Reach the Viraatkhai camp by lunch and get set to enter a world of adventure. Post check in, you meet your trip leader and instructors for the trip. We waste no time and get straight into the nuances of valley crossing and rappelling. The topography is perfect for beginners and with our team of experts, you know you are in safe hands. This may seem slightly difficult, but once you get the hang of it (and we will make sure that you do), this is something you might find yourself doing often on other holidays. Enjoy the day, before settling around the bonfire towards the night. The evening ends in stories of the many hits and misses while rock climbing, but all of them end in an ‘experience of a lifetime.’
This trip is all about connecting with the outdoors! Orienteering, hike to Chaurani and nature walk with picnic lunch. From the camp we start the trek to Chaurani, the trail goes through a small place called Viraatkhai, towards the north you can view soaring Himalayan ranges like Black peak, and Swargarohini. Viraatkhai is a small market place for local people with many tea stalls. From Viraatkhai after viewing the magnificent views we walk for another 1 km on the Mussoorie Chakrata trail. The trail continues through oak and rhododendron forest. Here is an opportunity to spot Babbler, Blue Whistling thrush, Magpie Robbin, Tree pie, Woodpecker, etc. From here the hike is a gradual uphill. In about 15 – 20 mins, we reach the second ridge, where we stop for a short break. From here, you can see the Jaunsar region. There are several houses called Channi here which is used as a shelter for cattle’s. Further on, the trail weaves through rich forest of Deodar and Blue pine. After walking for 45 mins you reach Chaurani. Chaurani is a ridge. Witness the Great Himalayan ranges towards the north and down south Doon Valley. Over here we have a fun filled picnic lunch. After having lunch, you can choose to walk down or drive down to the lodge.
Today we drive to Chakrata town (25 kms) and hike down to see the famous Tiger Falls. The hike is mostly downhill and fairly easy and you will be surprised how much the kids will enjoy it. En route, your guide tells you all about local life in the hills; the tribal’s of the region and help explore the fauna on the way. This region is home to the Jaunsar-Bawar tribes. If someone does not want to hike, the falls are also accessible by a car with only a short walk of 30 mins.
The day starts at Pantwari village, which lies in the upper fringes of Mussoorie, a 2 hour drive from the lodge. This is the base point for the Nagtibba trek. Our trip leader, an experienced outdoor professional meets you here to take you through some orientation about the region and what to expect over the next few days.
The climb to Nagtibba base is mild enough for kids to enjoy as well and lasts only 2 hrs at an easy pace. If you would like to have a backup, we could arrange for a horse to accompany us and anyone could take a horse ride whenever they are too tired to walk. However, we don’t reach the peak, but a base below that. Between this, the expert also tells you more about this history associated with this region, about the locals in the villages and the local flora that you see along the way. With stories from the hills, you hardly notice the distance to the campsite, in the middle of a large lush green meadow. Our outdoor camping expert introduces you to the world of camping. The day ends around the bonfire. Overnight in tents.
After enjoying the views of a misty hill morning, we climb to the top of the Nagtibba peak. Today, our expert gives you tips on using the compass and other ways of navigating on a trek – a skill that will go a long way in future. Post the lunch, we walk back to the campsite. En route, our naturalist tells you more about the flora and fauna, pointing out the change from the lower regions to the higher parts of the mountains. Back at the campsite, the recreation team will have games organised for children – with the crisp mountain air, you will be surprised at the stamina for participating despite the trek in the morning. We settle into the camps at night, the tents lit up by the bonfire. Overnight in tents.
Today we trek to the beautiful Pantwari village and drive to reach Yamuna Bridge. Here we indulge in exciting activities like swimming through a small rapid, rafting, river crossing, duckie rides, bridge slithering, body surfing, stream walks, etc. After spending time here you will depart to your onward destination.
We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, 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
Viraatkhai is located 92 Kms from state Capital, Dehradun. For travel to the camp, a combination of train/air and road travel is recommended. The closest railway station to the camp is Haridwar and there are a number of trains that connect to Haridwar from all over the country. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.inand for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in. 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, etc. If you require assistance in booking, do get in touch with us.
There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Haridwar that cost about Rs 500 - 700. 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.
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: 06 Days | Season: Mar - Jun, Sep - Dec | Grade: Moderate + | Max Alt: Nag TibbaTop( 3022m)
DAY 1: Dehradun airport / Railway station- Viraatkhai (1850m) ( Drive / 3 - 3.5 hrs)
DAY 2: Viraatkhai – Chaurani - Viraatkhai( Trek / 4 - 5 hrs)
DAY 3: Viraatkhai – Tiger Falls - Viraatkhai( Drive / 3 - 4 hrs & Trek / 2 - 3 hrs)
DAY 4: Viraatkhai – Nag Tibba Base, Kathyan (Drive / 2. 5 hrs & Trek / 2 hrs)
DAY 5: Kathyan – Nag TibbaTop ( 3022m) – Kathyan ( Trek / 6 - 7 hrs )
DAY 6: Kathyan – Pantwari(1450m) – Yamuna Bridge – Dehradun airport / railway station (Trek / 1 - 2 hrs) (Drive / 3.5 hrs)
A great trip for outdoor initiation for children above 8 years, this truly epitomises a family active vacation. Experts in the field of nature and rafting travel with us on this trip so that you have ample time to learn from their experience. They have all worked closely with children and ensure that the trip is fun-filled and educative at the same time. We leave it up to you on how active you want to get. Back up ponies and vehicles are provided for those who do not want to climb.
The initial part of the adventure trip takes you to the beautiful Yamuna valley at our deluxe lodge in Viraatkhai. Out here, you indulge in the exciting sports of Rappelling and Valley crossing. You would have an expert instructor who would take you through all aspects in a safe manner. The next day is for a short hike to Chaurani, witnessing amazing views and a fun filled lunch. Trek to Tiger falls is filled with cultural enlightenment and excitement to see the famous tiger falls. Next leg of the adventure involves trekking to the Nag Tibba. Firstly, we head to Kathyan which is the Nag Tibba base. After arriving, we camp here amidst the surreal surrounding with exquisite views and undulating meadows. The next day one touches an altitude as high as 3048m at Nagtibba. The panorama of the high Himlayan peaks including the Swargarohini and Bandarpooch is a completely a blissful experience. Indulge in various water activities in Yamuna River. Here the emphasis would be on getting to the various facets of a river like rafting on Ganga, river crossing, kayaking, body surfing, etc. By the end of the day you are sure to realize that what you see on National Geographic of people negotiating a big white water rapid is as much science as it is a technical skill!
|Region||Uttarakhand - Garhwal,Uttarakhand|