Need help for making an itinerary in Garhwal Himalayas

#1 Jul 2nd, 2018, 14:05
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Dear friends,

I have been detached from this site as we have not made any such long tour since 2010 in Kumaon. Got tremendous help from the experienced members.

This time we are moving to Garhwal Himalayas starting 23rd Oct, 2018 from Kolkata with 17 adults and one child. It is a 12 days trip reaching Haridwar on 24th evening. And return from Haridwar on 3rd Nov, 2018. Train tickets have been booked for up journey only.

As I don't know such beautiful places in Garhwal, can not fix the places to visit and number of days to be spent there. For which hotel booking is not done.

Haridwar/Rishikesh/Dehradun sight seen, Tungnath/Chandrashila Trekking/Badrinath/Auli visit is must.

We will take a traveler for 17 heads on per day basis. (Driver not finalized)

My dear friends, please suggest a route plan for the trip and places to visit in addition to mentioned above with minimum stay.

Thank you all in advance.

Souvik
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#2 Jul 3rd, 2018, 00:03
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Ok, the following is my rough route plan.

Badly need suggestion/alteration from experinced member.

24/10 - Reach Haridwar - NS Haridwar
25/10 - Hrishikesh - Lachmanjhula - Oth sight seen - NS Haridwar
26/10 - Haridwar - Khirsu - NS Khirsu
27/10 - Khirsu - Chopta - NS Chopta
28/10 - Chopta - Tungnath - NS Tungnath
29/10 - Tungnath - Chandrashila - Ukhimath - NS Ukhimath
30/10 - Ukhimath - Deyaria Tal - Joshimath - NS Joshimath
31/10 - Joshimath - Auli - Sight seen - NS Auli/Joshimath
01/11 - Joshimath - Badrinath - Darshan - Mana Village - NS Badrinath
02/11 - Badrinath - Srinagar/Gopeshwar/Rudraprayag - NS as per place.
03/11 - Rudraprayag/Gopeshwar/Srinaagr to Dehradun - Catch Upasana or Kumbha
04/11 - Train
05/11 - Reach Howrah
#3 Jul 3rd, 2018, 09:46
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Originally Posted by souviknet View Post Ok, the following is my rough route plan.

Badly need suggestion/alteration from experinced member.

24/10 - Reach Haridwar - NS Haridwar
25/10 - Hrishikesh - Lachmanjhula - Oth sight seen - NS Haridwar
26/10 - Haridwar - Khirsu - NS Khirsu
27/10 - Khirsu - Chopta - NS Chopta
28/10 - Chopta - Tungnath - NS Tungnath
29/10 - Tungnath - Chandrashila - Ukhimath - NS Ukhimath
30/10 - Ukhimath - Deyaria Tal - Joshimath - NS Joshimath
31/10 - Joshimath - Auli - Sight seen - NS Auli/Joshimath
01/11 - Joshimath - Badrinath - Darshan - Mana Village - NS Badrinath
02/11 - Badrinath - Srinagar/Gopeshwar/Rudraprayag - NS as per place.
03/11 - Rudraprayag/Gopeshwar/Srinaagr to Dehradun - Catch Upasana or Kumbha
04/11 - Train
05/11 - Reach Howrah
Hi Souvik
From Khirsu, you can go to Ukhimath. Next day visit Deoria Taal and spend the night at Sari or Chopta. Sari village, the starting point of Deoria Tall trek, is much cleaner, warmer and less crowded than Chopta.

Come down from Chandrashila early and drive to Joshimath, stay at Joshimath.

You can come Badrinath to Dehradun in one day. If you want to avoid this long journey, stay at Rudraprayag. If you do stay at Rudraprayag don't forget to visit the Sangam and the Koteswar Mahadev temple.

Happy journey
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From Khirsu, you can go to Ukhimath. Next day visit Deoria Taal and spend the night at Sari or Chopta. Sari village, the starting point of Deoria Tall trek, is much cleaner, warmer and less crowded than Chopta.

Come down from Chandrashila early and drive to Joshimath, stay at Joshimath.

You can come Badrinath to Dehradun in one day. If you want to avoid this long journey, stay at Rudraprayag. If you do stay at Rudraprayag don't forget to visit the Sangam and the Koteswar Mahadev temple.

Happy journey
Malay
Thank you very much Mr. Malay... surely I am changing as per your inputs. Otherwise is it ok?

I also need some inputs on the following:-

1) Probable Tempo Traveler rates on per day basis. Any driver info at Haridwar.
2) Accommodation at Chopta & Sari Village.

Thank you all.

Souvik
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Originally Posted by souviknet View Post Thank you very much Mr. Malay... surely I am changing as per your inputs. Otherwise is it ok?

I also need some inputs on the following:-

1) Probable Tempo Traveler rates on per day basis. Any driver info at Haridwar.
2) Accommodation at Chopta & Sari Village.

Thank you all.

Souvik
Tempo traveler will take around 5000/day. Outside the Haridwar station, take right (toward bus terminus) and you will find car rentals.

You will find plenty of moderate accommodations at Chopta. Forest department has restrictions in making hotels. In between Ukhimath and Chopta, you will find several nature camps (tented accommodations) as well. You can stop your car and stay there if you wish. Sari has couple of home-stay/guest-houses. You may also stay at Deoria Taal (tents etc.). If you stay at Sari, you can come from Sari to Chopta in the morning and start climbing Tunganath.

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Originally Posted by mkdas View Post Tempo traveler will take around 5000/day. Outside the Haridwar station, take right (toward bus terminus) and you will find car rentals.

You will find plenty of moderate accommodations at Chopta. Forest department has restrictions in making hotels. In between Ukhimath and Chopta, you will find several nature camps (tented accommodations) as well. You can stop your car and stay there if you wish. Sari has couple of home-stay/guest-houses. You may also stay at Deoria Taal (tents etc.). If you stay at Sari, you can come from Sari to Chopta in the morning and start climbing Tunganath.

Leaving for Spiti now, will be back after couple of weeks!! will be off from the forum since then
Thank you very much sir...enjoy Spiti...
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If you reach sari then do camp at deoria tal. I can share contact details of a guy if you want
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Originally Posted by RahulDeva View Post If you reach sari then do camp at deoria tal. I can share contact details of a guy if you want
Yes, very much interested....please give his number.
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I'm concerned about 17+1 people staying overnight at Tungnath. You'll have some difficulty in getting everyone together in one place.

Staying at Ukhimath is a good alternative to Chopta. It takes about 1 hour from Ukhimath to Chopta and the road is simply beautiful in the early morning. If you want to stay in Chopta, I'd recommend to stay in one of the many tented campsites about 1km prior to Chopta. If you opt for this option, you can start the trek to Tungnath early (maybe 2am) and try to reach Chandrashila by sunrise (approx 6am). You will not have to stay overnight at Tungnath in that case.
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Originally Posted by souviknet View Post Yes, very much interested....please give his number.
Arvind 8006020036 charges 700 bucks for a 3 man tent. Food extra . Chicken has to be bought from sari only if you guys want non veg.
In tungnath speak to this guy
BS Rana 8979730747. He has 3 rooms which can accommodate 12 people easily. He might guide you as for other options.

Also kapil has raised a valid point of staying in the tent sites of chopta. But do remember that you will have to start your trek before 2 AM in that case to reach chandrashila by 05:30
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Originally Posted by kapilankar View Post I'm concerned about 17+1 people staying overnight at Tungnath. You'll have some difficulty in getting everyone together in one place.

Staying at Ukhimath is a good alternative to Chopta. It takes about 1 hour from Ukhimath to Chopta and the road is simply beautiful in the early morning. If you want to stay in Chopta, I'd recommend to stay in one of the many tented campsites about 1km prior to Chopta. If you opt for this option, you can start the trek to Tungnath early (maybe 2am) and try to reach Chandrashila by sunrise (approx 6am). You will not have to stay overnight at Tungnath in that case.
Thanks Kapil....we want to stay at Tungnath. I have talked with Mr. Vidyanand of Shri Hanumant Inn & Resort - Chopta. He is saying that Tungnath Trek starting point 19 km from his place and 3 km is Deoria Taal trek starting point and can be done with ease as we are taking our own vehicle with us. Have you got any info on Hanumant Inn? Google reviews showing good.

I also need some info on budget stay at Khirsu & Rudraprag. GMVN-Khirsu can accommodate only 8 persons and other GMVN rooms are very expensive. Any alternative place instead of Khirsu is also appreciated.

Thanks once again Kapil.

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Originally Posted by RahulDeva View Post Arvind 8006020036 charges 700 bucks for a 3 man tent. Food extra . Chicken has to be bought from sari only if you guys want non veg.
In tungnath speak to this guy
BS Rana 8979730747. He has 3 rooms which can accommodate 12 people easily. He might guide you as for other options.

Also kapil has raised a valid point of staying in the tent sites of chopta. But do remember that you will have to start your trek before 2 AM in that case to reach chandrashila by 05:30
Thanks Rahul for your inputs....surely I will call this person for Deoria Taal Camp and also for Tungnath. Please let me know will there be any problem as we have 3/4 guys around 60+ age.

As we are a group of 17 people and thus taking a Force Traveller from Haridwar on per day basis; my query is can this vehicle go up to Auli Ski Resort-GMVN as we have made booking there or I have to go for cable/chair car leaving the vehicle at Joshimath.

Thanks in advance

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I can only speak of deoria tal and tungnath. The climb to deoria is a bit steep compared to tungnath,but ponies are available at both the places. It all depends on the fitness and will of the senior citizens. I met a 70 plus guy trekking to tungnath at his own pace.
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I dont know about the place you mentioned (Hanumant Inn), but then you still need to figure out a way to stay at Tungnath. The journey from the Inn to Chopta where the trek starts would take about 30-40 mins for your vehicle.

No idea about Khirsu or Rudraprayag. After Tungnath, I stayed at the GMVN in Jakholi, about 15kms west of Tilwara on the Gangotri-Kedarnath route. The place is laid back, with a good, large and mostly empty GMVN. I saw one of the clearest sunsets from Jakholi. The forest around Jakholi is not as lush as the one at Chopta, but the terraced fields do make up for good scenery. But do remember that there is nothing of note in Jakholi itself.
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Originally Posted by souviknet View Post Thanks Rahul for your inputs....surely I will call this person for Deoria Taal Camp and also for Tungnath. Please let me know will there be any problem as we have 3/4 guys around 60+ age.

As we are a group of 17 people and thus taking a Force Traveller from Haridwar on per day basis; my query is can this vehicle go up to Auli Ski Resort-GMVN as we have made booking there or I have to go for cable/chair car leaving the vehicle at Joshimath.

Thanks in advance

Souvik
60+ isn't a problem. For the last few years, I am taking my mother (who is now 80) to a short trek every year. Two years ago, my mother (78years at that time!) trekked all the way to Tungnath (didn't go to Chandrashila though). However, please make sure that the senior citizens have no cardiovascular issue. Also, as per my experience, senior citizens take longer acclimatization time. Thus, elderly persons may feel uncomfortable staying at Tungnath and probably will spend a near sleepless night there. I would suggest you to start early for Tungnath/Chandrashila and come back to Chopta/Ukhimath/Sari on the same day. Of course, if your elderly members are experienced trekkers, you won't feel any problem.

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