This winter trek is a great start to your Himalayan travel bucket list
Picture Courtesy: John Raviraj
The Himalayas have forever attracted wanderers of all kinds to scale their glorious peaks and experience their alluring charm. While we cannot begin with climbing the Everest, here is a great trek to start your affair with the Himalayas....
One day while working and chatting with friends on social media, we decided to search for a trek to the Himalayas. Often, while scrolling down on travel posts on Instagram, we had stumbled upon that one picture of the mountains, of a tent and of wilderness that was #Bucketlist #Himalayas and this time we thought of making it happen. Out of the many search results on Google, Adventure Nation seemed to be a good idea. We booked for our first summit to Kedarkantha, the trek takes you towards the Himalayan peaks of Uttrakhand, past picturesque lakes and rivers. The summit provides a panoramic view of the surrounding peaks and valleys and you can see up to 13 peaks on a clear day. It is located in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. Find out more here
Booking was an easy process. We put in a request on the website and heard back from someone the same day. We were explained the itinerary in detail and sent a payment link and once the payment was made we received a list of essentials (packing list, medicines, equipment, important documents - ids, medical certificate) and package details, we were introduced to our fellow trekkers on both email and a whatsapp group. This was a fantastic idea, it is great to be aware of the situations that might arise while trekking and the things we need to be equipped with, it also helps to be familiar with the people we will be spending a lot of time with. Adventure Nation got brownie points for this.
We had to book our own train/ air tickets to Dehradun from where we would be picked by a Tempo Traveller and everything from there on was included in the cost (INR 9800 per person)
We couldn't have imagined it to have a more comfortable start as everything was well taken care of by Adventure Nation, from our ride to Sankari from Dehradun, and the accommodation at a quite clean and comfortable hotel in the tiny village of Sankari which is also the base camp for more such treks. The ride usually takes around 10 hours and they stop in between for lunch and loo breaks. It's always best to reach Dehradun one day before so you can meet your group mates and avoid unnecessary delays on the day of the trek.
The trek begins after a briefing by experienced guides, who are there through out the journey as a friend and guide both. They will push you, encourage you, make sure you have plenty of water and eat and sleep right. They will tell you a lot about the surrounding flaura and fauna, will share interesting stories over dinner and also make you play games.
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Our Guides Bunty Bhaiya and Bhupinder ji were extremely practical and experienced. They handled our group with ease and skill. We were a lot of all age groups, including a gentleman in his sixties. But the entire group made it to the summit without any problem.
We had a great experience trekking to Kedarkantha and completing our first summit, 12,500 ft. From climbing for five to six hours every day, walking amidst the beauty of nature to pitching tents in gorgeous meadows, wrapping ourselves tightly in our sleeping bags in the freezing nights, testing our fitness, to making some great friends. We look forward to more treks in 2017. Treks are not merely a holiday, they are more of a wellness journey and everyone must undertake it at least once in their lifetime.
Upcoming treks to Kedarkantha (by Adventure Nation)
Departing on 22nd January
Departing on 26th January
Price INR 9800 per person
Duration: 6 days
Difficulty Level: Moderate
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