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This week in the Valley of Temples: experience is full of great hikes with wonderful views and plenty of time to relax and take a journey inside in the outdoors. Get out of the city with a week in the Valley of Temples: 

 

YOUR TRIP

 

Start your weekend with a morning drive through the Doon Valley and into the heart of the Queen of Hills. And after a day’s of acclimatisation with walks around a few historic places of Mussoorie including ancient temples in the area. The next two days we spend in Chopta, exploring the area full of mythological significance and hiking to the Tungnath Temple followed by a quick summit to the Chandrashila peak. The views from the top Chandrashila will cap off a wonderful week outdoors before you make your way back to Mussoorie or Dehradun city, feeling refreshed. On your final night on this trip witness the surreal experience of the Ganga aarti at the ghats of Rishikesh, as your trip approaches its end. 

 

Throughout this trip you will staying in clean, comfortable and quality accommodation in hotels/cottages or camp/tents equipped with all basic facilities. Dinner at campsites is a hearty meal cooked by your guides followed by folklore and stories around the campfire.

 

What We Enjoy On This Trip 

 

- Our meandering hike Chandrashila peak

- The majestic view of the Shivalik ranges from the Tungnath Temple 

- Drive to Chopta through the lush green hills & the varied flora and fauna 

- Spending a day at the Ghats of Ganga at Rishikesh 

- Visiting the Beatles Ashram 

- Remains of Colonial Architecture throughout the old town of Mussoorie

- Cheese Omelettes & Ginger-Lemon tea at Char Dukaan 

 

  • A huge thank you to the Trip the Himalaya team for an amazing hike to Deolsari and then on to Money Tree and Lurntsu. Not only did the instructors prove to be an excellent and informative guide he also laid on great weather! What more can you ask for. The attention to detail for chai breaks, meals as well as camping was so appreciated, especially by us ladies who are used to more of the 'do it yourself' model. A real treat to arrive back to a welcome cup of chai! More importantly, they made it absolutely possible for a group of western woman of mixed ability and age to get out into the mountains and enjoy hiking in India. 😊 Again, thank you to the Cafe Terra team who made this incredible adventure possible." - Judy, Christine and Sue (Woodstock Shool)

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About Mussoorie:

Mussoorie, as a hill station, was established in 1825 by Captain Frederick Young (East India Company officer). A perfect summer resort and a major educational and cultural centre has rolled into one hub. Located on a 15 km long horseshoe ridge with the grand Himalayas as a backdrop, the colonial hill resort of Mussoorie spreads across hills at a height of 2,005 metres above sea level. From this vantage point, Mussoorie offers superb scenic view of peaks of the Himalayas in western Garhwal. Mussoorie boasts of some of the most spectacular views of the Himalayas. Hill ridges, irregular in shape and partly wooded, form layer after layer the horizon, where snow capped mountain peaks are visible as if yon can touch them from West to East, the mighty peaks of Bandar Poonch, Srikantha , the Gangotri group and the Chaukhamba.

 

About Chopta:

Chopta, Known as the "Switzerland of India", Chopta at an altitude of 2600 m, offers a breath taking view of the majestic Himalayan peaks against the backdrop of clear blue skies. With bugyals (high altitude meadows) all around, it is one of the best camping sites in Garhwal. Also, the sunset as seen from Chopta is a sight one can travel any distance to see. 

 

About Rishikesh:

Rishikesh is a blend of tranquility and adventure. Its location at the confluence of River Ganges and River Chandrabhaga and views of spectacular hills and various adventurous activities such as trekking, rafting and camping captivate nature lovers; the tranquility of the place with the importance attached to it as a pilgrim center touches the soul of pilgrims. Rishikesh is called as the Yoga Capital of the world.

 

All communities benefit when women succeed in anything, and we believe that the Himalayan outdoors can provide the tools we need: exploration, education and engagement and a sense of confidence, strength, and community.

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

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Welcome to Mussoorie - The Queen of Hills

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You are warmly welcome to your five day adventure. Yes! you have arrived at 7000ft. when you reach Mussooire and the view will simply take your breath away. Followed by the energising lunch you will take your first step into the great outdoors with our orientation session. We guide you through the basics of being in the outdoor, with necessary instructions of the trip useful for the next few days.

 

Next comes the acclimatization walk, a circle around the ‘infinity loop’, the famous Landour, ‘Chakkar’ which will take you a step closer to ‘infinity’ and by the end of it you are ready for the  mountains and it’s adventures.

Intro to Mussoorie town and its culture

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This morning after breakfast at the hotel, and a day’s of acclimatization we drive up to visit the ancient temples of this region. Depending on the route/duration options you choose we can visit locations like: Nag Devta Temple which is enroute to Mussoorie,  Surkhunda Devi Temple & Jwalaji Temple or Lakha Mandal which is a half day road trip and we can also visit the Tibetan Monastery, St. Paul's Church in Mussoorie. Lunch enroute and dinner at the Mall Rd at your choice.  

Drive to Chopta:

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An early breakfast and check-out, we start our road-trip to Chopta valley through beautiful valleys, passing by rivers, waterfalls, forests and quaint towns, villages and experience the true Himalayan countryside. After a 6-7 hour journey we arrive directly at our campsite. Settle in and then we go for a short walk in the woods for the sunset view. We return to a campfire - folklore, stories with followed by dinner underway. Tonight we are under the stars and closer to the high abode. 

Trek to Tungnath Temple

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Today's hike will take you to the holy Tungnath Temple. An ideal place to seek mental peace, this temple is popular among trekkers from all over the world. Walking further up from the temple; you will be at the Chandrashila Summit that attains a towering height of 3,600m. A short, yet scenic trek where we enjoy some of the most stunning and panoramic views of the Kedar, Chaukhamba and other nearby peaks to Chopta. If you're lucky we can also witness the rare and endangered golden breasted eagles. We return to the camp by noon. Post lunch we spend time relaxing and exploring the forest area or the valley views from our campsite followed by campfire time - folklore, and some more stories accompanied with a cookout dinner. 

Welcome to the holy city of Rishikesh

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Morning after breakfast drive through the KedarNath Musk Deer Sanctuary. Chances of encountering rare Himalayan fauna are very high here. An exciting drive through the scenic passes and terrains of Chopta will drive to Rishikesh. Lunch reroute. Today we relax at the beaches of Ganga and witness the surreal experience of the Ganga aarti at the ghats of Rishikesh. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at hotel in town.

Explore the culture and heritage of Rishikesh

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Today we walk to Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula and along the ghats of this ancient city. Other places we can visit include The Beatles Ashram, Triveni Ghat, Swarg Ashram, Gita Bhavan and Parmarth Niketan to name a few. 

Departing the Land of Gods

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After breakfast, pack your bags and prepare for your departure to Dehra Dun. On your journey back to Dehradun, depending on the time we have, you also make a pit-stop to pay a homage to the ancient city of Haridwar - one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites in North India. 

 

Post lunch enroute, your trip with us ends once you are on the railway station or the airport. 

Please Note: The Valley of Temples: Outdoor Journey Inside is a part of our WoW: Women in the Outdoors Week trip series, designed for women only. This trip can also be customised to a 5 Day programme. 

Rs. 23,000/- (Plus 5% GST) Per Person for 7 Day and 6-Nights Trip

This cost does Not Include train/air fare, any unspecified meals, bottled water, or any other expenses not mentioned in the programme.

 

Note: Groups range from min 15 to 25 pax per batch. We limit people to small size group per batch in order to make the trip experience more effective. 

ACTIVITY: Trekking, Hiking, Camping & Instructions on Camplife, Knowledge on Outdoor Living Skills and Basic Principles of LNT© Ethics/ Campfire. 

 

ACCOMMODATION: Boarding and lodging in single/double/triple occupancy accommodation in Tents and Homestay with provision of clean toilet tents.

 

MEALS: A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and a menu of vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly. Non-Veg menu can be provided on request. Refreshments will be served throughout. Provision of kitchen tents at both campsites.

 

EXPERT INSTRUCTORS and certified outdoors faculty.

 

SAFE-SECURE stay and transport during the trip

 

FOREST permits for hikes, and camping destination/park fees and Gratuities 

 

OUTDOOR GEAR: Backpack: Sturdy 60 ltrs (with a plastic or waterproof lining), Sleeping bag and a Sleeping pad, Trekking stick, Gaiters. If required, liners bags for sleeping bags & backpacks, cup, bowl & spoon, will be provided. 

 

CAMPING GEAR: High quality trekking equipments like Tents, stoves, fuel & fuel bottles, cooking utensils, rations, trail food, trowels, water purification, first aid kits, etc will be provided, depending on type of trip.

 

CONTENT: Nature/outdoor/adventure based knowledge sessions, films, music and literature.

 

BACKCOUNTRY EMERGENCY: Our instructors are certified by Aerie Backcountry in Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness First Aid. We also have Medical Support from Landour Community Hospital (LCH). 

 

 

Please Note: 

 

a). Personal Trekking Gear can also be provided on hire from our Outfitting Store in Mussoorie.

 

b). You are welcome to bring and use Your Own Gear as well.

 

c). All gear is Washed and Properly Checked before issue.

 

d). In case of Damage or Loss of any gear, the students/ explorers shall be liable to pay for the cost.

 

e). Some of the above mentioned gear may not be required for your chosen itinerary, therefore those items will not be issued to the students/ explorers.

7D/6N Pack List - The Valley of Temples: Outdoor Journey Inside :

Ideal Pack List to Trip the Himalaya:  

Mentioned below is a broad list of basic items we recommend all students/ explorers should carry. You can always create your own pack-list based on your personal needs and medical requirements. Also mentioned below are the inclusions of the trip. 

 

 

IDEALLY BRING: 

 

Sun hat: Cotton/Nylon

Sunglasses: Preferably with an Anchor

Sun protection Lotion 

Water bottle: 2 Bottles of 1 litre capacity. Please insure that they do not leak. Hydration pack (optional)

Wrist watch: Is a must for trips

Headlamp/ flashlight: Preferably a headlamp as it leaves your hands free to work. Please bring extra batteries

Rain wear: Rain Poncho, Rain Pants & Rain Jackets

Toilet articles: Toothbrush, toothpaste, items of personal hygiene, etc

Pocket knife: Optional, fixed blade or locking preferred

Personal medications: If any, please also carry your doctor’s prescription and fill out our Medical History form. 

Lip balm/ chapstick or Moisturiser             

Camera/ Phone: Optional

Any other personal gear: Please note you will be carrying all your gear by yourself

Stationary: Notebook and pen/pencils 

 

 

IDEALLY WEAR: 

 

Comfortable and Athletic clothing (rain proof/ wind-proof)

Wool gloves: 1 Pair

Warm Jacket: 1 Jacket (woollen/ fleece)

Warm shirts & pants: 1 Pair (synthetic or waterproof track pants)

Thermal Inner-wear: Bottom & Top 

Hiking pants: 1 Pair

Hiking shirt preferably with a Long sleeve

Underwear: 3/4 Changes

Woollen/ Nylon socks: 2/3 Pairs

Hiking shoes: 1 Pair (High-ankle waterproof trekking shoes with good grip)

Slippers/ Sandals: For wearing in camp. Footwear should be closed toed. (No flip-flops)

Travel in small groups. Respect local cultures and the heritage.

 

Please be sure to dispose your waste responsibly and leave no trace on the hillside, during or after camping. Be sensitive towards wildlife and nature.

 

General precautions for a proper acclimatization. We advice those suffering from an ailment or heart disease, Diabetes, Breathing problems, High altitude sickness or is Pregnant Not to participate in this trek.

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Frequently asked questions by our clients on:

What Should I Wear? 

 

Hiking Boots:  A mid or high boot will protect you ankle from unnatural twists and sprain on uneven terrain. Tough, chiseled Vibram soles made for trail hiking will grab onto rock and slippery surfaces and will hold up against lots of abuse over time much better than regular running shoes or sneakers

 

Quick-dry or soft-shell outdoor pants: Jeans, which are made out of cotton, absorb humidity and water and stay very wet which, if the water or air is cold,  can lead to hypothermia. They also do not insulate as well as synthetic fiber pants do.

 

Waterproof outer layer of pants and jacket: A breathable but completely waterproof pants and jacket combo will ensure that your under layers stay dry from rain and release moisture from sweat.

 

Wool socks: Like jeans, cotton socks retain moisture and adjust to the temperature of the atmosphere while wool socks keep you warm and dry even in heavy rain or after stepping in a puddle.

 

You said that I have to wear hiking boots. What if I have sneakers that I love to hike in?

In the winter, we recommend wearing hiking boots because they will keep your feet warm and dry. In the summer, many of our trails can be hiked in sneakers if you’re confident in your ability. Be aware that sneakers do not have the same tread or ankle support as a hiking boot. Simply put, boots are safer.

I want to “bring a friend” but we want to sign up separately, how do we do this? 

You can each sign up for the trip via our website. Just select the “bring a bud” discount while registering, and enter your friends name in the “comments” box.

 

Can I pay a deposit to reserve my spot?

For our day trips you do need to pay in full to reserve your spot. For our multi-day trips you may be able to set up a custom payment plan. Please email us on hello@tripthehimalaya.com, Or call the us at 7300-686-293 & 7300-686-293 for options according to trip.

 

Does Trip The Himalaya offer a discount for students or teachers?

Yes, as of March 1, 2018, students and teachers are eligible to receive 10% off of TTH day trips. This discount applies to trips with availability as of 12:00 noon the day before the trip. To check availability or register, contact us at hello@tripthehimalaya.com. You must have a current student ID or school email address or proof that you are a teacher. You will need to show your student ID or proof of occupation to your guide on the day of the trip.

4 Seater cab rental option including tolls, insurance and fuel: Rs. 3500/- per vehicle, per day Or Rs. 1800/- per vehicle, One way. 

 

Transfers cost between Dehra Dun railway station to Mussoorie, one-way ranges between Rs. 1600/- to Rs. 2500/- to Rs. 6000/- for a 4 seater,  8-9 seater & 13 seater vehicle respectively. 

 

The passenger vans/mini-coaches we use, hold between to 13-18 pax. Mini bus holds 27 pax, SUV/MUV hold up to 7 pax and all smaller cabs up to 4 pax. We do not over load vehicles with even one extra passenger.  

 

We use Maruti Dzire, Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo, Mahindra Scorpio, or similar vehicles.  The transport tariff includes all driver charges, fuel, parking, toll and taxes.

 

No local jeeps or similar vehicles are used except for TTH staff where we require short transfers from between camps to the trek points. 

Where do I go to the bathroom? 

The majority of the trails we hike on do not have established bathrooms. In short, nature is your bathroom.

 

The cabs got stuck in traffic! Something came up and I couldn’t make it! Can I get a trip credit? 

This one is going to sting. We would have loved to see you out on the trip with us, but if you can’t come we need at least one week’s advanced notice in order to be able to give you a trip credit. There are no exceptions.

 

Should I tip my guide? 

Our guides are the best you’ll find anywhere. If you had a great day with us, a tip is always appreciated.

Are we going hiking even though it’s raining and windy? 

We do hike in the rain, snow, wind and any other weather conditions that nature decides to throw at us. After all, we’re going on adventures! If the weather is unsafe for any reason, the trip will be changed or postponed. You will be notified the week of your trip if there are changes due to weather.

 

Will we still be going snowshoeing if there’s no snow in the forecast? 

If we schedule a snowshoeing trip, we make every effort to select a trail that has adequate snow for a great trip. If this is not possible we will change the trip to a winter hike.

I’m signing up by myself. Will there be other solo travellers on the trip?

One of the great reasons to go on our trips is you don’t have to depend on unreliable friends. Many people sign up solo and within minutes on the trip, find themselves making friends.

 

I have a child who loves the outdoors, can I bring him with? 

At this point, most of our public trips are for 18+ only. That being said, we can run private trips for any ages.

 

What type of person goes on a Trip the Himalaya programme?

Ages generally range from early twenties through fifties, though there are definitely people of all ages on our trips. We find that there’s a pretty even split between male and female on our trips. The common thread we find is an adventurous spirit and love for the outdoors.

Please Read our:

Travel in small groups. Respect local cultures and the heritage.

 

Please be sure to dispose your waste responsibly and leave no trace on the hillside, during or after camping. Be sensitive towards wildlife and nature.

 

General precautions for a proper acclimatization. We advice those suffering from an ailment or heart disease, Diabetes, Breathing problems, High altitude sickness or is Pregnant Not to participate in this trek.

The client receives a confirmation via email within 24 hours of successful booking. The customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed. 

 

If Cancellations are made - 

 

30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as Cancellation fees. 

 

15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.

 

0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.

The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

 

In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases we will try our best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.