A rare weekend trek with views of 55 high mountains
The name Deoban comes from “Deo”, which refers to Deodar trees and “ban”, which means forests. True to it’s name, the trek has one of the few Uttarakhand trails that is dominated by Deodar trees.
Usually, in Uttarakhand trails, you find clumps of these trees growing together in a mixed forest, but not an entire trail filled them. An entire trail of Deodar trees is something that is mostly found in Kashmir or Himachal. In Uttarakhand, it’s a rarity.
Picture the woodsy scent of the sap surrounding you as you walk among these incredibly tall trees. They are so tall, you might be giving yourself a neck ache trying to look at their tops. These trees are over 600 years old and their age seems to lend a certain sentience to them. It is no wonder that trees were named “devdaru” – which comes from Sanskrit word that means “divine wood”/ “timber of Gods”.
To experience this alone, you must do the Deoban trek.
55 Mountains To Watch Out For
In just two days, Deoban weekend trek offers you a view that is exclusive. On a clear day, you can spot close to 55 mountains from the highest point of this trek — including Nanda Devi, the tallest mountain entirely in India. This is a rare feast for the eyes. It is difficult to find these views on a seven day trek, much less a two day one!
The view from the summit. Picture by Trek Leader Tanmay
This weekend trek is quite close to the popular hill station of Chakrata (22 km away to be precise). It’s easily accessible from New Delhi and Dehradun. You can make it to the top and back just over a weekend. Wonderous forests, clearings and great mountain views – frankly, this trek is far too rewarding!
Day 1: Dehradun to Lokhandi to Sarswati.
Distance: 90 km drive and 3.5 km trek.
Time: 4 hrs drive and 2 hr trek.
The road journey from Dehradun to Lokhanditakes 4 hours and passes through hill towns of Chakrata and Sahiyya. The trek starts from Lokhandi after lunch.
The trek today is a short one – only 3 km. It begins with a small walk on the road which goes to Koti Kanasar and a gradual ascent from the village, deeper into the forest filled with Deodar and big Pine trees.
After a gradual ascent of 500 m, the pine dominated forest starts becoming more dense. Here, you literally walk on the edge of the mountain on very narrow trail.
From here, the ascent becomes very gradual , almost flat but still narrow. The trail opens up in small meadow type area after 30 minutes. Use this as a rest stop.
The trail goes further to the right, heading North East. The sun hardly reaches the ground here. If you’re trekking in winter months, around here is where you’ll start to see snow.
Watch out for another ridge, which you will soon have to cross. The trail here is mostly mud, rocks and some snow in winter. The trail ascends for another 90 minutes or so and then begins to descend gradually. Throughout, the trail is well-marked and hard to miss. As a land mark, you’ll spot a couple of chaniya huts on the trail.
Once you’ve covered 2.5 km from Lokhandi, the trail gets steeper and goes down to a clearing surrounded by tall trees. This is your camp for the night. It’s the Saraswati Campsite.
Towards the north of the camp, you’ll find snow covered mountains peeking at you. The campsite has a hidden water source. It has potable water even in winter. This campsite gets cold at night, so wear your layers.
Day 2: Sarswati to Vyas Point and back to Koti Kanasar via Sarswati. Ride back to Dehradun
Distance: Total 16.07 km trek; 6.26 kms ascent and 9.81 km descent. Then 110 kms drive to Dehradun.
Time: 6 hrs of trek and 3.5 hrs drive
Today is a long trek. Aim to leave by 5 am. There will be no water source on the way, so you need to carry sufficient water (atleast 2 litres). It begins with a steep ascent, after 800 mtrs of which you will see couple of ‘Chhanni’ (Shepherd’s Shelter). The trail ascends through mixed forest of pine, oak and after 600 mtrs, it merges with another trail that comes from Chauniya.
The climb to Vyas Point will be gradual. After 550 mtrs, the trail opens to a clearing and there will be a majestic view of the mountain on your left.
The trail now moves through sparse, light jungle. On your right, after about 1.25 kms, spot Jadi village and many more towns through a clearing. The Shivalik range can be seen in their different hues. As those mountains fall on the west, the light that falls on them in the morning makes them come alive in a way that takes your breath away.
Another 200 mtrs from this spot, is the view of a greater mountain on your left. It is almost like you don’t know where to look with the Shivaliks and the Greater Himalayan ranges competing for your attention. Then the trail will merge with kachha motorable road that comes from Jadi village to Forest Office, Vyas Point.
After 700 mtrs on this road, take the trail that goes up on your left. After 400 mtrs of steep climb, the last one for the day, you will reach Vyas Point. A mesmerizing view awaits at the top!
The Himalayan mountains – fifty-five of them – bathed in sunlight. The peaks you will see include
Swargarohini Massif( 6252 meters)
Kirti Stambh(6270 meters)
Mandani parvat(6193 meters)
Nanda Ghunti(6309 meters)
Sumeru Parvat(6351 meters)
Bethartoli Massif(6352 meters)
Rangrik Rang(6553 meters)
Gangotri Massif(6672 meters)
Chaukhamba Massif(7138 meters)
Kedarnath Peak(6940 meters)
and Majestic Nanda Devi(7816 meters).
It is a very rare experience to view all this in a weekend trek.
Take the same trail back to Sarswati where you can have lunch. Descend to Koti Kanasar and take the ready cabs. You will reach Dehradun by 8 pm.
Banner image by Mahipal Bhisht
The Deoban trek is classified as an easy-moderate trek. It is not a very difficult trek in summer and autumn. In winter, it could be a little challenging with a lot of snow.
For your 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 high altitude 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? It is not mandatory on this trek, but you can still send us.
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 and upload.
Here’s a guide to help you get fit for the trek.
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.
On this page, you will find
Useful videos to help you with your gear
1. Trekking shoes: The terrain may be rough and you will need trekking shoes with good grip. Regular sports shoes will not be comfortable enough. You can watch this video to learn how to choose the right trekking shoes.
2. Backpack (30-40 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
On a trek, carry fewer clothes than you would normally need. But enough to keep you warm.
1. Three warm layers (Winter): The highest altitude you reach in this trek is 9,914 ft and the climate may require you to have more warm clothes. You will need at least three warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece and woollen and one padded jacket) for this trek. In non winter months, two warm layers should suffice.
2. One trek pant: One pair of pants should suffice for this trek. Wear one pair and carry an extra pair just in case it rains. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
3. Two collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry one. 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 (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.
1. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. There might be snow closer to the lake, so carry a pair of sunglasses.
2. Suncap: The sun is more hard at high altitudes, which is why a sun cap is mandatory.
3. Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woollen hand gloves which is water resistant.
4. Balaclava or a woollen cap
5. Socks (2 pairs): Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
6. Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
7. Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.
1. Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturizer, 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.
2. Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. Lunch box is a mandatory since there will be packed lunch provided during We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
3. Two water bottles: 1 liter each
4. Plastic covers: While packing, use Ziploc covers to compartmentalization of things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes. You also need ziploc packets to keep soiled sanitary napkins if you use them on the trek.
Mandatory Personal Medical Kit
- Diamox – 6 tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Crocin – 3 tablets (fever)
- Avomine – 3 ablets (motion sickness)
- Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
- Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
- Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
- Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
- Omez/ Rantadine – 3 tablets (antacids)
- Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
- Gauze – 1 small roll
- Band aid –5 strips
- Cotton – 1 small roll
- ORS – 10 packets
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Moov spray (aches, & sprains)
- Knee cap, if you are prone to knee injury
- Anti fungal powder
- Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.)
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What you need to know about the trek fee
The trek fee of Rs. 3,550 + 5% GST covers all costs of the trek from Dehradun to Dehradun.
Here is what the trek fee includes:
- Accommodation – Stay is included. You will be camping in tents (3 per tent).
- Meals – All meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 2 are included. We provide simple, nutritious vegetarian food on all days of the trek.
- Transport – Transport is provided in shared cabs from Dehradun to Koti Kanasar and back.
- Camping charges – All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
- Trekking equipment – You will stay in high quality tents and sleeping bags in all the camps. Our high altitude sleeping bags can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC. We provide ice axes, roped, micro spikes, gaiters etc. as required.
- Safety equipment – First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc. will be available at all campsites to deal with emergencies.
- Services of an expert Trek Leader – All our trek leaders are qualified in basic / advanced mountaineering courses.
- Services of an expert Trek Team – The mountain staff on this trek consists of well trained guides, cooks, helpers and porters.
Here is what the trek fee excludes:
- Food during transit to and from the base camp – The trek fee does not include meals purchased during the journey to Panthwari and back.
- Backpack offloading charges – If you wish to offload your backpack, there will be an additional charge of Rs. 500 + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Panthwari (Rs.335 per day + 5% GST). Online offloading in advance is possible up to two days prior to the trek start date.
- Stay at Dehradun on the last day
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Anything apart from inclusions
Terms & Conditions
1. Cancellation: If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Indiahikes will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.
In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please login to your account and cancel. Cancellation requests will not be taken over phone or email.
The cancellation charges are as under:
- Cancellations prior to 7 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
- Cancellations less than 7 days from the start of the trek — no refund.
Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (bank charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.
2. The trek fee includes all costs of the trek from the start at the Koti Kanasar village to the end at Panthwari.
3. Pick up: Trekkers are picked up from Dehradun railway station at 6:30 am. Usually, trekkers are clubbed together with other participants to make a group.
4. Transport:Transport from Dehradun to Koti Kanasar and return from Koti Kanasar to Dehradun will be arranged by us.
5. Backpack offloading: Indiahikes expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.
Backpack offloading charges -Rs.500/- plus GST of 5%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs. 335 per day plus GST of 5%. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed. Online offloading in advance is possible up to two days prior to the trek start date.
6. Emergency during trek: In a trek a medical emergency or any other emergency may arise. If for any reason you are sent down from the trek then Indiahikes will make arrangements for your return to the base camp or nearest road head. A staff will accompany you. He may not be a trained personnel.
Evacuation or dealing with emergencies is extremely difficult in the mountains. It is time consuming as well. A normal trek of 2 hours may take 6 hours in an emergency (a sick person is not easy to evacuate). Doctors do not go along with a team. Doctors are not available at the base camp or nearest road head either. Indiahikes trek leaders are trained to administer first aid and know how to deal with issues related to the mountains. However, they are not doctors.
Registering for this trek is an understanding that you have read up on the difficulties of high altitude trekking and understand the risks. You have also understood what AMS, HAPE and HACE are. You have taken efforts to educate yourself and you are in a position to manage your own altitude related emergency.
7. Fitness: A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Therefore, on treks, cardiovascular training is critically important. You need to be able to jog a distance of 4.5 km in 30 mins before start of the trek. Unable to do so can make your trek difficult. In addition, preparation of trek needs to include strength and flexibility training. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point. Indiahikes has the right to reject candidates who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.
8. Non-liability: Indiahikes is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/equipment or other belongings on the trek.
9. Payment: Payment for the trek can be done online through credit/debit card or net banking. Cheque/draft or cash is not accepted.
10. Drinking and smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be cancelled with immediate effect.
11. Safety Protocol
a. While our itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatisation, most treks in Indian Himalayas climb quickly, which is called forced accents. Unavailability of camp sites and the Indian Himalayan terrain are the reason for this. There are chances that you will feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation while on this trek. Please be aware that your trek leader may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower attitude.
b. Our trek leaders will conduct routine health checks at all camps to measure oxygen saturation, pulse and blood pressure. Indiahikes reserves the right to exclude any trekker from climbing higher on the trek without refund if the trekker’s vital readings are below accepted norms for that altitude. These norms are available with Indiahikes trek leaders.
c. This is a high altitude trek with rough, rocky and snowy terrain. It is important that you are a fit and confident walker in mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents by yourself within a reasonable time. Indiahikes reserves the right to turn around a trekker if in the opinion of our trek leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without requiring exclusive assistance. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trek before registering.
How safe is the Deoban trek?
The Deoban trek is an easy trek. Though it’s an easy trek there are certain things that you must be aware of. The trek is a short trek but it can get really sunny as you walk up. Dehydration is something that is really common if you don’t have enough fluids to hydrate yourself.
At Indiahikes, safety of a trekker comes first. You will experience it first hand on the slope. Your team is accompanied by experienced trek leaders, safety gears, high end trek equipment, high altitude first aid kits and most importantly the right information.
If there is a medical emergency on the trek, your trek leaders are trained to handle crisis, especially related to altitude and medical emergencies. Indiahikes team carries high altitude medical equipment, oxygen cylinders, and other emergency kits.
Most situations are resolved by the trek leader’s intervention. If, however, evacuation is required, it is carried out by the Indiahikes team. There are plenty of exit points throughout the trek so any evacuation needed is taken care of. The affected participant is moved down to the nearest emergency medical centre as soon as possible. This can take time, even 1-2 days, especially from high camps. Medical expenses, if required, at the medical centre are to be borne by the participant.
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.
Right from the time you decide to register for the trek till the last day of the trek, these safety procedures will be running in the background. We have listed a few of them below:
1. Fitness criteria before registration
Over years of organising high altitude treks, we have found that safety issues thrive amongst those who are unfit and unprepared for the trek. So we have introduced an eligibility criteria for the Nag Tibba trek. Anyone who wants to register for the Nag Tibba trek has to meet the fitness requirements, with the ideal BMI. The BMI and fitness regime will require proof. A high altitude trek is not to be taken casually.
2. Monitoring health on a trek
On the Nag Tibba trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring two aspects thrice a day.
- Oxygen Level
- Pulse Rate
This will help us ensure that your body is acclimatising as required. Your blood pressure levels will be checked if the need arises.
3. High Altitude Medical Kit
Your trek leader will be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, Dexamethasone (tablets and injections) and Nifedipine. Your Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek. In addition to that, there are oxygen cylinders installed at all high altitude campsites for any emergency situations.
4. High Altitude Trek Equipment
To ensure safe trekking on snowy terrain, Indiahikes will provide you with micro-spikes to attach to your shoes. This will give you good traction on hard snow. To avoid snow from entering your shoes, Indiahikes will provide you with gaiters that you can put on over your shoes. You will have qualified technical guides with you, who will 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. The sleeping bags can withstand temperatures up to -10 degree Celsius.
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 to your trek leader as soon as you feel them.
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. De-hydration on a trek can make you lose energy very quickly. 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 high altitudes.
1. What is the style of accommodation in this trek?
You will be staying in tents on the trek. Each tent accommodates 3 people and will be shared accordingly amongst trekkers.
2. Will you provide us with tents and sleeping bags?
Yes, Indiahikes trekkers will be provided with tents and high altitude sleeping bags that can withstand temperatures as low as -10 ºC.
3. What will the temperatures be like during this trek?
Day time temperatures will range from 24-25ºC and night time temperature will range from 11-15ºC. Expect temperatures to be lower in Jan and Feb.
4. Will there be snow on this trek?
Those trekking in the months from December to March will experience snow. In January and February there will be close to 2 feet of snow towards the end of the trial.
5. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the trail as planned. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings. When it rains at the campsite, we usually get together in the dining tent and play games. The tents that you will be staying in, the dining tent, kitchen and toilet tents are all water proof, so you will stay dry inside.
6. How do we reach Koti Kanasar?
Indiahikes will arrange pick – up vehicles/shared cabs from Dehradun to Koti Kanasar at 6.30 am. This will be in shared cabs. The transportation cost is included in your trek fee.
7. How do we get back after the trek?
Indiahikes will arrange for shared cabs from Koti Kanasar to Dehradun. This cost is included in your trek fee. If you have left any bags in the cloak room at Koti Kanasar, you can collect these on the way to Dehradun.
8. Which are the best seasons for the Deoban trek?
This is a trek that can be done anytime of the year. If you’re looking for snow, then it’s best done from December – March. Autumn views are usually crystal clear. Summer is a good time to do it if you want to beat the heat of the plains. And monsoon will give you the thrill of being in the open in the mountains when it’s raining.
9. Are backpacks, raincoats and other equipment available for rent from Indiahikes?
No. There are several websites that rent out trekking equipment. Indiahikes does not rent any equipment. You may purchase trekking poles and other equipment from the Indiahikes store.
10. Is this a good trek for a first timer?
Yes, being an easy trek, Deoban is good for first timers. However, you still need to be physically fit to enjoy the trek.
11. If not the Deoban trek, what is a good alternative trek to do?
Nag Tibba and Prashar Lake are good weekend trek options that you could consider as alternatives. Both of these are easily accessible from Delhi.
12. Is there an option to offload my backpack on this trek?
Yes, there is an option to offload your backpack. This will cost Rs.500 + 5% GST if you inform us in advance. If you decide to offload once you reach Koti Kanasar the amount will be Rs.335 per day + 5% GST. The offloaded bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. Strolleys, duffel bags, suitcases etc. are not allowed. We suggest you read “5 Tips to make Carrying your Trekking Backpack Easy” before making a decision. Online offloading in advance is possible up to two days prior to the trek start date.
13. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
The minimum age requirement for this trek is 8 years. You can bring children along if they’re at least 8 and physically fit.
14. Who will be with us on the trek from Indiahikes?
An Indiahikes team consisting of a qualified Trek leader, trek guides, porters and cooks will be with you throughout the trek.
15. What are washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
Toilet tents will be set up along each campsite. There will be 2 to 4 of these toilet tents depending on the size of the group. A toilet tent will have a deep pit, where one can answer nature’s call. There will be a mound of soil and a shovel to cover it up. These are dry toilets, where you’ll have to use toilet paper. There will be a room freshener as well. It’s the most hygienic and convenient way to answer nature’s call in the wild. Please use plain toilet paper and refrain from using wet wipes since these are not bio-degradable.
16. What kind of food is served on the trek? Should we carry any food?
Indiahikes uses a well-planned menu suitable for high altitude treks. Breakfast varies from bread and butter, semia, poha to sandwiches and cornflakes. Lunch mainly comprises of roti or puri with sabzi. Dinner is complete with Dal, rice, roti and dessert. Dry ration of biscuits and chikki will be provided as well. You may carry nuts and dry fruits if necessary.
17. Will there be water sources on the way? Will two litres of water be enough?
Our campsites are pitched near water sources. For your day’s trek, two litres of water should be enough. You will find a couple of water sources on the way on Day 2. However, on Day 3, there are unlikely to be any.
18. Is there mobile network on this trek? Are there any electricity charging points on this trek?
You will receive good network up to Dehradun after which it will be intermittent. Make sure you inform anxious family members about limited connectivity on the trek. There will be no electricity charging points anywhere on the trek.
19. Do I need special snow shoes on this trek?
You don’t need special snow shoes. A good trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek. We recommend the Forclaz 500 or 600 from Decathlon. Of these, the Forclaz 600 is more water resistant. When there is snow, we provide micro spikes and gaiters.
20. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
We suggest you watch this video to for a better understanding of why a trekking pole is necessary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=LXezaCVjEao
21. When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?
Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially on high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead it opens your pores making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all Indiahikes treks. Anyone found with alcohol is quickly removed from the trek. Smoking, similarly, is not allowed on Indiahikes treks.
22. How long do we trek every day? What is the distance covered?
Day 1: Pick up from Dehradun. Dehradun to Koti Kanasar is 110 kms drive. Trek to Sarswati. (3.55 kms)
Day 2: Trek from Sarswati to Vyas Point (6.26 kms) and back to Koti Kanasar. Travel to Dehradun.
23. How do I manage the negative temperatures on the trek? Do I need special jackets?
At high altitudes, temperatures are sure to dip into negative at nights.. For these extreme cold temperatures, you need to keep the rule of 3 in mind. The rule of 3 usually takes care of cold that dip to -10°C. It is a simple formula of wearing 3 layers of woollen, inners and lower wear.
Follow this guide:
Wear one thermal and two T-shirts, three layers of woollens (two sweaters and a jacket). For your lowers wear a thermal inner with two layers of tracksuit. If you are prone to cold, just add a layer.
The temperatures dip only late in the evening and early mornings. During the day if the sun is out, then you may even be trekking in your T-shirts. Make sure you use your thermal wear only at night and not while trekking.
A woollen cap/balaclava and gloves are a must.
24. What all do I need to carry on the trek?
Click here to get the list of all the things you need to carry on the trek.
25. Is it safe to trek with Indiahikes?
All high altitude treks come with their share of risks. At Indiahikes, we pay utmost importance to safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker’s life is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it. Before you go on the trek, make sure you’re thoroughly acquainted with the safety procedures followed on a trek.
How to get to Koti Kanasar
Delhi → Dehradun → Koti kanasar
Koti Kanasar is a small village on the border of the Dehradun District and Sirmaur District. It shares its border with Himachal Pradesh, another Indian state.
Indiahikes organises transport from Dehradun to Koti Kanasar. The cost of the transport is included in the trek fee. The transport will be organised at 6.30 am from Dehradun Railway Station on Day 1. You will reach Koti Kanasar by 11.00 am.
To reach Dehradun
The best way to reach Dehradun is to take a train from Delhi. Here are the options –
- 12205 Nandadevi Express – 23.50 – 5.40
- 12055 DDN Jan Shatabdi – 15.20 – 21.10 (reach the previous night)
If you cannot find a train, then take a bus. To stay on the safe side, book buses online in advance. Book such that you have some buffer time to make it to Dehradun on time for the pick-up; buses usually get delayed.
The trek ends back at Koti Kanasar. Indiahikes arranges transport from here to Dehradun. The cost is included in your trek fee. You will reach Dehradun late in the evening. Book your onward journey from Dehradun after 10.00 pm.