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10 Himalayan Winter Treks for Your Mountain Adventure

  • 01Sandakphu Trek 2017, West Bengal

    Sandakphu Trek 2017, West Bengal
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    About the Destination:

    Sandakphu Trek has been gaining attention for being the highest peak in the state of West Bengal. It dedicates some of the grand views of other tall peaks in the area. It would be really astonishing to watch the fourth and fifth highest peaks in the world, Lhotse and Makalu standing tall at 8516 and 8473 meters respectively.

    Sandakphu is located at an altitude of 11,941ft in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal and the Sandakphu trek is popularly known as a ‘Trekkers’ Wonderland’. It is not just about the wonderful tall peaks that make the trek so attractive but the untamed landscapes with forests, green pastures, water bodies and many other tiny objects of nature also have a lot to contribute.

    With this trek, you are going to be at the tallest part of West Bengal overlooking the mesmerizing scenic nature down the valley as well as in the surroundings. The trek route to Sandakphu goes all along the Singalila range and therefore this is also known as Singalila trek. You may catch the glimpses of Three Sisters and few other peaks of Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet and Bhutan in one single stretch of snow. Bask in the rays of sun while you are atop the summit and truly, it will be blissful beyond your imagination.

    Since it is a part of the border lines of India and Nepal, you may find the mountain stretches that connect the countries as well as the famous Singalila National Park. At the national park, you will get to see multiple rare species like Red Panda. Also, it is a birders’ paradise, for the park acts as a haven for many unique species of avi-fauna. You will also find blooming Rhododendrons and Magnolia which will turn the forest with red, pink and white shades during spring and foliage hue during fall.

     

    About the Trek:

    Fall is the best season to take Sandakphu trekking adventure and here is an ideal six day trek to let you experience gaining altitude is all the way more joyous. Arriving at New Jalpaiguri makes the beginning of your trek and the first destination you are going to is Manebhanjan, known as the perfect starting point of Sandakphu trek. It continues after the popular Singalila Ridge, which is a beautiful high ground lying at the southern end of a long peak. Singalila Ridge runs down from the Kanchenjonga massif to the outskirts of Sikkim and Nepal.

    Tumling, yet another magnificent point you come across this trek is a part of the Singalila Range. The second day of your trek will be filled with exciting moments of walking around Tumling and then getting ready to walk down the paths reaching Kalipokhri and the Singalila National Park.

    Fourth day of the trek would be dedicated wholly for catching the glimpses of Sandakphu Peak and from the top, the Kanchenjonga peak and of course the mighty Everest. They beckon your attention completely with their seamless stretches and exotic beauty. After exploring the regions with your eyes from the great height, you will walk back to Srikhola.

    Srikhola lets you admire the panoramic views of all the famous peaks situated on one side of the road while the forest ranges and greenery continue to surprise you from the other side. By reaching New Jalpaiguri, the renowned Sandakphu Trek of yours comes to an end.

     

    Sandakphu Trek Highlights:

    - Use the opportunity to become a part of one of the most beautiful treks to the greatest altitude you can achieve in West Bengal.

    - Get inspired by the views of Mt Everest and other tall peaks in the Singalila Ranges and many other for more adventures in your life.

    - Camping in the middle of such a precious scenery would be an unforgettable experience for you. Hence do not miss the chance to know how it feels when you are closer to nature in all manner.

    - Walk past the vibrant villages, watch the culture and lifestyle of the locals and mingle with them to know more about the unique hospitality and brotherhood they possess.

    - Grab the first rays of the sun directly coming to you through those mind blowing peaks.

    - You will also find blooming Rhododendrons and Magnolia which will turn the forest with red, pink and white shades during spring and foliage hue during fall.

     


    Quick Facts:

    Temperature: Day: 8°C-15°C and Night: -5°C-5°C

    Trekking Distance:  47km

    Maximum Altitude: 11,941ft

    Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate 

    Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Sankri

    Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the nearest railway station 

    Airport: Bagdogra Airport

    ATM: You can withdraw money at New Jalpaiguri (NJP)

  • 02Har Ki Dun Trek 2017, Uttarakhand

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    About the destination:

    Har ki dun trek is one of the most interesting treks adventure lovers and nature admirers wait for. It is known as hanging valley with an exotic beauty and it takes you through some of the most beautiful serenity one can ever witness. Also, known as beginners’ trek, you will come across the lush greenery and the verdant beauty of the mountains. This is an opportunity to get soaked in beauty created by the dense alpine forests and the panoramic view of the mountains. 

    Har ki Dun is a moderate trek that can show you the least explored regions of Garhwal Himalayas where civilization has not affected the lifestyles of the simple hill folk here. The forests decorating the area are rich in wildlife and are a paradise for nature lovers as well as bird watchers. This trek can be done both in summers and winters and is accessible through Govind National Park.  The Har Ki dun trek takes you through verdant thickets, terraced fields, glaciers, fragrant orchids and sprawling meadows. 

    Pack your bags to witness the various species of birds and mammals in this region and get a chance to spot a number of langoors near Puani Garaat. This cradle shaped valley is filled with ancient villages that are around 3000 years old. Also, not just witness the beauty of the region, get a chance to meet the local people and learn about their day to day life.  While on the trek you will also see many horses and cows grazing at the meadows and river banks. 

    This trek is heaven for nature lovers, adventure seekers and also shutterbugs. Capture some of your best shots while you head out for this trek. Refresh yourself with some hot cup of tea every morning before you head out for the trek.

    About the trek:

    Waiting for the true lovers of adventure and nature, Har ki dun trek is promised to keep you engaged to the most thrilling moments during the trekking expedition. It’s a favourite summer trek that will take you to enjoy the glorious visuals of vast green meadows, green patches with orchids, rhododendrons and dense jungle will be your friend during the trek. Here on this 8 day trek, you will trek around 5 hours each day and cover a distance of 47 km. Perched at an altitude of 11,675ft this trek starts from Sankri basecamp. 

    The sunset views from the village are the enjoyable ones during this trek.  The drive from Sankri will take you through sprawling wild orchids and Himalayan wildlife like barking Deer, Bores and Leopards. Then you will start trekking to Osla another small hamlet which offering some scenic views. You gradual ascend to Har ki dun trek is adorned with wild orchid fields and from an elevation of 6,200m. Feast your eyes at the amazing view of the Swargarohini and Juandar glaciers. 

    On your walk up to reach Har ki Dun campsite, you may come across the picturesque views of the glaciers and the valley just right in front of you. Though you will have to negotiate a lot with the astounding trails, the final scenery you will witness is worth all the struggle you put. You will reach your campsite on the fourth day. Also, you will come across many pine forest, rhododendron trees and alpine trees which include blue poppy. Get a chance to witness the verdant grazing grounds where you will see a lot of horses and cows grazing.

    You will trek back from Osla on your fifth day and spend the night in the rest house and the tents. On your seventh day you will trek back to Sankri and from there get ready for your return journey back home on the seventh day. Har ki dun trek package will definitely give you that perfect trekking expedition you have been long waiting for.

    Highlights:

    - Harki dun trek is one of the most beautiful treks which will take you through some of the most unknown and unexplored parts of Gharwal Himalayas.

    - During the trek, you will come across the Swargarohini the snow peak which is said to bears bequest of the mythical stairway to heaven.

    - Visit the famous Duryodhana Temple while you are at the small hamlet Osla.

    - You will also have the chance to camp under the brilliant night sky and that too with a bonfire.

    - Pass through the small streams and witness the grazing grounds of the horses and cows.

    - Stop for a while and meet the friendly locals of villages and learn about their day to day life.

    - Get a chance to witness the majestic sunrise while you are at Sankri.

    Quick Facts:

    Temperature: 10 to 15 degrees in the morning and 2 to 5 degrees at night

    Trekking Distance:  47km

    Maximum Altitude: 11,675ft

    Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate 

    Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Sankri

    Railway Station: Dehradun is the nearest railway station 

    Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

    Base Camp: Sankri (10 hrs drive from Dehradun)

    Snowfall: December to April

    ATM: Purola has the last ATM point before your trek begins.

     

  • 03Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal 2017

    Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal 2017
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    Dates: September: 5,11,17
    October 1,11,23,30
    November 3,6,20,27
    December 4,23,30

    About the Destination:

    Trekking in Everest Base camp is definitely an adventurous one even though you are the perfect trekker.  The Everest, one of the most exciting adventure destinations in Nepal is known for its astounding beauty as it is encircled by many mountains in the Himalayas. For anyone who is looking to conquer the mountains, this trek will definitely suffice their hunger. Not just you get a chance to witness the beauty of the region with the view of the Everest but you also get to witness the top of Gokyo Ri, the trail has infinitely more variety.

    Start with the five terrific alpine lakes on the way which will make you feel as if you are totally in an alternate world. Then you will come across the eight thousand Cho Oyu stands right in front of you at Gokyo. As you slowly keep continuing you will come across the 17,500 ft on top of Gokyo Ri, you will the Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. As you take a look downwards you will witness the beautiful Ngozumpa glacier which is known as the biggest glacier in the world.

    Feel the thrill as you take your steps and reach the top where the sky seems to be very near to us and the snow-covered trails will not be very friendly to the conquerors. Everest Base Camp trek is one of the dream destinations for the trekkers and you need to be well prepared to catch the glimpses of the mighty mountains dearly. Pass through the quaint villages, grassy paths, steep rocks as you trek along the trails once walked down by the legends like Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary. It would be the most exciting route going through the unbeatable regions.

    About the Trek:

    Daunting high up in the sky Everest Base Camp is calling its travellers from far and wide to explore it to its core. Take this 15-day trekking expedition to relish the most natural sights of Nepal and the Everest where photography would come at its best. As you reach the altitude of 5365 meters, you will get a feeling as if you are standing on the globe of a snowball. Get bewitched by the first sights of the majestic Khumbu ice fall during your trek and use the opportunity to explore the vast forests and valleys and waterfalls. Learn about the culture of the legendary people Sherpas who are well known to be Mountain Climbers.  

    You will start this trek after you reach Kathmandu and take all your permits required there. Explore the exotic and beautiful Nepali villages as you keep continuing from Kathmandu to Lulka and from there you will continue walking to Phakding to a height of 2652m. The green mountains and the small hamlets will make you stare at it for long.  As you keep continuing your trek, you will glimpses of Everest and Lhotse just before Namche, you will be trekking for around 5 to 6 hours a day. On your fourth and fifth day, visit the Namche museum near Namche Bazaar and then the monasteries in the evening. Keep continuing and you will come across Tengboche which is a small valley at 3860m.

    As you keep continuing you will come across Pangboche village and then reach the Lobuche River and pass through it and take a steep hike to Dingboche. Soak in the amazing sights of the region as you keep continuing your trek you will come across the sights the top three mountain peaks; Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu and Mount Cho Yu. Then you will pass Khumbu Glacier start to see the highest peaks such as Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur. Marvel at the sight of beautified glacier route to Gorakshep (5170m) and Everest Base Camp (5364m) on your ninth day. Your trek will be a moderate one today.

    On your tenth, eleventh and twelfth pass Kala Patthar and then reach Tengboche from Lobuche. You will be enjoying a moderate trek for about 6 to 7 hours. Reach Lulka on your thirteenth day and then back to Kathmandu.

    Quick Facts:

    Temperature: Day: 15°C-20°C and Night: -5°C-10°C

    Maximum Altitude: 18,513 ft

    Difficulty Level: Difficult

    Airport: Kathmandu, Nepal

    ATM: Namche Bazaar has the last ATM point before your trek begins.

    Everest Base Camp Highlights 

    - With the high passes and the white misty glaciers, Everest Base Camp trek will give you an experience of a lifetime.

    - On this trek, you will trek to the foothills of the Everest, the world’s highest mountain.

    - You will be trekking in some of the challenging treks like Kala Pattar, Nangkartshang Peak, and Everest Base Camp.

    - Explore the amazing beauty of the Katmandu and learn about the people and their culture.

    - Visit the ancient Thami and Tengboche monasteries and investigate the beauty of the Sherpa village.

    - Also, visit the school established by Sir Edmund Hillary in the mountain village of Khumjung.

     

    Weather condition in Everest Base Camp Trek

    Everest Base Camp is suitable for the trekkers all around the year but you can best enjoy the snow between September to December and March to mid-May. The temperatures at the summit are never above freezing and during January temperatures can drop as low as -60° C (-76° F). Despite the low temperatures, the biggest issue faced by climbers are hurricane force winds and wind chill. The weather is quite unpredictable in the mountains.

    As the weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict you need to be very careful about your health. However, it is not as gloomy and cold as you imagine, and the temperature generally features the big temperature gap, cold at night while warm during daytime. It is almost sunny and even warm in the summer time, about 12°C (22°F) colder than in Lhasa.

    As winters are very cold with a lot of snowfalls, at times it might be difficult for the trekkers to trek through the snow.  In such weather condition, you might not be able to trek to a high altitude. So for your own convenience always carry some light tents with you.  If you are thinking of trekking in the Everest Base camp during the summers, then it’s the most desirable time will be in the month of April and May. During summers get stunned by the amazing view of the peaks lost in the clouds. You can see the flowers blooming especially the Rhododendrons.  The whole valleys look spectacular with the vast greenery and a mixture of colours. For the trekkers who love to enjoy the monsoons can visit this place earlier. Although it will be a wet season but the dust will be clear because of the rain.

     

    Tips for Everest Base Camp

    1) Prepare yourself mentally:  As this is not an easy trek, you should prepare yourself mentally for the task that is ahead of you. Prepare yourself for the extreme conditions of the weather. All accommodation on the trek to Everest Base Camp is in small tea houses, run by the local Sherpa people. There are options for showers lower down on the trail, if you decide to use them, however, many people keep clean by using baby wipes and a bowl of warm water each day. The toilet situations can be difficult at times, as in the tea houses they are generally not Western-style toilets, rather just a hole in the ground instead of a toilet bowl.

    2) What to Carry: Warm clothes, sunglasses, trekking boots, gloves, trekking stick, woollen caps among other trekking equipments you want to carry. However, the most important thing to bring is a good pair of trekking shoes that you have hiked in previously. Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking clothes that are both cheap and of decent quality. If you can bring your own sleeping bag otherwise you can rent one for about 500-600 rupees a day.

    3) Bring enough money: There are no ATMs in Lukla, so one is advised to carry enough money with them in case of need for an emergency. And even for buy trekking equipments in Kathmandu. It is one of the best and cheapest place to buy the same.

    4) Bring your own Tea: Yes, tea is very expensive at the Everest. But getting hot water won’t cost you much. Carry your own tea bags to be used while on the trek.

    5) Stay Hydrated: Make sure to drink plenty of water while on the trek. Do carry extra water bottles with you at all times.

    6) Altitude Headaches: A headache can be one of the first signs of altitude problems.  Do carry suitable medications for the same. Small headaches are common and should not stop you from trekking or worry you. However, if it persists or increases, it might be advisable to ascend or even trek down.

    7) Avoid the Sun: Taking care of your skin and eyes are important. Sunburns happen much quicker at high elevation so make sure to apply sunscreen a few times a day and wear a hat. Sunglasses are a must have and if you wear prescription glasses it’s good to come to Nepal with a pair of prescription sunglasses or at least clip-ons.

    8) Dress in Layers: Layering allows you to easily regulate your body temperature and stay comfortable while trekking.  It’s even better if your layers have zippers so that you have even more control of your body temperature.

    9) Bring Extra Batteries/Charging Packs: In the cold, your batteries will die much quicker than they do at home. This holds true for basically every kind of electronic you'll be using from phones to cameras to kindles. While some of the tea houses allow you to charge things, they all charge you for it (some more than others). An easy way to avoid this is to bring spare batteries and a portable charger.

  • 04Chandrashila Trek with Chopta Tungnath 2017, Uttarakhand

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    Known as the window to the Himalayas Chandrashila Trek takes you to an adventure of some of the most beautiful views. This trek takes you through the journey hundreds of rhododendrons red and pink as you continue your trek. Catch the glimpse of the distant mountains as you continue your trek. Chandrashila Trek in Uttarakhand via Chopta and Tungnath is one of the most sought-after adventure activity by trek admirers from all over the world. 

    The trek trail awesomely beautified with blossoms of rhododendron trees in summer and thick white snow during winter. As you slowly continue you come across the snow peaks mountains and let the warmth of the sun kiss you at the top of the mountains.  For the nature lovers and the shutterbugs, this trek is a must do. Click some of the best pictures high up in the mountains. The deep forest and the beckoning valleys will lure you away completely. 

    Keep continuing and you will come across the enchanting lake gripped with forest with forest all around. This trek is also believed to hold some of the legends of the past. This trek is accessible all throughout the year. The deep gorges, the silvery sheen of the Himalayas makes the trekkers want to explore it more and more.

    About the Trek

    While you are heading out for the amazing Chandrashila trek you will come across the untouched parts of the region. The whole trek covers Chandrashila Peak, passing by the reverberating Deorital Lake and opening up to the kaleidoscopic gallery of snow peaks in the Himalayan Ranges all the way. The place is highly apt for those who are in deep love with nature, mountains, birds, dreamlike highlands. This trek will show you the beautiful Chopta as well as the holy Tungnath Temple en route.  

    You will be provided with accommodation in tents, meals and an experienced guide throughout the tour. You will start this amazing trek from Haridwar and then from there, you will trek to Deoriatal. There get a chance to witness the holy Rishikesh, Devprayag and Rudraprayag. The magnificent sight of the mighty Chaukhamba Peak will make you stare at it for long. On your second day, you will trek from Deorital to Chopta. The Himalayan ranges right in front of you will definitely make your heart skip a beat.  

    The whole region is blessed with vast green forest filled with rhododendron trees. On your third day, you will trek to Tungnath Temple and then to Chandrashila Summit. Soak in the beauty of the region as you continue your trek. Admire the enchanting summit at a height of 3600m. Breathe in the fresh mountain air as you enjoy the sight of Kedar, Chaukhamba peaks just in front of you. Also, get a chance to witness the endangered golden breasted eagles. You will complete you trek on day fourth after driving back from Chopta to Haridwar.

    Chandrashila Trek with Chopta Tungnath Highlights:

    - The whole region is blessed with the beauty of the dense forest and enchanting views of the mountains. Get a chance to witness such views while you are on this trek

    - Enjoy camping at a high summit and the clear night sky under the billions of stars. Also, enjoy a small bonfire with your friends.

    - Trek through some of the most alpine and forests of fir, Rhododendron and Oak.

    - Witness the endangered golden breasted eagles while you are on this trek

    - Learn about the age-old legends of Mahabharat and Pandavas who used to drink from the waters of Deoriatal

    - Witness the awe-inspiring summit views to the warmth of the forest greens and the distant mountains while on the trek.

    - Admire the enchanting Chandrashila summit at a height of 3600m.

    - Feast your eyes with the views of Kedar, Chaukhamba peaks just in front of you.

    - Also, taste the local cuisine of this region while you head out for this trek.


    Quick Facts:

    Temperature: Day: 8°C-15°C and Night: -5°C-3°C

    Maximum Altitude: 12,083 ft

    Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate 

    Railway Station: Haridwar is the nearest railway station 

    Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

    Base Camp: Sari Village (6 hrs drive from Haridwar)

    ATM: Last ATM is in Ukhimath, around 13 km before Sari.

  • 05Kuari Pass Trek 2017, Uttarakhand

    Kuari Pass Trek 2017, Uttarakhand
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    Trip Starting From: Haridwar

    About the Destinations:

    Situated in the Garhwal Himalayas, Kuari Pass trek is another hidden gem of nature. This trek is mainly used by the local shepherd; this trek offers some of the best views of the Himalayas. Kuari meaning a getaway is known for its breathtaking views from the top. The trek originates in Joshimath which is known as the meeting points of many religious pilgrimages. The route takes you through some of the beautiful views with a brief stopover at Devaprayag, before it gradually ascends to take you to heights that end with a mesmerising view of the Nanda Devi summit in all its glory. 

    Kuari Pass trekking can be best enjoyed during the month of winter. One can also see a lot of dense mountain forests while doing the trek. Get a chance to meet with the local people and learn about their rich culture and tradition of this region. Spend some time witnessing the beauty of this region while you head out for this trek. The trek is perfectly crafted for beginners as well. Trek through the oak and rhododendrons and breath in the fresh mountain air as you keep continuing your trek. 

    As you continue trekking through the jungles you will come across a meadow and from where you can get the perfect view of two different perspectives together. Another best part about this trek is the one of a kind campsite. Trekking is not just about exploring the places but it also gives you a fantastic option of camping. Camping under the billions of start is something which you don’t get to do usually. Get ready for this perfect trek this time and make your vacation an exciting and thrilling one.

    About the Trek:

    For the ones who are looking for an exciting trekking experience then the Kuari  Pass trek is the perfect trek for you. Completed within a period of 6 days, this trek takes you through some of the spectacular views of the Nanda Devi sanctuary and some of the majestic mountains standing firm and waiting for you to discover. Know as the doorway to the Himalayas, this mountain pass is located in the Gharwal region of northern India. This amazing trek is also known as The Curzon Trail. 

    You will start this trek from Haridwar and then drive t Joshimath. As you head out in your drive you will come across the confluence holy confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda Rivers which forms River Ganges. On your second day, you will start with a short 12km drive to Dhak Village from where you will begin your trek. Watch the majestic Dhauli Ganga River as you take the trail through the dense forest of oak, deodar, and rhododendrons. On your third day, you will trek from Chitrakantha to Tali Top which will be around 6 km.  

    Trek through the dense forest of rhododendrons, spruce, and silver birch. Then you will take an uphill which will be around 3kms. Your fourth-day trekking will be a bit longer one than the usual. You will catch the glimpse of the famous of Nanda Devi Peak from there which is truly amazing. On your fifth day, you will trek from Auli. Arrive at the motorable road and take your ride back to Joshimath.  You will end this exciting trek on the sixth day.

    Kuari Pass Trek Highlights:

    -Get a chance to witness the many waterfalls and stream through the trek.  Feast your eyes as you see the thousands of waterfalls flowing down through such a height that it appears as they are falling straight from the sky.

    -Enjoy camping near the cascading water and the clean night sky under the billions of stars. Also, enjoy a small bonfire with your friends.

    -Trek through some of the most alpine and forests of fir, Rhododendron and Oak.

    -Get a chance to witness the rare flora and fauna of this region as you continue your trek.

    -Enclosed by mountains, this is the perfect place for taking some amazing photographs.

    -Admire the Nanda Devi summit in all its glory while as you keep continuing your trek.

    -And also meet the local people here and share a cup of tea while you learn about their culture.


    Quick Facts:

    Trip Starting From: Haridwar

    Temperature:  Day: 13°C-18°C and Night: -3°C-4°C

    Trekking Distance:  33km

    Maximum Altitude: 12,516 ft

    Difficulty Level: Easy To Moderate 

    Railway Station: Haridwar is the nearest railway station 

    Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

    ATM: ATMs are there in  Joshimath.

  • 06Chadar Trek - Frozen River Zanskar Trek - 2018, Ladakh

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    Known for its enchanting beauty with the snow capped mountains, Chadar Trek is just the perfect trek for the ones who are looking for some adventure. Ladakh has always a magical charm that haunts every traveller or adventure lover even after multiple visits. The ingredients making Ladakh beautiful are plenty and they have the specific influence on the visitors. One such ingredient is Chadar Frozen River and the trek upon it. 

    The Chadar trek is a connecting link between the villages in the Zanskar Valley with Chilling which has been used as the route for trade and this is the only reliable route to connect with the outer world during February when the ice is most stable. The snow-capped mountains and the frozen lake will definitely make your adventure an exciting one.   A land like no other with the superabundance of attractions to visit and phantasmagoric and astounding scenes, stunning individuals and culture, Ladakh is genuinely a paradise on Earth. 

    With the beauty of two world's mightiest mountain runs, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, it lies athwart two other, the Ladakh and the Zanskar. Ladakh is otherworldly in every one of the circles it covers, from nature, topography, views to the unobtrusive societies that it cultivates. Ideal from gompas to the exciting momos, the superabundance of attractions to visit influences this city to make it paradise on earth. It is said that exclusive in Ladakh can a man sitting in the sun with his feet in the shade experience the ill effects of sunstroke and frostbite in the meantime.

    About the Trek:

    Chadar Trek is without any doubt the most beautiful trek in the world. This trek takes you through the magnificent beauty of the region with the hills and the valleys. The best part about Chadar trek is that you will walk on the frozen river trek Zanskar shinning bright and beckoning you to explore it more. This exciting 9-day Chadar trek which is rated as difficult as the trail goes through the thick snow cover till an awesome height of 11123 feet above sea level. And remember, this is not for the faint-hearted ones since the spine-chilling cold will not be friendly to all. 

    On an average, you would be covering 75 kilometres by trekking alone with this glacier walk. During your trek, you will get a chance to witness the sunrise from the mighty Shanti Stupa. You will trek to Tsomo Paler on your third day and then continue to Gyalpo via Shingra Koma. Keep continuing your trek and you will come across the frozen Zanskar which is around 14 kilometres. As you keep moving forwards you will come across the famous Dibb Cave. 

    On your fifth day, you will reach the famous Nyerak Village which is a beautiful place suitable for sightseeing. Enjoy camping under the clear night sky while you explore the Dibba caves. On your seventh day, start off the trek to Shinga Koma which is another beautiful campsite. On your eight day, you will leave for Leh and there explore the nearby areas. Visit the monasteries and listen to the chanting of the monks and the distant bell ringing which will lure you away. Conclude this thrilling trek in a period of 9 days and head back home.  The ice can be as hazardous now and again as it can be sheltered amid others.

    One needs to make sense of the sheltered ways over the dubious sheet and should dependably know about the ice conditions underneath the feet. The trekkers can camp in the caverns along the banks like local people or set up tents where the ice is the steadiest.

    Quick Facts:

    Temperature: 15 to 20 degrees (during the day) and -25 to -35 degrees (during the night)

    Trekking Distance:  75km

    Maximum Altitude: 11,123ft

    Difficulty Level: Difficult 

    Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh

    Highlights of Chadar Trek:

    - The Zanskar trek is considered as one of the most beautiful and sought off treks in the world. So doing this trek will be a lifetime experience for you.

    - Get a chance to walk through the thin sheet of ice of the Zanskar River and also witness the magical charms of the mountains calling you from the distant.

    - Meet the friendly local people here and visit the beautiful monasteries perched high up in the mountains and listen to the bells ringing luring away the distant travellers.

    - Enjoy camping under the billions of stars shining bright and twinkling every time you stare at the vast sky.

    - Explore the famous Dibba caves during this magnificent trek and catch the glimpse of the valleys and the flickering lights at the villages.

     

    Tips for Chadar trek

    1) Be Mentally Prepared: While you are heading out for you Chadar trek you have to be mentally prepared. This is a difficult trek that comes with a lot of extremities. From the weather to the physical requirement you will have to get prepared. As you will be trekking in sub-zero level so prepare your mind about that. For centuries Chadar is used as the only way to commute to Leh during winters. Your mental strength will signal your body to withstand the cold climb.

    2) Keep Warm: As the temperature falls severely on this trek you have to keep yourself warm. To keep going and not be deterred by the weather conditions, use 4 layers for the Torso that includes, a jacket and a wind sheter which is waterproof and has a fleece lining. For the bottom, a base layer, thermal underpants and waterproof pants with a fleece lining, should suffice. Make sure your fleece and jackets have zips down the front so that you can unzip them as the day grows progressively warmer.

    3) Keep a woollen cap and gloves (a must).Essentially you need to sleep well during the night to keep you fresh for the next day of the trek. Keep an insulating water bottle to keep your sleeping bag warm during the night. Use Silk liner inside your bags to keep it warm enough.

    4) Proper Footwear:  Hiking shoes + Gumboots At occasions, trekking on the Chadar involves wading through knee-deep cold water. Though hiking shoes are highly recommended, gumboots help keep your shoes and feet secure from the icy cold water. It is practically impossible to dry anything at Chadar, so gumboots are a compulsory and a crucial addition to the footwear.

    5) Expect sweet pain: The frozen chadar trek can be slippery at the time and you might get slipped at times. Be very careful while you walk on the thin glossy slippery sheet of ice. If you fall, just get back up by rolling on your knees and keep walking with confidence. Gumboots might give you shoe bites, but you’ll get used to it as you walk.

    6) Observe and keep moving: The locals can give you a firsthand training of how to cross the lake on your foot. On a closer observation, you would notice that they walk fast and take Penguin like strides on the ice. As you watch them, you will learn their ways of manoeuvring around on the ice blanket and learn when it is wiser to wait than to carry on or the reverse.

    7) Keep your electronics warm: Extreme cold climate can ruin electronics. Hence keep them warm by keeping them safe by tucking them in your pockets closer to your body it will keep them warm and long-lasting.

    8) Protect your fingers and toes: In sub-zero temperatures, fingers and toes are the most exposed and can be frozen resulting into bad pain when camping. Carry waterproof woolen socks and gloves. An extra pair of socks would help as they gather moisture while wearing gumboots.

    Do's and Dont's on Chadar trek

    Do’s of Chadar Trek

    - Before starting your trek one should inform one’s family before coming for this trek, so in case of any emergency, they can come for help.

    - As the temperature keeps on dropping here it is advisable that Warm and layered garments are suggested as is being progressed however much as could be expected. Keeping the body warm and avoid mouth blisters and furthermore shield the blood from solidifying.

    - Also, wear waterproof shoes which will help you through your trek.

    - Do carry your required medicines and first aid kit as you won’t find pharmacies on your trek.

    - The area of this trek has hardly any shop to stop for food or drinks, hence it is advisable to carry water and energy giving food like energy bars and other eateries to be had at regular intervals. We also travel with plenty of water.

     

    Dont’s of Chadar Trek

    - As this place is known for its beauty and surroundings, it is the responsibility of every trekker to see that they do not litter and spoil the magnificence of the region.

    - As you keep continuing your trek you will come across beautiful waterfalls. Do not contaminate the water by using shampoo and soaps. The local habitat tribes use this water for drinking purpose so one

    - Do not pinpoint and monks or other locals residing in the region while you meet the local people as well the monks here.

    - Respect the serenity of the shrines and thus one should never disturb the monks or prayers in the monasteries on the route.

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    About the Destination:

    Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of daily life Indrahar Pass trek is just the perfect for the ones looking for some adventure getaway.  There is no doubt in that Himachal Pradesh is one of the most alluring destinations in the world. Safely hidden in the bosom of mighty Himalayas, this destination is home to several high mountain passes, peaks and gushing rivers Located at a towering height of  4,324ft above the sea level Indrahar Pass, is one of the most sought of a trek that entices trekkers from across the globe. 

    Indrahar pass is also popular among the tourist due to its close proximity with Dharamshala. This magnificent trek takes you through some of the scenic beauty of the region. Offering breathtaking and spectacular views of the snow-clad peaks like of Mani Mahesh Kailash and the snow-covered Pir Panjal Range this trek keeps the trekkers all busy.  Not just this you will also come across some of the exotic flora and fauna of this region. Listen to the chirping of the birds and the gushing waterfalls as you keep continuing your trek. The flickering lights at the distant hamlets and the cosy little houses will lure you away completely. 

    This trek is considered as a moderate trek as you will pass through some steep trails and challenging ascents. As you keep continuing your trek you will pass through the green pastures, dense Deodar and Rhododendron forests. You will also get a chance to trek through the trails of the Gaddi Shepherds who used this trekking trail for their sheep for grazing in the upper Ravi valley and Lahaul.

    About the Trek:

    Indrahar Pass trek originated from McLeod Ganj and takes you through a journey of some of the scenic marvels and opulent beauty of the Himalayan Ranges. Your trek passes through the Dhauladhar Range of the Himalayas and takes you around 4 days to complete your trek. Throughout the trek, you will come across few amount of ample challenges and difficulties. Head out for an exploration and discover the natural beauty and the fascinating charm of the high Indrahar Pass. 

    The trekkers will also get to explore and enjoy camping around the Lahesh Caves on their way. The panoramic views of Dhauladhar and other Himalayan peaks are the add-ons of this astounding trek. This magnificent trek starts from  McLeodganj (Dharamsala) and takes you through the impressive snowclad mountains of Dhauladhar range. Catch the majestic glimpse of the Pin Panjal mountain ranges. Soak in the amazing sight of the region with the distant valley, green meadows and the beckoning mountains. 

    Discover the fascinating Lahesh Caves while you trek from Triund to Ilaqa Got. Pass through the Hindu temple and the villages as you keep continuing your trek. The trek will be a bit difficult one on your third day, as you will be mostly passing through the steep terrain. You will be trekking through the rocky boulders which will slowly lead you to the Indrahar Pass.  Get a chance to witness the wild goats, leopard and Monal bird as you keep continuing your trek. You will conclude this trek on your fourth day after you trek back through the same route.

    Indrahar Pass Trek Highlights:

    -Indrahar trek takes you through the journey of the most enchanting beauty of the region in a period of 4 days.

    -Get a chance to witness the magnificent peaks of Dhauladhar ranges, Pir Panjal as you keep continuing your trek.

    -Catch the glimpse of the famous Mani Mahesh Kailash on your way and also explore the famous Lahesh Caves which is another beauty hidden in this region.

    -Explore the exotic flora and fauna of this region. Witness the wild goats, leopard and Monal bird during your trek.

    -Enjoy camping under the clear night sky high up in the mountains and the warm bonfire makes your evening cosier.


    Quick Facts:

    Trekking Distance:  35km

    Maximum Altitude:14,245ft

    Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult

    Railway Station: Pathankot Railway Station is the nearest railway station which 85kms from Dharamshala.

    Airport: Kangra Airport, Dehradun

  • 08Goechala Trek 2017, Sikkim

    Goechala Trek 2017, Sikkim
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    About the Destination: 

    Nestled amidst vibrant and colourful flora and fauna, Goecha La trek is the dream and desire of the adventure lovers around the world. This trek is located in Sikkim and is also a way to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park starting from Yuksom, this trek takes you through beautiful landscapes that are filled with exotic flowers and immensely attractive meadows and forests. During the trek, you will come across the famous The Rathong Chu River. 

    You can also enjoy the most alluring views of the Mt Kanchenjunga. Considered as a beautiful trek, this trek will take you the grand view of the mountains. You will not only get to witness the summit of Kanchenjunga but with that, you will see 14 other summits. As you slowly continue you will also come across some of the sights of the various other valleys and the distant mountains.  Pass through the dense forest of oaks, rhododendrons, firs, oranges etc. 

    The sight of the razor-sharp mountains will blow your mind away. Goechala is considered to be the closest to the big mountain treks of Nepal. Take some time to stare at the glory of the mountains while you reach the summit. Although known as a difficult trek, this trek will make your adventure a lot more interesting while you witness the amazing views.

    About the Trek:

    Goecha La Trek is said to be one of the toughest but most beautiful treks in the world. Trekking to a high altitude might be very difficult at times, but this trek will take you through the journey of some of the best sights in the world. Not only will you get to watch the summit of the Kanchenjunga but 14 other summits as well. You will start your trek from Yuksom and you will take a drive to this exotic little town. Start trekking through some of the amazing beauty of the region. 

    Cross the Rathong River and pass through the Paha Khola Bridge. On your third day, you will continue trekking to Tshokha which is located at a 9,700ft. This trek will take you through the aromatic viburnum plantations and then you will pass through Prek Chu River and hike uphill for around 2-3 hours to reach Bakhim. As you continue you will come across the scenic forest which will slowly take you take you to Phedang. Soak in the mesmerizing sights of Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Khangchendzonga, Simvo and Pandim peaks. 

    On your sixth and seventh day, you will be continuing your trek to Dzongri to Thangshing. The stunning views of the Kanchenjunga and Pandim peaks will keep you enchanted all through the way. As you continue your trek, you will come across the Dzongri Plateau and the deciduous forests of Phedang. The views of enchanting peaks will keep you occupied all the time. You will be completing this trek within a period of 11 days.

     

    Goecha La trek Highlights:

    -Goecha La trek not only gives you the perfect views of Kanchenjunga from the summit but in addition to this you can to witness 14 other summits.

    -Enjoy camping near the cascading water and the clean night sky under the billions of stars. Also, enjoy a small bonfire with your friends.

    -Trek through some of the most alpine and forests of fir, Rhododendron and Oak.

    -Get a chance to witness the rare flora and fauna of this region as you continue your trek.

    -Enclosed by mountains, this is the perfect place for taking some amazing photographs.

    -Get bedazzled by the view of the razor-sharp views of the mountains with the sunrises and sunsets which are jaw-dropping.

    -And also meet the local people here and share a cup of tea while you learn about their culture.

    Quick Facts:

    Trekking Distance: 90 Km

    Maximum Altitude: 16,200ft

    Temperature Range:

    • April – June: 15 to 22 Degrees (Days); -1 to 7 Degrees (Nights)
    • September – Nov: 10 to 15 Degrees (Days); -5 to 5 Degrees (Nights)

    Difficulty Level: Difficult

    Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts and ends at Sankri

    Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the nearest railway station, which is 150 km away from Yuksom

    Airport: Bagdogra Airport which is 170 Kms from Yuksom

    Base Camp: Yuksom (10 hrs drive from Dehradun)

    ATM: Jorethong which is one the way Yuksom thas the last ATM point before your trek begins.