Imagine yourself in between snow-capped mountains as chilling air brushes past you. That’s Auli’s my friends. Some people call it heaven, some people compare it with Switzerland and also its dream place of ski-lover in India. Well, we suggest you why not just visit us and decide for yourself. Let’s raise a toast to the beautiful travel plan to Auli, with the HikerWolf family! Starting off with the drive from the rugged terrains of Dehradun to the snow-dusted Auli, HikerWolf takes you through one of the most bewitching Garhwali experiences.
This soulful trip traces the path from Sari, Deoria Tal, Chopta, Tungnath, Chandrashila, Joshimath to Auli. Each place is like the extra layer of frosting to the cake, and it is the most mystical escapade.
So, strap up your bags to join the most memorable trip with an extremely enthusiastic bunch of people!
- 24th January 2021
- 13th February 2021
- 28th March 2021
Here are the 5 days of an exciting journey in brief,
Day 1: Reach Dehradun station by 7 am. Start driving to the base camp of Sari village and reach in the early evening. Do a half an hour trek to Deoria Tal and pitch the camp near crystal clear lake for the night.
Day 2: Descend back to Sari Village. Post breakfast we leave for Chopta base village. Enjoy a 16 km drive before we start the trek towards Tungnath and Chandrashilla. Explore the rich cultural heritage and head back to Chopta to camp for a good night’s sleep.
Day 3: Say bye to Chopta. Reach Joshimath and relax for a while. Style yourself up and shop in the market of Joshimath. Visit Joshimath Temple, head back to Joshimath village and enjoy the rest of the night.
Day 4: Wake up and hope in the vehicle, in 15mins you will reach awaited Auli. Get ready for adventurous activities including skiing, cable car, gondola rides and so much more.
Day 5: Drive back to Dehradun, bid your goodbyes to your new friends, and fall back to the comfort of your home with all the beautiful memories from the trip.
- Pick up from Dehradun through Tempo Traveller.
- Stay facilities for the five days arranged in the form of camps/homestay/hotels.
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for each participant during the 5 days.
- Parking fee, Fuel Charges, Driver Included.
- Basic first aid kit in case of sickness or injuries.
- Entrance tickets wherever necessary.
- HikerWolf Expertise
- Complete assistance in all other activities for the best possible rates
- Government taxes and service charges
- All permits
- Any additional Transfers.
- Extra Food & Beverages.
- Adventure Activities: Cable car rides, Skiing at the resort.
- Personal Expenses: Laundry, Internet Usages, Phone calls.
- Additional expenses arise due to unforeseen crises.
- Anything which is not mentioned in the above Inclusion.
THINGS TO CARRY:
- Trekking Shoes compulsory
- Comfortable clothes
- A sun cap and a woolen cap
- Sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturizers
- Water bottles, backpack, and energy bars/snacks
- A pair of sunglasses
- Caps or hats
- Personal toiletries
- Insect repellent
- Personal medication if any
- Power Banks
- Synthetic hand gloves
- Bluetooth Speaker
- At least 2 trek pants and cargo pants
- Extra Bags to keep Wet clothes
Note: Do not carry any valuables. Please take care of it in case you are carrying the same. We will not be responsible if you lose them by any chance.
Exploring the great Himalayas has always been the most humbling experience. Trekking to watch the towering snowcaps, you’d feel like you’re walking through paradise in itself.
Travel time: 8-9 hour drive + 30 minutes trek
Distance covered: 230 km
Hop on board! This is one of the trips we’ve always looked forward to and planned with so much zeal, there is absolutely no doubt that you’d LOVE it.
Exactly at 7 am we start moving from Dehradun, like the bunch of excited kids that we are.
The most feasible option for reaching Dehradun would be taking the Nandadevi express from Delhi to Dehradun. You’d reach the station around 6 am and it’d be the perfect timing for you to meet the team. Exchange greetings, get to know each other till we leave from Dehradun.
Get comfortable in the tempo traveller for an 8-hour journey ahead of you. Now, we have a much more convenient space to have fun with each other, so utilize it to your best, else prepare to get roasted!
These are all the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the activities that we have on board to get to know each other more and make this one hell of a trip!
En-route we’d stop by Rishikesh, which is also one of the points other than Dehradun from where you can join us.
While driving towards Sari Village, the base camp for the trek, we’d come across several spectacles such as the Devprayag and Rudraprayag.
It’s quite interesting to watch the Sangam at Rudraprayag. With shades of algae green blending in with clay water, nature exhibits its au naturel green screen. And of course, what better way to celebrate the beautiful backdrop than clicking tons of selfies and pictures, right?
Once we make it to Sari village, we’d have lunch and freshen up to get on our feet and trek for the initial 2.5 km.
The ascend isn’t really steep, so at a normal pace, we’re expected to reach Deoria Tal by half an hour of time.
Nothing could possibly prepare you for the breath-taking view of the reflections of the Chaukhamba peaks cast on the crystal clear lake.
This undoubtedly makes the lake one of the best campsites. We’d pitch our tents here, and have dinner under the shimmering million stars of the night sky sitting around the bonfire. We’d wrap up our day at the camp perched at 2438 meters above sea level.
Travel time: 40 minutes drive + 3 and half hours trekking (approx.)
Distance covered: 30 km
Wake up and lace up your shoes for Day two. We trek down to our initial point- Sari. A warm plate of breakfast would be awaiting you at the base point. Eat to your heart’s content, but consider the quantity of consumption as we plan on climbing to the peak of Chandrashila. So, the lighter you eat, the lesser are the chances of getting mountain sickness.
16 km drive from Sari village is Chopta, which is the base point for the Tungnath-Chandrashila trek. Chopta is what we believe soul candy looks like. The beauty of this village lies in its simplicity and serenity.
Barely 4.5 km from here is the infamous Tungnath temple. The climb is quite easy and immensely rewarding. Being the highest Shiva temple in the world, the modesty it holds within its stone structures will surely leave you awestruck.
Feed your eyes the beauty of the mountain and move your hips while you climb with the ongoing jukebox of our songs during the trek.
Take a break at the temple, drink lots of water, and savor your proud moment looking back at how far you’ve come.
Chandrashila peak is at a distance of 1.5 km from Tungnath. We’d carry packed lunches along with us in case our stomachs start growling in hunger.
One thing you can be sure about is that you’d leave Chandrashila with the best flex ever – Lunch with a view of the great Himalayas, Nanda Devi, Chaukhambha Parvat, Kedar Dome, all at a height of 4000 meters above sea level!
At this height, you’d also be able to spot the ethereal Himalayan Monal flying across with all its colors contrasting the azure skies.
From here we go back 6 km to Chopta and rest over there before the next day’s adventures.
Travel time: 5 – 6 hours
Distance covered: 136 km
We leave off early in the morning as we have to cover a distance of 136 km. Which means almost 5 hours occupied but so many hours for our fun and games to continue.
There wouldn’t be even a single dull moment with the quirkiest of all ideas and games we have planned for you every day.
“Dumb Charades” would have a hilarious twist to it with people trying to enact movies that barely anyone knows of. Now don’t ask us where we’re getting these movies from, that’s our very own tadka.
“Truth or dare” will have us telling our most embarrassing stories and doing even more embarrassing dares. Giving “Never have I Ever” our desi twist, we pour in shots with the most disgusting mix of sauces and juices we can get our hands upon, and all you can do is hope that you wouldn’t have to gulp it all down.
En-route we pass by townships like Gopeshwar and Chamoli. The charm about hill stations is that, no matter how much they transform into neatly planned towns, their culture and heritage remain intact. Be it in terms of architecture or lifestyle. With so many colorful little huts sprinkled around like fairy dust, the places are picture-perfect.
Here, we let off some steam by going temple hopping and some really fun shopping. Whether or not you’re a shopaholic, the experience is completely unparalleled. Garhwali sweets that melt in your mouth with its rich flavors, the native embroidered shawls, and above all the smiling faces of the localities welcoming you to their humble abode.
From here we go on to visit the Narsingh temple, Sri Sankaracharya Math, Vishnu Prayag. Joshimath is where you stay for the night.
Travel time: 15 – 20 minutes
Distance covered: 5.3 km
The most awaited part of the trip, the final showdown is the snow-frosted hills of Auli. At an elevation of 2505 meters above sea level, this is where all the exciting adventures unravel.
From Joshimath, Auli is barely a 15-minute drive away. By now we would’ve been familiar with each other in a way that everyone would rather call you by your nicknames than your actual name. It’s like our very own personal version of Bengali Daak Naam, the name remains with you always like a tag from your family.
So be it a “Drama Queen” or “Garhwali Diva”, you’re carrying your name proudly back to your home.
Auli is where all the hell breaks loose and we let go of everything and just enjoy the moment. If the phrase Carpe Diem looked like a place, this would be it.
Jump into the heaps of snow, make snow angels, throw around chunks of snow, one thing you wouldn’t stop doing here moves around! Because even one minute of sitting idle would lead to you being bombarded by the snowballs and you sliding across the slippery snow effortlessly.
There’s skiing, gondola rides, trekking and so much more happening around here. It’s the perfect winter destination and a much-needed dose of adrenaline for you.
Once we’ve exhausted every ounce of our energy here playing with the snow, we’ll fall back to the comforts of our beds and retire for the day.
Travel time: 9 – 10-hour drive.
Distance covered: 300 km
After a good night’s sleep, we move forward with much anticipation and excitement. Have your breakfast at Auli and we are all set for the last road trip together of the Sari – Auli circuit trip.
Pack up and load your baggage on the tempo traveler. Driving down to Dehradun from Auli takes almost the same time span as that of getting to Sari from Dehradun.
Now, the time has come for us to box up the beautiful memories we created and return back to our homes. And of course, how could it end without the same amount of shor we created at the beginning of the trip?
From the desi Bhangra songs to Bella Ciao, we’d jam with every kind of song possible and dance our hearts out. Whether you’re a certified bathroom singer or have two left feet, there’s absolutely no space for excuses, you’re joining in with the groove! Get all the low-scale Sunburn festival feels, the venue being a tempo traveler, with the audience is your newly found family.
En route, we stop by for lunch, and hog as much food as we can. Getting back to the tempo, we sit back and take our time to recollect the past four days, narrate our travel stories, laugh over all the fun and silliness. But just like how the song goes, we’d say “Areypagee, fikar not”, there’s so much more to come.
To deal with all the FOMO that ensues, there are many more itineraries that have been charted, and we’re pretty sure you’d jump in for the next adventure along with the HikerWolf family. Since we’re hoping to see you soon after a small break, bidding goodbyes won’t be a painful task.
We’d be reaching Dehradun around 7 pm, after which you can plan accordingly and get back to your respective places. In case you require any help or assistance from the HikerWolf family, we’re always there to help you out.
Making the planning and execution a lot easier with detailed charting and budget-friendly options, HikerWolf gives you the best of the itineraries. This also comes with certain limitations from external factors that are not much under our control. Factors such as weather fluctuations, road conditions, physical conditions of the participants, may alter the itinerary.
We reserve the right to change any schedule in the interest of safety, comfort, and general wellbeing.
1. What will be the group Size?
We prefer to have a group of 15-18 people as we intend to have more fun and give personal care.
We need at least 6 people to kick start our treks.
2. Who will accompany us on the Trek?
All our treks are led by certified professional trekking leaders, climbers. In addition to them, there will be a local guide, a cook, an assistant, porters, and other staff.
3. I am joining as a solo girl and/or traveling for the first time, is it safe to travel/trek alone?
Safety is of prime importance and we understand them very well. The major of our staff is a girl for that very reason so be assured you are in safe and reliable hands.
4. What type of ground transportation will be used during the trip?
We rent taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveler, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our suppliers.
5. I can’t carry my backpack/bag while trekking, can I offload it?
We always recommend carrying the backpack while trekking to help maintain body posture. If you can’t, we can provide you with a mule/porter to carry your backpack. I want this service you must inform us at least 1 week before the trek. The offloading fee would be around INR 300 per person per day.
6. What shoes should I buy?
Shoes are the lifeline during the trek. It is highly recommended to buy trekking shoes for a well well-known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoe with ankle support will work well.
7. Are there bathrooms/toilets facilities available during the excursion?
During the trek, separate toilet tents will be installed on each campsite.
8. What will be the type of accommodation?
Accommodation is in dome tents/Homestay.
9. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the excursion. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperatures down to -10 degrees.
10. How many trekkers will be in a tent?
It totally depends on the dynamics of the group. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent. If there is an odd number of people, then the tents would be on triple sharing basis.
11. How can I book a trek with you?
After selecting the trip/excursion, you can book by clicking the Book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you through the booking which is quite easy.
12. What kind of food is served during the trek?
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the trek. We always serve vegetarian Indian food and eggs.
13. How can I get drinking water during the trek?
Himalaya water is considered the purest and safest water to drink. But for safety reasons, we sometimes boil water and use it for drinking and cooking.
If you find clean water while hiking, always fill the water where it flows, not where the water is stable or at rest.
14. Can we change the path?
Yes, you can make suggestions. We will analyze this and, if we consider it feasible, we will apply it.
15. Can the trip/excursion be personalized?
Yes, we can customize any trip/excursion based on your needs and feasibility.
16. Will the doctor accompany us during the walk?
No, but our trekking leaders are certified in the first aid course for wildlife and always carry a first aid kit and oxygen cylinders during high altitude excursions.
17. Do you prefer to take medications with me?
Yes, it is recommended to bring your own medicines while trekking.
18. Is Diamox advisable or not?
Well, it totally depends on the person. There are usually no side effects of Diamox, but if you have previous medical conditions, it is best to consult your doctor.
Our itinerary is designed in such a way that we get sufficient time acclimatized. If in case you have any problem while trekking, inform your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
19. What is the minimum age limit to be eligible for the trek?
The Minimum age limit is 14 years
20. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts to rain slowly during the trek, we will continue walking as expected. Your poncho will keep you dry. If it rains a lot, we will try to find a refuge and wait for the rain to stop or subside. If it rains in the field, there would be no problems because all our living tents, our kitchen tents, and our bathroom tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
21. Why is the trekking pole needed?
It differs from person to person. If you think this will help you maintain balance while trekking, bring your cane. Some people believe that walking sticks break the pace while walking. It depends on you