Tirthan Valley in March

#1 Jan 16th, 2016, 20:35
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Hello,

This is my first post in this highly informative forum. Kudos to all members for their contribution.

I am planning for 2-3 night stay in Tirthan Valley between February end to March middle. Can I expect to get snow in the nearby area during that time? If so, where should I go to get snow and preferably snow-fall during that time?

I can spend maximum 3 nights (plus 2 nights for to and fro journey from Delhi) and I don't like the popular crowded destinations. Can you kindly provide me some alternatives for an encounter with snow / snowfall after middle of February till May, keeping in mind my schedule?

I am really looking forward to your expert advice! Thanks in advance.
#2 Jan 17th, 2016, 12:36
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Mcleodganj is an easy choice in your time frame. Walk towards an village off Mcllo or higher towards Triund to avoid the crowds and find snow. Tirthan is lower. Another option is Nag Tibba near Mussorie (but DW can comment better about Uttarakhand so hopefully he'd be along sometime).
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Thanks for the reply.

Does one need any guide to trek to Triund? I have been to McLeodGunj earlier, but not Triund, since I did not know it is so close. Through a brief search, I have found that there are camping options nearby Triund. Can those be availed during March?
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Camps wont be open in March - they're up top. You can easily reach the halfway point, a small chai and maggi shop exists there during cold months as well. After that, there's quite a bit of snow on the trail that month and I aborted the trek halfway march before last. Guide's not needed, trail's very well marked and some parts are paved with stones.
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Thanks, dear! Your reply comes amazingly fast.
I talked to Triund Mountain Lodge guys just now. They charge Rs. 3000 per night per person for the trek from Bhagsunag Waterfalls to Triund Mountain Lodge. This includes the trekking and one night stay at the top. He said that during March, snow starts reducing and one can trek without any special gear. But you probably saved me a couple of thousands by telling that a guide is not required. I just hope, I won't get lost in the snow without a guide in the first week of March!!
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I had read a Blog about this region trek. It may provides some inputs.
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Originally Posted by SolitudeLover View Post one can trek without any special gear. But you probably saved me a couple of thousands by telling that a guide is not required. I just hope, I won't get lost in the snow without a guide in the first week of March!!
I think they're misleading you in more than one way then. You do need very good shoes as the trail is slippery especially where there's snowmelt (i.e. dont go in sneakers). Look at the trekking and mountaineering forum for recommendations. Put those two thousand saved plus some more money in your budget, and get yourself a pair even if you plan to go to the himalayas once a year.

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