Deoban Weekend Trek

A Rare Weekend Forest Trail Near Chakrata
Trek Fee : 3,550 + 5% GST
Difficulty
Difficulty
Easy-Moderate
Duration
Duration
2 Days
Altitude
Maximum Altitude
9,279 ft
Pickup point
Pickup point
Dehradun Railway station
Required Fitness
Base Camp
2 Days
Age
Minimum Age
8
Best time to visit
Best time to visit
Dec to May

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. 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.

The forests of Deoban are rare because they extend throughout the trail and not just for a few hours. Picture by Krunal Patel
The Deodar forests after a snowfall. The trek retains snow from January to around mid-April. Picture clicked in January by Krunal Patel

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

Easy Accessibility

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!

Trekkers approaching their camp for the night, a lovely clearing amongst coniferous forests. Picture by Krunal Patel

Banner image by Mahipal Bhisht

SHORT ITINERARY 

Day 1: Pick up from Dehradun Bus Stand (ISBT)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.

Detailed Itinerary

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 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 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

Bandarpunch(6102 meters)
Srikantha(6133 meters)
Swargarohini Massif( 6252 meters)
Kirti Stambh(6270 meters)
Rishikot(6236 meters)
Mandani parvat(6193 meters)
Nanda Ghunti(6309 meters)
Sumeru Parvat(6351 meters)
Bethartoli Massif(6352 meters)
Kalanag(6373 meters)
Jorkanden(6473 meters)
Rangrik Rang(6553 meters)
Gangotri Massif(6672 meters)
Bhartekunta(6578 meters)
Kharchakund(6612 meters)
Jaonli(6632 meters)
Bhripanth(6772 meters)
Kedardome(6831 meters)
Chaukhamba Massif(7138 meters)
Kedarnath Peak(6940 meters)
Trishul(7120 meters)
Dunagiri(7066 meters)
Hardeol(7151 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.

How to get to Lokhandi

Delhi → Dehradun → Lokhandi

Lokhandi 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 Lokhandi. 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 Lokhandi 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.

Interactive map

Getting back

The trek ends back at Chakrata. 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.

Network Connectivity

There is no network on this trail. If you are lucky, there are chances you will find network in a few patches. Do now count on this to make any important phone calls.

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 (Skip to section)
> A list of everything you need for the trek (Skip to section)
> A list of medicines for your trek (Skip to section)
> A list of mandatory documents (Skip to section)
> A downloadable checklist (Skip to section)
> Rental gear (Skip to section)

Useful videos to help you with your gear

Bare necessities:

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.

Clothes

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.

Accessories

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.

Others

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Two water bottles: 1 liter each
  5. 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

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

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the below documents. The Disclaimer certificate needs 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.)
  • Disclaimer- Download PDF

If you’re shopping or packing for the trek, you can download this quick and simple checklist for offline use.

Here’s a quick info-graphic to give you an overview of everything you need in your backpack.

Rent gear from Indiahikes

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

Any abnormal reading will be paid special attention to and action will be taken immediately.

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.

Trek Cancellation Policy 

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 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.

Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (cancellation charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.

In the unlikely case of a trek being called off by us at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen 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.

Your trek includes –

  1. Accommodation – Stay is included. You will be camping in tents (3 per tent).
  2. 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.
  3. Transport – Transport is provided in shared cabs from Dehradun to Lokhandi and back from Chakrata to Dehradun.
  4. Camping charges – All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 –

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Stay at Dehradun on the last day
  4. Personal expenses of any kind
  5. Anything apart from inclusions
Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

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.

Fitness

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 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.

Backpack Offloading

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%. 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

Transport

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

Zareen Zareen

Batch of
November 2019

This trek was an amazing experience of my life. Though I have been to many places with my friends and when you travel with known people then caring and sharing is very natural. The most striking point here would be, we learnt to care and share with those whom we are not attached to and that makes a big difference.  Unknown becomes known and finally we departed with great memory.

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Video by Mr. Rajesh Sehgal

 

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.

Most families that trek together work towards staying fitter and healthier. Photo by Manjari Singh

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.

Children will be split into four teams with an important camp responsibility role.

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 prathima@indiahikes.com. 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.

Children are excited to get certificates at the end of the trek from our Trek Leader.

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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15 thoughts on “Deoban Weekend Trek

  1. Hi!

    I wish to do this trek, but there are so few dates available. Will there be more dates opening up soon? I wish to do this somewhere near the end of December/early January.

    Thanks

    1. Hi Brolin, we have dates till the end of December. But we are not likely to open up dates in peak winter months — January and February. This particular trail receives very high snow and gets completely blocked in peak winter. It begins to open up only by March. So avoid going here too deep into winter. Early – end of December should be fine.

        1. In March, there’s still some winter snow that has accumulated. If you don’t want to see snow, go early in April or mid-April.

  2. Hi Swati

    I am planning to do Family trek dates of 25th Dec with my Wife and 2 kids. I want your opinion of bringing kids alongwith and anything I should be concerned of, kids details are below:
    1) Son-turning 8 on 21st Dec so kind of Bday gift for him.
    2) Daughter- 2y6m, small kid but want her to meet mountains, so I think with proper winter wear, should not be an issue with her. Leaving final call with you.

    1. Hi Raveesh, your 8 year old son should be able to do this trek. It’s going to be cold and likely snowy in December end, so make sure he is kept warm enough with at least 5 layers on the trek. It’s a wonderful birthday gift btw. 🙂

      As for your daughter, I wouldn’t recommend bringing her along. We don’t take children below six on any high altitude treks. If you have someone who can come along, maybe she can be at the base camp with them. But taking her on the trek is not something we would recommend.

      1. Hi swati ,

        We r planning for a family trek this dec. Last week or jan 1st week .

        Tell us the upcoming trek on these days .
        My daughter age is 13 years and son age is 3.5 years .

        Guide us how it will managed for all of us to trek.

        1. Hi Arvind, it’s wonderful that you plan to take your family on a trek. I just saw the ages of your children. While your 13-year-old daughter can go on a trek, your 3.5 year old son is too young for a high altitude trek, even the easiest one. We have a minimum age limit of 7 for all our treks. So he will have to wait a few years.

          Keeping that in mind, Dayara Bugyal would be the best trek for your family to do. Even your 13 year old daughter should be able to manage the cold and the climb, provided you all carry enough warm layers (at least 5). You’ll find all details and dates of the Dayara Bugyal trek here – https://indiahikes.com/dayara-bugyal-trek/

          You just have to sign up online and our Trek Experience Managers will get in touch with you on how to prepare for the trek. If you have any more questions, you could give us a call on 080-468-01269. We’ll be able to help you better over the phone.

    1. Hi Maan, there’s not likely to be much snow as early as December. It will be cold, minus the snow, but with great views and lovely clear skies in November.

    1. Hi Dr Yogita, we do not have any batches for the Deoban Trek in January. Over the past few years we have noticed that there is a lot of snow, making it difficult to conduct treks.

      The Nag Tibba Trek or Sainj Valley Trek, which are also weekend treks, are great alternatives 🙂

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