Khatling - Sahastra Tal Trek Tour


Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days

Destination Covered : Haridwar, Rishikesh

Price (Starting From) : On Request


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Tour Detail

Things to Carry

Day Pack (Ruck sack)
Cap (Sun hat)
Trekking (Hiking) boots with anklets
Raincoat or Poncho
Small Towel
Water Bottle
Sun cream / Cold Cream / Lip cream
Torch (Flash) light
Change of thermal wear / clothes / underwears / Socks
Woolen clothes and wollen Socks
Batteries
Toiletries
Light weight wind sheeter / Jacket / Pullover (Sweater)
Slippers or Sandals

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Upon arrival at Delhi met our representative and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2: Delhi - Rishikesh

Early in the morning catch an Ac 6.50hrs to Haridwar and meet with our Guide and transfer to hotel check in at the hotel. Evening free in Rishikesh. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
Rishikesh : Situated at the foothills of Garhwal hills along Ganges, Rishikesh is a gateway to the important religious places of Badrinath, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Yamunotri. Places of interest includes visit to Bharat Mandir the oldest temple in Rishikesh, Neelkanth Mahadev, this is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva drank the poison churn out of the cosmic ocean among many other temples. Also visit some of its many Ashrams: Ashrams are centers for spiritual studies, meditation, Yoga, sacred prayers besides being residential centers for the resident gurus.

Day 3: Rishikesh - Ghuttu

Morning after breakfast proceed for the long journey by road taking the road along the Ganga valley, followed by the Alaknanda valley, and finally entering the Bhilangana river valley. One can see the outer reaches of the famed (and controversial Tehri Dam) on the way to Ghuttu, the starting point of the trek, with its wide step farming fields growing rice, wheat, vegetables etc. The abundance of water make this village relatively prosperous. This village is set in a valley, surrounding by steep mountains on all sides covered by dense greenery! Upon arrival check-in at rest house / camp.

Day 4: Ghuttu - Reeh

The trek for the first day starts with a late breakfast, and packed lunch packets are issued, The steep climb of 10 km till Reeh (also known locally as Reeh Chhani), beckons as the , the entire trail passes goes steeply uphill in beginning while proceeding through the valley of the river Devling, The latter part passing through Deolang village, becomes steeper and the trail climbs through Chir Pine, and Rhododendron forests, and thick groves of the local bamboo (Known as "Ringaal" locally)! . The camp site is located near a flat area near the forest. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 5: Reeh - Gangi

The morning starts with breakfast and issuing of packed lunch packets, and the climb begins almost instantly! The aching muscles from the previous day's ordeal need to be rested a bit so as not to pull a muscle, since this is just the second day of the trek! The incline keeps changing from gradual to steep and vice versa, crossing a series of small meadow patches high above the valley. The crossing of the the top of the ridge, is rewarded by a fine view of Panwali Kantha grasslands to the south south of Ghuttu. The people here are like no others in the entire area.. Everyone wears traditional "long coat" type of dress made out of local wool, and have very little contact with outside world. Their livelihood depends on agriculture and goat and sheep rearing, the residents of Reeh shift to Gangi in summer months. Gangi (8550 feet) is a large village consisting of more than 100 houses. It is summer abode for the villagers of Reeh, Nalan and Devkhuri. In summer time, when the snow melts, the villagers take their herds for grazing to greener pastures in the higher reaches and in winter to lower altitudes. Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 6: Gangi - Kharsali

Morning post breakfast, trek for 5 hours to Kharsali with packed lunch packets. The trail drops initially for an hour to Deokhri Channi, a winter settlement for the villagers of Gangi. From these Chhanis, a half an hour through the forest takes one to a fork in the trail, just beyond the Kalyani stream. The trail going to the left leads to Sahastratal lake 4872 mts. And the one on the right to Khatling - continuing straight through an open area known locally as Birodh. From here it is two hours to Kharsali, which is a large meadow surrounded by giant conifers and Oaks, and an ideal camping place. Overnight in camp.

Day 7: Kharsali - Bhedikharag

In the morning trek to Bhedikharag resumes after breakfast with packed lunch. The bridge over the Kharsali stream is crossed and the trail continues further along the forest track to Bhelbagi. The route follows the river for almost two Km along a slight upward incline, then rises sharply going through thick bush,consisting juniper and silver birch and passing by Bhumkodaar cave to the left of the trail. Another 2 to 3 km. of climbing brings one to the Tamakund cave- an area best known for its exotic flora! From this point, it is a mere 1 hour of walk to reach another good camping site at Bhedikharg.. Dinner and overnight in Camp.

Day 8: Bhedikharag - Khatling - Bhedikharag

After an early breakfast trek to Zero Point at Khatling Glacier. This day the climb is not the challenge, but the terrain is, and one has to be very surefooted walking over the gravely surface and the scree! Most of the day is spent walking, and there is not much time to be wasted at the glacier, as the ideal time for the return journey is scheduled for not later than 2 pm, as the darkness falls fast and the weather changes even faster at these altitudes. One can go no further than 500 - 700-metres over the glacier (the detailed visit to the glacier takes 2 days) .Since the remaining part of the day is spent in the return trek back to Bhedikharag, the photos of the glacier and the surrounding mountainsare quickly taken and preprations are made for return at 2pm. Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 9: Bhedikharag - Gangi

In the morning trek to Gangi in prepration for the long trek to the beautiful High altitude grasslands of Panwali Kantha.Arrive in Gangi at lunch, and visit local homes and the wooden temples which are very typical of this village. Across the valley to the South is the enticing view of the next day's stopover - Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 10: Gangi- Panwali Kantha Grasslands

Breakfast is had in the early hours in prepration for the 18 km to the Panwali Kantha grasslands, and setting out with packed lunches, the group must make an early start for a very long day! The route initially dips for the next 2 kms reaching the bridge over a frothing Bhilangana tributary , through thick mixed brush. On the opposite side South of Gangi, the trail takes an upward route, going through patches of forest, and grassy clearings. The views on this are staggering, as one gets to see the route of the trek to Khatling. Reach the sprawling grassland in time to see the vastness of the most famous highland grasslands in the Garhwal Himalayas, and savor the sun set, and the colours on the surrounding peaks. The shepherd cottages marking the beginning of the Bugyal are temporary dwellings as the advent of summers heralds a bountiful supply of fresh green grass for cows, and sheep alike! Dinner and overnight in camp.

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Inclusions

  • Meals
  • Sightseeing

Payments Terms

* Some Advance Percentage of total booking amount * Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

* Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount. * Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.

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