Haridwhar- Uttarkashi roads and the Dodital trek

#1 Mar 14th, 2011, 12:51
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I heard that the roads in Utteranchal are still pretty bad after last years rains. We are planning to do the Dodital trek this year in May. Does anyone know the state of the roads now between Haridwar and Uttarkashi?

Also, I am tired of doing treks organised by groups that feed us three course breakfasts and juice, chocolates, etc. I would like to do a trek without the "luxories" for many reasons:
- I dont like the thought of lugging all those grocieries up the mountain (it seems very non-eco friendly somehow even though we do bring the garbage down again)
- I dont want to pay through my nose for trekking
- I like to have a simple trek because the whole idea is to get away from everyday life

Does anyone know of a trek operator, in the Uttarkashi region, who will stick to the basics? Would GMVN itself arrange a trek for a decent price?

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#2 Mar 14th, 2011, 23:22
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I just came back from a Haridwar-Rishikesh-Kaudiala trip yesterday and I thought there were stretches between Rishikesh and Kaudiala that were bumpy but quite doable.

I thought there are many tour operators that would cater to a budget trekker as well. How much is your budget?
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Glad to hear that the road is not so bad.
We were thinking about Rs 800 - 1000 per person per day of trek. Most of us will carry our own things and food can be simple. Group of 6. I guess total duration of trek would be 7 days ( 6 nights).

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I have recommended Sohan Singh Bisht on this forum before and he can do it under 1000 rupees per day. Others have used his services too and find him good. If you are interested I can give you his number. i did Kuari pass trek with him and my husband has done Bagini Glacier and Roopkund with him as well.
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Yes, please do send his cntact info.

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Hi Mridula,
Would appreciate it if you could send Sohan Singh Bisht's contact information.

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for this trek you can also contact--Mr Rajesh negi -09412139022 he is from uttarkashi and INM trained guide
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Thanks Vikram. Can you also recommend any good ploace to stay in Uttarkashi? I have GMVN bookings for our onward trip but there are no rooms available on our way back. We're looking for a nice clean place that isnt too expensive for one night.
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try monal resort at uttarkashi
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Originally Posted by sbz View Post Hi Mridula,
Would appreciate it if you could send Sohan Singh Bisht's contact information.

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SBZ Sohan's number is 09410365281. If it doesn't work let me know. I can find out another one.
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at uttarkashi best place to stay is Monal Tourist Home and Shivlinga tourist Complex.. you will get a very friendly atmosphere at both the places..
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Thanks everyone for all the info. Slowly things are falling into place for our Dodital trek. Am very excited and waiting to get away from the heat.
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If Dodital the end point of where you are trying to go, not at all clear that you require a guide or trek operator. The path is very clear. There is food available in Agoda, some in Manjhi (in the summer anyway) and at Dodital. If you can get accommodation at the FRH - the best alternative - you'd be done.

In the winter, we did need a guide beyond Dodital towards Darwa and would have had trouble finding the path without one, but that might not be an issue in the summer.
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We are travelling with three kids aged 7-9 and I want to be extra cautious and hence the guide.
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Thanks everyone. We had a great trek. We were able to contact Mr. Negi and he was very good. The kids did very well and in fact we had to choose the fastest adult to keep pace with them.

Our trek was as follows:
Day 1 Sangamchatti to Bebra gate (7km)
Day 2 Bebragate to Manjhi (9km)
Day 3 Manjhi to Dodital (5km)
Day 4 Dodital to Darba top and back
Day 5 Dodital to Manjhi
Day 6 Manjhi to Bebra gate
Day 7 Bebragate to Sangam Chatti

Finally only two members of the group made it all the way to Darba top. The rest of us stopped 200m short of the top as our guide said it looked like bad weather and it would be better to get the kids back. The kids were anyway not interested in going further as they were playing in the snow there. We had had big hailstones the day before (almost 5cm dia) and we didnt want to take any chances so only the fastest two guys went all the way to the top. I believe there was a lot of snow and the route to Hanumanchatti was blocked because of the snow.
Wonderful trek. We saw monal at Dodital and Koklass pheasant at Manjhi. Will post pictures later.

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