Snow Trekking in DalhousieDalhousie Winter Trekking Expedition is especially planned to project the young citizens into the less explored field of snow trekking and snow crafts. During the months of December-January, the nearby area of Dalhousie remains covered with snow and it gives an opportunity to explore the untouched beauty of snow clad Himalayas.
At an altitude of 8000 feet above the sea level, and 9 km trek from Dalhousie, it is a perfect small Himalayan village: Kalatop. Under the “Home Stay Programme”, participants stays in these small huts or Hotel and enjoys the Himalayan leaving of the locality. This behaves as basecamp for the expedition members for next three days.
The place is in the inner reaches of Kalatop Reserved Forest, but all the basic facilities are available here. The huts become helpful in the low temperature during late nights. Kitchen is set here with the help of the local people and the place also offers facility of a meeting room cum dining hall, where all type of interactive activities take place for 3 days. Starting from campfire, interaction between participants and briefing sessions by instructors and guides keep this small hall always a busy place.
Whole the village huts are hired for this camping and it also provides employment to the local boys. They help in all type logistical woks and to avail water from the frozen ice. Participants also enjoys their stay at this place by listening the local stories and songs in the perfect Pahari Ascent.
Besides this, the whole left shoulder of mighty Pir Punjal range can be seen from the base camp. Routine of Sunrise and sunset cerates wonderful landscapes full with colored sky. Participants choose to wake up early to see the sky before the sunrise.
Cold night welcomes the sun with shining golden snow on the mountains and this is how the day starts with first light at base camp. After the breakfast, the participants leave the campsite and proceed for trekking or other activities and return to the base camp well before the sunset. Administrative team along with Instructors, Guides and Kitchen Staff Members stay at the same place. All type of basic facilities and emergency kits are available at base camp.
Dainkund Top is the highest point of the Dalhousie Hills and offers a mesmeric 360 degree view from the top. Participants are put in this challenging height gain, where they start from the Kalatop basecamp and reaches to this final point in 3 – 4 hours.
There is no clear and visible trail to the uphill and all trekkers have to climb like a mountaineer in the 4-5 feet of snow. Slopes up to 50 degree and frequent snow slides are fun points for one and all. Senior instructors and local guides, who are trained mountaineers adjoins this tail in quite a typical way and trains the participants.
On successful summit to this trekking peak, a group photo is taken with the Indian Tricolor and is happens the most memorable moment of the whole trekking expedition. After spending around 2 – 3 hours on that high altitude point, the team descends in the manner of climbing down. Sliding through slopes and playing with snow balls and forming snow man besides the trails, all reaches back to base camp and enjoys the campfire with their hot dinner.
Khajjiar, locally Khajjar is a small round shaped lake situated amongst the dense forest. Due to its grassy slopes and green grounds around the lake, it attracts lacks of visitors throughout the year. Being below the snow line, it is never under the snow cover and is the place where more than 1000 movies are shot!
Due to the similar terrain to Switzerland, it is certified as “Switzerland of India”. Many hotels and other establishments serves almost all type of foods and offers overnight stay too. One long jungle trail from Kalatop leads to Khajjiar, which offers wonderful natural scenery along with small beautiful streams. This way remains closed in the winter.
Many a times, Government of Himachal Pradesh organizes cultural dance performances for tourists to introduce the tribal Himalayan culture. Comparatively, Khajjiar is more crowded and hence less preferred by the nature lovers but more by photographers and selfie maniacs!
Tentative Schedule from Ahmedabad for 2020-21
Day 1: Departure from Ahmedabad to Delhi (Time: 05:00 PM / SL Class)
Day 2: Arrival at Delhi, Train to Una (Second Seating) & then Depart for Dalhousie by Road.
Day 3: Day for Dalhousie Sightseeing & Acclimatisation
Day 4: Trek to Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Night Stay
Day 5: Climb to Dainkund Top & Trek back to Kalatop.
Day 6: Day for Paragliding & Khajjiar Visit, Departure for Una after dinner.
Day 7: Arrival at Una Railway Station & Depart for Delhi, Train to Ahmedabad.
Day 8: Arrival at Ahmedabad (Time: 06:45 AM)
Kindly take a humble note that this is an adventurous camping planned to project youth into adventure and Himalayan exploration. Please do not consider this as a tour and Invincible as a tour operator. Our idea is purely to serve adventure with a heritage touch.
Note: The travelling/accommodation offered in the packages are as per the normal situation. If the govt orders to keep the social distance/Regular train (Jammu Tawi) not started during the camping months, per head cost might get a slight hike depending on COVID situation in December/January
The registration can be done online by clicking given date on the website.
The registration will be done on first come first serve basis and advanced booking can be made by paying ₹4000. However, the remaining fees must be paid before 20 days of departure.
How to organize a special camp?
Special camps can be organized by sending a request application on the NGO mail ID [email protected].
The fees structure would be same for the group of the fixed strength.
Cancellation would be granted by the Project Manager or Higher Authorities on receiving cancellation request through registered mail ID only. The cancellation Amount will be counted on total fees only.
The refund amount will be paid in 7 to 12 working days through an AC payee cheque.
Before more than 40 days of expedition, 10%
Before 21 to 40 days of expedition, 25%
Before 11 to 20 days of expedition, 40%
Before 1 to 10 days of expedition, 60%
In last 24 hours of Departure, 90%
✓ This is an Adventure Camp and not a leisure tour, so we expect a high level of discipline
✓ Participants will have to follow the instructions clearly given by the volunteer/guide, Misbehave/Arguing with the volunteers/guide/instructors will be considered as disciplinary issues
✓ Smoking, Alcohol, Tobacco & Abusive Language are strictly prohibited and if anyone found suspect in such cases, the participation will be terminated and no further service/return ticket/refund will be offered then after
✓ Accommodation & Sanitary Facilities for Girls & Boys are separate
✓ Punctuality is taken as serious matter
✓ In case of unforeseen conditions, the schedule/itinerary can be modified/cancelled
✓ Invincible reserves all rights to cancel/shorten/modify the itinerary, and the final decision is authorized with the trustee team
For Querries, you can visit our office and meet Office Assistant or Senior Instructors.
To discuss the related things/concerns, you are requested to take a prior appointment to meet Rushiraj Mori, Founder and Chief Instructor by calling during office hours.
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