Multi activity Chakrata with Nag Tibba Trek

Multi activity Chakrata with Nag Tibba Trek

Day 1: Dehradun airport / Railway station- Viraatkhai (1850m) ( Drive / 3 - 3.5 hrs)

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.’

Day 2: Viraatkhai – Chaurani - Viraatkhai( Trek / 4 - 5 hrs)

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. 

Day 3: Viraatkhai – Tiger Falls - Viraatkhai( Drive / 3 - 4 hrs & Trek / 2 - 3 hrs)

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. 

Day 4: Viraatkhai – Nag Tibba Base, Kathyan (Drive / 2. 5 hrs & Trek / 2 hrs)

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. 

Day 5: Kathyan – Nag TibbaTop( 3022m) – Kathyan ( Trek / 6 - 7 hrs )

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. 

Day 6: Kathyan – Pantwari(1450m) – Yamuna Bridge – Dehradun airport / railway station (Trek / 1 - 2 hrs) (Drive / 3.5 hrs)

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. 

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Accommodation
    • Day 1: Overnight stay in lodge.(Viraatkhai)
    • Day 2: Overnight stay in lodge.(Viraatkhai)
    • Day 3: Overnight stay in lodge.(Viraatkhai)
    • Day 4: Overnight stay in tents.( Lower Kathyan)
    • Day 5: Overnight in tents (Lower Kathyan)​
  • High quality Camping arrangements

    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

    • 3/4 season imported alpine tents
    • Fresh and clean Sleeping bags of very good quality
    • Comfortable camping mattresses
    • Mess Tent
    • Camping stools & tables
    • There will be 2 toilet tents [separate for gents and ladies] having portable toilet seats
    • First Aid / Medical kit
  • Professional Guide (s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
  • Transport as per the itinerary will be provided. We provide transfers to get you to the starting point and back as comfortably and in as less time as possible for you to enjoy the trip. Your transport costs are inclusive of all fuel charges, driver charges, state taxes, tolls and permits and are planned as per the itinerary of the trip.
  • All Adventure Activities as mentioned in the itinerary would be supported by our experienced team of Instructors using State-of-the-art equipment. This ensures safety for any activity and is the lynchpin of the trip.
  • An Experienced Trip Leader would accompany you on the trip. These leaders have many years of experience in leading family groups and are usually people with an intimate knowledge of the mountains. They are also experienced instructors on one adventure sport or the other and are sure to keep you charged with many interesting stories.
  • A number of Activity Experts would be joining the team as and when required. These people are domain experts in various fields like water activities, rope sports, mountaineering, etc. and are the flavour of this trip. They bring an intimate knowledge of each aspect of the trip and go beyond just getting you to do an activity and rather give you a deep insight of the whys and whats of the activities by sharing their knowledge. Guests, especially kids, tend to become best friends with these experts and end up picking up essential life skills that aid them in moving into the outdoors.
  • Meals :
    • Day 1: Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 6: Breakfast
  • Porter / Mule Charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
  • Fees / Entry Charges: Forest entry charges, permits & Camping fee (if any)

TRIP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • GST
  • Accommodation in any other location not mention above
  • Any meals / services not mentioned above
  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc. 
  •  Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  •  Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.  
  • Insurance

PLEASE NOTE

  • If due to bad weather, sickness, natural calamity or any other personal reasons, the itinerary is changed on ground the extra charges arising due to it will be borne by the guests. same will be applicable if a guest decide to change the itinerary due to personal reason. Also if days are cut short on the trek/trips for any of the above reasons GIO Adventures will not be liable to make hotel arrangements at the base or any other location for the guests
  • Guest will be required to fill up an indemnity form before embarking on the trek/trip
  • We request you to kindly disclose/share information if suffering from any major ailment. We request you to submit your health Certificate.
  • On our fixed group departures please note that we will follow a fixed schedule & standardised services. In case of individual requirements other than what is offered as part of the package, we might not be able to entertain them so please be aware of this fact
  • In case of trips/treks with a backup day, where this backup day is not utilised for whatever reasons GIO will not be liable to make hotel or any other arrangements
  • In case a departure cancelled due to bad weather conditions guest will receive full refund. GIO Adventures

OTHER OPTIONAL CHARGES

  • Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs) per person for the complete trek. If you want us to arrange for portage of your personal luggage you can book the same by selecting the option of Personal Luggage Charges
  • Personal trekking gear
    You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL/PURCHASE

EQUIPMENT RENT*
Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood) 250

Down jacket (for additional warmth)

300
Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover 75
Warm Gloves 50
Waterproof Trekking boots 300
Balaclava 50
Rucksack (60 ltrs) 150
Waterproof gaiters 50
Warm high-length woollen socks 50
Poncho/Raincoat 50
Trekking poles 60

*Cost in INR per day

*Taxes extra

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.
  • Cancellation Policy
  • In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:
    • We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing.
    • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)
  • Cancellation charges will be as follows
    • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <15 Days: No refund
  • Please Note
    • Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.
    • In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you.

* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true

TRANSPORT OPTIONS (DEHRADUN- VIRAATKHAI - DEHRADUN)

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.

TRIP EXTENSIONS

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.

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.

  • Shirts / T-shirts
  • Jeans / Trekking Pants - 2
  • Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
  • Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  • Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
  • Woollen cap
  • Woollen gloves
  • Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  • Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
  • Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Small light weight towel
  • Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
  • Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  • Sun glasses
  • Walking stick / Trekking pole
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  • Personal toiletries
  • Books, if you like reading
  • Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  • Carry rain cover for your bags
  • Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  • 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 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)


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spectacular location of lodge at Viraatkhai
  • Himalayan panorama from Nag Tibba top
  • Whole host of activities including trekking, camping, rafting, body surfing, rock climbing, rappelling, river crossing, valley crossing, bridge slithering, etc.
  • The Eco way of Camping – Temporary shelters, pitching tents and building a fire.
  • Orienteering - Navigate your way through a forest trail.
  • Ride the rapids of the Yamuna

Sketch Itinerary

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)

Description

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!

DETAILS
Duration 06 Days
Region Uttarakhand - Garhwal,Uttarakhand

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