Himalaya in Spring - short trek for rhododendrons +

#1 Dec 12th, 2009, 07:58
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Hi - having been trekking several times in Nepal, I am now interested to try the Indian side of the Himalayas. Am looking at taking a trip sometime between February & early April 2010 for about 10 days, this time as a family with a 4-yo boy.

My aim would be to take some time getting to a start-point, ideally to include taking a mountain train, maybe have a couple of days in one place & a 4/5 day trek. If we can hire a pack pony or additional porterage then moderate difficulty would work. Mix of camping & lodgings would be fine if weather not too cold.

Several questions:
- choice between West or East India at that time - love to walk high, with views to the peaks; I've heard much about the rhododendrons in the spring, so the 'best' time & place to experience this would be of interest
- temperature - what to plan for
- safety - any areas caucasians should avoid?
- group trips - it's always great to trek in company, so a guide or a trekking company who could be recommended (& could supply any required camping equipment except sleeping bags) would be great. Any adventuring families to join with small children would be a great option!
- food - although living in asia, my son is still not up to very spicy food - will there be sufficient options or should I bring a supply of instant noodles, etc?
- I see a lot of posts saying things are easy to arrange as you go, but not being indian & only speaking english, will this be the case?
- what other questions should I be asking?

Once I have a time & area fixed in mind then I can search the site for itineraries, but suggestions are welcome!
#2 Dec 17th, 2009, 15:07
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If you are planning to trek in the Himalayas, then it's only NORTH india -and the choices are wide - Himachal, Uttarakhand, Sikkim. You have to zero in on one of these. All of them offer great treks and safe.

Weather would be quite cold to extreme cold depending on your location.

Food is easily managed when you have ponies/guides/cooks.

Once you fix the region and time, people here can help you with specific suggestions.

all the best!
#3 Dec 17th, 2009, 21:35
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Zeroing in

Thanks Himahuja - it was the zeroing in I was looking for help on in the first instance! Based on Rhododendrons & some good short treks - at first I thought Sikkim, but from what I have since found on the site it seems more Uttaranchal (Chopta, Nanital belt, way to gangotri (after crossing harsil), Dodital are mentioned).

If someone has a recommendation between Himachal (where we can go on the Shimla toy train) or skip the train because the Uttaranchal treks would offer much better rhododendrons, do let me know!

Many thanks again
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hi welcome to indiamike..
for trekking in uttaranchal you can choose---dodital(uttarkashi)

and tungnath ,,deoriatal,,chandrashila,, chopta,,near kedarnath..
as you have 4/d days these are better treks..
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@eejaybee -

Spring is the best season for both treks and rhododendrons. You will find them in plenty as u go above the 6000ft. altitude, which is where you will be trekking anyways.

If you are looking for a good trek, then Uttarakhand will suit you better. Among treks of 4-5 day duration in the garhwal region, you can opt for

1. Panwali Kantha group of bugyals ( there are sm readymade itineraries or you can make your own)

2. Dayara bugyal - to another high altitude bugyal/or cross over to Dodital ( a nice one )

3. By themselves, chopta is a one-day affair. Dodital is 2-3 days only.
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Himachal

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Originally Posted by eejaybee View Post Thanks Himahuja - it was the zeroing in I was looking for help on in the first instance! Based on Rhododendrons & some good short treks - at first I thought Sikkim, but from what I have since found on the site it seems more Uttaranchal (Chopta, Nanital belt, way to gangotri (after crossing harsil), Dodital are mentioned).

If someone has a recommendation between Himachal (where we can go on the Shimla toy train) or skip the train because the Uttaranchal treks would offer much better rhododendrons, do let me know!

Many thanks again
hi, my family is planing to visit Himachal some time in March for some adventures. We have 2 children, 8 and 5 years old, our mother who is 55 but very strong. We are planing to go up the treks and camp. Will you b3 interested to join us? How many people do you have in your group? Any elderly? Let me know if you are interrested. Thanks.
Bama
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Hi Bama, sorry to have missed your post. In fact our plans changed and we are now going in May (next week). Do let me know where you went, I would have loved to have joined up with you & your family!

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