Trekking in Rishikesh


Garhwal Himalaya Trekking

Short Trekking trips – 4-5 Hours from Laxman Jhula – A scenic, safe, affordable, independent outdoor day hiking or afternoon excursion. We drive you 10 Kms (30 minutes) from Rishikesh town to near to Shirashu Village or Gattu ghat and you can hike your own you can also hike to water fall and on average, it takes one hour to HIKE from the parking lot to the summit. This allows most people 30 minutes to walk around the mountain’s top and photograph the great views fo Shivalik valley and Holy river Ganges. It takes about 45 minutes to descend. No guide is needed on this popular, easy to follow trail. These are good if you are staying in Rishikesh.

Neelkanth Trek: Nilkanth Mahadev is Temple of Lord Shiva located at a height of 1330 meters. This temple is 31 kms far from Rishikesh. The temple is very famous temple of Lord Shiva. Rishikesh to Nilkanth Mahadev is 14 kms trek. The whole way to temple is surrounded by dense forests. According to legends Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is the holy location where Lord Shiva consumed the poison which is originated during the sea churning when Gods and Demons churned the sea in order to obtain Nectar. Due to this poison Lord Shiva’s throat became blue in color. So he is known as Nilkanth here. (literally meaning the blue throated one). For this trek it is better to just trek to reach temple. Later you can return to Rishikesh by car or local shared vehicles.

Water Falls Trek: Rishikesh is surrounded by Shivalik mountain range of Himalaya. Popular waterfall trekking in Rishikesh is Neer Gaddu waterfall trekking, Garud chatti waterfall trekking, Phool chatti waterfall trekking. Its take only a half day to trek in the waterfalls. These treks are famous for natural beauty. You can also enjoy bath at waterfall.

Jhilmil Gufa Trek: Jhilmil Gufa is a small 04 hour trek near the Nilkanth Mahadev Temple. Jhilmil Gufa is a small cave is located inside the forest. There is also small temple of lord Shiva. Few sadhus are living here. Only few people visit this place. Route is not very tough. It is also safe for senior citizens. This cave is 26 kms far from Rishikesh. From Rishikesh to Nilkanth Mahadev Temple you have to drive 04 kms more. From there you have to trek 02 hours to reach here.

Kunjapuri Trek: Kunjapuri Temple is 26 kms far from Rishikesh from where you’ll find a dramatic mountain valley with sky-piercing granite cliffs, a swift glacial river, and waterfalls you can enjoy view of Haridwar, Rishikesh & Doon valley from here. Kunjapuri is at the height of 1650 meters. Temple is famous for it amazing view of shiwalik range of Himalaya. You can see snow capped mountains of Himalaya. Kunjapuri Trekking has 290 stairs so it requires 04 hours return journey.

For those who are passionate about trekking, we offer a wide range of Trekking tours in Garhawal Himalayas. Given below are trek names and description. The treks are managed by us, lead by our trek leader and our own support staff. Our expertise and experience ensures safety and convenience through out the trip. As all treks are customized to requirements and cost depends upon the number of people, we have not defined specific rates here. Please let us know your requirements and we will work the prices.

Trekking in Rishikesh

Har KI Dun Trek

Trip Highlight
Duration: 7 Days | 6 Nights
Best Season: Apr-Jun, Sep-Nov
Level: Medium
Total Distance: 64 km
Maximum Elevation: 3600m Har-ki Dun
Weather:
The nights can be cold. Day temperatures are pleasant during the season
Restrictions: None
Getting from/To: Sankri is connected by road from Dehradun and are about 7 hours drive.
Equipment: None for walking
Har ki Dun trek is a beautiful trek which go through the Govind National Park, which is famous for its wild flowers especially orchids. This area has some of the most beautiful forests. It was made popular by Jack Gibson, a teacher at the Doon school in the late 1940’s.The surrounding peaks and glaciers in the Banderpoonch Range are a mountaineer’s delight. The Har-ki-dun valley is famous for its flowers and meadows. The path follows the tons river from Netwar village up through the scenic villages of Gangad, Seema and Osla. Har-ki-dun has many camping places and also a forest guest house. A rest day is ideal to explore the nearby jamdar glacier or make a short excursion to Ruinsara Lake.

Rupin Pass Trek

Duration: 8 Days | 7 Nights
Trekking Days: 6 Days
Best Season: May – Oct
Level: Medium
Total Distance: 63 km
Maximum Elevation: Rupin Pass – 4540m
Weather:
The higher areas and the nights can be cold, day temperatures are pleasant during the season.
Restrictions: None
Getting from/To: The nearest town is Mussoorie, and is an 8-hour drive from Netwar. The trek can be done from either side. If finishing at Sangla, the drive to Shimla is about 8 hours.
Equipment: None for walking
It is a remote and beautiful trek from Uttarakhand (Dhaula) to Himachal Pradesh (Sangla), over Rupin Pass, following the Rupin River. The alpine meadows in the Govind National Park and the views along the way are outstanding. The trek passes through several villages and shepherd camps in the rupin river valley. Rupin is a tributary of the tons river and meets Supin River at Netwar. This part of the Himalayas is very beautiful and has not been spoilt by development. One can witness the Garhwali culture as well as the kinnauri culture. There is a stark difference between the two and the most prominent indicator is the style of houses.During the early summer months it is highly likely that one may encounter snow leading upto the pass. This makes this trek enthralling.

Deoriatal, Chopta, Tungnath & Chandarshila Trek

Duration: 5 Days | 4 Nights
Best Season: All year round (except monsoons)
Level: Easy
Total Distance: 34 km
Maximum Elevation: 3925m Chandrashila Peak
Weather: The nights can be cold, day temperatures are
pleasant during the season
Restrictions: None
Getting From/To: Ukhimath is connected from haridwar and is about 6 hours by road.
Equipment: None for walking
This all-season trek is known for its scenic beauty. It passes through some beautiful forests and affords excellent views of the snow peaks. The trek gives you the opportunity to visit the 1000-year-old Tungnath temple, which is the highest shrine of Lord Shiva. It is one of the panch-kedars and is believed to have been built by Arjuna himself. Chandrashila is famous for its breathtaking 360-degree view of the Himalayan ranges. It is one of the few peaks that can also be climbed in the winter months.

Kuari Pass Trek

Duration: 5 Days | 4 Nights
Best Season: Apr-Nov
Level: Moderate
Total Distance: 74 km
Maximum Elevation: 3640m Kuari Pass
Weather: The nights can be cold, day temperatures are pleasant during the season
Restrictions: None
Getting From/To: Auli is connected by road from Haridwar and is about 10 hours drive. Ghat is short distance from Nandprayag, which is on the Haridwar-Joshimath road.
Equipment: None for walking
This beautiful trek is very popular. The Kuari pass is also known as Curzon’s trail since the British viceroy, George Curzon, attempted crossing it and loved exploring this area. Though the pass is not very high it offers excellent views of Nanda Devi, Dunagiri and other Himalayan peaks. The Nanda Devi national park and the Rishi Ganga gorge are visible from the first day itself.

Roopkund Trek

Duration: 6 Days | 5 Nights
Trekking Days: 4 Days
Best Season: May – Sep
Level: Medium
Total Distance: 48 km
Maximum Elevation: Roopkund Lake – 5100m
Weather:
Very cold at nights, days will be pleasant
Restrictions: None
Getting from/To: Nearest road head is Mundoli which is 7hrs drive from Rishikesh
Equipment: None for walking
Roopkund is a mysterious lake in the interiors of district Chamoli.The lake is rather shallow having a depth of about 2m with the edges covered with snow for most parts of the year. When the snow melts;human and equine skeleton remains can be seen, some of them with flesh attached. These remains have been preserved in the alpine conditions for centuries. It is believed that these are the remains of about 300 persons who died about 500-600 years ago. There are many theories about these findings but none are satisfying. Hence the lake is known as the Mystery Lake. Some believe them to be those of General Zorawars’ soldiers who died here in a vain attempt to conquer Tibet, while others maintain that they are the skeletons of the zealous pilgrims, who went on the Raja Yatra to the base of Trishul. It is however one of the popular treks in Garhwal as it abounds on spectacular mountain scenery. The trek to Roopkund is very scenic and passes through the magnificent Bedni Bugyal. The trek goes through the outer periphery of the Nanda Devi national park and is one of the best treks to view the magnificent peaks of the Nanda Devi Park.

Nag Tibba Trek

Duration: 3 Days | 2 Nights
Best Season: Jan-Jun | Sep-Dec
Level: Easy
Total Distance: 21 km
Maximum Elevation: 3100m Nagtibba Top
Weather: The nights can be cold, day temperatures are
pleasant during the season
Restrictions: None
Getting From/To:Mussorie is connected by road to Dehradoon and is a 90 minute drive.
Equipment: None for walking
Nag Tibba lies on the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas, North-East of Mussoorie. The peak is at an altitude of 3100m. It offers spectacular views of Mussoorie, Vikashnagar, the banderpoonch range and spurs created by the Yamuna river valley. NagTibba is a typical ridge peak on the NagTibba Range of the lower Himalayas. In fact, along with the Pir Punjal and Dhauladhar; the Nag Tibba range forms one of the 3 main ranges of the lower Himalayas. It is mentioned in the very famous book ‘7 years in Tibet’ which chronicles the escape of Hienrich Harrier from the British into Tibet. There is a temple dedicated to Nag Devta and the range owes its name to this temple. Snakes have always held an important status in the Hindu religion. According to Hindu mythology, snakes are considered as the representation of rebirth, death and mortality, due to its casting of the skin and being symbolically “reborn”. Since the days when religion and worship was a response to a way of life rather than a reason for existence; snakes have been given a cult status. In some places snake gods are associated with fertility. There are many snake god myths and iconographic symbols associated with them in the Hindu mythology like that of Sheshnag( Vishnu’s resting couch),ananatnag( the endless snake), Kaliya( Krishna’s dance),Vasuki (churning of the ocean), Padmanabha ( guardian snake especially in south India), Manasa devi( snake goddess) etc. For the villagers in this part of the mountains he is the protector of their cattle and sheep. Domesticated animals are their biggest assets and Nag Devta their protector.

Gangotri, Gaumukh & Tapovan Trek

Duration: 7 Days | 6 Nights
Best Season: May-Jun | Sep-Nov
Level: Moderate
Total Distance: 30 km
Maximum Elevation: 4463m Tapovan
Weather: The nights can be cold, day temperatures are
pleasant during the season
Restrictions: Permit needs to be pre arranged
Getting From/To:Gangotri is connected by road to haridwar/dehradoon and is a 10 hr drive.
Equipment: None for walking
The Gomukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi (Ganges) and is held in high esteem by the devout who do not miss the opportunity to have a holy dip in the bone chilling icy water.Gomukh is where the water of Ganga trickles down from the glaciers. The sages called it ‘Gomukh’, because in the distant past, it probably appeared like a cow’s mouth. Tapovan is an ideal location for the tourists looking for peace and adventure. Tapovan is located on an altitude of 4463m / 14640ft above sea level. Tapovan known for its beautiful meadows that encircle the base camp of the Shivling peak, Tapovan is a very pleasant surprised spot with a large meadow complete with bubbling streams, wildflowers and campsites. Herds of Bharal (blue mountain goats) is a common sight from here on mountain ridges. On the far side of the glacier the Bhagirathi I, II, III (6454mt), provide an equally impressive backdrop.Every year this place has been visited by thousands of tourist including foreigners for adventure activity like mountaineering & trekking.

Kedar Tal Trek

Duration: 7 Days | 6 Nights
Best Season: May-Jun | Sep-Oct
Level: Medium
Total Distance: 35 km
Maximum Elevation: 4425m Kedar Taal
Weather: The nights can be cold, day temperatures are
pleasant during the season
Restrictions: None
Getting From/To:Gangotri is connected by road to haridwar/dehradoon and is a 10 hr drive.
Equipment: None for walking
Kedartal is a high alitude lake nestled in the himalayas below the gangotri glacier. The approach to the lake is via massive boulders and one can see snow near the lake throughout the year. The trek starts from gangotri and goes through some beautiful birch forests. This is a less frequented trek in this region as most of the trekkers prefer to go to Gaumukh/Tapovan.

Nanda Devi Trek

Duration: 7 Days | 6 Nights
Best Season: April-October (Except Monsoon)
Level: Medium
Total Distance: — km
Maximum Elevation: 4200m Dharansi passÂ
Weather: The nights can be cold, day temperatures are pleasant during the season
Restrictions: None
Getting From/To: Nearest Town is Joshimath, 9-10hrs drive from Haridwar.
Equipment: None for walking
The Nanda Devi national park is closed to visitors and is a declared world heritage site in India due to its rich biodiversity. However the Rishi Ganga River has carved out a valley which is one of the ways trekkers use to explore the outer reaches of this beautiful wall of mountains. After Eric Shipton and Bill Tillman climbed the Nanda Devi in 1934 very few expeditions have taken place in this region. Nanda Devi is Uttarakhand’s highest peak. The villages of Niti and Lata lie on the outskirts of this national park and are ideal starting points for trekking in this region. One gets commanding views of all the 6000m plus peaks in this national park. It’s a must do trek for avid Himalaya photographers and trekkers alike.

Mayali Pass Trek

Trip Highlight
Duration: 13 Days | 12 Nights
Best Season: April-October (Except monsoons)
Level: Medium
Total Distance: 80km
Maximum Elevation: 3800m Masar Taal
Weather: The nights can be cold, day temperatures are
pleasant during the season
Restrictions: None
Getting From/To:The nearest town, Uttarkashi is a 8-hour drive from Dehardoon.
Equipment: None for walking
Combining treks has become common in Uttarakhand and this is a new trek which crosses from the Bhagirathi valley to the Mandakini valley via the Mayali Pass. We start from Malla village near Bhatwari and finish off in Kedarnath. The highlight of this trek is the Shastru Taal, Kush kalian plateau and Masar Taal. Short treks to each can be done over 4 days but by combining all three this trek accomplishes another great pass i.e. the Mayali Pass. It passes through forests as well as high plateaus and offers some of the best views of the peaks on the southern side of the Gangotri glacier.

Satopanth Lake Trek

Duration: 6 Days | 5 Nights
Best season: May-Oct (Except Monsoon)
Level: Medium
Total Distance: 40 km
Maximum Elevation: 4600m
Weather: The nights can be cold; day temperatures are pleasant during the season.
Restrictions: None
Getting from/To: The nearest town is Badrinath. It is a 10 hour drive from rishikesh.
Equipment: None for walking
Satopanth Tal is a glacial lake in Uttarakhand, India, located in the midst of snow-capped peaks at an altitude of 4,600 metres (15,100 ft) above sea-level. The lake is considered to be of religious significance to the local people; residents of Mana village throw the ashes of the dead in the lake. Many people believe that the Trimoortis, viz, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, take bathe in the lake on an auspicious day. Certain species of birds are found here, which pick up the pollutants of the lake and thus keep the lake clean. These birds are not found anywhere. The local belief is that they are the Gandharvas disguised, who guard the lake against evils.
Geologically this is a glacial corrie lake. The alkapuri glacier is huge and a lot of corrie lakes are formed and this one is the biggest. The waters of the lake are held by the vast boulders and lateral moraines of the glacier. The beauty of this trek is that it starts at 3300m (the altitude of badrinath) and continues alongside the Alaknanda River until the alkapuri glacier. The junction of the 2 glaciers is a magnificent sight. The peaks of neelkanth, balakun and Satopanth give company throughout the trek. The camping locations on this trek are devoid of any trees and are beautiful alpine meadows. There are numerous waterfalls along the way which make the walk a pleasant sight.

Milam Glacier Trek

Duration: 10 Days | 09 Nights
Best Season: May-Oct (Except Monsoons)
Level: Medium
Total Distance: — km
Maximum Elevation: 3430m
Weather: The higher areas and nights can be cold, day
temperatures are pleasant during the season.
Restrictions: None.
Getting From/To:Kathgodam-Kathgodam
Equipment: None for walking
Milam Glacier Trek is a gateway to explore the mystiques of Uttarakhand. Milam Glacier is one of the remotest yet accessible glaciers of Uttarakhand. Milam Glacier is the largest glacier of Kumaon covering an area of 37square kilometers. The base camp for this 16km long glacier is Munsiyari. Milam Glacier is situated at the base of Mount Trishuli (7,065mts). Provision for food, porters and guides can be done from Munsiyari. Milam Glacier is perched at an elevation of 3,438mts above sea level, 60kms beyond Munsiyari. The trail to Milam Glacier goes through forests, waterfalls, villages, chunks of ice, wooden bridges. Milam Glacier is the source of Gori Ganga River which acts as an important tributary of Kali River. The trek is long, tiring and adventurous and thus graded at moderate level.
The trek involves moderate walks to cross the hills, walk along with the Gori Ganga River and rugged terrains. The trail offers captivating view of quaint villages, picturesque streams, waterfalls and snow laden Himalayas. Route to Milam glacier has several vantage points offering panoramic vistas of mountains, friendly people, varied flora and fauna and green landscapes.

Pindari Glacier Trek

Duration: 10 Days | 9 Nights
Best Season: Apr-Nov (Except Monsoons)
Level: Medium
Total Distance: 104 km
Maximum Elevation: 3860m
Weather: The higher areas and nights can be cold, day
temperatures are pleasant during the season.
Restrictions: None.
Getting From/To:The nearest town, Bageswar
Equipment: None for walking
This glacier is loated in Uttarakhand in Kumaun zone between NANDA DEVI and NANDAKOT mountains. The locals proudly refer to it as the Soul of Kumaon. It is one of the most easily accessible glacier of Himalaya.

Sunder Dhunga Trek

Duration: 08 Days | 07 Nights
Best Season: May-Oct (Except Monsoons)
Level: Medium
Total Distance: 98 km
Maximum Elevation: 3880m
Weather: The higher areas and nights can be cold, day
temperatures are pleasant during the season.
Restrictions: None.
Getting From/To: The nearest town, Bageswar
Equipment: None for walking
Sunderdhunga trek is one of the most beautiful trek in kumaon himlaya range, ist route also attach with two other famous trek of kumaon, Pindari Glacier & Kafni Glacier. This trek follows river Sunderdhunga upstream from Khati until its origin. The route to Sunderdhunga is through thick forest follwed by alpin meadows with snow bridges over the Sunderdunga river.
People said that a man washing his blanket in the river found a beautiful stone. The name Sunderdhunga meaning ‘Beautiful Stones’.

Kafni Glacier Trek

Duration: 11 Days | 10 Nights
Best Season: Apr-Nov (Except Monsoons)
Level: Medium
Total Distance: 104 km
Maximum Elevation: –m
Weather: The higher areas and nights can be cold, day
temperatures are pleasant during the season.
Restrictions: None.
Getting From/To:The nearest town, Bageswar
Equipment: None for walking
The scenic beauty and the tranquility prevailing in this region has an unbeatable charm. The Kaphini (Kafni) Glacier lies left of the Pindar Valley below the famous peak of Nandakot. The route to Kaphini Glacier covers the same track up to Dwali, as the track to Pindari. Kaphini Glacier is 12 km from Dwali via Byali Udiyar, which is at a distance of 8 km from Dwali. As compared to Pindar the valley is much broader and the rhododendron (burans) that blooms here is spectacularly beautiful. The main Himalayan summits visible from the glacier are Nandakot (6860 m) and Nandabhnar (6236 m).

Pachachuli Base Camp

Duration: 08 Days | 07 Nights
Best Season: Apr-Nov (Except Monsoons)
Level: Medium
Total Distance: 80 km
Maximum Elevation: 3490m
Weather: The higher areas and nights can be cold, day
temperatures are pleasant during the season.
Restrictions: To be obtained from SDM, District Courts Department at Dharchula. Have I.D proof along medical certificates ready.
Getting From/To:Kathgodam-Kathgodam
Equipment: None for walking
Panchachuli Base Camp trek goes up the Darma Valley near the borders of Nepal and Tibet situated in Pithoragarh district. It is an area of outstanding beauty and of significance to anthropologists. This area touches the inner zones inhabited by semi-Mongolian people called Bhotias (Bhote – Bod). In Dukut, villagers burry the potatoes and other provisions in the winter and dig them out after the winter season. The people are migratory by nature, and though living in a remote Himalayan valley, are quite literate and far from being primitive. This comfortable trek goes through the remote border villages giving an opportunity to observe the lifestyle, customs and culture of the natives. The area offers panoramic and enchanting beauty.

Kedar Kantha Trek & Tons Valley Cycling

Duration: 5 Days | 4 Nights
Best Season: Throughout the year
Level: Easy
Maximum Elevation: 3850m Kedar Kanth Top
Weather: The nights can be cold; day temperatures are pleasant during the season. In winters nights are very cold.
Restrictions: None.
Getting From/To: Sankri is connected by road from Dehradun and is about 7 hours drive.
Equipment: None for walking
Kedarkantha, situated in the Tons river valley of the Garhwal Himalayas is a beautiful ridge peak, easily accessible anytime of the year. The trek goes through the Govind National Park and gives you ample time to soak in the flora and fauna of this protected area. The summit lies at an altitude of 3850 m and reaching the top is very satisfying as you are rewarded with views of peaks like the Swargarohini, Banderpooch, Kalanag and Ranglana. The cycling trip from Sankri to Mori takes you through some beautiful scenery, along trails that snake along the Tons River.

Nagtibba Trek & Yamuna Rafting

Duration: 3 Days | 2 Nights
Best Season: Jan-Jun | Sep-Dec
Level: Easy
Total Distance: 21 km
Maximum Elevation: 3100m Nagtibba Top
Weather: The nights can be cold, day temperatures are
pleasant during the season
Restrictions: None
Getting From/To:Mussorie is connected by road to Dehradoon and is a 90 minute drive.
Equipment: None for walking

Nagtibba lies on the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas, North-East of Mussoorie. The peak is at an altitude of 3100m. It offers spectacular views of Mussoorie, Vikashnagar, the banderpoonch range and spurs created by the Yamuna river valley. NagTibba is a typical ridge peak on the NagTibba Range of the lower Himalayas. In fact, along with the Pir Punjal and Dhauladhar; the Nag Tibba range forms one of the 3 main ranges of the lower Himalayas. It is mentioned in the very famous book ‘7 years in Tibet’ which chronicles the escape of Hienrich Harrier from the British into Tibet. There is a temple dedicated to Nag Devta and the range owes its name to this temple. Snakes have always held an important status in the Hindu religion. According to Hindu mythology, snakes are considered as the representation of rebirth, death and mortality, due to its casting of the skin and being symbolically “reborn”. Since the days when religion and worship was a response to a way of life rather than a reason for existence; snakes have been given a cult status. In some places snake gods are associated with fertility. There are many snake god myths and iconographic symbols associated with them in the Hindu mythology like that of Sheshnag( Vishnu’s resting couch),ananatnag( the endless snake), Kaliya( Krishna’s dance),Vasuki (churning of the ocean), Padmanabha ( guardian snake especially in south India), Manasa devi( snake goddess) etc. For the villagers in this part of the mountains he is the protector of their cattle and sheep. Domesticated animals are their biggest assets and Nag Devta their protector.

Please note: Permission to trek is based on a lot many factors the major being health. It is not for people with heart related illnesses, chronic ailments, for those who have been operated upon and other issues. Our Trekking leader will have the final say on the matter. During trekking the facilities are quite basic. The food is simple and homely. You will need to prepare yourself to accept nature and limitations before you start a trek. Be assured that the journey will transform you forever. You will find noone out there – just yourself.

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