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To the forest of birds, bees and butterflies, we go together; with wings on feet, and we fly!

 

Your Trip

 

The only thing better than spending a day in the Devalsari is spending the whole weekend there! This weekend is full of great hikes with wonderful views and plenty of time to relax at our campsite. Get out of the city with two days in the woods and the chance to make new friends. Start your weekend with a morning drive through the Doon Valley and into the heart of the Queen of Hills. Arriving in late morning, you'll take on a moderate hike to one of the historic Devalsari Forest Rest House. After setting up your tent with the help of your guides, you can explore the campground and dip your feet in the nearby stream. Dinner tonight is a hearty meal cooked by your guides followed by s'mores and stories around the campfire.

 

On day two, you'll wake up bright and early to take on a challenging hike up to the Lurntsu Peak above the Devalsari Mountain. The views from the top will cap off a wonderful weekend outdoors before you make your way back to Mussoorie or Deha Dun City, feeling refreshed.

 

 

What We Enjoy on This Trip

 

- Butterflying & Birding

- Lush Kharsu Oak, Cider & Rhododendron forest.

- High altitude, alpine meadows of the village

- Camp amid salubrious and an tranquil environment

- Barking Deers, Squirrels, Sloth Bear, Yellow-thoarted martin

- Oak Trees and the whispering Deorder forest

- Forest Rest House build in 1935 during the British 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

Runaway Butterfly: Devalsari:WoW: Women in the Outdoors Week

About Devalsari  (aka.)

Deolsari is a hidden paradise of umpteen variety of colorful butterflies in the Aglar Valley of Tehri Garhwal. Deolsari Village (1,800 m) is the base camp to Nag Tibba (3,048 m) Trek. It is one of the four villages from where Nag Tibba trek can be initiated. Other villages are Pantwari, Manglori and Aunter. It fascinates the nature lovers and bird watchers for it is home to significant rare species of butterflies. People come to spot the bird and butterflies through nature camps, and the trek offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas.

 

Nature & Wildlife (Deolsari region)

The hidden gem in Garhwal hill is famous for its homage to countless variety of butterflies. Some varieties of butterflies found here are - azure sapphire, siren, common copper, painted lady, marbled flat, grand duchess and common peacock. Barking Deers, Squirrels, Sloth Bear, Yellow-throated Martin can also be spotted. The scenic beauty is decked with thick forests of oak and rhododendron trees encircled by gushing streams from the height.

 

 

Runaway Butterfly: Devalsari (3D/2N)

Bird Watching & Butterfly Spotting: Crossing the serpentine roads of lofty hills and hanging bridge you reach Devalsari, a hamlet nestled at a distance of 55 km from Mussoorie. This place is perfect for those who love to explore the nature. The nature delight blended with scenic backdrops and chilly mountain air lets one unfurl and amaze at the fluttering vivid butterflies. Avid travelers, explorers, writers, photographers can excel their skill in the peaceful atmosphere of Devalsari.

 

All communities benefit when women succeed 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:

Runaway Butterfly: Devalsari:WoW: Women in the Outdoors Week

Welcome to Dehra Dun/ Mussoorie

 

After breakfast drive from Mussoorie to the road head at Suakholi village (7-8 kms Drive). From Suakholi Village we begin our hike via Magra Village to Thathur district (9 kms Walk). At Thathur the vehicle will pick the group and drop you at Bhangshell  (20 kms Drive | 1 hour Approx.) From Bhangshell we begin our hike to the campsite at Devalsari FRH. (1 km, Approx arrival at 4 PM. Refreshments served on arrival at the TTH Devalsari Campsite. (Arrival at 4:00 pm Approx.) Pitch tents and settle in. Time to relax, spend time around the forest or camp. Dinner served between 7pm - 9pm at the campsite.

Deolsari Village & Views

 

Breakfast will be served between 7am - 9am at the campsite. Start 9am - 10am Hiking up through the thick forests of oak and rhododendron trees. Day hike to an interesting peak called Lurntsu passing through Moneytree. Hot lunch served on arrival at Lurntsu peak. Spend time with the mighty Himalaya views. Hike back down to the campsite for Refreshments at 4:00 pm.  Time to relax, spend time around the forest or camp. Dinner served between 7pm - 9pm at the campsite. 

Mussoorie Departure

 

Breakfast will be served between 7am - 9am at the campsite. Start 9am - 10am Hiking down to Bangsheel (30 mins Approx.). Reach the Bangsheel road-head and drive back to Mussoorie. Trip ends here.

Please Note: Deolsari Butterfly Effect: is a part of our WoW: Women in the Outdoors Week trip series, designed for women only. 

Rs. 5,937/- (Plus 5% GST) Per Person for 3 Day and 2-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.

3D/2N Pack List - Deolsari Butterfly Effect :

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.

Accommodation and other stay options in the area:

Deolsari Camp, at Forest Rest House (Mussoorie Forest Division)

Nature at FRH : Surrounded by beautiful Deodar, Rhododendron & Oak forests, camping facility, wildlife (leopard, barking deer, Sloth bear, Martin, Chir & Kalij pheasant), short treks, Nag Tibba (17kms), Ghudiappa view point (7kms).

Runaway Butterfly: Devalsari:WoW: Women in the Outdoors Week

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 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.