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This 4-day Alumna Retreat: Back to Bodhshala intends to just as the name suggests, take you back to to school. What better way to unite with old and new best buddies from school than by meeting them in the lap of Himalaya. 

 

 

YOUR TRIP

 

Break away from the concrete jungle with your batch for a camping or fishing or birding adventure. From whitewater rafting to trekking and camping, wine tasting to horseback, we can create the ultimate excursion and experiences for your batch from the Summer of 69 :). 

 

 

What We Enjoy On This Trip

 

- The organic food & natural surroundings 

- Our slow walks around the Infinity Loop "Chakkar" 

- The majestic view of the Shivalik ranges

- Visiting Bodhshala at SIDH in Kempty

- Birding & Nature walk in Benog Wildlife Reserve 

- The Mall for it's colonial architecture throughout the walk

 

- Making organic spices and herbs with the village-women of Himalaya Haat

  • A huge thank you to Titu and Trip the Himalaya team for an amazing hike to Deolsari and then on to Money Tree and Lurntsu. Not only did Titu 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 Trip the Himalaya team who made this incredible adventure possible." - Judy, Christine and Sue

Back to Bodhshala: Alumna Retreat:Celebrate (not) growing up, in the lap of Himalaya

About The Queen of Hills: Mussoorie 

 

Mussoorie derives its name from the plants of Mussoorie or 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 the sea level. It is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas and is known as the Queen of the Hills.

 

 

Mussoorie & Around:

 

You can take time to enjoy the ropeway on the second highest peak of Mussoorie, the Gun Hill. It also gives a bird's eye view of the town and the Doon valley. You can get a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges from here. 

 

The wonderful 4km stretch from Kurli Bazaar to Library Point called the Camel's Back Rock is a superb experience whether you travel on horse back or simply walk. About 6 kms from Mussoorie on the Mussoorie-Jharipani Road is the beautiful Jharipani Falls. While in Mussoorie, you must visit Kempty Falls which is 15kms from Mussoorie on way to Yamunotri, at an altitude of 4500 ft.

 

 

Back to Bodhshala: Alumna Retreat  (4D/3N)

 

This 4-day Alumna Retreat: Back to Bodhshala intends to just as the name suggests, take you back to to school. What better way to unite with old and new best buddies from school than by meeting them in the lap of Himalaya.

 

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Back to Bodhshala: Alumna Retreat:Celebrate (not) growing up, in the lap of Himalaya

Welcome to Dehra Dun/ Mussoorie

 

Today is the beginning of your Alumni retreat. We'll pick you from Dehra Dun railway station or the Jolly Grant Airport and drive you up though the winding Dehradun-Mile road up to Mussoorie. Followed by a fresh home-cooked lunch, we take our essential acclimatization walk around the famous Infinity Loop “Chukkar".

 

Evening by yourself, can be spent visiting the store at Sisters Bazar for organic and locally sourced food products or Chaar Dukaan for yummy evening snacks next to St. Paul's Church built in 1839.

 

We close our first day with a sumptuous dinner (of your choice) and talk on Landour, Mussoorie's history & heritage by the camp fire, followed by Garhwali Folk Music. Before we close the night a few vital guidelines on personal hygiene for men/women, how to sleep warm and proper use of your sleeping bag.

Back to Bodhshala: After-School Fun!

 

On our day two, post breakfast we prepare and assemble for the day, and then drive to our Bodhshala (at SIDH) in Kempty area. On arrival we are welcomed with refreshments by the women of Himalaya Haat. Explore short walks around the campus and then return for freshly cooked organic lunch. 

 

After a short break, we engage with the village-women of who manage and produce Himalaya Haat products. Learn about organic & natural food, the  process and the cause of women empowerment behind SIDH initiative. This is accompanied with a session on Natural Healing, benefits of natural food and Workshop on making of organic herbs.   

 

As the sun sets on the mountains we, gear up for a fun night-out at the the campus. Snacks, Beverages and Open-Air Screening of Documentary/Film/Movie on Nature/Ecology, Women Empowerment, Himalayan Culture. We close the day with reflections and review followed by a sumptuous dinner (of your choice) and then some camp-fun, camp fire and local folklore & music of the mountains.

Mussoorie, The Mall & More

 

After a good nights sleep, post breakfast at Bodhshala, we prepare and assemble for the day, and then drive to Benog Wildlife Reserve for nature walk and birding. We spend some time enjoying the morning at the forest with refreshments at the forest bungalow in Benog.

 

After that, we drive to the Library Chowk, to visit the Mall Road of Mussoorie. Here you can visit the Mussoorie Library to see rare books collection & history* (requires prior permissions). Explore the remains of Raj Era Architecture in the historic Mall Rd. & Camel's Back (on your own). 

 

After your day at the Mall, we'll pick you up at Picture Palace and drive back to our basecamp. We close the day with a sumptuous dinner (of your choice) and then some camp-fun which includes camp-fire, BBQ, beverages, music and more fun. 

Farewell to the Queen of Hills

 

On the last day of the trip, post breakfast at the basecamp we prepare and assemble for the day, and then set out to explore Landour cantonment, sisters bazar, lal tibia and the char Dukan to quench that last minute craving for cheese omlets and hot chocolate.

 

Before lunch, we 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 part in community service with One Trip One Tree: WEEAI Plantation Drive at the hillside. 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. 

Back to Bodhshala: Alumna Retreat  (4D/3N)

 

This four day Alumna Retreat: Back to Bodhshala intends to just as the name suggests, take you back to to school. What better way to unite with old and new best buddies from school than by meeting them in the lap of Himalaya.

 

Rs. 10,400/- (Plus 5% GST) Per Pax 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 - Back to Bodhshala: Alumna Retreat :

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.

Back to Bodhshala: Alumna Retreat:Celebrate (not) growing up, in the lap of Himalaya

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@cafeterra.in, 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, 2019, 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@cafeterra.in 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 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.