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This 5 day nature connection programme for students is focused on learning Earth Sciences. Give your students a day of learning about our environment and its conservation. 

 

Learning Earth Sciences Programs we bring to life: Maps and Measurements, Dynamic Earth, Rocks and Minerals, Landscapes, Earth History, Insolation, Meteorology, Climate, Astronomy and other related subjects. Get ready to have the most coveted science class in town.

 

 

Your Trip

 

There’s no better way to learn about geology, meteorology and astronomy than by being with nature in the outdoors and experiencing it all with your senses. From navigation and geology hikes to wilderness camping and hiking, our 9-unit Earth Sciences programme supports your curriculum by inspiring students through hands-on activities, year round.

 

Our goal is to spend maximum time of this trip in the outdoors and in the natural world with your child(ren)*. To have fun, new experiences as a family or youth group that stimulate learning, creativity and play. To unplug from electronics and reconnect with Nature (only picture taking devices allowed - no wifi or apps) Reconnect with your own inner wildness while participating in the daily activities with the child in your care. 

 

 

What We Enjoy on This Trip

 

- Oak trees and the whispering Deodar forest

- Butterflying & Birding (Shrike-Babbler, Goldcrest, Peregrine falcon, & others)

- Hiking through Benog Mountain Quail Sanctuary

- Lush green meadows and bugyals of the Park Estate

- Camp amid salubrious and an tranquil environment

- Forest Cottage/Bungalow  built in 1879 during the Raj

  • "Hike more and worry less, over the mountains and through the woods. It was an amazing time with friends. The guides were professional, resourceful and quite knowledgeable about the area. Getting warm food and good tents at the peak was luxury. I would like to do more these the next time I come." - Neha Jain

Geo II: Earth Sciences & Geography:Outdoor & Science Programme for Students

About Benog Wildlife Sanctuary

Vinog Mountain Quail Sanctuary, also known as Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, was established in 1993, and a part of the Rajaji National Par . This beautiful sanctuary, spreading across an expanse of about 339 hectares, is a haven for birdwatchers. It is home to Pahari Bater or Mountain Quail (on-the-verge-of-extinction bird), which was last seen in the year 1876.

 

Ecology & Biodiversity

A scientific profiling of the biodiversity at the Benog Mountain Quail Wildlife Sanctuary in Mussoorie is underway. Under the exercise, around 90 bird species have been recorded in the sanctuary, including the Himalayan Shrike-Babbler, Goldcrest and Peregrine falcon. Species of butterflies and reptiles will be among others that will be recorded.

 

The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of orchids and the Mountain Quail, an extremely elusive species that was thought to be extinct by 1876, until it was sighted in Mussoorie.

 

 

Geo II: Earth Sciences & Geography (5D/4N)

Stimulate a sense of wonder and cultivate appreciation for the natural world: The programme aims to support children in developing imagination through fun and engaging Conservation & Community service based activities in the outdoors. 

 

All communities benefit when a child succeeds 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 Location & Surroundings Photo Gallery:

Geo II: Earth Sciences & Geography:Outdoor & Science Programme for Students

Welcome to Dehra Dun/ Mussoorie

Geo II: Earth Sciences & Geography

 

Today is the beginning of the Geo II: Earth Sciences & Geography Programme. This day we spend in understanding the basics of outdoor and camping, with basic instruction of Camp-life followed by issuing of the Camping Gear which you will be using for the next 5 days. We guide on how pitch you own tent (properly) and then we go for a acclimatization walk.

 

We close our first day with a sumptuous camp-style dinner and a few vital guidelines on personal hygiene for men/women, how to sleep warm and proper use of your sleeping bag.

 

Intro to Mussoorie & Himalayan Geography

Geo II: Earth Sciences & Geography

 

Today after breakfast, we spend our day mostly exploring the Queen of Hills on foot. We begin the day with edu-walks. Starting from the Infinity Loop "the Chakkar" in the Landour Cantonment area, where we also discuss Himalayan flora-fauna, we later love down to Mullingar, Landour Bazar, Library chowk, the Mall Road, Camels Back and ending the Mussoorie then tour at Picture Palace. After refreshments on the evening we have talk/presentation on Landour & Mussoorie's History & Heritage on campus.

 

We close this day with expectations & methodology of the trip. In this session we discuss our exceptions and your requirements etc. This is followed by a sumptuous camp-style dinner and then some camp-fun which includes stories and short films on Sir George Everest and the great Trigonometric Survey of India during the colonial era in India.

Hiking and Camping in the Forest

Geo II: Earth Sciences & Geography

 

On our day three, post breakfast we prepare and assemble for the day, and then to the Park Estate, in Hathipaon. Here we spend some time exploring the ruins of  Sir George Everest's House and Laboratory with on history-walk in the park estate area.

 

Depending on the time we have left, we also have an opportunity to do good and get involved with community service with WEEAI clean up drive in the park estate area. 

 

Post our organic lunch in the park, we walk down to ‘Wishing well’. From here we begin our trek through the Benog Wildlife Reserve (also known as Venog Mountain Quail Sanctuary) to our campsite in the forest. Our expert naturalist will join you on the trail to aid in exploring nature & learning about the flora-fauna around Benog Wildlife Sanctuary. 

 

The evening, is spent in engaging talks and presentation on Himalayan geography and flora-fauna. We close this day reflections, review and basic principles of LNT© Camp-Fire Ethics* followed by a sumptuous camp-style dinner at our forest campsite and then some camp-fun which includes Garhwali folklore and maybe some acoustic music*. 

Exploring Himalayan Geology & Wildlife

Geo II: Earth Sciences & Geography

 

On the fourth day of our trip, post breakfast at the forest campsite, we prepare and assemble for the day, and begin our hike in to the Benog forests. In this day-hike we also cross the ruins of an 100 yr old Mussoorie Brewery established during the English occupancy in Mussoorie. Learn about the various rock formations and the flora-fauna in the region.  Post lunch at the forest campsite, we pack our packs and drive back to the basecamp. 

 

By the evening we are back at our basecamp for a refreshing cup of chai and homemade snacks. We close this day reflections, review and  a session on Himalayan Geology & Geography, followed by a sumptuous camp-style dinner and then some camp-fun which includes open-air (deepening on weather) or indoor screening of a documentary/film about Mount Everest. 

 

 

Conclusion & Reflection

Geo II: Earth Sciences & Geography

 

On the last day of our trip, post breakfast at the basecamp we prepare for the day and assemble for de-issuing of the gear. This is followed by refreshments and a our heart to heart, talk on our conclusions and reflections on the past four days. We discuss things we learned, we saw, we ate and things to be mindful of when in wilderness or backcountry. Our take aways, highs and lows, of the trip. 

 

Depending on the time we have, we may also take a short hike to do some more community service with OneTrip OneTree plantation drive for students organised under WEEAI. Post lunch, pack your bags and prepare for your departure to Dehra Dun. 

 

Your trip with us ends once you are on the railway station or the airport.  

 

Please Note: The Geo II: Earth Sciences & Geography (5D/4N) programme can also be customised for 4 days and 6 days programme on request. The pricing will change accordingly. 

Rs. 9,895/- (Plus 5% GST) Per Student for 5 Day and 4-Nights Camping Trip

This cost does Not Include train/air fare, local transport (cabs/coaches/etc), any unspecified meals, bottled water, or any other expenses not mentioned in the programme.

 

Note: Groups range from min 9 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.

5D/4N Pack List - Geo II: Earth Sciences & Geography :

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.

Geo II: Earth Sciences & Geography:Outdoor & Science Programme for Students

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. 1500/- 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. 

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.

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.

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.