Dayara Bugyal

Dayara Bugyal

Overview

     Dayara Bugyal is considered as the most beautiful high land meadow in India. Bugyal in the local language means “High Altitude Meadow”. Dayara Bugyal is situated at an elevation ranging from 10,000-12500 ft. This vast meadow is second to none in natural beauty in Uttaranchal. During winter it provides excellent & one of the best ski slopes in India spread over an area of 28 sq kms.

     The view of Himalayas from here is breathtaking. There is a small lake (Barnala Tal) in the area, and to camp by its side is a memorable event.

     The road to Dayara Bugyal branches off near Bhatwari on the Uttarkashi-Gangaotri road about 28kms from Uttarkashi. Vehicles can go up to the village of Barsu from where one has to trek a distance of about 8kms to reach Dayara. The other route is via the Raithal village which is 10kms from Bhatwari and one has to trek about 6kms to reach Dayara Bugyal from here.


Dodital

Overview

     Dodital is a beautiful lake situated at a height of 3024 mts surrounded by dense forests of Deodar, Pine, Oak, etc. with the backdrop of Darwa Bugyal, a high altitude meadow; Dodital Lake is the source of the River Asi Ganga that merges with the River Bhagirathi near Gangotri. The lake is about three kilometres in circumference.

     The Dodi Lake is a fresh water lake and a tempting trout pool. "Dodi" is the local name of the trout. Multitudes of trout float in the lake, hence the name of 'Dodital'. One can easily spot the Shining red spotted Himalayan Golden Trout in the crystal clear waters.

     There is a temple which is devoted to Ganesha. Legend has it that Dodital is the birthplace of Lord Ganesha, who also selected this place as his abode. Another name for this lake is Dhundital meaning Ganesh ka tal(Lake of Ganesha). The trek takes you through high altitude grasslands and dense forests.


Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

For the glimpse of the Magnificient..!

Overview

          To know the Magnificience of a mountain you should maintain distance - is a saying related to mountains.It is a dream of every  adventure enthusiast and a mountain lover to have a Glimspe of worlds highest peak Eve- Rest - 8898 M .Everest base camp trek traditionally is a route normally following the Hillary footstep which starts with a few hours’ drive to Jiri, but time and development of infrastructures has benefited this trekking region and thus has provided opportunities for people with limited time to trek this EBC trekking trail with a flying to Lukla.

The trekking route in the sherpa region of Everest base camp trekking is a feast to eyes and a  endless view of mountain surroundings with curiosity over dramatic landscape. The trail, whether you take a shorter version with a flight into Lukla or the classical trek from Jiri, it all follows the same course of Dudh Kosi river as you gain altitude trekking through forests of rhododendron ( Buransh ) and magnolia into almost arctic conditions when you walk the Khumbu Glaciers into Everest base camp. This trek is even more challenging doing almost a circuit with a trek into Gokyo, crossing the Chola Pass or doing 3 passes or Gorakshep to Kalapathar and EBC or vice versa.

To be frank , to see the highest point on earth “Everest” from close quarters. The mystery of this trek is that one cannot get to see the Everest at close range as you get to see it from Kalapathar. However, the trek to base camp itself is sensational, an over whelming feeling that captures your heart mind and soul.A mountain journey with  each step ; each breath worthwhile and experience to cherish for a lifetime..!

 

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo - Ri

Emerald Gokyo lakes and Cho La Pass

Overview

          Everest base camp trek including high altitude emerald Gokyo lakes and Cho La Pass   is one of the most adventurous trekking route in entire Everest region. The trekking trail is popularly known as Everest Circuit trekking. It follows the route over high altitude pass called Cho - La Pass at 5330 meters into Everest Base Camp. This trek begins from Lukla a  hamlet situated 2860 M . After one day acclimatization in Namche bazaar it follows all the way to Gokyo Lake. Explore glacier lake  around the Gokyo valley.  From Gokyo lake  two hour climb to the Gokyo-Ri (5480m). Here one can enjoy the  stunning view of  summit views of mountain scenery including 8000 m peaks such as Everest peak ,Makalu peak and Cho Oyo peak .

The thrilling part of the  whole trek is to cross Cho  La Pass (5330m) over moraine and snow and finally reaching at Dzongla. After Dzongla the trail continuing rises steadily lateral moraine from the crest. On the left at the head of this valley a snow covered glacier can  see which is another pass to the right of the Kangchung peak. The final ascent  to the Cho La pass is the most prominent part in this trekking. The Cho La Pass also known as a Chhugyuma La in Sherpa communities. After crossing glacier lake can be seen major snow peak in Everest region including Mt. Everest. The trail continues downhill icy and rocky before to reach easier Yak pastureland in Dzonglha at 4830m.

Everest Gokyo Chola pass trek is another exiting opportunities is to reach foot of the world  highest mountain mount Everest. After  visiting  Everest Base camp via Gorakshep the  ultimate goal is  to  climb the summit of Kalapathar (5545m) from where you enjoy a glimpse and panoramic view of Mt. Everest and surroundings.

During Everest Base camp downhill circuit  trek you will  pass through Tyangboche, a place where a famous magnificent monastery is located. We take a rest there and savor the incredible scenery enchaining views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam 6812 M - Popularly known as Mothers Necklace, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kangega, Mt. Kwangde, Mt. Nuptse etc and back to Lukla airport 2860 M . On the next morning you take flight to Kathmandu. 

Goecha La

For A Glimpse of the Magnificient

Overview

     The Goechala trail starts from Yuksom,a historical place that was the earlier capital of Sikkim, enters the Kanchendzonga National Park, passes through moss - laden forests of oak, chestnut, pine, maple, magnolia, rhododendron and many other varieties of pine,crosses the Tibetan community villages at Tsokha, the alpine pastures of Dzongri (~4000M), Samiti lake, a high altitude fresh water lake, before reaching the Goechala pass, from where one can view the majestic splendors of Mount Kanchendzonga, Mount Kabru and Kabru Dome, Forked Peak, Pandim and Lami Peaks. This trail is also called the“Rhododendron trail”because of the abundance of multi-coloured Rhododendron trees that line the entire trail. This is one of the most popular and fascinating treks in Sikkim.. It is a naturalist's paradise. This forest is home to many varieties of wild plants, exotic orchids equally spectacular varieties of birds and butterflies. One can come across wildlife which includes the Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Marbled Cat and the Red Panda to name a few.


Har Ki Dun Trek

In the abode of Gods

Overview

    Snuggling amidst the cradle shaped Fateh Parvat, the valley of Har-ki-Dun is located at an altitude of 3566 meters and is one of the most gorgeous mountain valleys of Western Himalayas. It is situated in the district of Uttarkashi of Garhwal in Uttarakhand State. It is surrounded by densely populated endless forests and snow-clad mountain peaks. With abundant flora and fauna at a close range, the valley has caught attention of many bird watchers and nature lovers since decades. 

Har-ki-Dun is popularly known as “Valley of Gods”. ‘Har’ is another name of the Hindu God, Lord Krishna and this mesmerising valley is widely known to be the Valley of Lord Krishna. It is also called as the valley where fairies meet. The valley holds of tremendous value according to the Hindu Epic of Mahabharata. The Swargarohini peak which is located at an altitude of 6096 metres is believed to be the place from where Pandavas proceeded to heaven. Har-ki-Dun is the only place in the country which has temples of the Kaurava Prince Duryodhana and his allies Karna.  Local residents and communities of this region worship Duryodhana as their God.

The beautiful alpine meadows along the glacier basins and spectacular moraine ridges surrounded by medicinal herbs and shrubs of Ayurveda have enchanted trekkers and holiday makers from all around the globe. The picture perfect location is best suited for photography and bird watching. The houses of the region have carvings depicting tales from Mahabharata. Rice, Rajma, and Potatoes farm are seen every-which-where and they can be found in local delicacies as well. 

The trekking trail to the valley of Har-ki-Dun was found by Jack Gibson, a teacher at Doon School in 1940’s. He often brought his students on trekking and camping expeditions in this location and has been given the credit for the inception of Indian Mountaineering. Even till date, school kids can be found in a large number especially during summer vacations. Trekkers of all age can handle the difficulty level of this trek as the trails are well defined and are not very steep. Wooden bridges are constructed at water stream crossings and the average distance to be covered does not exceed 12 to 14 kilometres per day. Camps set up by the forest department come in handy for campers and trekkers. 

The valley of Har-ki-Dun is situated within the jurisdiction of Govind National Park which gives an insight into the stunning variety of wildlife present in Himalayas. You may spot Musk Deer, Indian Porcupine, Himalayan Brown Bear, Himalayan Snow Cock, Golden Eagle, Parakeets, Minivets, Himalayan Palm, Snow Leopards, Common Otter, Cuckoos, Hodgson’s Fly Squirrel, Steppe Eagle, Black Eagle, Tits, Warblers, Sikkim Vole, Finches, Goral, Civet, Buntings, Himalayan Rat, Wild Boar, Bearded Vulture, Thrushes, Koklas Pheasant, Western Tragopan, spot Hedgehog and Monal Pheasant. If you plan your trek during the month of April and May, the Rhododendron trees and wild Himalayan flowers are a delightful sight. Large number of flowers including Lilies, Primulas, Orchids, Blue Poppy, Anemonies and Potentillas are found during the stunning summers. The high altitude flower Brahma Kamal or Saussurea obvallata can be found close to Har-ki-Dun. 

Har-ki-Dun is an abode to many of the purest streams and rivers. During the trek, you will witness the source of Karmanasha stream which graciously flows to meet the Obragaad stream beneath the village of Sankri. The stream forms into River Supine which proceeds to merge with the sparkling Rupin River which flows from the state of Himachal Pradesh. At Netwar, River Rupin combines to emerge as Tons River which is a major tributary of the legendary River Yamuna. 

Taking a stroll in most breath-taking landscapes surrounded by Mount Swaragrohini, Kalanag, Fateh Parvat and Bandarpoonch will be a life-altering experience for every visitor. 

 


Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (Nepal)

North Face of Mighty Kangchenjunga (Nepal)

Overview

     Kanchenjunga [8598m], the 3rd highest mountain in the world and one of the world's most challenging peaks to climb, lies on the Nepal-Sikkim (India) border. This remote and less frequented trek is a spectacular and challenging walk across the length of Kanchenjunga North and South Base Camp and has been described by many as the best trekking route in Nepal. One can experience tropical jungles rhododendrons, chestnut and oak forests before one gets above the snowline . This is a great way to experience the Nepalese culture and life-style of different communities, ranging from Rais, Limbus to Tibetan Buddhists, away from the hordes of tourists who throng the more popular/commercial treks.

     The trek climbs gently along the valleys of rushing river to the north side of Kanchenjunga. Enroute to the destination of PangPema, one can see the grandeur of the Khabur (6332M), Phole (6645M) and Jannu (7710M). From Pang Pema one can witness the grandeur of the Kanchenjunga panorama, TapleShikhar (6510M), GimmigelaChuli (The Twins 7350M), PathibharaKhas (Pyramid Peak, 7168M), KiratChuli (Tent Peak, 7365M) and Chang Himal above the Kanchenjunga Glacier.


Makalu Base Camp (Nepal)

 For A Glimpse of the Magnificient

Overview

     Makalu (8463 M), the fifth highest mountain in the world, is considered one of the hardest 8000 M peaks to climb because of its steep exposed ridges. This is a challenging and rewarding trek through one of the least developed parts of Nepal. The trek starts from Khandbari, though one may sometimes find a jeep up to Num. Along the walk up to Num one can see terraced farming (a paradise of bright green) amidst the thickly wooded forest surroundings, in places where there are settlements. From Num the trail seems like a vertiginous drop to the Arun Kosi river and then begins a continuous ascent up to the village of Khongma. The whole region (upto Khongma ) is very dense forests.

     It is no exaggeration, in saying a thick canopy of green extends as far as the eye can see. There is an eerie silence in these woods, broken once in a while by the sound of a stream or a waterfall. When the rays of sunlight filter through the occasional gap in the trees breaking the monotony of darkness one knows that there is a world beyond. If one thought the ascent to Khongma was tiring be prepared for more - as one crosses 3 passes the Ghugura La (Tutu la : 4050 M), Shipton La (4216 M) - named after Eric Shipton., and Keke La (4150 M) to Dobato. From Dobato the trail descends steeply into the Barun Valley and continues westward along the mighty Barun River, towards the picturesque campsite of Yangle Kharka. The whole trail beyond Yangle to Makalu base camp gives one a feeling that he is in paradise, with beautiful peaks named, rather unimaginatively, as Peak 3, Peak 4, and Peak 5 and so on till one reaches the mighty Makalu. It is a time to soak in the views. After a day spent in exploring the Makalu Base camp we retrace our steps.


Maldaru Lake

A Lake of Faith

Overview

          Lakes have always beeen considered as sacred and worshippped in mountainaous regions. There are Several High Altitude lakes and pristine waterbodies tucked away in the gharwal region of Himalayas. Maldaru Taal or lake  is one such  remote  ablong lake  located South – Eastern region of  Harkidhun valley  at a altitude of 4800 m above sea  level. The village folk  of Puoni , Osla and Dharkot  consider this lake as abode of  gods. The path towards  lake  Itself  is a  memorable experience. Walking through pine forest and  alpine meadows  of  Vishkopri  and  Raasi. The meadows carpeted with  flowers in various hues and colors is a feast to eyes. Walking on the ridge is really exillarating experience. View of Swargarohini  peak  6252 M from close quarters  standing  on the edge of lake  is unique experience. The aroma that emanates from the flowers Brahma Kamal , Phen Kamal which profusely grows there is feast to eyes.

New Route to Valley of Flowers

A new trekking route explored crossing Kunt kal pass in  Valley of Flowers of Garhwal Region.

Overview

There is something about the Himalayas not possessed by the Alps, something unseen and unknown, a charm that pervades every hour spent among them, a mystery intriguing and disturbing. Confronted by them, a man loses his grasp of ordinary things, perceiving himself as immortal, an entity capable of outdistancing all changes, all decay, all life, all death.

- Frank Smythe -

          A Valley in Garhwal Himalayas  gained  such a distinction & popularity in no time with name ' Valley of flowers '  after the  exploration by  Frank Smythe who is officially credited with discovering the Valley of Flower in year 1931 after his Kamet Expedition. 

        Frank Smythe camped in  valley of flowers  for couple of days to collect material for his book “ The Valley of Flowers” and took with him seeds for the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland. In furtherance of Smythe’s work,  Joan Margaret Legge went to the Valley of flowers in 1939 to study and collect  few more flowers. She camped at Valley of flowers for a few days, and unfortunately lost her life when she slipped from a rock while picking flowers in the valley. Later  a small memorial in the shape of a tombstone  in the valley of flowers. As a reminder of the great love she had for the Himalayas, inscribed on her marble tombstone, in valley of flowers are the following words –

                                    “I shall lift my eyes up to the mountains, from whence cometh my help.”

Valley of Flowers is at a height of 11000 feet to 14000 feet above sea level in western Himalayas. It is famous for its meadows of alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty nearly 10 km in length, 2 km in width and concave in shape. Valley of flowers is divided along its length by a  river called the Pushpavati and several rivulets and waterfalls rush down from the glacial deposits to merge with it. The Pushpavati  joins the Laxman Ganga, flowing from Hemkund Sahib, at Ghangaria. This combined stream retains the Laxman Ganga till it meets Alaknanda river flowing from Badrinath  at Govind Ghat.

A massive snow mountain with snow called Ghoda Parvat and Rataban peak , blocks  valley of flowers at the other end. There is however, a traditional route which passes across a glacial pass at an altitude of 5091 mtr to Bank Kund and the pasture lands of the Gamsali Valley, via Bhuyandar Pass and eventually leads to Niti, the last Indian village on the border with Tibet. In valley of flowers, some of the flowers which can be seen are : Pink Primulas, Pedicularis, purple Campanullas , Erigerons , Golden Lily, creamy Anemones, large purple Asters, the rare white Androsace , the rosy-petalled Cypripedium,Morina Longifora, Green and chequered Fritillaries, pink Geranimus, purple , indigo-coloured Nomochairs, blue and yellow Pansies, the Himalayan Blue Poppy petals as blue as the ocean, white and red Potentillas, golden lilly, dwarf  Rhododendrons - Buransh,  Primulas in pink and blue and the deepest purple, Ranunculus, pink Epilobium, Bistorta and the heavily perfumed Brahma Kamal. The distance of Valley of flowers from Ghangria is 4 km  and of Hemkund Sahib is 5 km away.

             . The valley of flowers trek begins after crossing Alaknanda by a suspension bridge and then along a mountain path on the right bank of Laxman Ganga. The trek passes through dense vegetation and whispering forest and Laxman Ganga always appears to be hurrying down to meet Alaknanda down below. Then at 10th km of valley of flowers trek is the Bhyundar village from where a beautiful valley branches to Kagbhushandi taal. The Valley of Flowers trek continues along the Laxam Ganga and at 3 km from the Village, Laxman Ganga has to be crossed and then begins the final zigzag climb to Ghangaria. Ghangaria, nestled amidst the giant deodars, is conjuction  and  stopping  place for both Hemkund Sahib or Lokpal lake  and the Valley of Flowers. Camping in the Valley of Flowers National Park is not permitted , due to which visitors have to spend the night at Ghangaria only.

              After 45 years a new route opens for  Nature lovers at Bankund after crossing Ghangaria with Camping at Palsi Udiyar  and Crossing the Kunkal  Pass further reaching Hanumanchatti on Badrinath Road . Birds View of National Park and  Nilgiri peak is a experience of lifetime.

 

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