Welcome to 6 days of unrivalled visual extravaganza that is the Himalayas, the home of serenity and natural splendour, where peace is in the very air you breathe. And it is scented with fresh flowers, the likes of which you have never seen nor smelt.

The closest your mortal shell will get to the heavens above is at the mountain summit, the world below will look far away and will at times disappear while the stars will shine brightly and you will know why our galaxy is called the milky way, the mountains will make a believer out of any skeptic You literally can not get any higher! If you plan to pay obeisance to Lord Shiva, at one of his temples that is. Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in this mortal realm.

Chandrishila the peak just above Tungnath is where Lord Ram used to meditate and even Ravana did his penance to Lord Shiva here. The mythology is almost palpable here, natural beauty so divine you are convinced of a higher power.

 

Tunganath is one of the five Panch Kedar temples in the Tunganath mountain range in Rudraprayag district of Uttrakhand. A scenic trek of a mere 3 and a half kms from Chopta will get you here. The beauty of the trek is that you are constantly gliding through the clouds and instead of walking on a certain side of the mountain, you are walking almost on the ridge at the very top, surrounded by endless meadows.

 


Chopta Trip Dates


08th - 13th March 2016    Full

12th - 17th March 2016    Full

15th - 20th March 2016    Full

19th - 24th March 2016    Open

22nd - 27th March 2016    Open

25th - 30th March 2016    Open

3rd - 8th May 2016    Open

7th - 12th May 2016    Open

14th - 19th May 2016    Open

17th - 22nd May 2016    Open

21st - 26th May 2016    Open

24th - 29th May 2016    Open

28th May -02nd Jun 2016    Open

Hoil on the Ganges

White water Rafting at Camp Ganga Riviera.

24th - 27th March 2016

PanchKedar Trek

Roopkund Trek

Nandikund Trek

Leh Trip

11th - 23rd July 2016    Open

25th - 6th August 2016 Open    Open

Valley of flowers

The first day after reaching Peaches & Pears, we will help you explore the walks in our vicinity, this enjoyable and supremely satisfying experience will acclimatise you for the following days of adventure.

Every day for the rest of your life you will remember fondly the days spent traversing the Garhwal Himalayas.

Home to India's tallest peaks, the valley of flowers, exotic fauna and lush forests and endless meadows in infinite shades of the color green.

This experience will ensure you understand the exact meaning of the phrase "The bigger picture".

We spend most of our lives stuck in the humdrum of our inescapable daily routine missing the bigger picture, here we offer you the opportunity to look at it and relax.

Think of Peaches & Pears not as a destination but a base camp with home grown organic produce for two nights. This confluence of tradition and comfort, with bamboo and pine wood furniture can tempt you to stay nestled, hopefully the allure of unseen panoramic vistas will prove too strong to disregard.

You will be mesmerized by the infinite beauty that surrounds you and with every subsequent step you will find the view change from one superlative adjective to another.

The mountains offer not just the perfect place to enjoy a solitary sojourn but also the chance of a lifetime to make immortal memories with those we love.

Unwind either by gazing at distant mountains or catch up on your reading with a hot cup of tea.

 

3 The homestayThe homestay 4 Cosy roomsCosy rooms

Trek Info

Altitude : Gopeshwar - 5,085 feet
  Anusuiya Temple - 7,220 feet
  Chopta - 9,000 feet
  Tungnath - 11,975 feet
  Chandrashila - 13,124 feet
  Devaria Taal - 7,800 feet
Trek grade: Easy to moderate 
Seasons: Feb - Mar Snow
  Apr Spring
  May-Jun-Sep-Oct Ideal
Best Deal: ₹ 11,900/- Per Head  
Total Days: 6 Days & 5 Nights  
Base Camp: Peaches & Pears Homestay, Chamoli, Uttarakhand
Transport : While on trek only. (Peaches & Pears to Devariya taal.)
Optional: *White water Rafting on Day.6 or /Overnight at Ganga Riviera (Extra Charges)
*Rishikesh (Rail head ) / Dehradoon (Airport) to Base camp and Sari to Rail/ Air head can be arranged on actual.
*Plant a sapling. Pay for tree guard (with your name bearing placard) and 3 yrs maintenance and contribute towards a greener tomorrow @ just ₹ 2,400/-

The second day will begin with a 5km trek to Anasuiya village after a 15km drive from Peaches & Pears, the birth place of Lord Dattatreya and Sage Durvasa, born to Saptarishi Atri and his wife Anasuiya.

The Atri Muni Waterfall will test your mettle, and we assure you that your heart will surely skip a beat if not a few.

Fresh juices, chocolates and dry fruits ensure that when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Rappelling near the waterfall will add another perspective to what it truly means to be alive. And heading back to the village right after might turn into a race, for a bonfire with a scrumptious barbeque awaits.

Pat yourself on the back when the sun sets and watch the multitude of stars before you retire, their sheer number provides us with our daily dose of humility.

On the third day waking up from sleep may be disorienting, early morning bird songs in the middle of god's lush green forest will do that to the best of us. It's almost like waking up into a beautiful dream.
A small trek to the road followed by a short 25km ride will brings us to the picturesque hamlet of Bhulkuna. To capture proof of sighting, keep your trigger finger nimble, Monal, The Himalayan Thar and many other indigenous birds and animals are going to appear as they please, and they will not be posing though it'll look like it, if you are lucky.

The Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, a 1000 sqkm of protected area, the largest in the Western Himalayas with the primary purpose of protecting the endangered Himalayan Musk Deer has dense forests of Himalayan spruce, yew, birch, oaks, maple and rhododendrons.

5 The balcony viewThe balcony view 6 Anusuiya village Anusuiya village 7 The Atrimuni cave entryThe Atrimuni cave entry

Rhododendron, the state tree of the state of Uttarakhand, reminds of a strawberry cluster in a milk bowl, when it has freshly snowed. The name itself is beautiful beyond belief, after all it does mean Rose Tree in Ancient Greek.

Watch towers to give you that extra height when you really want to peer over a cliff and waterfalls that keep going in either direction will give you that vertigo you used to experience as a child when the Jhula in the park went higher than you'd anticipated. The cities might be a few decades old but it is here in this ancient landscape that you will rediscover the kid you once were.

The winter is a pastry landscape with the snow imagined as caster sugar, the rhododendron tress as berries and spring is a tossed salad panorama of all the healthy colours represented by local fauna and the unforgettable summer a milk shake of milky clouds and suspended island vistas of all dry fruit colours that play hide-and-seek.

On day 4 the steep trek to Tungnath at an altitude of 3650 meters is a mere 3.5 kms. The Chandrashila peak at 4000 meters beckons 1.5 kms further where the majestic 360 degree view of the Himalayas awaits. Though the distances aren't much, the climb is assured to be a satisfying pilgrimage. Sliding on the snow on your way back is a fruit of your labour we exhort you enjoy.

Rhododendron, the state tree of the state of Uttarakhand, reminds of a strawberry cluster in a milk bowl, when it has freshly snowed. The name itself is beautiful beyond belief, after all it does mean Rose Tree in Ancient Greek.
Watch towers to give you that extra height when you really want to peer over a cliff and waterfalls that keep going in either direction will give you that vertigo you used to experience as a child when the Jhula in the park went higher than you'd anticipated. The cities might be a few decades old but it is here in this ancient landscape that you will rediscover the kid you once were.

On day 5 the 25 km drive to Sari village will be peppered with views of the snow clad Himalayas and this is where we will begin our 3 km trek for Deoriya Taal.
Here Yudhishtira answered all the questions posed by a yaksha who was Yama in disguise, a prerequisite for drinking off of the lake and resurrected his Pandava brothers, who unlike him drank before answering.

Camping here on your last night is a fitting way to bring this journey to an end, where every step leads to vistas whose beauty in that instant seems unchallengeable, Deoriya Taal is the final masterpience.

A lavish spread that will satiate soul's hunger.
Experience this bountiful region with Peace Trips.
This land of which we eat, the air we breathe and the wind in our hair, the water that quenches our thirst, and these colours that lend vibrant life to all that surrounds us will in this our heavenly abode rejuvenate you and your friends and family.

White water rafting, an optional excitement you may want to indulge before you bid adieu to Uttranchal, will be lightning juice right to the heart, an injection of adrenaline without the pin prick, better than any of that really, words can't do justice to that experience, you should give it a go though, only if you dare. And beware, for it isn't something for the faint of heart.

Add to this the chance to etch the memories permanently, on the heavenly play ground of gods and fairies. Plant a couple of saplings

If the most memorable dream you've ever had you forgot, how sad would you be? Not too sad, especially if you had no recollection you ever had that dream in the first place.

This trip however will forever be etched in your memory, the recollection may not be pristine, but you can be sure no matter how faint the memory, the pain that you don't remember enough will be too real to ignore.

Everything has a price, yet somethings are priceless. Time spent in this most gorgeous of all abodes deserves an anchor and what better than an anchor that breathes and grows and gives back for all eternity. A tree. One that will always be, a reminder of shared time spent with those you love, and as your relationship grows so will the sapling mature.

₹ 2400 ensures the plant is safe from animals, that a dedicated Gardner nourishes with organic fertilizer and grooms the little one for the next two years. An investment, which will transcend time, a living monument to the effervescent and ethereal experience shared.
And if you chose to plant another one then the next sapling would cost ₹2000 only.



 

HOW TO GET HERE

Rail:

The nearest station to Chamoli is Rishikesh. Coming from any part of India, the nearest rail heads are Haridwar and Dehradun. Haridwar is connected by Haridwar-Dehradun Express (3009 Up), Delhi-Dehradun Express (4041 Up), Mumbai-Dehradun Express (9019 Up) and Dehradun - Delhi Shatabdi Express.

It is advised to book the tickets at least one month in advance as this route is always in demand.

Air:

The nearest airport is at Jolly Grant (17 kms from Rishikesh, 26 kms from Dehradun and 221 kms from Chamoli).

Road:

State Transport and Union buses and shared jeeps ply regularly between Gopeshwar and Rishikesh (212 kms), Haridwar (244 kms), Dehradun (290 kms), and Delhi (450 kms).

We help you in booking a jeep from the rail/ air/ road head to Base camp and back, after the trek completion. It costs Rs.5-6000 / vehicle one way (depending on tourist seasons) and it can take from 5 to 10 guests at a time. Whatever the actual cost would be, it has to be paid directly to the driver.

 

 

Essentials:

  • Comfortable to carry Rucksack (50-70 ltrs)
  • Loose synthetic track pants for trekking.
  • Woolen caps/ mufflers/ gloves/ warm socks.
  • Fleece jacket + Heavy Jacket.
  • Rain coat.
  • Thermal inners.
  • Hat/ cap.
  • Cotton and woolen socks.
  • Good trekking shoes/ sneakers/ (floaters for rafting).
  • Sun glasses/ Sun screen.
  • Cameras.
  • Shorts/ swimming suits for swimming / showering under waterfalls.
  • Water bottles.
  • Toiletries. Toilet paper.
  • Walking stick.
  • Personal medical kit.
  • Note: Torches are a must.

 

Includes -
  • All accommodations for 5 nights.
  • All meals from Day-1 Dinner to Day-6 Lunch.
  • All transportation as mentioned. Base camp to Sari village on day 6.
  • All Camping gear.
  • Forest department fees.
  • Juice, chocolates & dry fruits during trekking.
  • Boiled, filtered water for drinking.
  • Guide and porter for camping equipment.
  • Skiing gear and instructor for 2 days.
  • Rafting in the Ganges.
The cost does not include:
  • International/ domestic air fare or train or car fare to Peaches & Pears Homestay.
  • Mineral water, any food eaten from outside the camp kitchen.
  • Additional costs on mules/ porters being used for guests.
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare, strike, natural calamities, guest preferences etc.
  • Medical, travel and evacuation insurance of any kind.
  • Tips, laundry, liquors, wines, mineral water, telephone charges and items of personal nature.
Your trip directly or indirectly benefits the local Rural eco tourism & development project.

Note : Normally PeaceTrips expects you to carry your personal luggage on your own, but if you don't want to carry your backpack we can arrange a porter/Mules, but you have to inform us in advance. You have to pay ₹ 400/- extra per day per bag.

CHILD POLICY
0 - 3 yrs : Complimentary - 100% discount
4 - 6 yrs : 25% of original adult package cost
7 - 9 yrs : 50% of original adult package cost
10 - 12 yrs: : 75% of original adult package cost
Extras As Applicable:
  • If you want a single tent, supplement charges of ₹1,000/- per person, per night will apply.
  • Extra Breakfast: ₹250/- per person (taxes extra)
  • Extra Lunch: ₹350/- per person (taxes extra)
  • Extra Dinner: ₹450/- per person (taxes extra)
  • Driver/ maids dormitories chargeable @ ₹1000 per person per day including all three meals at staff cafeteria as per cafeteria timings.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Whilst every effort is made to keep to the above itinerary, clients will hopefully appreciate that this is adventure travel. Weather conditions, road conditions and vehicle breakdowns can contribute to the need for changes. Your driver/guide will do everything in his power to see that you are inconvenienced as little as possible in such events.

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

As soon as PeaceTrips receives a booking along with booking deposit from you, it is understood that you have read and understood the following Booking Terms & Conditions.

WHEN YOU'RE BOOKING INTO OUR TRIPS & TREKS :
  1. Please understand that most of our trips are adventure trips, and such trips require flexibility. The itinerary as shown in the website or in any of our promotional material is taken as a guideline only. Local conditions may require a slight change - this will only be taken if absolutely necessary.
  2. Once you have chosen the trip, we send you our pro forma invoice along with bank details and once you have paid the deposit, it is understood that there will be a contract between you and PeaceTrips for that particular trip.
  3. To secure your booking, a non refundable deposit of minimum 50% of the total trip cost is required. Balance amount should be sent to us at least one month before your trip begins. If you book within a month before the trip start date, the whole amount for the trip will be required immediately.
  4. Payments can be made by bank transfer or or through our Payment gateway (2.5% surcharge applies for payment gateway). If you wish to make a cash payment, please understand that we will not be able to accept any amount greater than ₹ 20,000/- on a single invoice.
  5. If you wish to make payment by bank transfer, we will send you our bank details at the time of booking. Please note that applicable bank charges will need to be paid by the guest travelling with us.
  6. Peacetrips will not be held responsible for denying clients from a trip if full payment has not been made before the due date.
  7. Your health, and your ability to undergo the trip is your responsibility. We do ask you to fill up a medical health form before a rigorous trek or expedition, but that is only for the information of the PeaceTrips staff on the trek, so they are aware of issues, if any.
  8. A Liability Waiver form (in the case of undertaking an adventure trip) will need to be signed by you and you accept that you may be exposed to certain inherent dangers in any such adventure trip. Failure to sign the Liability Waiver form will preclude you from joining certain adventure trips. If you are below 18 years of age, your parent or guardian's signature will be required.
  9. Once the trip is booked and deposit paid, the following cancellation policy is applicable:
    • 30 days before the trip start date - 25% cancellation charge.
    • 15 days before the trip start date - 50% cancellation charge.
    • 07 days before the trip start date - 75% cancellation charge.
    • Less than 07 days before the trip start date - 100% of the trip cost. No refund.
  1. No refund will be entertained for those who leave the trip due to sickness, injury or any other reason.
  2. No refund will be given for any unused service.
  3. If you plan to leave the main party mid-way, you will need to pay for your own meals and accommodation and any other possible charges that may apply.

 

The base camp is Peaches n' Pears home-stay (roughly 4500 feet) situated about 3.5Kms outside the small hill station of Gopeshwar. It's the perfect place to relax after a long winding drive along the scenic Alaknanda. The home-stay has magnificent view of the Nanda Devi and Trishul peaks right in the front and Alaknanda winding through the valley deep below.

Fresh organic vegetables, fruits and milk from family's dairy are readily available.

Soothe your senses with Herbal & fruit teas and fresh pakoras. Staying with a local family, experiencing the village life in its impeccable simplicity is an experience in itself.

Take short walks in the evening to nearby waterfalls, forests, villages and temples.

The more enthusiastic can thrill themselves with rock climbing and Bridge rappelling. Mountain biking to nearby villages has been one of the best experiences for the outdoor types.

Gopeshwar is the district head quarter of Chamoli, a district of Garhwal, in Uttarakhand, India. Chamoli is one of the many hill districts of Uttaranchal known for its shrines and temples, and birth place of 'Chipko Movement' .

Gopinath Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located at Gopeshwar, in Uttarakhand. The temple stands out in its architectural proficiency. it is topped by a magnificent dome and the 30 sq ft sanctum sanctorium, which is accessible by 24 doors.

There is a trident about 5 m high, which dates back to the 12th century, in the courtyard of the temple made of eight different metals. It boasts the inscriptions attributed to Anekmalla, the king of Nepal who reigned in the 13th century. Four short inscriptions written in Devanagri, which dates back to a later period, are yet to be deciphered, baring one.

Legend is that the trident got fixed in this spot, when Lord Shiva threw it at Lord Kama to kill him. The metal of the trident is not weathered by the elements and this is a wonder.

Chamoli : The district has several important rivers and their tributaries.

Alaknanda, traversing a distance of 229 kms before it confluence with Bhagirathi at Devprayag and constituting the Ganga, is a major river. The major attractions in and around Chamoli are Badrinath, Valley of Flowers, Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary (Chopta -Tungnath, Deoria Taal), Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Auli, Panch Prayag, Panch Kedar, Kuari pass, Roopkund etc.

 

We believe that our clients have an important role to play as well, with each person ultimately determining the overall impact of the group in the area visited. The following are some ideas you might like to consider:

Economic:

  • Buy locally made crafts and support local skills to encourage the positive sides of tourism.
  • Consider tipping a reasonable amount for good service.
  • Bargaining is an accepted practice in all of the countries we visit- but do so in a good humour and bear in mind the amount of money you are haggling over!
  • Think carefully about giving money to beggars, it is often more effective to give money to local charity to reduce reliance and expectation.

Social:

  • Learn some words of the local language, this is appreciated and often results in getting more out of the experience.
  • Ask for permission before taking photographs out of respect for the local people.
  • Enjoy the areas you visit but, if possible, try and leave in a better state than you found them in.
  • Respect the local laws, customs and cultural beliefs.
  • Observe the dress code of the area and be aware of differences in social behaviour and norms.
  • Do not buy ancient artefacts or souvenirs made from endangered species (eg ivory, animal skins).

Environment:

  • Try not to damage any plants you see on the trail.
  • Wild animals should not be touched, fed or disturbed and do not encourage local people to parade animals.
  • Ask permission before using a village well or pump.
  • Please bury all paper away from a water source (30m) and please use toilet facilities if they exist.
  • Our policy is to carry out all non biodegradable rubbish, if any is left behind in the morning, please bring to the guides attention.
  • Bring along environment friendly detergents and shampoos and use as little as possible to keep fresh water supplies free from pollution. Do all washing away from flowing water.
  • Be economical in using fresh water for showering and washing as often they are in short supply.
  • Use dustbins, where ever provided and never throw non bio degradable waste in the outdoors. We’ll highly appreciate if you bring all litter back to towns/ cities for proper disposal.

 

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION :

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority, followed by fun and comfort. Your hiking tour will be led by a professional guide trained in survival skills and first aid.

Trekking Holidays

Trekking is a form of walking, undertaken with the specific purpose of exploring and enjoying the scenery. It usually takes place on trails in areas of relatively unspoiled wilderness.

Trekking enables most of us to travel well-worn trails, often to remote areas usually inaccessible by road. Trekking takes you through areas of unparalleled natural beauty, spectacular scenery, and is about as close as you can get to experiencing another culture. Whether you're experienced or a complete beginner, we can help you get the best out of trekking. If you are interested in trekking & camping for fun, fitness or just to get away from it all, with family or friends, this is the site for you.

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED

We provide dome tents which have room for four to eight people plus all of your equipment. There are camp chairs or stools, camp tables, a kerosene/gas lamp or candles, all weather sleeping bags and sleeping mats.

The staff comprises of a cook and assistants. They put up and take down the tents, make the tea, cook the food, wash the dishes, load the porters and carry a load of their own. They work extremely hard and are always willing to help. If you want to join in putting up tents and taking them down, you are free to do so, but it is not expected.

A TYPICAL DAY ON TREK

Soon after dawn you are served tea or coffee while still in your sleeping bag. Once dressed you can pack your kit-bag/duffel bag and day-pack in preparation for the day's hike, and place these outside the tent.

The camp staff will take down the tents. While this is happening, breakfast is served. In the Himalaya breakfast usually consists of cereals and/or porridge with milk, eggs and bread. There is also tea and/or coffee.

The camp is being wrapped up while you are eating, and you will need to be packed and out of your tents before breakfast. You can take a leisurely breakfast while the staff prepares loads for the porters or pack animals. If you have not filled up your water bottle the night before ask the cook to fill your bottle with boiled water.

Departure from camp could be from any time between dawn and 9.00am, depending on the day's itinerary, but generally you will start walking at around 8.00am.

Depending on the length of the day's walk, you will walk for three or four hours before stopping for lunch. The lunch stop will last for about an hour.

You usually arrive at the next camp site by 4:00pm. Camp may already set up by the time you get there, and tea and biscuits will be ready to welcome you. Supper will be ready soon after dark, and will be served, in some instances, around the camp fire. Camp fires will only be made if dead wood is available.

The standard of cooking on trek is usually surprisingly good, with the style of cooking being a compromise between local and western food. Menus vary, but typically we start with soup. The main course is often a rice based meal with meat stew or mild curry, plus separate vegetables. Our meal is finished with tea or coffee.

Sometimes a bottle of local spirit is provided by the camp staff, but we advise clients to buy plastic half bottles from govt. wine shops. However, you should only drink alcohol when you feel acclimatised. After dinner, the usual practice is for your water bottle to be filled with hot water and used as a hot water bottle for your sleeping bag and for drinking water the next day. We would like you to enjoy the serenity of the unhurried atmosphere that exists in these wilderness regions. Our day to day camp routine on your trekking adventure is geared to allow you to make the most of your holiday.


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