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Lodge Based Chopta - Kund - Auli - Gurson [Price on Request]

ITINERARY


Day 01: Haridwar – Kund (1350m) Drive/200 kms/6-7 hrs

We will meet at Haridwar from here board a vehicle and be driven up to Kund. This is an interesting drive. You will, for most part of the journey drive along the Ganga &Alaknandariver before turning into the Mandakini valley. Enroute you will be crossing the holy towns of Rishikesh, Devprayag and Rudraprayag. Arrive at the lodge and relax. Later indulge in the activities such as rappelling, bridge slithering, rope activities, stream walks and swimming in the natural pools. In the evening we will hike to theUkhimath and visit the winter seat of Kedarnath deity. Overnight in the lodge. 

Day 02:Kund –Deoriatal (2438 m) - Kund

Early morning set off on a short bird watching hike. This area is rich in endemic bird species and you would get to see this wide variety in addition to more flora and fauna. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Post breakfast, drive up to Sari village (40 mins drive) which is the start point of the trek. From Sari we will hike up to the lake through a beautiful mixed forest trail. This is a short 2.5 kms trek but steep in places and will take around couple of hours. This lake is surrounded by thick forest and you get a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks. The reflection of the Chaukhamba peak in the crystal clear waters of the lake is well worth travelling any distance to see!! Return trek and drive to the lodge for overnight stay.

Please Note: there is an alternate route to Deoriatal starting from very close to the lodge at Ukhimath. From here to Deoriatal will take close to about 4-5 hrs so people wanting to trek for longer distance can take this route 

Day 03 :Kund – Chopta (2800 m) – Tungnath/Chandrashilla peak - Auli (2450 m) (Drive/150 kms/4-5 hrs& trek/ 3-5 hrs)

Post an early breakfast drive to Chopta(40 kms), which is known as the mini-Switzerland of India. This place is surrounded by undulating meadows and has a panoramic view of the big peaks of the Himalayas. FromChopta we will trek to Tungnath temple, the highest Shiva shrine in the world and probably one of the most spectacularly located temple. The climb is demanding but short and extremely scenic. It will take about a couple of hours to reach Tungnath temple. The golden meadows in this area are very striking so are the views of big mountains and valleys. Religious or non-religious does not matter, just sit by yourself for a few minutes in the courtyard of the temple with eyes closed you will feel very light!. After a brief stop for refreshments and rest carry on with your climb to reach the summit of Chandrashilla peak at about 4000m. The effort is going to be rewarded multiple times with views which are surely unparalleled. From the summit you can see big Himalayan peaks (Nanda Devi, Trishul, Chaukhamba and many more) and surrounding valleys in all directions. Later trek back to Choptaand set out on the drivetoAuli. Be prepared to be pleasantly shocked by the scenic location of our lodge. In the night, bonfire and dinner at the lodge.

Day 04: Auli – Parsari village – Auli (Trek/ 4-5 hrs )

After breakfast at the lodge, we set off on our hike for the day. We will start from the lodge itself and walk up to Parsari village getting fabulous views of Nanda Ghunti and Trishul peaks. From here we climb through a steep forest section to reach the higher grounds of Auli region and reach the ITBP camp. Once at the top we get a great view of India’s most revered mountain, Nanda Devi. After a hot cup of tea and lunch we continue our hike and now walk mostly downhill through an absolutely wonderful jungle section to get back to our lodge. During today’s trek you will get awe inspiring views of the big Himalayan giants, including Nanda Devi (India’s second highest peak), Nanda Ghunti, Trishul&HathiGodi and sweeping views of the ski slopes of Auli, Joshimath town and the Alaknanda valley with the Alaknanda river meandering through it. In evening sit back and relax at the lodge. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 05: Auli – Gurson (3350m) – Auli(2450)(Trek/ 5-6 hrs)

After breakfast we will start our trek to Gurson top. It’s a superb experience of trekking on beautiful & inviting carpeted meadows and having a balcony view of some of the biggest mountains in the world right in front of you. Highlight of today’s walk has to be the up close & very personal views of Nanda Devi &Doonagiri peaks that one gets along the trail. We spend some time in this serene setting and return to the lodge towards late afternoon. On arrival relax with a hot cup of masala tea and a bowl of hot pakodas. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 06 Auli–Haridwar

After breakfast depart for Haridwar and continue for onward destination.

VITAL INFORMATION


Transport Options (Delhi – Haridwar – Delhi)

For travel to Haridwar and back one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (30 kms) in Dehradun and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines & 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. 300-700 per person. These buses depart from Delhi ISBT every 30 mins. or so and take about 4/5 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.

Weather Details

In the initial days of the pre monsoon season (April – Jun) days are going to be sunny and warm (18-26 °C) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 5-13 °C. In the post monsoon season (Sep-Nov) the days are sunny and clear with temperatures hovering around (14-22 °C) the evenings start getting cold with the onset of October and nights are comparatively colder (2-10 °C). Mid-December onwards it gets cold with onset of snow. This region experiences heavy snow which melts only by mid-March. During winter months if the day is clear, then it’s sunny with very comfortable weather. Evenings and nights are cold with temperature going down to about –8 °C. In winters we avoid camping and base ourselves at the lodge in Kund to the maximum extent. 

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

List of Essentials

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.

  1. Shirts / T-shirts – 2/3
  2. Jeans / Trekking Pants - 2
  3. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood 
  4. Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater 
  5. Regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  6. Scarf/muffler (optional)
  7. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
  8. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  9. Raincoat / Poncho 
  10. Small light weight towel
  11. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!) 
  12. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  13. Sun glasses 
  14. Walking stick / Trekking pole 
  15. Sunscreen Lotion
  16. Lip Balm
  17. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  18. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  19. Personal toiletries
  20. Books, if you like reading
  21. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  22. Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

…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.

Our Trekking Code

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.

Acclimatisation & high altitude sickness

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.

Selecting the Right Trek & Training for It

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.

Trek Grading System

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.

6 Days Jan-Jun, Sep-Dec Easy Max Alt: 4000 mts (Chandrashila peak summit)


Sketch Itinerary

Day 01: Haridwar Kund (1350m) [Drive/200 kms/6-7 hrs]
Day 02: Kund Deoriatal (2438 m) - Kund
Day 03: Kund Chopta (2800 m) Tungnath/Chandrashilla peak - Auli (2450 m) [Drive/150 kms/4-5 hrs& trek/ 3-5 hrs]
Day 04: Auli Parsari village Auli [Trek/ 4-5 hrs ]
Day 05: Auli Gurson (3350m) Auli(2450m) [Trek/ 5-6 hrs]
Day 06: Auli Haridwar [Drive/280 Kms/8-9 Hrs]

Description

Towering above the Mandakini Valley, Himalayan Eco Lodges and Camps (HELC) based in Kund will be your first nest. One can listen to the rasping sound of wild waters of Mandakini or enjoy the view of snow crowned Kedar peak. The trip begins with adrenaline rush soaring high with activities such as rappelling, bridge slithering, rope activities, stream walks and swimming in the natural pools. One gets to spend a joyous evening marked by the comfort of our amazingly cozy HELC. Our lodge based trek is one of its kind, where you explore the wilderness and yet find a home away from home to live an amazing travel tale.

The next day we hike all the way to the enchanting Deorital Lake, set at an altitude of 2438m. Come sunrise we head towards the popular known Mini Switzerland of India, Chopta. A hiking sprint begins to Tungnath temple, which is at an altitude of 3680m, the highest Shiva shrine in the world. Dont miss the lonely Himalayan Eagle swaying high, before you start trekking to Chandrashilla peak at about 4000m. After a day full of adventurous zeal, when you culminate the day with a smile- if all you yearn for is comfort then HELC Auli is a dream come true. The following day, from Auli, we hike up to ITBP camp to get a great view of Indias most revered mountain, Nanda Devi. Up next, one gets an up close and personal view of Nanda Devi and Dronagiri as we trek forward to Gurson top. Concluding the trip, we head back to Haridwar from Auli. However, you will have no desire to the return from the world you left to the world you will see drizzling past the window.

Celebrate the outdoor carnival in Kund, Chopta, Tungnath, Chandrashila, Auli and a joyous evening marked by the comfort of our amazingly cozy Himalayan Eco Lodges and Camps. Their unique natural setting in the wilderness, quaint flair, and gracious hospitality will surely take your breath away.

DETAILS
Duration 6 Days
Region Uttarakhand - Garhwal,Uttarakhand

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