TREK AND RAFT
6 DAYS - UTTARAKHAND
2017 Trip Dates: Contact us to schedule your own trip! (min 4 people)
Cost: Rs 40,400/person
Season: Sept 15-June 30
Description: Enjoy six days exploring the Himalayas on foot and then by water. First embark on the best short trek in the Himalaya. Easily accessible from Delhi, it offers spectacular views of the snow capped mountains all throughout the trek. There is beautiful camping by the lake of Devariyatal where on a clear day one can see a perfect reflection of Mt Chaukhamba. The forest walk from the Devariyatal lake to Chopta is completely pristine and the climb up to the summit of Chandrashilla is short but challenging. Then move onto the water with a multi-day whitewater rafting expedition on the Holy Ganga. River Ganga is famous for its big volume Class III rapids which are fun on any day. The fall season offers great water levels and temperatures to enjoy river rafting activity.
Day 0: Overnight train from Delhi to Haridwar. Take the overnight New Delhi Dehradun AC Express from New Delhi to reach Haridwar early in the morning.
Day 1: Drive Haridwar to Sari (7-8 hours). Trek to Devariyatal (2440m) (2 hours). Board waiting vehicles at Haridwar and drive straight to the village of Sari high up the Mandakini Valley. Breakfast and lunch enroute. Kit up at Sari, and after some tea and biscuits start the steep 2 hour climb to Devariyatal Lake (2440 m).
Day 2: Trek Devariyatal to Chopta (6-8 hrs). The trail goes through the dense forest and stays on the ridge all the way to Tali. From here we descend for a while to cross a stream and then climb up gradually to reach Chopta. It is located in an idyllic setting with beautiful meadows and surrounded by dense forests. For people who want to take it easy there is also an option to skip the long walk and walk down 1.5hr to the road at Sari instead. From here you can drive leisurely through the forests to the campsite at Chopta.
Day 3: Trek Chopta – Tungnath (3-4 hrs) – Chandrashilla Top (1 hr) and back (2-3 hrs). Start early in the morning and climb up the cemented pilgrim path up to the Shiva temple of Tungnath (3470 m), with blossoming rhododendron bushes all around and the mighty Kedar range in full view throughout. Tungnath is the highest temple in Garhwal and it is easy to understand how the spectacular location evokes a deep sense of spirituality and religious devotion. After a packed breakfast and a short rest, we climb for an hour to the summit of Chandrashilla peak (3650 m) above Tungnath. Chandrashila is the highest point in the area and provides breathtaking 360 degree views on a clear day with the mighty snow clad ranges to the north and the endless series of lower ridges visible all the way to the plains in the south.
Day 4: Drive Chopta – Baghwan (3-4 hrs) and raft to Byas-Ghat. Starting early we drive to the put-in point of our rafting trip – Baghwan. After a comprehensive safety briefing and packing the bags on the raft, we begin rafting. We start the trip on the Alaknanda River as it enters the last canyon stretch with good white-water, with names of rapids such as ‘Baghwan’s Pillow’, ‘The Deadly Duos’ and more, until we reach Devprayag. It is a mild section from here until the campsite with a few rapids where you can body surf, swim, relax and spot wildlife.
Day 5: Raft Byas-Ghat to Kaudiyala. An easy day with small rapids. Great day to relax, soak in the sun, bodysurf and bird-watch. Raft time is approximately 35 kms to Kaudiyala. Set up camp for the night on a beach at Kaudiyala.
Day 6: Raft Kaudiyala to Rishikesh. Raft down adrenaline pumping rapids like ‘Daniel’s Dip’, ‘The Wall’, ‘Three Blind Mice’, ‘Crossfire’,‘Bodysurfing’, ‘Return to Sender’, ‘Roller Coaster’, ‘Golf Course’, and lots of smaller ones too. We stop to have lunch and then continue to encounter the big rapids on the Ganga. We end the trip just before the famous Laxman Jhula in Rishikesh. After lunch we drive to Haridwar station to catch the evening Shatabdi Express to Delhi where we arrive in the night.
Day 0: Delhi - Haridwar
Day 1: Haridwar - Sari
Day 2: Devariyatal - Chopta
Day 3: Chopta – Tungnath – Chandrashilla Top - Chopta
Day 4: Chopta - Baghwan - Byas-Ghat
Day 5: Byas Ghat - Kaudiyala
Day 6: Kaudiyala - Rishikesh - Haridwar - Delhi