Day 1: Rishikesh
Located in the Uttarakhand region, Rishikesh is one of the most sought-after destinations for tourists who like to get a taste of adventure sports and also spend evenings indulging in the traditions and rituals of the Hindu culture. Lined along the Gangotri River, the Rishikesh Town is a hotspot in the country owing to the superb adventure sporting options. Bungee Jumping and White Water Rafting are highly popular here among the others. The small temples and ashrams here is an ideal place to enjoy the evenings witnessing the year-old traditional practices of the Hindu culture. Rishikesh is located at a distance of 230 km from Delhi and the journey takes a long 7 hours. As you reach Rishikesh, enjoy your evening visiting the famous temples like Bharat Mandir and Neelkanth Mahadev. Overnight in Rishikesh.
Day 2: Rishikesh to Uttarkashi (170 kms/ 4-5 hrs)
Another beautiful destination in the journey delivering a deeper insight into the Hindu Traditions and Practices, Uttarkashi is famous for the widespread small temples, ashrams, and dharmashalas. The Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is a popular spot in the region. Uttarkashi is also considered as the gateway to many thrilling adventure treks in the Gangotri Region. The principal town of the region, Uttarkashi is at a distance of 170 km from Rishikesh and the journey on the incredible mountain roads takes around 5 hours in total. As you reach Uttarkashi, explore the beauty of the town and spend the night here.
Day 3: Uttarkashi to Sillachhan via Malla
The exciting trekking journey begins today and on the very first day of the awaiting long journey, the destination you will be walking to is Sillachhan. It is a break journey today where you will be covering the first 25km to Malla on a drive and from there a 9 km walk to Sillachhan. The journey from Malla begins on an ascending trail to Sillachhan and as it is the very first day you need to be patient and not push it. The cowherds of the other villages in the region, Sillachhan looks fabulous. The soft and lush green grass on the meadow makes the ideal camping ground for the night.
Day 4: Sillachhan to Kush Kalyani (2040 mts/6692 ft)
The destination Kush Kalyani is situated at an altitude of 6692 ft. The journey to this high altitude meadow will be one of the most beautiful walks of your life. The distance to be covered today is around 11km and takes around 6 hours in total. The Kush Kalyani is located on the upper reaches of the mountain, but the journey is on a fairly easy terrain without any steep climbs. As you reach the spot, the grass cover on the undulating ground looks incredible and the views of the distant mountains in the backdrop fascinate every traveler’s, heart. Peaks like the Jogin I, II, and III and Draupadi Ka Danda is a sight to cherish. Spend the night here.
Day 5: Kushkalyani to Kyarki Khal (4077 mts/13373 ft)
The Kyarki Khal is located at an elevation of 13,373 feet and it is one of the most difficult walks in the whole journey. Traversing through lush green meadows, cascading waterfalls, and lots of other thrilling spots you will reach the Kyarki Khal. The 14 km long walk for around 8 hours takes you through a number of ups and downs and makes the journey quite tiresome. The first 3 km is on a steady climb followed by some incredible spots till you reach and cross the Kyarki Khal. The night will be spent in the campsite of the Kyarkhi Khal.
Day 6: Kyarki to Parital (18 kms/7 hrs)
A long journey of 18 km awaits so it is very important that you start the walk at the earliest today. The 8 hours long walk begins with crossing over a number of ridges and traversing through the beautiful Kyarki Bugyal. Though the journey is fairly long, the rewarding beauty surrounding the lake is a treat to the eyes. The Parital and it’s surrounding is so beautiful that it is believed in the mythological age, the fairies used to dwell here. The grasslands also serve as the ideal grazing field in summers for the cattle in the nearby areas. Enjoy a quaint night in this incredible spot.
Day 7: Parital to Sahastral (5000 mts/16405 ft)
The elevation of the place is a staggering 16405 ft and the distance of 12 km takes around 6 hours to complete. The journey starts soon after breakfast and runs through the Taddiudyar. The first 2-3 km of the journey runs on an ascending trail followed by a descent for the next 5 km. The name Shasra Tal means ‘ a thousand lakes’ and the beautiful lakes in the region looks really admiring. The Shasra Tal is situated on the western flanks of the Khatling Glacier and offers some bewildering views of the surrounding peaks. One of the most sought after trekking destinations for enthusiastic travelers, Shasra Tal delivers picturesque beauty of the surrounding Himalayan Peaks. The magnificence of the Jogin Group Glacier, Meru Glacier, and Kirti Stambh can be enjoyed from here. Spend overnight in camp.
Day 8: Sahastral to Kalyani (2683 mts/8800 ft).
Kalyani is located at a lower height of 8,800 feet and the descending walk today is a highly enjoyable one. While the Shasra Tal is located atop the mountain, the Kalyani is sitting in the valley of the Khatling Glacier. A wooded ridge falls on the way to Kalyani that needs to be crossed. The trail is quite treacherous and it is very important to follow the trail with open eyes as often the trekkers get lost here. As you reach the Kalyani, the night in the small camping ground will be quite an amazing experience.
Day 9: Kalyani to Kharsoli (2896 mts/9489 ft)
The night stop for the day is Kharsoli at an elevation of 9,489 feet. The day constitutes an 11km trekking for 6 hours in total on a fairly easy trail to Kharsoli. Previously an unblemished meadow, the Kharsoli is now a land of boulders. It is said that the stream above the Kharsoli meadow once changed it’s course of regular flow and ran through the meadow, making it a region full of boulders now. The walk takes you through the beautiful Biroda and the ascending trail runs through Rhododendron and Birch trees. The beautiful flowers you will get to witness along the trail makes the journey even more interesting. Spend the night in the campsite on an inclined surface atop a ridge.
Day 10: Kharsoli to Tambakund (3,413 mts/11,195 ft)
The amazing trail today leads you even closer to the Masar Tal Lake and also the base camp of the Khatling Glacier, Tambakund. At an elevation of 11,195 feet, the distance to Tambakund is 8 km that takes not more than 5 hours in total. Follow the trail along the river, with a number of glacial streams flowing on both sides of the river. The trail also runs through a number of meadows and thick forests and the views of the steep mountains and streams with cascading waterfalls can be seen on the other side of the valley. As you walk further you will reach the river bed and from there the trail ascends with the flanking of the towering mountain on one side and high ridge on the other. Follow the trail ahead to cross a landslide region and finally reach Tambakund, your destination for the night.
Day 11: Tambakund to Khatling Glacier- Chauki (3717 mts/12192 ft) and back to Tambakund
Today you will be walking up to the incredible and mesmerizing Khatling Glacier. The walk begins early as you will be going to Khatling Glacier and again come back to Tambakund. The huge Khatling Glacier is practically impossible to cover in one day so you will be only going to the Zero Point. Enjoy the raw magnificence of nature from the top of the Khatling Glacier and amaze at the panoramic picturesque beauty of the region. After enjoying the time over the Khatling Glacier, the return journey starts with a stop at Chauki. A 3 km descend to the riverbed followed by a crossing over the makeshift wooden bridge with the gushing river flowing below is a thrilling experience in itself. as you walk further, the beauty of the Chauki meadow unfolds before you.The lush green grass, wildflowers like Brahma Kamal, sheep, and shepherds looks really admirable. As you reach Chauki, begin retracing your steps back to Tambakund. Overnight stay in Tambakund.
Day 12: Chauki to Masar Tal (3675 mts/12054 feet)
The beautiful lake known as the Masar Tal is located at an astounding elevation of 12,054 feet and the walk on the amazing trail for 15 km takes about 6 hours in total. As you carry forward on the trail, you will be amazed at the captivating views of the peaks surrounding the Khatling Valley along with glimpses of the mesmerizing Bhimtal Lake. The walk finally ends as you reach the windy campsite around the Masar Tal Lake, and the Doodhganga flowing down the glacier looks really incredible. As you reach the small campsite, prepare to spend the night here.
Day 13: Masar Tal to Vasuki Tal (4135 mts/13563 ft)
The walk today to yet another beautiful lake in the region, Vasuki Tal. The trail to Vasuki Tal passes through the Mayali Pass followed by a crossing over the Mayali Glacier to reach Painya Tal and then Teen Tal. Around 1 km from Teen Tal, you will get to the crystal clear Vasuki Tal. The trail runs on boulders and loose moraine all the way up to the Vasuki Tal at 13,563 feet. As you reach Vasuki Tal, you will get to witness the Vasuki Ganga originating. The Vasuki Ganga meets the Mandakini at Sonprayag. The campsite is placed near the lake with bewildering views of the snow-capped mountains.
Day 14: Vasuki Tal to Kedarnath
Kedarnath is hugely popular pilgrimage spot in the country and a primary part of the so-called ‘Chardham’. The 8 km long journey starts towards the Vasuki Top on a steep climb for the first 2 km. The Vasuki Top offers commanding views of the Kedarnath Temple, Kedarnath Peak, Manda Parvat, Sumeru Parvat, and Meru Parvat. A 6 km of walk on the continuous descending trail leads you to Kedarnath Bazaar. The abode of Lord Shiva, Kedarnath Temple is visited by a huge number of tourists who come here to cleanse their soul from within. Visit the Kedarnath Temple and learn about the year-old rituals of the Hindu Tradition. Spend overnight in Kedarnath.
Day 15: Kedarnath to Rudraprayag via Gaurikund
The day starts in the beautiful ambiance of Kedarnath and it is a long day today taking you all the way back to Rudraprayag. The first 14 km of the journey is a walking journey to Gaurikund. While you are in Gaurikund, visit the famous temple of Gaurikund. After you reach Gaurikund start your final bit of the journey to Rudraprayag at a distance of 130 km. The confluence of rivers in Rudraprayag looks really fascinating and thrilling. Enjoy the night in Rudraprayag.
Day 16: Rudraprayag to Haridwar
The very last day of the journey takes you to one of the most religious pots in the country, Haridwar. Renowned for its religious practices and rituals, Haridwar witnesses a huge amount of crowd each year. The gushing Ganga River along the town, the evening ‘Aarti’ offered to the same, the beautiful streets and marketplaces combined with some really delicious desserts, Haridwar is the ideal place to end the journey with. The final night can be spent at this beautiful town or you can choose to travel back to Delhi and resume the daily life.