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Trekking In Garhwal Travel

The beauty of the Garhwal hills is picture-perfect, a fusion of High Mountain valley and lakes. It's a land of many streams and the birthplace of some of India's greatest rivers. Carmine rhododendron blooms and scarlet flame of the forest blossoms are luminous in jungles of dense green, while the faith of an old people has kept alive a lifestyle that dates back to several centuries. These are the playgrounds of the Gods, where legends have the sanctity of history and where people are warm and hospitable in a manner unknown to modern metropolises. Garhwal comprises the districts of Uttarkashi, Tehri, Pauri, Dehradun and Chamoli. The Garhwal hills are a veritable paradise for trekkers. Nature is in her element here, and the trekking trails are renowned for the great beauty of their views, stunningly different at almost every turn. There are some superb trekking opportunities in the vicinity of important pilgrimage sites such as Badrinath, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Hemkund close to the Valley of Flowers.

Region: Garhwal Hills
Best Season: May - October

TrekkingThough Garhwal is a treat throughout the year except the rainy season, it is advisable to plan any trekking trip to this region during April to November. Trekking in the Garhwal hills is best between the months of May and October.
Permits: Indian nationals need no permission for trekking in any area outside the inner line. For routes inside the inner line, the local District Magistrate's permission or that of the central home ministry is necessary in Advance. For foreigners, crossing the inner line is not permitted. Treks upto 4,900m need no permission and can be undertaken on tourist visas. Above 4,900m, treks can also be undertaken with prior permission from the IMF provided no peak is attempted. Camera permits are also necessary.

HOW TO GET THERE
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun. However, the flights are not very regular. Convenient overnight trains from Delhi connect Haridwar, the nearest railhead into Garhwal. The Shatabdi Express serves Haridwar along with trains from Mumbai and Calcutta. For many of the treks, Rishikesh serves as the base. Bus services connect Garhwal region with other towns in North India.

HEMKUND TREKKING
Location: Garhwal
Base: Govindghat
Altitude: 4329m above Sea Level
The trek starts from Govindghat (19 kms.), on the way to Badrinath, having two major gradients, one initially from Alakhnanda suspension bridge of Govindghat to Pulna village, for 3 kms. and the other from Bhyundhar to Ghangharia. After trekking 1 kms from Ghangharia, a bifurcation point is reached, where one route leads to Hemkund Saheb and the other goes to the Valley of Flowers. The routes are well marked here.

KALSI LAKHMANDAL TREKKING
Region: Garhwal Himalayas
Base: Goraghati
Attraction for: Ornithologists
This is a cultural and historical trek in the Jaunsar-Babar region in the foothills of the stately Garhwal Himalayan, between the rivers Yamuna and the Tons. A tribe known as the January lives in this region. Their customs and traditions are entirely different from those of the rest of Garhwal. The practice of polygamy and polyandry prevail among them. The villages along this trek are worth seeing, culturally and architecturally. Clustered houses with tiled roofs match the environment. The trek is rich with flora and fauna and is particularly inviting for ornithologists. This trek also has historical significance. At Kalsi, also there are rock inscriptions of the Ashokan age in the Pall script. At Birat Khoi, there is a fort in ruins now. According to the Mahabharata, this fort belonged to Maharaja Birat. And at Lakhamandal there are ruins of the ancient palace the Kauravas made of lac for the Pandavas.

KHATLING SAHASRATAL TREKKING
Region: Garhwal Himalayas
Base: Rishikesh
Attractions: Kirti Stambha, Meru, and Jogin Glaciers
The Khatling glacier is a lateral glacier at the source of the river Bhilangana. According to legend, a celestial nymph tried to lure Lord Shiva. She was spurned by him and transformed into a liquid form. Thus originated the Bhilangana.
Sahasra Tal and Masar Tal are to the west and east of Khatling glacier. Nature has showered her rich bounty on the Valley of Bhilangana. The panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks and hanging glaciers, such as Jogin group, Kirti Stambha and Meru, are magnificent. The whole trek passes through very thick forests and beautiful lush green meadows. In the rainy season, the meadows are ablaze with the colours of a myriad flowers. Trekkers on this route have to cross scores of small streams using the improvised log bridges

MUSSOORIE - NAGTIBBA TREKKING
Location: Garhwal Himalayas
Base: Rishikesh
Duration of the Trek: 6 Days
At the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, north east of Mussoorie, Nagtibba is at an altitude of 3048 Mts.
This place is situated on a saddle and at a sunrise it is a beautiful sight to watch the sun peeping from behind the mountains. From Morina Dhar the trek is on a ridge, most of the time parallel to the Garhwal Himalayan ranges from Swargarohini to Nandadevi. This part of the trek is very rich in flora and fauna.

NANDA DEVI TREKKING
Location: Garhwal Himalayas
Base: Joshimath
Altitude: 4500 m above Sea Level
Attraction: Nanda Devi Peak
Nanda Devi Sanctuary is situated in Chamoli District at altitudes exceeding 4500 meters. Seventy colossal white peaks surround it, many named and some unnamed. The most famous of them is the majestic Nanda Devi. The sanctuary is shaped like a cup and has several lush green meadows and beautiful water falls. Herds of blue mountain goats (Bharal) graze everywhere. Sir Edmund Hillary in his autobiography described the ruggedness of this sanctuary so: "Nanda Devi Sanctuary is God-gifted wilderness -- India's training ground for adventure..." The starting point for this trek is Joshimath, which is easily reached by motor road from the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan. At Joshimath, arrangements for guides, porters and last minute purchases can be made. Joshimath to Lata is 25 kms by road and then the trek starts. From Lata to Lata Kharan is an arduous trek, but exhaustion is forgotten on seeing the fantastic views of the snow glistened peaks of Runti, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti and Bethartoli across the river Rishi Ganga. Lata Kharan is an open, wide, grass hilltop which is usually windy' and chilly. The trek from Lata Kharan to Dharansi Pass is a long one, featuring regular descents and ascents. On crossing the Dharansi Pass, Nanda Devi is seen. This trek along a ridge, traversing on rocky surface upto Malatuni Pass. From here it is a continuous descent of 750 meters through alpine grassland. Snow clinging to slopes, dense forest, the wide meadows of Debrugheta beside a river are some of the marvelous sights along the way. In summer, Debrugheta meadow is a riot of colour with flowers in all their variety. From Debrugheta to Ramni is a long trek. At first, there is a steep ascent after crossing the Rishi Ganga before arriving at Deodi. Deodi to Ramni is through dense forests of junipers and rhododendrons. And then there's the world-famed Nanda Devi Sanctuary. The Trishul base camp can be approached from Deodi via Bethartoli and Tridang.
For this trek, guide services and ropes are essential.
Joshimath 1890
Lata 2317 25 motor
Lata Kharan 3689 10 trek
Dharansi 4250 7 trek
Debrugheta 3500 8 trek
Deodi 3354 6 trek
Ramni 3520 6 trek
Bhoj Gera 4050 5 trek
Tilchuni 4200 5 trek
Nanda Devi Sanctuary 4500 (avg.) 8 trek

 
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