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 November.
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
capped peaks along the trail along the Kuari Pass. This best time is from April - November.
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 - November.
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 here.
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 three categories:
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 soap
17. flashlight with extra batteries
18. sunglasses or snow goggles (an extra pair is recommended)
19. water bottle, preferably wide mouthed, with at least one liter capacity
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, etc.
6.give-aways such as pens, pencils, books, e