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Himalayan Adventure Holidays

A holiday in Himalayas is more than just mountain climbing and trekking. Different regions in Himalayas attract millions of tourists for a variety of reasons ranging from adventure to spirituality. We arrange various kinds of adventure holidays in Himalayas tailor made to budgets and preferences of each guest,

Our holiday and adventure facilities in Himalayas include camping, climbing, home stay, trekking and hotel facilities in the beautiful Lahaul Spiti valley region near India Tibet border. The average altitude of Spiti is above 4000 meters and is one of the least explored regions in India. Himachal-Pradesh- waterfall-hiking

You can contact us for any of the following adventure holiday options in Spiti region:

1) Trekking expeditions of all types. We will suggest routes, arrange guides, porters and equipment.

2) Camping holidays. Want to go camping without spending a fortune on expensive camping gear ? We’ll arrange a memorable camping trip for you near the stunningly beautiful Chandrataal lake and many other places in Lahaul SPiti.

3) Holidays in Himalayas. Go on a exciting and refreshing journey through Manali, Lahaul, Spiti and Shimla for a memorable holiday with camping, welcoming home stays, cosy hotels and trekking expeditions included.

4) Wildlife Tracking . Spend days in untouched wilderness spotting unique and very rare Himalayan wildlife like snow leopards, Himlayan bears, wolves, pikas, golden cocks and numerous types of migratory birds.

5) Mountain Biking and Driving. Explore the Himalayan roads on bikes or 4 wheel drives at your leisure and speed.

Please email us or fill up the contact form for a free quote and more information about your Himalayas trip.

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Har Ki Dun Trek

Har Ki Dun Trek

Har ki dun, the valley of Gods is below the Fateh Parvat and is a very scenic valley in the midst of the Himalayan beauty, of Gharwal. The route most popular with the trekkers is via Govind National Park. We take this route and come across a lot of insects and lovely chirping birds, flowers and animals like the musk deer, wild goats and so on. You will also see glaciers and mountain streams, forests in the Alps and rolling Meadows. The trek being easy you can get the thrill of observing the beautiful and majestic mountains. Anyone in relatively good health can attempt this trek as it is easy.

Tour Details:

TRANSPORT: In private or shared car with driver and foot.
ACCOMMODATION: Camps, guesthouse.
ENDURANCE LEVEL: Anyone to medium.
ACTIVITIES: Trekking, Bird watching, Meditation, Hiking, sightseeing, bird watching, wildlife spotting, camping
DURATION: 7 to 9 Days
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
COST: US $ 200 onwards

Trek Schedule

DAY 1: Arrive at Sankri
From Rishikesh we reach Sankri, our destination in 5 hours and from Dehradun we reach there in 7 hours. Sankri is located at an altitude of 2000m. We reach there in the evening and relax for the day. We explore our natural surroundings and look at the lovely snow covered Himalayas. We stay in the camp for the night. The option of staying in the guest house is also available.
DAY 2: Sankri to Seema – Taluka
A hot cup of tea in the cold morning is exactly what you need, along with your breakfast. We, then start the trek as we walk to a small hamlet called Taluka, 12 kms aindia-himalayas-mountains-viewway. IT would take around 4 hours and we partake of our lunch there, then we have some rest to relax our tired legs and again start walking to reach Seema village at 2700m altitude, 14 kms away. While trekking you will encounter very beautiful flowers, such as the roses and some plants like the deodar and chestnut. If you feel that 26 kms in a day is a lot to take, we can extend this trip in two days, staying at Sankri for one night and Taluka for the other. A pleasant waterfall meets us as we approach Taluka
DAY 3: Taluka – Osla
Now, we proceed to Osla, which is a small hamlet amongst the natural, lovely surrounding mountains. If we are lucky we may also see some wild boar, leopard, deer and such animals and birds. We stop at Dhatmir, for rest and relaxation. And then resume our walk as we are constantly met with scenery along with wild orchids, and butterflies. Dinner and night in the tent.
DAY 4: Osla – Har Ki Dun
Packing up our camping gear at Osla, we trek towards our next destination, Har ki Dun. 11kms away from Osla and it takes about 5 hours to reach there. Here we see the glorious glaciers Swargarohini and Juandar at 6200 m altitude. The scene does not change much, but the beauty of the glaciers is breathtaking. Reaching our camping site, we set up our tents and spend the day relaxing there, enjoying the lovely and serene surroundings of the Himalayan Mountains and the forests. We have a day free at Har ki Dun, where we can do some of our own exploration and discover the place. Sunset and sunrise there are exceptionally beautiful.
DAY 5: Har Ki Dun – Osla
Back to Osla on our return trip. We walk to Taluka if the tourists want to and enjoy beautiful sights again. As the route gets familiar, we are more relaxed and can better appreciate the wonders of nature that we observe. Shortcuts are available and can be taken if wanted to reduce the time taken by an hour or so, but they are not meant for all.
DAY 6: Osla – Sankri
From Osla we trek for another long 26 km to reach Sankri, taking about 9 hours or so. Again, the early morning we start early to reach Sankri before dark. We put up a bonfire and enjoy our last night in the lap of the Himalayas.
DAY 7: Back to Rishikesh, Dehradun etc.
Back to our destinations with memories forever.

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Trek Hamta Pass to Chandrataal Lake

Hamta Pass to Chandra Taal Lake Trek (7 Days)

This trekking route will take you through wide varieties of terrain as we pass from Hamta Pass in Kullu valley to Chandra Taal Lake in Spiti. The trekkers cross different terrain like green pine forests, glaciers, deep valleys, open meadows and high altitude deserts. This trek should be attempted by people already familiar with at least basic trekking.

Trek Services:

TRANSPORT: On foot, in private car or SUV with driver.
ENDURANCE LEVEL: Medium to Expert.
ACTIVITIES: Trekking, Camping, Mountain climbing, Bird watching, Hiking
DURATION: 7 days normal. May vary in different seasons.
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
COST: Variable

Trekking Schedule India Himalaya Mountains travel Manali

Day 1. Drive to Manali – Jobra – Chika
The first day begins by going to Jobra in a car. Jobra village is a small, quaint settlement at an altitude of 3200 m .It has green pine trees, forests, around the area. Rest done in the village, we sometimes partake some tea. Afterwards we trek in the forest and reach a meadow. From the meadow we go along side Rani Nala, which is a little rivulet which passes through it. Reaching Chika in the evening, we end the trek for today. We then set up our camp and prepare ourselves for the night.
Day 2. Chika – Jwara – Balu Ka Gera trek
After partaking of breakfast, we need to get our things from the camp site, pack up and walk along the little rivulet or stream. After walking awhile besides it, we will have to cross the stream. This is not a very tough task and we can easily accomplish it. We might not even get wet. The Dhauladhar range is seen from here. We see this mountain range for the first time in this trek. Walking from this point on, we keep to gain more and more altitude. Next we stop at Balu-Ka- Gera, which means a bed of sand in the local Himalayan dialect. Camp is set up there and we rest and relax.
Day 3. Balu-Ka-Gera – Shea Goru – Hampta Pass trek
Today is the day for trekking along with the river by our side. We also encounter our first major incline. A trek of 30-40 mins will take us to some ground level. A good point for photography, as the scene is very picturesque. We rest, take some pictures and then we continue to walk through the ridge till we reach Hampta Pass at an altitude of 4600 m. If luck is with you , we may see snow around and slide down steadily through the slope. But if not, we have to be really careful as the slope is steep. This brings us to Spit region. We meet the river again. Our camp site is a place called Shea Goru.
Day 4. Trek: Shea Goru – Chatru
The next day we will go along the river. The terrain will be barren as you do not see any vegetation around. There are some grassy patches around and some shrubbery. Walking along the trail for 4 hours or so and reaching the flat land, we say goodbye to the mountains. Some glacial flows may hinder our path, and delay us. We will have to cross some streams to reach our next camp site in Chatru.
Day 5. Chatru – Chota Darra trek
Here we walk upstream the river and then we pass villages on the way. The villagers here mainly depend on farming and gathering some herds for their livelihood. Sometimes, they also rear some live stock. Some villagers leave the place to come back in summer and go to warmer places in winter. The terrain remains rocky and there are also chances of landslides. That is the reason we need to be careful as we trek in this area. The last destination for today is Chota Darra where we will camp and spend the night.
Day 6. Chota Darra – Batal trek
We take breakfast in the morning and as we walk on the same trail as yesterday; the terrain pretty much remains the same. Our first stop today will be Batal. This is a major resting point for all the vehicles that pass through this area. One trail from Batal leads to Kaza via Kunzum La. The other trail leads to Chandra Taal Lake. Depending on the time we reach, we can have an early dinner in one of the dhabas. Sometimes, we may also have a late lunch. There is a facility for resting at night in the dhabas.

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Hike from Chandrataal Lake to Samudri Tapu

Hike From ChandraTaal Lake to Samudri Taapu Glacier

This  short trek from Samudri Taapu from Chandra Taal which can be done in 2 or 3 days. This trek is ranked as a medium category, at an altitude of 4300m.. Samudri Taapu is origin of one of major tributaries of  of Chandra River as it flows through Spiti valley and later meets river Chenab. This trek is very good  choicefor people wanting to explore trekking and camping and a test for their skills.

Trek Includes: India Himalaya Mountains travel chandrataal lake spiti

TRANSPORT : Trek on foot.
ACTIVITIES: Trekking, Camping, Mountain climbing, Bird watching, Meditation, Volunteer activities (Optional)
DURATION: 2-3 Days
MEALS: By choice
COST: US $ 150 per person onwards

DAY1: Lake to Glacier Trek
We walk from Chandra Taal to trek along the Chandra River. The terrain is rocky and unstable and also has some streams and ridges. You will only find a few Gaddi shepherds. We then walk for about 5 hours and reach the origin of the Chandra River and stop here for lunch, in the lap of nature. We rest, awhile and cross the plateau, for setting up our camp. Exploration of the area can be done, before we retire for the day in our tents.
DAY 2: Trekking Back.
Returning in the same way or taking a short cut is your choice. The short cut is not very safe and not suggested alone, and also with a heavy backpack. Then we climb up a dry waterfall, active during the rains only and walk for one hour approximately to reach the campsite. Further you can explore the area if you want.