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Jaipur Trekking and Cooking

Jaipur Trekking and Cooking

Trekking in Jaipur Go fish

Jaipur too is surrounded by hills and as a trekking aficionado I though of trekking to one of the hills cook food and return. So I called few of friends and children and made a plan to trek a hill near malviya nagar with red beacon light on top of it.
All set packed my backpack with all the supplies for the maiden Jaipur trek raw chicken as our chef was very gung ho about it and all sort of spices. Four of us started the trek near the Jaipur shooting range. It was raining and we all were excited to see the Jeep Safari that to in Rajasthan till now we have seen waterfall in my Himalayan Trek – Valley of Flowers. This was wonderful. Initially we didn’t face any difficulty as we were trekking on the trails made by shephers and their cattle but after sometime it became difficult because all the trees were full of thorns. We kept walking and finally we reached our destination the Red Beacon light.
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
Cooking and chatting It was no less then any of the best cooking shows and on top of that it was a lesson learnt in how to cook without a stove.
Yummmmmm It was fun to cook there
Our Guest
The Red Beacon light cage….first time we saw it so close
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Posted by on April 4, 2014 in Travel, Trekking


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How to do Valley of Flowers Trek

How to do Valley of Flowers Trek

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.

Reach Haridwar

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.

Route Map

Route Map

Reach Govindghat:

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.

Hotel Bhagat Govind Ghat

Hotel Bhagat Govind Ghat

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.

Flowers in Valley of Flowers

Flowers in Valley of Flowers

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.

Cheers !!

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Posted by on April 1, 2014 in Photography, Travel, Trekking


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Hampta Pass Trek Blog

Hampta Pass Trek Blog

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.

Hampta Pass Trek Blog

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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.

Hampta Pass River Crossing

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.

Hampta Pass Trek blog

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.

Chandratal Lake

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.

Thumb rules

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.

2)Travel light

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


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Hampta Pass Trek

Hampta Pass

Hampta Pass is the most delightful treks in the Manali region, located in Himachal. It is a moderate trek with a scope for varying the duration to suit ones time. Hampta Pass Trek takes us over the majestic foothills of the Himalaya, the Pir Panjal Range, crossing at Hampta Pass (14100 Ft.) –


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Here goes the itinerary for Hampta Pass Trek

Itinerary Detail


Day 0         Departure

Meet up at Janpath (near Connaught Place) and leave for Manali by Volvo bus. Overnight Journey.

Chika  Day 1

Drive from Manali to Jobra than start trek to Chika (10100 ft)

After breakfast we drive from Manali to Jobra and start our trek to Chika(10,100 feet). While trekking we can see the Rani river on one side and a big rocky hill on the other. Overnight stay at Chika.

Balu Ka Ghera Day 2

Chika (10100 ft) to Balu ka Ghera (11900 ft) .5 hrs easy ascent.

The third day trek is a gradual ascent. While trekking we will be able to see the spectacular Dauladar range. We have lunch in Balu Ka Gera.

Siagoru   Day 3

Balu ka Gera (11900 ft) to Siagoru (12900 ft) Crossing Hampta Pass (14100 ft).

This is the most spectacular part of the trek as we cross the Hampta Pass and then descend to our camp site in Siagoru. It will take us approximately 8hrs to reach Siagoru. The ascent on this part of the trek will be moderate.

Chandra Tal  Day 4

 Siagoru (12900 ft) to Chatru (11000 ft) 4 hrs. Drive to Chandra Tal.

This day we have an easy descent through the Hampta Valley. The massive mountains of the Pir Panjal and Spiti ranges dominate the entire landscape till the camp site at Chatru. Chatru is a confluence point of paths from Rohtang Pass, Hamta Pass and Spiti. From Chatru if road and weather condition permit we head to the Chandra Tal camp site.


Day 5

Drive from Chandra tal to Manali via the Rohtang Pass

In the morning after breakfast we leave for Manali via the Rohtang Pass. Trek ends

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Valley of Flowers Trek

Valley of Flowers Trek

Valley of Flowers Trek

Nestled high in the West Himalaya,India’s valley of flowers national park is renowned for its meadow of endemic alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic clack bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. The gentle landscape of the valley of flowers national park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi national park, inscribed on the world heritage list in 1988. Together they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya, praised by mountaineers and botanists for over a century and in Hindu mythology for much longer.

This hidden treasure or Nature’s beautiful secret was revealed to British mountaineers Frank S. Smythe and Mr. R L Holdsworth on 9th July 1931, when they reached here after a successful expedition of Mount Kamet. Drawn by the irresistible lure of the place Smythe revisited in 1937. In 1938 he published a book “The Valley of Flowers” celebration the beauty of this extra ordinary Valley.

Valley of flowers trek date for 2015

DEPARTURES for Valley of Flowers Trek 2015 
  • 1st Batch   :  4th -9th July 2015
  • 2nd Batch  :   11th – 16th July 2015 
  • 3rd Batch   :   18th -23rd July 2015
  • 4th  Batch  :   1st – 6th August 2015
  • 5th  Batch   :  8th – 13th August 2015
  • 6th Batch : 15th – 19th August 2015
  • 7th Batch : 22nd- 26th August 2015

Pictures from Last years Trek

Valley of flowers Trek

Potentila atrosanguinea


Valley of flowers Trek

Blue Poppy


Valley of flowers Trek

Fallen Gracefully


Peeping Out


Valley of flowers Trek

In Paradise Called Valley of Flowers


Valley of flowers Trek

Silver Fir


Valley of flowers Trek

Breathtaking !!

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Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Adventure, Photography, Travel, Trekking


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I Support Green Hiker !! Green Hiking Tips

Green Hiker tips


  • Hike in a single file in the middle of the track to avoid further erosion.
  • Keep noise levels low, especially when traveling through a forest
  • Minimise the use of automobiles wherever possible


  • Choose a homestay or a community-run camping site wherever possible
  • Set camp 30m away from lakes and streams
  • Set up a temporary dustbin to dispose of waste by all campers. Make sure to carry it away


  • Never leave a fire unattended this will rule out chances of a devastating forest fire
  • Minimize the use of growing vegetation as firewood. Opt for kerosene or fuel efficient stoves
  • Avoid burning plastic or other toxic substances


  • Carry food that cooks faster and more easily, to reduce fuel consumption
  • A small solar cooker will serve the purpose keeping the environs clean too


  • Never discard rubbish into water bodies.
  • For washing, carry water 30 m away from the lake
  • Use biodegradable organic soaps for washing and cleaning. These will minimize water pollution


  • Do not feed wild animals since human food may be damaging to them
  • Avoid flash photography. Take pictures from a distance
  • Observe wildlife from a distance, especially at sensitive times like mating, nesting and raising young


  • Never leave behind litter while hiking or camping. Stuff the rubbish into your pocket/backpack/garbage bag to take back with you
  • Try and sort your garbage into biodegradable and non-biodegradable at the base camp itself. Ensure that the mouths of the bags are tightly fastened. This will prevent the contents from scattering and emitting foul odour
  • Use toilet facilities and where not available, dispose of solid human waste like this – Dig a 15cm hole in the ground, more than 30m away from the lake, campsite and track. Cover it up with soil when finished
  • Opt for light, unbreakable utensils instead of plastic or Styrofoam


  • Respect the local people, culture and customs
  • Get local guides or choose homestays so that the economic benefits remain in the region
  • Help your guides/porters to follow the rules as well. They will then be mindful of them in the future




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