A hearty lunch greets you at Sursingdhar. After settling in, the trip leader takes you through a small briefing on what to expect during the trip, about your surroundings and some safety tips. The afternoon is reserved for an easy introduction to the local flora and fauna with our expert naturalist; he is particularly good with children, ensuring that the walk is not only educative but a fun experience. Even though the activities are optional, it is highly recommended to join in for the rope course activities conducted by our climbing expert. Imagine maneuvering past small rocky patches with deftness and agility – this is certainly a new outdoor experience you will cherish. As the sun descends behind the mountains, getting the bonfire crackling is your duty – and to get that perfect fire going is quite an art. Some fire secrets whispered into your ears and you will know just how to get one going, through your life. With that, comes the onus of a successful barbeque. While you become the master of the grill, we give you tips from the side-lines. The day ends in stories being shared around the fire in the backdrop of light music and finally retiring to the snug cottages after dinner. Overnight in lodge.
The day begins with warming your hands on a warm cup of tea, while a stunning row of Himalayan peaks emerge slowly from behind the clouds. The view is mesmerizing, often ushering guests into a state of speechless bliss. We take you through a short-pine filled forested trail to hone your navigational instincts with our Orienteering activity (a navigation-based exercise) – a skill that will take you a long way in the outdoors. Later in the day, a loop around the mountains on a cycle (along with a backup vehicle) keeps you in touch with the crispy mountain air. This is an easy ride, besides the backup vehicle is always there to hop on if your legs give up. The day continues to be packed with instructed outdoor games for children. After an active day in the hills, the only thing one needs is a private karaoke set up to let your hair down. Overnight in lodge.
It’s time to leave Sursingdhar, for your next stop, the scenic village of Kund. After lunch and some relaxation time, it’s time to hit the Mandakini River with our water activities team. Under expert guidance, bridge slithering and river crossing feel 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. Based on your inclination to hike, we pick from a shorter trail of 2.5 km (2 hr) or 8 km (6 hr). 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 evening in the riveting natural surroundings. The edge of the still waters of the lake and a brilliant 360-degree view of the Himalayan ranges in the distance make is a completely blissful experience. After spending time here we head to Chalkot Camp which is perched on a grassy meadow with magnificent view of snow capped mountains. Overnight in tents.
After waking up amidst surreal surrounding and having breakfast, we drive 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 to and from the temple. 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 rife with history; it is said that the Pandavas of Mahabharata visited the region centuries ago. In the evening, we drive for 75 minutes to reach the mountain lodge in Kund. Overnight in lodge.
The last morning at Kund, calls for an absorbing bird watching session with an expert. Both amateur and long-term bird watchers will be awed by the different varieties of avian life near the lodge. This area is home to one of the largest varieties of endemic species of birds and is an absolute delight. After this, we drive down to the Jayalgarh camp, about 2-3 hours from Kund. This day is reserved for all things water – think 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.
Post breakfast we head for rafting in Alaknanda River. The trip comes to close rafting. 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 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.
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.
Ranikhet - It literally means ‘Queen’s meadow’ and this Himalayan jewel is wrapped amidst string of mountains and forests of pine and deodar. One can visit many ancient temples and a lake that speak volumes about the historicity of this place.
Nanital - It is a celebrated tourist destination in the Kumaon region of Uttrakhand which boasts of the crystalline ‘Naini Lake’ and lush hills peering over the flamboyant city.
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: 07 Days | Season: Jan - Jun, Sep - Dec | Grade: Moderate | Max Alt: Chandrashila( 4000m)
DAY 1: Dehradun / Haridwar – Sursingdhar ( 1950m) ( Drive / 2 - 3 hrs)
DAY 2: Around Sursingdhar
DAY 3: Sursingdhar- Kund (1300m) ( Drive / 6 hrs)
DAY 4: Kund - Deoria Tal (2438m) - Chalkot (2000m) ( Trek / 3 - 3.5 hrs & Drive / 1 hr)
DAY 5: Chalkot – Chopta (2680m) - Tungnath (3680m) - Chandrashila (4000m) - Kund (Drive / 1.5 hr) ( Trek / 4 - 5 hr)
DAY 6: Kund - Jayalgarh (Drive / 2 - 3 hrs)
DAY 7: Jayalgarh - Dehradun / Haridwar
This trip ushers you into the world of the lower Himalayas quaint villages, deep green valleys, stunning view of rough craggy peaks of Nanda Devi, Neelkanth, Kamet, Trishul, Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and Banderpoonch, bright green vegetable fields, gurgling rivers and local life. While Sursingdhar boasts of magnificent views and proximity to the intriguing emerald waters of Tehri Lake, Kund is steeped in the spiritual vibe of the Mandakini Valley. The high altitude lake Deoria Tal, offers unending vistas. Soak in the beauty of its panoramic views of Himalayan ranges and crystal clear waters. 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, its all about unwinding by the river.
Though the atmospheric destinations engulf you in their relaxed vibe, the activities planned are the biggest takeaway for an active vacationer! Look forward to treks, nature walks, rafting, cliff jumping and much more.
|Region||Uttarakhand - Garhwal,Uttarakhand|