Category Archives: Trekking
Adventure Holiday Idea
Want to stay in a place which is closer to nature and away from all the chaos then head to Khati Village. Khati is a Village in Kapkote Tehsil in Bageshwar District of Uttarakhand State, India. It is located 20 KM towards East from District head quarters Bageshwar. 216 KM from State capital Dehradun.
Stay: Khati has PWD guest house and homestays
Best time to Go: April to Sep even Monsoons are amazing. Picture is in the month of August.
Khati is the last village on Pindari Glacier Trek and Sunderdhunga Trek
How to reach: You can hire a cab from Kathgodam Railway Station and takes around 7 – 10 hours to reach Saung Village from where one can start the trek to Loharkhet and next day trek to Khati village via Dhakuri pass and reach Khati and if road is opened then you can drive to Khati instead of trekking.
Saung to Bageshwar 36 km.
Saung to Almora 109 km.
Saung to Kathgodam 199 km.
Trek to Khati Village Base Camp Saung
Saung to Loharkhet 3 km trek,
Lohaekhet to Dhakuri 11 km,
Dhakuri to Khati 8 km,
The Dzuko Valleyis a valley located at the border of the Indian states of Nagaland and Manipur. This valley is well known for its natural beauty, seasonal flowers and the overall flora and fauna. Dzükou derives its meaning from the Angami/Mao word which translates to “Cold Water” referring to the ice cold stream that flows through the valley. It is situated at an altitude of 2438 m above sea level, behind the Japfü Peak located in Nagaland.
Neora Valley National Park, West Bengal
Lonar crater lake
Gandikota acquired its name from the picturesque gorge (called Gandi in Telugu) formed between the Erramalai hills, which are also called the Gandikota hills.This place is also known as grand canyon of India
Abhaneri Step Well – Chand Baori
This is a lesser known tourist destination near Jaipur. Abhaneri Step Well is a water reservoir dating back to 9th century ADRajasthan.It has beautiful architecture and maze of stairs. Its is around 100 kms from Jaipur in Dausa district of
Arunachal Pradesh has several high mountain passes, but the standout among them is the Sela Pass. At an altitude of more than 13,000 feet, the gorgeous mountain pass connects Tawang to other parts of the country.
Located about 40 km from the capital of Nagaland, Kohima is the Touphema Village. It is a cultural village where you get to know the traditional life of the Nagas in an intimate manner. You get to stay in quaint huts, enjoy bonfire dinners, cultural dances and more.
Also known as the Seven Sister Waterfalls, they are located a little distance away from the village of Mawsmai. The waterfalls get their name because they are a seven segmented fall. You can see seven separate streams of water falling down from the cliff. One of the highest waterfalls of India, they are spectacle during the rainy season, when they are in full flow.
This is a 1664 Buddhist monastery, approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) east of Leh, Ladakh, northern India. It belongs to the Drugpa monastic order and was founded by the Lama Tagsang Raschen and dedicated to King Sengge Namgyal.
Khajjar, Himachal Pradesh
This beautiful place bears a very striking resemblance to Switzerland’s topography, the well known romanticizing location. Khajjar is located at the foot of Dhauladkar , in the lap of Himalayas and is 2000 meters above sea
Dudhwa national Park _ Uttar Pradesh
Dudhwa National Park is the only National Park in the entire state. There are various species of wildlife animals and birds that can be seen here along with abundant natural resources and lush green vegetation.
Situated at the river Bhalingana’s source is the Khatling glacier , a panoramic site that just takes your breath away.From the glacier , you can see snow capped peaks and several hanging glaciers in the vicinity.
Compiled from Quora
“We have got in-principle approval from the Home Ministry for allowing satellite phones in the Himalayas, where there is no phone connectivity. A policy is being finalised and it is likely to be announced on World Tourism Day,” a senior Tourism Ministry official said.
With the government nod, satellite phones-equipped tourists will be able to contact their relatives in case of emergency while trekking in the remote areas of Ladakh, hiking in Sikkim, or exploring the wilderness of the Himalayas spanning across in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Darjeeling.
There is a long-standing demand from the industry for allowing satellite phones in the Himalayas. However, the official said there are certain conditions being laid down by the Ministry of Home Affairs for allowing satellite phones like monitoring of the calls made from these areas and the type of phones to be allowed.
Adventure Tour Operators Association founder member India Ajeet Bajaj said, “It will be a game changer for Indian adventure tourism industry as it will take the adventure related activities in the Himalayas to a new height”. About the proposed call monitoring provision, Bajaj said “we have no problem at all with it.”
According to the policy to be announced shortly, the adventure tour operators will be provided satellite phones by the government authorities for use and they would be responsible for its correct use as per the established norms. According to industry sources, the Himalayas attract about 2 million domestic and foreign adventure tourists in a year who go for skiing, hiking, camping and trekking. The number will go up with the satellite permission as the Himalayan ranges are missing many global tourists due to poor communication facilities. At present, the ministry is pushing adventure tourism in the country and announced several schemes like bearing the cost of 50 per cent fee of climbers trekking the Himalayas as part of the campaign,” 777 Days of the Indian Himalayas”, launched last year.
Source: Economic Times
Dayara Bugyal Trek in Winters
Bugyal in the local mountain dialect means “High Altitude Meadow”. The Dayara Bugyal trek in Uttarakhand is one of the most beautiful treks in himalayan hill state of north India The Uttarakhand, situated at an elevation ranging from 10,000 – 12,000 ft. The vast meadow,Dayara Bugyal, is second to none in natural beauty in Uttarakhand. There is an immense possibility for Nordic as well as Alpine skiing since during the winter it provides one of the best ski slopes in India spread over an area of 28 sq/kms.
Best time for Dayara Bugyal trek:
Dayara Bugyal will be covered with lush green grass and alpine flowers of different varieties, if you are a person who loves greenery then from September to Mid October is the best time to go for Dayara Bugyal trek.
Dayara Bugyal Trek in December
If you want to enjoy the frozen waterfall, lake and solitude then this is the perfect time for Dayara Bugyal Winter trek.
The trek to the Valley of flowers is an experience you can enjoy with your family as the trek is along a well laid. Till Ghangaria the trek route is the same for the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. So, if you want to do this trek with kids you will get porters on the way who can carry them in a Palki(a sort of Palanquin). Your kids can sit in them or you can put your daypack and other supplies in them.
The second batch of Valley of flowers batch was a special one for me. There were two families who were joining us and they were bringing their kids along with them.
One family was from Gurgaon and were bringing their 8-year-old daughter Gauri and the other family from Nashik were bringing their son Avadhut who was 6 years old. Initially I was a little skeptical because this was the first time I would take kids for the Valley of Flowers trek. But I soon realized that my skepticism was ill-founded as the kids, to my surprise slowly but surely fell in love with the beauty of the Valley of flowers.
We started our trek early and hired Palki’s for the children. Throughout our trek both of them were very talkative and kept telling me stories about their friends and school. But after we crossed the first village,Bhuyandar, on the trek they started telling us that they wanted to get off the Palki’s and wanted to trek. So we relented as you so often have to with kids and they started the trek to the valley of flowers. But soon they realised that the trek was beyond their limits and we put them back in their Palkis again. After some time we stopped at a safe point where you can feel the river water. This was the time where I became acquainted with the exploratory traits of Avadhut. As soon as he was out of the palki he was unstoppable. He was jumping from one rock to another.
Through the trek I became very protective of him and always kept an eye on him. Generally I have seen that kids are afraid of ice cold water but Avadhut was enjoying getting wet in the ice-cold water of the Laxman Ganga River. After spending about half an hour resting we continued on our trek to the Valley of Flowers. Avadhut was sitting comfortably in his palki while Gauri was walking slowly with her Mom and Dad during this phase of the trek.
The next day we continued on our trek to the Valley Of Flowers and after a short trek reached the starting of the national park(a big boulder and a stream marks the starting point of the Valley Of Flowers National Park). At the starting point Avadhut and Guari quickly got off their palkis in excitement. Their faces were blooming like all the flowers around us.The children one moment were dancing and playing in the drizzle in their ponchos and another moment were staring at the beautiful flowers in the park..They were so enamored with this Himalayan version of the Garden of Eden that they threw a fuss when we were leaving.
This was a memorable trek to the Valley Of Flowers for all of us but especially for me as I had always been skeptical about kids that age being able to really appreciate nature. I was wrong.
Trekking in Jaipur Go fish
|Anil & Rajesh resting after the so called hardest trek for them|
|Our Stove which failed and we cook our chicken on makeshift chulha|
My multifuel stove which ditched us when we required it most …and then we went in to the jungle to collect wood and we were afraid that we will not get good dry wood but we were lucky we got lot of them.
|Our Chef – Anil and our Chulha|
|Yummmmmm It was fun to cook there|
|The Red Beacon light cage….first time we saw it so close
How to do Valley of Flowers Trek
Valley of Flowers is a national park and The UNESCO world heritage site located in the Uttarakhand and about 250 Kms from Haridwar. I am writing this article because there are lot of adventure seekers like me wants to do this trek on their own but are lost in this e-wilderness of internet.
Guide to do Valley of Flowers trek on your own.
First of all reach Haridwar from Delhi by bus or by train and best is reaching Haridwar by train start around 12 in the midnight from Delhi and reach Haridwar by early 5 am. After reaching Haridwar get fresh’n up at railway station and have tea outside railway station.
Govindghat is the starting point of Valley of flowers trek. To reach Govindghat catch a GMOU (Garhwal Motor Owners Union) operated bus “The Vishwanath Sewa” just outside the railway station towards Haridwar bus stand and other options is to hire a taxi. It takes around 10 hours to reach Govindghat. After reaching Govindghat stay in a Hotel at Hotel Bhagat (Deluxe Rooms for Rs 1950 Ph 9412936360). Relax for next day’s trek and alternatively explore the local area.
Trek to Ghangaria
Start early from Govindghat to Ghangaria. Ghangaria is a small town with few hotels, restaurant and a Gurudwara which serves as the basecamp to the trek of Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. No mobile networks here. You can book GMVN hotel through their website.
Trek to Valley of Flowers
Get your lunch packed and start early to enjoy the heaven on earth. After trekking for about 1 kms there is a entry gate for Valley of flowers and pay your entry fee which is Rs. 150 per person. After this gate you will start witnessing the different type of flowers and do forget to hire a botanist with you to get the detailed information about the various flowers in the valley of Flowers. After trekking for 3 Kms you will reach first wooden bridge and there lies a big rock which marks the starting point of the valley of flowers. You can trek upto Tipra Kharak and but generally Trekkers trek upto the Margaret Legge’s memorial grave. You can have your lunch here and return to Ghangaria. Do keep a check on your time and if its raining the water level increases drastically in the streams you crossed, so keep that in mind too.
Trek to Hemkund Sahib or trek back to Govindghat
Next day you can trek to Hemkund Sahib which 6 Kms of steep trek and takes around 5 – 7 hours and remember to reach there before the “Antim Ardas” which happens at around 2 “O” Clock.
This will help you to do Valley of flowers trek on your own and the other option is to book fixed departures of Renok Adventures for Just Rs 9000 per person all inclusive from Haridwar and make trek buddies during the valley of flowers trek.
Hampta Pass Trek Blog by Jai
The Hampta Pass trek is ideal for first-time trekkers as it packs in everything from dark pine forests, open meadows, glacial valleys and an adventurous of a lifetime.
Here is my Hampta Pass Trek blog: The last time I read about them was in dreary textbooks in school, not quite properly assessing the sheer enormity of their presence. It was only recently that everything fell into perspective.
So off we went, into the wilderness of one of the most intimidating yet calming mountain ranges of all time, to witness for ourselves what it would be to be in a place of absolute calm and peace. Our journey commenced from Manali to Prini by road. Then onwards, by foot to Chikha.
As anticipated, the conditions, even for a fit person, were hard-hitting. Sleeping in tents, crossing ice cold rivers and navigating the dense forests were just the beginning of the adventure that lay ahead. When one night, while trying to catch some sleep, I heard a wolf call out, I knew we were in a place where to panic only meant pain. I felt threatened but when there is no other option, it is better to send up a quick prayer and hit the sack.
The Route: Hampta Pass Trek Blog
Day 1: The trek starts with stepping into a forest of deodar, toss, oak and maple trees. The beauty is breathtaking. Soon, we cross a makeshift wooden bridge over the Rani Nalla. On one side are tall deodars that rise to 150 feet. They are so dense that it is difficult for light to reach us. On the way, we cross numerous streams but they are not obstacles in the trek. Soon, the Rani Nalla spreads out into a wide valley. We soon find ourselves in Chikha and start climbing over the grassy ridge. After all the trekking, wholesome and nourishing dinner is served.
The Jwara Nalah Crossing: Hampta Pass Trek Blog
Day 2: The morning is brilliant with the sparkling warmth of the sun. By 7 o’clock the camp comes alive. After breakfast, we move from Chikha to Balu-ka-Gera. We cross a stream “Jwara Nalah” and it is a best part of this entire hampta pass trek blog and start an upward climb towards the closed end of the Kullu Valley. The scenery changes rapidly. Below us, snow patches on the valley increases in frequency. Ahead, the snow-covered slopes of the Hampta Pass reveal themselves. Everything is dazzlingly white. The snow looks magnificent. On the way, a dancing stream welcomes us. I take off my shoes and step into the freezing water. The chill freezes my bones but a sense of adventure beckons.
The Big Day Hampta Pass Crossing
Day 3: No sun, only a light drizzle. We move to Shiagoru via Hampta Pass. The serious climb starts now. It is clear that no one has ever been here before. There are no footprints. The snow is soft and virginal. The pass is a wide plateau. On its eastern flanks are the towering cliffs of the mountain side. On the west, it curves to the left and drops down to Spiti Valley. There is celebration in the air but we make it short because of the rains. We walk down and soon find ourselves in Spiti Valley. We halt and camp in Shiagoru.
Day 4: The fourth day is a Himalayan blessing. There is no drizzle and the sky is clear. Today is the last trek of our trip. We move towards Chatru and then drive to Chandrataal. It is again a steep climb up to the main trail. The scenery is different. I was expecting it to be barren, but surprisingly the slopes are green—but they are boulder strewn. Another surprise is Chatru itself. There are only five-six houses. I was expecting it to be bigger.
Our plans for Chandratal Lake proves to be a flop, thanks to a sudden landslide on the way to the lake. Instead, we decide to go ahead to the Kunzum Pass. It is one of the highest motorable passes across the Kunzum range at an altitude of 4,551 m. It serves as an entrance pass to the Spiti Valley from Lahaul. Goddess Kunjum (Durga/Parvati) resides in a temple on the Kunzum top and keeps guard over the pass and wards off the evil. Visitors normally do a round of the temple to seek her blessings. We then come down to Batal and set up our camps. It is a village that lies at the foot of the Kunzum Pass and serves as the resting point for tourists. Moreover, the Bara Shigri Glacier and the triangular peaks in the south can be seen from Batal.
Day 5: It is a lazy morning as we’ve partied all night. We start only by 9 am for Manali —and back to civilisation.
1)One month prior to a wildlife trek, you should build up stamina, muscle strength and flexibility. Running, skipping, pushups and other forms of exercise help.
3)Carry healthy food like dry fruits, and energy bars.
4)Essentials like a torch, extra batteries, first-aid kit will come in handy.
Region: Himachal (Manali)
Duration: 5 days
Grade: Easy to Moderate
Maximum Altitude: 14,100 ft.
Approx, Trekking KM: 26 km
Source: Indian Express