5 trekking destinations to satisfy your wanderlust

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1. Triund, Mcleodganj

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 3 days.

Total cost of the trek from Delhi: Rs 5000

Trekking Distance: 9 km

Distance from Delhi: 470 Km

How to reach: The best was to travel is to take a bus/volvo to Mcleodganj. You can also opt for train; the nearest railway station is Pathankot, which is 60 Kms away from Mcleodganj

If you are reading this list you must have done this trek already as it is one of the most famous and popular amongst first time trekkers and if you haven’t done it then this is definitely the place to start from.

The trek starts from Mcleodganj chowk in Mcleodganj and takes 6-7 hours to reach the top, where you can camp out for Rs 300-500 per person, and basic meals like maggi/dal chawal is easily available. Along the trek also there are 4-5 shops where you stop for quick refreshment.  It is preferable that you leave early as all the tents get rented by 5-6 pm. The trek route is well defined and a guide is not necessary.

To book your tent beforehand contact:  Pink House – +919805527124

Tip: Carry some hard liquor to battle the cold as the temperature can get as low as -10 degrees.

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2. Great Himalayan National Park

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult (Depends upon on the trek you choose in the Park)

Duration: 4 days

Total cost of the trek from Delhi: Rs 8000

Distance from Delhi: 480 Km

How to reach: The best was to travel is to take a bus/volvo to Mcleodganj. You can also opt for train; the nearest railway station is Pathankot, which is 60 Kms away from Mcleodganj.

Great Himalayan National Park is located in Kullu region in Himachal Pradesh. The park is spread over an area of 1,171 km2 and is a paradise for nature lovers.

This is a very offbeat destination and is popular amongst those who are looking for peace and tranquillity. You should definitely plan your next trek here, before it gets commercialized.

To reach the valley, you need to reach “Aut” which is on the way to Manali, just before the Manali tunnel. From Aut you can take a taxi or a local bus (easily available). The trek starts from Guishaini, and it takes 4-5 hours to reach the gate of the national park, and it another hour to reach Rola which is the first base camp. There are several treks that you can take from the base camp, some treks take you deep inside the forest, others take you to snow capped mountains and there are those through which you can explore the local village life.

For organised packages contact: Sunshine Himalayan Adventure Camp (Mr Panki Sood) : +919418102083

Tip: Carry a guide as the path is not well defined and the arrangements for the trek need to be made beforehand.

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3. Kuari Pass

Difficulty: Difficult in winters because of snow and moderate in Summer time

Duration: 5 Days

Total cost of the trek from Delhi: Rs 8500

Trekking Distance: 18 Kms (approx)

Distance from Delhi: 495 Kms

How to reach: You need to first reach Haridwar or Rishikesh which is easily accessible by both train and road ways. From there you can to take a bus or taxi to Auli.

Kuari Pass is situated in Garhwal Himalayas, in the Nanda Devi biosphere. Exploring this route is one of the richest manners to get a full view of the splendid Himalayas as you get a spectacular view of almost 40 Himalayan peaks.

The trek starts from Auli, and goes from Gorson Bugyal to Tali Lake where you can have your first camp. Second day you should start early to reach Kuari Pass and then once you reach the pass, there is also an option to summit Pangar Chula peak.

There are no shops along the way, you need to carry everything so you will be needing a porter as well as a guide to show you the path.

For bookings contact, Mr Dinesh Bhisht +918958084282

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IMG_20160325_102631461_HDR4. Nag Tibba

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 3 days

Total cost of the trek from Delhi: Rs 5000

Trekking distance: 16 kms

Distance from Delhi: 350 km

How to reach: Take a bus/Volvo to Mussorie. From there you can take a local taxi or a bus that can drop you to Panthwari.

This is a good trek that can be easily done over a weekend if you are travelling from Delhi. The best thing about this trek is that you get to summit the peak Nag Tibba, from where you can get mesmerizing view of the Himalayas.

The trek starts from Panthwari, which is 60 kms from Mussorie. The camp site is 5kms from Panthwari where there are two lodges maintained by forest department but there is no furniture, so it is preferable to camp outside. The next day, you need to trek 3 kms to reach Nag Tibba summit and 8 kms back to Panthwari where your trek ends.

You need to carry your own camp or you can rent a camp at Panthwari. It is preferable to go from December to March as you will find snow.

Tip: Do carry enough water, as water is scarce

For bookings contact, Mr Suresh: +91757900742

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20160220_1129055. Kheer Ganga

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 3 days

Total cost of the trek from Delhi: Rs 6000

Trekking distance: 26 kms

Distance from Delhi: 530 Kms

How to reach: There are a lot of buses/Volvo that run from Delhi to Manali, you need to get off at Bhuntar and from there you can take a local taxi or a bus to Bursheni via kasol.

Kheerganga  is a hot water spring in the middle of a forest in Himachal Pradesh.

This trek starts from Bursheni which is 22 kms from Kasol. The best way to reach Bursheni from Kasol is by hiring a taxi to Bursheni.  The distance from Bursheni to Kheer Ganga is 13 kms which can be in covered on the first day itself.  You’ll find a lot of hippies along the way. You can camp at Kheer Ganga and enjoy the sky light.

There are a lot of shops along the trek and the route is well defined.  You can rent the sleeping bags and camps at Kheer Ganga, but you need to reach early due to availability issues.

There are good cafes at Kheer Ganga where you can yummy pizza, pasta and even sizzlers. After you reach Kheer Ganga do take a dip in the hot water spring to wash away your tiredness.

Tip: If you are not time pressed, then do extend your trip and check out near buy places like Tosh and Kasol

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OUR CHOICE:  “Great Himalayan National Park”. This is a must go.

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