Mountains & Rivers at Auli, Chopta & Jayalgarh is an adventurous journey into the world of high Himalayas. You would be travelling deep into pristine Himalayan country to experience the way of life in the mountains through interactions with locals, village visits and visits to ancient and renowned historical sites like Badrinath, Tungnath, Ukhimath, etc. The itinerary allows you to trek, raft, walk, explore and experience Himalayas unlike any other region in India, and is recommended for those looking for active holidays and the best Himalayan experience.
Highlights of this holiday would be
Indulge in adrenaline pumping activities tailor-made for families
Majestic view of Great Himalayan peaks including Nanda Devi from Auli & Gurson
Stay at the riverside camp in Jayalgarh
Trek to high altitude Deoria Tal Lake (7000 ft asl) / Tungnath (11000 ft asl) / Chandrashila (13000 ft asl)
Day 1: Arrive at Haridwar / Dehradun airport and drive to Kund Arrive at Haridwar / Dehradun airport and drive to Kund (3000 ft asl - 190 kms - 5.5 hours), a riverside area and base point to explore Chopta Valley. Later in the day, you enjoy water-based activities such as bridge slithering and river crossing under expert guidance. You return to the camp for a quiet dinner.
Day 2: Trek to Deoria Tal - Ukhimath Today, you set out on a hike to the beautiful Deoria Tal Lake (8000 ft asl). Based on your inclination and ability, we can either pick a shorter trail of 2.5 km (2 hrs) or 8 kms (6 hrs). You will pass through villages, wooded trails, lush flora and enjoy the backdrop of the Chaukhamba peak. You will arrive at the lake for lunch and in the afternoon, you drive back to Kund while taking a small detour enroute to visit the Ukhimath temple (4000 ft asl), the winter seat of the Kedarnath deity and an important stop on the Char Dham yatra. You return to the lodge by the evening.
Day 3: Chopta Valley - Tungnath - Chandrashila Today, you drive to the famous ‘Mini-Switzerland of India’, Chopta (7000 ft asl), known for a variety of bird life, meadows and superb Himalayan views. You spend a large part of the day here, either relaxing in the meadows or hiking up to the Tungnath temple (11000 ft asl - 4-5 hours). For those of you who like an extra challenge, you can also trek up to Chandrashila (13000 ft asl), which is another hour from Tungnath temple. Tungnath (1000+ years old) is the highest Shiva temple in the world. In the evening, you drive back to Chalkot Camp. We arrive at the camp towards late evening for a rewarding view. You take a downhill 200 metres walk through the Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary reserve forest, part of Nanda Devi Biophere to reach the camp. You enjoy a quiet evening under the star-spangled sky.
Day 4: Travel to Auli Today you admire the beautiful views from the camp and then depart for Auli (10000 ft asl - 160 kms - 5 hours), a renowned skiing destination in winter and one that is visited in summer for its stunning views of the Nandadevi range of the Himalayas. You arrive at the lodge by late afternoon and spend the rest of the day admiring the stunning views.
Day 5: Gurson meadows trek Today, early in the morning you head for a trek (3 hours) to the undulating meadows at Gurson overlooking the magnificent peaks of Nanda Devi, Dronagiri, Neelgiri and Mana. We enjoy the day exploring beautiful meadows, and then head back to Auli. It will take about 2 hours to trek back taking the same trail. The remaining day would be spent indulging in a variety of rope activities such as rappelling, valley traverse, rock climbing, etc.
Day 6: Drive to Jayalgarh Today, you leave early for the riverside camp at Jayalgarh (160 kms - 5 hours). Enroute, you pass the important prayags (river confluences) of the tributaries of the holy river Ganga including Nandaprayag (Alaknanda & Nandakini), Karnaprayag (Alaknanda & Pinder) and Rudraprayag (Alaknanda & Mandakini). Once at Jayalgarh, you enjoy a multitude of water activities such as kayaking, duckie rides, cliff jumping, body surfing, etc. Thereafter, you enjoy a hearty barbeque with some live music.
Day 7: Depart from Jayalgarh to Haridwar / Dehradun In the morning, you head for rafting in the Alaknanda River. After rafting, you proceed to Haridwar / Dehradun Railway Station / Airport (110 kms - 3 hours from Dehradun Airport) for onward departure.