Area : Garhwal Himalayas
Duration : 12 Days
Max. Altitude : 4250 m/13940 ft
Grade : Moderate to tough
Season : May - Mid October
On arrival at Delhi airport meet our representative and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Drive to Rishikesh via Haridwar. On arrival check into the hotel chek 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.
The drive to Joshimath comprises of rough hilly landscape. Enroute visit the much revered confluence of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi at Devprayag. This is the place from where the river is named as “Ganges”. As Uttarakhand is the abode of gods there are another three holy "prayags" (confluences) Rudraprayag, Karanprayag and Nandprayag, which are a real site to see. Arrive the hill station of Joshimath followed by hotel check in. Evening explore the town of Joshimath. Overnight in the hotel.
After Joshimath leave the national highway and drive on narrow mountain roads. The drive from Joshimath to Lata (28 km) takes approximately an hour. Enroute see a big thermal hydro project at the village of Tapovan. Lata is the starting point and an introduction the porters and the trekking team. The trek to the village of Lata is a steep walk through fields and clusters of abandoned houses. After a series of switch backs approach the village of Lata. A warm welcome at the humble village houses is a unique experience. Inhabitants of Lata are considered friendly and renowned for hospitality. Evening visit the Nanda Devi Temple (a local deity) and explore the village. Overnight in the village.
The trail from Lata village is distinctive and climbs gradually through a Rhododendron, Pine and Oak forest, to a ridge -followed by a traverse to cross a side stream. After this the trail again climbs over another ridge and continues to another side stream. On crossing the stream the trail now becomes more steep, with a series of switch backs to the campsite at Lata Kharak. The walk of the day is challenging at times, but the peaks i.e. Hanuman, Hathi Godhi elevates the spirits. The campsite is an open space on the ridge with Himalayan peaks i.e. Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Dronagiri, Hathi Ghodi and Dev Sthan visible all around. Overnight in the tents.
This day is ideal for exploration. The trek to Semi Kharak goes through a path strewn with boulders. Semi Kharak is famous for viewing Nanda Devi and the Rishi Ganga River. The area of inner line adjoining Nanda Devi can be viewed from here. This is a walk of approximately 6 Kilometers both ways and it’s a process of approximately 4 hours. Return to camp and enjoy lunch. Evening at leisure and relaxation. Overnight in tents.
The trail from Lata Kharak climbs steeply to reach to Jhandi Dhar. There is a bifurcation to the village of Tolma at this point. From Jhandidhar the trail traverses for about 1.5 kilometer before it becomes steep for 500 metres till Bagfyana Pass. From here the trail continues to ascend and descend through the narrow gorge of Satkul to reach Dharansi Pass. The stunning view of Nanda Devi is venerable for the devout. Other Himalayan gems visible from here are, Nanda Ghunti, Chang Bang, Dronagiri, Hathi Ghodi and Dev Sthan Over night in tents.
The day’s trek is a long descent to the village of Tolma. Start the reverse trek on same trail till Jhandi Dhar, following a new trail which descends down a ridge continuing to descend further through a forest of Oak and Rhododendron, to the village of Tolma. Another warm welcome to a village house is really enjoyable, followed by a warm cup of tea. The houses in the village are typical village houses made of stone and mud and inhabitants are known for hospitality. Overnight in the village.
The trail from Tolma descends through fields to reach Surai Thotta. It’s time to bid farewell to the porters. From this point drive towards Karanprayag via Joshimath and Nandprayag. Overnight in the hotel.
The drive on this day covers 170 kilometers and will take approximately 7 hours. Enroute visit the confluences at Rudraprayag and Devprayag. Arrive and check into hotel at Rishikesh. Overnight in the hotel.
Drive to Delhi via Haridwar after breakfast. On arrival transfer to hotel for relaxation. Ganga aarti (prayer to river Ganga) at Har Ki Pauri in the evening is a sight to behold. Overnight in the hotel.
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.