BOND WITH THE MOUNTAINS
The Road Less Travelled welcomes you to its latest initiative - BOND WITH THE MOUNTAINS - trek along the route that takes you through the Hamta circuit exploring the uncommon trek routes off Manali, abundant with exotic scenery, snow capped mountains, silky streams, alpine meadows the trail leads us through apple tree covered valleys, pine forests, streams and meadows making it a superb walk with family
Vacation Style Parent & Child Trek
Duration 7 Nights & 8 Days
Dates Batch 1 - 18th to 25th May 2019
Group Size 20 Pax. (10 Parents + 10 Children)
Total Trek 35 Kms
Route CHANDIGARH / KULLU AIRPORT – MANALI – BANARA VILLAGE – BOGHI – TILGAN – SAROTU THACH - PYANGNERU – MANALI – CHANDIGARH / KULLU AIRPORT
Dates Batch 2 - 08th to 15th June 2019
Highlights of the event :
- Stay at luxury resorts/ swiss tents enroute
- Stay in brand new alpine tents during the trek
- Supply of brand new alpine sleeping bags with fleece inners & air mattresses during the trek
- Team of Chefs to provide 3 course customised hot meals, 4 times a day, through the trip
- Child friendly meals all through the journey
- An advance team travelling ahead to welcome you at each location
- Team of Story tellers to enthral you each night, around the bonfire
- Services of an art teacher to teach the children nature painting each afternoon
- Experienced Himalayan Guides assisting you through the walk
- Services of porters to carry our luggage
- Private transfers from and to Kullu/Chandigarh in Innovas/ Taveras (4 guests to a vehicle).
- Stay in the same room/ tent at specified properties as per the itinerary.
- All meals – breakfast, lunch dinner – Kullu to Kullu / Chandigarh to Chandigarh
- Brand New Alpine tents
- All experiences as shared
- Agency representatives accompanying the group always.
- Toilet tents at all campsites, along with toilet cleaners.
- A well equipped and experienced team of chefs, guides, porters (to carry the duffel bags).
- Flight tickets to Kullu / Chandigarh
- Any stay, not specified in the itinerary
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Any expenses, personal in nature
- Any extensions in stay, self chosen or due to circumstances beyond our control.
- Tips and gratuities
Arrive in Kullu/Chandigarh Airport. Meet & greet TRLT representatives.Transferred to Manali an hour away & check into our hotel – Serenity Resorts in Jagatsukh.
Acclimatisation Trek to Banara Village
Its time to get our muscles loosened & ready for main action – through an acclimatization trek. Post Breakfast, leave immediately for an acclimatization trek to Banara Village where we will explore the local culture & cuisine coupled with a lovely walk that will loosen our muscles.We visit Banara village – a 4km walk. The trek is a lovely climb as we walk along the tree line & get closer to those enchanting snow capped mountain peaks. We pass some ancient temples, the highlight being a visit to the 5000 year old Gayatri temple.Lunch @ Banara Village is a celebration of the Pahadi way of life in a Himalayan Village home – a traditional Pahadi meal served in Pahadi tradition.Interact with the the locals & understand their way of life in harsh conditions where essentials are scarce & how they co exist with nature.Post lunch, begin our descent back to our hotel where a hot cup of chai/ coffee awaits you.In the evening, we visit the Mall Road in Manali to pick up last minute supplies, in case we have missed out anything.Over dinner, we have a briefing session for the trek beginning the next day – on what to pack & how to pack, things to carry etc.All set & relaxed, we retire for the day, all excited to begin our next trek.
MANALI - BOGHI
After a hearty breakfast at Serenity, we are ready to begin our day.We depart to Shuru village, 4 km from Manali from where we begin.Today, it’s an easy walk to Boghi which takes us around 4 hours. Enroute we stop by at the ancient Nag Devta temple.The walk itself is very scenic. Enroute we stop for hot lunch in midst of forest .Our camps are already set up at Boghi. Our chef welcomes us with Hot Chai & some freshly made pakoda’s.
BOGHI - TILGAN
After a hearty breakfast at Campsite, we are ready to begin our day.Today, it’s an easy walk to Tilgan which takes us around 4 hours.The walk itself is very scenic. From Tilgan, one gets a panoramic view of the Manali valley.Our camps are already set up at Tilgan. Our chef welcomes us with lunch.
TILGAN - SAROTU THACH
A full breakfast inside us & we are ready to greet the mountains.Today is our 1st climb through high altitude meadows. Total walk today is around 5 hours.Enroute we stop & enjoy hot lunch being served amidst the forest.The open meadows initially provide us awesome mountains cape, takes one to the High altitude meadows of Sarotu Thach.Sarotu is the favourite spot of the Kullu shepherds who get their flock to graze here through the summer months. They stay away from home for months during the summer during which they also collect wood from the trees.Our campsite is ready (as it will be every day) with our bags having arrived (the porters moving at a much faster pace than us).We are welcomed with a hot cup of chai with some hot lip smacking snacks.The evenings are spent relaxing around the campsite and absorbing the beauty of mother nature around us.Late Evenings are spent around the bonfire as the telescope comes out & we are welcomed by the skies who open their secrets to us. Our team serves us dinner as we reminiscence of our trek
SAROTU THACH -PIYANGNIRU
It’s a longer day than yesterday, coupled with a climb. But after that it is a descent till the campsite.Post breakfast, we climb over the high altitude meadows of Raurikhaudi. Todays walk is also long, 4-5 hours in total but it’s a mix of ascent & descent.A short tea break here & we begin a steep descent through the rhododendron bushes and birch trees with splendid view of Mount Deo Tibba to the base of the mountain.We are in absolute Alpine zone with glaciers all around us. The sight of the Deo Tibba Mountain from Piyangniru, is fascinating
PIYANGNIRU - MANALI
It’s a beautiful day. The sun is out bathing us in its warm rays as we enjoy breakfast. Todays walk is a 2-2.5 kms only.Walk from Piyangniru, on the Valley floor along the stream, which originates from the Deo Tibba Glacier. The Deo Tibba slowly drifts away.Finally we get to the beautiful meadow of the Marhi, further we descend to the other side of the Valley at Jobri. We reach Chika where our lunch is on the meadow, by the gurgling river.Post lunch we walk an hour further to reach the finishing spot – the Chika hydel power project.We come back and check into our hotel, 1st hot bath in 4 days… Wow… life couldn’t get better.We quickly get ready to celebrate. Celebrate What? The success of our trek of course.Off we go to Johnsons Cafe – Manali’s most happening resto bar.Live music, good food, good liquor, Johnsons offers us all this with a perfect ambience to boot.
MANALI – KULLU/CHANDIGARH AIRPORT
Our sojourn in the mountains finished…. We are ready to head back to the city to resume our daily lives.Vehicles are ready at 7 am to take us to the airport where we board the flights & reach our cities by evening/night.