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Trip Overview:

This camping adventure trip for students is a 4 day and 3 nights introduction to the Queen of Hills: Mussoorie and its nearby areas, located at an average altitude of 1,880 metres (6,170 ft). It is an excellent introduction to Himalayan bio- diversity, rich Garhwali folk culture and  an opportunity to learn more about the fascinating history of  Mussoorie and the Landour cantonment area , founded by Lt. Frederick Young of East India Company in the early 1800s after the Gurkha Wars,  and since famously known as The Queen of the Hills.

 

Your Trip:

We aim to offer students and faculty an experience of Mussoorie region in which they not only appreciate the natural beauty and heritage of this old hill station but also discover their innate connection with nature. This trip offers  adventure, fun and knowledge all rolled into one big green carpet . *Activities on  this trip are ideal for children of ages 10yrs-16yrs, though they can be adapted for younger and older youth as well. The activities are great for parents and kids, students and faculties,  youth groups, senior secondary schools and universities of higher education. 

 

What We Enjoy On This Trip:

Lush forest of Benog Sanctuary

The majestic views of the snow clad Himalayas

Local cuisine, dwellings and culture 

Remains of Colonial Architecture throughout the town

Our slow walks around the Landour  Infinity Loop "Chakkar"

Cheese Omelettes & Ginger-Lemon tea at Char Dukaan

  • This was an amazing experience! And overcoming my fear of heights was the best part of it! From rocky walks to slippery ones, everything was perfect! Connecting with nature and knowing the real importance of it, makes me realise how careful we have to be at our every step. And I am very thankful that we had perfect people /teachers to guide us and making us believe in ourselves. Also segregating the waste sought me to help my surroundings clean. - Puallu Sharma (Student, Grade 10)

Queen of Hills: Camping Adventure:Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

About The Queen of Hills: 

Mussoorie derives its name from the shrub mansoor which are available in large quantities in this region. The history of Mussoorie dates back to 1825 when a shooting lodge was constructed jointly by Captain Young, an adventurous British military officer and Mr Shore the Superintendent of Revenues at Dehradun.

Located at a distance of 35 kms from Dehradun, Mussoorie is a wonderful hill station in Uttarakhand situated at a height of 2005 mts. above sea level. It is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas and is known as the Queen of the Hills.

 

Mussoorie & Around:

Mussoorie established almost 200 years back is now a hugely popular holiday destination for the urban populace across the country. Its colourful history and colonial architecture evoke the otherworldly charm of an era waiting to be rediscovered and treasured  forever.

But Mussoorie’s  adjacent areas are hidden gems to be explored. Unfrequented and lying in and around reserved forest areas, they have escaped the madness of modern construction to still hold on to the quaint charm of the hill station. The incomparable beauty of the Himalayas can be still sensed at Landour, Benog, Kempty, Devalsari, Clouds End and the many other unexplored nooks and corners. 

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand Location & Surroundings Photo Gallery:

Queen of Hills: Camping Adventure:Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Welcome, Check-in & Explore

Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, Mussoorie

Morning: Welcome on arrival & camp-life introductions - 

Students are received by TTH faculty at the railway station/ or at School (in case of DehraDun /Mussoorie) and transported to our venue location in deluxe coaches or similar vehicles. 

On arrival at the campsite, the group is greeted with refreshments followed by a quick round of briefing and introductions. We begin the day with a talk about the surrounding areas and its ecology. We discuss the plan for the day, our expectations, methodology, basic guidelines on ethical explorations and issuing of outdoor gear.

 

Noon: Outdoor session & short exploration - 

After a short break, we begin with tent pitching and instruction on camp life. Students learn how to sleep warm, pack a backpack, outdoor hygiene, overview/introduction to leave no trace© ethics including how to prepare a campfire. 

Now, students are served a freshly cooked lunch prepared from locally sourced vegetables and other foods. We have an elaborate menu of local dishes for all kinds of pallets and it can be shared/prepared on request. 

 

Evening: Basecamp activities & dinner with a campfire - 

Before the sun sets in, we prepare and assemble for the sunset-hike to forest nearby. This is an easy walk in the forest which can take up between 2-3 hours depending on the walking speed and student’s ability on a moderate uphill climb. 

A few volunteers go out hunting for wood (in the old fashioned way) for a campfire. Later in the evening, after tea and refreshments, we build the campfire and settle down for a round of relaxation with music and folklore. 

 

1st Overnight: Forest Camping in Tents (-5 degree/weather-proof/top-quality TTH tents) 

Talks & Sessions: Camp-life essentials, Outdoor basics, Personal hygiene & Mindfulness 

Outdoor Activities: Walking | Hiking | Camping | Campfire | Cooking | Observation 

Healthy Meals: Fresh Lunch | Natural Refreshments | Local food for Dinner

Day Hike to Kandi Village

Mussoorie

About Kandi Village: 13km away from the nearest town, Kandi village is a gram panchayat located in Pauri Tehsil of Garhwal district in Uttarakhand. 

The total area of the village is approx. 79 hectares and according to the recent census, the village has under 100 houses and a total population of under 500 people, two of them went on to become high level ministers in state government. Locals also have a lot of significance for two temples nearby, Bhuvaneshvari Maa Temple (Silsari, 3.3 KM) and Maa Chaundeshwari Mandir (Basba, 4.8 KM). 

The rich cultural diversity of Uttarakhand is experienced in the villages that surround the Mussoorie region. Older than the town itself, wealthy in the humbleness of the people. Students will have a lot to connect with and take back learnings for life. 

 

Morning: A hike to the Village -

After a refreshing fresh breakfast early morning we prepare for a day hike to Kandi /Bhatoli Village .  Followed by  a brief introduction to the area and some basic knowledge of the area, we start a walk downhill through the pine forest. We will be crossing through a thick forest of 'Chir Pine' trees. Our certified nature guide will introduce the students and faculty to the varied flora and fauna of the region.

 

Noon: Interaction & Assimilation -

On reaching the village they will hold interactive sessions with  folks and children. This will be followed by a neat and humble meal at the village. Students will witness and understand their unpretentious  lifestyle and develop a respect for cultures vastly different but enriching. They will also see the  farming methods employed in hills  and animal husbandry approaches.  Our able village guides will lead them all the way through.

On the way down from Kandi village you will also see a lot of terrace farming, orchid and the fruit trees. A fascinating old water mill, locally called 'Gharaat' which has been operational since the British raj and is still a dependable resource for locals in the area.   

 

Evening: Touching Basecamp -

A hike back to the basecamp at Benog. We will be refreshed with a hot cup of tea and snacks. After a   brief  ‘me time’, we assemble around the campfire sharing our meal and more importantly reflecting on the days experiencing.

Heritage day-out

Mussoorie & Landour

Morning: On the Landour loop -

After breakfast, we prepare for a day out to witness the amazing aura of the historic town of  Mussoorie and Landour. A quick drive to the city takes us to Mussoorie and we start early morning walk on the Landour Loop ‘Chukkar’. Steeped in history and touched by the snow-capped Himalayas, Landour was first settled around 1830s with the setting of the military hospital. It became a favourite gateway of Scottish officers of the British Army as it reminded them of Landdowror in Wales. The loop connects us to the old cemetery and churches ending at Char Dukaan where we stop for snacks 

 

Noon: A visit to Mullingar and Mall - 

A walk through Mullingar takes us atop the famous Mullingar House of  Captain Young. The Landour Community Hospital , the old clock tower and the Landour Bazaar which is as old as the town itself will be the focus of talks on our way to the Mall . Here we take a break and enjoy the savouries and delights, and we appreciate the design of old structures  like the Library and Band stand.

 

Evening: Leisure time and bonfire

We gather and drive back to our basecamp at Benog Forest. We discuss our interesting anecdotes and share our experiences. The day ends with sumptuous dinner, music and bonhomie around the fire. Some exhilarating games are waiting for you all , so that the journey becomes even more memorable.

Conclusion & Reflection

Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, Mussoorie

Morning: On the final day of our trip, post breakfast at the basecamp we prepare and assemble for the day, and then de-issue the gear, with a session on maintenance and care of outdoor gear and equipment. This is followed by refreshments and a 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 takeaways, highs and lows, of the trip.

We will also do a short clean -up drive at the campsite followed by planting of sapling in and around the clearing . We learn to give back, replenish  whatever way possible and show our gratitude to our home -earth. This will help to reconnect with the place when we return the next time. 

 

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

Queen of Hills: Camping Adventure (4D/3N)

This camping adventure trip for students is a 4 day and 3 nights introduction to the Queen of Hills: Mussoorie, located at an average altitude of 1,880 metres (6,170 ft). Learn about the natural and cultural heritage of this town founded by Lt. Frederick Young of East India Company in the early 1800s and since famously known as The Queen of the Hills.

Rs. 6,500/- (Plus 5% GST) Per Student for 4 Day and 3-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.

4D/3N Pack List - Queen of Hills: Camping Adventure :

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 acclimatisation. 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.

Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, Mussoorie

Queen of Hills: Camping Adventure:Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

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.

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 acclimatisation. 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.