Haridwar-Tungnath-Deoriatal-Badri Narayan in October

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#91 Sep 13th, 2017, 20:28
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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post That's why it's quite risky to walk inside the forest just beside the taal Forest on the opposite direction , towards Sari is a safer option
why? Do you get better quality bushes there???

I would prefer a clean and 'covered' toilet there...if tents are unable to provide that, will have to look for the other two accommodations.

@Sindabad, just read your travelogue, fantastic writeup and photographs. You did mention the concrete building near the tal. May be we can try that too!
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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post That's why it's quite risky to walk inside the forest just beside the taal Forest on the opposite direction , towards Sari is a safer option
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Originally Posted by Joydtraveller View Post why? Do you get better quality bushes there???

I would prefer a clean and 'covered' toilet there...
No, no, not for better bushes My above reply to Himadri was made on a lighter note. I just tried to say that the area behind the room of the forest guard is comparatively cleaner than areas of the forest next to the lake

I don't know your perception about toilet tents. This is what we saw - it is basically an empty tent which they pitch near your tent after you reach there. It certainly provides a covered area, but has no toilet accessories (& no water too) . So once you use the toilet , it would not remain a clean one for the rest of your stay.
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Don't bother to pre-book FRH etc. The forest guard can provide you the keys against requisite fees. Otherwise there is a dhaba and dhabawala provides tent+sleeping bags on rent. And he will install the tent. Another option is permanent tent. And the dhabawala can accommodate few people inside the dhaba itself. You can also get tents and sleeping bags on rental from sari gaon.
And you have to manage the night...for the nature calls. One should not go into forest side at night. During daytime, no problem for family or groups. Solo is a bit risky. Hence don't go alone.
Arup-da explained it rightly about the toilet tents. There will be a digged up portion, and once it's done, put some soil on it, may not be a comfortable solution who are not familiar.
This dhabawala can provide water can/mug. But keep a stock of tissue rolls. You require these in tungnath also. (The kali kamli guesthouse have wc, but tissue paper will be required.) And don't forget to carry a bed sheet there.
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Yes, I agree with rajatchakraborty. You need not to book anything for Deoria tal. Just go & check the options available. We also didn't pre-book anything there. Just a call from Tungnath a day before & everything was arranged. I traveled there with Mrs & Junior & during peak tourist season
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ok...thanks for making me understand the nature of the toilet tent. Will try to keep the options open.

And regarding tissue papers, we are stocking up!
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I have been looking into this thread for quite some time and I am also going to the same location but in December. I hate to re-post same content twice but to catch everyone's eye from this thread: Dodital or Tunganath - December 23 -31 (Winter Trek)

Could you please suggest on the latest itinerary?

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Hi aneek,

Checked your thread . I'm definitely not the right person to answer your queries as I've not done winter-trek on these routes. Still I'm my posting my views based on my perception & whatever I've read in other threads on IM (& on some other online sources ) -

1. Haridwar to Sari - Possible for one day? We should start very early in the morning.

Yes it's possible if you hire an exclusive car. But trek to Deoria Taal on the same day would be hectic & is not recommended as it would get dark by the time you reach Sari even if you strat early from Haridwar. You may stay at Sari Village on that day & trek to Deoral Taal next day.

2. Where should we get Guides for Tungnath trail (Rohini bugyal, Tungnath & Chandrashilla)?

Guides are available in Sari Village. You may contact them in advance . But I've no idea about Rohini Bugiyal trail & not sure if that trail is doable during Mid December.

3. Since we are availing trains both ways, should we carry tents and sleeping bags ourselves?

You need not to carry tents, everything can be arranged by the guides in Sari Village.

4. In december, is it possible to visit Chandrashilla peak before sunrise? We have to do it.

Chandrashila might be inaccessible. Also Tungnath will be deserted by then & would be under 3/4 ft of snow. Usually trekkers visit Tungnath from Chopta & come back to Chopta on the same day during winter months. I'm not sure if you can have night stay at Tungnath during Mid -December due to extreme weather conditions. Anyways, expert members & your guide can provide you more specific info on this.

P.S : Here is a trip report with breathtaking photos on the same route , same time. They could not make it to Tungnath tough ( via Sari- Baniakund - Chopta ) due to fresh snowfall & extreme fatigue.
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Hello all,

just one more day to go! packing is almost done, and the we can already feel the adrenaline rush.

Called up the GMOU helpline, a reluctant staff told me that there is a bus that goes till Kund at 5:30 am, and there is only one bus that goes directly to Ukhimath, which leaves Haridwar at 11:30 am. So, perhaps we will catch the Kund bus. what would be more convenient in terms of getting public transport for Ukhimath--Kund or Rudraprayag?

Also, he mentioned no need to book early, just hop in the bus, you will get seats
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today or tomorrow morning once call up the gmvn ukhimath to enquire road conditions and how to go to ukhimath from kund etc.
I took the uphill trail from kund to ukhimath through a village, but this is not possible with family and luggage etc.
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I can only hope I will get some shuttle there! It's nearby afterall!

or else, i will break my journey at RP and wait for a shuttle there
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Has anyone travelled to Chopta in end December & early January, would like to know if Kartik Swami temple trek and Tungnath trek is doable at that time of the year, please advise.
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Originally Posted by srb810 View Post Has anyone travelled to Chopta in end December & early January, would like to know if Kartik Swami temple trek and Tungnath trek is doable at that time of the year, please advise.
It depends....
This year in February 3rd weak no snow at Chopta and very little snow at Tunganath.
Tunganath should be doable in December end.
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Just came back after a brilliant trip. Thanks a lot for all the support and guidance. Will post my experience and a few photographs, which were a feeble attempt at capturing the magnificent beauty of nature that we had a glimpse of!
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It’s been exactly a month since we stepped out into the unknown, and I must say it has been quite some time since I have been thinking of sharing my experience. But if you are still waiting, or willing to hear, I must tell you about the white mountains and the soft mists, about the gushing rivers and the green valleys, I must tell you about people who are not sages, but wise to surrender themselves in the lap of the Himalayas, and I must tell you about a man who never thought moments can be so blissful.
Day 0-1: The first two days cruised past, faster than the Rajdhani Express that rumbled past the sombre riverbeds and lazy paddy fields. The journey till Delhi was a luxury, but more importantly, it was taking us closer to a land that we never reached before: Garhwal. Every time we thought of Haridwar, and the places that lay beyond, we were breaking the barrier of time and space and venturing into a world that was yet to manifest itself in front of us.
It had been more than 6 month’s planning that went into this journey. Six months of research, discussion, and imagination. How would Chaukhamba look when we reach there? What would the weather be like? What if it rains during our entire stay? Would we be able to sleep, or even stay, inside a tent? There were questions in our mind, but some answers, we thought, can only be found if you pursue!
While having lunch at the IRCTC Lounge at the New Delhi Railway station, we were revising our plans one last time. From tomorrow, what was future would become present. The Jan Shatabdi welcomed us with a pleasant surprise! We met a charming girl from Chandannagar on her way to her hostel at Dehradun. Her ever smiling face and unpretending Bengali hold a promise—it was perhaps the beginning of a wonderful tour, where Mother Nature would smile and welcome us! But at that moment we were too cautious to assume or hope!
It was the least planned tour for us ever. No hotels booked, no car hired. And the charm unveiled itself, when the train was delayed by more than 2 hours. It was well past 9.30 pm, and we were entering a city for the first time in our life, and we didn’t know where we would stay. A rickshaw took us to a few hotels, and we booked one. It was cheap, but not as cheap as we thought. It was strictly ok in terms of amenities and cleanliness. But who cared? It was only a matter of few hours.
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I can feel your excitement buddy. At the age of 35 i left kolkata all alone just with my bulky sack. unknown place, unknown people, language (i was not fluent in hindi- i still eat water), hilly terrain- indiamike threads and valuable suggestions from seniors helped me immensely.
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