"BEST OF GARHWAL (SUMMER SPECIAL) " 
Temples, Rivers Chopta-Tungnath, Kedarnath and Gangotri trek.
 
An excellent combination of trekking to few of the most important,isolated unpopular temple,high altitude Himalaya meadows,lakes and to the best ventage points to encounter Greater Garhwal Himalayas from the best angles.

The first leg involves trek to Tungnath the highest and best Shiva Temple in Insia with a climb to Chandrashilla peak(3920 mts.)to encounter the best views of Central Himalayas.The first leg ends at Kedarnath,the most important of twelve Jyotirlingams in India,after trekking "Kedarnathmusk deer sanctuary of 'Nand Devi National Park'the hightest national park in the world.

The secound leg involves trek to Panwali -Kantha.At an altitude of 3658 mts. This meadoz formation lies in northern part of himalaya and apart from spectacular views offers the best chances to encounter high altitude flora and fauna e.g .Bharal,Goral,Himalayan black bear,musk deer,Leopard and a good variety of birds and butterflies.The secound leg finishes at Mala after trekking of seven days.

The third leg involves drive to Gangotri and then trek to source of Gangaes.The trip ends At Rishikesh after a close encounter of "Dream Mountain'/The shivling peak above the source of Ganges.

ITINERARY
 
Days >> (20 N/21 D)
Day 1

RISHIKESH /KARAN PRAYAG DRIVE : 6-7 HRS O/N : CAMP
Morning after breakfast we drive to Karanprayag . Enroute we visit three of fine most important confluences of the area.Lunch on the way
The entire drive if along the Ganges upto Devprayag & then along Alaknanda upto Karanprayag.Today we camp few kms after Karanprayag outside a Marcha (A tribe inhabited at the Indo-Tibetan Border ) village on the bank of Alaknanda river.Meals & o/n camp.

Day 2

KARANPRAYAG/MANDAL DRIVE : 3-4 HRS O/N : CAMP
Early morning enjoy the snow covered mountain view daily river bank life at the villagere.After brekfast we drive to Mandal, small village full of orange trees.Today we camp outside the villages .Meals and overnight ternts.

Day 3

MANDAL/TUNGNATH TRE:5-6 HRS OVERNIGHT :CAMP
Morning after breakfast we trek to Tungnath,the highest temple in India,dedicated to Lord Shiva.It is here that the arms of Lord Shiva remerged after sinking in to earth at Kedarnath.The entire trek goes through thkck forest of Rhododendran and oak.Chances of encountering a Himalayan Black Bear rare musk deer and the most colourful pheasant,the moval are very high her.Arrive Tungnath.Today we camp little before Tungnath.Meals and opvernigjht cmap.

Day 4 

TUNGNATH/CHANDRASHILLA/CHOPATA TREK 2-3 HRS
Early morning we visit Tungnath temple,the entire tiemnple is full of ancient statues and other things of historical and mythological inmportance.Afterwords we trek to Chandrashilla peak.Enjoy the grand view of Greater Himalayan peak e.g Nanda Devi,Punch Chuli,Dunagiri,nilkantha,Kedarnath and peaks.Explore the area and trace your steps back to Chopla.Today we little below Chopla.

Day 5 CHOPTA/DOGALBITTA/SARI TREK :2 HRS DRIVE 1 HR OVERNIGHT :CAMP
Morning after brekfast we trek down to Dagalbitta.After lunch we drive to Sari Village.Meals and overnight camp.
Day 6

SARI/DEORIATAAL/OKHIMATH TREK 4-5 HRS DRIVE 2-3 HRS OVERNIGHT :CAMP
Morning after breakfast we trek to Deorital,one of the finest high altitude Himalayan Lakes.Witness the reflection of greater Himalayan peaks in the lake and trek down to Okhimath,the winter sheat of Lord Kedarnath.After lunch we drive to Gaurikund.Enroute visit Guplakasi,invisible Benares(Varanasi).Here Lord Shiva is worshipped as Vishwanath.Today we camp little before Gaurikund on the banks of Mandakini river.Meals ond overnight camp.

Day 7

GAURIKUND/KEDARNATH TREK :5-6 HRS 
Morning after brekfast we trek to Kedarnath.It is her,where Lord Shiva fled from Varanas to escampe the Pandwas,and on being detected by them assumed the form of Bull.Bhim tried to pick him up,but Shiva sank into the earth and only the hump cmae away in Bhim,s hand.Shiva was pleased with the determination of the Pandavas to be freed from their sin(Killing their own kin in war)that he gave them Darshan And requested them to worshippe hgis humpo at Kedarnath.The other parts of Shiva,s body i.e.,arms face,navel and hairs appeared at Tangnath,Rudranath,Madmaheshwar and Kalberhwar.Arrive kedarnath.Meals and overnith camp.

Day 8

KEDARNATH /TRIJUGINARAYAN TREK 5-6 HRS O VERNIGHT ;CAMP
Morning after breakfast trek down to Gaurikund.After lunch trek to Trijuginarayan,a legendry village where Shiva and Parvati were wedded.The place is also known for the magnificiant temple of Lord Narayan.Akhnd Duni" the eternal flame in the temple has been burning for hundreds of years.Traditions attribute this fire to the occasion of the wedding of Shiva and parvati.Fascinating views of the perpetual anows increase the beauty of the temple .Today we stay in villages Dharmshala or camp otside the village.
Meals and overnight camp.

Day 9

TRIJUGINARAYAN/MAGGUCHATTI TREK 4-5 HRS OVERNIGHT ;CAMP
Morning after breakfast we trek to magguchatti.the ascent to Maggu starts as we leave cmap.Arrive Maggu and camp.Meals and overnight camp.

Day 10

MAGGUCHATTI/PANWALI KANTHA TREK:4-5 HRS OVERNIGHT :CAMP
Morning after breakfast leave for Panwali.One of the finest Bugyal'alpine meadow in Garhwal Himalayas.Apart from its thrilling landscape,it is especially known for the spectacular display of flowering herbs .Encounter high altitude Himalayan flora to fauna .Trek over the Kyunkhola Khat (3534 mts) and then along the ridge to Panwali.This portion provides a spectular views of the central Himalaya from Kedarnath to Trishul including Nanda Devi.Meals and overnight camp.

Day 11 PANWALI /GHUTTU TREK :5 HRS OVERNIGHT :CAMP
Descend steadily through oak and Rhododendron forest to the little town Ghuttu where camp is pitched on the bank Bhilangna river.
Day 12

GHUTTU/TOLA CHATTI TREK 5-6 HRS OVERNIGHT :CAMP
Climb through chin pine plantations to a ridge above Bhairon Chatti (2500 mts)and descend to the meadow of Tola- Chatti.Meals and overnight camp.

Day 13

TOLA CHATTI/PANGRANA TREK :6-7 HRS OVERNIGHT: CAMP
Descend to the village of Buda-kedar,through dense population of deodar.(Himalayan Cedars).The village was once,the seat of fudal authority.Then climb along a clear stream to pangrana meadows.The ancient forest of mori Oaks that surrounds pangrana,abounds in wild life.

Day 14

PANGRANA/MALA TREK :6 HRS OVERNIGH :CAMP
Continue to ascend through rich Oak forest to the pass at Belak,where a beautiful view can be head of Bandarpunch (6317 mts.)Descend in to the Bhagirathi river valley and reach Gangotri road at Mala camp by the river.

Day 15

MALA/GANGOTRI DRIVE:3-4 HRS OVERNIGHT :TOURIST BUNGALOW
Drive from Mala to the hot springs of Gangnani.Have a wonderful refreshing bath and proceed up the beautifully green Bhagirathi valley.The road winds upto Sukhi,from where you get an excellent view of tge spactular Harsil valley.Wide open and extremely fertile,this valley is full of fruits,apples,apricots and walnuts being the main produce.From here you continue through"Deodar" (Himalayan Cedar)forests to Gangotri.Overnight in Tourist Bunglow.

Day 16

GANGOTRI OVERNIGHT : TOURIST BUNGALOW
Explore the Gangotri valley.You will find the Gaurikund,the water falls nad the marvelous canyon that has been carved by the river in the rock.The Gangotri temple and various sages who live in the area lend a fascinating charm to the valley.

Day 17

GANGOTRI/BHOJBASA TREK: 5 HRS OVERNIGHT :CAMP
Follow the Bhagirathi towards Garmuks and camp at the last piligrims halting place,where a holy man offers free tea.

Day 18

BHOJBASA/GAUMUKH/BHOJBASA TREK:6 HRS OVERNIGHT :CAMP
Trek to Gaumuks (Cow,s mouth),the glacial source of the river Ganges,set in a spectacular amphitheater of peaks.One can see Shivling and Bhagirathi peaks very clearly.

Day 19 BHOJBASA /GANGOTRI TREK :5-6 HRS OVERNIGHT ;CAMP
Trace your steps back to Gangotri.Overnight tourist camp.
Day 20 GANGOTRI/RISHIKESH DRIVE 9-10 HRS OVERNIGHT ;HOTEL
Morning after breakfast drive down to Rishikesh.Arrive and check into hotel for overnight stay.
Day 21 RISHIKESH
Morning after breakfast proceed for onward destination.

ALTITUDE: Rishikesh 340 mts.,Karanprayag 795 mts.mandal 1568 mts.,Tungnath 3600 mts,Choptas 2500 mts.,Deoriatal 2440 mts.,Guptkashi 1319 mts.,Srinagar 597 mts.Devprayag 472 mts.,Chandrashila 3930 mts.Pongrana 2134 mts.mala 2439 mts.,Gangotri 3048 mts.,Bhojbasa 3506 mts.,Pongrana 2134 mts.Mala 3439 mts.,Ganotri 3048 mts.Bhojbasa 3506 mts.


BEST TIME :
MID MAY TO MID NOVEMBER GRADE: MODERATE