara, Source: Wikipedia

Another destination near Bangalore is Ramanagara which is about 55 km away. It is chiefly a rocky land and quite an adrenaline rush for trekkers. Other attractions include historic caves and Vulture Sanctuary.

  • Altitude: 747 meters
  • Trek Length: 6 km
  • Best Time to Visit: November to February
  • Budget- ₹ 1400 per head

Budget friendly trekking destinations in North East India:

The twisty rivers, the thick forests, the exquisite flora and fauna and the tribal and native people of the North east India can only be experienced by the ones who trek into these unseen regions to discover this unparalleled beauty.

  1. Shillong Peak Trek, Meghalaya
Shillong
Elephant Waterfall, Shillong,Source: Wikipedia

Shillong Peak treks are an incredible experience of snow-capped mountains, several waterfalls, and luscious lands.

  • Altitude:1965 meters
  • Season: Sep-Mar and Oct-Nov
  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Budget- ₹ 4000 per head for hotel
  1. Talley valley Trek, Arunachal Pradesh
Taley Valley
Arunachal Pradesh, Source: Wikipedia

Talley Valley Treks in North East India is a beautiful wasteland and the exclusive fishing and paddy culture of the Apatani Village is a lifetime experience.

  • Altitude: 2400 meters
  • Season: Sep-Apr
  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Budget- ₹ 9950 per head

Excited enough to plan for your next not-so-expensive thrilling quest? Pack your bags today and go on an adventure and go to all these budget friendly trekking destinations in India!

 

Returning from Stok Kangri

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Stok Kangri Trek takes you above 20000 ft above sea level

When we were on our way back from Ladakh after the Stok Kangri’ Expedition, we stopped for lunch at a restaurant and this beautiful old woman was the owner. After lunch we sat with her for almost half an hour chatting. When I was leaving I asked her to pose for this photograph.

By Jai Govind Meena

List of Peaks in the Himalayas

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List of Peaks in the Himalayas

The arc-shaped Indian Himalayas extend along the entire northern boundary of India from the state of Jammu & Kashmir in west to Arunachal Pradesh in the east. The term “Himalaya” from Sanskrit meaning the “The Abode of Snow”. For centuries Indians have been fascinated by these mountains for pilgrimage in early days now for trekking and other adventure sports.

The Indian Himalayas cover a vast area along the northern frontiers of the country and span five Indian States — Jammu and Kashmir , Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh — from west to east. The true divisions of the Indian Himalayas are based on the mountain ranges rather than the state boundaries. From west to east, the Indian Himalayas can be divided into

  • Kashmir (Jammu & Kashmir)
  • Ladakh  (Jammu & Kashmir)
  • Zanskar  (Jammu & Kashmir)
  • Lahaul and Spiti (HP)
  • Chamba (HP)
  • Kinnaur (HP)
  • Kumaon (Uttarakhand)
  • Garhwal (Uttarakhand)
  • Sikkim (Sikkim)
  • Arunachal (Arunachal Pradesh)

My Top Peaks in the Himalayas of India

Khangchendzonga / Kanchenjunga

Kanchenjunga gets its name from the the Bhutia and Tibetan languages which means “The Five Treasures of Snows” as it contains five peaks. Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the Himalayas and the world and the highest in India. Kanchenjunga stands tall with an elevation of 8,586 meters (28,169 ft).

List of Peaks Kanchenjunga- Peaks in the Himalayas
Kanchenjunga- Peaks in the Himalayas

Nanda Devi (25663 ft, 7824 m) 

Nanda devi is the second highest mountain peak in the Himalayas in India. This is the highest peak (entirely) in the country, as Kanchenjunga lies on the border areas of India and Nepal. It was the highest known mountain in the world until 1808 when western surveyors discovered Dhaulagiri. The mountain stands tall at an elevation of 7824 meters (25663 ft). The Nanda devi peak is the part of Garhwal Himalayas and lies in the state of Uttrakhand.

Climbing is not allowed on Nanda Devi as it is declared as holy peak. During my discussion with Mr. Kushang Sherpa (Climbed Everest from all side including Kangshung face and other 8 thousanders) he said that Nanda Devi is the toughest to climb. A fabulous trek that takes you into the Nanda Devi Sanctuary is the Kuari Pass Trek.

List of Peaks Nanda Devi- Peaks in the Himalayas
Nanda Devi- Peaks in the Himalayas

Kamet (25446 ft, 7756 m)

Kamet is the second highest mountain peak in the Himalayas of Garhwal. It lies in the Chamboli District of Uttrakhand. It is the third highest peak in India (according to India however, the rank is much lower as it includes in its list of mountains all those in Pakistan occupied Kashmir).

List of Peaks Kamet-Peaks in the Himalayas
Mt. Kamet-Peaks in the Himalayas

Saser Kangri (25172 ft, 7672 m) 

Saser Kangri (or Sasir Kangri) is the highest peak in the Saser Muztagh, the easternmost sub-range of the Karakoram range in India. This massif lies toward the northwestern end of the Saser Muztagh, at the head of the North Shukpa Kunchang Glacier, a major glacier which drains the eastern slopes of the group.

List of Peaks Mt. Saser Kangri-Indian Himalayas
Mt. Saser Kangri-Indian Himalayas

Mana (23860 ft, 7273 m)

Northeast of Badrinath is another impressive cluster of mountain peaks in the Himalayas. The mountains rise almost on the Indo-Tibetan border with Mana and Kamet as the principal peaks. Mana itself marks the eastern extremity of the Zanskar range. It lies between the pass of the same name and the Niti Pass.

mana peak-Indian Himalayas
mana peak-Indian Himalayas

Things you need to know before your first Himalayan Trek

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Things you need to know before your first Himalayan Trek

Your first Himalayan Trek is one of the most exciting adventures you can take. There is so much to  discover. Probably the biggest mysteries you unlock will come from within yourself. Indeed, many who embark on Roopkund, Dodital or the Kuari Pass trek return with a completely different view of their place on this planet.From narrow paths traversing deep gorges, to ice bridges, to the altitude adjustments in your body, there are real mental and physical feats you will have to face.  When you return home after your first Himalayan trek, you will be a new person and want to celebrate and reflect.

Things you need to know before your first himalayan trek

Things you need to know before your first Himalayan Trek

1. Good Quality Trekking Shoes

 An old proverb says, “Your feet carry you forward in life, take good care of them.” Get a pair of trekking shoes. If you need help read our blog finding the best trekking shoes.

How to buy Good Trekking Shoes 

2. A Light Backpack

Every gram of weight you carry will feel like ten times more than you think after 2-3 days of trekking in the Indian Himalayas. It’s not just the climb, it’s also the lessening of oxygen as you get higher each day. So, start with a backpack that does not weigh much itself, and then pack as light as you can. We can take a look at this nice info graphic to guide you getting the correct backpack

How to Pack your Backpack 

3. Multi-Function Clothing

Wear your pants, shirts and socks as many days in a row as you can. Nobody really cares what you look like. Showers are or non-existent, but there are streams and small water bodies on most Himalayan treks, so use them and just keep your body as clean as possible. This will keep your clothes a little fresher. Avoid jeans or denim jackets. They are heavy, dry slowly, and not very flexible. Take neoprene or nylon clothes and be sure to have a fleece and some warm layers for underneath. Himalayan passes are freezing. You can go from extremely hot to extremely cold in the same day.Try to wear clothes in layers. To know how you can read our blog dressing in layers.

Read more about How to Dress in Layers

4. A Few Electronics for First Himalayan Trek 

You need a flashlight (small), a camera, spare batteries, and that’s about it. Electricity is sparse on the rooftop of the world. Some villages do not have any electricity at all, and the ones that do are subjected to load shedding.Make you have charged back-up batteries for everything.

Things to carry on your first Hialayant Trek 

5.Never Trek Alone.

As great as it seems to be out there experiencing nature in a meditative,quiet way too many people have gone missing in the last few years.If you don’t have a trekking partner go with a trekking company or reliable guide.

6. Get some cultural Information before you leave.

The various people of the Himalayas represent beautiful ancient cultures. Read up a bit on them so that your experience is more enriching.