Trek Type : Pre and Post Monsoon
Departure Dates 2018
Dehradun to Shimla
Trek Grade : Moderate
Duration : 7 nights ; 8 Days
Cost : ₹ 19,500/- Per Person
Group Size : 10 members
Surmounting the Tortoise
Amedhikallu (height 2,800 m), near village Shishila in Dharmasthala, is one of the significant peaks of Charmadi range. The name Amedikallu is a combination of two words: Ame - Turtle and Dikkel – the Tulu word for Stove. Amedhikallu has a huge monolith at the top which appears like a giant turtle and three large stones which give an appearance of a stove. This peak is surrounded by many other important peaks of Western Ghats. Amedhikallu is considered to be one of the scenic treks in Karnataka and is a two day trek if one wants to make it to the peak comfortably. The starting point is Shishila village from where the trail starts. The initial trail is through a fairly dense forest, but the trail itself is pretty wide. Then the forest cover disappears slowly and beautiful grasslands appear which continues to the three stones, the dikkels at the summit.
Emerald Gokyo lakes and Cho La Pass
Everest base camp trek including high altitude emerald Gokyo lakes and Cho La Pass is one of the most adventurous trekking route in entire Everest region. The trekking trail is popularly known as Everest Circuit trekking. It follows the route over high altitude pass called Cho - La Pass at 5330 meters into Everest Base Camp. This trek begins from Lukla a hamlet situated 2860 M . After one day acclimatization in Namche bazaar it follows all the way to Gokyo Lake. Explore glacier lake around the Gokyo valley. From Gokyo lake two hour climb to the Gokyo-Ri (5480m). Here one can enjoy the stunning view of summit views of mountain scenery including 8000 m peaks such as Everest peak ,Makalu peak and Cho Oyo peak .
The thrilling part of the whole trek is to cross Cho La Pass (5330m) over moraine and snow and finally reaching at Dzongla. After Dzongla the trail continuing rises steadily lateral moraine from the crest. On the left at the head of this valley a snow covered glacier can see which is another pass to the right of the Kangchung peak. The final ascent to the Cho La pass is the most prominent part in this trekking. The Cho La Pass also known as a Chhugyuma La in Sherpa communities. After crossing glacier lake can be seen major snow peak in Everest region including Mt. Everest. The trail continues downhill icy and rocky before to reach easier Yak pastureland in Dzonglha at 4830m.
Everest Gokyo Chola pass trek is another exiting opportunities is to reach foot of the world highest mountain mount Everest. After visiting Everest Base camp via Gorakshep the ultimate goal is to climb the summit of Kalapathar (5545m) from where you enjoy a glimpse and panoramic view of Mt. Everest and surroundings.
During Everest Base camp downhill circuit trek you will pass through Tyangboche, a place where a famous magnificent monastery is located. We take a rest there and savor the incredible scenery enchaining views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam 6812 M - Popularly known as Mothers Necklace, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kangega, Mt. Kwangde, Mt. Nuptse etc and back to Lukla airport 2860 M . On the next morning you take flight to Kathmandu.
Thousand lakes trek & sightseeing
Dagala is the name in general for the mountains lying between Thimphu and Dagana. These complex and mosaic of mountains are indeed paradox that there is a saying in Bhutanese, ‘even by the time the Djop (nomad) dies of old age, he won’t have understood Dagala’. Dagala is also known for having so many lakes, hence the name Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek. It is a moderate trek with mostly short trekking days, but includes a few steep climbs. The route follows ancient path between Thimphu and Dagana. In ancient days, the Daga Penlop would be seen frequently travelling this route with a caravan of retinue as he paid his monthly or quarterly visits to his superior in Punakha or Thimphu. At every halt, legends surrounding lakes, mountains, stones and cliffs abound that you may wonder whether you have become Alice in Wonderland, adorned with a multitude of pristine, crystal clear lakes. As you walk amidst the shimmering lakes you’ll be treated with stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and some of the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, Jichu Drake, Gangche Ta and many more. During the trek an entire day will be dedicated to visiting some of the more picturesque lakes, fishing and resting. The trail also takes you through several Bhutanese villages so you can get a good idea of traditional Bhutanese village life as you make your way back from the lakes.While this is a somewhat strenuous trek, it is well worth the effort because of the tranquility and beauty of natural landscape that you will enjoy during you visit.
Everest Base Camp
For the glimpse of the Magnificient..!
To know the Magnificience of a mountain you should maintain distance - is a saying related to mountains.It is a dream of every adventure enthusiast and a mountain lover to have a Glimspe of worlds highest peak Eve- Rest - 8898 M .Everest base camp trek traditionally is a route normally following the Hillary footstep which starts with a few hours’ drive to Jiri, but time and development of infrastructures has benefited this trekking region and thus has provided opportunities for people with limited time to trek this EBC trekking trail with a flying to Lukla.
The trekking route in the sherpa region of Everest base camp trekking is a feast to eyes and a endless view of mountain surroundings with curiosity over dramatic landscape. The trail, whether you take a shorter version with a flight into Lukla or the classical trek from Jiri, it all follows the same course of Dudh Kosi river as you gain altitude trekking through forests of rhododendron ( Buransh ) and magnolia into almost arctic conditions when you walk the Khumbu Glaciers into Everest base camp. This trek is even more challenging doing almost a circuit with a trek into Gokyo, crossing the Chola Pass or doing 3 passes or Gorakshep to Kalapathar and EBC or vice versa.
To be frank , to see the highest point on earth “Everest” from close quarters. The mystery of this trek is that one cannot get to see the Everest at close range as you get to see it from Kalapathar. However, the trek to base camp itself is sensational, an over whelming feeling that captures your heart mind and soul.A mountain journey with each step ; each breath worthwhile and experience to cherish for a lifetime..!
Kag Bhushandi Tal is an ablong sacred lake at an altitude of 4730 m, near Kankul Pass (4960 m), in the high Himalayan region of Uttarakhand in INDIA. This is a small oblong lake (Almost 1 Kilometer in Length) cradled at the bottom of Hathi Parvat is an explosion of technicolour. Its water are striking emrald green and its banks are overrun by blooms in various shades- pink, mauve, orange, purples, periwinkle blue, crimson, ochre, rust and greens. Myriad blossoms decorate its banks during the season, a wildest profusion of colours make the trekker forget the hardships and the exhaustion of the trek. The area comes under the
Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, a UN world heritage site for natural diversity.
Set in the lap of Hathi Parvat (6730 mts.), the lake can be approached either from Bhyundar village, near Ghangria, or from Govind Ghat/Vishnu Prayag (which is also the starting point for the Valley of Flowers and Lokpal - Hemkund Sahib Trek). The trek from Bhyundar passes through thick bear-infested, forests and stretches of stinging nettles. In this trek route one has to face big shrubs, rivers, glaciers, passes, moraines and over slippery rocky area.
Above the Kagbhusandi Lake, two huge irregular shaped rocks can be seen sitting on the spur of the Hathi Parvat. According to the local folklore, they are the Kaga (crow) and Garuda (Eagle) who are having a heated discussion on the affairs of the universe. Yet another version narrates the crow as actually being a learned Brahmin from Ayodhya having been unfortunate enough to incur the wrath of the sage Lomasa who lived near the lake, the Brahmin was cursed by the sage and turned into a crow.
The Tosh is a feeder valley of the popular Parvati Valley which leads to the Pin Parvati Pass. The Tosh Nallah meets the Parbati river at Pulga coming from the North. The Tosh valley is initially narrow but as you progress higher the valley starts to open up and you cross several beautiful meadows. At the head of the valley is the Tosh Glacier surrounded by some well known peaks: Papasura (6451m) & White Sail (6446m).
A pass for Mountaineers
A Himlayan Pass was named after George William Traill , the 2nd British Commissioner of Kumaon (1816-1836), as Everest was named after George Everest, the illustrious Surveyor-General of India (1830-1843). A comparison between the two, though not relevant, is interesting. Both Georges earned the distinction sometime after relinquishing their posts and even the legend of Radhanath Sikdar related to the discovery of Everest has a parallel, Malak Singh Buda, in the first crossing of the pass in 1830. Both Traill and Everest began service in India with the East India Company about the first decade of the 19th Century.
By Himalayan standards, the Pindari glacier and the Traill’s Pass do not match most of the giants. The Pindari is neither the largest nor the longest of the glaciers nor is the Traill’s Pass, at its head, the highest of passes. However, Pindari has been the most frequently visited Himalayan glacier since the mid-19th century when a bridle-path with dak bungalows at suitable intervals between there and Almora was built. Even today, it is so popular a trekking destination that a tenfold increase in the number of beds available is unable to cope with the influx.
What faces a visitor to Pindari glacier at the Zero Point, along its left lateral moraine, is an immense wall of jagged, broken ice criss¬crossed with thousands of seracs and crevasses. The upper icefields of the glacier are invisible from there and the near level ice mass at its lower end at the snout below recedes into insignificance. What people call the Pindari glacier is actually a huge icefall passing over a steep slope, through which a direct ascent has yet to be made. Above this lie the icefields of the surrounding heights and the névé basin of the glacier, some 8 kms long, separated from the ridge above with a text-book fashion bergschrund. The lowest point on the ridge at 5400 m is the Traill’s Pass. Beyond the pass to the north and east lies the Lwan valley whose catchment is the Gori ganga valley.
Trails pass is a high altitudes pass named after famous explorer and is on the head of Pindari glacier which is one of the most accessible Glacier & lies on the outer ring of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary in the Kumaon Himalaya. The Pindari Glacier forms the snout of the river
Pindar which forms the main tributary of river Alaknanda which further joins the Bhagirathi to form The Ganges at Dev Prayag. Trails pass bridges Pindari Valley with Lawan Valley (Nandadevi East Base camp ).
The everlasting beauty and the breathtaking view of the snow clad summits of Nandakot,Maikotli, Nandakhat, Panwalidwar and the mountain slopes proceeding towards the icy splendor of the Himalaya makes you feel your spirits soar, and exhilaration becomes your Companion. The mere sight of these mountain can arouse the most maddening effect of human passion.
A peek into Abode of Devi
The Long Staaf Col, is a Saddle or depression between two mountain ridge,Mt.Nandakhat based on Pidari valley and Mt. Nanda Devi East based on Jawahar Parvat in Lawan Gad area from Martoli side in Kumaon region.
Known too as “Nanda Devi Khal” also and height is 5,910m(19,503ft). This part of Col is very sharp and narrow first explored by Dr. Tom Longstaff along with two swiss guide Alex and Henry Brocherel in the year of 1905.Climb’s have been recorded from Lawang Gud area.No records or attempts of entry to Nanda Devi Santuary is available till now.
A spiritual Journey within..!
Mt. Kailash the striking peak standing in the remote south-west corner of Tibet in the Himalayan Mountains. Rising to an elevation of 6638 m (21778 ft) it is one of the highest parts of the Himalayas and serves as a source of some of the longest rivers in Asia. Known as Gang Tise or Gang Rinproche in Tibetan it is a precious and prominent symmetrical peak. Made up of black rock Mt Kailash is a wonderful diamond like shaped mountain that is surrounded by beautiful landscape which is rugged and dry.
Mount Kailash is known as one of the most sacred mountains and has become an important pilgrim for four faiths : Buddhists, Jains, Hindus and Tibetan religion of Bon. Every year thousands of people from all over the world make pilgrimage to this place. Followers from various beliefs have been visiting Kailash from thousands of years and have been circumbulating this holy mountain on foot. It is believed that visiting Kailash and following this tradition would bring in good fortune and wash away sins of ones lifetime. However the journey of 52kms/32miles on foot in a single day is not easy and one needs to be strong both physically and mentally to complete it. Generally people take 3 days to finish this walk. The Hindus and Buddhists pilgrims walk around in a clockwise direction but the Jain and Bön followers walk around counterclockwise.
According to Hindu legends, Shiva, the god of devastation and rebirth, resides at the pinnacle of this famous mountain named Kailasa. Mount Kailasa is considered in many sects of Hinduism as heaven, the ultimate destination of souls and the holy center of the world. The narrative in the Puranas, Mount Kailash's four faces are made of crystal, ruby, gold, and lapis lazuli. Refereed as the pillar of the world that rises 84,000 leagues high. From it flow four rivers, which stretch to the four quarters of the world and divide the world into four regions.
Tibetan Buddhists trust that Kailash is the home of the Buddha Demchok who symbolizes supreme harmony. They also state it was on this sacred mountain that Buddhism relocates Bön as the primary religion of Tibet. According to myth, Milarepa, winner of Tantric Buddhism, arrived in Tibet to challenge Naro-Bonchung, who was the spokesperson of Bön. The two magicians engaged in a great sorcerous battle, but neither was able to gain a crucial advantage. Buddhism in Tibet known as the religion “Bon” believes Mount Kailash as the abode of the sky goddess Sipaimen.
In Jainism, Kailash is known as Mount Ashtapada and is the place where the creator of their faith, Rishabhadeva, attained freedom from rebirth.
Places of Interest during visit to Holy Kailash
Tirthapuri, positioned northwest of Mount Kailash in Western Tibet are intimately associated with Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). It is one of the interesting places near Kailash, pilgrims particularly come here after completing their kailash pilgrimage. They bathe in the pools fed by the holy springs and also pay a visit to the cave and monastery which is connected with Guru Pinpoche and has his footprints. The barren landscape around the Tirthapuri hot spring is filled with steam and colorful prayer flags stretched across the river gorge makes this spot a scenic & magical view for all.
Gauri Kund, a water body that is also known as the Lake of Compassion, lies on the way while going on downwards from Drolma - La (Drolma la Pass). This steep descent from Dolma Pass is a wonderful lake which is at an altitude of 5608m. As per Hindu mythology, there is a fascinating tale about Gauri Kund and has been described in legend “Shiva Purana”. The lake is also famous as “Parvati Sarovar” as this was the place where goddess Parvati had acquired her son Ganesha (Elephant headed God). Goddess Parvati had formed an image of Ganesh from the soap lather on her body and breathed life into it. She placed Ganesha at the entrance of her home as her janitor to prevent anyone from entering while she was bathing. Now Lord Shiva happened to return at this point of time and was stopped by Ganesha. Offended by this disrespectful act from Ganesha, Lord Shiva cut off the boy's head. Pravati was grief-stricken by seeing it and insisted that the boy needs to be brought back to life. Lord Shiva took the head of a wandering elephant and placed it on the body and life was restored and Parvati had her son back.
Yam Dwar is situated in Tarboche which is approximately 30 minutes drive from Darchen. The exact meaning of the Yam Dwar in Hindi lingo is “the gateway of the God of Death”. It is the initial point of circumambulation of Mount Kailash. Known as Chorten Kang Ngyi which means two legged Stupa in Tibet.
Located at a height of 17000 ft, Asthapad is the bottom of Mt. Kailash and one of the main holy places for the Hindus and Buddhists. It is also considered a major Jain Tirths as the first of the 24 Jain Tirthankara “Shri Adinath Bhagwan” had attained salvation (Nirvana) at this place. The literal meaning of Asthapad is “Eight Steps” as Astha means Eight and Pad means Steps in Sanskrit and that’s how the place derived its name.
Just around 2 hours walk from Deraphuk Gomba situated on the way to Dolma – La is Siwastal. Many pilgrims visit this place as it is known a duplication of the magical funeral ground at Bodh Gaya. Pilgrims here experience ritual death and enter into the dreadful presence of Yama, before being reborn on top of the Drolma La. One can easily notice the ground which is laid out with unbelievable collection of clothing, shoes, and bags along with terrible things like bones, hair and even blood. These things are mainly the offerings which are made by the people who pass from here. Above the burial ground is a red foot print of Milareppa (Tibetan yogi & poet) on the surface of a rock.
Tarboche flagpole, is one of the most important aspect of Tibetan spirituality. On “Saga Dawa” which is an impressive and capturing annual festival of Mt. Kailash this giant flagpole which has numerous prayer flags on it is brought down and replaced. This annual festival or one can also mention it as a carnival attracts Tibetans from all over along with other tourists and pilgrims. This ritual is performed every year on the full moon day of the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, to celebrate Sakyamuni's enlightenment”. During the flagpole ceremony as the poles tip is raised and pointed east towards Gyangdrak Monastery, monks of that monastery carry out a special ritual. A cacophony of music from long trumpets, conch shells and other instruments welcomes the rising flagpole. It is like a magical event that captures one’s senses. People gathered there attach there prayer flags and help in making the pole rise again. The flagpole should be standing in a perfect upright position or it is believed that things will not be good for Tibet.
Holy Mansarovar Lake
Lake Mansarovar situated about 2000 kms from Lhasa is world’s highest freshwater lake. Known as Lake Manas Sarovar in Sanskrit and Mapham Yutso in Tibetan this huge lake with the mirror like image of snow capped mountains in its crystal clear waters is just fabulous. The lake is located at the southern foot of Mount Kailash, stretching up to 55miles (88kms) in perimeter it goes 330 feet deep and about 120 sq mi of total area. Lake Mansarovar has exceptional beauty that varies from crystal clear blue water near the shores and a deep emerald green colour at the center. There are a few monasteries on the shore of the lake and most striking of all is the ancient Chiu Gompa Monastery, which has been built right onto a steep hill.
This holy lake is one of the important pilgrimages for Hindus and Buddhists. It attracts thousands of tourists and religious people towards itself every year from various parts of the world, but mainly from India, Tibet and its neighboring countries. The best to visit the lake is during springs as it is during this time the lake melts and allows people to bathe in its holy water. As believed by bathing and drinking this water one becomes fortunate and clears all his sins. Many travel agencies have annual pilgrimage group tours to this place and are often known as “Mansarovar Yatra”.
As per the Hindu mythology it is believed, Lake Mansarovar was formed by Lord Brahma, who is the creator god. He found it to be an appropriate place for religious rituals. Hid 12 sons, who were also holy men performed rituals and austerities on the dry land at the site. And to give them a more appropriate place to earn value, Lord Brahma created a wonderful lake which today is known as - Lake Mansarovar. And as per Buddhist religion, they relate Mansarovar with Anotatta Lake. It is said that Lord Buddha was conceived at this very lake, as stated in the legends Lord Buddha's mother was brought on the lake by the gods and as she bathed in the sacred waters of Mansarovar her body was purified. Later she saw a white elephant running to her from Mount Kailash and Lord Buddha entered her womb
This fascinating ten day trip takes one to Gangotri , the ancient source of the holy river Ganga and onwards to one of the most picturesque high altitude lakes - theKedar tal (4912 mts)! The lake acts like an observation post for the Greater Himalayan peaks e.g. Thaleysagar (6904 mts), Brigupanth (6772 mts) and Jogin Group of peaks, and this area is used by mountaineers as a staging point for scaling the surrounding mountains. The unspoilt lake fed by the Kedar glacier and is also the life source of river Kedarganga, a tributary of Bhagirathi, considered as lord Shiva,’s contribution to Bhagirathi. One has a fair chance of witnessing a varied variety of high altitude fauna e.g. Bharal (blue sheep), Goral, Himalayan black bear and a great variety of birds, during the course of the trek. Though a bit strenuous, the rewards of going on this trek are very high indeed.