About The Listing
Type of Trip : Trekking
Level : Medium
Location : Uttarakhand
Duration : 7 Days 6 Nights
Trip Start : Delhi
Trip End : Delhi
This trek is probably the best short trek in the Himalayas. Easily accessible from Delhi, it offers spectacular views of the snow capped mountains all throughout the trek. You will be trek through lush forests to Chopta and camping by the lake of Devariyatal where on a clear day one can see a perfect reflection of Mt Chaukhamba. The trek is combined with a multi-day rafting expedition on the Holy Ganga which make perfect trek and raft holiday.
Day 01: Overnight train to Haridwar.
Your expedition starts as you take the overnight New Delhi Dehradun AC Express from New Delhi to reach Haridwar early in the morning.
Day 02: Arrive Haridwar, drive to Sari & trek to Devariyatal.
After reaching Haridwar you’ll drive straight to the village of Sari high up the Mandakini valley. Breakfast and lunch enroute. Kit up at Sari and hike the steep 2 hour climb to Devariyatal Lake (2440 m). Tonight you’ll spend in the lap of nature as its camping night in Devariyatal.
Day 03: Trek Devariyatal to Chopta (3000m) 6-8hrs.
After morning tea followed by breakfast, you will start the trail through the dense forest and stays on the ridge all the way to Tali. From there you descend for a while to cross a stream and then climb up gradually to reach Chopta, located in an idyllic setting having beautiful meadows and surrounded by dense forests. It’s a night halt at the Chopta camp.
Day 04: Trek to Chandrashila Top and back (3700m) 4 hrs.
After early morning breakfast, you start and climb up the cemented pilgrim path up to the Shiva temple of Tungnath (3470 m), with rhododendron bushes all around and the mighty Kedar range in full view throughout. After a short rest, you climb for an hour to the summit of Chandrashilla peak (3650 m) above Tungnath. Chandrashila is the highest point in the area and provides breathtaking 360 degree views on a clear day with the mighty snow clad ranges to the north and the endless series of lower ridges visible all the way to the plains in the south.
Day 05: Drive Chopta to Baghwan (4 hrs) & raft to Byas-Ghat.
Starting early as you drive to the put-in point of our rafting trip – Baghwan. After a comprehensive safety you begin rafting. You start the trip on the Alaknanda River as it enters the last canyon stretch with good white-water, with names of rapids such as ‘Baghwan’s Pillow’, ‘The Deadly Duos’ and more, until you reach Devprayag. It’s a mild section from there until the campsite with a few rapids where you can body surf, swim, relax and spot wildlife. After day filled with fun and frolic its camping night at Byas Ghat, so relax and sleep tight.
Day 06: Raft Byas-Ghat to Kaudiyala.
An easy day with small rapids. Great day to relax, soak in the sun, bodysurf and bird-watch. Class 2+ section through the wide canyon all the way to Kaudiyala. Set up camp for the night on a beach at Kaudiyala.
Day 07: Raft Kaudiyala to Rishikesh. Drive to Haridwar. Board evening train to Delhi.
Raft down adrenaline pumping rapids like ‘Daniel’s Dip’, ‘The Wall’, ‘Three Blind Mice’, ‘Crossfire’, ‘Bodysurfing’, ‘Return to Sender’, ‘Roller Coaster’, ‘Golf Course’, and lots of smaller ones too. You stop to have lunch and then continue to encounter the big rapids on the Ganga. You end the trip just before the famous Laxman Jhula in Rishikesh. After lunch you drive to Haridwar station to catch the evening Shatabdi Express to Delhi. Trip ends!
- To and fro transport from New Delhi to Haridwar by train.
- 2AC/Chair car on trains and non-ac SUV cars.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- All meals from day 2 till lunch on day 7.
- Camping fee.
- Sanctuary fee.
- Full board camping arrangements.
- Trip leader & local guides.
- Camping gear.
- All trekking arrangements.
- Any arrangements in Delhi.
- Sleeping bag.
- Items of personal clothing.
- Camera fee.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances.
Terms & Conditions
- Cancellation 45 days prior to departure 95% return.
- Cancellation 45 to 30 days prior to departure 50% return.
- Cancellation 30 days prior to departure no return.
Tips, Hints, Precautions
1. If I can’t swim, can I still go rafting?
Everyone on commercial rafting trips wears a life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD). Many non-swimmers go on our rafting trips, and they have a great time. Your guide will give you an in depth safety talk before your trip explaining what you should prepare for and do in the event you fall out of the raft. Your guide is professionally trained in whitewater rescue and will work with the rest of your guide team to ensure that you are able to feel comfortable with the whitewater conditions on your trip.
2. How long do we walk each day?
Average walking distance is 7- 9 km each day and trekkers complete it in 5-7 hrs. As trek is easy so walking will not be a problem.
3. Which type of shoes should I buy?
Good trekking shoes are the most important part of trekking, so trekking shoes –high ankle with good grips will be a decent choice.
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