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    Default Trekking in Indian Himalaya

    You can trek for one day or one month; backpack all your gear and wonder off in the wilderness or stroll comfortably with just a shoulder bag, water bottle and camera whilst animals transport your camping gear, heavy baggage and logistic loads.

    You may set a challenging pace and go over difficult grades and high passes or just amble along, enjoying the wild flowers, magnificent scenery, uncomplicated lives of people staying close to nature, stopping when you please, chatting with your companions, forging new relationships and hoarding a fund of fascinating memories to cherish. India is the ultimate destination for a trekking holiday, offering everything from short and easy excursions to the long challenges of the snowy peaks, invoking
    visions of the spectacular Himalayas, the lush meadows, green woodland and fragrant orchards. The captivating landscape, with an incomparable diversity of flora and fauna: India is regarded as the 'trekkers' paradise' and, indeed, is a refreshing treat to the trekkers.

    Make sure you do enough research and are adequately prepared for the trek. A good guide on unknown routes is much of a blessing. Many agencies will organise treks and complete logistics if you plan with them a little in advance and an organised trek leaves one time to enjoy the trek in totality.

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    Default Trekking in Indian Himalayas

    Jammu Kashmir

    Kashmir : Sonamarg - Wangat, Srinagar- Daksum- Kishtwar, Pahalgam to Kolahoi glacier & Tar Sar, Panikhar to Heniskot via Kanji la, Pahalgam to Sumbal via Sonamous Pass, Pahalgam - Sonamarg, Pahalgam to Suru valley via Boktol Pass, Sonamarg - Amarnath

    Leh & Ladakh : Markha valley, Singge la and Lamayuru, Phugtal Gompa and Shingo la, Phitse la and Baralacha la, Kang la and Miyar glacier, Umasi la, Kanji la and Shilakong gorge, Padum to Leh via Cha Cha la, Rubrang la & Markha valley, Padum to Daracha via Shingo la, Padum to Daracha via Phitse la & Baralacha la, Padum to Lamayuru Via Singge la, Padum to Manali via Umasi la, Lamayuru to Chilling via Dung Dung la, Padum-Thonde-Zangla-Karsha Gompa- Padum Roundtrip, Spitok to Hemis via the Markha valley, Padum - Phutchal Gompa, Chadar ice trek, Indus valley trek, Spiti to Ladakh, The Rupshu trek, The Great Salt Lakes of Changtang, The Nubra valley trek, Manali Ladakh trek.

    Himachal Pradesh : Hampta Pass and Lahaul, Deo Tibba base, Chandrakhani Pass and Malana, Pin Parvati and Spiti, Bara Bhangal, Indrahaar Pass, Kareri lake, Mani Mahesh Kailash, Kugti Pass and Lahaul, Chandratal and Baralacha la, Tarik la and Kinnaur, Bachleo Pass, Kinner Kailash.

    Uttarakhand : The Kuari Pass, Gaumukh and Tapovan, Har ki Doon and Ruinsara Tal, Rupin Pass and Kinnaur, Roop Kund - Hom Kund - Ronti pass, Dodital and Yamunotri, Kalhindi Khal (Trans Himalayan), Valley of Flowers, Kaakbhishyundi Tal, Pindari, Kafni and Sunderdunga glaciers, Chandra Shilla summit, Milam glacier and Nanda Devi sanctuary, Darma valley (Trans Himalayan), Chotta Kailash, Bander Poonch Peak, Khatling glacier, Vasuki Tal, Panch Kedar.

    Sikkim/ Darjeeling : Dzongri and Guicha la, Singalila ridge and Phalut.

    Other trekking areas in India are

    Karnataka
    : Kudremukh, Yana caves.

    Maharashtra : Trekking in Sahayadris, Waki Woods.

    Orissa : Gandhamardan hill trek, Mahendragiri hill trek, Nilgiri hill trek.

    Kerala : Agastyarkoodam, Chembra Peak, Pythal Mala.

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    Default Mountaineering in Uttarakhand : Mt. Kamet

    Mt. Kamet (7756 m) is the second highest mountain in the Garhwal region of India, after Nanda Devi, 7816 m. It lies in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand, close to the border with Tibet. It is the third highest mountain in India, and the 29th highest in the world. In appearance it resembles a giant pyramid topped by a flat summit area with two peaks.

    Range : Zaskar Range, Himalaya
    First ascent : June 21, 1931 by Frank Smythe, Eric Shipton, R.L. Holdsworth and Lewa Sherpa.

    Due to its position near the Tibetan Plateau, Kamet is remote and not as accessible as some Himalayan peaks. It also receives a great deal of wind from the Plateau. However, by modern standards, it is a relatively straight forward ascent for such a high mountain. Early explorers of the region faced long approach marches of around 320 km from Ranikhet through dense mountain forest; access is easier today.



    While attempts to climb Kamet began in 1855, the first ascent was not made until 1931 by Frank Smythe, Eric Shipton, R.L. Holdsworth and Lewa Sherpa, members of a British-Nepalese expedition. Kamet was the first summit over 7620 m to be climbed, and was the highest summit reached until the first ascent of Nanda Devi five years later. (However, far higher non-summit altitudes had been reached on the north side of Mount Everest in the 1920s.)

    The standard route begins from the East Kamet (or Purbi Kamet) Glacier, ascending via Meade's Col (7100 m), the saddle between Kamet and its northern outlier Abi Gamin. From Meade's Col the route ascends the northeast edge of the north face. The ascent to Meade's col involves steep gullies, a rock wall, and several glacier climbs. Five camps are usually placed en route. The final ascent to the summit involves steep snow, possibly icy.

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    Default Mountaineering in Sikkim - Mt. Kangchenjunga

    Mt. Kangchenjunga (8586 m) is the third highest mountain in the world (after Mount Everest and K2). Kangchenjunga is the highest mountain in India. Kangchenjunga translated means "The Five Treasures of Snows", as it contains five peaks, four of them over 8450 metre. The treasures represent the five repositories of god, which are gold, silver, gems, grain, and holy books. Kangchenjunga is also called Sewalungma in local Limbu language and considered sacred in Kirant religion.

    Three of these five peaks (main, central, and south) are on the border of North Sikkim district of Sikkim, India and Taplejung District of Nepal, while the other two are completely in Taplejung District. Nepal is home to the Kangchenjunga Conservation Area Project run by the World Wildlife Fund, in association with the Nepal Mountaineering Association and HMG in Nepal, the sanctuary is also home to the Red Panda and other snow animals, birds and plants. India's side of Kangchenjunga also has a protected park area called the Kangchenjunga National Park.



    Until 1852, Kangchenjunga was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world, but calculations made by the British Great Trigonometric Survey in 1849 came to the conclusion that Mount Everest was the highest and Kangchenjunga the third-highest. Kangchenjunga was first climbed on May 25, 1955 by George Band and Joe Brown of a British expedition. The British expedition honoured the beliefs of the Sikkimese, who hold the summit sacred, by stopping a few feet short of the actual summit. Most successful summit parties since then have followed this tradition.

    The five peaks of Kangchenjunga are as follows :

    Kangchenjunga Main : 8586 m
    Kangchenjunga West (Yalung Kang) : 8505 m
    Kangchenjunga Central (Middle) : 8482 m
    Kangchenjunga South : 8494 m
    Kangbachen : 7903 m

    The huge massif of Kangchenjunga is buttressed by great ridges running roughly due east to west and north to south, forming a giant 'X'. These ridges contain a host of peaks between 6000 and 8000 meters. On the east ridge in Sikkim, is Siniolchu (6888 m). The west ridge culminates in the magnificent Jannu (7710 m) with its imposing north face. To the south, clearly visible from Darjeeling, are Kabru North (7338 m), Kabru South (7316 m) and Rathong peaks (6678 m). The north ridge, after passing through the minor subpeak Kangchenjunga North (7741 m), contains The Twins and Tent Peak, and runs up to the Tibetan border by the Jongsong La, a 6120 m pass.

    Kangchenjunga is known for its famous views from the hill station of Darjeeling. On a clear day, it presents an image not as much of a mountain but of a white wall hanging from the sky. The people of Sikkim revere Kangchenjunga as a sacred mountain. Permission to climb the mountain from the Indian side is rare, but sometimes allowed.

    Because of its remote location in Nepal and difficult access from India, the Kangchenjunga region is not much explored by the trekkers. It has, therefore, retained much of its pristine beauty. In Sikkim too, trekking into the Kangchenjunga region has just been permitted. The Goecha La trek is gaining popularity amongst tourists. It goes to the Goecha La Pass which is located right in front of the huge southeast face of Kangchenjunga. Another trek to Green Lake Basin has recently been opened for trekking. This goes to the Northeast side of Kangchenjunga along the famous Zemu glacier.

    The Kangchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) covers 2035 kmē surrounding the mountain on the Nepalese side.

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    Default Leh - Markha Valley trek

    Day 01 : Leh (Jammu Kashmir) - Marteslang by bus. Chokdo (4050 m) in 5 hour by trek.

    Day 02 : Chokdo - Latza Kongmaru (4800 m) in 5 hour. After crossing narrow gorges, we start our ascension towards the Kongmaru la.



    Kongmaru La (5030 m)

    Day 03 : Latza Kongmaru - Kongmaru La (5030 m) - Nimaling (4650 m) in 5 hour. From the pass, there are great views north towards eastern Korakoram and China, whilst the southern view is dominated by the shapely Kang Yatze (6400 m) and the Ladakhi range. We take a ridge trail and descend zigzagging across scree. Afterwards, the path meets the Nimaling summer pastures, used by Hankar and Markha shepherds.



    Kang Yatze (6400 m)

    Day 04 : Nimaling - Hankar (4000 m) in 5 hour. We steadily descend through meadows to Thachutse and cross the Nimaling river. The trail follows the Markha river now, and will do so for the next few days.

    Day 05 : Hankar - Markha (3850 m) in 4 hour. Several monasteries and ruins are scattered along the trail to Markha. After Umlung the valley narrows and becomes a gorge just before Markha. This large village has a fort and a monastery perched on the northern hill. The gompa is reputed to be one of the oldest in Ladakh.

    Day 06 : Markha - Chalok (3450 m) in 4 hour. The trail passes through quite lush riverside vegetation . En route, we come across more derelict monasteries, some well maintained shortens and at least one good example of a wolf trap. Wolves become a nuisance during the winter as hunger forces them into the villages.

    Day 07 : Chalok - Shingo (4150 m) in 6 hour.We criss-cross the Markha river and cross it on bridges set at many of the most difficult crossing places. From a tiny group of stupas, we leave the valley and continue upwards along a river bounded by willows and wild rose bushes.

    Day 08 : Shingo - Ganda La (4920 m) - Rumbak (3750 m) in 7 hour. At the pass, colorful prayer flags flap in the wind, with the Zanskari range in the background. Afterwards, we descend steadily along the Jingchan river. We get great views towards the Stock summit and the Stock Kangri (6121 m).

    Day 09 : Rumbak - Namlung La (4570 m) - Stok (3700 m) in 6 hour. Stock is famous for its palace and museum. To Leh by Bus/Car.

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    Default Markha Valley trek via Spitok-Hemis, Leh

    Most popular trek of Kashmir

    Day 1 : From Spitok monastery (9 km from Leh), walk through village Jingchan (3600 m) to Rumbak (3750 m) in 6-7 hour.

    Day 2 : Rumbak-Yurutse : Spectacular view of Stok Range from Yurutse (4150 m) in 4-5 hour.

    Day 3 : Ganda La-Markha Valley : Gandal la (4920 m) requires steady ascent and slow pace. Scenic view of Zanskar range. Through village Kaya (3650 m) it is gradual walk to Skiu (3700 m) in 6-7 hour.



    Day 4 : Skiu-Markha : Trail crosses the river Markha several times. There are army bridges so no problem in crossing river. Markha village at 3850 m is gradual walk in 7 hour.

    Day 5 : Markha-Nimaling : Nimaling (4650 m) is steady ascending and descending. Nimaling Plateau is green pasture where you can see permanent encampment of shepherds. 7 hour.

    Day 6 : Nimaling-Chogdo via Kangmaru la : This is not as strenuous as it looks. Steady ascent to la 5030 m will require 2 hour at most. From there you can see scenic view of Nimaling plateau which seems like a land out of dreams as this is only green pasture among brown and gray land of rocks and scree. Chogdo at 4050 m is gradual but long descent. 6 hour.

    Day 7 : Chogdo-Hemis : Walking besides stream. 5 hour. Travel by road to Leh.

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    Default Pindari glacier trek, Uttarakhand

    Loharkhet - Dhakuri - Khati - Dwali - Pindari Baba Math/Zero Point : 40 km (one side)

    Day 1 : Bageshwar - Bamsera (22 km by Tejam bus). Private jeep to Song (12 km) + 3 km by trek to Loharkhet (1760 m).

    Day 2 : Loharkhet - Khati, 19 km by trek.

    Day 3 : Khati - Phurkiya,16 km by trek.

    Day 4 : Phurkiya - Pindari Baba Math - Dwali, 21 km by trek.

    Day 5 : Dwali - Dhakuri, 19 km by trek.

    Day 6 : Dhakuri - Song, 14 km by trek. Travel by bus to Bageshwar 40 km.



    Pindari Baba Math / Zero Point

    Use KMVN facilities and support infrastructure, while not signing up for the package trek. It's quite feasible for you to just get yourself to Bageshwar, and you can sign up porter(s), a pony, staying at any of the KMVN huts on the way.

    Porter (can carry 30 kg, and costs Rs 200/day), beds at KMVN huts (Rs 150/night), a guide (who is valuable, unlike porters), transportation to and from Song, etc .The maps identify all KMVN huts. You can landup at a KMVN hut without any advance warning. If they have a bed, you'll get it. If they don't, they'll bring a sleeping bag and accommodate you anyway. They will make dinner for you. It's cool. There are leeches and flies-that-bite. Full sleeves and long pants make sense.

    Season : May-June and September - October.
    KMVN package : Rs. 3200/-

    Distance Chart

    Almora - Bageshwar : 40 km

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    Default Mountaineering : Mt. Baljuri 5922 m, Uttarakhand

    Day 1: Travel from Bageshwar to Loharkhet by jeep (40 km)

    Day 2 : Trek to Dhakuri in 6-7 hour. Gradual ascending to 2300 m high Dhakuri Pass requires early start as vital reason of being tired is not altitude but Sun above head. Impressive view of Maiktoli, Trisul, Devtoli & Nanda Ghat from Dhakuri Pass.

    Day 3 : Dhakuri-Dwali (2650 m) : Gradual walking through village Khati 2250 m which is famous for it's reach to Sunderdunga Glacier. 7 hour trek.



    Rhododendrons of Dwali

    Day 4 : Dwali-Phurkia (3250 m) : Walking though dense jungles of Kumaon Himalayas is a experience of it's own type. 4 hour trek.

    Day 5 : Phurkia-Pindari Glacier + Further to BC : 3-4 hour. + 2 hour Offers a unique experience to be in company of such a massive natural body like terminal moraines, erosion and huge glacial body of Pindari which is source of Pinder river.

    Day 6 : Rest Day

    Day 7 : Opening of Camp1 , Day 8 : Occupying Camp1

    Day 9 : Opening Camp2 , Day 10 : Occupying Camp2

    Day 11 - 13 : Summit attempt

    Day 14 : Back to Dwali

    Day 15 : Back to Dhakuri

    Day 16 : Back to Song

    Day 17 : Back to Bageshwar by jeep.

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    Default Mountaineering : Mt. Bhanoti 5646 m, Uttarakhand

    Day 1 : Travel from Bageshwar to Loharkhet (40 km)

    Day 2 : Trek to Dhakuri

    Day 3 : Trek to Khati



    Day 4 : Trek to Jatoli

    Day 5 : Trek to Kathalia

    Day 6 : Rest Day

    Day 7 : Opening of Camp 1

    Day 8 : Opening of Camp 2

    Day 9 & 10 : Summit attempt

    Day 11 : Back to Jatoli

    Day 12 : Trek back to Song and then travel to Bageshwar.

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    Default Sunderdhunga glacier trek, Uttarakhand

    Day 1 : Bageshwar - Song - Loharkhet, 40 km by bus, 3 km by trek



    Bageshwar temple

    Day 2 : Loharkhet - Khati, 19 km by trek

    Day 3 : Khati - Jatoli, 14 km by trek

    Day 4 : Jatoli - Kathaliya, 13 km by trek

    Day 5 : Kathaliya - Sunderdhunga - Kathaliya, 14 km by trek

    Day 6 : Kathaliya - Jatoli, 13 km by trek

    Day 7 : Jatoli - Dhakuri, 14 km by trek



    Dhakuri village

    Day 8 : Dhakuri - Loharkhet - Bageshwar, 14 km by trek, 40 km by bus.

    Season : May-June and September-October. Package tour cost : Rs 4000.

    SUNDERDUNGA GLACIER - Bageshwar to Song by bus. Trek to Dhakuri via Loharkhet (14 km), to Jatoli via Umla (15 km), to Kathalia (3206 m) via Dungiadong (13 km),

    (a) to Sunderdunga glacier (7 km, 3800 m) : 90 km, 7 days.
    (b) to Sukhram glacier (7 km, 3900 m).
    (c) Maiktoli glacier (7 km, 3800 m). Tharkot (6100 m), Mrigthuni (6856 m), Maiktoli (6804 m) and Pawali Dwar (6663 m) are nearby peaks.

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