Duration: 5 Days | Trip Cost: USD 500
“Sitting somewhere in the Himalayas, the silence that surrounds you is of the Himalayas, not of you. You have to find your own Himalayas within” - Osho
Hiking in the Himalayas is an overwhelming experience. With meditation with our professional teachers and team leaders, you are learning and enjoying the rawness of nature. The feeling of walking on the fields and crooked trails, dwindling pathways into the forest, feels something deeper to the self.
The mountains and their magic leave no one untouched. As you hike on the laden path of rhododendron, oak, and pine trees, the mystical mountains treat you with stunning landscape views. The trail is not so difficult and is considered the best if this is your first time in the Himalayas. Mother nature shows out its stunning colors with the diversity of flora and fauna, including rare species of birds and musk deer along with other animals. The landscape has a variety of more than 200 species of birds.
You also get to climb up to one of the highest Shiva temples in the world. Tungnath temple is one of the Panch Kedar, the holiest of Shiva temples, and is up to thousands of years old. The 360-degree view of Himalayan peaks from the Chandrashila summit is one of the best experiences one can have in the mountains. At last, the sunrise from Kartik Swami Temple wraps up the trek with some amazing memories to cherish for a lifetime.
Benefits of Himalaya Meditation
Breathing fresh air for improved lungs
Natural workout for better physical health
Enjoying simple mountain life
Improvement in personal & social life
Develops understanding, self-awareness & creativity
Helps in giving expression to emotions, feelings & thoughts
Day 01: Drive Rishikesh to Ukhimath. Rest and acclimatize; 182 km, 7 hours.
Ukhimath is a small town situated in Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand State. The afternoon is yours to explore the nearby small market and get a glimpse of the peaceful, untouched life of mountain people, a world far removed from modernity. Go to the village temple for evening prayer and seek blessings from the local deity. Overnight stay in tents or a hotel.
Day 02: Drive Ukhimath to Sari and Trek to Deoriatal; 40 min drive, 2.3 km trek.
The drive from Ukhimath to Sari Village goes through a scenic route with mesmerizing mountain views. Sari is a small village capped with beautiful lush greenery and amazing mountain people. Our adventure begins on a well-defined rock trail, with a gradual climb up the mountain. The uphill climb of 1 hour will bring you to the grand view of Deoriatal, with Chaukhamba massifs and other Himalayan peaks looming in the background. Overnight stay in tents.
*2 meditation sessions on day 2.
Day 03 : Trek Deoriatal to Chopta – Baniyakund (2680m) via Rohini Bugyal; 15 km, 7 hour.
Rohini bugyal is a small meadow in between the chopta rhododendron forest. It has some amazing views of the Kedar dome and Kala Parvat peaks. This part of the forest has some of the oldest oak, maple, and rhododendron trees of the Kedarnath Sanctuary. Chopta known as the ‘Mini Switzerland’ of India is a pristine natural destination lying in the lap of the Himalayas. It offers a scenic view of several Himalayan peaks namely Trishul, Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, and many more.
*2 meditation sessions on day 3.
Day 04 : Trek to Chandrashila(3700m) via Tungnath & Drive to Kanakchauri; 8 km trek, 3 hr drive.
Tungnath temple at 11,400 ft is one of the highest Shiva Temple in the world. A spectacular 360 degrees view of Garhwal and Kumaon mountains can be seen from the Chandrashila summit. One can have a clear view of several Himalayan peaks, namely Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Kamet, Chaukhamba, Kedardome, Thalaysagar, and Gangotri ranges. Hike down to Chopta and drive to Kanakchauri village for an overnight stay
*2 meditation sessions on day 4.
Day 05: Trek to Kartik Swami Temple(3050m) & drive back to Rishikesh; 3 km trek, 180 km drive.
Early morning trek to Kartik Swami temple (3 km one way) and back. Post breakfast boards our awaiting vehicle and drives back to Rishikesh. Lunch is on the way and the trip finishes at Rishikesh.
a) Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tent/ guesthouse/ homestay .
b) Travel in comfortable private vehicle (Car or SUV).
c) Organic meals (from Day 1: Breakfast till Day 5: Lunch).
d) All trekking arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff, and cooks.
e) Peak fee/sanctuary fee/royalty/permits where applicable.
a) Flights cost.
b) Any transfers or meals outside of the itinerary.
c) Bottled water.
d) Items of personal clothing.
e) Expenses of any personal nature (laundry / phone calls / alcohol / cigarettes / insurance / camera fee / etc.).
f) Any expense incurred due to force of nature such as landslides, bad weather, or reasons beyond our control.
g) Tips & gratuities (we recommend 5-10% of your trip cost- to be distributed among the team) – personal choice.
h) Travel & cancellation insurance
How to reach Him River Resort
The nearby airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (DED), 30 kms from Him River Resort & is well connected to other airports of India.
A private cab can be arranged to reach Him River Resort from any nearby towns/cities.
Rishikesh railway station (RKSH) is 13 kms from Him River Resort & from there you may hire a taxi to reach us.