From May 5th to 11th, 2017, we are running a special Himalayan trek for children to Kuari Pass.
Trekking has a tremendous influence on children. It ingrains a sense of independence and leadership. It also teaches them the value of a team. Having this experience early on in life makes it all the more profound and lasting. This has been our learning after observing more than 2000 children since we started Hiking Clubs in several schools.
Until now, we had not opened our Himalayan treks for children. Starting May 5, 2017, we are happy to announce the opening of an exclusive trek to Kuari Pass for children.
Kuari Pass is a grand amphitheatre of mountains in the Garhwal Himalayas. Right at the start of the trek you see the classic north face of Nanda Devi, India’s tallest mountain. The trek has lots of thrill and adventure. As a bonus, you trek through superb forests and meadows. It makes for the best Himalayan trek for children.
Parents who wish to accompany their children are welcome to join in.
The itinerary goes like this
May 5: Get to base camp – Joshimath. The transport is arranged from Rishikesh at 6.30 am
May 6: Drive to Auli. Trek to Padiyar; 4.2 km, 4 hours
May 7: Acclimatization / rest day at Padiyar
May 8: Padiyar to Chitrakantha; 7.2 km, 4.5 hours
May 9: Chitrakantha to Kuari Pass and back to Khullara; 7.7 km, 6 hours
May 10: Trek from Khullara to Dhak, then drive to Joshimath. Stay at Joshimath
May 11: Drive from Joshimath to Haridwar. You will reach Haridwar between 6 and 7 pm.
This itinerary is different from the regular itinerary on our website. There’s an extra rest day in between for children.
All trekkers have to reach Rishikesh by early evening of May 4th. A good night’s rest is necessary before starting to base camp the next morning.
Please note: Indiahikes will not organise transport from your city and back. Children will meet Indiahikes representatives only at Rishikesh. We suggest parents accompany them during their travel, at least until Rishikesh. But parents are welcome to tag along throughout the trek.
Getting to Rishikesh
The best way to get to Rishikesh is to take a train from Delhi to Haridwar. You could also fly into Dehradun and take a bus or cab to Rishikesh. At Rishikesh you can stay at the GMVN Guest house or any other hotel. Indiahikes has known hotel contacts if you need any help.
From Rishikesh, you will be picked up by our pick up vehicles at 6.30 am on the 5th May in front of Zostel in Lakshman Jhula. Here’s the exact location. You are expected to report to our base camp at Joshimath/Auli by 6 pm.
Trek fee: 8950 + 9% Service Tax. Children between the ages of 8 and 12 get a scholarship of 50% of the trek fee.
Travel from Rishikesh to Base camp and back: Approx Rs 2,500 both ways put together per person
Approximate cash in hand to keep for other expenses: Rs 2,000 per person
To register, write to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject line: Special Himalayan Trek for Children