Area : Garhwal Himalayas
Duration : 12 Days
Max Altitude : 4265 mts/13990 ft)
Grade : Moderate
Season : April - June & Sept – mid Nov
On arrival at Delhi airport meet our representative and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
In the morning take the AC train to Haridwar by 06:55 hrs. Arrival at Haridwar by 11:25 hrs and then proceed onwards to Rishikesh by car. Hotel check in. Evening explore the spritual town of Rishikesh, which is considered as town of saints and "Sadhus" (ascetic), and the gateway to the mountains. There are several ashrams (spritual hermitage) and temples that add to a distinctive flavor of this town, The “Ganga Aarti” ( prayer to goddess Ganga at sundown on the river bank) is a must watch!. Overnight in hotel.
After an early breakfast, drive to Ghat via Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag and Nandprayag - famous river confluences of Garhwal Himalayas. Ghat is a big village with many schools, government offices and is a happening market for the nearby villages. Overnight in guest house/ hotel.
It’s time to board the typical Himalayan village jeeps (the most common mode of local transport) which terminates at Selu Bagar, a small center with a handful of shacks serving as village shops, and the starting point for the trek. The drive of 7 km takes around 30 minutes. Meet the ponies/porters here. The trail is distinctive and well marked over the ridge from where one can see the settlements of Ramni and Ghunni villages. A leisurely trek through the village full of colors of Himalayan inhabitants makes the hike entertaining. After passing through couple of settlements the trail goes past the villages to an open plateau above Ghunni which is the campsite for the day. Overnight in the tents.
The day requires an essential early start not only to negotiate the day long trek, but also to acquaint with beautiful Himalayan views. The trails winds up to the ridge top towering high above the campsite at Ghunni. After crossing the ridge one comes to an open meadow with stunning views of some of the Himalayan jewels i.e. Nanda Ghunti, Chaukhamba and an awesome view of Ramni and Ghunni settlements – the latter, lower down the valley. From here the trail continues to climb gently, passing through beautiful forests of Rhododendron, followed by grasslands and pasture used by sheep and cattle- dotted with nomadic huts. The trail from this point climbs with a couple of switch backs which again becomes gentle and takes you to an open meadow with gorgeous views of Nanda Ghunti peak. Continue with the trail which is more or less gradual finally arriving at the Vinayak Pass. The pass is marked with a Ganesha temple with a prayer flag. From here one gets to see some excellent views of the Himalayas and the first glimpse of Kuari pass at a distance. From the pass, the trail starts to drop down gently and at times becomes steep, which continues to descend - through Sem Kharak and finally ends at the village of Jhinjhi. Overnight in the tents.
The day’s walk starts with glimpses of simple lifestyle and culture of people of Jhinjhi village. The trail continues its descent through the village finally coming and arriving at a to the valley floor and arrives at a high suspension bridge over river Birahi Ganga. After crossing the bridge one gets an astounding view of the valley. The trail now climbs steeply with zig zags initially and later with some false summits till one arrives at the ridge. The trek becomes gradual and the views of the Himalayan peaks and the nearby settlements become more enjoyable. The journey, now takes one through a beautiful forest of Rhododendron finally going past Kaliagad to the settlement at Pana. A final ascend of less than a kilometer terminates at the campsite above Pana village. Overnight in tents.
The trail is well marked and distinctive above the camp site passing through a forest of Rhododendron, finally going over the ridge. The trail continues through the forest to an open meadow of Sartoli which serves as a camping site as well a pasture for a sheep & cattle. This is an ideal place to view Kuari Pass dominating the horizon.
Initially the trail from Sartoli starts to descend gradually for a couple of kilometers but in the latter part the final descent to the side stream is very steep with loose moraine (The trekkers are required to use trekking poles during this stretch). After crossing over the side stream and ascending steeply with a series of switch backs, one arrives at the ridge top. From here the trail ascends slightly and finally crosses another side stream just under Dhakwani. From this point it is about a half an hours climb to the campsite at Dhakwani. A cup of tea is a welcome sight at the end of the day. Overnight in tents.
This day requires an early start in order to get a magnificent view of the pass. The trail from Dhakwani continues to climb through the forest until one crosses the tree line. From this point the path traverses to the left of the valley just under the pass and continues with a series of switch backs straight to the pass. And Lo and Behold - a stunning view of the greater Himalayas is waiting to be admired ! Take your time, relax and enjoy photographing this spectacle.
The trail from the pass ascends slightly to a hump, from where one finds an excellent view of the Dronagiri peak. After this, the trail descends to a point with a bifurcation to Tapovan & Tali. Continuing on the trail to Tali leads to a ridge with a temple and prayer flags. From here the Great Nanda Devi peak comes into view. The trail goes past pastures and enters the forest finally leading to the campsite at Tali. Overnight in tents.
Begin the day at a leisurely pace.. The trail from Tali is a gradual climb across the mountain ridge. This path is narrow and requires cautious walking until it reaches Gorson meadows. From here it is Himalayas all around. Great Nanda Devi peak presents an astounding view and dominates all other peaks visible. The crossing of the Gorson meadow is leisurely and most enjoyable.. Finally the ski resort and manmade structures can be seen from a distance marking the village of Auli. It’s time to say bye to the ponies and porters. The Jeep ride to Joshimath is a 13 kms drive. Joshimath is a busy market place and serves as a lifeline to all the nearby villages. Overnight in hotel.
Early morning drive to Rishikesh. On the way visit Rudraprayag (a place of religious impotance) where river Mandakini and Alaknanda meet. Lunch enroute. Arrive Rishikesh by evening. Hotel check in, dinner and overnight stay.
In the morning transfer to Haridwar and from here catch the AC train to Delhi. Arrival at Delhi by afternoon.
Transfer to International airport according to your flight schedule.
Chadar trekking was a fantastic experience and adventure... Until the 15th I only saw one tourist, but after 15th more people showed up. The guide Lama looked behind every time danger was near for me or for my equipment. At one point he even risked his own safety by when he jumped to hold me from sliding down from a high frozen waterfall into the Zanskar river.