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A 5 day nature connection programme for children and their carers. Cultivate wonder, Respect nature, learn from mother earth and reclaim the wild-child that defines the childhood. 

 

 

YOUR TRIP

 

Our goal is to spend maximum time of this trip in the outdoors and in the natural world with your child(ren)*. To have fun, new experiences as a family or youth group that stimulate learning, creativity and play. To unplug from electronics and reconnect with Nature (only picture taking devices allowed - no wifi or apps) Reconnect with your own inner wildness while participating in the daily activities with the child in your care. *This trip and activities are optimal for children 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, young youth groups, senior secondary schools and universities of higher education. 

 

 

What We Enjoy On This Trip

 

- Camp amid salubrious and an tranquil environment

- Hiking through Benog Mountain Quail Sanctuary

- Butterflying & Birding in Benog

- Lush green meadows and bugyals of the Park Estate

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

- Oak trees and the whispering Deodar forest

- Forest Cottage/Bungalow  built in 1879 during the Raj

  • 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

WildChild: Conservation & Community :Nature & Adventure Programme for Students

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.

 

The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of orchids and the Mountain Quail, an extremely elusive species that was thought to be extinct by 1876, until it was sighted in Mussoorie.

 

WildChild: Conservation & Community (5D/4N)

Stimulate a sense of wonder and cultivate 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. 

 

Lush vegetation, River Aglar and surrounding snow-covered mountains coalesce to make this sanctuary beautiful. Every bend, turn and corner of this natural treasure oozes beauty, compelling students to keep on exploring and learning! The indigenous as well as exotic birds found here are worth watching.

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand Location & Surroundings Photo Gallery:

WildChild: Conservation & Community :Nature & Adventure Programme for Students

Welcome to Dehra Dun/ Mussoorie

 

Today is the beginning of the WildChild: Conservation & Community Programme. This day we spend in understanding the basics of outdoor and camping, with instructions of Camp-life followed by issuing of the camping gear which you will be using for the next 5 days. We guide you on how pitch you own tent (properly) and then take a acclimatization walk. We close our first day with a sumptuous camp-style dinner and a few vital guidelines on personal hygiene for boys/girls, how to sleep warm and proper use of your sleeping bag.

Exploring the Queen of Hills on Foot

 

Today after breakfast, we spend our day mostly exploring the “Queen of Hills” on foot beginning from Landour Cantonment area, Mullingar, Landour Bazar, Library chowk, the Mall Road, Camels Back and ending the Mussoorie then tour at Picture Palace. After refreshments on the evening we have talk/presentation on Landour & Mussoorie's History & Heritage on campus.

 

We close this day with expectations & methodology of the trip. In this session we discuss our exceptions and your requirements etc. This is followed by a sumptuous camp-style dinner and then some camp-fun which includes stories and short films on Landour and Mussoorie.

Hiking and Camping in the Forest

 

On our day three, post breakfast we prepare and assemble for the day, and then drive via Cart road to 'Company Bagh' (previously known as Botanical Gardens of Mussoorie and laid by the famous early 20th century geologist, Dr. H. Fackner), situated in Happy Valley

 

From here we begin our trek through the Benog Wildlife Reserve (also known as Benog Mountain Quail Sanctuary) to our campsite in Benog forest area. While trekking you'll explore nature & learn about the flora-fauna around Benog Wildlife Sanctuary and the reach our camp in the Benog forest area. 

 

We close this day with reflections and review followed by a sumptuous camp-style dinner and then some camp-fun which includes Garhwali folklore and music.

Day-Hike to Sir George Everest's House & Laboratory

 

On the fourth day of our trip, post breakfast at the forest campsite, we prepare and assemble for the day, and then begin a short hike to Cloud Ends, from where we drive to the Park Estate, in Hathipaon. Here we enjoy our day-hike around the park estate and visit the ruins of Sir George Everest's House and Laboratory.

 

Depending on the time we have left, we also have an opportunity to do good and get involved with community service with WEEAI Clean-up drive in the park estate area. By the evening we are back at our basecamp for a refreshing cup of chai and homemade snacks.

 

We close the day with reflections and review followed by a sumptuous camp-style dinner and then some camp-fun which includes open-air (deepening on weather) or indoor screening of a documentary/film about the Himalaya.

Conclusion & Reflection

 

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 our 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 take aways, highs and lows, of the trip.

 

Depending on the time we have, we may also take a short hike to visit a local NGO working on the hillside Waste Management in Mussoorie. 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.  

Please Note: The WildChild: Conservation & Community (5D/4N) programme can be customised to 4-day and 6-day programmes on request. The pricing will also change accordingly. 

Rs. 9,250/- (Plus 5% GST) Per Student for 5 Day and 4-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: Hiking & Instructions on trail walking, Knowledge on wildlife, local flora-fauna and Basic Principles of LNT© Ethics 

 

ACCOMMODATION: Boarding and lodging in 3/5 sharing accommodation in Tents and Camps 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, trained in wilderness first-aid.

 

SAFE-SECURE Environment during the trip, walks, hiking and stay

 

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

 

OUTDOOR/ CAMPING/TREKKING 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.

 

INFORMATION: Nature/Outdoor based knowledge and trail talks

 

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 partner 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.

 

5D/4N Pack List - WildChild: Conservation & Community :

 

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)

 

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.

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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.