Trekking advise

#1 Dec 30th, 2018, 20:14
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Hi

I am newer to trekking, and moved from Denmark to India to work a year back. I have not tried trekking in India yet, but would like to utilize my next year here, before I move to Denmark again.

I live in Gurgaon and Iím looking for both something very close to that, where I can just go out and get some easy mileage and test some equipment (1-2 days) and for recommendable treks around India (3-9 days).
As I come from a cold country, experiencing snow is fine, but not a necessity. Warm weather is equally good for me for treks.

Any advise on locations?

Also where I come from, you often carry and take care of everything yourself (tent, food etc). Looking around the internet, it seems like these things are normally provided at treks in India. As I want to practice on that part as well, any advise on whether it is possible to go on treks in India where you are responsible for all except guide would be welcome.

Thank you in advance. Any advise would be appreciated.

Thomas
#2 Jan 1st, 2019, 23:01
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Hi Thomas,

As background to trekking in India, there are two main trekking regions - the Himalayas and the Western Ghats.

As you're located in Gurgaon, you're closer to the Himalayas (which are currently mostly snowed in and so not many trekking options for this time of the year). However, winter is a good time to explore some treks in the North-East of India and treks in the Western Ghats.

Winter is also a good time to explore camping options in Rajasthan and Kutch.

Regarding how people trek in India, there are both kind - those who arrange their treks by themselves (also called independent or self-supported treks) and those who take the services of trekking agencies (also called 'sahib' style treks). Some treks in the Indian Himalayas (like most treks in Nepal) offer the 'tea-house' style of trekking. However, the Indian Himalayas are vast and most of it is 'wild', with lack of trekking infrastructure, and so the services of a guide may be helpful or sometimes necessary.

I believe if you're more specific with your search parameters, people on this forum will be able to help you better.

Prashant
#3 Jan 2nd, 2019, 06:03
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Originally Posted by lonewolf88 View Post Hi Thomas,

As background to trekking in India, there are two main trekking regions - the Himalayas and the Western Ghats.

As you're located in Gurgaon, you're closer to the Himalayas (which are currently mostly snowed in and so not many trekking options for this time of the year). However, winter is a good time to explore some treks in the North-East of India and treks in the Western Ghats.

Winter is also a good time to explore camping options in Rajasthan and Kutch.

Regarding how people trek in India, there are both kind - those who arrange their treks by themselves (also called independent or self-supported treks) and those who take the services of trekking agencies (also called 'sahib' style treks). Some treks in the Indian Himalayas (like most treks in Nepal) offer the 'tea-house' style of trekking. However, the Indian Himalayas are vast and most of it is 'wild', with lack of trekking infrastructure, and so the services of a guide may be helpful or sometimes necessary.

I believe if you're more specific with your search parameters, people on this forum will be able to help you better.

Prashant
Hi

Thank you very much for input. That is really appriciated.

As Iím newer to this, I apologize for being very little specific. Not completely sure what to ask for yet
I have tried to be a bit more specific below.

- I would like to go on some moderate treks.
- I would prefer camping along the route in my own equipment.
- I like the part of having to do all or most myself (finding the way along the route, setting up tent, making food etc). But as Iím newer I might could start out with a guide or a group also if that is best option.
- due to work, Iím very limited on my time. Normally I would only be able to free up 2-3 days for a trek. So would prefer shorter treks and maybe some that starts off in same city as a local airport. That way I might sometimes be able to reduce the travel time getting there by taking a flight from Delhi.
- is there any places within a shorter drive from Gurgaon (1-5 hours), which is suitable just for simpler hiking and with the opportunity to self-camp?
- any links to good India trekking forums

Thank you in advance.
#4 Jan 2nd, 2019, 10:01
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There are some good hikes around Alwar which is close to Gurgaon. You can look at Naldeshwar shrine, a nice 5 Km trek. The details are in the link.

Since you are short of time, most of the treks in Himalaya are ruled out. But still there are some that are perfect for you, like Bhadraj Hill and Nag Tibba trek near Dehradun.

Nag Tibba is a weekend trek very popular with people who have little time, and you should go for it in my view. There are many agencies providing all facilities to trek, a simple google search will bring out everything you need to know about the place.
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Thank you for the advise. Really appreciated.

Are there any treks in Alwar that takes more than a day? And any option to camp on your own?

For the treks I go to in Himalaya it could be more than two days. Just as little over 2-3 days as possible. And would like to reduce the travel time getting there and back to gurgaon, so I can use most possible time on the trek.

Any good 2-4 day treks in Himalaya starting out from a city with an airport?

Thank you.
#6 Jan 3rd, 2019, 15:34
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Originally Posted by Thomasdalsgaard View Post Thank you for the advise. Really appreciated.

Are there any treks in Alwar that takes more than a day? And any option to camp on your own?

For the treks I go to in Himalaya it could be more than two days. Just as little over 2-3 days as possible. And would like to reduce the travel time getting there and back to gurgaon, so I can use most possible time on the trek.

Any good 2-4 day treks in Himalaya starting out from a city with an airport?

Thank you.
Churdhar Peak in addition to Jitu's suggestions. It could be done in 2 days in a strenuous way. Can be done relatively comfortably in 3 days. If planning in winter - can get quite taxing, depending on snow conditions - keep an eye on accumulated/ forecasted snow

For 3 days with a bit of strenuous plan, you can also look into some interior and more beautiful routes like Tungnath, Chandrashila & Deoria Tal.

Great Rann of Kutch and Little Rann of Kutch are also good options.

Also, can explore Jaisalmer/ Bikaner.

For a different kind of flora - can book a flight to Mumbai/ Pune, and go for some hikes in the Sahyadris. Several routes of varying difficulty here.
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#7 Jan 5th, 2019, 07:26
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Thank you very much for the input

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