Today we will drive from Dehradun to Monda with beautiful views accompanying us along the way. Overnight in homestay/ guesthouse.
Post breakfast trek to Sunaw Thatch begins. After crossing the Monda village you will pass a small stream. From here, the trail goes uphill for 1.5 hrs and leading to Danpur ( 2439m ) apple orchard of Monda village. The trail weaves through a rich forest of Blue Pine and Oak. After the forest section the trail gets gradual and steeper to Kautiya. Over here there are 2 – 3 Gujjar Huts. From Kautiya, the trail is steeper again to Bushyali Thatch. Finally, you will reach Sunaw Thatch after a gradual climb. From Sunaw Thatch, you will witness Mori and Purola region. Overnight in tents.
After having breakfast, you will set out for the trek to Samta. The walk is on the ridge with uphill and flattish sections to reach Bisting Dhang ( rocky patch ). Once you cross this section, you will witness majestic views of Bandarpunch range and Kedarkantha. Butawa Thatch comes just after this and from here the walk is on the ridge with Rhododendron bushes. You will cross Pathar Nal, Mandi Thatch, Galu Moond, Kalishakari to reach Samta. The entire walk is on alpine meadow with breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Overnight in tents.
Post breakfast, we start our walk to Murla Thatch which is the most beautiful walk of this trek. This trail offers spectacular views of the Pir Panjal , Kinnaur Range, Dhauladhar Range, Bandarpunch Range, and more. Today you have an option of climbing up the Koshmolti Peak (3850m ) and visit Sharu Tal, a small lake. From Dupalto, it is a steep and downhill walk to Murla Thatch. Overnight in tents.
Today, you will trek to Monda. The first leg is a downhill one to Andri Gad (small stream) with beautiful waterfalls and natural pools. This section is a little flat and uphill along a stream. Finally, arriving at Monda. Overnight in homestay / guesthouse.
Post breakfast, drive to Dehradun. Trip ends here.
The following equipment is provided on the trek :
|Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)||250|
Down jacket (for additional warmth)
|Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover||75|
|Waterproof Trekking boots||300|
|Rucksack (60 ltrs)||150|
|Warm high-length woollen socks||50|
*Cost in INR per day
* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true
For travel to Dehradun and back one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (at Dehradun) and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways & Spice Jet. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Dehradun that cost about Rs. 200-500 per person. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. or so and take about 7 hrs to cover the distance. The same is also applicable on the return journey. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.
In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (Apr-Jun) there will be snow along the trail which generally melts by end April. Days are going to be sunny and warm (14-22 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 0-8 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Nov) there is possibility of snow towards the end of the season, which also melts very fast. The days are sunny with temperatures hovering around (12-20 °C) and the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (-2 to 8 °C).
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications
It is very important for this adventure trip that you need to be equipped properly and with a bit of back up. Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.
…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE
Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek
Note : In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.
We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of ‘Leave No Trace’ & ‘Tread Light’ policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the ‘GIO trekking Manual’. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.
This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.
Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details..
We have broadly classified our treks as below:
Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers
Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding
Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.
Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.
Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.
Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.
Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.
06 Days | Season: Mar - Jun, Sep – Dec| Grade: Moderate | Max Alt: Samta ( 3630m )
Day 1 : Dehradun – Monda ( 2030m) ( Drive / 200km / 7 – 8 hrs )
Day 2 : Monda – Sunaw Thatch ( 3030m) ( Trek / 6 - 7 hrs )
Day 3 : Sunaw Thatch( 3030m) – Samta ( 3630m ) ( Trek / 5 – 6 hrs )
Day 4 : Samta ( 3630m ) – Murla Thatch ( 3050m ) ( Trek / 5 – 6 hrs )
Day 5 : Murla Thatch ( 3050m ) – Monda ( 2030m) ( Trek / 5 – 6 hrs )
Day 6 : Monda ( 2030m) – Dehradun ( Drive / 200km / 7 – 8 hrs )
Chaainsheel falls on the border of Uttrakhand and Himachal Pradesh and is perched at an elevation of 3600m. It is in the district of Uttarkashi and it offers undulating lush green meadows with spectacular views of the magnificent Himalayan peaks including Swargarohini and Bandarpunch.
This trek connects you with nature as you weave through forest of deodar, rhododendron and silver birch. Best part is you can spot Himalayan birds like Monal and Ghooghti while walking through the forest cover. This forest then opens up to lush green meadows. It is complete refreshment as you encounter several waterfalls and rivers along your trail. The first leg of the trek will take you to Sunaw Thatch after crossing a stream and rich forest of Blue Pine and Oak that opens up to few Gujjar houses that boasts local architecture. Next day, you will witness jaw dropping views of Bandarpunch range and Kedarkantha while trekking on a trail entirely through lush green meadows to reach Samta. The following day, you will trek to Murla Thatch which is a cherry on the cake for this trek. The trail offers views that will make you fall in love with the mountains. Pir Panjal, Kinnaur Range, Dhauladhar Range & Bandarpunch Range, seem just an arm’s length away. On the last day you will trek back to Monda, crossing waterfalls and natural pools.