A drive of 6-7 hours from Haridwar through the winding hilly roads and we are in the Mandakini Valley. After lunch and some relaxation time, it’s time to hit the Mandakini River with our water activities team. A short hike to the Mandakani River and birding on this day will keep us enthralled. Under expert guidance we indulge in river crossing that feels less daunting. The day closes as you soak in the success of your tryst with the river. Overnight in lodge.
After breakfast we set out on the hike to the beautiful Deoria Tal Lake. We first drive to the village of Sari (45 mins) and from here trek to the spectacular lake. Village life, wooded trails, lush flora and the backdrop of the Chaukhamba peak keep you company through this trail along with tips from our expert. We will arrive at the lake for lunch and spend the afternoon in the riveting natural surroundings. A rewarding 360-degree view of the Himalayan ranges and especially the towering Chaukhamba peak that feels at arm’s length and the reflection of the peaks in the clear waters of the lake make this trek well worth the effort. A small games session keeps the energy level of the group amped, and then we head back to Sari. From here we drive back to the lodge and make a small detour en route to visit the Ukhimath temple. This beautiful temple is the winter seat of the Kedarnath deity and is an important stop on the Char Dham yatra. The influence of South Indian architecture can be clearly seen in the temple, something to boast about when you get back to school!! At the lodge, we reminisce about the day and then get back to our rooms for a well-earned night’s rest. Overnight in lodge.
In the morning, we have an early breakfast and say goodbye to the team at the lodge before setting off on our drive to Chopta. From here, we drive (45 mins) to the famous ‘Mini-Switzerland of India’, Chopta, known for a variety of avian life. We spend a large part of the day here, either relaxing in the meadows or hiking up to the Tungnath temple, which takes about 4-5 hours for the complete trek. For those of you who like an extra challenge, you can also trek up to Chandrashila, which is another hour from Tungnath temple. Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world. Estimated to be more than 1000 years old, it is rich with history; it is said that the Pandavas of Mahabharata visited the region centuries ago. From Chopta we continue our scenic drive to our camp in Chalkot. We arrive at the camp towards late evening for a rewarding view. It takes a 200 m walk to reach the camp. It is a downhill walk through the dense forest. This area comes under the Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary which is a part of Nanda Devi Biophere. We enjoy the evening under the star-spangled sky followed by dinner. Overnight in tents.
This morning we head to Jayalgarh camp, which takes about 3-4 hours drive. This day is reserved for all things water – think kayaking, duckie rides, cliff jumping and body surfing. All this will be done with our experienced river guides. After an exhausting day in the crystal clear waters of the Alaknanda, a hearty barbeque fare will be perfect to close. Live music keeps you company as the night sky takes over. Overnight in tents.
We reserve the best for the last. A rafting trip and bridge slithering down the Alaknanda River is a perfect way to end the trip. The trip comes to a close after breakfast, as you prepare to check out. Transfers will be arranged as per prior booking to Haridwar/Dehradun.
|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 Haridwar 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 Haridwar that cost about Rs. 200-700 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.
Rishikesh – The cathartic city of ashrams and yoga, Rishikesh is just round the corner on this trail. In fact, it is the gateway into Garhwal – it works as a brilliant starting point for the Char Dham yatra and an adventure trail in the lower Himalayas. Plan ahead to add a day or more here. Feeding flour dough balls to the fish from Lakshman and Ram Jhoola bridges, eating at the famous Chotiwala restaurant or watching the evening aarti at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram, this detour is worth your while. If you are not on a spirituality quest, then just hang out at the riverside cafes with a relaxed bohemian vibe. It won’t be long before you are drawn to one with the sound of a didgeridoo.
Haridwar – Another mystical spiritual city on this trail, is Haridwar. The many temples by the river, adipat the holy ghats and the evening aarti are the highlights of the city. Try the Udan Khatola (cablecarride) to Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi temples, apart from the hundreds that are strewn in the periphery. There are a number of ashrams if spiritual travel is on your list. Of the many, the most popular ones are Shanti Kunj, Prem Nagar, Maa Anandmayi Ashram and Saptarishi. Haridwar serves as the closest rail head into Garhwal.
Mussoorie – A hillstation that is synonymous to well-known author, Ruskin Bond, Mussoorie is perfect for a short detour. Roam on the Mallroad, watch the evening lights of Dehradun come on and if you are lucky, see the famous orange winter line that segregates the blue evening sky and the deep dark valley in the evening. Mussoorie is rife with hill station favourites like horse riding, scenic viewpoints and shopping for colourful woollens on the Mall Road. Our favourite thing to do here is to drop into Cambridge Bookstore on Mall Road, on Saturday evenings, when Ruskin Bond comes down to sign books for an hour. Also, do drop in at Lovely Omelette Centre and Chick Chocolate for some mouth-watering goodies.
Rajaji National Park – To be ushered into a world of more than 500 elephants, 12 tigers, 250 panthers and other jungle occupants like spotted deer, sambhar, wildboar, barkingdeer, goral, bears and a large species of birds, do not miss a chance to visit the Rajaji National Park. Safaris are available at specific timings that can be booked ahead. Even if you do not want to stay here for a night, the safaris are time well spent.
Corbett National Park – As one leaves the plains and heads towards the meandering hills of Kumaon, an assuming and inconspicuous little village welcomes you to one of the most significant wildlife destinations of India. The Jim Corbett National Park spreads majestically for over 500 kilometres from the village of Chota Haldwani, home to the hunter turned conversationalist for decades. His erstwhile house, which was later turned into a museum, is a charming reminder of the achievements of Jim Corbett, as he abated the village from the threat of man eating tigers, a species, far from endangerment at that time. Legendary tales emanate from the pictures and books in this simplistic but charming reminder of that marvellous era. The national park is one of the most widely visited destinations by nature enthusiast and educationalists. Safaris, trekking trails, bird watching and wildlife appreciation are the most significant offerings made by the park authorities.
Sursinghdhar (New Tehri) - The teensy aureate village of Sursinghdhar is stationed in New Tehri and promises you an extraordinary view of the Tehri Lake, a glimpse of the second highest peak of India, Nanda Devi and lots of exciting water and rope activities.
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 trip
Also please note this is a comprehensive list & there might be few items which you might not need depending upon the month of travel. Kindly check with us on the final list before travelling
Duration: 05 Days | Season: Jan - Jun, Sep - Dec | Grade: Moderate | Max Alt: Chandrashila( 4000m)
DAY 1: Haridwar / Dehradun Airport - Kund (1300m) ( Drive / 6 - 7 Hrs)
DAY 2: Kund - Deoria Tal (2438m) - Ukhimath (1311m) - Kund ( Drive / 1. 5 Hrs & Trek / 3 - 4 Hrs)
DAY 3: Kund – Chopta (2680m) - Tungnath (3680m) – Chandrashila (4000m) - Chalkot (2000m) ( Drive / 1 .5 Hrs & Trek / 4 - 5hrs)
DAY 4: Chalkot – Jayalgarh (600m) ( Drive / 3 - 4 Hrs)
DAY 5: Jayalgarh – Haridwar / Dehradun Airport ( Drive / 3 - 4 Hrs)
This is an idyllic trip for all ages to get acquainted with the magnificent Himalayas and splendours of outdoors. Hike to the high altitude Himalayan lake, Deoria Tal is completely enthralling with trail weaving through lush flora and offering the view of Chaukhamba Peak. Arriving at Deoria Tal is a rewarding experience where one can capture the reflection of the towering Chaukhamba Peaks in the clear waters of the lake. Rejuvenate in lap of nature as you take a breath of fresh mountain air amidst the splendid surrounding and breathtaking mountain views. Based in Garhwal, Chopta is considered as the Mini Switzerland of India.
Bestowed with scenic charm, the rich flora and fauna in the region is a complete delight to witness. Witness the picturesque views of undulating meadows and soaring Himalayan peaks. Here, you have the opportunity to hike up the highest Shiva temple in the world, Tungnath that stands at an altitude of 3680m. Apart from this, one can treat their eyes with the majestic views of Himalayan peaks including Bandarpoonch, Chaukhamna and Kedar. About a kilometre from Tungnath is the Chandrashilla (4000m ) summit that offers spectacular views of snow clad peaks. In Jayalgarh you can capture the exquisite views of Himalayas and also the pleasing natural spectrum. Jayalgarh is action packed with exciting activities that include water activities, rope activities, hikes, etc. All along you would have our experts taking you through the intricacies of each activity to make it more fun and enjoyable.