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Best information and Tips on some popular Himalayan treks
« on: February 10, 2015, 02:51:08 AM »

List of most popular Himalayan Treks like Chopta, Chandrashila, Tungnath, MADMAHESHWAR, Rudranath, Har ki dun and few tips on how to prepare for these popular Himalayan Treks

I read somewhere "Mountains are beginning and end of all  natural scenery"
Again the season of trekking in Himalayas is about to start with a new hope, new altitudes to touch
Here is a list of few Himalayan treks you can do this year if you are not a trekker the list will surely encourage you to became the one

 
1. CHOPTA- CHANDRASHILA
 
Chopta is a picturesque hamlet which is still unexplored by travelers. It is the commencement point of the trek to Tungnath - 3rd Kedar and further a 1.5 km trek from Tungnath leads to Chandrashila (4000mts above sea level) which offers 360° panoramic view of snow clad Himalayan peaks including Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba

Chopta itself offers splendid views of the imposing Himalayan range including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba. It is located at an elevation of astonishing 2680mts above the sea level. Rich in varied flora and fauna, Chopta is situated amidst thick forest of pine, deodar and rhododendrons.


Chopta is easily accessible as it is located on the road connecting Gopeshwar with Guptkashi. Wake up with cool salubrious breeze and chirping of birds in Chopta which is a far cry from the blaring horns of the cities and other hill stations, morning view from Chopta is invigorating when the crimson rays of sun kisses the snow laden Himalayas.
 
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Seasons at Chopta:

Summer: The weather of Chopta remains salubrious and pleasing during summers. The Himalayas are distinctly visible and the cool breeze adds charm to the vacation. Carry light woollens with you.


Monsoons: The greenery of Chopta welcomes the tourist to get lost into the wilderness of nature. Enjoy the sip of tea, gazing at the snow capped peaks at Chopta during monsoons. There are chances of getting roads blocked for a couple of hours due to landslides but the scenic beauty of Chopta during monsoons is worth taking the risk. Do carry raincoats
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Winters: Serenity and solitude are at its best during winters at Chopta. The region is blessed with snowfall during winters and the accommodation options also remain few. But you can see the best of Chopta during winters as it looks like mini Switzerland during winters. Winters are freezing at Chopta so do carry heavy woollens.


Route From DelhiDelhi -Rishikesh-Devprayag-srinagar-Rudraprayag-Agastyamuni-ukhimath-chopta
 
Another route Delhi -Rishikesh-Devprayag-srinagar-Rudraprayag-Karnaprayag-Chamoli-Gopeshwar-Mandal-Chopta

2nd route is closed in winters because of snow, but in this route after mandal 25 km of route is from dense forest and if you are lucky enough wildlife animals may cross you  ;)   

 

You can also visit Reflection lake alongwith this trek

Reflection lake also known as Devariatal.
Trek to reflection lake starts from sari village it's about 2.5 km. once you reach the top you will see reflection of chaukamba, trishul peaks on this lake 
 
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For beginners this is best trek to do.


will add other treks tomorrow


« Last Edit: September 19, 2015, 05:27:36 AM by Saurabh Soni »


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Re: Himalayan treks
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2015, 05:22:36 AM »
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2015, 12:02:54 PM »
How difficult is this trek to do, the Chopta one? And how much time it takes to complete this trek?

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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2015, 12:07:04 AM »
this trek is easy till Tungnath, Tungnath is 3.5 Km from chopta  but after Tungnath the last stretch is difficult, it's about 1 km and steep Hike for Chandrashila. Climate also play an important role in this trek because Chandrashila is at elevation of 4000M + and sudden occurance of fog is main problem, it may happens sometimes you start trek with clear sky but when you reach the top dense fog cover the peak
from chopta in 1 hr you can reach tungnath and 30 min more for chandrashila peak
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2015, 12:13:48 AM »

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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2015, 01:02:03 AM »
2. HAR KI DUN
 
Altitude : 3566 mts/11697 ft
Grade :
Easy - Moderate
Season :March - June & Sept - Mid Nov

 
Trekking Routes for Har ki Dun Trek
 
Delhi - Dehradun - Mussoorie - Sankri - Taluka - Taluka - Osla - Har - Ki Dun - Osla - Taluka - Sankri - Dehradun - Delhi
 
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This is One of the most famous treks in Garhwal Himalayas, Har Ki Dun trek is often used to introduce beginners to trekking. This trek that takes you to the lush valley of Har Ki Dun valley located at the base of Fateh Parvat at 3556m is the most visited trail for experiencing adventure in the Himalayas.
Blessed with nature’s delights, Har Ki Doon is nestled in between dense alpine forests and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountain peaks. This moderate trek takes you to one of 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 wild life and are a paradise for nature lovers as well as bird watchers.

This delightful trek starts from Sankri at 1950m passing through verdant thickets, terraced fields, glaciers, fragrant orchids and sprawling meadows.

 This trek provides enjoyment for all age groups as the trek is not too tough, and valley is full of flora and fauna. One can spend time identifying herbs & shrubs used for Ayurveda.. This is a holy place (as the name suggests) Hari – meaning God and Dun meaning Valley and according to the local folklore, where fairies congregate! In our religious scriptures (Granth),  it is mentioned that Pandavs went to heaven (Swarg) through this mountain. Duryodhan is worshipped as a God by a  few community here, and one can get to see the  Duryodhan Temple. Within the valley one can find Trees of Bhojpatra, the rare Bramhakamal, and many varieties of fauna.  The area also acts as a base for approaching Swargarohini (alt: 6400.8 metres) 

Swargarohini and Jaundar Glacier located towards the  south-east of Har-ki-dun. Towards west one can see the  BandarPunch Mountain . 
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Detailed Route
Delhi - Dehradun - Mussoorie

Mussoorie - Sankri (166 kms/ 5-6 hrs)
The twisting road follows a winding course going into the Yamuna valley via Mussoorie, and the Kempty falls, finally descending into the Tons river valley, crossing towns such as Sankri, Purola and Mori. Sankri is the last village connected to the motor road. This picturesque village is about 13 Kms inside the Govind Wild Life Sanctuary (Netwair is the place where the check post is located). Sankri is the gateway to the almost untouched Har-ki-dun (3566m) with the Swargarohini Peak(6096m) towering above it in the backdrop. Overnight in tourist rest house/tent.

Sankri - Taluka (1900 m/6232 ft) 14 kms/4-5 hrs
From Sankri the trek is well marked and passes through dense forest with breathtaking views of the valley sprawled below and the gushing river Rupin. Taluka, a small hamlet nestled in the lap of nature, is also known for its beautiful "Pahari cottages" made out of an intricate wood , stone and mud ensemble - a must see, as it is considered earthquake proof, and contains the animal sheds on the ground floor, utilizing their body heat to warm the living area located directly above ! The village is located at an altitude of 1900 Mts, and has guest houses and a few shack shops providing daily provisions to the local inhabitants. The campsite on this day is by the river banks of the Supin. Overnight in tourist rest house/tent.


Taluka - Osla (2560 m / 8400 ft) (13 kms/6-7 hrs)
The trail from Taluka village initially descends and then continues gradually on the true left of the valley adjoining the river Rupin. Later the trail winds upwards through beautiful forest full of Chestnut, Walnut and Willow trees, and continues to the village of Gangar. One has to cross a stream here and continue to climb to finally vet a bird eye 's view of the settlement of picturesque Osla village at a distant on the true right of the valley. From this point, one continues to trek to Seema. The campsite is located opposite to the village of Osla and separated by the swift river. Seema is a small village with a few shops selling limited supplies of daily use! A Forest Rest House and Tourist Bungalow are available for the visitors. Overnight in tourist rest house/tent.


Osla - Har - Ki Dun (3566 m / 11700 ft) (12 kms/6-7 hrs)
The trail from Seema initially continues on the true left of the valley, goes past fields followed by crossing a hanging bridge over river Rupin, to the right hand side of the valley. The trail now ascends, going past fields and pastures with local huts. The coniferous flora on the opposite side of the valley is awesome and is a photographer's delight. The trail climbs to the ridge locally named as Kalkatti Dhar, The gradual ascent to Har ki dun offers excellent views of the snow covered mountains and lush green terraced mountain fields. The last steep climb of 200 m gets one to the famed meadows of Har ki Dun with the west face of Swargrohini overlooking the valley. The campsite is located by a small stream, with peaks of Har Ki Dun and Swargarohini towering above. Overnight in the tents.
 

Har Ki Dun
The day is for relaxation and exploration. Having a morning at ease you can explore Morinda lake in the first half of the day. One can see Kala nag, Bandar poonch, Ruinsara peaks and the majestic Swargarohini even before one reaches Har ki dhun. A truly heavenly and peaceful place, for those wanting to spend some time by themselves feeling one with the vast expanse! One realizes that it is not a destination spot by itself, it doesnt feel like one, you will want to go right towards Swargarohini and Jumnar glacier or left towards Borasu pass (Taking one to Chitkul in Himachal). The huge and picturesque valley is flanked by massive mountains on three sides, and the valley floor is covered in soft grassy patches. Lunch and rest. Overnight in the tents.
 
Har Ki Dun - Osla
The trek back to the village of Osla is an easy walk which gives a lot of opportunity to admire and photograph the beauty of the valley and the villages. The trek to Osla takes around 3-4 hrs. Overnight in tourist rest house/ tent.

Osla - Taluka (13 kms/3-4 hrs)
The walk towards Taluka village is equally easy as the previous day. Absorb the natural beauty while taking the relaxing descent down thebreathtaking valley! Overnight in rest house/ hotel.

Taluka (13 kms/3-4 hrs)
- Sankri - Dehradun (215 Kms, 7-8 hrs)
The trek for the day is relaxing and fun walk through the forest and on the well marked path. On arriving Sankri board the vehicle and start driving towards Dehradun
 
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2015, 10:57:26 AM »
Thanks Manoj for the info, this one I would really like to do and thanks Saurabh ... i read that article dude :)

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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2015, 01:16:20 PM »
I never heard of both these and after reading your your post about these two treks I think these are popular ones
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2015, 02:10:39 AM »

Uttarakhand, well-known as ‘The land of Gods or Dev Bhumi’ – is an empyrean for
 the nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts

Few Spiritual treks in uttarakhand are the treks covering all the five shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in the charming valley of Kedar. These treks has many legends that unfolds as you commence your trek with Kalpeshwar, known for its cave temple, where Lord Shiva’s matted hair appeared. The trek heads towards Rudranath, where Shiva’s head appeared. As the altitude rises so does the grandeur of the Himalayan Peaks. Tungnath is the middle point of the trek, and the temple of Tungnath is the highest Shiva Temple in the world. His arms appeared in Tungnath. The next destination is Madhya Maheshwar, where Shiva’s naval appeared, and the journey concludes at an altitude of 3583 meters at Kedarnath. Lord Shiva appeared in the shape of the bull here
 

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3. MADMAHESHWAR(SPIRITUAL TREK )
Madmaheshwar (also called as MadhyaMaheshwar and Madhmaheshwar) is a quaint little holy town named after the sacred Madhyamaheshwar Temple of Lord Shiva. Situated at an altitude of 3,265mts above sea level. Madhmaheshwar is mystically covered by the snow-capped Himalayas on the right side, lush green alpine meadows on the left side and dense forest acts as its backdrop. The shepherd huts, village houses, thousands of years old Madmaheshwar temple and picturesque views complete this town. The temple architecture is classic north Indian style.
Uniana is the last point of the road from where 21 kms easy trek ends up at Madmaheshwar. Soon the road will stretch up to Ransi Village, thus shortening the distance by 3 kms. At Madhyamaheshwar Temple entire village shows their presence at the evening aarti performed at the temple and the guests are greeted. One can feel the spiritual vibes in the proximity of the temple. The temple remains closed from November to April. the locals refer Madhyamaheshwar to as Madhamaheshwar which literally means the Drunken god.

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Madmaheshwar Legend
 Madhmaheshwar is the second temple in the series of holy Panch Kedar, first one being Kedarnath After killing their cousins at the war, Pandavas started their journey to visit Lord Shiva to wash their sins. Lord Shiva wanted to avoid them as he was deeply incensed by the death and dishonesty at the Kurukshetra war. Therefore, he disguised in the form of a bull (Nandi) and disappeared into the ground with different parts of the body appearing at various places. Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of navel - shaped lingum in Madhmaheshwar.
Madmaheshwar can be reached by trekking 21 kms from Uniana. The trek is very easy to complete up to Bantoli, but from Bantoli to Madhmaheshwar there is a steep ascent.

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Road Route from DelhiDelhi - Meerut - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Devprayag - Srinagar - Rudraprayag - Ukhimath - Uniana - Trekking (21 kms) - Madmaheshwar

 

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Home stay accommodation options are available at Madmaheshwar. Don't expect any luxury at Madhmaheshwar, but the rooms are clean and the people are helpful. The homemade food is hygienic and fresh. Accommodation options are also available at various places during the trek like Ransi, Gaundar, Bantoli, etc.

While travelling to Madmaheshwar, you can stop by at Ukhimath to visit the Omkareshwar Temple of Lord Shiva. Do visit Budha Madhyamaheshwar situated 2 kms from Madhmaheshwar. If you are trekking enthusiast then you can also visit Kanchani Tal situated at a distance of 6 kms from Madhmaheshwar. Trek to Kanchani Tal is graded difficult.
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2015, 06:44:51 AM »
How many treks, in this series?


 


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