ROOPKUND TREK

10,500/- pp
(Haridwar to Haridwar)
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FIXED DEPARTURE

Region: Uttarakhand
Duration: 8 days
Level: Moderate, Challenging
Base Camp: Lohaganj
Distance: 53 Kms
Altitude: 5300mtr
Pickup Point: Haridwar
Drop Point: Haridwar
Best Season: Summers: May 1st week To June end Post Monsoons: September 2nd week to November 1st week

Brief ITINERARY
DETAILED ITINERARY
Cost Terms
How To Reach
GUIDELINES
FIXED DEPARTURE
Gallery
HTH Other Notes
Brief ITINERARY

Day-1
Kathgodam/Rishikesh to Lohaganj, Altitude 7,662 ft
Stay in guest house, Drive 210 km (10 hrs drive)

Day-2
Lohajung to Didina, Trek 6.5km
Altitude: 7,662 to 8,045 ft

Day-3
Didina to Bedni Bugyal, Trek 10.5 km
Altitude: 8,045 to 11,320 ft

Day-4
Bedani Bugyal to Patarnachaaniya, Trek 7 km
Altitude: 11,320 to 12,818 ft

Day-5
Patarnachaaniya to Bhagwabasa, Trek 4 km
Altitude: 12,818 to 14,117 ft

Day-6
Bhagwabasa to Roopkund Lake (Mystry Lake), Return Patarnachaaniya, Trek 10 km
Altitude: 14,117 to 15755 ft

Day-7
Patarnachaaniya to Lohajung (via Wan), Trek 15 km
Altitude: 12,818 to 7,662 ft

Day-8
Lohajung – Kathgodam/Rishikesh, 10 hrs drive, Drive 210 km
Reach Kathgodam by 6:00 pm

DETAILED ITINERARY
ABOUT THE DESTINATION

Roopkund Lake is Mystry Lake which situated at the height of 5029m (junargali), in lap of the Himalayan peaks Nanda Ghughuti (6310 m) & Trishuli (7120 m). This Lake also known as Mystery Lake because of human skeletons lying at the bottom and around of the lake, which will be visible when the ice melts. Many myth is there about these skalaton but still its mystry. Roopkund is situated in Chamoli Garhwal district of Uttarakhand.The Roopkund trail is a moderate to difficult type trek , taking us through forests, green meadows and water falls to high-Altitude meadows of Bedni Bugyal & Auli Bugyal. We can see view of mountains like Trishuli & Nanda ghunguti’ respective hights of 7120m & 6310m. Kathgodam Railway station Lohajung to Ghaeroli Pata Ghaeroli Pata to Bedni Bugyal Patar Nachauni toBhagwabhasa Bhagwabhasa to Roopkund to Patar Nachauni Bhagwabhasa to Roopkund to Patar Nachauni Depart for Kathgodam. 001 Welcome To The Roopkund Trek is to a Himalayan trekker what the movie 'Sholay' is to a hardcore Bollywood buff. Just like Sholay is the complete Bollywood entertainer (it has action, drama, comedy, romance), Roopkund is the quintessential Himalayan trek This trek has snowcaps, meadows, lakes, forests, folklore; and yes, it has an intriguing flashback too. Roopkund is a mountain lake, lying in the Garhwal Himalayas in the Chamoli district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand.Situated at a high Altitude, the lake remains frozen almost throughout the year. The Roopkund Trek is to a Himalayan Trekker what the movie 'Sholay' is to a hardcore Bollywood buff. Just like Sholay is the complete Bollywood entertainer (it has action, drama, comedy, romance), Roopkund is the quintessential Himalayan trek. This trek has snowcaps, meadows, lakes, forests, folklore; and yes, it has an intriguing flashback too. Roopkund is a mountain lake, lying in the Garhwal Himalayas in the Chamoli district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand.Situated at a high Altitude, the lake remains frozen almost throughout the year. Roopkund is also called the 'Mystery Lake', or the 'Skeletal Lake', on account of the several hundred human skeletons found scattered in and around the lake. A Forest Officer stumbled upon these skeletons in the year 1942, and this surprising discovery triggered a series of visits from scientists from all over the world who wanted to get to the bottom of this mystery. A lot of research went into finding out how so many skeletons came to exist near this lake, and eventually it was concluded that these skeletons belonged to a group of pilgrims, who were caught unprepared in a hailstorm( somewhere around AD850 ). The hailstones were as big as cricket balls, and with no shelter in site, they succumbed to injuries on their skulls. National Geographic aired a story regarding this lake, which made the lake a popular destination among trekkers. Aside from all this myth and mystery around the trek, the Roopkund Trek is the perfect route to showcase the surreal Himalayan beauty;and it the perfect trek to initiate you into high Altitude treks. The trek starts from Lohajung, situated at an elevation of 3200 meters, and after gradually trekking uphill for 5 days you will reach Roopkund which lies at approximately 5000 meters above sea-level. At this Altitude the level of oxygen in the air is considerably lesser than what the lowland folks are used to, and the HTH team will give you various tips to enable you to effectively cope with this change. Being in good physical shape will ensure that you adapt to the thinning air quickly. Also, good fitness level will allow you more energy to enjoy the spectacular views without worrying about nagging bouts of Altitude induced problems. So when you plan for this trek, also plan out a fitness regime for yourself. There are two time windows in a year when you can do this trek – once after winter from mid-May to mid-June, and once post monsoon during September and October. You can choose the post-winter variant if you want to have some fun with snow, or you can choose the post-monsoon variant if you want to stroll through lush green Himalayan meadows. Whatever the season, the weather in the mountains is delicately balanced, and can go from sunny to cloudy in minutes. This adds another dimension to the adventure, and you should be equippedwith wind and water proof clothing to face these weatherchanges. You can reach Kathgodam through one of the most famous trains reaching the destination , which is the Ranikhet express. Once you reach here, you would start feeling a change in the entire atmosphere. The Roopkund trek has its starting point from here. The mystery lake trek would give you a remarkable experience you might just feel that you are living your dream. The Roopkund trek is also known as the skeleton trek as skeletons are what you would see on reaching the destination. What can we say? If you are into trekking and hiking and haven't done the Roopkund trail, then you need to start planning for it right away. It is one trek that is a must-do. It's got everything going for it. Deep virgin forests, gurgling brooks, breath-taking campsites, miles of undulating meadows, snow and ice, and the taste of a great adventure as you climb from 8,000 ft to 16,000 ft in 4 days. Your trek starts at Lohajung (7,700 ft), a tiny pass, in the heart of the greater Himalayan range, 85 kms. Himalaya is extremely rich with legends and area of Roopkund is not an exception. According to one legend Nanda Devi and Shiva passed by this area after a successful fight with demons. Nanda Devi wanted to quench her thirst and Shiva created this lake for her. When Nanda Devi bent over the lake, she could see her clear and beautiful reflection – thus the lake got name “Roopkund” (form/shape lake).
Weather: The Roopkund trek base night be cold day temperatures are pleasant during the season.
Summer temperatures: Roopkund .( Day time +5° C to +10° C)It is located in the northeastern part of uttarakhand starting from close to the Himachal border, heading east and then south.

Day 1 - Kathgodam TO Lohaganj
Altitude -7,662 ft
Distance -210km
Time taken - 10 hrs drive
Overnight stay in tents
Local market and network is available. Pick up time 06:30 am at the parking of Kathgodham railway station.
Route:- Kathgodam - Bheem Tal - Almora - Kausani - Gwaldam - Dewal - Lohajung
We will recieive you from Kathgodam Railway station, Morning depart from Rishikesh/Kathgodam to Lohajung(7700 ft), breakfast & lunch on the way. This day you will see glimpse of Uttarakhand, passes through many hill stations,Villages, & rivers & winding roads. Travel distance is 226 km from Kathgodam & Rishikesh (263kms) Haridwar (288kms) which takes 9-10 hours to reach. Night stay in Guest house in Lohajung

Day 2 - Lohaganj To Didina
Distance: 6.5kms
Time Taken: 4-5 hrs
Altitude: 7662ft to 8025 ft
Overnight stay in tents/Home stay
Reach Didna before lunch.Accommodation in village home stay.No local market but Network is available.Till Ruan Bagad bridge gradual descent (4.5 km).Refill your water bottle at Ruan Bagad bridge from Neel Ganga River.After Ruan Bagad bridge 2 hours of a steep ascent to Didna Village (2 km). Morning amazing view of Pinder valley, view of Himalayan range peak Nanda Ghunghuti & villages : Mundoli, Bank, Harani, Didina, Wan. Depart to Didina village Moterable 7 km, Trek start now from Kuling village, a small cultural village with scenic beauty. First 2.5 km descend up to Neel Ganga, after crossing Neel Ganga 3 km ascend, approx 4-5 hours to reach Didina village. Didina Village is a part of Kuling village, villager lives here seasonally .Overnight stay in Home stay or Camp.

Day 3 - Didina To Ali Bugyal
Altitude- 8,045 to 11,320 ft
Distance- 10.5 km
Time take taken- 5-6 hrs
Overnight stay in tents
Carry water and ORS both .Reach Ali Bugyal by late noon. Keep your wind and waterproof handy .Tolpani is the last point for drinking water. First half of is through oak and rhododendron forest (Steep ascent). Second half of the trek is through big alpine meadows (gradual ascent). Start trek to Bedani Bugyal, 3.5 km ascend to Ali Bugyal will take 2- hours, passes through thick forest, hear twittering sound of birds, many kind of high Altitude Flora & Fauna. Lunch in Ali Bugyal, a vast meadow , Incredible view of Valley. Click memories on your cameras, start trek to Bedeni bugyal slighty ascend but not tough, 1.5 -2 hours will take to reach Bedani Bugyal, Overnight stay in tents.

Day 4 - Ali Bugyal To Bedni Bugyal To Patarnachaaniya
Altitude - 11,320 to 12,818 ft
Distance - 7km
Overnight stay in tents
Easiest day of the trek. Accommodation in tent . Reach Patar Nachauni before lunch. Ali Bugyal to Bedni Bugyal (gradual ascent 2 km). Bedni Bugyal to Ghora Lotani (gradual ascent 4 km).Ghora Lotani to Patar Nachauni (gradual descent 1 km).Spend some time at Ghora Lotani good for acclimatization. Wear proper clothing (this is the place where most of the trekkers get AMS).Explore morning view of Bedani Bugyal, around green grass, Bedeni kund, View of patti ka danda. According myth Lord Brahma created here Vedas . After breakfast depart to patternachaniya, 5 km distance takes 2-3 hours to reach. Today all around view is full of charm, Mountain (Nanda Ghughunti , Trishuli), Water falls, small-small watre lakes between meadows. Night halt in camp.

Day 5 - Patarnachaaniya To Bhagwabasa
Altitude - 12,818 to 14,117 ft
Distance - 4kms.
Reach Camp site by lunch. Patar Nachauni to Kalu Vinayak Tempel(first 1 km is gradual ascent and rest 1.5 km is steep ascent). Kalu Vinayak to Bhagwabasa (gradual descent 1.5 km, become tricky in may and June ). There will be snow on the trail in the month of may and june and in sep and oct it will be a rocky trail. Today trek start towards Baguwabasa, 6 km from Patternachaniya (4-5 hours) Patter means Stone & Nauchniya means dancer, believed that dancers converted into stone because of curse of Goddess Nanda. After breakfast we climb to Kailawa Vinayak top, tough ascend about 3.5 km. from Kalwa Vinayak view is unique Himalayan range peaks, Rivers, Waterfalls. After having lunch trek will start to Bhagwabasa (2 km).

Day 6 - Bhagwabasa To Roopkund (Mystry Lake) And Return Patarnachaaniya
Altitude- 14,117 to 15755 ft
Distance - 10km
Overnight stay in tents
Start your trek by 4:00 am. Climb to Roopkund is 3 km. Challenging day of the trek. Carry energy bars, ors and water.Breakfast will be at Roopkund top .Reach Bhagwabasa back by lunch time. Reach Patar Nachauni camp by evening.In Aug,Sep, Oct can see skeleton but no snow. In May and Jun snow will be there but can't see the skeleton. Early morning hot tea & start trek to Roopkund, Breakfast on the way because early morning view is clear, later clouds cover the mountains. Trek is quiet difficult today ascend 3.5km upto Roopkund & 400 meter Junargali Dhar(5029 meter). Roopkund is a small lake in glacier, Humen skeleton is there many years old, some sklaton flesh can be found which lies under snow. From Junargali close view of Trishuli & Nanda Ghughuti & Shila Samudra. Junargali is the last point of this trek, Return back to Patanachaniya via Bhakuwabasa & Kailwa Vinayak, halt for overnight.

Day 7 - Patarnachaaniya To Lohaganj (Via Wan)
Altitude- 12,818 to 7,662 ft
Distance - 15kms
Patar Nachauni to Ghora Lotani (1 km gradual ascent).
Ghora Lotani to Bedni Bugyal ( 4 km gradual descent).
Bedni Bugyal to Doliya Dhar ( 0.5 km gradual walk).
Doliya Dhar to Ghaeroli Pata ( 3 km steep descent ).
Ghaeroli Patal to Neel Ganga ( 4 km steep descent ).
Neel Ganga to Ranka Dhar ( 1 km moderate ascent ).
Ranka Dhat to Wan Village road head ( 1.5 km gradual descent). Wan Village to Loharjung ( 45 minutes drive, road condition is not good). Route :- Patar Nachauni - Ghora Lotani - Bedni Bugyal - Doliya Dhar - Ghaeroli Patal - Neel Ganga - Ranka Dhar - Wan Village - drive to Lohajung. Enjoy morning sunrise view hot Breakfast & start moving towards Lohajung via Bedani Bugyal, Garoli patal & wan villege. It is a great journey back to Lohajung via Wan. Today from Bedani bugyal another route to Lohajung, passes through dense forest, Giant trees, Floora & Fauna, Neel Ganga & a cultural village wan, people of this village is very hard worker. There is Latu Devata main Temple, every year villager organise worship. From wan to Lohajung moterable (20 km), night stay in Guest house.

Day 8 - Lohaganj To Kathgodam
Distance - 210 km
Time taken- 10 hrs drive
Overnight stay in tents
Good bye Himalayas ,Today is the last day of this trek, Depart to kathgodam (226 km)/ Rishikesh (263 km), Lunch & Breakfast on the way. After crossing Gwaldam Kumoun region starts on the way famous places Baijnath, Almora, Kousani can be seen.

ROOPKUND TREK SEASONS

Summer Treks (April, May, June)
Roopkund trek during summer i.e., April/May/June is best for those who want to witness snow. Although the weather is unpredictable it is less cold but more windy. The human skeletons are not visible as the lake is in frozen condition.
Autumn Treks (September, October, November)
Those who want to do a moderate trek along with witnessing lot of greenery, one should go on Roopkund trek during autumn. T he weather is mostly clear but its cold as well. The lake is clearly visible as there is no snow so the human skeletons too can be spotted clearly.

Cost Terms

COSTS INCLUDES

All transfers in shared taxi right from PICKUP POINTS to DROP POINTS
Permits and Entrance fees.
Accommodation in tents on share basis during trekking.
All meals, { from BASE CAMP to BASE CAMP} Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Tea, Coffee, Sneaks, Soup, Dinner, after dinner hot Chocolate, lemon tea. etc!
All camping gear including tents and sleeping mattress. Liner,Kitchen tent, Dining tent and toilet tent.
Good Experience Hindi/ English guide, cooks and porters, mules.
Insurance of HTH staff.


COSTS EXCLUDES

Personal Insurance.
Personal toiletry Items
Personal Medicine kit
Meals during transit.
Charges of mules/poerters carrying extra luggage. (Rs 300/per bag payable to HTH Personnel at the base camp )


PAYMENT POLICY:

A) 46 days or more before date of departure: 25% of total cost.
B) 31- 45 days before date of departure: 50% of total cost.
C) 30 days before date of departure: 100% of total cost.
IMPORTANT: The booking stands liable to be cancelled if 100% payment is not received less than 30 days before date of departure.


REFUNDS:

No refund (Partial or otherwise) will be made if you voluntarily leave or drop out of a trip for any season after the trip has begun. No refunds will be made for any accommodation, transportation, sightseeing, meals or services not utilized.
In case, HTH cancels the trip due to unforeseen circumstances/climatic emergencies it would be happy to suggest an alternative trip/dates. You shall be notified of same. You may accept the alternate trip suggestion, voucher (with one year redeemable limitation) or request another trip of your choice. The difference in cost, if applicable, will have to be borne by you. HTH shall, under no circumstances, be liable for any additional costs, credit card charges, TAC(s), travel arrangements including but not limited to flight cancellation, railway, hotel, visas costs, onward arrangements coinciding with this trip etc. Refunds in such a scenario will happen as per our cancellation policy.
*Refunds are not possible for any missed or unused services including voluntary / involuntary termination of tour on account of sickness, death of a family member, late arrival on the tour etc.*
*HTH is also not liable to pay any compensation for any loss arising as a consequence of trip curtailment, alteration, extension or cancellation due to any reasons. However, you expressly agree that, in any event, the maximum liability of HTH will be limited to the trip cost paid to HTH.
HTH must receive notification of cancellation in writing. At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows:


CANCELLATION POLICY

For the cancellation of trek services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons, we must be notified of the same in writing
*CANCELLATION CHARGES PER PERSON
a) 30 days or more before the departure date: 25% of the total cost.
b) 29 - 20 days before the departure date: 50% of total cost.
c) Less than 20 days before the departure day: 100% of the total cost.
d) Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek: Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.
*IF WE CHANGE OR CANCEL YOUR HOLIDAY
We do plan the arrangements in advance. It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your travel arrangements.
Occasionally, we may have to make changes and we reserve the right to do so at any time. If there are any changes, we will advise you of them at the earliest possible date. We also reserve the right under any circumstances to cancel you travel arrangements by assigning reasons to you.
If we are unable to provide the booked travel arrangements due to reasons beyond control ( e.g. bad weather, insufficient bookings) we shall first try to offer alternative dates for the tour if the tour has'nt already commenced. If the alternate arrangement does not suit you, we will refund the amount in full.


NOTE:-
1)- Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
2)- In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/ she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by HTH.
3)- HTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.
Cancellation is processed only by email intimation. Please email any cancellation requests to :- info@hiketohimalayas.com or call us @ 9560098325 Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "HIKE TO HIMALAYAS" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which HTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. HTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.
Please Note
*Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.
*In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you.
Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true.
How to Reach

By Air :-

Bhuntar, which is 52 km away from Manali, is the nearest airport. Taxi services are available from Bhuntar to Manali, which costs about Rs. 700- Rs1000. Bhuntar is well connected to Delhi by air. The airliners that take you to this Airport are Indian Airlines, Kingfisher airlines, MDLR Airlines and Jagson Airlines, operating flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to Kullu.


By Road:-

Manali is well connected to Delhi. Take an overnight bus from Delhi and you will reach Manali in 12 - 14 hours. Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in . Tip: Since Delhi Manali is a long journey most Volvo private buses leave Delhi between 5 pm and 6 pm. The last govt bus leaves at 8.30 pm from ISBT Kashmere Gate. Manali to Delhi Like the onward journey, buses leave from Manali to Delhi between 4 and 5 p.m. Your tentative arrival at Delhi may be anywhere between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Plan your onward journey only post noon giving enough buffer for bus delays.

HTH GUIDELINES

DO’S AND DON’TS ON A TREK

1.Alcohols or any other intoxicating products "STRICTLY PROHIBHITED" during the trek.
2.Always pay heed to the trek guides or instructors.
3.Try not to leave the group under any circumstances.
4.Avoid trekking during the nights as it is extremely dangerous.
5.Avoid using earphones as that might hinder your hearing.
6.Do not participate or encourage littering of the places in any form.
7.While visiting the local villages and tourist sites, obey the local guidelines and instructions.
8.Do not harm or interrupt the local sentiments of the places.

IMPORTANT:

Your safety is of paramount concern while travelling with Hike To Himalayas.
Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
Since adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required

Fixed Departure

Summer
April:
1,2,4,7,8,99,11,14,15,16, 22,23,28,29,30
May:
6,7,10,13,14,20,21,27,28
June:
3,4,10,11,1,18,23,24,25,26
Note
The fixed departure dates are applicable to a group of 8-10 people (minimum), both male and female.

If you are group of 8 or more and don’t find a suitable date, kindly Contact Us:
info@hiketohimalayas.com/ Contact Us@hitetohimalayas.com

For customised/Tailor made treks ,kindly Contact Us:
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HTH advise its clients/travellers to keep a buffer day in hand to avoid inconvenience caused due to unpredictable weather conditions in high altitude regions.
HTH Importants Links

HTH Basic trek Gear Checklist for client

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HTH Medical Form For Thr Client

HIKE TO HIMALAYAS treks organised by SHRIDHANT EXPEDITIONS (OPC) PVT LTD. take place in some remote and less-developed regions, without means of rapid evacuation, Click here

Frequently asked questions(FAQs)

Here are answers to a list of generic questions which are asked to us on any treks. We have tried to answer most of them and this list of questions keeps growing with time. If you still have doubts, Contact Us us over phone or email to clear your doubts. We will be happy to help !!

What is camping trek ?
Camping treks are treks in which you spend your night in tents. Tents are pitched in a location which meets the basic requirements of a camping ground like source of water, safety from rock fall, flash floods, etc, good views to mention a few.
What is a tea house/hut trek ?
Tea houses are a style of trek in which you rest for the night in commercial lodges made on the trek route to accommodate the trekkers. In this kind of arrangements, rather than sleeping in tents, you will sleep on a cushioned bed, in a room or dormitory provided to you. The tea house will also provide clean quilts or blankets, pillow and a clean bed sheet. The facilities of a tea house vary from place to place.
What kind of facilities should I expect in a camping trek ?
In this trek, you will be staying in the tents. You will be provided good quality sleeping bag and mattresses. Tents will be shared by 2 or 3 depending on the team size. Lights will not be there. Solar lamps or other lighting arrangements will be made while dining. There will be separate dining tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents. For smaller groups however, we carry dining-cum-kitchen tents. Toilet will be dry toilet, done in a pith dug in mud, which will be covered by a toilet tent. Water source will be river water, purified with iodine or chlorine drops. Cooking utensils will be carried by us including your plate and spoons. You may choose to bring your cup, plate and spoons though. Food will be cooked and served by the cooking team who will accompany us throughout the trek. There will be a trekking team which will consist of a one or two guides and helpers to walk with you during the trek and guide you safely to the next campsite. A trek leader lead the team of entire trekkers and staffs, and will see through the entire running of the trek right from your comfort, to guidance, to safety, to staff management, trek planning to organizational goals.
What about Hotels at the Base ?
Clean bedded room on sharing basis, with attached toilets, running water, hot water on request and in house or separate dining space. Television and internet might not always be available. The rooms mentioned will be on availability and sometimes due to huge demand, the price might randomly vary. In situations out of our control, we might give you just the basic hotels at times on triple sharing bass too. This usually depends upon how much in advance have you booked the trek with us. More the time we have, better the arrangements we can assure.
What about the transport:?
Transport from the base camp to the trek road head will not be luxurious and will be according to the availability of vehicles locally. We will hire the best suitable for the group, our local staffs and the camping equipments together. Depending on the group size and load, we hire the as many vehicles as required. For a small group of 2 - 4 trekkers, we might move local staff and logistics in the same vehicle. That reduces our cost and also the carbon footprint of the group. Transport to and from the Base Camp will be arranged as decided upon between us. Sometimes it,s included in the price, sometimes it is not.
Toilets On Trek: There will be a separate toilet tents. For a bigger group ( more than 8 trekkers ), separate toilet tents for men and women will be provided to keep up with the timings. The toilets will be a dry toilet where a pit will be dug and will contain a hump of mud outside. You can use wet tissue papers. After you finish your business, you need to cover the dump with the mud outside. A small shovel will be kept for the purpose. You should not use water in the toilet pit. When we shift camps, we will ensure that the pit is well covered and the area is clean. For tea house treks, toilets are well maintained by the owners.
What do I need to carry for the trek ?
If you are trekking with us, you need to carry just your clothing, camera and other electronic devices such as mobile, iPad, music player, etc. You may bring a trekking pole and binoculars to help you on trail.
We would be carrying all of the camping and technical equipment and the cost of it will be included in the package price. If you had requested a customized trek package, this will depend on what you have asked for.
For a detailed generic list of what to carry on a trek, follow the link click here
What if I want to offload my personal load ?
We promote carrying your rucksack by yourself. However, if you are not in a position to carry it by yourself, we may hire you a porter to do so. Any such requests should come before the start of the trek. Else, in the middle of the trek, we cannot assure you a porter to carry your bag, as its not guaranteed to get the porters on the way. The charges will depend upon the number of bags to be offloaded and needs to be consulted prior to the beginning of the trek.
Do I need to tip the staffs ?
It is not mandatory, but they expect a little token of good will gesture from you. Usually, the entire group collects an amount and distributes it to the local staffs by themselves. We promote the same theory.
What if I get injured in middle of the trek ?
Such situations will be treated as emergency and we will act according to the seriousness of it. While sometimes we may require to give you full attention, affecting the entire team. While on other occasions, it might be a minor injury and treated accordingly, with importance. If we require sending you back, we will accompany a helper with you, who will take care of you and take you down to safety. The entire team is expected to cooperate fully on such occasions. We will be abided by our Terms of Travel for such situation, and you are expected to read it before you join one of our fixed departures.
What is the evacuation strategy from a trek in case of emergency?
In a seriously high altitude trek special care needs to be taken to keep away AMS and other altitude hazards. Since compression bags are ultra expensive, we do not carry it with us. The guides and leader accompanying you on the trek are well acquainted and versed with altitude care. However, things do turn ugly at times, due to altitude sickness or physical injury.On such occasions, you need to be brought down to safety to the nearest road head. Deciding the road head will depend on factors like your walking ability, the cause of the problem, your location, etc and will be best decided by our leaders and the trek guides present with you. You will be accompanied by a helper for assistance, or the leader himself will come down depending upon the seriousness of the case. If you cannot walk by your own, you need to be carried by porters or horses. From any of the point, our objective is set to get to the nearest safety town to get medical attention, warmth of a household or a hotel Himalayan treks are in remote areas and you are expected to be aware of all such scenarios beforehand, and adapt accordingly. Our Team will try its very best to cope up all the hassles and tackle any emergency. Your trek leader will be knowledgeable on high altitude effects, its care and medicines.
What about the cost in an emergency situation ?
All the expenses made during an emergency situation have to be borne by the individual. We will assist with all our knowledge, information and connections to respond to that emergency.
What time do you expect me to be in the base camp. Will you come to receive me ?
You are expected to reach the base camp by 5 PM. You will be given a location to report to, however, you may Contact Us any number of times for assistance. If required, any of our team members will get you to our base camp.
What about the transportation cost before and after trek ?
Check the inclusion and exclusion tab to see if transportation is included or not. Usually its included. In case not, we may arrange a vehicle for you, the cost of which is to be shared by you or the group using the vehicle on actual basis.
Can I drink alcohol on trek ?
Drinking alcohol is not advisable on a High Altitude Trek. Alcohol dehydrates our body and in high altitude dehydration becomes a big cause for Altitude Sickness. We suggest and DO NOT allow having alcohol, especially while still gaining altitude.
Do alcohol keep our body warm ?
No. Drinking alcohol has a reverse effect on our body temperature. It further lowers our body temperature, and feeling warm is the response to stimuli. Discovery Channel Busts this myth. read on Will drinking alcohol help you feel warmer? Alcohol may make your skin feel warm, but this apparent heat wave is deceptive. A nip or two actually causes your blood vessels to dilate, moving warm blood closer to the surface of your skin, making you feel warmer temporarily. At the same time, however, those same veins pumping blood closer to the skin's surface cause you to lose core body heat - the heat you need to survive, especially if you're stuck in a snowdrift . This effect could lead to fatal hypothermia."
Is smoking allowed on treks ?
Smoking hampers your climbing and cardio-vascular abilities. Smoking is not advisable and a fit trekker does not smoke. However, if you still want to smoke, its your choice, but the comfort of other members of the group should be taken care of.
How many days do I need to acclimate before the trek?
It is recommended two days of acclimatisation, which includes not doing much physical effort, having an amount of food (the digestion goes slowly at higher elevations). You must have light food, and hot drinks (coca tea) with the meals, specially the two first days, plus a good rest, these help a lot to cop with the altitude sickness symptoms.
What is the best thing to do in the event of altitude sickness?
Our guides are trained to assists you in case of acute mountain sickness, they carry an oxigen bottle, and first aid kit, however you can take your personal medication, especially for a headache, stomache, and plasters.
What is the the maximum group size?
The maximum group size on any of Treks By Region is 10-15 people. We considerate 10-15 persons are have better communication and attention with the guide.
Is there a minimum group size?
We require just 6 persons to depart. During the last 1 n 1/2 years HTH has always managed to meet the minimum group size for all of our departure dates and have never had to cancel any group departures or have to combine with any other trekking company
As a single trekker, May I Join one of HTH trekking's fixed departure programs?
Yes, of course! We usually have single trekkers on each and every one of our group departures. It is a great way to get to know fellow travellers and most people find that the group dynamics are very friendly and comforting. Logistically, single trekkers will share rooms and tents with other single trekkers of the same sex on our group journeys.
What happens if I suffer from altitude illness or have a health problem?
Before each trek, we have a group meeting that outlines the detailed information on altitude illness and awareness, and our staff is highly trained to be on the lookout out for all its signs and symptoms. Each trekking itinerary has also been arranged to allow for proper adjustment to the trails and heights given the timetable and elevations gained along the way.We have designed each trek with your health in mind first and foremost, and we take a sensible and safe rate of climb. We have much experience in planning ahead of time to cover safety and health measures along the way and are prepared for any situations that might arise.We carry our own standard First Aid kit and supplies with us on each trek. We also recommend that you bring your own supplies and medicines as needed and please inform us of pre-existing medical conditions and advisories from your physician before your arrival ,and please let us know your blood group in the event of an emergency..