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Trip the Himalaya invites you on our Village Hikes in and around Mussoorie region. You'll never look at a himalayan village the same way again! Join us on Wednesdays 8:00 am for a nature hike to the villages and neighbourhood mountain communities in Mussoorie. 

 

 

YOUR DAY HIKE 

 

On this hike, you'll enjoy a leisurely moderate walking trails that take you to different parts and paths of the hill town while learning about the local community of Kandi villages and Tibetan homes foundation of the Happy Valley. 

 

Your guide is an expert of the trails in this area, so even though the trails aren't well-marked on the ground, you're always on the path. The area and each trail changes its natural appeal beautifully every season, your guide will be able to describe the unique features of the trail we choose this time and, you can spend several hours seeking out and identifying different facets himalyan culture and geography in this area. 

 

The spectacular views of the many ranges of Himalayas and the layers of the Sivaliks and Doon valley will captivate the walker. 

 

What We Enjoy On This Trip 

 

- Visiting the Buddhist monastery

- Hiking through Pine forests of Khanalti gaon

- Lush green meadows and terrace farming

- Sitting areas on the trail 

- Kandi bridge and the old water mill 'Gharaat'

- Clear water stream of the Kandi village nursery

- Walk along the stream to Kempty falls 

 

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    Trip the Himalaya run a really professional programme of mountain guiding. Leaders have North American Wilderness Leadership training and are deeply passionate about ecology and the protection of the environment. Highly recommended. - Arthur Foss | Dec 2018

Kandi Village Hike:A day in the forest and to the falls

KANDI VILLAGE: BRIEF INFO

 

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 near by, Bhuvaneshvari Maa Temple (Silsari, 3.3 KM) and Maa Chaundeshwari Mandir (Basba, 4.8 KM). 

 

 

HAPPY VALLEY: BRIEF HISTORY

 

In April 1959, after fleeing Chinese occupation of Tibet, the Dalai Lama decided to establish the Tibetan Government in Exile in Mussoorie. But, the Government of Tibet in exile eventually moved to Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh. 

 

The Shedup Choepelling Temple, (also called the Tibetan Temple) is evidence of rich Tibetan cultural heritage. Situated in Happy Valley this temple is the first monetary by Tibetans in India. 

 

The first Tibetan school was established in Mussoorie in 1960. Today, some 5,000 Tibetans live in area.

 

Kempty, Mussoorie Location & Surroundings Photo Gallery:

Kandi Village Hike:A day in the forest and to the falls

WHEN:  Wednesdays at 8:30 AM

The monsoon brings its own charm and along with it a myriad of wild flowers, ferns and mushrooms. It is the best time to explore the forest if you don’t mind getting a little wet. 

 

WHEREMeet your nature guide  at the bandstand, in Library Chowk (also known as Gandhi Chowk). From there, you'll follow him to the trailhead at Happy Valley. If you arrive after 8:30, please contact our guide directly for a location update.

 

WHY:  It is a great hike for families on holiday to spend quality time with their children, learning about nature and exploring local culture with the help of the maps and field guides that may be provided. 

 

Today our day begins one kilometer from the famous Lal Bahadur Shastri National Administrative Academy at the Happy Valley. We will start from the Shedup Choepelling Temple. Situated in Happy Valley this temple is the first monetary by Tibetans in India. 

 

Visit the monastery, talking to the Monks (if possible), rotate the prayer wheel, light the butter lamp and meditate or simply spend a few quiet movements by yourself. This place is a field trip for photographers. 

 

After a brief introduction to the area and some basic outdoor/safety instructions, we start walk down hill till pine forest. We will be crossing through a thick forest of 'Chir Pine' trees. During the walk (if you're mindful & quiet) you'll able to hear the birds sing, meet the villagers going to the town to sell their milk and vegetables.  

 

The Pine forest is an amazing spot to take a break with some local/natural refreshments. Try to close your eyes and hear the sound of breeze whistling through the pines. For those who like to read or write, this is also a great place to sit and pen down your reflections or lap up a few pages from the book in your daypack.

 

Then we walk down towards Kandi village there food can be arrange like lunch or stream picnic. 

 

On the way down from Kandi village you will also see allot 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.  

 

Finally we find ourself walking along the Kempty stream, leading up to the falls. This is where the day-trip officially ends.

 

After this depending on your further plans we can head back back towards Library chowk. From here, we can go hangout for a little while and snack on some yummy Pahari food prepared by expert local chef at the garage cafe on the spring road with fabulous views of the Doon valley and (from a distance) the Mall Road.  

 

 

YOUR NATURE GUIDE:  Our local guides who are from the area can inform you about the geography, ecology, history and culture of the area. They are also trained birdwatchers, naturalists, first-aid responders and have a basic knowledge of the old town’s heritage as well. Your group leader will take you on guided nature walks/hikes where you can learn about the local village communities, diversity of flora-fauna, understand wildlife signs and behavior and get information of the many local and medicinal uses of trees, shrubs and herbs found here. 

 

WALK LEADER:  Deepak Joshi

 

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.

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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. 1,500/- Per Person for a Full-Day Experience

Kandi Village Hike

Fee: The cost of the expert-guided hike/walk is Rs 1500/- Per Person

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

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

 

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

 

Note: Groups range from min 3 to 15 pax per batch. We limit people to small size group per batch in order to make the walk experience more effective. 

Kandi Village Hike | Day Hike :

 

ACTIVITY: Hiking & Instructions on trail walking, Knowledge on wildlife, local flora-fauna and Basic information about Mussoorie town’s history & legacy. 

 

ACCOMMODATION: Not Included 

 

MEALS: After your walk a light lunch at our handpicked local Garhwali cafes on the way back. A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and refreshments/breakfast of local/natural/organic dishes is prepared accordingly. Non-Veg menu can be provided on request (non-veg meals are not included in the fee). 

 

EXPERT Nature-Guide with maps, binoculars and a first-aid kit. 

 

SAFE-SECURE Environment during the walk/hike.

 

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

 

OUTDOOR/ CAMPING/TREKKING GEAR: Not Included. Available on rent. 

 

INFORMATION: Nature/Outdoor based knowledge and trail talks

 

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

 

PLEASE NOTE: 

a) Personal Hiking Gear can also be provided on hire from our partner outfitting store in Mussoorie.

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

c) In case of Damage or Loss of any gear, the individual/group-leader shall be liable to pay for the cost.

Kandi Village Hike | Day Hike :

 

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)

Wrist watch: Is a must for trips

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

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)

Carry Warm Jacket: 1 Jacket (woollen/ fleece)

Hiking pants

Hiking shirt preferably with a Long sleeve

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

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

 

 

Bookings: In order to manage the numbers and in the interest of people visiting, we do not generally accept walk-in visitors at the meetup location. Please call/email in advance to book the walks and reach in the Library Chowk at the time agreed with your guide.

 

Groups/Individuals: Travel in small groups. Respect local cultures and the heritage. We prefer to have groups ranging from 3-15 individuals for most walks. 

 

Facilities: There is a restroom available at the beginning and the end of your hike. 

 

Clothing: Please wear comfortable clothing in which you can move easily: sneakers, t-shirt and athletic pants. 

 

Meals: We intend to spend more than 3-4 hours in the forest, so please feel free to carry your own food and make sure to carry at least 1 ltr of water (each person). 

 

Trash Policy: If you are carrying plastic bottled water, pleasure make sure you also carry the bottles, any other leftovers and your trash back out with you or use one of the bins in route. Please be sure to dispose your waste responsibly and leave no trace on the hillside, during or after your hike. 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 such high altitude treks.

 

Rights of Admission Reserved: If you prefer to enjoy loud music, alcohol, adventure sports and picnics/parties in large groups, then these walks/hikes are not the place for you, as you will only be disappointed!

 

Kandi Village Hike:A day in the forest and to the falls

Frequently asked questions by our clients on:

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 trip while registering, and we'll get in touch with you to ask about the number of people coming with you. 

 

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.

 

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 24 hours advance notice in order to be able to give you a trip credit. There are no exceptions.

 

TTH organises expert guided walks 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 3-4 hours and are priced at Rs. 750-1800 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 3-15 individuals for most activities.

 

Schools:

At the Kempty village area, TTH can also organise specialised activity packages for school children ranging from 8-14 years. These can be day activities or 3/4-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 Kempty falls.

 

 

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, or campfire, monitoring and documenting flora and fauna, trekking, community interactions, and more. Please contact us to learn about what is on offer. Note that we do not offer adventure sports related activities apart from hiking and trekking.

 

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

 

Institutions

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.

 

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 is a restroom 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.

 

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 5+ 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 teens 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.

 

Kempty region does not have well-demarcated walking trails that you can explore alone. 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 hidden villages in the valley, where life is still sustainable.

 

Most circuits will take about 3-4 hours to cover, accounting for time to rest, indulge in photography and explore the many facets of nature and geography 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 pine forest or at the end of the walk but there are not other food or catering facilities in the forest/hiking areas. However, depending on your further plans we can head back back towards Library chowk. From here, we can go hangout for a little while and snack on some yummy Pahari food prepared by expert local chef at the garage cafe on the spring road with fabulous views of the Doon valley and (from a distance) the Mall Road.  

It is possible to hire a taxi for the trip up to Mussoorie. It is about 35 kilometres (22 mi) from the state capital of Dehradun and 290 km (180 mi) north of the national capital of New Delhi. 

 

You can take a bus to the Library end of Mussoorie. Bus fee for Library end or Kulri end (from Dehradun) is ₹47. Bus fare from library end to kempty is around ₹15. Toll Tax is payable on entering Kempty Village per bus/taxi/car/scooter. 

 

Buses leave from Dehradun train station. There are two buses which go to opposite ends of the Mussoorie Mall, Library and Picture Palace. To reach Kempty Falls directly from Dehra Dun catch a bus from the Dehra Dun Railway station Hill Bus Services Section or take a taxi. You should look for buses heading for destinations like Barkot, Nainbagh, Yamunotri, etc

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. 

 

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife, particularly at night, TTH does not offer camping in the forest area here. However, there are a number of options for stay within a 5 km radius of the area, mostly in the Happy Valley and Kandi Village area. and we can share some of these options with you upon request. You may need to contact the places directly for a booking.

Please Read our:

Bookings: In order to manage the numbers and in the interest of people visiting, we do not generally accept walk-in visitors at the meetup location. Please call/email in advance to book the walks and reach in the Library Chowk at the time agreed with your guide.

 

Groups/Individuals: Travel in small groups. Respect local cultures and the heritage. We prefer to have groups ranging from 3-15 individuals for most walks. 

 

Facilities: There is a restroom available at the beginning and the end of your hike. 

 

Clothing: Please wear comfortable clothing in which you can move easily: sneakers, t-shirt and athletic pants. 

 

Meals: We intend to spend more than 3-4 hours in the forest, so please feel free to carry your own food and make sure to carry at least 1 ltr of water (each person). 

 

Trash Policy: If you are carrying plastic bottled water, pleasure make sure you also carry the bottles, any other leftovers and your trash back out with you or use one of the bins in route. Please be sure to dispose your waste responsibly and leave no trace on the hillside, during or after your hike. 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 such high altitude treks.

 

Rights of Admission Reserved: If you prefer to enjoy loud music, alcohol, adventure sports and picnics/parties in large groups, then these walks/hikes are not the place for you, as you will only be disappointed!

 

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.