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Kumari Desai

5.0

This was a really great trek. We got the chance to see Ganges and Alaknanda river while travelling from Haridwar and Rishikesh. Our trek was stared on 2nd day and we got to see the amazing sights of Nanda Devi which is India second highest peak. The trekking experience was fun despite being tedious. Apart from the weather, the trek was indeed an enjoyable experience. Everything was well arranged from transportation to food. Would love to go for more treks in Himalayan region.

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Adhiraj Kakkar

5.0

the most difficult trek of all time for me. The himalayan terrain is too difficult to trek. so if you are going for the first time for trekking, i would recommend that you go on some of the normal treks and then try this one. But it is one unforgettable trek I had. really had a chilling and amazing time.

Overview

About the Destinations:

Soaring above Joshimath, Auli huddled in the Himalayan Mountains of Uttarakhand, is a popular spot for skiing. This destination also opens up many other thrills. A delightful state-of-the-art and India’s longest cabe-car ride here gives you some great sights especially that of Nanda Devi, known as India's second highest peak.

The landscape is laced with coniferous and oak forests, lending in a distinct appeal. Coveted as The Land of Gods, Uttarakhand displays a dramatic terrain of lovely lakes, meandering rivers, mountains and rising Himalayan peaks.

You begin Gurson and Auli Trekking Expedition on a spiritual note as you drive through the holy towns of Haridwar,Rishikesh and along Ganges. The experience includes sauntering off for a trek to charming Parsari Village, ambling through the apple orchards, getting a glimpse of Nanda Devi, making way along snow covered meadows with great Himalayas ahead of you and unravelling the hot springs at Tapovan.

Temperature Range: Temperature varies from 12-17 °C, 0 to 5 °C and -5 to 0 °C. Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 -

    Haridwar -Auli (2450m) (Drive/280km/8-9hrs)

    On the first day, transfer from Haridwar to Auli. Savour the charming drive through the holy towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh and four of Panchprayags of Deoprayag, Rudraparayag, Karnprayag and Nandprayag. The route takes you along Ganges and Alaknanda.

    Reach the lodge by evening and check-in. Take in the great views of Alaknanda Valley and the stunning Himalayan snow-clad peaks. If time permits, you can amble through the apple orchards or unwind at the lodge itself. Overnight will be spent at the lodge, your Auli and Gurson snow trek begins tomorrow.

  • Day 2 -

    Auli - Parsari (3000 M) –ITBP -Auli (Trek/4-5hrs)

    Dig into breakfast at the lodge and saunter off for a trek to charming Parsari Village and ITBP. Proceed with the trek and reach Auli sometime during the afternoon. Along the way lap up great sights of Himalayan giants that comprises Nanda Devi (India’s second highest peak), ski slopes of Auli, the Joshimath town and the Alaknanda Valley with the mesmeric Alaknanda River making way through it. Come evening and simply unwind at the lodge. Overnight can be spent at the lodge.

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    Auli -Gurson meadows (3350m)–Auli (Trek /5-6hrs)

    This refreshing day, drive to Auli where the fun of cable car awaits. The ropeway opens up great sights and experience of the place. Reach the top most level through the cable car from where you commence your trek to Gurson top. Delight in making way along snow covered meadows with great Himalayas ahead of you. Reach Gurson top, a vantage point where you can feast your eyes on the great Nanda Devi. Enjoy some moments at this charming spot and head back towards the lodge sometime in the afternoon. Relax once you reach there. Overnight will be spent in the lodge.

  • Day 4 -

    Auli - Dhak Village - Khulara - Dhak Village -Auli(Trek/ 7-8hrs)

    Indulge in breakfast and drive to Dhak Village. Once here, trek towards Khulara. The trail is a fetching one that will take you charming Himalayan settlements. Pass beyond the village of Karchi and arrive at the meadows above the village. Come afternoon and trek back to Dhak Village and hop on to your vehicle. Unravel the hot springs at Tapovan and later drive back to the lodge. Overnight will be spent at the lodge.

  • Day 5 -

    Auli - Haridwar (Drive/280km/8-9hrs)

    Post breakfast drive down to Haridwar. Your Gurson and Auli Trekking Expedition ends here.

Stay

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  • Lodge

Meal

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  • All meals starting from dinner on the Day 1 till Breakfast on Day 5 (4 dinners, 4 Breakfasts and 3 Lunches) Tea/coffee is provided in the mornings & evenings
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  • Importance is given to nutritional needs on the trip and a menu of vegetarian/non vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly.

Activity

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  • Trekking

Other Inclusions

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  • Charges of 2 guides for the group (maximum 12 trekkers so 1 guide for 6 group members for all activities)
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  • First aid kit
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  • Service Tax

Transport

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  • Transportation from Haridwar (start) to Haridwar (end) can be availed at an extra cost
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  • Only quality vehicles are used such as Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo, Mahindra Scorpio, Tempo Traveller, etc. and no local jeeps or similar vehicles are used except where there are short transfers from the lodge to the trek points, etc. The transport tariff includes all driver charges, fuel, parking, toll and taxes.

Things To Carry

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  • Day pack
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  • Fleece jacket
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  • Balaclava and Buff
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  • Gloves, Warm Socks (with extra pars)
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  • Water and wind proof trousers and jackets
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  • Thermal upper and lower (3 pairs)
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  • Boots, Camp shoes / Sport sandals
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  • Hand towel
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  • Waterproof sack cover
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  • Personal toiletries
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  • Personal Medications
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  • Two 1 ltr water bottles (preferably thermos flasks)
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  • Torch with extra batteries
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  • Body Moisturiser, Lip balm
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  • Body Powder / Anti-Fungal (feet and body)
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  • Sun screen lotion, Sun cap, Sunglasses
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  • Head torch with extra batteries

Advisory

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  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
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  • Pay heed to the guidelines given by trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
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  • Consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicating products are prohibited during this trek.
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  • Avoid trekking during the nights.
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  • Consult with a physician if you are fit to undertake the trek.
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  • The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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    Story by Kumari Desai

     Rated : 5.0

    This was a really great trek. We got the chance to see Ganges and Alaknanda river while travelling from Haridwar and Rishikesh. Our trek was stared on 2nd day and we got to see the amazing sights of Nanda Devi which is India second highest peak. The trekking experience was fun despite being tedious. Apart from the weather, the trek was indeed an enjoyable experience. Everything was well arranged from transportation to food. Would love to go for more treks in Himalayan region.

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    Story by Adhiraj Kakkar

     Rated : 5.0

    the most difficult trek of all time for me. The himalayan terrain is too difficult to trek. so if you are going for the first time for trekking, i would recommend that you go on some of the normal treks and then try this one. But it is one unforgettable trek I had. really had a chilling and amazing time.

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    Story by Chandramauli Iyer

     Rated : 5.0

    Good experience.It is a really difficult trek and I would defnitiely appreciate the operators for conducting the trek smoothly and managing things well. Really loved it.

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    Story by Bodhan Mehrotra

     Rated : 5.0

    We started from Haridwar where our pickup was ready. After crossing Rishikesh we reached our destination. We stayed in a decent lodge and I was mesmerized by the snow caped views of Himalayas. Next day we trekked to a beautiful village and reaches Auli. In Auli we went for the cable car ride and reached top point of our trek. Cable Car experience was amazing as we can see the snow covered mountains from the top. We trekked for 3 days and passed some of the beautiful and remote villages. Food was ok and iur guide give attention to every member of the group. This was first group trek and would recommend others this trek. Thanks for amazing trip.

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    Story by Aditeya Varrier

     Rated : 5.0

    Had an amazing experience. All around me was just snow and nothing. Though they have the fixed trails, but because of the high quantity of snow, it was very difficult to find out the trails as everything was covered with snow. But we really enjoyed alot. The food was very delicious during the trek. I recommend that you carry alot of woolen clothes on trek.

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    Story by Charuvrat Ahluwalia

     Rated : 5.0

    Amazing trek. It was the toughest trek of my life ever. I am going on treks from past two years and have explored almost all of the India. but this was my experience in the Himalayas. REally difficult one. But loved it a lot and I am happy that I could complete it.

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    Story by Chandan Gill

     Rated : 4.0

    An unforgettable experience for me. this was the first time I got to see the snow and I loved it. During our trek, we also get the chance for snow fall. Took, lots of pics to keep the memories. thanks to the operator for such an amazing experience. It is worth the money

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    Story by Brajesh Jain

     Rated : 5.0

    It is difficult to explain the experience in words. Whole surrounding was covered with snow. This is a difficult trek and if you have any respiratory disease or something related to it, first consult the doctor and then go. Although trip leader has first box but oxygen level at some places is low, so its better to go with preparation. Also Make sure you carry lot of warm clothes and good trekking shoes as weather is very cold and terrain is tough. Its a perfect place to challenge your fitness. I had a great time and made lot of new friends. It was well organised trek from the beginning till the end.

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    Story by Harita Achari

     Rated : 5.0

    Very cold and chilling atmosphere. It was all snow around us. Please carry alot of woolen clothes and good quality shoes with you during the trek because the terrain is so rough and you would require quality shoes with you.

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    Story by Menaka Gupta

     Rated : 5.0

    It is very difficult trek people. So, I would recommend that you go on a few normal to diffucult treks and then try this. Climbing on snowy mountains is not everyone's cup of tea.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the best time to go?

      You can embark on this trek all year around, try to avoid it during monsoon seasons of July to August to avoid flash floods. It’s warm during March to June and during winter seasons of November to February you will witness snowfall and thick blankets of snow for skiing and other activities.

    2. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants? Is there a minimum age?

      You need to be in good physical condition before the start of the trek. You should be able to jog 4.5 kms in 30 minutes to make your lungs strong to bear the high altitudes. Minimum age for this trek is 12 years.

    3. How cold does it really get there?

      It can get extremely cold and windy with temperature ranging from max 10 degrees celsius to min –10 degrees celsius with snowfall and wind-chill.

    4. Will I find snow?

      This destination receives heavy to moderate snowfall from mid november onwards.. Thick blankets of snow cover the area making it magcal and beautiful and a perfect destination for a variety of snow activities like skiing.

    5. Is it safe for first timers to go on this trek?

      The Auli Gorson Snow Trek is an enthralling experience for first timers. A guide and trekking head will be there throughout for hands on guidance and help at any point of the trek.

    6. Which type of shoes should I carry?

      Good quality and sturdy trekking shoes that cover your ankles. Refrain from usong sport shoes for your own safety and the trails are uneven and tricky hence requiring good grip trekking shoes. If you are buying new shoes for your trek, please remember to use them for at least a month before you commence your holiday.

    7. What clothes and equipment should I carry?

      Make sure to carry warm and comfortable clothing as temperature can drop, pack good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks. It’s advisable to carry sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturisers as the sun at the top can be harsh. Water bottles and energy bars/snacks are advisable. A Flashlight (with spare batteries) will help once the sun goes down and it’s always smart to carry insect repellent and emergency medical kit.

    8. Will food and safe drinking water be provided during this trek?

      All your meals are included in this trek. You will be served a perfect nutritional balance of Indian vegetarian and non vegetarian food during this trek. Himalayan water is considered a clean and mineral water but to be on the safe side you will get boiled water with chlorine tablets.

    9. Can I go this trek solo?

      Yes you can embark on this trek as a solo traveller, there will be a guide and a trek head who will provide you undivided attention and guidance along with an enthusiastic bunch of trekkers who you will join.

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