Kuari Pass is probably the best window to view the high Himalayan peaks. The views are simply breathtaking. Facing North, the vision sweeps from the gorges of Trishul in the east to the peaks of Kedarnath in the west – the Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Nilkantha, Kamet, Gauri Parbat, Hathi Parbat, Nandadevi, Bethartoli, Dunagiri – (all high 6000 m or 7000 m peaks) are lined one after the other in a magnificent arc. Southwards the foothills stretch wave upon wave to the dim haze of the distant plains. The area is dotted with few remote villages where one also gets good insights into the local life.
Trip Duration: 8 days
Highlights: Amazing view of peaks of Garhwal and Kamaun Himalaya – in the Nandadevi Biosphere Reserve
Places Visited: Haridwar, Pipalkoti Trek through verdant forests.
Day 0: Board the overnight train from Delhi to arrive at Haridwar early in the morning.
Day 1: Drive Haridwar – Ghat
Day 2: Trek Ghat – Ghunni
Day 3: Trek Ghunni – Sem Kharak
Day 4: Trek Sem Kharak – Pana
Day 5: Trek Pana – Dhakwani
Day 6: Trek Dhakwani – Tali 4-5 hr
Day 7: Trek Tali – Auli, Drive to Pipalkoti (1400m)
Day 8: Drive Pipalkoti – Haridwar and board the evening Shatabdi to Delhi
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Cost Per Person (min 4-6 people on a private trip) Quote – On Request
What to Expect
Temperatures & climate: Temperatures on the trip will vary from 20-30 degrees or to minimum 0-5 degrees Celsius. It’s best to be prepared for lower temperatures due to wind chill or the weather turning bad. The days are hot and the nights refreshingly cool. You should be ready for inclement weather in any case as storms build up rather quickly at altitude.
What to carry: Keep it light – although what you carry with you is a very personal decision. Some of our guests love to travel as light as possible while others are only happy when they have countless bits of equipment for every possible occurrence, most of which will never be used. The list we sent out covers all essentials that you must carry. What you are expected to carry during the day on the trail is a day pack – to carry things that you will need throughout the day, such as your camera, extra film rolls, water bottle, packed lunch, sweets, rehydration powders, waterproofs, toilet paper, a fleece or a jumper. It may be also advisable to carry a small flashlight in your daypack, just in case. Good footwear is very important – most trails in the Indian Himalayas are pretty rough and steep so a good pair of shoes is important. Socks, both for walking and a pair of warm ones for keeping feet warm inside the tent at night, is a good bet. It’s important to bring a broken in shoe than a brand new one which could cause severe blisters.
Clothes: A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woollen jumper or a mid- weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. Cotton trousers or long skirts (long skirts for ladies also double as a `port-a-loo’) worn over this layer can keep you very comfortable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight. A good quality sleeping bag ensures a good night’s sleep after a long day outdoors. Do not compromise on your sleeping bag – err on the side of carrying a warmer bag, than carrying a light one which may give you many sleepless nights. Carry any and all personal medication that you may need, and it’s an absolute must to let us know well in advance should you be suffering from any particular ailment.
How to carry: It’s best to carry your belongings in a large, tough duffel bag or a big rucksack. Pack similar things such as clothes, washing things, camping equipment etc. in separate stuff sacks or polythene bags so they are easier to pull out and add to the waterproofing in your bag. Your main bag should be a tough one as it will be on mule back, not the best place to be for a fragile backpack. While trekking you will need to carry a small daypack big enough to carry your camera, water bottle, packed lunch, a warm layer and wind/rain jacket.
Baggage allowance: Your baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals. The packed weight of your baggage whilst trekking should be no more than 12 kg. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the hotel in Auli. You will get them at the end of the trek.
Daily Schedule: A day on a trek normally begins with tea soon after the first light after which you are expected to get ready and start packing your bag. After a hot breakfast at the lodge dining room, we start the day’s walk. Normally after walking 3-4 hrs we arrive at our lunch spot where we have lunch in one of the tea-houses. Lunch break is normally about an hour, or a little more. We continue walking after lunch and aim to reach our overnight stop by 3 or 4 p.m. This leaves plenty of time for exploring the place and for catching up on your diary or for reading. Dinner is served in the lodge dining room and is a three course meal. This is a great time of day for relaxing, meeting fellow trekkers and discussing the events of the trek etc.
Group Leader and Support Staff: The group will be accompanied by a trained and experienced mountain guide throughout the trek. The support crew will consist of cooking staff (along with mules and mule drivers), which would prepare the days meals for the days that we are camping out.
Food: Menus vary from Indian fare to Chinese, pasta, cold cuts, sandwiches, eggs etc. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. For the first couple of nights we could have fresh chicken with us and for the nights out in the wilderness we will have canned sausages, tuna etc & soya to supplement our protein requirements. You might want to carry your favorite snack or some power bars with you on the long trekking days. We will provide you safe drinking water throughout the trek – it will be boiled water with a dash of iodine.
Altitude Effect: Travel to any part of the Indian Himalayas deserves a little more respect than many other high altitude destinations because the most of the regions lie over 2600 meters (8500 ft). People in good health should not get alarmed by this but if you have a medical condition such as high blood pressure, heart or lung disease, you must take the advice of a doctor who has experience with the effects of altitude. We do not take heart or lung patients or pregnant mothers on such trips.
Medication & First Aid: Carry any and all personal medication that you may need and it’s an absolute must to let us know well in advance should you be suffering from any particular ailment. First Aid accompanies each trip. All trip leaders have appropriate wilderness first-aid training and are Experienced in dealing with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. It is advisable to have your own personal first aid kit consisting of a broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude, painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Electral, Dioralite etc). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea. It’s also a good idea to have a roll of toilet paper accessible should you need to go.
Preparing for your trip: Try and get into shape before you come on a trekking trip. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and should be comfortable walking up to 6 hours on some days. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Jogging, squash, swimming, cycling, skipping etc are good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina.
Responsible Travel: We believe that along with the privilege of adventure in the Himalaya comes a serious responsibility, the responsibility to protect and contribute to its ecology, cultures and its tremendous beauty. The “Leave No Trace” philosophy is followed to the letter and we work to minimize the environmental impact of our trips. We are scrupulous in our camping, cooking and sanitation practices; we limit the number of trekkers we allow to join us on our trips and the number of trips we lead in a given area.
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