Chhattisgarh Jungle Trek

Trek Fee : 7,450 + 5% GST
Difficulty
Difficulty
? Easy-Moderate treks have even trails and a gentle gradient. No more than 5-6 days long. They do not go to very high altitudes and have easy exits from most campsites.
Easy-Moderate
Duration
Duration
4 Days
Altitude
Maximum Altitude
3,510 ft
Pickup point
Pickup point
Pendra Road
Required Fitness
Base Camp
Laxman Dhara Waterfalls
Age
Minimum Age
8
Best time to visit
Best time to visit
Dec - Jan

Why We Call This Our Jungle Book Trek

The Chhattisgarh Jungle Trek takes you by surprise. We have done lots of treks in jungles before but nothing similar to Chhattisgarh.

The first thing that strikes you in Chhattisgarh are the forests. Everyday of the trek the forests are different. Even within a day’s trek there are variations that pleasantly surprise you. At no point do you feel claustrophobic with too much forests. The variety is astounding.

Picture by Sandhya UC.

You walk on plateaus, dive down to valleys, and cross rivers, streams and waterfalls. Suddenly you pass through ancient settlements — tribes that are almost extinct (like the Baga) and get a sneak peak into their way of living. The trek is like a motion picture between the densely carpeted forest floor and the interwoven canopies of tall trees.

Trekking here is like being caught between the covers of “Jungle Book”. And why not these are the very same jungles that inspired Rudyard Kipling to write the famous book. You are transported to a land which you always imagine in your minds but hardly get to see. Finally, you can experience such a land on this trek.

This jungle trek is located in the Satpura range near Amarkantak, where the Narmada river originates. It’s very near to the buffer zone of Achanakmar Tiger reserve area. You will be finishing off this trek at the beautiful Lakshman Dhara waterfall.

The trail passes through the tribal settlements around the area. Picture by Sandhya UC

The trek to Chhattisgarh is a joint initiative between the Chhattisgarh Tourism and Indiahikes.

Is This Trek Safe?

A question that may arise for many is whether this trek is safe given the political unrest in Chhattisgarh.

Rest assured that this trek is absolutely safe and very far away from any Naxal affected areas. In fact, there are no such activities at all within a 500 km radius around the trek. Geographically, the trek in the North- Western border of Chhattisgarh state whereas the region affected by Naxal activities lies on the South- Eastern corner.

We have opened this trek in collaboration with the Chhattisgarh Tourism Department. Before opening, we sent two teams to explore the trails. They surveyed the area along with the officials of the state Tourism Department and reaffirmed that is it completely safe to trek.

SHORT ITINERARY

Day 0: Take a train from Raipur to reach Pendra Road, which is the pickup point for your trek.
The train we recommend is the Gondia Bju Express, which starts at 12:15 am from Raipur Junction and reaches Pendra Road at 4:00 am.

Day 1: Reach the base camp Laxman Dhara Waterfall. Trek to Munsiyari.
From Pendra Road it will take around 45 mins to 1 hour to reach Laxman Dhara Waterfall.

Distance – 15 kms drive by car.
Trek distance – 11 kms.

Day 2: Munsiyari to Keonchi.
We start our trek from Munsiyari to Keonchi.

Trek distance – 17 kms.
Trek gradient – Mostly flat
Terrain type – Jungle trail throughout

Day 3: Keonchi to Rajmergarh.

Trek distance – 10-11 kms
Trek gradient – Flat for the most part, some undulating ridges and ascend in the last section towards Rajmergarh
Terrain type – Jungle trail with portions passing through a basthi

Day 4: Rajmergarh to Pendra Road.

Have your breakfast in the morning and you can go on an excursion to Amarkantak. (The transportation fees to travel to Amarkantak is not included in the trek fees.)
We will start for Pendra Road around afternoon and reach Pendra Road Station from Rajmergarh in 40-45 minutes. Around 3-4 PM.

It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id for entry at forest check posts on the trek. 

Note: We are currently organising the trail described below in reverse direction. The experience, number of days and travel arrangements remain the same. You can refer to the short itinerary for a brief outline of the the updated itinerary. The long itinerary will also be updated shortly.

Day 1: Reach the base camp Rajemergarh.

From Pendra Road it will take around 1.5 – 2 hours to reach Rajmergarh.

Distance: 20 kms drive by car.
Time:1-2 hours

Reach Pendra road railway station by 4:00 am. Start the 2 hours drive to Rajmergarh which will serve as the basecamp for the trek. It will be a 18 kms drive on a motorable road till Jaleshwar and the final stretch of 2 kms on a kutcha road till Rajmergarh campsite. The village of Rajmergarh is placed on a plateau with little or no habitation. The dense forest cover all around is a welcome balm to the eyes.

Rajmergarh campsite. Picture by Sandhya UC

Day 2: Rajmergarh to Keonchi

We start our trek from Rajemergarh to Keonchi.

Trek distance: 8.8 kms
Time taken: 4-5 hrs
Trek gradient: Mostly flat with gradual descents
Terrain type: Jungle trail throughout

The plateau of Rajmergarh. Picture by Sandhya UC

The second day is mostly under the tree cover as you make your way towards the village of Keonchi. This trail isn’t very discernible. It was used for a long time by locals to commute between the basthis (local settlements) through the jungles. With the development of an alternate asphalt road, locals have now stopped using this path. The trail is filled with undergrowth and weeds.

You’ll pass by multiple dry stream beds. Keep heading in a southerly direction as you follow the trail. At about 5 kms into your trek, you’ll see a small hut and farmlands all around. This is the last basthi of Amadobe village. At this point, the trail becomes prominent as the locals of this region regularly use this trail. You’ll also notice the power lines coming from Keonchi.

Picture by Tanmay

Head eastwards on the trail. You’ll descend gradually and along multiple streams. About 7.6 kms into the trail, the basthis of Keonchi will be visible. Walk through the farm lands and the settlements up until the road head. You’ll reach the road connecting Pendra to Bilaspur. Just beside the road is a flat ground which will be your campsite. The water source is close by in the form of a tap. Adjacent to the camp, you’ll find a flowing river. This water is not suitable for drinking as it heads down from Amarkantak.

Day 3: Keonchi to Musiyari.

Trek distance: 13 km
Time taken: 5-6 hr
Trek gradient: Flat for the most part, some undulating ridges
Terrain type: Jungle trail with portions passing through a basthi

The trail goes through dense forests. Picture by Tanmay

Start the third day of the trek by passing through the paddy fields in Keonchi and back into the jungle. Listen to the sound of the jungle as you head towards the basthi of Auretiayi. The jungle today isn’t as dense and the trail is on a bed of grass surrounded by Sal and other trees. The sunbeams dancing through the tree cover makes for a surreal experience in the forest.

At 1.4 kms into the trail, watch out for a dry stream bed along your right (S) side. You will be crossing this stream bed shortly. The locals call this stream as Koilar nala. At 1.8 kms, you’ll see a fork in the trail. Continue towards ESE direction. At about 3.5 kms, you’ll come into a small clearing in the jungle.

The local villagers use this region for wood and to graze their cattle. You’ve now reached another tribal basthi named Auretiayi. Cross another stream called Thula naar and head towards ESE direction. 5 kms into your day, you’ll see the first huts of Auretiayi basthi.

The inhabitants of this village are Adivasis (indigenous tribals). you’ll see this basthi has neither electricity nor telephone connection. It’s connected to the neighboring villages by a mud road on which vehicles can ply. The locals earn their bread by cultivating rice (dhan) and yellow dal (rahar), and from dairy products.

Be respectful when talking to the locals and request permission before taking their photographs. Continue on the trail through the village, you’ll pass beside a bridge on your right, over the Bhokra Khola nala.

2 kms on the village trail, and you’ll come to the end of Auretiayi basthi. Here, veer off towards the S and into the jungle through the rice fields. These are the jungles of Patia Dongri. As you walk on the ridge, you’ll see the Kowha Nala gently meandering down in the valley.

2.5 kms into the jungle, you’ll approach a clearing. Follow the trail here as it bends towards the south. Mushrooms are commonly found here, and some species are edible and delicious when made into a curry. Always confirm with the locals before any foraging.

Continue through multiple stream beds and the first huts of Musiyari welcome you. Camp near the school and use the hand pump for all your water needs.

Day 4: Musiyari to Pendra Road via Laxman Dhara Falls.

Trek distance: Trek: 12.2 km; Drive: 17km
Time taken: 6-7 hrs
Trek gradient: Gradual descent, mostly flat
Terrain type: Jungle trails for the first 2 km, village trail for the next 1 km, jungle rest of the way, village trail for the last 1.5 kms

Next day, from the Musiyari road head, catch the trail heading towards Bhanwartonk village. This trail also goes through the Marhi Mata Mandir which the locals revere. Keep on the trail heading eastwards. After 1.4 kms, you will cross a railway track.

Continue on the trail and 0.6 kms after the crossing you will reach Bhanwartonk village. The railway station is in the vicinity, and so are a bunch of houses and a hand pump. Use the hand pump to refill your bottles. Pass through the  village and back into the jungle.

This is a prominent trail, used by the local folks to get in and out of the jungle for wood. After about 3.6 kms you’ll come to a fork in the trail. Take the trail heading NE. The other trail takes you to the railway line. Continue on this trail for 1.8 kms and you’ll reach the shores of the Arpa river.

Remove your shoes and ford the river. The flow is gentle but watch out for the slippery rock bed. Take your time to cross the river. Take a break here, and soak inside the gorgeous settings. The trail then drifts off towards the E along the shores of Arpa. The babbling brook makes for a serene sound.

After 1.3 kms, you’ll have to ford the Arpa again. Remove your shoes once more and watch out for the slippery rocks. The trail now heads north, following the route of the Arpa. Continue for 1.5 kms, and you’ll hear the raging sound of the Lakshman Dhara waterfall. The waterfall set in the midst of a rock formation is the highlight of the day.

After Lakshman Dhara, the trail continues North, and your destination is the village of Daihanpara. There is a mud road here which jeeps use to ply to Lakshman Dhara. Follow this trail through Saigun forests. The type of wood found in this jungle is very sought after in the furniture business.

1.5 kms from Lakshman Dhara is another railway crossing. The trail then heads into the Daihanpara village, as you pass a school and a hand pump. Continue on the village road for another 1 km as you reach the main road called Tenga Dia. This is the end of the trek.

 

Passing through the paddy fields of Keonchi. Picture by Ramapriya SR

Start the fourth day of the trek by passing through the paddy fields in Keonchi and back into the jungle. Listen to the sound of the jungle as you head towards the basthi of Auretiayi. The jungle today isn’t as dense and the trail is on a bed of grass surrounded by Sal and other trees. The sunbeams dancing through the tree cover makes for a surreal experience in the forest.

At 1.4 kms into the trail, watch out for a dry stream bed along your right (S) side. You will be crossing this stream bed shortly. The locals call this stream as Koilar nala. At 1.8 kms, you’ll see a fork in the trail. Continue towards ESE direction. At about 3.5 kms, you’ll come into a small clearing in the jungle.

The local villagers use this region for wood and to graze their cattle. You’ve now reached another tribal basthi named  Auretiayi. Cross another stream called Thula naar and head towards ESE direction. 5 kms into your day, you’ll see the first huts of Auretiayi basthi.

Going through dense forests en route Auretiayi. Picture by Tanmay

The inhabitants of this village are Adivasis (indigenous tribals). you’ll see this basthi has neither electricity nor telephone connection. It’s connected to the neighboring villages by a mud road on which vehicles can ply. The locals earn their bread by cultivating rice (dhan) and yellow dal (rahar), and from dairy products.

Be respectful when talking to the locals and request permission before taking their photographs. Continue on the trail through the village, you’ll pass beside a bridge on your right, over the Bhokra Khola nala.

Commonly found mushrooms aroun the area. Picture by Tanmay

2 kms on the village trail, and you’ll come to the end of Auretiayi basthi. Here, veer off towards the S and into the jungle through the rice fields. These are the jungles of Patia Dongri. As you walk on the ridge, you’ll see the Kowha Nala gently meandering down in the valley.

2.5 kms into the jungle, you’ll approach a clearing. Follow the trail here as it bends towards the south. Mushrooms are commonly found here, and some species are edible and delicious when made into a curry. Always confirm with the locals before any foraging.

Continue through multiple stream beds and the first huts of Musiyari welcome you. Camp near the school and use the hand pump for all your water needs.

Day 5: Musiyari (507 m) to Daihanpara (567 m) and further to Pendra Road

  • Trek distance – Trek12.2 km; Drive: 17km
  • Time taken – 6-7 hrs
  • Trek gradient – Gradual descent, mostly flat
  • Terrain type – Jungle trails for the first 2 km, village trail for the next 1 km, jungle rest of the way, village trail for the last 1.5 kms

Next day, from the Musiyari road head, catch the trail heading towards Bhanwartonk village. This trail also goes through the Marhi Mata Mandir which the locals revere. Keep on the trail heading eastwards. After 1.4 kms, you will cross a railway track.

Continue on the trail and 0.6 kms after the crossing you will reach Bhanwartonk village. The railway station is in the vicinity, and so are a bunch of houses and a hand pump. Use the hand pump to refill your bottles. Pass through the  village and back into the jungle.

This is a prominent trail, used by the local folks to get in and out of the jungle for wood. After about 3.6 kms you’ll come to a fork in the trail. Take the trail heading NE. The other trail takes you to the railway line. Continue on this trail for 1.8 kms and you’ll reach the shores of the Arpa river.

Arpa river. Picture by Tanmay

Remove your shoes and ford the river. The flow is gentle but watch out for the slippery rock bed. Take your time to cross the river. Take a break here, and soak inside the gorgeous settings. The trail then drifts off towards the E along the shores of Arpa. The babbling brook makes for a serene sound.

After 1.3 kms, you’ll have to ford the Arpa again. Remove your shoes once more and watch out for the slippery rocks. The trail now heads north, following the route of the Arpa. Continue for 1.5 kms, and you’ll hear the raging sound of the Lakshman Dhara waterfall. The waterfall set in the midst of a rock formation is the highlight of the day.

Lakshman Dhara waterfall. Picture by Tanmay

After Lakshman Dhara, the trail continues North, and your destination is the village of Daihanpara. There is a mud road here which jeeps use to ply to Lakshman Dhara. Follow this trail through Saigun forests. The type of wood found in this jungle is very sought after in the furniture business.

1.5 kms from Lakshman Dhara is another railway crossing. The trail then heads into the Daihanpara village, as you pass a school and a hand pump. Continue on the village road for another 1 km as you reach the main road called Tenga Dia. This is the end of the trek.

How to get to the basecamp – Rajmergarh

BY TRAIN

The nearest railroad junction is Pendra Road Railway station (PND)

Indiahikes organises transport from Pendra Road Railway station to Laxman Dhara WaterfallsThe pick up is at 6:00 am on Day 1 of your trek. The cab fare is Rs. 1,200 per vehicle. This is not included in the trek fee. It is to be shared amongst trekkers and paid directly to the driver.

From Delhi

Pendra Road is directly linked to Delhi through rail:

18508 Hirakund Express: Departs from New Delhi Railway Station at 08:10 hours and arrives at Pendra Road Railway Station at 02:05 hours.

18216 Jammu Tawi Durg Express: Departs from New Delhi Railway Station at 19:05 hours and arrives at Pendra Road Railway Station at 13:55 hours.

12824 Chhattisgarh Sampark Kranti Express: Departs from Nizamuddin Railway Station at 15:25 hours and arrives at Pendra Road Railway Station at 09:40 hours.

From Mumbai

There are no trains that connect directly from Mumbai to Pendra Road Railway Station. You can choose to reach Pendra Road either through Bilaspur or Raipur.

Via Raipur: This is the most convenient route to reach Pendra Road. Arrive at Raipur by flight or by train. Then take the local train from Raipur to Pendra Road.

The Amarkantak Express, Chhattisgarh Sampark Kranti Express and the Humsafar Express are some of the trains that pass via Pendra Road Railway Station.

Via Bilaspur: Take the train from Mumbai to Bilaspur. The Howrah Mail and Kamakhya Express are good options. Both the trains at arrive at Bilaspur late morning.

From Bilaspur, you can take the bus or private vehicles to Pendra Road Railway Station, which is about 120 kms away.

It takes about 4-5 hours to reach Pendra Road by bus; and 2-3 hours by private vehicle.

From Kolkata

There are two trains that connect Kolkata to Pendra Road:

19659 Shalimar Udaipur City Express and the 22830 Shalimar Bhuj Superfast Express.

The trains depart from Kolkata at 20:20 hours and arrive at Pendra Road Railway Station the next morning.

From Bangalore/ Chennai

There are no direct trains from Bangalore or Chennai to Pendra Road. The best option is to take a flight to Raipur. Then take the local train to arrive at Pendra Road.

The Amarkantak Express, Chhattisgarh Sampark Kranti Express and the Humsafar Express are some trains that pass via Pendra Road Railway Station.

BY AIR

The Raipur airport is about 250 km away from Pendra Road Railway Station. There are many local trains that go from Raipur via Pendra Road.

The Amarkantak Express, Chhattisgarh Sampark Kranti Express and the Humsafar Express are some trains that pass via Pendra Road Railway Station.

Buses leave from Raipur airport to Raipur railway station every half hour. The bus stop is just below the road ramp on the left side of the airport. Ticket is Rs 50.

You can also reach via Jabalpur airport which is 204 km away. Regular buses, jeeps and cabs can be found on this route.

Getting back after the trek

We will drop you at Pendra Road Railway Station at the end of your trek. You will reach Pendra Road at around 4PM.

From here you can take the night train to Delhi or Kolkata.

Alternatively, you can take the night train to Raipur and then fly out of Raipur the next morning. 

How to get fit for the Chhattisgarh Jungle trek

The Chhattisgarh Jungle trek is marked as an easy-moderate trek. Although it is not a high altitude trek the longer days of trekking(approx 10 km daily) makes it a trek that you should not take as easy.

Cardiovascular endurance

This trek requires a good amount of cardiovascular endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Start jogging at a slow pace and then keep increasing your pace day by day. In order to be prepared for a jungle trek, you should have a combination of distance and speed targets.

Here’s a fitness routine that works:

In case you’re just starting with a regular fitness routine, phase out your distance targets in the following manner –

–>Target completing 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin.

–> Gradually increase your pace by running 4 times a week and bring it down to 5 km in 40 mins.

–>If you are 45 years or above, try to cover 5km in less than 45 minutes.

If you are somebody you prefers cycling over running, then try to cover 18 km in 60 minutes.

How to send us a proof of your fitness routine?

Record your run on an app like Nike Run. Start recording your run when you start running. At the end of your run, hit the stop button.

Take a screenshot of the summary of your run. We will need a detailed split of each kilometer of your run. This is usually integrated in all running apps.

Note: Make sure your GPS is on when you record your run. If the GPS is off, we will not accept the screenshot.

Upload two screenshots 10 days prior to the start of the trek

For < 45 years age : One screenshot of 5 km in 45 minutes and the second 5 km in 40 minutes.

For > 45 years age : Two screenshots of 5 km in 45 minutes.

If you love cycling, cover a distance of 18 km in one hour and upload the same.

Fitness proof to be uploaded with GPS on and along with your picture.

Here’s a guide to help you prepare for the trek.

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One month trek fitness routine for easy treks

Working out indoors
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.

What to take on the Chhattisgarh Jungle Trek

If you’re trekking in the Chhattisgarh jungles in winter, the temperature during the day will be at around 15 to 25 degrees and at night, the temperature will not drop too low it would remain around 10-15 degrees. You will need to carry a maximum of one or two warm layers.

Ensure you carry a poncho and full sleeve t-shirts and pants to have a comfortable trek.

Bare Necessities:

  1. Trekking shoes: Carry trekking shoes and not sports shoes. The trail will be slippery at several places and will require shoes with good grip and ankle support. 
  2. Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.

Clothes

On a trek, carry fewer clothes than you would normally need. Do not pack for ‘what if situations’. That will only add to the weight of your backpack and not be used on the trek. Once your clothes get warmed up on a trek, you will not feel like changing. Just maintain personal hygiene.

  1. One or two layers of warm clothes: If you’re trekking in winter, carry one fleece jacket with you and one light sweater.
  2. Three trek pants: Carry light quick dry trek pants. One of your pants can be tights that you can wear as an inner layer while trekking. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
  3. Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Let one of these be a dri-fit t-shirt. It will dry quickly in case you are trekking on a rainy day. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their tshirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes after reaching the campsite fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek. 
  4. Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom) to keep yourself warm at night. Keep your thermals fresh and don’t wear them while trekking.

Accessories

  1. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandatory. This is to protect you from the harsh winter sun.
  2. Suncap
  3. BalaclavaYou’ll need this to cover your head, as most of the heat escapes from your head.
  4. Socks (2 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  5. Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  6. Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole
  7. Ponchos: In a jungle, unexpected rain is possible at anytime, and hence it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that you don’t get wet.

Others

  1. Daypack (20 litres): You will need this to carry water bottles, light snacks and medical kit in case you decide to offload your backpack.
  2. Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes since these are not biodegradable. If you do happen to use wet wipes to clean up after a trek, make sure you bring them back with you. The same holds for used sanitary napkins. Carry a zip lock bag to put used wet tissues and napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains. 
  3. Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons. 
  4. Three water bottles: 1 litre each. We recommend the Lifestraw Go. Indiahikes trekkers can get it at a discount here
  5. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
  6. Odomos or any other insect repellant

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit 

  1. Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
  2. Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
  3. Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
  4. Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
  5. Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
  6. Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
  7. Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
  8. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
  9. Gauze – 1 small roll
  10. Band aid – 10 strips
  11. Cotton – 1 small roll
  12. ORS – 10 packets
  13. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  14. Moov spray (aches, & sprains)
  15. Knee cap, if you are prone to knee injury
  16. Anti fungal powder
  17. Odomos or any other insect repellant

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the below documents. Document two and three need to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp. 
  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.) – It is mandatory for trekkers to carry a copy of their photo id for entry at forest check posts on the trek. Since Pendra Road will have limited facilities to photo copy, do not leave this till the end. 
  • Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker) – Download PDF
  • Disclaimer form (to be filled by the trekker) – Download PDF

What are the risks on the Chhattisgarh Jungle Trek?

This trek is an easy-moderate trek in terms of difficulty. Due to the long days of trekking dehydration could be a major issue, and therefore it’s important to keep yourself hydrated. Carry atleast 3 water bottles since water sources are few and far.

At Indiahikes, we pay utmost importance to safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure your life is safe, we also expect you as a trekker to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it.

What Indiahikes does to ensure your safety

Our philosophy is simple. We ingrain safety aspects in the people we work with, in the processes that we follow and in the equipment we carry. All our trek leaders are trained repeatedly on safety issues and protocols. Most issues are resolved with their intervention.

From the time you register for a trek, we will keep you informed of safety procedures on jungle treks. We have listed a few of them below.

1. Fitness criteria before registration

Over the years, we have come to notice that safety issues are widespread among unfit, unaware and ill-prepared trekkers. Therefore we have brought in an eligibility criteria.

Before registration, you need to meet the fitness requirements. The primary measure for fitness is BMI or Body Mass Index. An ideal BMI is a minimum requirement to register for this trek. You can take a look here.

2. Monitoring health on a trek

Every trekker will be given a Health Card at the beginning of the trek. The Health Card is issued to monitor the trekker’s daily health. It contains details of symptoms he should look out for and what action he should take during emergencies as well. These Health Cards will be taken back at the end of the trek.

On the trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring your Oxygen levels and Pulse rate twice a day. Your blood pressure is measured once every day. Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and immediate action will be taken.

3. Trek Equipment

Indiahikes will provide you with  qualified technical guides. They lead the way on difficult terrain.

All our sleeping bags and tents are custom-made for high altitude. If it is cold outside, it will be around 10 degrees warmer inside the tent. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperatures as low as -10 degree Celcius.

5. Being hydrated and well nourished on the trek

You need to drink a minimum of 4 litres of water every day during the trek to ensure that you’re well hydrated. Your trek leader will brief you about the amount of water that you need to carry with you at the start of each day as well as water sources on the trail.

We provide trekkers with nutritious meals to ensure that they are energized to complete the trail each day. Apart from this, snacks or packed lunch is provided wherever the trail before a meal break is likely to be long. Make sure that you do not skip any meal as this can lead to serious health emergencies on the trek.

With all these processes and equipment in place, you can be rest assured that you will have a safe trek with Indiahikes.

Nevertheless, you will need to be cautious and report the slightest of symptoms of uneasiness to your trek leader as soon as you feel them.

What you need to know if you’re going on the Chhattisgarh Jungle trek

If you have registered for this trek, then here is some information that you must know in order to have a safe trek. At Indiahikes, we believe that as long as you are well-informed and well-prepared, you can survive easily at high altitude.

Because it’s a jungle trek, be very wary of your surroundings. Always wear full-sleeved shirts and pants to prevent scratches. Don’t eat berries, mushrooms or any other plants without proper recognition. Don’t drink water from a stream unless deemed potable. 

Even the smallest wound takes longer to heal at higher altitude. Reasons for this are increasing stress hormones and lower overall oxygen delivery to the tissues. Keeping your wounds clean and covered will prevent infection. To prevent the bruise from festering, apply a triple antibiotic ointment regularly.

The Indiahikes Cancellation Policy 

We understand the pain of cancelling a trek. As trekkers, we always look forward to treks, and after months of training and planning, if we have to cancel our trek, there’s no greater disappointment than that. 

Given that, we have one of the most trekker-friendly cancellation policies. 

Take a look at the Indiahikes cancellation policy below. This policy is effective starting January 29th, 2020.

In the event that you cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

– Cancellation 30 days before the starting date of the trek — Get your full trek fee back in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 15% cancellation charges.

– Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days before the starting date of the trek — Get 80% of the trek fee in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 50% cancellation charges.

– Cancellation less than 20 days before the starting date of the trek — No monetary refund, get 50% of your fees in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher 

 

In the rare event that we cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

We almost never cancel our treks. But in case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (snowstorms, thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, unexpected global health issues, Indiahikes will issue a voucher for the full amount of your trek fee (minus the trek insurance). You can redeem the Trek Voucher on any of our treks over the next one year.

Important note: The Trek Insurance amount is not refundable once it has been paid for. 

If you cancel any rental gear from our store:

  • Cancellation of rental gear 7 days before the starting date of the trek — Get a monetary refund with 4% cancellation charges.
  • Cancellation of rental gear less than 7 days before the starting date of the trek — Get a voucher of the whole amount you have paid for the rental gear. This voucher is applicable on your future treks.

If you cancel the offloading of your backpack:  

The offloading fee will be refunded to your account with a 4% transaction charge. 

If you choose to cancel your backpack offloading AFTER reaching the base camp, you will get a voucher of the offloading fee. 

Special Cases That Could Occur:

There are some special cases that could occur when you’re on a trek.

1. You may not be able to complete the trek because of bad weather, high snow conditions, or any natural calamity.

2. You may have to leave your trek abruptly (could be due to altitude sickness, abnormal BP, unpreparedness for the trek, any emergencies at home)

In the above two cases, you’re welcome to come back and repeat the same trek any time in future. You do not have to pay us for this. If you’d like to repeat your trek, get in touch with your Trek Coordinator and they’ll help you. 

Important note: Your offloading and rental fee will not be refunded in the above two cases.

3. You may not be able to report at the base camp at all (could be due to blocked roads / cancelled flights/curfews), we will try to accommodate you in the next day’s team (if we have one). 

In the third case, if we cannot accommodate you in the next day’s trek, we will give you a Trek Voucher of the entire trek fee (including your offloading and rental fee), which you can use on any Indiahikes trek within the next one year.

How to cancel your trek: 

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, follow these steps. 

  1. Login to your Indiahikes Trek Dashboard using this link
  2. Find your upcoming trek on your home page. 
  3. Click on “Cancel Trek” 
  4. Mention why you’re cancelling your trek on the form that appears.
  5. Choose either a voucher or a refund (where applicable). 
  6. Click on “Cancel Booking” 

How long does the refund process take?

After you have cancelled your trek, if you have opted for a refund, the refund amount will land in the same account that you have made the payment from. It will take 4-5 working days.

If you have chosen a trek voucher, it will land in your inbox within an hour. You will also be able to see it on your Trek Dashboard.

What is a Trek Voucher?

Trek Vouchers are credit amounts added to your Indiahikes account. You can redeem these on any of your future treks with Indiahikes. Every Trek Voucher has a validity of one year.

Important note: Indiahikes Trek Vouchers are non-refundable, not transferable to others or extendable. 

How to use an Indiahikes Trek Voucher?

If you have received an Indiahikes Trek Voucher, you will automatically see it when you are making a payment for your next trek. 

Once you click on the voucher and apply it, the system will deduct the voucher amount from your payable amount. 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Trek Coordinator. 

The Indiahikes “Repeat My Trek” Policy (trekkers love this!)

At Indiahikes, we can’t help but fall in love with a few trekking trails. And we love revisiting them, perhaps in other seasons, when treks take on a totally different hue. In such cases, we do not like the thought of having to pay for it. Our trekkers shouldn’t have to pay either.

So if you have loved a trek that you did with us and want to repeat it, you’re welcome to sign up for the trek. We will not charge you for this. (Many people think this is a rumour, but it’s true.) 

To repeat your trek for free, just get in touch with your Trek Coordinator. We’ll help you sign up with no charges. 

Note: The Indiahikes “Repeat My Trek” policy does not apply for our international treks.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

In the event that you cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:
– Cancellation 30 days before the starting date of the trek — Get your full trek fee back in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 15% cancellation charges.
– Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days before the starting date of the trek — Get 80% of the trek fee in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher OR get a monetary refund with 50% cancellation charges.
– Cancellation less than 20 days before the starting date of the trek — No monetary refund, get 50% of your fees in an Indiahikes Trek Voucher

Available dates

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4 thoughts on “Chhattisgarh Jungle Trek

  1. The short itinerary and the detailed itinerary give different information. Please update to reflect the correct information.

  2. I’d love to do this trek along with my 13 year old daughter, in autumn when there might be chances of spotting wildlife. Do let me know when the dates open up for this one.

  3. I’d love to do this trek when travel opens up. Appreciate if you can flag when you have trekking dates again.

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