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Benog Forest Hike and Campout! Pitch Your Own Tent: If it’s the wild you want, it is the wild you get. TTH makes a promise that the day hike in The Benog Sanctuary and forest is well spent and gives a taste of high adrenaline backcountry experience in a safe environment. 

 

Your Day in the Forest & Campout:

 

Join us every week at Benog Wildlife Reserve for walks and hikes in the largest wildlife and nature reserve of Mussoorie. TTH invites you for a day out into the forests of Benog, where your campout accommodation is just a few steps away from the stream. After a full day of hiking or guided walk, pitch your own tent tucked away in the forest and spend a night under the stars at Brentwood Sanctuary. 

 

What We Enjoy On This Trip: 

 

- The beauty of the forest and sounds of nature, soaring around you 

- An exhilarating walk to the Shiv temple, Murray Pump and by the stream to Kempty-falls

- Inimitable Himalayan eco- system, - forest, flora and fauna

- Jungle Night Camping in alpine tents

- Peaceful environs of a dense forest and the cascading slopes covered with Deodar, Himalayan Oak, Chir-pine and Blue-pine trees

  • A very new nd good experience.. Trip the Himalaya made our trip very enjoyable..got a lot of knowledge about the herbs..it was something different then visiting normal spots..taking back home a lot of beautiful memories..also the people there were all so sweet..would definitely love to come back again - Kamakshi Jain

Benog Forest Hike & Campout:Pitch Your Own Tent

About Benog Mountain Quail Sanctuary (aka. Benog Forest) 

 

Vinog Mountain Quail Sanctuary, also known as Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, was established in 1993, and a part of the Rajaji National Park. 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. 

 

Nature & Wildlife  

 

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.

 

Stimulate a sense of wonder and cultivate an 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. 

 

Brentwood Sanctuary

 

Just 14 kms. away from the hustle and bustle of The Queen of Hills, Mussoorie on the Kempty Road, tucked away at the base of the Benog Wildlife Reserve is the Brentwood Sanctuary. Surrounded by mighty Deodar trees, with a gentle mountain stream flowing through, the Brentwood Sanctuary camp and resort is set upon terrace farms. The property is an ideal getaway for tired souls who wish to rejuvenate in the lap of Nature.

 

Around every bend, you will walk upon the most amazing display of flora and fauna, avian delights, intriguing insects and bugs, flitting butterflies around sparkling streams while taking in the scent of pine and the crisp mountain air. Evenings at the Brentwood Sanctuary could not get any better, as you sit under the canopy of stars warming yourselves around the campfire, you know you have tasted a bit of heaven and will come back for more.

Brentwood Sanctuary, Mussoorie Location & Surroundings Photo Gallery:

Benog Forest Hike & Campout:Pitch Your Own Tent

Your Forest Camping Pass

Hike & Pitch Your Own Tent

 

WHEN:  All Week - July to September 2019

 

TIMINGS:  08:00 AM to 08:00 AM (1-Day/Night)

 

DURATION:  The walks usually take 4-5 hours (Day-hike)

 

WHERE: Meet us at the Brentwood Sanctuary, near Lake Mist on the Kempty Road

 

WHO: This is a Perfect one for people new to hiking, walkers looking for a challenge, parents wanting to spend a day in pure nature with their kids and adventurer seekers ready for a full day in the forest.

 

Trek-in: Connect with your wild-side -

Whether you are a seasoned trekker, or a novice, the day out in Benog is suited for all. Your trek into the very heart of the forest will take you away from any civilization, and that’s what makes it interesting for it all happens within a few hours. The lush, fertile, rain drenched Himalayan slopes, covered with dense forest is what you will come face to face on this trip. Take a guided trek up the stream or head for your little adventure on your own. Our nature guide is there to open up the world of trees, mushrooms, bugs and beetles all in most colourful arrays of the season.

 

Campout: Take a break in wild- night -

A day in the forest may leave you asking yourself for more and there we have it all planned out for you. Pick up the gear, find your spot, pitch your tent and head for a night on your own or with friends in the middle of the jungle. The forest comes alive in its own way in the night, so if you want to hear and touch the very core of this dark essence then you have to be right in the centre of it all. Open up the flap of your tents and see the stars spread across the sky, the dark trees soaring above gives that unending thrill that one can only get in the untamed wild. Sleep to the soft lullaby of the gurgling mountain brook flowing next to your camping site, and wake-up to the continuous drill of the woodpecker and come alive to a fresh new day.

 

YOUR NATURE GUIDE:  It's a journey guided by the most basic instincts not by a systematically trained, machine like person who follows a set pattern. 

 

If you are new to outdoors (camping and hiking), we recommend taking a guided walk with one of our local guides who are trained in birdwatching, wildlife identification, local natural history and know a great deal about the uses of the various plants and herbs in the reserve. This will greatly enrich your experience.

 

Our local guides who are from the area can inform you about the geography, ecology, history and culture of the area, so take advantage of the local knowledge, warmth and their inner pahadi strength during the walks.

 

Please drop us a line at hello@tripthehimalaya.in if you would like to be on our mailing list and learn more about the special walks. Share this trip on FACEBOOK

 

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Checkout our special Glamping Add-on which includes; an Expert Nature Guide, Lunch and Dinner (non/veg menu), Campfire, Local snacks and more.. #Glampout Pakages starting at Rs. 1850/- Per Person

 

To join our trail talks and village walks Signup Here

 

Talk to our outdoor trip advisor about mountain-life experiences customised for your student/corporate group - Hello@TripTheHimalaya.In | +91-7300-686-293 | TripTheHimalaya.In

 

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Rs. 750/- Onwards Per Person for Full-Day Hike & Overnight Camping

Benog Forest Hike & Campout:

Fee: Cost of the full-day hike/walk and pitch your own tent is Rs 750/- Per Person

Duration: The walks usually take 4-5 hours (Full-Day Hike/Walks)

Kids: No Entry Fee for Children under 5 years of age.

 

Your Campout fee Includes: 

 

- Single day entry fee in to Benog Wildlife Reserve

- A clean and levelled-out camping ground to pitch your tent

- Facility to charge devices near the tents 

- Secure campus. You can leave your stuff behind during the walks, its safe  

- Tea with light local snacks on welcome or in the evening as requested

- Clean & functional bathrooms (1 Her + 1 His shared facilities)

 

You can choose our special Glamping Package which includes:

 

- All of the campout fee inclusions and, 

- Expert & Certified nature guide with binoculars and first-aid kit 

- Lunch and/or dinner (Non/Veg Meals Menu)

- Campfire lasting 2-3 hours max, for up to 10 pax (One sack of wood)

- Local Refreshments & Snacks

 

Glampout Fee: 1-5 people @ Rs. 2300/- | 6-18 people @ Rs. 2000/- | 19-30 people @ Rs. 1850/- Per Person for Full-Day Hike & Overnight Glamping Experience

 

Additionally, you can also Hire personal gear and outdoor equipment from us (rate-card on request) 

 

Our Fee Does Not Include any local transport (cabs/coaches/etc), any unspecified meals, bottled water, or any other expenses not mentioned above. 

 

Note: We prefer to have groups ranging from 5-30 individuals for most campouts. We limit people to small size group per batch in order to make the walk experience more effective. 

 

ACTIVITY: Hiking on your own and single day Entry fee into the wildlife reserve.  

 

ACCOMMODATION: Boarding/lodging in your own Tents with provision of clean toilet tents at the campsite.

 

MEALS: Are not included in the standard campout fee. Tea with light local snacks will be offered on welcome or in the evening as requested by you. However, you can also choose our Glampout Package which includes lunch/dinner meals, snacks and refreshments. 

 

GUIDED walks and hikes are Not Included in the standard campout fee. 

 

SAFE-SECURE campus environment during your hiking and stay. You can leave your stuff behind during the walks, it’s safe at our campsite. 

 

CAMPING on a clean and levelled-out campsite to pitch your tent

 

FACILITIES include clean & functional bathrooms (1 Her + 1 His shared facilities)

 

ELECTRICITY points to charge devices near the tents. 

 

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

 

INFORMATION: Nature/outdoor based knowledge and trail information can be availed at the Brentwood Sanctuary to explore the forest on your own. 

 

PERSONAL OUTDOOR GEAR is available on rent: Backpack: Sturdy 45-60 ltrs (with a plastic or waterproof lining), Sleeping bag and a Sleeping pad, Trekking stick, Gaiters (during rains), If required, liners bags for sleeping bags, backpacks, cup/bowl and spoon, can be provided on prior request

 

CAMPING/TREKKING GEAR is also available on ren: High quality trekking equipments like alpine tents, stoves, fuel & fuel bottles, cooking utensils, rations, trail food, trowels, water purification, first aid kits, etc can also be provided on a rental basis, depending on your type of trip requirements.

 

BACKCOUNTRY EMERGENCY: Our instructors can offer Wilderness First Aid. We also have Medical Support from Landour Community Hospital (LCH). 

 

GEAR RENTAL POLICY:  

We offer a great selection of rental outdoor gear, and free delivery and pickup to/from homes and hotels in Mussoorie. 

a) Personal Trekking Gear can also be provided on hire from us

b) You are welcome to bring and use your own gear as well

c) In case of Damage or Loss of any gear, the guests shall be liable to pay for the cost

Our pick up and drop off location is the Yeti Outdoor Store in Landour Bazar, Near Mullingar (Monday to Friday | 10am to 6pm) 

 

Benog Forest Hike & Campout: Pitch Your Own Tent :

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. 

 

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)

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

Wrist watch: Is a must for trips

Rain wear: Rain Poncho, Rain Pants & Rain Jackets (During Monsoon)

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)

 

Group Bookings: In order to manage the numbers and in the interest of guests visiting, we do not generally accept last minute bookings. Please call/email in advance to book the trip and reach Brentwood Sanctuary on the time agreed at booking.   

 

Trash Policy: We have a Litter-Free Walk Policy. Please be sure to dispose of your waste responsibly and leave no trace in the forest and on the hillside, during or after your hike. Be sensitive towards wildlife and nature.

 

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

 

Rights of Admission Reserved: If you prefer to enjoy loud music and picnics in large groups, then the forest is not the place for you, as you will only be disappointed!


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

 

Benog Forest Hike & Campout:Pitch Your Own Tent

Frequently asked questions by our clients on:

TTH organises expert guided half/full-day walks in the Benog forest from time to time, usually on weekends for individuals and groups. These walks will be posted on our website in advance for signing up and are also announced through a mailer that we send out to people on our mailing list. Please drop us a line at Hello@TripTheHimalaya.In if you would like to be on our mailing list and learn more about the special hikes and walks. The hike usually take min 3-4 or max 4-5 hours and are priced at Rs. 900/- onwards per person. At these walks, expert naturalists, photographers, botanists, birders, writers, artists, and more will enhance your experience and knowledge about the flora, fauna, history, geography and culture of the Himalayas.

 

If you would like to organise a tailored walk focusing on a special aspect of nature including birdwatching, flower or mushroom identification, butterfly trails, photography or any related topic. Or would like to bring a group for other compatible activities such as meditation, art or nature writing, etc. please contact us and we can help to organise this. We prefer to have groups ranging from 9-30 individuals for most activities.

 

At the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary area, we organise a full-day experience with a picnic at the stream for students who wish to spend their day in the forest and learn more about wilderness.

 

At Benog, TTH can also organise specialised activity packages for school children ranging from 8-14 years. These can be day activities or 1 to 5 day programmes where camping or village homestay and stays in a dormitory can be arranged in collaboration with our local campsites, which is located within walking distance of waterfalls and villages.

 

The learning-cum-activity experience for school children can be tailor-made to the requirements of each school. It would include a combination of classroom talks as well as hands-on activities in the forest including learning how to set up a campsite, backpacking, monitoring and documenting flora and fauna, trekking, community interactions, and more. Onsite, the Brentwood Sanctuary also offers adventure sports related activities apart from hiking and trekking. Please contact us to learn about what is on offer. 

 

We can also organise teacher training workshops for nature and environmental studies in collaboration with our partner organisations.

 

 

Mussoorie offers an exceptional field laboratory for institutions interested in ecological or wildlife research, including on topics such as ecological restoration, animal behaviour, watershed management and others. Please contact us to explore opportunities in this field.

While inside the forest reserve trails are somewhat marked, but forest area in general does not have well-demarcated walking trails that you can explore without some prior experience of forest hiking. We recommend taking a guided walk with one of our local guides who are trained in birdwatching, wildlife identification, natural history and know a great deal about the uses of the various plants and herbs in the forest. This will greatly enrich your experience. Walking with the guides also enables you to experience the thrill of checking one or more of the remote villages in the valley, where life is still sustainable.

 

Most circuits will take min 3-4 hours and max 5-6 hours to cover, accounting for time to rest, indulge in photography and explore the many facets of nature and culture in the region. Please carry your own drinking water as there aren't many dependable drinking water sources and, which will require additional walking to get to.

 

Depending on the weather and time available, your guide can arrange refreshments in the forest or at the end of the walk but there are not other food or catering facilities in the forest/hiking areas. 

 

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

 

Bathroom Facilities: 

There are fixed restrooms available at the beginning and the end of your hike

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

Mussoorie offers a unique and natural campus for outdoor explorations. We are surrounded by natural beauty and the majestic Himalayan outdoors with many opportunities to go camping & trekking. But, most people who live in the city do not have the required camping or outdoor gear. 

 

We offer, explorers in Mussoorie a range of outdoor gear and services that allows you, your family or friends venture into the outdoors with the confidence that they have the right equipment for the environment. 

 

We can also provide schools/students a basic range of camp hire equipment, such as sleeping bags, rain wear, camping accessories and DIY Kits for day trips.

 

Along with a great selection of rental outdoor gear, we offer free delivery and pickup to/from homes and hotels in Mussoorie. 

 

Gear Rental Policy: 

 

a) Personal Trekking Gear can be provided only on prior request

b) In case of Damage or Loss of any gear, the guests shall be liable to pay for the cost

c) Our pick up and drop off timings are between 10am to 6pm on weekdays

 

Our pick up and drop off location is the Yeti Outdoor Store in Landour Bazar, Near Mullingar, Tehri Road. Mussoorie - (Monday to Friday | 10am to 5pm)

 

At the Brentwood Sanctuary: Onsite adventure activities include High Rope obstacles, Tree ladder climbing and free fall. Flying fox, Low rope obstacles, Rappelling and free hand rock climbing, etc. These can be availed at the Brentwood Sanctuary campus on additional charges from the resort. 

 

For mid-size groups at the sanctuary, on request we can also organise Team building & Games like Blind-hit. Perfect Square, Coordination Walk, etc. Hands-on Basket weaving and learning from a local villager. Local food making on a natural Chulha. Cricket, Badminton, Volleyball and for the rainy days indoor games like Chess, Carrom Board, Ludo and other such activities as well…

 

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. 

 

Please Read our:

Group Bookings: In order to manage the numbers and in the interest of guests visiting, we do not generally accept last minute bookings. Please call/email in advance to book the trip and reach Brentwood Sanctuary on the time agreed at booking.   

 

Trash Policy: We have a Litter-Free Walk Policy. Please be sure to dispose of your waste responsibly and leave no trace in the forest and on the hillside, during or after your hike. Be sensitive towards wildlife and nature.

 

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

 

Rights of Admission Reserved: If you prefer to enjoy loud music and picnics in large groups, then the forest is not the place for you, as you will only be disappointed!


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

 

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.