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.
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. getIt 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 ends at the popular hill station of Chakrata. 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!
Banner image by Mahipal Bhisht
Trekkers often ask us these questions about the Deoban trek
These questions were answered by Latika Payak, Digital Content Manager at Indiahikes.
❖ How do I get to Deoban?
Deoban trek is accessible from the quaint village of Lokhandi. To reach Lokhandi, you need to drive from Dehradun to Sahiyya to Chakrata. This drive takes close to 3 hours.
From Lokhandi, you trek for 2 hours and cover 4 kms to reach your first campsite Saraswati.
The next day you will trek 11 kms in 6 kms during which you reach the Vyas Point (9279 feet) and then descend to Chakrata.
❖ How can I reach Chakrata from Dehradun?
From Dehradun you can either get Indiahikes shared cabs if you are trekking with us or book your own private cab that will take you to Chakrata. The distance is 89.6 kms. If you are trekking with Indiahikes, then you will find Indiahikes shared cabs at 6.30 am on Day 1 of your trek at Dehradun railway station. These cabs will take you to the base village of Lokhandi.
If you are trekking on your own, you will need to hire a private cab to reach if you are time bound as bus timings are tad erratic.
❖ How do I get from Delhi to Chakrata?
From Delhi, there are two routes to Chakrata – via Dehradun and via Paonta Sahib. If you are traveling by road, go via Paonta Sahib as it is shorter (approx. 325 kms). This route travels from Delhi to Panipat, Kurukshetra, Yamuna Nagar – Paonta Sahib, Vikasnagar and Dakpatthar before reaching Chakrata.
If you wish to take the train, then go via 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
❖ What is the time it takes to do the Deoban Trek?
It just takes one weekend to do the Deoban trek if you start from Dehradun. The basecamp for Deoban is around 90 kms (3 hours drive) from Dehradun. And the takeaways in terms of the beauty and viewpoints in this one weekend are incredible!
Starting from Lokhandi village (near Chakrata), it takes you around 2 hours (4 kms) to reach the first campsite – Saraswati. On Day 2, it will take you 6 hours (11 kms) to reach Chakrata via Vyas Point. So, keep a weekend aside for this trek. It is doable if you start early in the morning from Dehradun. You can aim to be back to Dehradun by 8 pm the next day.
Day 1: Pick up from Dehradun railway station at 6.30 am.
Drive from Dehradun to Lokhandi.
Trek from Lokhandi to Saraswati Campsite (8,193 ft)
Trek distance: 4 km
Day 2: Trek from Sarswati (8,193 feet) to Vyas Point (9,279 feet) and back to Chakrata
Trek distance: 11 km
Drive back to Dehradun.
Reach Dehradun Railway Station by 8 pm.
Important points to note:
1. The breakfast during transit from Dehradun to Lokhandi is not included in the trek fee.
2. You will be staying in tents overnight (3 per tent).
3. Keep your original govt. approved ID card with you.
4. Ti reach Dehradun, avoid the Mussoorie Express. It’s always late. Take the Nanda Devi Express or Jan Shatabdi Express.
5. Plan your return travel post 9 pm from Dehradun.
Day 1: Dehradun to Lokhandi to Saraswati.
Distance: 90 km drive and 4 km trek.
Time: 4 hrs drive and 2 hr trek.
The road journey from Dehradun to Lokhandi takes 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 4 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 Chakrata via Vyas Point. Ride back to Dehradun
Distance: 11 km trek. 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.
Descend to Chakrata and take the ready cabs. You will reach Dehradun by 8 pm.
Plan Your Travel Deoban Weekend Trek
It is great to see you going on the Deoban Weekend Trek. While it is a great trek to do, you need to get your travel plan worked out perfectly. Here is a step-by-step guide on what to do next. Use this guide and nothing else to plan your travel.
- A quick view of your travel plan (Skip to section)
- Planning your onward air/train booking (Skip to section)
- Planning return air/train booking (Skip to section)
- Planning your hotel booking (Skip to section)
- How to reach Panthwari on your own (Skip to section)
1. Here’s a quick view on how to plan your travel
Day 0: Book your air ticket to Delhi or Dehradun. If Dehradun, proceed to Dehradun Railway Station for pickup. If Delhi, book night train/bus to Dehradun. Click here for more explanation.
Day 1: Dehradun to Lokhandi drive. It is a 4 hour drive from Dehradun. Lokhandi is the basecamp for your trek.
We organise transport to Lokhandi from Dehradun Railway station. Our vehicles leave at 6:30 am sharp. Transport cost is included.
Trek Lokhandi to Saraswati (8,193 ft); 2 hours, 3.5 km
Day 2: Trek Saraswati (8,193 ft) to Vyas Point (9,279 ft) and back to Lokhandi via Sarswati. Ride back to Dehradun. 6 hour trek, 16 km and 3.5 hour drive.
Day 3: Book return train ticket to Delhi from Dehradun (Nanda Devi or Mussoorie express). Or book direct air ticket from Dehradun.
|Note: While getting to Lokhandi, we recommend you arrive a day earlier and stay at Dehradun (Day zero). On your return from the trek you will get off at Dehradun. You reach Dehradun between 9:00 and 10:00 pm.
Your travel route to the Lokhandi basecamp passes through hill towns of Chakrata and Sahiyya.
2. Planning your onward flight/train booking
If you are traveling from Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai or any other city, book your air tickets for Day Zero, which is the day before Day 1 on the itinerary. If your trek start day is 25 August, book your air tickets for 24 August to either Delhi/Dehradun.
There are two options.
Option 1: Fly directly to Dehradun
We recommend this. It gives you an added rest day at Dehradun. Most metros are directly connected to Dehradun. However, if the cost of the flight ticket to Dehradun is too high, book to Delhi and connect to Dehradun by train/bus.
The Dehradun airport is inconvenient when it comes to city connectivity.
Taxis are available from the airport (plenty). Prepaid taxis are available (look for the pre-paid taxi counter just out of the conveyor belt at the arrivals). You can also flag down a taxi (bargain a bit) with taxis outside the airport. Airport taxis are exorbitant. They usually charge Rs 1500.
Usually, most passengers take taxis from the airport. Try to hook up with co-passengers on the flight for your taxi ride to Dehradun.
|Pro Tip: If you want to save real money walk 1.5 km to get to the Dehradun-Rishikesh national highway just outside the airport terminal complex. Take a bus till ISBT Dehradun which will charge you Rs. 40. From ISBT Dehradun take a shared auto (shared autos are called Vikrams) till Dehradun Railway Station. Shared autos charge about Rs. 10.
Option 2: Flying to Delhi
Flying to Delhi may be a lot cheaper than getting to Dehradun. Make sure to book a flight that reaches Delhi by 8.00 pm. You must arrive in Delhi on Day Zero and not on Day 1.
|Note: If you notice the difference in air ticket prices between Delhi and Dehradun less than Rs 1000 then book directly to Dehradun. The rest and shorter travel time is worth the difference.
Next, book yourself in the Nanda Devi Express to Dehradun (Train No: 12401). It is a fully AC train that leaves at 23.45 hrs from Hazrat Nizamuddin and gets to Dehradun at 5.40 am in the morning.
|Note: Earlier the Nanda Devi express would depart from New Delhi railway station. From 26 Aug 2019, it leaves from Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station. The train now comes from Kota. So expect about 15 to 30 mins delay in arrival. The train number has changed too from 12206 to 12401.
For Metro train connectivity from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, take a metro to Dhaula Kuan metro station. Get off and walk down to Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus metro station (there are convenient travelator belts over a skywalk). Take a metro to Hazrat Nizamuddin metro station over the pink line. It takes about 45 mins to an hour to get to Hazrat Nizamuddin over the metro.
At Dehradun, wait for Indiahikes pickup at 6.30 am. Contact your driver by 6.00 am. The number of your transport coordinators will be shared with you a week prior to your departure.
Caution: Do not book on any other train except the Nanda Devi Express. The other option, Mussoorie express, is notorious for its delay. Your pickup vehicle may leave without you. If you do not get tickets on the Nanda Devi Express, take a bus from Delhi to Dehradun, but do not book on the Mussoorie express.
Pro Tip: Take the afternoon Jan Shatabdi express from New Delhi railway station (leaves at 15.20 pm) to arrive at Haridwar by 9.10 pm. Stay overnight at Dehradun. Take the Indiahikes pickup the next morning directly from Dehradun Railway Station.
If in case you do not get a train ticket, there are regular Volvo AC buses from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmiri Gate to Dehradun. You also get Non-AC buses. Buses are frequent and not usually crowded. You can get a bus almost every half hour. Buses take 7-8 hours to get to Dehradun from Delhi. AC bus tickets cost about Rs 700.
If your onward flight departs from Delhi, then book flight tickets for Day 4. Sometimes trekkers worry if they can book an early morning flight out of Delhi on Day 3. Yes, you can. But book flights that depart only after 8 am. Do not book any flight between 6.00 and 8 am. You may not reach Delhi on time.
How to get to Delhi on time for an early morning flight.
If your flight is early, say between 8.00 and 9.00 am, then there are two options.
Train: Take the Nanda Devi Express from Haridwar (12402) that leaves Haridwar slightly past midnight (00.17 hrs) to get to Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station at 4.50 in the morning. From Hazrat Nizamuddin, you get airport buses from outside the station as well as taxis. Metro train is somewhat inconvenient from Hazrat Nizamuddin.
|Note: Earlier Nanda Devi express would arrive at New Delhi railway station. From 26 August 2019, it has been extended up to Kota. It no longer goes to the New Delhi railway station. Instead, it goes to the Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station. The train number has changed from 12206 to 12402.
Bus: The other option is to take a bus from Dehradun. It is about 5½ – 6 hrs journey to Delhi. So if you take a bus that leaves around 9.00 pm, then expect to reach Delhi at around 3.00 am (ISBT Kashmiri Gate). A bus that leaves at 10 pm will reach Delhi around 4.00 am. AC Volvo buses are the fastest, so opt for them. Non AC buses can take up to 7-8 hrs for the journey.
From Kashmiri Gate ISBT you get Airport buses or taxis.
|Note: Metro trains in Delhi do not start before 5.00 am.
If you are taking a flight out of Dehradun
If you are taking a flight out of Dehradun, then book yourself on Day 3. Most metros are now well connected by Dehradun by flight.
Hotel options at Dehradun
Hotel Drona, which is a government property owned by the GMVN is decent. It is old, but a large and spacious property. It is about 1.5 km from Dehradun railway station. Rooms start at Rs 750.
Book online http://gmvnl.in/newgmvn/online_reservation/
MyRoom252 is a new backpacker facility in Dehradun. Modern, colorful and clean. Bunk beds start at Rs 300. Rooms are available too. It is not too far from the Dehradun Railway station. Shared autos (which are called Vikrams) can get you there.
Phone: 086308 81083.
For online booking: http://www.myroom252.com/
Nomads House is another new backpackers hostel in Dehradun. The atmosphere is good. The place neat and clean. Indiahikes trek leaders love Nomads House. It is about 10 mins from the Dehradun railway station. Bunk beds start at Rs 400, rooms start at Rs 800. Shared autos are easily available to get to Nomads House.
If you miss the Indiahikes pick up from Dehradun. Here is how you can get to Lokhandi base camp on your own.
If you are at Dehradun, take an early morning 5 AM bus which goes beyond the base camp Lokhandi. Lokhandi is a small place with just one hotel and a few dhabas. Tell the bus driver to stop at Koti Kanasar Shiv Temple, which is the starting point.
Bus Ticket: Rs. 160/-,113 Km, 5 hours journey
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 47 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.
- Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes since these are not biodegradable. We do not like biodegradable wet wipes because they take a long time to decompose in the mountains. Use toilet paper instead.
- Sanitary waste: Make sure you bring your used sanitary napkins back to the city with you. Carry a zip lock bag to put used napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose sanitary napkins in the mountains.
- Cutlery:Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons. We do not allow biodegradable or disposable cutlery on our treks.
- Two water bottles: 1 liter each
- 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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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.
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 7 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 20% cancellation charges.
– Cancellation less than 7 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 3 days before the starting date of the trek — Get a monetary refund with 4% cancellation charges.
- Cancellation of rental gear less than 3 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.
- Login to your Indiahikes Trek Dashboard using this link.
- Find your upcoming trek on your home page.
- Click on “Cancel Trek”
- Mention why you’re cancelling your trek on the form that appears.
- Choose either a voucher or a refund (where applicable).
- 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.
Your trek 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 Lokhandi and back from Chakrata to Dehradun.
- 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.
Your trek does not include –
- Food during transit to and from the base camp – The trek fee does not include meals purchased during the journey to Lokhandi and back to Dehradun.
- 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 Lokhandi (Rs.350 per day + 5% GST).
- Stay at Dehradun on the last day
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Anything apart from inclusions
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
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 5 km in 40 mins before the 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 and upload the fitness screenshots on your dashboard. Trekkers who have not adequately prepared may be asked to discontinue the trek at any point.
Indiahikes has the right to reject trekkers who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.
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%. You can opt for offloading directly your dashboard after your payment is done for the trek.
Partial offloading is not allowed. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
Online offloading in advance is possible up to three days prior to the trek start date.
Transport from Dehradun to Lokhandi and return from Chakrata to Dehradun will be arranged by us and is included in the trek fee.
Can you pick me from Mussoorie?
Mussoorie is not on the way, we take the route from Dehradun to Chakrata and then Lokhandi. You will have to come to Dehradun station.
How do we reach Lokhandi?
Indiahikes will arrange pick – up vehicles/shared cabs from Dehradun to Lokhandi at 6.30 am. This will be in shared cabs. The transportation cost is included in your trek fee.
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 Lokhandi, the amount will be Rs.350 per day + 5% GST. The offloaded bag should not weigh more than 9 kg. Strolleys, duffel bags, suitcases etc. are not allowed. Online offloading in advance is possible up to two days prior to the trek start date.
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. There are some spots on the trek where signal is might be available. So make sure you finish your important telephone calls before starting from there, and inform family members about poor connectivity during the trek. You will not have access to electricity charging points anywhere during the trek.
Do you have a locker facility?
You can leave your extra luggage for the trek in the vehicle that takes you to the basecamp, we do not have any other facility.
Ensure you do not keep any valuables at the base.
Laptops, mobile phones, cash or any important items cannot be kept here.
Can I change into trekking clothes before the trek starts?
You can use the Dehradun railway station rest rooms, they are clean. Or the next place is the campsite on the trek.
Here is what trekkers have to say about their experience at Deoban Weekend Trek
In our years of experience as a trekking organisation, we have observed that adults imbibe lessons from the outdoors on a daily basis. Children are much more receptive to the world in their growing years. It is the perfect time to inculcate valuable lessons from trekking which will stay with them throughout their life.
On a family trek, not only are you exposing your child to trekking at a young age but you are also deepening your bond as a family. Trekking facilitates this sense of heightened bond as well their own personal growth.
Kedarkantha is right up there as one of the best treks for children.It’s a trek that comes with a huge sense of achievement upon climbing the summit at 12,500 ft! The bonus is that it covers short distances everyday and you’re at the next campsite before lunch!
This initiative is under the Experiential Learning Programme.
How Is It Different From A Regular Trek?
Family treks will have only families with their children of age limit 8 to 17. Children of age 13-17 can also join this trek without their parents. Further we also have scholarships for children trekking as part of the family treks. For 8 -12 year olds 50 % scholarship, and for 13-17 year olds a 30% scholarship.
Parents have the support and comfort of having other parents in the same group. Children will trek and be engaged in activities along with other children. This will encourage them to form meaningful bonds of friendship.
On the first day, we will organise the children into teams. They will be responsible for certain camp related activities and will switch roles every other day.
Here’s a peek into what the teams will do:
- The Camp set-up team oversees pitching of tents. They make sure pitching and dismantling is done properly. They also help those who need assistance.
- The Green Trails team ensures that everyone are engaged with keeping the trails and campsites clean. They oversee waste segregation. They see to it that the toilets and washing areas are set up and clean.
- The Cooking team assists the cook and helps in serving all meals. They ensure that all eat well and there is no wastage.
- The Trek Leader Assistants team assists the Trek Leader in keeping discipline with regard to timing. They will also aid those who are struggling or need any help.
Along with this there will also be co-operative games, star gazing on clear nights, story time, wilderness survival tips and knowledge sharing sessions.
Reflections at the end of each day will allow children to contemplate their learnings and experiences of the day. It’s a time of introspection and gratitude.
What Scholarships we provide
We are offering a scholarship to all children trekking with us on the exclusive family batches.
- 8 – 12 year olds – 50% scholarship
- 13 – 17 year olds – 30% scholarship
You can follow these steps to avail them:
Step 1: Click on the date that suits you on the selected trek page.
Step 2: Start the registration process. You will require unique emails IDs for all participants, including the children.
Step 3: For the scholarship – before making the payment, send an email with a proof-of-age of your child to [email protected] Any id card with the Date Of Birth will do.
Note: Mention the subject line as “Proof of age for (selected trek).”
Step 4: Our Trek Coordinator will get back to you within 24 hours with a voucher for your child.
Step 5: Make the payment once you get a thumbs up from the Trek Coordinator.
Will My Child Be Safe on trek?
We understand that trekking with your child may cause you to worry about their safety. All our past family trekkers however have always found our treks to be safe.
Here are some of the commonly asked questions we receive from parents.
– Who will ensure safety on the trek?
Our Trek Leaders are certified Wilderness First Responders. They have been trained in wilderness survival and emergency medical aid. They are capable of taking care of any emergency on a trek.
Our staff is constantly in touch with each other though radio communication to ensure that all the children and safe and sound.
– What safety gear do you carry?
We carry fully stocked high altitude first aid kits, oxygen cylinders, ropes and stretchers. In addition to this these treks have easily accessible exit routes for any emergency evacuation. Click on this link to watch a video about what equipment we use.
– How do I prepare my children for a Himalayan Trek?
Active preparation is important for any trek, especially for children. Watch this video on how to get children trek fit.
Also remember to pack the right things for the trek.
Our Experience With Children
In 2018 alone, we have taken 943 children below 18 years of age on our Himalayan treks. This is not counting the 1000+ school students we have taken on local and Himalayan treks.
There is no doubt that children naturally learn more in the outdoors. The joyful memories created and the natural learning experienced can last a lifetime!
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