TREKKING IN GARHWAL

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Region: Garhwal Hills
Best Season: May - October



The beauty of the Garhwal hills is picture-perfect, a fusion of high mountain valley and lakes. It's a land of many streams and the birthplace of some of India's greatest rivers.
A Trekker enroute Ghangharia, on the way to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Saheb, Uttranchal
Carmine rhododendron blooms and scarlet flame of the forest blossoms are luminous in jungles of dense green, while the faith of an old people has kept alive a lifestyle that dates back to several centuries. These are the playgrounds of the Gods, where legends have the sanctity of history and where people are warm and hospitable in a manner unknown to modern metropolises.

Garhwal comprises the districts of Uttarkashi, Tehri, Pauri, Dehradun and Chamoli. The Garhwal hills are a veritable paradise for trekkers. Nature is in her element here, and the trekking trails are renowned for the great beauty of their views, stunningly different at almost every turn. There are some superb trekking opportunities in the vicinity of important pilgrimage sites such as Badrinath, Yamunotri , Kedarnath, Gangotri and Hemkund close to the Valley of Flowers.

Best Season :
Though Garhwal is a treat throughout the year except the rainy season, it is advisable to plan any trekking trip to this region during April to November. Trekking in the Garhwal hills is best between the months of May and October.

Permits :
Indian nationals need no permission for trekking in any area outside the inner line. For routes inside the inner line, the local District Magistrate's permission or that of the central home ministry is necessary in Advance. For foreigners, crossing the inner line is not permitted.

Treks upto 4,900m need no permission and can be undertaken on tourist visas. Above 4,900m, treks can also be undertaken with prior permission from the IMF provided no peak is attempted. Camera permits are also necessary.

HOW TO GET THERE

The nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun. However, the flights are not very regular. Convenient overnight trains from Delhi connect Haridwar, the nearest rail head into Garhwal. The Shatabdi Express serves Haridwar along with trains from Mumbai and Calcutta . For many of the treks, Rishikesh serves as the base. Bus services connect Garhwal region with other towns in North India .

Tourist / Dak Bungalows along Trek :
The number of beds available at the particular place are indicated.

Trekking route Place Beds Place Beds
Badrinath Route : Gauchur 4 Joshimath 126
Karnaprayag 90 Govind Ghat 4
Nandprayag 30 Pandukeshwar 4
Chamoli 10 Badrinath 84
Pipalkoti 44    
Kedarnath Route : Agastmuni 4 Rampur 4
Chandrapuri 4 Sonprayag 47
Guptkashi 20 Gaurikund 40
Phata 4 Kedarnath 72
Valley of Flowers / Hemkund : Govindghat 4 Ghangharia 38
Kauri Khal (Pass) : Ghat 8 Tapoban 8
Ramni 4    
Roopkund : Tharali 2 Wan 12
Debal 4 Ramni 4
Mandoli 12 Ghat 8


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