Hiking in Jan - group/advice needed

#1 Oct 18th, 2018, 23:29
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Hi,


I'm visiting India for 3-4 weeks in late Dec>Mid Jan and wanted to experience a bit of trekking in the himalayas.


I've been researching but come to a bit of a standstill with an overload of information.


Could anyone please reccomend -
A 3-6 day hike, I'm quite adventorous and very fit, I would like a moderately difficult trek to experience
Available during Dec/Jan
And possibly a group/guide that you've heard good reviews from. I've looked at trekthehimalayas and indiahikes but heard mixed reviews. If there's a company that offer's smaller guidance that may be better for me


I'd greatly appreciate any help, i have researched a lot but it is very difficult! I think it's a mixture of the time of year, duration i can trek for and the fact i don't drive/am solo limiting my options.


Appreciated
#2 Oct 18th, 2018, 23:34
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TTH is a good option if luxury is a criteria. Pretty good at pampering the participants.
IH have good group leaders.
There are quite a few other trekking groups available online, but these two are better known and experienced.
Have you short listed any trek - options could include Kedarkantha, Brahmatal, Kuari pass or in sikkim for a couple of treks. Even Hampta pass in winter is good.
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You can add Dodital area to that list as well.

I beg to differ from snotty and think that joining a group trek would be a poor idea, and you'd be better off going with a reputable guide + porter. The guide can organize the porter and supply. The groups move at the pace of the slowest participant and are not so adventurous. They are too slow for a 'quite adventurous and very fit' hiker.
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Originally Posted by kmalik View Post You can add Dodital area to that list as well.

I beg to differ from snotty and think that joining a group trek would be a poor idea, and you'd be better off going with a reputable guide + porter. The guide can organize the porter and supply. The groups move at the pace of the slowest participant and are not so adventurous. They are too slow for a 'quite adventurous and very fit' hiker.

Thanks! Would you reccomend pre-booking a guide or waiting till i arrive and then finding a local guide? I'll search the forum now for reccomendations but if you have any that would be great
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Unfortunately, I do not have a guide recommendation. However, for dodital and other trips out of Uttarkashi - Id look for a guide/organizer in Uttarkashi. We have done dodital and darwa pass from Uttarkashi. For a fit person - Uttarkashi-Dodital-Uttarkashi is just a 2 day round trip. One more nights stay at dodital to go to Darwa top/pass. I also heard that instead of returning to Sangam Chatti - you can proceed to Hanuman Chatti and return from there. So, there will be options for this and other treks from Uttarkashi. Similarly, from other places that are starting points/trekking centers for other treks.

It was on the dodital trek that we came across a trekking groups taking 2+ days to reach dodital from Uttarkashi. Saw the leisurely pace and the frustration from the guide about the slow speed of trekking. Thats the reason Id advise a fit person to think twice about a group - unless it is a more complicated trek/expedition.
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if you good elevation /4500mt. with 180 panorama Himalaya please Brahmital near Hatrshil valley good option go with Mr. rawat have own trekking agency based at uttarkashi have so many good feedback his Agency North Himalayan Holidays
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The OP has to decide on the trek - and then engage with operators in that area. For Dodital/Darwa Top - there are options that can keep the expense down/convenience up. There is a forest cottage that can be booked through DFO in Uttarkashi. Also, there is often (not guaranteed to be staffed - and one needs to confirm on the way) a dhaba/eatery at Dodital - that can be really convenient for food. We went at the end-of-December, had to persuade the dhaba-wala to come along and stayed in the cottage (colder than a freezer - but we had good sleeping bags).

Coming from England, this might not be the best option - as it required some local assistance. Id suggest heading to the main trekking center in the area of the trek, meet one or two trek organizers (can be located through KMVN/GMVN in Uttarakhand) - meet the guide they plan to assign you and then go from there.

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