Kedarkantha Trek experience with Trek The Himalayas (TTH)

So here goes my KEDARKANTHA Trek❤ experience with Trek The Himalayas (TTH) team… 26 Dec 2017 The experience of my first Himalayan Trek, i.e. Kedarkantha Trek started with the experience of my First Flight… Yeahh it was the first time that I travelled by Air and it was awesome for me… Thanks to Deep who gave me his window seat… It was a very long Day… As we first travelled to Mumbai from Vapi and than we had a flight ✈ to Delhi and from Delhi we had to catch a Train for Dehradun… Ufff…!!! It was a Day full of Travelling… But the day was full of Excitement… We all were very much excited for the Trek… I was very excited to go on this Trek to explore the Snow❄ specially… 27 Dec 2017 The start to the most awaited Trip… We got down at Dehradun Railway Station, where the TTH team escorted Us to Sankri… Sankri is a place situated at 6400 feet height from Dehradun… The route was across the Mountains and Valleys and Rivers… The view was just Amazing and Mesmerizing… The Nature, at its Best…!! The route was quite a Long Route and thus a bit Tiring… And also, on the way we had a halt at a River Side , where I got my left leg dashed to a Big Stone as I jumped off the Stones… Well that’s ME , who always takes memory of any place travelled, in that way… After reaching Sankri in the evening we got settled in the rooms allotted to Us… Thereafter we had briefing about the...

WINTER KUARI PASS (WKP) TREK 16th December- 21st December 2017

Once a trekker, trekker for a lifetime Those who have trekked earlier especially in the Himalayas can easily understand the title for the blog. In addition, even others may appreciate the same by the end of the blog. The reasons for me saying so are many viz. serenity and tranquility of the place, wonderful flora and fauna, a fabulous chance to introspect and know thyself better and most recently I got one more reason in this trek WKP- white SNOW. Even if it is slippery and difficult to walk at times, it is really a marvelous experience and a treat to enjoy the nature in its pristine form. I chose WKP because my last trek Har Ki Dun (HKD), being an autumn trek, could not help me see and experience snow, which I really wanted to. Though HKD is a nice trek for beginners to Himalayas especially in autumn before snowfall, I had made up my mind that my second trek to Himalayas will certainly be a winter snowy trek and that too with TTH. This is because Trek the Himalayas as an organization provides the best of the elements needed for a trekker to enjoy the trek. Their expertise, trek leaders, local guides, fabulous food make it a worth and an easy decision to choose them to trek in Himalayas. Day-1 Haridwar to Joshimath base camp 265 kms drive 6724 feet WKP starts with a journey from your place to Haridwar as TTH staff is ready with their Safari/Traveller at Haridwar railway station, the pickup point. I too reached Haridwar on 16th morning at 4.30am from Nanda Devi...

Travelogue with TTH to Kedarkantha

Day 1:  It was between 05:45 and 07:00 hrs on a cold November morning that twelve of us gathered together in the parking area of the Dehradun railway station. We came from different locations in India, but with only one purpose, to summit Kedarkantha peak. Immediately, the efficiency of the ‘Trek The Himalayas’ team became apparent. The Tempo Traveller that would take us to Sankri was neatly parked next to the SBI ATM and our bags were loaded onto its roof. The vehicle was new and the tyres were in good condition with deep treads for grip. After a round of self-introductions, we set off for Sankri at 0800 hrs and on the way passed through Mussoorie; stopped for a late breakfast (brunch) after crossing a little town named Kempty. As we drove on, I spotted a Pallas’s Fish Eagle (with the distinctive white band on its tail) soaring upwards on a thermal above the Yamuna river. I hadn’t seen an eagle up so close!! How I wish I had carried my telephoto lens. We continued alongside the Yamuna river and reached the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park around 16:00 hrs, where each of us had to give a photocopy of our ID card and a Passport size photograph. We reached Sankri (elevation: approx. 6,400 feet) by evening. We were accommodated in a very nice hotel, the Wild Orchid Inn, with breath-taking views of the mountains and the valley with the river roaring down below.Since we were six gents and six ladies, rooms were allotted gender-wise as there were two rooms with 3 beds and three rooms with...

The Dzukuo Misadventure

“The core of man’s spirit comes from new experiences” : Christopher McCandless, Into the Wild. And so we believe. We are four friends. Nitesh, Vivek, Aritra and me, Raunaq. The four musketeers! We had waited for this adventure trip for quite a few months, and after being stuck in a rut for many months, finally, our time came to experience freedom. We felt the ushering in of fresh bright positive feelings, and looked forward to the experiences we were about to have, or more aptly, make. We had covered quite a few places in the days before reaching Nagaland, it might have seemed hectic for some, but there was hardly any moment which felt like the usual familiar endless commute. We saw the majestic falls of Meghalaya, Nohkalikai  being our favourite. The exploration inducing Mawsmai and Arvah caves. The Bamboo towers and the living root bridges at Mawlynnong, which even our driver remarked, he had never seen a group go down and come back so fast. The really long and high ziplining experience at Mawdok. Boating and swimming in the chilled waters of the clear Dawki river in the evening. And the grand Laitlum Canyons, site of shooting of the movie Rock On 2. After such a fun-packed schedule, which left us wanting for more, we set off for the last and the most awaited destination in our itinerary. The charming and beautiful Dzukuo or Dziikuo Valley. ************************************************************************************************* 10:00 am : So, We’d reached the starting point for the Dzukuo trek after a gruelling one and a half hours steep climb, which usually takes the locals barely thirty minutes....

Reminiscence of Roopkund Trek

 The Roopkund Lake The longer you have to wait for something, the more you will appreciate it when it finally arrives. This certainly holds true for the Roopkund Trek. If you are inclined to adventure or are a first time trekker or just want a small getaway from the hustle bustle of your daily life, then Roopkund Trek is a must for you. It is one exhilarating experience that you certainly can’t afford to miss. Roopkund trek is primarily to visit and see the famous “Roopkund Lake” also known as “Mystery and Skeletons Lake” which is situated in the Himalayas at an altitude of 5,029 metres (16,499 feet) in the Uttarakhand state of India. The sight of hundreds of human remains and skeletons at such an altitude would give you goose bumps and leave you curious to know who these people were. A Trek to look forward to Naturally, there are many more reasons to go for this trek apart from the famous human skeletons. The nature surprises you with its magnificent and breathtaking views in the form of gigantic mountains, beautifully carved meadows, deep forests with enormously long trees and unbelievable campsites.  You will be elated and awestruck to witness all this as you start your trek journey from 8,000 ft to your destination at 16,000 ft. Although, trekking is considered to be a group activity however it is your own personal journey too that you go through and realize certain new and fascinating experiences about you, people and nature. This trek is also an opportunity to unwind yourself, overcome your fears, unleash your hidden potential, push your limits to...

Why to go somewhere else, when our India is so beautiful… RUPIN PASS PHOTO BLOG

Life Time experience… 8 days… rivers, forests, villages, waterfalls, mountains, greenery, snow falls, snow trek, lake, 15,250 ft summit, snow slides, temperature up to 5-10 degree. What else to ask more from mother nature. RUPIN PASS will offer us all the gifts from mother nature. My interest for trekking started from the mesmerizing trekking stories shared by friends. After long analysis and planning, I selected Rupin Pass over Roopkund, because of the everyday surprises it has on offer. It was my first trek and I always go for the best 🙂 We went with June 3-10 batch. Preparation: Got all required items from Decathlon and some from Amazon. Tips: Invest in good quality gears like Shoes,gloves and Jackets especially. Did jogging and exercises as per ‘’trek the Himalayas’’ preparation chart. Boarded flight from Bangalore with my friend Anoop. Flied for the first time and couldn’t have done it at a better cause. We stayed in Dehradun for the day as the reaching time of flight was 9 am. One day rest before trek always helps to give our body enough rest. Next day morning at 6.30 am we reached Dehradun railway station and TTH vehicles (Tata Sump/Scorpio)were waiting for us. After a scenic journey of around 6-7 hours giving beautiful views of Rupin river, we reached Daula Base Camp.   Our camp site was near to the Rupin river. Rupin river was just mesmerizing. We washed ourfaces, handsand the water was super chilled 🙂   Day 1: Dhaula (5,500 ft) to Sewa (6,300 ft) Distance to be covered: 8-9 KM The route gave us slight glimpses of what is yet...