Why Deoriatal – Chandrashila is the best Rhododendron trek!
Deoriatal is in itself a gorgeous trek. The forest trails and the summit climb are unmatched! If you add to this the vibrant rhododendron forests, you will never want to leave this piece of heaven! There are three things that are really stunning about the Deoriatal to Chandrashila peak trek.
Grand summit views
As you climb up to Chandrashila, one by one, all the major summits of Western and Eastern Uttarakhand pop into view. When we say all, we mean all. And as everyone knows, the summits seen from Uttarakhand are the tallest ones in India. Nowhere on a trek that is so easily approachable do you get to see all these summits so close. Standing on top of Chandrashila summit is a blessing.
Forests with plenty of variety
To begin with, Deoriatal has the best forest trail amongst all our treks. If you take the section between Deoriatal lake and Bhrujgali, it is sometimes stunning to imagine how much variety jungles can be in. There are sections with thick wooded trees, there are moss-covered trails through enveloping tunnels and there are trails that weave through clearings in the jungles. Apart from rhododendrons, you spot maple, oaks and pine, to name a few varieties of trees.
Other highlights – Bird watching
There are thousands of birds to sight and photograph. If there was a birders’ trail, then it has got to be Deoriatal. It is often a wonder why people travel to Sikkim, to Goechala, to photograph birds. Deoriatal has more birds to show in one day than the entire Goechala trek. Click here to see the many birds you can spot on the trail.
Whom is the trek meant for?
This trek is great for first timers who want an introduction to trekking in the Himalayas. It’s also a must do for seasoned trekkers who are looking for a visual delight. The rhododendron forests, meadows and the innumerable species of birds make this trek come alive. Children from the age of 9 can do this trek in summers. The Deoriatal Chandrashila peak trek has all the components of a great Himalayan trek. The stunning mountain views on this trek is something that no other trek can offer.
Difficulty level and Preparation
The Deoriatal Chandrashila summit trek is graded as a moderate trek. Having said that, every Himalayan trek is difficult for those who have not prepared for it adequately. The climb to Chandrashila is a 2,000ft ascent which also requires good cardiovascular preparation. Everyone feels the strain on this day. In winter when the trail is under snow, trudging through the snow early in the morning will definitely test your preparation and fitness. To learn how to get fit for the trek, click here.
What are the risks involved?
The Deoriatal Chandrashila peak trek is a high altitude trek. Though an easy-moderate trek, the danger of acute mountain sickness can never be wished off. In the months of December and March, walking on snow and ice can be tricky. Indiahikes provides microspikes which offer grip on hard snow. Our technical guides will also assist trekkers to tackle snow for the summit climb. In case of emergencies, there are easy exit routes from Sari and Chopta which have road connectivity.
ATM points and Mobile connectivity
You get mobile connectivity for Airtel, Vodafone and BSNL numbers at Sari. At Deoriatal you may get weak signals for BSNL and Airtel. Signal is intermittent in the mountains. Do not depend on it. Finish all your important calls at the towns on the way to Sari. Please inform anxious family members about limited phone connectivity.
Ukhimath, around 13 km before Sari, will be the last point where you will get an ATM.
Here are a few blog posts about the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek.
Here’s a short itinerary of the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek
|Day 1||Getting to base camp, Sari, will take you 7-8 hours from Haridwar. Transport will be arranged from Haridwar Railway Station at 6.30 AM on Day 1. Cost of cab per person – Rs.1,100.|
|Day 2||Sari (6,601 ft) to Deoriatal (7,841 ft); 3 km, 1 hour|
|Day 3||Deoriatal (7,841 ft) to Chopta (8,790 ft); 14 km, 7 hours|
|Day 4||Chopta Circuit (8,800 ft); 3 hours|
|Day 5||Chopta (8,790 ft) to Tungnath and Chandrashila (12,083 ft) and back to Chopta; 4 hours|
|Day 6||Chopta to Haridwar. You will reach Haridwar between 6 PM and 7 PM.|
It is advised that you keep a buffer day because the weather is unpredictable in the mountains. Rest at Haridwar for the night. You can explore Haridwar the next day and take the Mussoorie Express or Nanda Devi Express to Delhi in the evening.
Detailed trek Itinerary
There are three reasons one must do this trek – the forests, the birds and the fabulous mountain views. For three days, you trek through dense rhododendron, maple and oak forests. On the fourth day, you trek with the most astounding views of the Garhwal peaks. Atop the peak, on a clear day, you can get a 360 degree view of peaks like Nanda Devi, Chaukhambha and Trishul.
Deoriatal, on the other hand, is a picture-perfect lake and camping beside it is reason enough to do this trek. Post monsoon, the skies are crisp and clear showcasing the massive summits. The forests, on the other hand, are changing into the autumn colours of yellow and orange. Another highlight of the trek is the chance to climb up to the world’s highest Shiva temple. Tungnath is a thousand-year-old temple and is one of the five Panch Kedar, the holiest of Shiva temples. The sunrise from the Chandrashila summit wraps up the trek with strong emotions and memories to take back home.
Day 1: Getting to the base camp – Sari
- Altitude: 6,601 ft (Sari)
- Time taken: 7-8 hour drive from Haridwar. Transport from Haridwar Railway station at 6:30 AM.
On the first day of the trek, you will be driving from Haridwar to Sari. The journey is picturesque, as you pass through Devaprayag, the confluence of rivers Alakananda and Bhagirathi to form river Ganga. The entire journey traverses the mountain side, with the river flowing below you. Quick tip: Pick the window seat on the right to enjoy the views!
You can click here for more information on how to reach Sari.
You will reach Sari by 6:00 pm. Sari is a small village with around 100 houses. If you reach Sari when the sun is still out, go down to the village and walk around. The paddy fields are so prettily laid out that they almost beckon to you. There is a small school amidst the fields. This school was built in 1947 and is the only school at Sari. The views around the village are gorgeous!
Alternatively, one can also start the trek from Ukhimath by taking another trekking route over the mountain for an 8 km steep incline trek to Sari. However, if you are short of time, this can be avoided. You can instead proceed to Sari via road.
Day 2: Sari to Deoriatal
- Altitude: 6,601 ft to 7,841 ft
- Time taken: 1 hour, 3 km
- Trek gradient: Easy. Gradual climb on a well-defined rocky trail, which becomes steeper after the first 10 minutes. Short descent to the camp site after an hour of climbing.
- Water sources: None. Carry around 1 litre of water from Sari.
The adventure starts from Sari. There is a sign-board indicating the trek route to Deoriatal in the heart of the small market in Sari, next to Hira and Murali Singh Negi Tourist House. The sign board says Devariya Tal, which is an alternative name for the lake. It’s called so because it’s believed that devis (Goddesses) once came to the lake to take a dip.
A well-defined rocky trail is laid here. This trail begins with a gradual climb up the mountain. After approximately 15 minutes, you will come across village houses and an old local temple. Take in the pretty view of vast farmlands from here.
Ten minutes into the hike, the trail starts to become steeper. The forest has been cleared here, so you will get a good view all around. At the valley facing end, you can see the summit of Chandrashila and below it, the holy Tungnath temple. You may need binoculars to spot the temple. The trail is well-defined all the way to Deoriatal. Ensure that you take the trail towards the left.
From here, you will need to follow the trail that winds up the mountain ridge. After a steady uphill trek for about 20-30 minutes, you will reach the first view-point. The Forest Department has constructed a hawa ghar for the travellers here. This spot is ideally located to relax and feast your eyes with a grand view of the mountains and the valley.
From here, take the trail that goes by a beautiful rhododendron and maple forest. After a steady hike of ten minutes, you will reach the second view point. Now, at 7,434 feet, Sari is no longer visible.
With only a kilometre left, you will find yourself at the backside of the mountain and you will get a view of the Ukhimath side of the valley, though only for a while. You are now nearing your destination. Another 20 minutes later, you reach a dhaba.
Deoriatal is just two minutes away from here. After a very short downhill trek, your surroundings open up to a grand view of Deoriatal, with Mt. Chaukhambha massifs looming in the background.
You have almost the entire day to yourself. You can go around the campsite and explore the trails around. The forests around here are lovely. You’ll be able to see and hear several rare Himalayan birds. There’s a watch tower close to the lake that gives you grand views of the surrounding mountains.
Camp beside Deoriatal for the night. The beauty of the view generally intensifies in the morning, when the clouds have cleared to offer unreal views of the hills.
Day 3: Deoriatal to Chopta
- Altitude: 7,841 ft to 8,790 ft
- Time taken: 7-8 hours, 14 km
- Trek gradient: Moderate. Initial 45 minutes of gradual ascent followed by 40 minutes of rapid descent, easing off after an hour of ascent to reach Rohini Bugyal. Series of ascents and descents to Chopta – 20-30 minutes each.
- Water sources: Carry 2 litres of water from Deoriatal. Your first water source will be around 20 minutes before Rohini Bugyal, which could be frozen in winter. Other sources are Akash Kamini waterfall en route Bhrujgali and a brook before Bhrujgali.
Walk along the left side of the lake towards the Forest Guest Lodge. Pass by a watch tower and proceed from behind the Forest Lodge from your right. A lovely forest trail awaits you. Full of rhododendron and maple trees, the trail is a picturesque one. Every now and then, the Kedar Dome and Chaukhamba peaks peek at you through the trees on your left.
After 15 minutes of forest walk from the guest house, look for a small clearing as you exit the forest. In front of you, the Chandrashila peak is visible. Below, towards your right, you can see Sari village again.
Observe the open expanse and a view of the forested ridge running all the way to Chopta. This is the logical route of the forest ridge trek to the base of Chandrashila Peak. Take the ascending trail ahead of you as you get much better views from both sides of the valley. Towards your left, you can see the mountain ridge, from where a trail to Madhmaheshwar and Nandikund trek passes.
After 15 minutes of climbing the ridge, look out for the highest point of the ridge nearest to you. This hill-top has a flag post. This is Jhandi Dhar (N 30°31.580, E 079 °08.515). In the month of March and April, the trail is blazing with red and pink flowers of rhododendron.
After 15 minutes of following the laid trail, you reach the top of Jhandi Dhar. The ridge has a small flat ground with unobstructed views from all sides.
The forest continues to thicken throughout the trek. If you thought the forests until now were dense, you haven’t seen the start of it.
From here, proceed and take the trail that descends rapidly and connects with the forest ridge below. The descent is sharp, but pleasant. After 10-15 minutes, the trail takes an eventful turn as you enter the forest ridge from the left. The flora of the region is stupendous.
Every now and then, you might come across small shrines with bright yellow flags tied to them. These are all made by tourists and locals. You can use them as landmarks to ensure you’re on the right trail. Also, keep an eye out for wild animals such as foxes and leopards.
Keep walking on a leisurely downhill trail inside a generous cover of the Chopta forest, which will give you respite from the late morning sun. This is a quiet section of the forest with an abundance of birds. The Himalayan woodpecker and Verditer Flycatcher can easily be spotted here. Walk for another 20 minutes, until you see three trails branching out.
Take the center trail that ascends gradually. This is the trail to Rohini Bugyal and Chopta. After 20 minutes of gradual ascent, you’ll walk on level land for around 10 minutes. From here, the trail opens to a small pasture land. You exit the forest even as the view of Chandrashila peak greets you up front. Just before you, you see the second forest ridge that needs to be traversed. Take the trail from the right side of the connecting ridge. It passes by a small grassland. The trail ascends sharply as you re-enter the forest once. This part of the forest has some of the oldest oak, maple and rhododendron trees of the Kedarnath Sanctuary.
Another 20 minutes of trekking will have you reach the next landmark of the day, which is next to a small temple. This is known as Bhagdwal by the locals. By now, you have trekked approximately 5 km. There are three trails branching out from here. The one towards the right descends sharply and reconnects with Sari Village. The one that descends from the left goes to a local village near Ukhimath. Take the center trail and walk for 15-20 minutes till you reach a small meadow.
From here, you can see Kala Parvat, which is a peak located on the right of Chandrashila peak. Below Kala Parvat is a small glacial lake, called Bisuri Tal. As the legend has it, the Pandavas hid their weapons here.
The trail from here is a leisurely walk ahead for about 30 minutes as you pass a small rivulet. The stream is the only source of water and it is advisable to fill your bottles here. Rohini Bugyal is now only a 40 meter climb up from your right side.
Rohini Bughyal (N 30°31.026, E 079 °11.702) is a small meadow surrounded by a beautiful rhododendron forest and view of the Kedar dome and the Kala Parvat peaks. The sunset view from here is incomparable!
Next, you traverse the ridge of Rohini Bughyal to enter the meadows of Bhrujgali. From Rohini Bughyal, proceed towards the connecting forest ridge from your right. Observe a tall rhododendron tree, which is just a five minute walk from the camp site.
Enter the forest of upper Rohini Bugyal and reconnect with the old trail to Chopta. Follow the trail that ascends gradually all the way to the top of the forested ridge. It takes 30 minutes to reach the ridge top, which is covered in dense forest cover. The locals call this spot as Tikidi Khal.
From here, there are two trails. One goes straight ahead towards Kala Parvat. This trail goes all the way to Bisuri Tal and Nandikund. The other trail takes a sharp right turn and descends rapidly all the way to Akash Kamini, a rivulet coming from Chandrashila.
Take the second trail and descend 500 ft to reach the stream crossing. It takes 20-30 minutes to reach the stream. It’s a good idea to refill your water bottles here. There is a small bridge that needs to be crossed.
From here, take the trail that now ascends gradually with a series of three scissor bends. As you climb up, the view of the valley gets better and better. Around 20 minutes of steady climb will take you to a small meadow. There is a series of shepherd huts here made of stones. In summer, you will find locals occupying the huts with their livestock.
As you enter the meadow, look for a path that diverts towards your right and around 20 minutes of descent through a jungle trail, you would come upon a road head. Walk for about a kilometre to reach the Chopta campsite.
Day 4: Chopta Circuit
- Altitude: 8,800 ft
- Time taken: 2-3 hours
- Trek gradient: Moderate; combination of flat walks and gradual ascents.
- Water sources: None. Carry sufficient water from the campsite
Today, you will trek through dense forests, initially of rhodendendrons and later, of oak. In fact, the forest here is so dense that the locals refer to this area as ‘Andherdhar’ because sunlight barely makes its way through the tree cover. You will pass several clearings which offer brilliant views of Chaukhamba and Kedar domes.
Day 5: Chopta to Chandrashila Peak via Tungnath and back to Chopta
- Altitude: 8,790 ft to 12,083 ft
- Time taken: 4 hours, 8 km
- Trek gradient: Moderate. Sharp ascent to Tungnath (2 km) followed by steep climb to Chandrashila for about 45 minutes. Descent on the same path takes around 90 minutes.
- Water sources: None. Ensure you are well hydrated and carry 2 litres of water while starting from Chopta
Start the trek early, preferably before sunrise, so that you can treat yourself to a sunrise view from Tungnath and the Chandrashila peak. The trek from Chopta to Tungnath is accessible via a cemented pilgrim trail. From your campsite, take this trail. It ascends sharply via a series of 11 scissor bends. The walk is pleasant, but is a very steep climb. The trek up to Tungnath temple is approximately 2 km. After you reach the 10th scissor bend, look for a flag and a small open temple towards your right side.
You can now see Chandrashila peak and Tungnath temple complex at the base of the peak. The views from here onwards are incredible. A connecting peak leading to Chandrashila, known as Ravanshila, is visible to your right. Tungnath temple is only half a kilometre away from here. Towards your left, overlooking the valley is a section of Birch trees (Bhojpatra). This is a haven for birds like Monal and Griffin vulture. Take the 11th and last bend to reach the famous and holy Tungnath temple. The temple is closed in winter and you will find snow here from late December until around April.
Chandrashila peak is 1.5 km above the temple complex. The route to Chandrashila peak is from behind of the temple complex. Pass by the local dormitories and take the trail that winds from the right side of the base of Chandrashila peak. A trail goes by from here and takes a series of scissor bends. During winter, expect this trail to be completely buried in snow. Those planning to do a winter trek here are strongly advised to carry crampons/micro-spikes and an ice-axe.
The climb from Tungnath to Chandrashila is a 600 ft ascent and is a very steep climb. After you negotiate a series of switchbacks, you will reach the upper base of Chandrashila Peak. From here, the summit of Chandrashila is visible. The climb up to the summit takes 30-45 minutes.
Once at the top of the peak, you get a 360 degree view of the mountains of Garhwal and Kumaon. Walk past a temple and see some great mountains of Uttarakhand, like Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Kamet, Dunagiri, Chaukhamba, Kedar dome, Thalaysagar, Gangotri ranges, Jahanukut and more. The sunrise view from this spot is the best you will get to see in all of the Himalayas.
The trek back to Chopta is via the same route taken to reach here. It takes 20-30 minutes to reach Tungnath and another 60 minutes to reach Chopta from Tungnath.
Day 6: Depart for Haridwar
Chopta also has a few private guest lodges. Board your jeeps from here for a drive back to Haridwar. You will reach Haridwar between 6 – 7 PM.
It is advised that you keep a buffer day because the weather is unpredictable in the mountains. Rest at Haridwar for the night. You can explore Haridwar the next day and take the Mussoorie Express or Nanda Devi Express to Delhi in the evening.
How to get fit for the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek
The Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek is classified as an easy-moderate trek but like any other high altitude trek, it comes as with its challenges. The ascent to Chandrashila can be challenging, especially if you are trekking in snow (December, March and early April). You need to keep your body in fairly good condition before you begin the trek.
Cardiovascular endurance – Target 5 km in 30 minutes
The stretch from Deoriatal to Rohini Bugyal is 8 km stretch, with a 2 km burst of ascent in the end. This stretch will require a good amount of endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Ideally, you should be able to jog 5 km in 30 minutes before the start of the trek. It takes time to be able to cover this distance in the given time. Start slow and increase your pace everyday. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too.
Strength – Target 3 sets of squats with 15 in each set
This is another area you should work on. Carrying your backpack and ascending will require core body strength and also strong legs. For this, add squats to your routine. Start with 3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set and work towards reaching your target in 3 weeks.
Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.
Here’s a guide to help you get fit for the trek in 4 weeks.
Working out indoors
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.
What to take on the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek
The Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek is organised in summer and winter. Despite the time of the year, make sure you carry a poncho, as there might be unexpected showers.
If you’re trekking in winter, five layers of warm clothes are mandatory (2 sweaters, a fleece jacket, a padded jacket and thermals).
- Trekking shoes: You trekking shoes need to have a good grip so that you can manage slippery trails. You can get Forclaz 100 from Decathlon.Sports shoes will not be comfortable enough. You can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes.
- Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.
- Day pack (20 litres): On the climb to Chandrashila on the fifth day, you will be leaving your bigger backpack behind at the Bhrujgali campsite. So you’ll need a smaller backpack to carry water, snacks and your medical kit. Bring a foldable backpack. If you’re coming in a group, two of you can share a daypack.
- Three warm layers: At the campsites, especially at the higher campsite, Bhrujgali, the temperature after sundown will drop to around 2-5 degrees in Summer and about -5 degrees in winter. There might even be snow at Bhrujgali. You will need at least three warm layers (two light layers such as fleece and woollen and one padded jacket) for this trek.
- Two trek pants: Two pairs of pants should suffice for this trek. You can carry tights to wear inside your pants for the summit climb, as you’ll set out at 4 am.
- Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms.
- Thermals: Carry thermals for use at night. Keep them fresh and don’t wear them while trekking.
- Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. They are mandatory.
- Suncap: High altitude sun is very harsh and will zap out your energy. So you will need a suncap during the day.
- Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof/resistant, wind proof gloves.
- Balaclava: You may use woollen scarves instead as well.
- Socks (2 pairs): Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
- Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
- Trekking pole: Watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.
- Daypack (20 litres): If you are offloading your backpack, you will need a smaller backpack to carry water, medical kit and some light snacks.
- Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste. If you plan to use wet wipes or sanitary napkins on the trek, make sure you carry a zip lock bag to put used tissues and napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains.
- Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
- Two water bottles: 1 litre each. We recommend the Lifestraw Go. Indiahikes trekkers can get it at a discount here.
- Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
Mandatory Personal Medical Kit
- Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
- Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
- Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
- Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
- Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
- Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
- Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
- Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
- Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
- Gauze – 1 small roll
- Band aid – 10 strips
- Cotton – 1 small roll
- ORS – 10 packets
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Moov spray (aches, & sprains)
- Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.)
- Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker) – Download PDF
- Disclaimer form (to be filled by the trekker) – Download PDF
Trek fee: Rs. 8,900/-
Service tax at 9% is payable on the trek fee
- Accommodation during the trek (camping – 3 per tent)
- All meals – vegetarian
- Trekking permits and forest camping charges
- Trekking equipment (tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, ropes, etc.)
- Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretcher, etc.)
- Services of an expert trek leader (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses)
- Services of an expert trek team (guides, cooks, helpers, porters/mules)
- Transport to and from the base camp (Haridwar to Sari and return from Chopta to Haridwar)
- Food during transit to and from the base camp
- Backpack offloading charges – Rs 1250* plus service tax of 9%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs 335 per day plus service tax of 9%. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
- Stay at Haridwar on the last day
- Personal expenses of any kind
- Anything apart from the 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 e-mail us at email@example.com. Cancellation requests are not taken over phone.
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% (bank charges) from the total fee you have paid.
The trek fee includes all costs of the trek from the start at Sari village to the end of the trek at Chopta
2. Pick up: Trekkers are picked up from Haridwar railway station at 6:30 am. Usually, trekkers are clubbed together with other participants to make a group. The group travels together to Sari in shared cabs.
3. Transport: Transport from Haridwar to Sari and return from Chopta to Haridwar can be arranged by us at an extra cost. It will cost Rs.5,500 per Tata Sumo one way and Rs.8,500 per Tempo Traveller one way. Participants are expected to share the cost of the cab. The amount is to be paid directly to our transporter. No service tax is applicable on transport cost. Indiahikes only arranges the vehicle pick up and is not responsible for any issues during transport. You can choose to come independently to the base camp.
4. 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 charge for the entire trek duration is Rs. 1250/-. Partial offloading is not allowed. Charges will vary for last minute on slope offloading. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kgs. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.
5. 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.
6. 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. Cardiovascular training before a trek is critically important. Training must include strength and flexibility workout. We have laid out the eligibility criteria here. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training. Indiahikes has the right to reject candidates who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.
7. Non-liability: Indiahikes is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/equipment or other belongings on the trek.
8. Payment: Payment for the trek can be done online through credit/debit card or net banking. Cheque/draft or cash is not accepted.
9. 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.
10. 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 Indiahikestrek 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.
The Deoriatal-Chandrashila Trek is an easy one. Frankly, out of all our high altitude treks, Deoriatal-Chandrashila is the safest one. It gains altitude slowly so your body has enough time to acclimatize. We have seldom seen any cases of altitude sickness on this trek. Nevertheless, it is a high altitude trek that climbs up to 12,093 ft. At Indiahikes, we don’t let our guard down at high altitude, no matter what the altitude is.
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. In order to have a safe trek, here is some information that you must know if you have registered for this trek. At Indiahikes, we believe that as long as you are well-informed and well-prepared, you can survive easily at high altitudes.
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 Deoriatal trek.
If you want to register for the Deoriatal trek, you have to meet the fitness requirements – the upper limit is 28. Although the ideal BMI is in between 18.5 and 24.5, we have kept a big margin for those who are unfit, giving them room to work on their fitness. You can take a look at the criteria on the registration page.
2. Monitoring health on a trek
On the Deoriatal trek, your Trek Leader will be monitoring three aspects everyday.
-Oxygen Level (Thrice a day – Upon reaching the campsite, at night and in the morning)
-Pulse Rate (Thrice a day)
-Blood Pressure (once a day)
This will help us ensure that your body is acclimatising as required.
To keep an eye on these numbers, every trekker will be issued a Health Card at the beginning of the trek. The Health Card is issued to monitor the trekker’s daily health. It also contains details of what symptoms he should look out for and what action he should take during emergencies. These Health Cards will be taken back at the end of the trek.
3. High Altitude Medical Kit
Your trek leader will also be carrying a full-fledged high altitude medical kit. This will include basic medicines and specific medicines catering to altitude sickness – Diamox, Dexamethasone and Nifedipine. Your Trek Leader will also be carrying a portable oxygen cylinder throughout the trek.
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, where there might be too much snow.
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.
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 and intensify the effects of AMS. 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.
With all these processes and equipment in place, you can be rest assured that you will have a safe trek with Indiahikes.
What you need to know if you’re going on the Deoriatal trek
If you’re off on the Deoriatal trek any time between December to mid-April, there will most likely be snow on the trail. There are chances of slipping and falling down. While most times these falls are harmless because there is soft snow, sometimes, you could get injured.
You may notice that even the smallest cut or wound takes longer to heal the higher the altitude. Reasons for this are increasing stress hormones and lower overall oxygen delivery to the tissues. Wounds tend to get infected more easily as well.
Keeping your wounds clean and covered will prevent infection. Often applying a triple antibiotic ointment regularly will keep the wound from overly drying and aid in healing.
While this is the most likely issue you might face on the Deoriatal trek, you must also be aware of altitude sickness. Even in the rarest of the rare cases exist, you must be prepared to tackle it.
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
AMS occurs when your body isn’t acclimatising to its surroundings. It can accelerate very rapidly, so it is important to identify the symptoms as soon as you see them. Before you read further, watch this video to understand the symptoms of AMS
Where on the Deoriatal trek is AMS likely to affect you:
On the Deoriatal trek, if at all AMS hits you, it will most likely be at the Bhrujgali or beyond it, on the climb to Chandrashila. We haven’t seen such cases, but high altitude is unpredictable.
What to do if you feel symptoms of AMS:
If you feel any symptoms of AMS on the trek, you must report to the Trek Leader immediately. Do not wait till the end of the day’s trek. Do not try to handle it yourself either. Our Trek Leaders are well-trained and experienced to handle any cases and they will be the decision makers in any such cases.
As a first step, your trek leader will run you through the Triple One Test – One Disprin, One litre of water and One hour of rest. If you’re suffering from dehydration, this will solve the problem and you will be fine in one hour. If the symptoms don’t go away, then he’ll begin to treat you for AMS, perhaps with a course of Diamox. If you’re already on a course of Diamox, your trek leader is likely to increase the dosage.
The increased dosage of Diamox usually takes care of the Acute Mountain Sickness. If it doesn’t then he will make you descent immediately.
Exit points on the Deoriatal trek:
The safest point on a trek where a trekker can descend to and rest is considered an Exit Point. Exiting the trek at any point is very easy. You can descend to either Sari or Chopta within around 4 hours from any point in the trek.
Ukhimath, which is around 12 km from Sari and 60 km from Chopta has a dispensary. The closest hospital is in Rudraprayag, which is accessible by road from Sari and Chopta in 1.5 hours and 1 hour respectively. Gopeshwar and Srinagar, which are a few hours away will be your other options for a hospital.
Why you should personally know about the risks and precautions of high altitude treks
If ever you find yourself alone at high altitude, either while trekking independently or with another organisation, there are some life-saving steps you can take. You should be able to recognize symptoms of altitude sickness. So acquaint yourself with the symptoms.
Secondly, there might be instances when you have to administer medicines to yourself or to a fellow trekker. There are three life-saving medicines that we suggest you always carry on you – Diamox, Dexamethasone and Nifedipine.
If you are trekking with Indiahikes, do not administer these to anyone without consulting your Trek Leader. If you are trekking independently then you need to know when exactly to administer these medicines and in what dosage.
Also ensure that you are well hydrated throughout the trek and do not skip any meal.
You can watch the video below to learn about HAPE and HACE and how to tackle them. In the video, Sandhya UC, partner at Indiahikes, explains in detail about High Altitude Pulmonary and Cerebral Edema, what the symptoms are and how to tackle them.
Acute Mountain Sickness
If you’re of the opinion that fit people don’t get AMS, please get rid of that notion right away. AMS can affect anyone without paying heed to their fitness and prior experience at high altitude! Altitude sickness does not distinguish between a first timer and an experienced trekker.
For more detailed information about Acute Mountain Sickness, you can download and study the manual below.
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How to get to the basecamp – Sari
Delhi → Haridwar → Sari
The Deoriatal trek starts from Sari. Sari is a small sleepy village with around 100 houses, lovely paddy fields and a small school. Sari is around 224 km from Haridwar.
From Haridwar, Indiahikes organises transport to Sari. We organise the transport at 6:30 am from Haridwar Railway Station on the first day of the trek. The fare of this transport is not included in the fee. It costs Rs.5,500 per cab one way and this fare is shared by 5-6 trekkers. You will have to pay the driver directly. Transport can also be organised from Rishikesh (Tapovan) upon request.
The drive to Sari is beautiful, beside the River Ganga. You pass through Rishikesh, Devaprayag and Rudraprayag. You will reach Sari at around 6 pm.
To reach Haridwar
The best way to reach Haridwar is to take an overnight train from Delhi. There are two trains available from Delhi to Haridwar.
- 14041 Mussoorie Express – 21.30 – 5.45
- 12205 Nandadevi Express – 23.50 – 3.55
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 Haridwar on time for the pick-up; buses usually get delayed.
Chopta → Haridwar → Delhi
The Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek ends at Chopta. Chopta is a small town with a few houses and dhabas. From Chopta, it takes around 8 hours to drive back to Haridwar. Indiahikes organises this transport for a fare of Rs.5,500 per cab. This is to be shared by 5-6 trekkers and paid to the driver directly. You will reach Haridwar by 6 pm.
If you are travelling further from Haridwar, keep a couple of hours as buffer time in case of delay. Book your further travel from Haridwar post 8 pm. If you are travelling to Delhi, you can choose to go back by Mussoorie Express or Nanda Devi Express.
If you want to get to the basecamp by yourself
Haridwar → Dehradun/Rishikesh → Ukhimath → Sari
From Haridwar, take a bus to Dehradun. It will take an hour and a half to reach Dehradun. Alternatively, you can get off your train directly at Dehradun. From Dehradun, take a bus to Ukhimath. the bus leaves Dehradun at 8 am. It goes via Rishikesh, so you can choose to take the bus from Rishikesh as well, but it will be crowded by then.
You will reach Ukhimath by around 5 PM. There is a connecting bus from Ukhimath to Sari (23 km). Generally the Sari bus waits for this bus to come before leaving.
Alternatively, you could hire a shared jeep from Haridwar or Rishikesh to Ukhimath or Sari. If need be, you can stay overnight at Ukhimath or Sari Village.
As the last option, you could also catch a bus from Haridwar to Rudraprayag. Then catch a shared jeep to Agastyamuni and from there, another shared jeep to Ukhimath. This option makes sense only if you miss the direct bus going towards Ukhimath.
Chopta → Ukhimath → Haridwar
There is an early morning bus from Chopta to Ukhimath. The bus is very irregular. In case buses are not available then you will have to hitch a ride to Ukhimath. From Ukhimath there are buses and shared jeeps available to Haridwar.
Here’s what trekkers have to say about trekking with Indiahikes
“The experience of Deoriatal trek was super awesome! The trek leader – Dushyant, the trek guide – Manoj ji and the support staffs were very supportive and co-operative. They put in a tremendous effort to make the trek as memorable as it really was. The quality and taste of the food served, was unbelievable. Their endeavor to be socially responsible and to provide a great trekking experience sets them apart from the rest.” – Govind Bedia, Batch of Nov 4th, 2016
“Deoriatal was my first well managed trek experience ever and this trek would remain the most memorable one. Indiahikes have always set a benchmark. The Indiahikes Green Trail initiative to retain greenery on the Mountains is indeed praiseworthy.
A very special accolades to our trek guide – Mr. Dushyant Sharma for his passion for mountains and the entire team namely, Manoj ji, Dharmendra, Raju Seth, Panditji, Manish and Raju were truly an exceptional combo. The Team honestly intended to make our stay very comfortable and enjoyable.Talking about humility, I’m very glad to have met Dharmendra, the most shy and humble person ever, a true gem in fact. I always love a good story and Manoj-ji was a storehouse of them. I wish I could have documented it all. The local culture and the folk tales were so enlightening. The food concocted by the chefs was appealing and delicious. Surprisingly my weight didn’t budge an inch at all. Credits to the team for their exquisite delicacy and love.
Needless to say, how tough it was to bid a farewell to fellow trekkers and the IH team members to whom I felt so attached and friendly at the campsite. And most importantly, thanks to the Indiahikes team for sharing knowledge about tent pitching, camping etiquette’s, and good breathing practices and lastly for the Eco bags which is simply the reflection of the IH team’s passion to share its love and care for the mountains.
Applauds to the exceptionally positive and well-behaved team (Indiahikes), very promising and kept up their reputation high. Thank you so very much for this brilliant experience. Acquired a lot and will ensure to spread the word for good. Felt nice to say it all :).” – Anubha Agarwal, Batch of Nov 4th, 2016
“The trek was very well organised. It went great. The Trek leader and guides were brilliant. They made sure we all made it till the end together. Thank you Indiahikes for giving me such an amazing experience.” Freny Desai, batch of November 2016
“This being a first trek for me, was a superb experience with Indiahikes. I was little apprehensive at the time of registration as I was planning this trek solo. But that little push from IH Coordinator helped me to decide and explore. Everything has been extra ordinary with IH.” –Jignesh Mehta, batch of November 2016
“The Trek is wonderful. The sight of Deoriatal is just out of the world. The management of trek was efficient. The logistics of Camp was also different this time. I would give special mention about the food.” –Uday Prabhakar Paranjpe, batch of November 2016
“I felt like I was in another world. Away from work, family, mobile calles, internet, traffic and routine life; Just me and the nature. I got time to explore myself and become more aware about the fitness level I should have. The trek went very smoothly. The food quality, taste and timing was exceptional. Our trek leader was very friendly, to the point and spot on. He took care of every one nicely. I’m very happy and proud to finish the trek successfully. I wish to do more and more treks with India hikes in future.” –Nima K Soman, batch of October 2016
“Thanks a lot Indiahikes for making it an amazing experience. From our trek leader who was so patient, considerate and calm, to each and every supporting staff, who were so helpful and caring, are to be specially applauded. Never thought that an Indian Community would be doing so well. The food served was incredible and the camp sites and trekking trails were very beautiful. I feel it’s my duty to tell people about it so that they get a chance to have this beautiful experience.” –Chandrima, batch of October 2016
“The Deoriatal trek has a beautiful and well laid out track. Second day tested our stamina levels but each camp site was at a stunning location. The India Hikes team and the local guides as always did an amazing job of taking care of each of our needs.” –Nuraine Sadaf, batch of October 2016
“It is only the second day in the office after the trek and trust me, I am barely able to focus on work, I am mentally still at the Chandrashila peak with all the trekker around me. And that would sum up my experience.
Right since the first day on the base camp till our send off, each one of us were given a royal treatment with utmost care. The whole experience of the trek with regards to the food, the stay at the base camps, the way we were guided has just left me with lot of memories.” –Ashwath R, batch of October 2016
“It couldnt have been any better. The mountains sure do teach you a lot of lessons, so does Indiahikes. Starting from their Green trial program till the end they made it possible to live a life that is so very strange from usual and yet beautiful and the best part is they managed to make it really comfortable. The amazing team took care of every single detail of our needs and provided us with both mental and physical leadership to reach the summit. They didn’t hesitate to help us in any way. Loved the the kitchen staff; They provided great food which helped us enjoy the trek in its entirety. I am very thankful for a wonderful life changing journey of my life.” –Jenifer Ananda Krishnan, batch of October 2016
“Several people have been asking me this question and my answer is ‘ The best thing I have done for myself in a very long time’ . The trek was a liberating, inspiring and introspective experience. The journey through the beautiful forests, through the meadows and valleys and ultimately leading to the Chandrashila peak was challenging and humbling. So much beauty inhaled into me in just few days, amazing. Combined with the serenity of the trek, was the warmth of the fellow trek members and the excellent professionalism of the India Hikes team. Simply said , I liked it enough to suggest it to every other person I am meeting these days.” –Anju Thulasi, batch of October 2016
“The trek was an amazing experience! Indiahikes is exactly right when you say that this trek makes you go through hills, jungles and scenic bugyals! Truly wonderful!” –Pankhuri Jha, batch of October 2016
“The trek was very professionally organised. Right from the logistics to food, everything was without a glitch. The fact that everyday our fitness was tracked was a great idea. The food served was nutritious and tasty. The scenery was breathtaking. It was my first trek with Indiahikes and I would recommend this trek to all beginners.” –Chirag Jasani, batch of October 2016
“The trek was outstanding. I have done other treks before but this was the most rewarding of the lot. Almost on all the days I reached and had some time alone to sketch and read by myself. For me personally, this was the highlight of the trek. Of course the different landscapes of lakes, jungles, mountains, waterfalls make this perfect.” –Zulfi Tapia, batch of October 2016
“The trek was awesome. The guides were professional and competent. Their patience was admirable. The cooks did an outstanding job preparing the best food I have ever had while camping. Providing hot herbal tea in the evening was very helpful. I also liked that staff checked our oxygen levels and heart rate daily. For someone who has not been hiking in years, this increased my confidence.” –Beth Falkenhagen, batch of October 2016
“It was a great experience from the time we reached Sari village and upto the last day your staff were very courteous and very entertaining. I thank the Trek Leader and the guides who made our trekking painless by constantly motivating us and introducing us to the mountains. I wouldn’t have had so many stories of the mountains to take back home if it weren’t for them. Kudos to the cooks who cooked excellent food.The best part was all of them wore a smile all the time and tried their best to keep us comfortable.” –Radhika Naidu, batch of October 2016
“Glad to have gone with India Hikes; this being the second time. The trek leader showed amazing professionalism in managing the diverse group with kids as young as 10 years and one senior who was 75!” –Vipin Ravindranath, batch of October 2016
“It was a great experience. Met wonderful people, visited parts of India I thought never existed. I loved the Green Trails initiative and collected garbage wherever possible. The trek leaders were very supportive and motivated us till the end. The kitchen staff was very hospitable and made us feel like we’re home. Overall it was a fantastic experience and I’m happy to say I’ll be trekking with Indiahikes again.” –Harish Nageswaran, batch of September 2016
“I had an amazing time and have had a rejuvenating and exhilarating experience. The entire team was superb! Can’t think of anything I’d like you guys to change. Everything was so organised and well thought out. Thank you all for the effort that you guys have put in to make the experience unforgettable and smooth. Hats off to the staff here and the ground support team for helping us to create magical memories and experience unforgettable moments!” –Deepali Hakim, batch of September 2016
“The Indiahikes team left no stone unturned to make this trek an absolute delight. Our trek leader Bhim, trek manager Virenderji and other helpers guided and instructed us correctly throughout. The kitchen staff left us surprised with tasty food everyday and even tasty desserts that reminded us of food at home. Being a nature lover, i myself have been taking certain initiatives and encouraging others to protect the environment. Hence, the green trail initiative and the eco bag system was something that I appreciated a lot and I’m thinking of making it a habit in the cities too. Also, I am glad I chose the Chandrashila- Deoriatal trek as my first trek as it had a lot to offer and brought solace to my heart. So kudos to Indiahikes for including such a place in their list.” –Aashumi Vora, batch of May 2016
“No doubt, I thoroughly loved the trek. The hills have an instant healing (the soul) effect which is complimented by your team. Your team’s role is crucial in enhancing the experience. Right from the hasslefree pick up from Haridwar till the drop off at Haridwar, everything was meticulously organised in detail for the trekkers. Thus, we had a gala time. I appreciate the patience of your team and the care for every individual. The motivation and encouragement by the team makes the difficult treks look like a cake walk and each one of us had the sense of achievement everyday. Thanks for bringing out the latent potential (to climb the mountains) in us, thus giving the confidence even after the trek to have faith in one’s physical ability and keep fit and healthy by rigorous workouts, which are much easier to do after the physical and mental strength gained during the treks. All this was made richer by the whole group of fellow trekkers – we developed a good bonding and would take care of each other. It was pleasure to meet such beautiful people from across the globe. Thank you Indiahikes for creating such a platform where people come together and there is so much sharing and caring.” –Sandeep Arora, batch of May 2016
“Being my first Himalayan trek, I was amazed by the majestic mountains and the silence that the hills offer. The trek leaders and guide were exceptionally talented and caring and striving to make our trek experience a memorable one. They were there for us at every needed hour and their sense of humor along with a ready wit and intelligence kept us going. It was heartening to see how they took care of each and every individual, especially the elderly ones. I never saw a singe fretting face in the team. Each member of the Indiahikes team, including the chefs and dining staff was genuinely cheerful. Probably, hills have an intoxicating effect on all! Hats off to the entire team! I would definitely want to trek with Indiahikes in the future.” –Ruchi Arora, batch of May 2016
“This was my first trek and it couldn’t have been better. The locations were beautiful, the trekkers were energetic and the Trek leader was amazing. I am so much mesmerized by the experience that I feel sad that it’s over. I want to take a moment to thank the kitchen teams at our camps, the porters, the local guides for their support in giving me such wonderful moments which I’ll cherish forever.” –Anuj Sureka, batch of May 2016
“This trek was life changing for me I had so much fun that I can’t express it in words. The very first thing I learnt is about living with the most basic amenities and still life can be beautiful. Also the kind of food Indiahikes provides is so hygienic and delicious. Everything was so memorable for me and I am sure for everyone else too. Before the trek I was not sure about it but with Indiahikes I would love to go again and again!” –Priya Anuj Chitalia, batch of May 2016
“Absolutely loved it. This was our first trek with Indiahikes and although I had heard and read about your approach to trekking and environment, experiencing it first hand was so enriching. I wish other groups were as professional and environmentally conscious as you are. The focus on providing information to make us self sufficient, independent future trekkers was very thoughtful.” –Sujit Kolke, batch of May 2016
“It was my first trek in the Himalayas, the experience has been enticing and amazing. The camps and the Chandrashila summit were so amazing that we seldom felt like going home; In fact on the last day all of us cried because we had to head back home! The Indiahikes staff members almost turned into a family there. The best part was the green trails initiative. It was satisfying to have left the nature intact while leaving from there. Over all, it was an amazing experience. And I look forward to more treks shortly.” –Amar Chheda, batch of May 2016
“The trek experience was wonderful. It was my first multi-day trek and the fact that I was able to complete it successfully encourages me to go for more such expeditions. Indiahikes teams took great care – right from crystal clear instructions & briefs, all the way up to the hospitality and warmth at the various camp sites. Kudos to the entire team.” –Bhavin Mody, batch of May 2016
“I just loved the trek. Kudos to Indiahikes to make our experience very pleasant. I joined this trek especially for birds and was rewarded with more than 30 species sighted and photographed. Slightly disappointed for not being able to see the panoramic view of great Garwhal peaks at Chandrashila.” –Jwalant Desai, batch of May 2016
“The trek was awesome; I loved all the campsites. The trails on the trek had breathtaking views.The trek was so incredible that at the end I didn’t want to come back from there. But I didn’t have any choice. I must say that this is a small trek but its amazing. I have come back from there with a million memories.” –Urvi Bhanushali, batch of May 2016
“The trek was fantastic. It’s the people who make the difference, and I must say our trek leader(s) and guide(s) did an exceptional job. And of course the trail itself was beautiful!” –Keshav, batch of May 2016
“Well organized treks and knowledgeable guides. Indiahikes has very kind and warm-hearted guides and support crew.” – Aswin, batch of April 2016
“In one word- it was Awesome ! The trek , the Food and the entire indiahikes team. It was just perfect. Please don’t change anything of this trek. I have never come across a group of dedicated people like Indiahikes. Indiahikes is the most professionally managed institution dedicated to promote trekking. I was surprised when the head cook of our trek to Deoriatal came to meet us at the end of our trek when we were departing for Haridwar He said and I quote “I request all of you that you give me a word that you will keep on trekking, whether with us or any other organisation or solo, and you must keep yourself fit to do so.” I was overwhelmed. Last but not the least- the food served on the trek was fabulous , better than home cooked foods and believe me this is not an overstatement.”- Tarakeswar Dutta Choudhury, batch of April 2016
“It was an awesome experience. This was my first trek and I was highly impressed with service offered from Indiahikes. I found all the staff right from ground coordinator, trek leader, local support & kitchen staff to be highly professional. The trek execution was excellent. Our trek leader Sushant Bhatia was very friendly, approachable, motivating & experienced. We made very good bonding with Sushant, really enjoyed his company. I enjoyed every bit of my trek and it was great learning for me. All the campsite location are very beautiful. I would always cherish this trip. I had an amazing time.” – Anuj Chitalia, batch of April 2016
“My personal experience as a beginner on this trek was fantastic. I had a lot of apprehension as to how will I manage to climb at this age of 47 and I hope I don’t make a fool of myself. But believe me, our team of 18 was awesome. They accommodated each one of us as one family under the supervision of our fantastic trek leader Vyshakh. I would like to personally thank Vyshakh for helping me climb the summit. India hikes has logistically planned this summit for beginners because there was gradual ascending and there was enough time for rest , eat and play. They gave us various experience of hiking like for example, the rock climb, jungle walk, water fall, stream and the best was the last day when we started the summit at 2.30 am. It was an experience by itself. So overall it’s a thumbs up for India hikes!!!!”-Sangeeta Hejmadi of April 2016
“The trek experience was really wonderful for me. It was my first multi-day trek and the fact that I was able to complete it successfully encourages me to go for more such expeditions. Indiahikes teams took great care – right from crystal clear instructions & briefs, all the way up to the hospitality and warmth at the various camp sites. Kudos to the entire team and special mention for our trek guides – Sushant, Manoj ji, Bicky and Rohan.”-Bhavin Mody, batch of April 2016
“I loved the trek. Best food ever hahaha and also the eco friendly manner of trekking and camping.”-Ritvik, batch of April 2016
“This was my 1st high altitude trek but complited very easily… really a very nice experience. Food , accommodations everything that you provided was nice… camp locations are safe n good..”-Manoj Desai, batch of April 2016
“Love the trek! I had a great time. The locations, arrangements, food and Indiahikes team, everything was superb. Mr. Bhim Chettri and Mr. Virendra, our trek leader and manager managed the team very well.”- Rachana Tambe, batch of April 2016
“The trek was really nice. The team was really sporty and fun. The staff did a commendable job. Chandrashila is a great place. The green trail initiative is superb. So all in all it was a lovely experience.”-Nikunj Chamria, batch of April 2016
“Deoriyatal and Chandrashila trek is very good to begin any-once Himalayin trekking. It is a primary test of individuals capacity and may be eye opener to increase it, as well as to maintain fitness. It was well managed trek by Indiahikes on each level. Specially on-site staff & trek leaders done great job.”-Suhas Pethe, batch of April 2016
“Lovely food, first of all. The batch I was in was one of the best batches I have ever been in. Trek leader Bhim was amazing albeit he should let the batch have a little freedom. If a person is willing to take responsibility of his actions, then there should be no problem. Apart from that, he is a wonderful guide. The whole team was humble and the trails were amazing. The itinerary sought for the trek itself was efficient and this is the first time I have been on a night trek – thrilling experience.”- Aakash Shah, batch of April 2016
“1) Discipline followed. 2) Lots of attention given on every small activity by the Trek Leader 3) Lots of encouragement by trek leader 4) Lots of care by trek leader and helpers 5) Lots of awareness created about nature by indiahikes members 6) Lots of training on every special task by indiahikes team members. 7) Lots of training on caring of every participant including Trek Leader, sheaf, porters, too. 8) Encouraging to carry own luggage instead of using animals to carry it. Really liked this. 9) Other trek managers also participated in providing training, information sharing even helped in lifting back packs of participants. I learnt team building automatically. 10) Certification programme was the peak of happiness.”- Anand Anil Kulkarni, batch of April 2016.
“The care and concern with which the India hikes team handled all of us was noteworthy.This was my first Himalayan trek and every day was one notch above the others . Right from the picturesque locations to the gushing wind, the lush meadows, the breathtaking landscapes , the whispering trees , the crazy cold and the morning warmth all the bits came together and made it difficult for my eyes to take in so much constantly!! The group chemistry was brilliant and everyone made long term impressions on one another.. Our trek leader (Bhim Chettri) was extremely intuitive and proved to be a wonderful guiding star for us.He recognised each persons needs and strengths and took all of us through this wonderful journey..The arrangements and food was impeccable and this trek has etched many wonderful memories”-Srushti Shah, batch of April 2016
“It was a life changing experience. The bond which was created between everybody was beyond age, language, profession etc. The trek team were very welcoming and warm. The food made us feel at home. All thanks to the kitchen staff! Thanks to the India Hikes team for making it a lovely experience.”-Vedika Singhania, batch of April 2016
“The trek was fabulous and very well organised by indiahikes.Our trek leader Sushant was very encouraging and supportive to the entire group.”- Priyamvadha, batch of April 2016
“Absolutely a wonderful experience. The entire team was motivating with special mention to our leader Sushant. The summit day was well planned . The eco bag is a brilliant idea initiated by indiahikes . Though it’s a long curve to what to be achieved the steps undertaken are pretty much vital.The meal was once again well planned to meet the need.”- Karthika Natarajan, batch of April 2016
“I loved it. I wish to go to Kedarkantha, because it seems interesting and there’ll be snow in December.”-Aniruddh Airen, batch of April 2016
“I believe it was an “ideal” trek. I believe that our trek leaders and the support staff had it all covered and they paid attention to smallest details which really helped to make our journey a memorable one.”-Yash Mehta, batch of April 2016
“I found it a very beautiful trek – the camping sites were well chosen and it was a delight to the senses. I loved the trails. My experience of IH is that of a team that is committed, approachable, friendly and respectful of the land that we trek. I would recommend them because I am sure Indiahikes would make it a memorable experience for them.”-Prathima A V, batch of April 2016
“I liked the trek very much. The trek leaders were very supportive and encouraging. The safety procedure of IH is just awesome and like no other. Kitchen staff did their job very well. Food was the best at every point of trek.”-Harshil Desai, batch of April 2016
“Trekking is an unknown expression of self which is understood only when we put on our trek shoes and start trekking. It is not about impressing others about your achievements. Trying to know your stamina through adverse health conditions. More importantly exploring the serenity around you, far off from the hustle bustle of city life. As Sir Edmund Hillary said “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves”.-Tripti Arvind, batch of April 2016
“Amazing…Wonderful..Breathtaking.. It was a wonderful trek from the beginning. The moment registration was done all the updates were received on time. The guidelines, suggestions and motivation from the entire team is very inspiring. At the base camp Sari the trek leaders explained us the don’ts and do’s in detail. From holding the trek pole to taking micro steps everything was well briefed. Our trek leader Vaishak was very efficient leader and gave individual attention to each person in the trek. When my husband got sick he was very caring and was so attentive. He was just like one among us . At the same time he was very firm in his instructions and was very particular in time management. He managed the entire team efficiently. Mr.Mukesh and Manoj bhaiya were very friendly and supportive to the entire group. They gave lot of information about the mythological stories,local lifestyle, food and guided without hurrying. The cooks and porters are doing an awesome job. The concept of green trail and inculcating the awareness among the trekkers is marvellous. We participated as a family of four and enjoyed each moment of the trek.”-Geetha G, batch of April 2016
“Overall, loved it!Special kudos to our Trek lead, Vyshakh & also to Manoj ji.Vyshakh is a strong lead who quietly manages people. The food overall was tasty,specially liked the team in Rohani bugial. All in all, my experience with Indiahikes has been a good one :).”-Sushma A V, batch of April 2016
“The camp leaders Tanmai and Bhim were exceptional in keeping us entertained. I would recommend Indiahikes for safety measures, food and arrangements. Great medium for first time Trekkers.”-Divya Dinakar, batch of April 2016
“Amazing hospitality wonderful guidance,energetic crowd ,picturesque Scenaries and memories for life time.. This is how I would sum up my experience in one sentence.. I frankly couldn’t find a single glitch in the entire experience.loved your entire team’s passion and efficiency and a special mention to the trek leader Dushyant who is easily the most patient and dedicated person I ever met.All our trek mates are first timers but he attended to everyone at every stage and made sure that all of us make it to the summit comfortably . i would definitely recommend indiahikes to all my friends,even the first timers! Great work guys and hope I’ll get a chance to go for another trek with you people someday.”-Manasa Emany, batch of April 2016
“Loved deorital camp spot and tungnath to martholi walk by the rhododendron blooms.extremely picturesque.”-Indu Harikumar, batch of April 2016
“The trek was great, routes were fantastic and campsites superbly located. Indiahikes is a great organised package that has great campsites, and even greater routes that will enable one to get the best out of a trek.”-Saurav Harikumar, batch of April 2016
“Got the best of the trek team when it comes to guide, sweep and Trekk leader. Best time spend after a long time. IH IS the best platform to give newcomers a perfect breakthrough about how treks are supposed to be.”-Aakriti Bhatnagar, batch of April 2016
“This trek was one of the most memorable trips I have had in my life. Since it was the first trek, I hold it in a very special place. The entire route was extremely scenic and it was the right mix of physical effort, rest, interaction, natural beauty, solitude and peace – from a trekker’s point of view. The other thing that really stood out for me was the opportunity to learn from the camp life, co-trekkers and their experience from the trek. Each of them reached a personal high on the trek, different from scaling the final summit. This was really nice from a team building and learning perspective.”-Alok Khandelwal, batch of April 2016
“Thoroughly enjoyed the experience and Indiahikes made sure everyone one of us had a good time with time spent only on absorbing the majestic mountains and make wonderful friends by making the stay and food very comfortable.”-Bharghavi N, batch of April 2016
“It was really very good. The equipments, the planning and most importantly the people (everyone including porters and kitchen staff) were wonderful.”-Himanshu Nainani, batch of April 2016
“It was an amazing trek . I really thank all the trek leaders to have so patiently helped me achieve the summit.I have learnt a lot from this experience. I also learnt that I am not such a good trekker and I am mostly behind the rest of the pack. But due to the constant support , motivation and (most importantly ) patience of the trek leaders, I feel that , that should not be the reason for not trekking more. Special mention of all the kitchen staff. Excellent food and hospitality. Thanks a lot :)”-Nivedita K, batch of April 2016
“I loved every aspect of the trek! Starting from the base camp instructions by the qualified trek team and leaders to the amazing support you guys have been throughout the trek journey, it has been a great experience with Indiahikes! One of the worth mentioning aspect is the Food you guys served every day. Lip-smacking! I would highly recommend it to all my friends and family!”-Gourab Saha, batch of April 2016
“The trek was amazing. The trail was very scenic and beautiful. The trek leaders motivated us a lot. As a first time Trekker I felt that it was good and inspires me to go for more treks in the future. The food was amazing. Overall it was a very good experience.”-Rohan Harikumar, batch of April 2016
“I feel grateful and blessed. Indiahikes is a disciplined organisation with great food and great guides.”-Elima Sugunan, batch of April 2016
“This was my first trek and I was doing it with my daughter, so double the apprehension. But we had a wonderful experience. Your camp sites are beautiful, and you take care of every aspect. The food – amazing food at that altitude, your kitchen staff need special thanks. And finally – the trek leaders, they made all the difference. Tanmay Bain is so knowledgeable and responsible, the way he handled the entire batch is wonderful. I am previledged that we had him as our trek leader. And Bheem, he was with my daughter the whole time when we climbed the summit, and I specially thank him as I believe that Vedika could climb the summit due to his support and encouragement.”-Usha Shriram, batch of April 2016
“The trek was moderate and had a lot of beautiful sights. Indiahikes is very organised , trusted and dependable organisation . Extremely scientific approach and very good content on site for trekkers to understand the trail . Extremely caring for the trekkers and very good relationship with local villagers . Also it has a cause to clean the mountains hence the trekkers feel good and responsible in a trek.”-Ipshita Mukherjee, batch of April 2016
“I had an awesome experience. I would recommend Indiahikes to my friends and family because it’s simply the best. I have trekked with all other trekking organisations, including private organisers. India hikes is simply THE best.”-Vikas, batch of April 2016
“Totally loved it , Had a great team , the Trek leaders and guides were very friendly and encouraging , the food was amazing. Looking forward to take the next trek soon.”- Gayathri, batch of April 2016
“This was my first trekking experience..from the day 1 I felt very comfortable..trek leaders were very friendly asking questions about surrounding areas..then the briefing time was very good..They made us interactive and kept the session lively..During trek I was uncomfortable..They helped me in arranging the bag properly..special thanks to all the support staff for making our journey very comfortable.”-Nishanth, batch of April 2016
“I loved the trek. I would recommend Indiahikes to my friends and family because of their professionalism.”-Prasad Karunamurthy, batch of April 2016
“Most memorable thing I have encountered in my life so far. The arrangements were undoubtedly the best I have ever seen. Thank you Indiahikes for making this possible. Indiahikes is the gateway to the nature.”-Vinay C. Kachvimath, batch of April 2016
“It was fantastic. We were very well taken care of (almost like school kids:)). We did have a lot of fun!”-Apoorva Vastrad, batch of April 2016
“Trek was very well conducted and organized. Trek leader Dushyant was remarkable in his approach with great enthusiasm, persistent motivation, fun loving with altinge of positive. It was great fun and good learning experience during the trek. Food provided during trek was amazing(Never expected such food in trek) and support staff were also extremely helpful.”- Raghav Modi, batch of April 2016
“The whole experience was amazing. It was a well organised trek with a dedicated team. We have come to realize that the concept of Indiahikes is to promote trekking. The amount charged was peanuts compared to the herculean effort required to organise it. The whole team was always smiling. A special kudos to the kitchen team for providing us with warm food through out the trek. All of them were very pally and played cricket with us every evening.”-Dr. K. Ramesh Raju, batch of April 2016
“Walking through the forest, the ridge and the summit and always with a view of mighty himalayas. It is a wonderful experience and is a trek I would cherish.”-Srikanth Reddy T, batch of April 2016
“Just saying it was AMAZING! would be such an understatement. Let’s start at the beginning when we arrived a day early. Right from our transport coordinator – Mr. Raju Shah to our ground coordinator – Suhhas – was so accessible, courteous and accommodating. Reached Sari and met Bheem and Dushyant – two of the trek leaders who already knew we were arriving a day early and made us feel welcome. Kudos to the team coordination of IndiaHikes. After that, everything was clockwork. And yet so personal. I can’t say enough good words about the infectious happiness and calm leadership of Dushyant, patience of Dharmendra and wonderful stories of Manoj Ji. The food was awesome from the day we arrived till the last day of the trek. I mean, seriously – who the hell expects sweet dishes and morning tea and evening snacks and all the amazing food Pandit Ji, Raju and team whipped up for us. It was better than the food I sometime end up having down here in the city! And none of this would have been as amazing if our trek mates were not this wonderful! Pretty much every one gelled well together and had a great time! This was my first multi-day, managed trekking experience and IndiaHikes has set a bar which would be extremely difficult to surpass.”-Amit Kumar, batch of April 2016
“The trek was very beautiful passing through the colorful trails with red and pink Rhododendrons. Loved the sighting of the Himalayan birds. Have some amazing clicks for lifetime. The facilities, safety and the spirit of trekking is enough to recommend Indiahikes to others.”-Ajit Hota, batch of April 2016
“Very well! I travelled solo from bangalore but do not regret one bit. The group and the team(including swathi who helped me register for a batch and contact people in the batch) was very good. I enjoyed a lot and would want to do more treks. The facilities were very good. The group size was apt.”-Sharvani NS, batch of April 2016
“Thank you India hikes team for sharing your knowledge about tent pitching, camping etiquettes, good breathing practices and for the eco bags. It truly reflected the team’s passion to share its love for the mountains. After this trek, I have decided to try documenting the treks, be a more useful tourist and share useful paraphernalia with local schools and get fitter so I can explore more, faster. Thank you so very much for this experience. I learned a lot and will make sure to spread the message forward.”-Anubha Agarwal, batch of April 2016
“I have nothing else to say other than giving u guys appreciation for wat u put up there for us… Very nice coordination, punctual… Damn friendly …. Felt so homely with the yummy food n friendly ppl around, always there to help 🙂 It was really safe for girls I felt …. pls keEP going the same way … it encourages te young lot like us …. I’m already planning on my next trek 😛 I was very touched wen tey celebrated my bday by preparing an amazing cake …. Best surprise I could get … :* I m emotional ly bonded with India hikes nw … Cheers to u guys !! Love u guys :)) – Raksha N, batch of April 2016
“Trek was very good. Trail is good and well organised. Indiahikes is an excellent place to trek with responsibility. Indiahikes remind trekker at every point that mountain trekking is a enjoyable but responsible task. They have built these values as part of the organisation very beautifully.”-Kandarp, batch of April 2016
“Loved it. I am extremely satisfied, considering this was my first trek. Now I surely look forward to many more treks..”-Pranav Rane, batch of April 2016
“I loved the beautiful bhugyal (meadows) and the rhododendron trails of the Chandrashila trek. Rohini bhugyal is my favorite place for camping. Deoriatal is the ideal place for bird-watching. The star-studded sky on the day of summit was very beautiful with traces of milky way. The logistics support of India hikes was excellent. Food was delicious.”-Swetha Kolluri, batch of April 2016
“I loved the trek experience. This was my 2nd himalayan trek. My previous experience was much longer and in more challenging conditions. But I still enjoyed the trek because of Indiahikes’ hospitality, mainly the trek leader. The trek leader, Dushyant, is a wonderful person and extremely capable leader. It was a week of full positivity for me and I must give the credit to the very awesome trek leader, Mr. Dushyant. He handled very critical situations with ease. He was always available to help people. The tents, sleeping bags, food and guides, all were of extremely high quality. I was expecting some snow but didn’t get it. I am more of a mountains fan than Bugyal fan so wasn’t much interested in the trees and flowers. Next time I would make sure I plan for the high altitude trek where I would be in mountains for longer duration 🙂 –Anand Vishwarupe, batch of April 2016
“Being my first Himalayan trek, I thoroughly enjoyed the trek. The trek was well organised. From the overall plan to the food intervals and break intervals was all done professionally. Indiahikes also made it a point for us to know the history and geography of the place. It would be nice if Indiahikes could go one step further and arrange these hikes for school children (from 6th std.) at subsidized rates. Education will become more fun 🙂 – Preetham Baskaran, batch of April 2016
“The experience of the trek was super awesome. The trek leader Dushyant, trek guide Manoj ji and the support staff were very supportive and put in a tremendous effort to make the trek as memorable as it was. The quality and taste of the food that we got was unbelievable. Indiahikes endeavors to be socially responsible and also provide a great trekking experience. This sets them apart from the rest.” –Govind Bedia, batch of April 2016
“Good. Well organised. Good tents, sleeping bags, etc. Mr. Kamal Guide was friendly & co-operative.”-Dr. Uttam Desai, batch of April 2016
“This was my first high altitude trek and i can say it gave me best trek experience.I had lot of questions before booking this trek, I’ll recommend people to take this trek without any 2 nd thought .In chopta did spot alot of birds and got very good shots of himalayan birds meanwhile enjoyed beautiful landscape view.”-Anusha Ramesh, batch of April 2016
“The trek was wonderful. Indiahikes has well organised people. Takes total care of you. Have all emergency measures , even doctor is available if possible.”-Dr. Dhanesh Volvoikar, batch of April 2016
“It was a lovely experience. I enjoyed every single moment of this trek staring from the mesmerizing Sari village to silent Rohini bugiyal or chilling at the Chandrashila peak. Passing through the red, pink rhododendron forest, walking through green medows, all seems heavenly beautiful to me. As it was my first trek, all these memories will always remain very special to me. India hikes is not only takes you to a very well organised trek but also teaches you may other aspect of trekking(Like pitching and unpitching tents, how one should reacts in critical conditions and many more things we should know while trekking). Additionally the green trails movement is something that every body should proud to participate. Last but not the least the hospitality and food provided by India Hikes is something that one should not miss 🙂 – Sourav Mondal, batch of April 2016
“Deoraital trek is easy Himalayan trek, crossing through some of the spectacular landscapes, Rhododendron forests, vast meadows in less than three days made this trek very unique and I have fallen in love with this trek! 🙂 Indiahikes has professionally trained staff, and impeccable arrangement.”-Geetha Nayak, batch of April 2016
“I would say these were the best 6 days of my life, the Trek was amazing. The staff was super friendly and cooperative. The food was great. The Trek leaders were always there to share their stories, and would always join in for some fun activities. There was no moment on the whole Trek where we felt like we were bored or so, every day was something different. Overall it was a superb journey filled with fun and joy.” – Partth Jaain, batch of April 2016
“1) I had sent e mail to several trek organizers before selecting this trek. Got a very warm, friendly and informative e mail from IH (Swathi Chatrapaty). We exchanged a few e mails and Swathi was always very helpful and encouraging. 2) All the relevant info was made available in a professional and tech savvy manner i.e. everyone’s contacts, e mails, arrival times etc. 3) Ground coordinator, Suhas Saya, was always very prompt in responding to any query we had. 4) Transport organizer was polite and efficient. 5) Trek leader Sandeep and the support staff were really very good. Efficient, friendly, caring, concerned, helping 6) Safety was excellent. Oxygen and pulse readings takes daily and corrective action taken if necessary. 7) All briefings by trek leader were excellent. Informative and to the point. 8) All campsites were great. Tents and gear was good. 9) Sandeep made sure everyone was doing ok physically and was having fun as well. 10) IH commitment to environment is simply great. 11) Sandeep went beyond his call of duties and taught us several things like stretching, cool down, how to ascent on difficult slope, how to descent, pack/unpack sleeping bags, pitch/unpitch tents, folding clothes. It was really very educative.”- Achyut Dabholkar, batch of April 2016
“The trek was great. It was my first long trek ever. The batch size was right. The food was good. Everything was planned meticulously… from choice of camp sites, logistics, living arrangement, restrooms, everything! Our trek leader was also very knowledgeable and ensured that we all were doing well and keeping pace. We engaged in stretch exercises as a group, learnt roping up too :). We trekked anywhere between 2-6 hours each day barring the last day when we summited and got back in about 10 hours. I wouldn’t call this an easy trek for the first timers, but the good thing is that we all managed to get up to the peak and back safely. Trek guides who accompanied us, in addition to the trek leader, did a great job of keeping the group together and ensuring that we were all safe. The views that open up across the 5 days are to die for. There is so much beauty up there in the mountains, words can’t describe. It’s overwhelming to say the least. I am certainly coming back for more. Great job Indihikes!”-Girisha, batch of April 2016
“I had an amazing time during the trek . The level of comfort you guys provide to the trekkers is very high. The quality of food served is really to be applauded. Thanks to the effort from the whole team the entire trekking experience was made enjoyable and easy for us.”-Pratheek Patil, batch of April 2016
“I simply loved the whole experience. The whole trek was full of picture perfect sceneries, and soul touching moments. Luckily our group had only 10 members, which allowed the staff to give personal attention to each one of us. Our trek leader Sandeep ji was very approachable, friendly, and a disciplinarian at the same time. Trek managers Mukesh ji and Viru paji were very professional, knowledgeable and patient with camera – toting trekkers like myself. To put it in a nutshell, this trek might have very well spoiled me, and I might not enjoy other treks as much as I did this one.”-Himanshu Juneja, batch of April 2016
“I absolutely loved this trek. Having done three treks with IH previously, I can safely say that this was one of the best organised. The small batch size of only 10 people, the excellent food (no spice, no oil, cooks very responsive to suggestions) and very enthusiastic trek leader made it a great experience. We were also taught how to pitch/unpitch tents, rope up, etc. which did a lot to teach us about trekking culture in general. Both the trek leaders and support staff were dedicated to ensuring that all of us completed the trek, made it to the summit and had a wonderful time. Indiahikes is very responsible towards both its trekkers and the environment, well organised treks, emphasis on encouraging us to eventually be able to trek on our own.”-Aditi Kodipady, batch of April 2016
“I loved the trek! I’m looking forward to my next Himalayan trek. I hope someday, though, that I would be capable to go on a trek by myself with a friend or two. Thanks to everyone on the team for trying to teach all they knew about High Altitude Trekking. Indiahikes comes across more as an enabler for people to be able to trek to mind-blowing-ly beautiful places, than a company trying to make money out of people’s wanderlust. Indiahikes is a wonderful community that is trying to document beautiful treks in India and is making them available to everyone to be able to do the trek on their own. The members of the community are super friendly and you are made to feel like an integral part of the community within no time of joining it!”-Puneeth Chaganti, batch of April 2016
“I loved the trek and couldn’t have asked for anything better. Indiahikes is well organized,amazing food,and good green trail on initiative.”-Naman Balar, batch of April 2016
“The trek was fabulous, I was very impressed by the India Hikes groups.My friends and I booked this trek with no prior recommendation by a friend or someone known, it was blind faith in the website testimonials. I was very pleased with the team they were well-organized, effective in their ways and very professional. I was also very impressed with the equipment. The tents were so comfortable and warm, and the sleeping bags were all very clean. The food was delicious, I was afraid of food poisoning (I don’t know why.. *_* ) but it was so good I had to be careful not to overload myself.And more importantly everything was hygienic. The food, the way it was served, and even the utensil washing area was kept clean. The temporary toilets were impressive, I thought I would force myself to constipation but i am glad I did not, it didn’t stink, and I liked the idea of the odonil hanging in the tent.”-Preeti Pearl D’Melo, batch of March 2016
“India Hikes is not a trek organiser, for me, you guys are inspirers..not only for those 6 days of trek but I hope that the motivation will stay with me life long. Back from the trek into my everyday life, be it running to catch my daily Mumbai local or multi-tasking to manage home and office, I tell myself “If I could do Chandrashila, I can do anything”. All of this was only made possible with the IH teams dedication. Right from the initial fitness instruction emails, whatapp group with fellow trekkers, the yum food in the mountains, the story telling evenings, superbly informed trek leaders, ginger tea to the once in a while warm water treat for washing utensils- thanks for making my 1st trek one of the most beautiful experiences of my lives. You glorified the natural beauty of the location with your splendid level of involvement. IH very well knows what a trek means to a trekker – its a lifetime memory- and you made every bit of it perfect. Trekking is your passion, not merely a revenue generator for you. It shows in every detail. My special regards for Dushyant and his love and dedication for his work. I hope to be back soon with you guys!!”-Shreya Desai, batch of March 2016
“Having done the Kedarkanth trek in winter, and seeing the easy rating of this trek, I assumed this trek will be very easy. But I learnt, no Himalayan trek is very easy. The cold and rain are unpredictable in the mountains. Having said that, IndiaHikes made sure that we were comfortable despite the elements. Attention to the smallest of details – like warm water for washing utensils, made a huge difference to our experience. The staff were fun to talk to and very friendly and helpful. The trek in itself is very beautiful. At one point I found myself wanting to stay back at the scenic deoriatal lake.”-Abhirut Gupta, batch of April 2016
“Why did I not do this before ? What took me so long ? These are questions I’ve been regretfully asking myself in my head. But nevertheless, its never too late to do the right things, Right?. This trek was one of the most unworldly experiences of my life. Right from the moment I met my amazing fellow trekkers to the most mind bogglingly amazing sunrise that we walked up to at the summit, every thing was like a perfectly written script. This experience couldn’t get any better. Well, when its your first time at any thing you’re bound to be nervous, And Indiahikes and the team at Indiahikes take care of just that.”-Nikhil Shetty, batch of March 2016
“The amazing trek- i really loved it…..its more than expectation guys…really impressed by IH trek leaders..thanks to IH guys for making this trek memorable….very well organized community.. trek leaders are very co-ordinative…”-Pranit bhapkar, batch of April 2016
“The trek was an incredible experience for me. It was my first real high altitude trek and it was definitely worth the effort and pain 🙂 We experienced everything from bright sunlight to rains to fresh snow at the summit. The IH team was excellent. They were extremely supportive, knowledgeable and made us feel very comfortable. Everything was very well managed. Kudos to the kitchen staff for serving yummy delicious food on the dot each time. Their time management needs special appreciation 🙂 –Aparna Desai, batch of April 2016
“Loved the trek. Absolutely amazing trail that was made even more fun by our awesome trek leaders and the delicious food of our kitchen staff. Very encouraging and helpful trek leaders. Amazing food. Surprisingly comfortable camps.”-Ashutosh Mishra, batch of April 2016
“I did love the trek, It was well organised and well informed trek starting from the registration till end. My appreciations to ground staff Pratibha, Suhas for continues updates.Trek leaders Sandeep and Bheem were very friendly and helpful, very passionately and with great enthusiasm taken us through the trek making sure all are well,safe at any given point of time , and Veeruji with their great knowledge of local trail making sure of the trail and timings and Sunil helping tail enders it was an amazing experience with all of them it was great team effort to keep every trekker safety, after feast for our eyes and soul, its time rejoice again by tickling our taste buds with the timely yummy food at camp site.”-Dr Sharat Honnatti, batch of April 2016
“Liked the trek and very much enjoyed the same, the fact that my sons Dhruv & Daksh (age 9) were also able to complete the same was a great feeling and thanks to the guides who made it possible. I would recommend Indiahikes to a friend because it is affordable, well managed and all the guides, trek leader, cooks etc do the extra bit to ensure that the trekkers are take care throughout.”- H.Venkataraman, batch of April 2016
“It was the best trip ever,learnt so many things and saw so many things. I think Indiahikes is the best.”- Nishi Gandhi, batch of April 2016
“The entire experience of the trek was absolutely amazing. India Hikes made the entire process of the trek very smooth. This was my first trekking experience, and I have returned with wonderful memories. Moreover, the experience of the trek has personally helped me in my life for which I am really thankful to my trek leaders Vishal and Tanmay. The excellent cooperation of the group and dynamism of the trek leaders was reflected in many occasions and I got the wonderful opportunity of making friendships which I know will last for a long time. By the third day of the trek I had developed a swollen knee due to exertion, I decided to not go for summit climb. But during this decision making process, I personally witness immense amount of positivism and support from Tanmay. Infant I have learnt a lot from Tanmay which I have taken back to my daily life. Vishal’s care during my unfortunate injury, was also very moving. I am glad to have met them both as they have now become inspiration to me in my everyday life. Thank you India Hikes for the entire experience. I shall be back again, but this time to do the summit.”- Kiranmayi Vadlamudi, batch of March 2016
“Trek was amazing. Its my second trek with India hikes & India hikes was its best again! I liked every aspect of it. Starting from the coordination of vehicle at haridwar station to pick us up till the point we said our byesss.. Our trek guide, Mr. Dushyanth has been a true guide. He was very organized and well informed about every detail of the trek. Briefing about the day’s further activities and next day’s routine were well explained to us. He was always there when any of us needed any help. He made us stay organized and leave on schedule and most importantly, enjoy the trek. His tips and suggestions were very useful for me and made my trek more cherishable. Guides- Ashish and Tanmay along with Dushyanth made the experience even better. Kitchen staff was fabulous. The food was very tasty and surprisingly too many varieties. Gulab jamoon and aloo halwa will always be remembered. They were always on time. I felt so blessed when at Rohini Bhugyal campsite, they came to each tent to serve soup and tea in rain. The campsites were located at the most serene places and well maintained. We had no issues with the Transport provided from Haridwar to Sari and back. Special thanks for checking our pulse rate and oxygen level. To trek guide who carries every small item which might be required for us. Thanks for the well maintenance of toilets. I appreciate the addition of extra fleece layer for the sleeping bag. I was taken by surprise when birthday celebrations were done with cake cutting. Trek mates were very good and I have enjoyed my trek to the core. I cherish every moment spent. I would like to thank India hikes for making my trek so special 🙂 – Sandhyashree Singregowda, batch of March 2016
“Really really good, an amazing experience. Would love to be a part of another trek soon. Why I would recommend Indiahikes? The first thing we think about before registering ourselves is the food quality and that was just mind-boggling. Secondly the friendliness of the leaders and cooking staff. Thirdly and lastly the atmosphere you create,which is just amazing.”-Drithika, batch of April 2016
“I would like to say that Indiahikes is doing commendable work. I always wanted to hike in Himalayas but I was finding it impossible because from my friends and family, I was alone who wanted to go for trekking. As per my friend’s suggestion, I decided to go with Indiahikes but with so many doubts in my mind related to safety, services, team members, trek leader and crew etc.. Deoriatal to Chandrashila was my first trek with Indiahikes and I feel glad to say that it was an amazing experience. I am completely satisfied with the services provided by IH such as food, camping places, toilets, tents and other services. Dushyant Sharma is the great trek leader, very kind, soft spoken, punctual and the mountain lover in a real sense. He never forced us to finish the target – guided us to feel and enjoy each moment and allowed us to walk on our own pace. Praiseworthy kitchen staff, never expected that I’m going to get such a delicious food in mountains, I really appreciate their efforts. Overall, my first trekking experience with IH is fantastic, fabulous and super awesum. I am looking forward to go again with IH soon.”-Amisha, batch of March 2016
“Beautiful nature is complemented by wonderful team. A small feedback: some of the items like caps were not available though we had preordered it online. You can look into that regard.”- Pratim K Talukdar, batch of March 2016
“The Trek really went very well, with all the arrangements to keep us comfortable in the Lovely Mountains. Food was really good, Compliments to the Team of India Hikes for making my journey memorable. I have done my 1st trek with another organization and then the 2nd with India Hikes i.e. this one, i was able to clearly distinguish the extra efforts taken to make the trekkers feel at Home, with all the available amenities.”-Abhishek Sorakhe, batch of March 2016
“Trek was excellent, amazing. We enjoyed it at fullest. Hats off to Virendra for his guidance, patience, joyful nature and helping whenever needed. Sandeep is very enthusiastic and good trek leader. He kept eye on even very minute details. Indiahikes provided good food. Tents and everything was ready upon arrival on camp sites. Everything was well managed.”- Usha Ambaliya, batch of March 2016
“I feel it was more than what i expected. Your effort was commendable. India hikes makes one feel at home even though you are miles away from it. I would like to give a special mention to our trek team sandeep, virendra and vicky all 3 were fantastic.”-Nikhil Wagle, batch of March 2016
“The trek was fabulous and the camp sites also were very good!! The staff was very cordial & helpful. Campsites were amazing. Indiahikes emphasizes on safety which is why I would recommend it to others.”-Shweta Gupta, batch of March 2016
“I truly loved this trek. While there is no doubt regarding the beauty of nature that I witnessed, what really made the difference is the commitment, hospitality and the belief of the team. Starting from the prompt call off transport organizer, being met by the cab drivers at the Railway Station and their courtesy, arrival at the base camp and meeting and briefing by trek leaders, the staff at every campsite who welcomed us with smiles and hot and super delicious food and last but not the least the trek leaders Vishal, Tanmay, Raju Da, Khushi who made the trek memorable.”-Padmini nanjundaswamy, batch of March 2016
“The trek was awesome. We love the trek. The way it was executed is fantastic.The way Indiahikes organize the trek is awesome, The professionalism, food, quality of people, equipment provided for the trek. everything was just awesome.”-Malhar Chaniyara, batch of March 2016
“It was a mesmerizing experience to be around the snow covered mountains, deep forest with cold streams of water and everyday the teak trails were beautifully coloured with the rhododendron flowers. The nights were as beautiful as the day. Lucky was I to get a chance to meet up with few locals vibrant women as they marched ahead to collect fodder for the cattle and some of them were returning back by carrying heaps of leaves on their back. On the mountains they have the same passion for life. For me the trek was not about being right on top at Chandrashila but enjoying every moment with I have relished doing the same. The trek was more enjoyable because it was well planned by Indiahikes and the trek leaders were very knowledgeable about the place, fitness and safety.”- Polika DMelo, batch of March 2016
“The whole experience was awesome ,Sandeep, Virendra & Vicky , all three of them were very supportive & motivating, especially Sandeep was very patient with everyone .Use of trekking gear was taught to each & everyone . Food was awesome. Indiahikes is complete dhamaal!”-Ragini Tiwari, batch of March 2016
“Deoriatal-Chandrashila was my first Himalayan trek and i had so much to see, learn and take back. The beautiful meadows and the majestic mountains remind you what a small part of this world you are, and at the same time make you realize how strong you really are. The stories, songs and conversations along the way with the enthusiastic trek team and guides made it an experience to cherish forever! Kudos to Indiahikes for making us all want to go back 🙂 –Samhita Balekai, batch of March 2016
“Yes. Initially I was unsure about how it is going to be, as this was my first experience of trekking. But all my doubts went apart as soon as I met my trek-mates and Indiahikes team. It felt so much friendly and homelike feeling in everything. The Food was far better than What can be expected in a high altitude region. Tents and sleeping bags were warm and cosy enough and were really comfortable. Our trek guide – Kamal Sir and Dhan Singh Sir were very encouraging and they made sure that everyone keeps moving ahead and completes the trek safely. They told us lesser known facts and stories about the trail and other things that came along. The camp sites were peaceful. They gave us a marvellous view and the trails were full of Rhododendrons and other wild flowers which were a real treat for eyes and soul. The grand summit climb was challenging as it was my first experience, But as soon as I reached the summit I got overwhelmed with the spectacular view of Himalayas all around me. It was a really great life time experience and really thank Indiahikes for everything. 🙂 –Aishwarya Rajendran, batch of March 2016
“It has been fabulous trek not only because it was our first himalay trek but also because of exceptionally good management of India Hikes team.both tanmay n Vishal lead us most enthusiastically ,provided us continuous encouragement, moral boosting and took care of us as if we were their family members. The bond that they created with us n also amongst all members added to the fun of whole journey. Especially I would like to mention that they took exceptionally good care of my 9 year old kid,dhruvin. They listened to all his questions very very patiently and also answered them to his satisfaction. This is something that I can not forget.also I must mention that entire supporting staff – rajuda,khushida,and all kitchen staff were all just beyond perfect. No words to describe our experience. All I would say is keep it up and all the very best to you all. One strong point for which I would recommend India Hikes to other is its exceptionally good arrangements, the Eco friendly nature,the warm family like atmosphere that you provided, the good nutritious food,the cleanliness and hygienic toilets and many more reasons.of course I would also like to add is ,considering the facilities that we got,charges of India Hikes were pea nuts,,..very economical…”- Hemant Doshi, batch of March 2016
“Everything was smooth and nice. Leaders and the kictchen staff were too helpful in every case. India hikes has good trek guides be it the main man or the locals. Food is yummy and the toilet tents are clean. What else does anyone else want?”-Syed Sadiq Suheb, batch of March 2016
“I have wonderful memories of my first Himalayan trek …just loved the trek …I never thought I ll start liking to do trek….I had just come to accompany my husband …he is too passionate about the treks ….but the fantabulous leadership of vishal & tanmay ….hv changed the idea about trekking…. The kind of love …caring ….sharing ….bonding ….with the leaders & all of ur staff as well as along with the entire group members is unforgettable….. The enthusiasm…patience ….dedication of my trek leaders …just outstanding….. I would like to thank specially to rajuda..for being with my kid dhruvin & answering all his questions …not easy job…special thanks to khusida ….to be with me patiently on my last day ..which was little difficult for me .,…thanks to entire kitchen staff for serving delicious ….nutritious food …..mamu for lovely cake ….for giving us such wonderful tents …..hyginic tents …..I m still lost in my sleep ….as if m in tent …..were so comfortable ……everything we got was beyond perfection …..in such peanut amount what indiahikes charge ….special thanks to dushyant to take first briefing …..& for the games ….the kind of peace & freshness got was so good to keep us calm in this hectic life & also till we do the next trek ……vishal & tanmay great leaders……a lot to learn from u guys ……no chance of complaints for the entire organization …..miss the days of trekking ….The green trail concept ….is the best part of indiahikes ….u do great job to keep nature clean …..we liked this concept a lot & plan to start …from family trips ….the society …as well for our sahyadri treks …..it is such a valuable thing …if everyone just does 1 % of such cleaning …will add so much to society ….my kid is being exposed to this kind of thought …at very early age …m feeling so proud about this ….to make him do trek at early age with so much of positive vibrations ..,.the toilets were made very hyginic …very clean …kids also didn’t mind using them ….as mention earlier kitchen & rest of the staff superb …..everything beyond perfection ….I ll be doing my treks at least the next trek with indiahikes ….due to so many reasons mentioned earlier ….as it’s the best professional perfect organization ….at very economical rates ….can’t expect anything better than this ….& first experience being so wonderful …makes us continue with u people …..with ur great leaders.”- Kajal Hemant Doshi, batch of March 2016
“I found this trek amazing. Sandeep, our trek leader handled the batch very well, took care of everything required and most important he is a genuine person. The cooking staffs and guides were also very well mannered and helpful. The trails of this trek is mix of lake, rhododendron trees and snows.”-Raj Nandy, batch of March 2016
“Loved the trek. It was a great experience.However, some fun activties in the remaining time could have been cherry on the cake. Great management and a rewarding lifetime experience.”- Shruti Gupta, batch of March 2016
“It was an amazing experience! Describing about the trek might get a little tough.. As I will fall short of words for appreciating about it!Because you guys are organised and very professional and take care of us right till the end of our journey!”-Rashmi Dharmani, batch of March 2016
“The trek was awesome. .great team..lovely experience…It was my dream to go for an himalayan trek …and it came true only bec of vishal ji and khushi…The whole team was v good…Tanmay RaJu da…..but esp thanks to vishal and khushi..I lived my dream bec of them…..Thank u so much for ur support. India hikes is all that a trekker needs…lovely team…good genuine people…v good food. .supportive staff was very helpful. ..In future even I wud do all my treks only with india hikes….great job guys….very well organised…KEEP IT UP!” – Dr Poonam, batch of March 2016
“The trek was very well organised. our trek lead – Duhshyant Sharma was extremely detailed in his briefings. He was also very warm and insightful. Same was the case with the rest of the team. IH is well organised and economical. great staff!”-Hector Anklesaria, batch of March 2016
“It was over all beautiful trek, 1. last day morning moon walk @4 am was amazing, 2. On the camp any issues raised immediate solutions were provided, that’s cool, 3. Cleaning forest with eco bags is an great initiative, 4. On time healthy food was super and also last day cheering for chefs n team. Indiahikes has got very well crafted website which covers almost all the required information, indiahikes has got friendly professional guides/instructors.”-Shobha N, batch of March 2016
“I loved it. Amazing experience with an awesome trek leader and team! The trail was cleaner by the time we finished. I’m really impressed by the green trails initiative. I would recommend Indiahikes because they have a great team, good food, caring and helpful staff, responsible trek leader and most of all the initiatives taken to make the mountains more beautiful!”-Manaswi Karra, batch of March 2016
“The trek was Awesome. India hikes people made the trek a pleasurable one in every aspect and there isn’t a pinch of neglect in choosing them. Would love to do more treks and only through Indiahikes. Greentrails is a very passionate mission and that was well received by the participants and they did contribute their best to make the trail much better in every aspect.”-Yashwant, batch of March 2016
“IH takes you by your finger to the most beautiful places and lets you experience that which you
could never fathom. If you go with IH once, I don’t think you will ever look back.”-Sneha Sharma, batch of March 2016
“The terrain was awesome. Indiahikes is the best team to manage Himalayan treks with maximum possible study/knowledge.”-Alok Pophali, batch of March 2016
“The trek went very well, Well organised and good trek lead and staff , good food. Everything was spot on. This trail was surprisingly clean but once we set on trail of Tunganath it was horrible with filth all around .. Tunganath being open to public it was bound to happen. Was shocked to see so many plastic bottles ( heaps of them ) in the small valley just as we climb to chandrashila. We did pick many to make the trial clean yes. IH arranges Hassle free fun trek with lotsa learning .” – Ashish Bhatt, batch of March 2016
“The overall trekking experience was good. The solo purpose to take this trek is to find out can I do Himalayan trek or not. The fellow trekkers, guide are nice towards each other. The hospitality at the campsites were great.”-Raghavendra Kumar K R, batch of March 2016
“I liked it very much. I think it’s an underrated trek because of the difficulty level marked as easy. The beauty of the flowers is unmatched and the experience of summitting a peak is too good.Everything is great about IH – food, trek leaders, guides, kitchen staff.”- Harprit Singh, batch of March 2016
“The trail and each campsite is very beautiful. Since this was my third trek after doing rupin and roopkund, got a lot of liesure time to absorb the surroundings. I really appreciate the efforts the team take to make trekkers so comfortable. Indiahikes always surprises with amazing food , the feeling of welcoming trekkers with hot momos is priceless! I would like to say special thanks to Dhansingh, Mamu, Rahul, Dipu, Vicky and not to forget Kamal for always being calm and composed. Many in list – Kgl, har ki dun, buran ghati, kedarkanta etc…loved the experience who give to trekkers. Thanks to company’s trekking spirits and passion. Good trek leaders with proper knowledge, great food and stay arrangements along with transport facility.”-Geetai Nivangune, batch of March 2016
“The trek is very well organised..the food on treks is very nice and it gives the best trekking experience.I appreciate the efforts of india hikes in keeping the trail clean.”-Romit Patel, batch of March 2016
“It was an amazing experience. The commitment of the staff and the leaders was exceptionally good. It is an interesting proposition to include eco-bags during the trail.”-Amogh Gupta, batch of March 2016
“There hardly would have been anyone who came away indifferent to the absolutely lovely trail mapped out by your team.Especially enjoyed day 3 through the lovely lush forest. Organized- to feel one is in good hands, a soul- to feel a personal interaction.”-Bonita Rathore, batch of March 2016
“Oh! it was fabulous. the food and the hoispitability was top class. the people managing the trek splly sandeep was really great. I think it was a perfect experience, could not have asked for more. Being a part of india hikes is a experience which every trekker should undertake.”-Priyanka Das, batch of March 2016
“I loved each and every part of Chandrashila trek. I would recommend Indiahikes to a friend because of the quality of the trekking experience they provide.”-Subhrajit Basak, batch of March 2016
“It was good. Well organised Arrangements done in order. It’s also affordable. Overall I rate it the best. I was impressed by the support I got while trekking, Guys like Sandeep and Virendra are the assets to the organisation, without them I couldn’t have made the trek. Kudos to you both. Thankyou.”-Manjula.Goudar, batch of March 2016