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Garhwal Trekking

This splendid trek takes you half way round Garhwal from the Bhagirathi Valley to the Alaknanda Valley. The adventurous and challenging trek starts from Gangotri and takes you through the Gangotri Glacier to Nandanvan, a wonderful camping spot, the base of the Bhagirathi peaks, a place that offers ultimate panoramic view of the stunning Shivling peak. The trail goes along the Chaturangi Glacier to Vasuki Tal (Vasukhi Lake) a wonderful scenic Lake. With huge towering peaks all around the lake, its surface shimmers like a pearl and is the source of the Vasuki Ganga that flows into the Mandakini. As we proceed to cross the Kalindikhal pass, we enjoy the view of awesome and wonderful majestic snow peaks of Garhwal Himalaya such as Mt. Kamet, Mt. Satopant, Vasuki Parbat… & many unnamed others. After crossing Kalindi-khal, the trail then descends to Arwatal and to Mana the last charming village on the Chinese frontier. The exciting trek ends at Badrinath with a visit to the holy temple.

 

 

SKETCH ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive in Delhi

Day 02: Delhi - Haridwar by Train then drive 24 km to Rishikesh.

Day 03: Drive Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (160 km)

Day 04: Drive Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3048M)

Day 05: In Gangotri

Day 06: Trek Gandgotri - Bhojwasa (5/6 hrs)

Day 07: Trek Bhojwasa – Tapovan (4463m / 14639ft; 6 to 7 hrs)

Day 08: Trek Tapovan - Nandavan (4500m / 14760 ft; 5 to 6 hrs)

Day 09: Trek Nandanvan - Vasukital (4868m / 15967ft; 7 kms; 4 to 5 hrs)

Day 10: Trek Vasukital - Khada Pathar (4/5 hrs)

Day 11: Trek Khada Pathar - Sweta Glacier (6/7 hrs)

Day 12: Trek Sweta Glacier - base of Kalindi

Day 13: Trek Base of Kalindi – Kalindi pass - Rajparao (7/ 8 hrs)

Day 14: Trek Rajparao - Arwatal (5/6 hrs)

Day 15: Trek Arwatal - Ghastoli (5/6 hrs)

Day 16: Trek Ghastoli - Badrinath (5/6 hrs)

Day 17: Drive Badrinath – Rishikesh (264kms – 7/8 hrs drive)

Day 18: Drive Rishikesh to Haridwar then Haridwar - Delhi (24 km drive then 6/7 hrs in Trian)

Day 19: Sightseeing in Delhi (Old and New Delhi)

Day 20: Departure

DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive in Delhi

Arrive Delhi, transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Delhi - Haridwar by Train then drive 24 km to Rishikesh.

Morning, post breakfast, transfer to the railway station to board Train to Haridwar. Haridwar is gateway of four famous pilgrimages places (Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath & Badrinath) in the Garhwal region, located on the foothills of Shivalik ranges. Arrive Haridwar and then drive further for 24 km to Rishikesh. Overnight stay at hotel in Rishikesh.

Day 03: Drive Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (160 km)

Pleasant drive through several villages to Uttarkashi, on arrival check in at the hotel for overnight stay, evening visit ancient temples and Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. (1158m)

Day 04: Drive Uttarkashi - Gangotri (3048m)

Drive 108 Km through up-stream to scintillating river Bhagirathi. Winding shady roads swinging conifer trees and beautiful Himalayan hamlets. On arrival check in to the Tourist bungalow, evening visit Temple of Gangotri (Goddess mother Ganges).

Day 05: In Gangotri

Day is free to explore the Gangotri and for acclimatization. Post breakfast; explore Gangotri and its enchanting landscape surrounded by magnificent mountains. Overnight stay at camp.

Gangotri, the origin of the River Ganges and seat of the goddess Ganga, is one of the four sites in the Char Dham pilgrimage circuit. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga (Ganges) from Devprayag onwards where it meets the Alaknanda. The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, set in the Gangotri Glacier, and is a 19 km trek from Gangotri. This small town is centered on a temple of the goddess Ganga, which was built by the Nepalese General, Amar Singh Thapa in the early 18th century. The temple is closed on Diwali day every year and is reopened in May. During this time, the idol of the goddess is kept at Mukhba village, near Harsil. Ritual duties are supervised by the Semwal family of pujaris. The aarti ceremony at the Gangotri is especially impressive, as is the temple, a stately affair that sits on the banks of the rushing Ganges.

Day 06: Trek Gandgotri - Bhojwasa (5/6 hrs)

Morning, after breakfast, visit the famous Gangotri temple. Later we trek to Bhojbasa. The entire trek today is along the roaring Bhagirathi River. Afternoon, explore the area and enjoy excellent sunset on Bhagirathi group of peaks. Overnight at camp.

Day 07: Trek Bhojwasa – Tapovan (4463m / 14639ft; 6 to 7 hrs)

We will walk through Goumukh again and crossing the Gangotri Glacier to its true left side and climb up onto the alpine meadow of Tapovan (4463m / 14639ft). Tapovan is large high altitude meadow and base camp for climbing Mt Shivling and Mt Meru. Overnight stay in tented camp. This would be photographer's paradise.

Day 08: Trek Tapovan - Nandavan (4500m / 14760 ft; 5 to 6 hrs)

After breakfast we start our trek to Nandanvan (4500m / 14760ft) the base of the Bhagirathi peaks across Gangotri Glacier, which approximately takes 5 – 6 hrs. From here we have glorious views of Mt. Shivling and Meru. Overnight Camping.

Day 09: Trek Nandanvan - Vasukital (4868m / 15967ft; 7 km; 4 to 5 hrs)

Trek along the Chaturangi Glacier to Vasukital. A steady climb will get us to the campsite near a small lake. Overnight camping.

Day 10: Trek Vasukital - Khada Pathar (4/5 hrs)

After breakfast we start our 6 km trek to Khada Pathar (5456m / 17895ft). Crossing the Satopanth Glacier we reach Khada Pathar in approximately 4 – 5 hrs. Overnight at camp (5456m)

Day 11: Trek Khada Pathar - Sweta Glacier (6/7 hrs)

After walking for 6-7 hours on the glacier we would need to camp on the glacier. This would be a long tiring day. (5500m)

Day 12: Trek Sweta Glacier - base of Kalindi

A long day walking on moraine with greater views of Sweta, Chandra and many other wonderful peaks.

Day 13: Trek Base of Kalindi – Kalindi pass - Rajparao (7/ 8 hrs)

After an early breakfast we start our trek and cross Kalindi Pass (5947m / 19506ft) and then start descending to arrive at Rajparao. In a clear day we can see many peaks like Kamet (7757m), Mana (7272m). Overnight stay at tented camp. (4910m)

Day 14: Trek Rajparao - Arwatal (5/6 hrs)

After breakfast we continue our descent with crossing Saraswati River. Rest of the day is walking on boulder filled meadows. (3910m)

Day 15: Trek Arwatal - Ghastoli (5/6 hrs)

Today's walk is more gradual with fantastic views of many named and unnamed rocky peaks and spires. Campsite near beautiful groundwater pool. (3796m)

Day 16: Trek Ghastoli - Badrinath (5/6 hrs)

Our last day walk is mostly on army road, we can visit Bheem pul and Mana village at the end. We meet our waiting vehicle at Mana. Drive 3 km to Badrinath. Overnight stay at hotel. (3100m)

Day 17: Drive Badrinath – Rishikesh (264kms – 7/8 hrs)

Post breakfast, drive Badrinath to Rishikesh. Overnight stay at hotel in Rishikesh.

Day 18: Drive Rishikesh to Haridwar then Haridwar - Delhi (24 km drive then 6/7 hrs in Trian)

Post breakfast, drive to Rishikesh. Arrive Rishikesh then board Train to Delhi. Arrive Delhi, transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 19: Sightseeing in Delhi (Old and New Delhi)

Post breakfast, half day visit of Delhi. Start your city tour with Old Delhi. The tour of Old Delhi starts with the visit of Red Fort in Old Delhi. This palace citadel was built Shahjahan in 1648 and was a veritable city within a city. When Shahjahan transferred his capital from Agra to Delhi he built the Red Fort as his residential place as well as his military fortress. The fort is a complex of marble buildings with balconies, filigreed windows, massive red sandstone walls, ramparts and gateways. The most elegant building is the DIWAN I KHAS or the Hall of Private Audience. From the Red Fort you will take a cycle rickshaw to Chandni Chowk or the Moonlit Square. It is a medieval area in which you will recognize not just Cairo or Istanbul, but also Chester and Heidelberg. This is perhaps one of the Delhi's most populated areas and the largest marketplace – jewelers, spice merchants, food vendors, money lenders, shopping arcades, workshops as well as residences, are crammed here. Within this area is the British built Town Hall, the St. James Church built by Colonel Skinner in the early 19th century, the old St. Stephen's college and the office of the state department of Archeology with a colonnaded facade going back to the 19th century when it was the British Residency. Late evening transfer to Indra Gandhi International Airport to board onward flight.

Day 20: Departure

No. of Pax

Cost with A-Category Hotels

  • 02 to 03 Pax

    €1625 per person
  • 04 to 06 Pax

    €1300 per person
  • 07 to 09 Pax

    €1170 per person
  • 10 to 09 Pax

    €1140 per person

One Tour Leader Compliementary on Paying for 10-12 Pax

Rates are valid till December 2017.

Cost Includes :

  • Delhi - Haridwar - Delhi by Train.
  • Hotel: Neat & Clean in Central Delhi with Bed & Breakfast.
  • Standard Hotel/ Resort in Rishikesh with Bed & Breakfast.
  • All ground transportation in Delhi by air-conditioned car/coach.
  • All ground transportation in Garhwal by non air-conditioned jeep/ Bus.
  • Local English speaking guide.
  • All camping/trekking arrangements such as:-
  • Food (during trekking and camping)
  • Two men tent with mattress
  • Kitchen/mess tent with utensils
  • Cook & Helpers
  • Pack ponies for luggage
  • Camping fee
  • Trekking bag for protection of your personal luggage.

 

Cost Does not Includes :

  • International Flights
  • Lunches & Dinners in Delhi, Haridwar and Rishikesh.
  • Sleeping bag and Personal clothing.
  • Insurance and medical evacuation.
  • Tips, hard & soft drinks, laundry, postage, telephone calls, anything not specified above and any item of personal nature.
  • Any expenses caused by reason beyond our control such as road block and flight cancellations due to natural calamities etc.
  • Entry fee to monuments in Delhi, Manali and Chandigarh.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Cost includes”.
  • GST (Goods & Services Tax) 5% on the complete bill

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