Looking for some adventurous sport?
Take a trek to the Gaumukh (Cow's Mouth) Glacier to enjoy an
extraordinary journey! Situated in the Gangotri region of
Uttarakhand, Gaumukh has religious significance attached to
it as it is the source of the holy river Ganga. You can
catchthe glimpse of the stunning ice walls after trekking
11-miles from Gangotri. Pilgrims bathe in the chilly waters
of Gangotri as a mark of respect. You can reach Gangotri by
taking a bus from Rishikesh in around 12 hours.
The best time for trekking in Rishikesh is from April to
The other trekking destinations include:
Kalindi – The trek of 5947 m offers you total amazement.
This trek is meant for people, who love high altitudes. The
trek offers you amazing views of snow-capped peaks of Great
Himalayas. The trail descends to Arwatal and reaches to Mana,
which is the last village on the Chinese province. The trek
finally ends at Badrinath with a holy visit to the temple.
The best season is for this trek is from June to September.
Kauri Pass - This classic trek of Kauri Pass offers you
majestic view of the meadows and valleys along the western
edge of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. The route also refers to
as the Curzon Trail. You can view snow capped peaks along
the trail along the Kuari Pass. This best time is from April
Nanda Devi- To view the heavenly beauty of the twin peaks of
Nanda Devi at the height of 7818m. They constitute India's
second highest mountain. The best season is from April -
Gopeshwar- From Rishikesh to Gopeshwar, this is a
fascinating trek spread across 10 days, which covers places
like Rishikesh, Kalpeshwar, Bansi Narain, Godiyala,
Rudranath, Sagar, Gopeshwar
Vasukital -This 1 day trip from Vasukital covers the places
like Gaurikund, Kedarnath, and Vasukital with a refreshing
bath at Gaurikund, which is at the height of a 1981 meters,
have a refreshing bath in the hot water springs, and trek 14
kms to Kedarnath to the height of 3583 meters.
This fascinating trek winds along the river Mandakini,passes
through dense forests, and thunderous waterfalls. From
Kedarnath, it is another 6 km trek to Vasukital at a height
of 4135 meters with a magnificient view of the Chaukhamba
peaks, and finally a km trek downhill to Vasukital.
Dodi Tal is the birthplace of Lord Ganesh. It is a lake in
Garhwal in the western Uttaranchal- a good hike of 44 km,
which can be covered in 3 days. You need to climb from about
5,000 ft to 11,000 ft. The walk is extremely beautiful, and
a must for those wanting to see the real beauty of Rishikesh.
It is a beautiful lake at an altitude of 2438 meters.
Surrounded with forests all around, this lake provides a
reflection of mighty Chaukhamba peak. It is a nice but steep
trek of 3 km from Ukhimath, which can be easily covered
between 3-4 hrs. You can even relax at the temple and enjoy
a breathtaking view of the Himalayas from here.
Valley of Flower Trek
Come home to a beautiful meadow at an altitude of eleven
thousand feets. The valley of flower trek has a tributary of
Alaknanda. Named by Frank Smythe in 1931 on his way back to
Mt. Kamet. Ferns, he located multiple varieties of flowers
such as dwarf larkspur, blue poppies, dwarf rhododendrons,
primula, potentillas, fritillaria, asters, dwarf iris, and
inula grandifloras in this valley. Visit the place in
August/September to see thousands of flowers, shrubs,
orchids and plants in this gorgeous valley.
Har Ki Doon Trek
Situated in the Western ganges of the Garhwal Himalayas, Har
- Ki - Doon is at an elevation of 3,556 metres. The valley
is surrounded by dense forests of pines and beautiful
mountain peaks. It is a favorite hangout destination for
bird-watchers and nature lovers. People fondly call it the
hanging valley of gods.
Chopta Tungnath Trek
Chopta Tungnath Trek is a brief, but easy trek that runs
parallel to the Himalayas. The trek provides you fascinating
views all the way, and beautiful camping options by the lake
at Devariyatal. You can enjoy clear views of magnificent
peaks of Panchchuli, Nanda Devi, Nilkanth, Kedarnath from
Trekking preparation Detail
1. Official Documents
Foreign visitors to India must possess valid passports and
visas. Be sure your ‘tourist visa’ covers the duration of
your visit. Special permits are not required for trekking in
the Indian Himalayas, with the exception of certain
restricted areas. Should you chose one of our treks or
safaris in these areas, we will send you the necessary
application forms and obtain these permits for you.
Permission takes at least 4 weeks, so please return the
forms, photocopies of the relevant pages of your passport
and photographs well in advance. It is mandatory to carry
your passport with you at all times while in India.
When planning your trip, it is advisable to have a medical
check up explaining to your physician the altitude you hope
to reach. Although not essential, you may prefer protection
against cholera, typhoid, tetanus, polio and hepatitis.
Finally, it is most important to be as physically fit as
possible and some form of fairly strenuous exercise should
be engaged in daily for at least a month before leaving.
Trekkers do occasionally suffer from coughs, colds, minor
stomach upsets and, rarely, from mild altitude sickness.
High quality trekking gear is difficult, if not impossible,
to buy in India, so check the equipment list before leaving
home. Please bring all your equipment with you as it is not
uncommon for unaccompanied gear to get lost en route. A list
of the essential equipment you will require for an average
India Insight Tours trek is given below. If you plan to do
any climbing, you will have to supplement this equipment.
Please sort out and divide your trekking equipment into
1.to wear on the trail
2.to carry in the day pack
3.to pack in the duffel bag
You will not have access to your duffel bag once you leave
camp in the morning, as it will be carried by pack ponies or
porters. Therefore, you must anticipate all your daytime
needs and carry these items in your day pack. Your day pack
should be large enough to accommodate your water bottle.
personal first aid kit, sun cream, sweater or down jacket,
rain parka and lunch box. Your duffel bag should not weigh
more than 30 lb. (20 kg). If you have heavy equipment such
as special cameras or scientific equipment, additional
ponies or porters will have to be hired and you will be
charged for this extra service.
4. Trekking Equipments List
1. trekking boots - well broken in and waterproofed
2. running or tennis shoes
3. down jacket or equivalent with hood
4. one heavy wool shirt or sweater
5. one pair cotton trousers or shorts
6. one pair woollen trousers
7. long underwear - thermal or wool
8. wind- and rain-gear with hood
9. sun hat with brim
10. woollen hat or balaclava
11. woollen mittens or gloves
12. woollen socks to wear with boots
13. cotton socks
14. personal first-aid kit including medication for common
ailments such as headaches,dysentery etc., moleskin,
antiseptic cream, surgical tape,
band aids, sun cream (15% blockout advised for Spiti
and Ladakh), lip salve and medicines
15. water purification tablets
16. toilet kit - including extra toilet paper, towel and
17. flashlight with extra batteries
18. sunglasses or snow goggles (an extra pair is
19. water bottle, preferably wide mouthed, with at least one
20. pocket knife
21. note book with pens and pencils
22. plastic bags - small size for books, film etc., larger
bags for clothes, sleeping bags and duffelbag liners light
23. duffel bag - preferably waterproof
5. Optional Accessories
1.camera and film - bring plenty, as film is expensive and
not easily available
3.umbrella - available locally
4.repair kit with needle, thread, tape, glue, scissors, etc.
5.extra water bottle - recommended for Ladakh wind pants,
gaiters and down booties - for highaltitude treks small
supply of personal energy snacks
reading material, playing cars, lightweight chess board, Scrabble,
6.give-aways such as pens, pencils, books