Next on our trail is Chopta, popularly referred to as the Mini-Switzerland of India because of its undulating green meadows (carpets of snow in winter!!) and a breath taking view of the majestic Himalayan peaks. Camping here is a totally enjoyable experience. From here we will trek up to the Tungnath temple, which at an altitude of 3680m is the highest Shiva shrine in the world. All along the route, in addition to the abundant flora and fauna, one gets wonderful views of the Himalayan giants including Bandarpoonch, Kedar, Chaukhamba peak and may more. From Tungnath you can trek up a further 1 kms to the summit of Chandrashilla peak at about 4000 m. The 180 degree view of the snow-capped peaks and the underlying valleys all around make this trek well worth it.
Another interesting and beautiful part of this trip is the opportunity to spend time at Himalayan Eco Lodges & Camps at Kund (www.himalayanecolodges.com/kund.php). This lodge overlooks the Mandakini river and is in the shadow of the Kedar peak and is a beautiful base to begin and end the trip.
Once settled in Viraat khai Himalayan Eco lodge, we give you 2 options today so take your pick:
Option 1: For the rider's love: After breakfast we pick up our bikes/cycles (Merida – 22 gears) and bike for about 25 kms to reach Chakrata town. This path is moderately uphill with parallel curtains of deep woods. We will explore the cantonment town of Chakrata on cycles and from here on we continue cycling down to the famous Tiger falls (20 kms). This stretch from Chakrata is mostly downhill. We will take a dip in the refreshing pool of water and enjoy packed lunch at the falls. Late afternoon we will load our cycles on the truck and board our vehicle and drive back to the lodge. Time permitting, you can try your hand at rappelling/rock climbing. Late evening enjoy a bonfire along with the fabulous views of the Doon valley all lit up.
Option 2: After breakfast we will drive to Chakrata. From here we trek away to the tantalising Tiger falls. It will take around 2 -3 hours to reach Tiger fall. It's an easy going downhill hike. In the view, you will unite with the astounding Chakrata town and the mighty mountains! Tiger falls is quite a sight and quite a fall. Get ready to be clobbered by the waters of the fall as you delve under it. We will spend some time here, have packed lunch and start on the drive back to the lodge/camp. Time permitting, a few kms before the lodge we will stop at Chaurani and will indulge in activities like abseiling, jumaring and other rope activities. In the evening we drive back or trek to the camp where a hot cup of masala tea/coffee awaits you. Late evening, enjoy bright bonfire and tempting dinner, let the umbrella of stars tune in to the peppy music, bonfire and tempting dinner. Be moonstruck!
A morning without waiting schedules, meetings or classes! We begin with "ek garam chai ki pyaali"! A perfect day for all "Hydro manias"... After a sumptuous breakfast we will drive down to the Yamuna bridge. Here, we may indulge in various activities like Bridge Slithering, River Crossing, Cliff Jumping, Duckie Rides (inflatable kayaks), Rappelling, Body Surfing & Swimming. Once we wrap up these activities we let the adrenaline rush rise with a memorable rafting trip on the Yamuna river. The rafting stretch starts from Yamuna Bridge and goes down till Lohari covering approximately 12 kms. This rafting stretch has several rapids of class I to III and keeps one very excited throughout. Be prepped up to bookmark the splendid panoramic view as we sprint through the rapids. After an eventful afternoon we will enjoy a picnic lunch (packed), change into fresh clothes (changing tents will be provided) and proceed with our onwards journey. Herbetpur is about a 1 hour drive while Dehradun would be 2 hours.
TRIP EXTENSION PLAN: The fun never stops with GIO backpacking weekends, just in case you wish to extend the trip, there is a terrific option of camping by the river side on this day using small tents in one of the sandy beaches. Furthermore, on the following day, you can catch another round of rafting thrill or do a long stretch on Duckies (inflatable kayaks) before departing for Herbetpur/Dehradun.
2 Days |Feb-Jun, Sep-Dec| Easy| Max Alt: 2200 mts
Day 01: DehraDun- Viraat Khai : Meal Plan- B,L, D
Day 02: Activities in Yamuna Bridge- Virat Khai- Dehradun: Meal Plan- B,L
Exam stress? Office burnout? or just a break... If that's all you need then GIO Backpacking Weekends smashes a goal with Chakrata multi sports activity trip! Chakrata with its unexplored wilderness and natural beauty is an ideal place for a multi activity holiday trip. So you get the best of both the worlds... it's a jam packed combo: secluded wonder+ nature + exploration + raft+ thrilling activities + hike!
Who says nature is just about scenic rendezvous? GIO Backpacking Weekends colours the Himalayan canvas with whooping fun and gripping activities. Make wilderness your playground with snow clad mountains and hills covered with Deodar, Himalayan Oak and Rhododendron trees and let's get on with it! Situated above the Yamuna valley it can be approached from either Dehradun - Herbetpur or Dehradun Mussoorie side. Chakrata is a quaint Lilliputian town that was established as a British cantonment about 125 years ago. Other attractions of the realm are old forest guest houses set up by the British in remote locations, the enchanting tiger falls, ancient temples, sparsely located villages and high alpine meadows.
In a world which has lost its paradise, enjoy a realm of unexplored treasures where travel is like God's own religion! The incredible beauty of this secluded wonder had been cut off from any tourism related uproars till a couple of years back owing to an army intelligence establishment here. Foreigners are still not allowed to visit this area. This region is inhabited by people of Jaunsar Babhar tribe.
We will reside in one of the finest dwellings, Himalayan Eco Lodges and Camps (H.E.L.C) in Viraatkhai (near Chakrata). This lodge having cottages and tents, is set atop a series of step farms overlooking the Yamuna valley and is 24 kms from Chakrata town.
On this multi activity trip you get to go on a spectacular hike starting from the camp and ending at an old British campsite at Chaurani. One look at the place and you know why this was a famous campsite for the British officers. The following day, let the exploration begins on wheels : cycling (optional). Your cycling trip will lead you to the famous Tiger falls. For people not wanting to ride a cycle, can groove on the trek to Tiger falls.
Second day of your trip is all about jamming in the unrestrained wild waters. There's beyond pollution in Yamuna. It is a relatively unexplored river and is full of excitement for people rafting on it. But that's not it, you will also indulge in a great deal of thrilling activities at the Yamuna Bridge (Yamuna adventure park). Activities include duckie rides, bridge slithering, river crossing, body surfing & swimming, splashing in natural pools, Rappelling and so on.
|Region||Uttarakhand - Garhwal, Uttarakhand|