Kedarkantha an Ideal Trek for beginners

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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 

Kedarkantha Snow Trek Winter Batches 

1st Batch : 17th December 2016 (Open)

2nd Batch : 18th December 2016 (Open)

3rd Batch : 19th December 2016 (Open)

4th Batch : 20th December 2016 (Open)

5th Batch : 21st December 2016 (Open)

6th Batch : 22nd December 2016 (Open)

7th Batch : 23rd December 2016 (Open)

8th Batch : 24th December 2016 I (Open)

9th Batch : 24th December 2016 II (Open)

10th Batch : 25th December 2016 I  (Open)

11 th Batch : 25th December 2016 II  (Open)

12th Batch : 26th December 2016 (Open)

13th Batch : 27th December 2016 (Open)

14th Batch : 28th December 2016 (Open)

15th Batch : 29th December 2016 (Open)

17th Batch : 31st  December 2016 (Open)

18th Batch : 1st January 2017 (Open)

19th  Batch : 2nd January 2017 (Open)live streaming film The Great Wall 2016 online

20th Batch : 3rd January 2017 (Open)

Best trek in India

10 Best Treks In India

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By Team Renok

These 10 classic best treks in the Himalayas are on the bucket list of every trekking enthusiast. This list of 10 Best Treks In India is arranged in no particular order. Go on any of these treks and you will be rewarded with an experience of a lifetime.

1. Hampta Pass trek – The Beginners Delight (10 Best Treks In India )

Hampta Pass Trek - Best and beautiful Trek in India

The Hampta Pass trek is around 35 kms.It starts from Hampta village in the Kullu valley and finishes at Chatru in the Lahaul & Spiti valley.The Hampta pass trek is an ideal trek for anybody planning their first high altitude trek.This trek takes you through varied landscapes from thick deodar forests in the beginning, through snow clad valleys and finally through the unique barren landscape of Lahaul and Spiti. Generally this trek is combined with a night of camping at Chandrataal which adds to its charm.

Max Altitude: 4400 m

Duration in Days: 4 to 5 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Time: June to Mid November

2. Valley Of Flowers Trek – Stairway To Heaven (10 Best Treks In India )

Best Trek in India

Valley of flowers trek is around 55 kms combined with an arduous trek to Hemkund Sahib. The Valley Of Flowers is a 11 kilometre valley full of high altitude Himalayan flowers which blossom during the short period of the monsoon. During this monsoon period the Valley Of Flowers changes colours every fortnight.

Max Altitude: 3900 m

Duration in Days: 4 to 6 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Time: July to Mid September

3. Roopkund Trek –Mystery Lake (10 Best Treks In India )

Mt. Trishul

The Roopkund trek is full of breathtaking meadows and amazing views of the mighty Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti. Adding to all this scenery is the mystery of the Roopkund Lake with its human skeletons.Why are there so many human skeletons here? Why don’t you go out there and find out for yourself ;-).

Max Altitude: 5030 m

Duration in Days: 7 to 9 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Time: May to October

4. Markha Valley Trek – A Flavour Of Ladakh (10 Best Treks In India )

Markha Valley Trek - Best trek in India

The Markha Valley Trek is certainly one of the most varied and beautiful treks in the Indian Himalayas. During the Markha Valley Trek we cross two Himalayan passes over 15,000 ft (4575 m). We trek through varied terrain from amazing narrow valleys to wide open vistas of Ladakh’s unique barren landscape.What makes it even more special is the unique Buddhist culture you experience throughout the trek. The trail is decorated with numerous “Chortens” and colourful Tibetan prayer flags.This experience ends at the famous Hemis Monastery after crossing the 5150m  high Kongmaru La pass.

Max Altitude: 5150 m

Duration in Days: 9 to 12 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging

Best Time: Mid June to October

5. Chadar trek – The Frozen river trek (10 Best Treks In India )

Chadar Trek - Frozen Fun best treks in india

 

This trek gives you goose bumps due to the sheer thrill of trekking over a sheet of ice hence the name Chadar(Ice Sheet) Trek. During the winters when the temperatures falls to 20 – 25 Celsius below zero, the river Zanskar freezes. The frozen Zanskar provides a stable sheet of ice to trek on. Everything on the Chadar trek in unique from the terrain- a frozen river, frozen waterfalls and as well as the adventure gear you use.

Max Altitude: 3890 mColossal film download

Duration in Days: 9 to 12 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging

Best Time: January to March

6. Stok Kangri Trek – A 20,000 foot Peak within reach (10 Best Treks In India )

Stok Kangri Trek - best treks in india

The Stok Kangri is a mighty 6153 metres high peak but you can trek up without prior mountaineering experience.The trek starts from Stok village through patches of green fields in a cold desert. There are world records for summiting this peak in less than 24 hours starting from Leh. But for an average person the trek takes 9 to 12 days with proper acclimatization.

Max Altitude: 6153 m

Duration in Days: 9 to 12 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging

Best Time: June to October

7. Goecha La trek – A specular view of the 3rd highest peak in the world (10 Best Treks In India )

Sleeping Buddha - Goechala The best treks in india

Goecha La trek is in the beautiful state of Sikkim in the Himalayan range towards the south east face of Kanchenjunga( the 3rd highest mountain in the world). The trek starts from the erstwhile capital of Sikkim – Yuksom. The trail passes through lush green forests, meadows full of Juniper and Rhodendron to rocky terrain with breathtaking views of the mighty Kanchenjunga.

Max Altitude: 4950 m

Duration in Days: 10 to 15 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Best Time: June to October

8. Dayara Dodital Trek – a Bird watchers Paradise (10 Best Treks In India )

Snow Slopes of Dayara Bugyal - best treks in india

Dayara Dodital trek is a wonderful trek which starts at Barnala near Uttarkashi and ends at Hanuman Chatti after crossing the Darwa pass. This trek is a picturesque bird watchers paradise with birds like Monal, Koklas, Whistling Thrush, Babbler, Wagtail etc. quite common.

Max Altitude: 3890 mColossal film download

Duration in Days: 7 to 8 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Time: June to October

9. Pindari Glacier Trek –   Trekking to a Glacier (10 Best Treks In India )

Mt. Changuch from Pindari Glacier Trek - 10 best treks in india

The Pindari Glacier trek is in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. It’s an easy trek which starts from the picturesque village of Khati. The Pindari Glacier is the source of a Pindar Ganga which is a tributary river of The Alaknanda. This Glacier is 3 km long and situated below Mount Changuch. During this trek you get amazing views of peaks like Maiktoli, Panwali Dwar, Nanda Kot.

Max Altitude: 3990 m

Duration in Days: 9 to 12 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Time: May to October

10. Kuari Pass Trek – History Revisited (10 Best Treks In India )

Mt. Chaukhamba - 10 best treks in india

The Kuari Pass trek is also known as “The Lord Curzon Trail” is one of the most beautiful treks in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. The Kuari Pass trek which gives you spectacular views of the Nanda Devi sactuary and a host of 7000m snow-capped peaks that extend into Tibet. A Shorter version of the Kuari Pass trek can be done in winters as well.

Max Altitude: 4500 m

Duration in Days: 9 to 12 days

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Best Time: May to October

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Chopta Tungnath Trek

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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.

Chopta Tungnath Trek Duration : 6 Days 5 Nights

Destinations Covered : Chopta, Deoria Tal, Tungnath, Chandrashila

What’s Included :-

  • Accommodation (Hotel, Camping)
  • Meals(during trek)
  • Trekking equipment
  • First aid medical kit
  • 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)

Itinerary Detail

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!!!

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