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    Bali Pass-Dodi Tal
    A trek from Yamnotri to the pass taking one to the Ton's river valley. The second leg involved trekking across the Yamuna at Janki Chatti to Kharsali. The trail then climbs up the jungle and goes via Sonpara top and Darwa top to the famous Dodi tal in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand.
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    Dhum Dhar Kandi
    A high altitude trek taking one from Bhagirathi river valley to the Tons river valley across high Himalayan pass. Starts from Jhala village 5 km before Harsil and finishes at Taluka.
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    Kedartal
    A small but beautiful trek takes one form Gangotri to high altitude lake of Kedartal surrounded with high snow covered peaks of Thalay Sagar, Briguparvat and Jogin group.
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    Madhyamashwer
    This is a trek on the pilgrim trek where facilities are available to make it easier to organise the trek. Starting from Okhimath it passes through the villages of Uniyana, Ransi and Gaundhar.
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    Okhimath-Helang
    Want to add more adventure to Madhyamashwer trek then continue on the trail beyond the temple. It takes you to Helang via Kashni tal (bit of a diversion), Pandosera, Nandi Kund, Bansi Narayan temple and Kalpeshwar.
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    Satopanth
    This is the trek to Satopanth peak and not the Satopanth tal. It goes beyond Gaumukh via Nandan van along the Chaturangi glacier to Vasuki tal below Vasuki parvat to the base of Satopanth peak. Excellent view if Shivling and Kedar dome peaks from Nandan van.
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    Tapovan
    A trek on the pilgrim trail from Gangotri which takes one across Gangotri glacier to the high altitude Pasture in the shadow of mighty Shivling peak and looking at Bhagirathi group across the Gangotri glacier.
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    Panchchuli East BC
    One of the scenic treks which take you right below a beautiful group of Himalayan peaks. The trail goes along the Dhauliganga and passes the villages of Bauling, Urthing, Sela, Nagling, Baling, Dugtu and Daktu.
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    Srikhand Mahadev
    A trek to the natural rock Shivling at the height of 5200 metres. This trail starts at Bathad village and goes via lush green forest before reaching the pilgrim trail coming from Bagi pul after crossing the ridge.
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    Rakhundi Top
    Photos of a trek in the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP). Base camp is the Sai Ropa Tourist Bungalow where all the arrangements for the trek can be made. The actual trek starts from Gushaini village.
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    Darcha - Padum
    The trek starts from Darcha in Lahoul and passes the villages of Rarig and Chikka before crossing over the Singo la and reaching the villages of Zanskar in Ladakh. It passes the villages of Kurgakh, Khee, Kuru, Teta Purne, Kyalbo, Reru before reaching Padum. A short diversion at Purne takes you to old and famous Phuktal Gompa built in a huge cave.
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    Padum - Lamayuru
    This trek shows you that Ladakh is really a place of passes. You cross nearly six passes before reaching the road head at Lamayuru. One crosses Parfi la, Haluma la, Kupa la, Singi la, Bhumtse la, Sirsir la and Prinkiti la. One has the liberty to terminate the trek at Wanla but it is better to reach Lamayuru.
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    Everest BC
    A trek to view the highest point on earth from Nepal. It can be undertaken by any fit trekker without much problem since all facilities are available till the very end. It follows the famous Sherpa villages and passes the villages/ camping sites of Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazar, Thyangboche, Dingboche, Pheriche, Lobuje and Gorak Shep.
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    Manali Jan-Feb 2007
    The photos are showing the effects of Changing weather as seen in the Himalaya.
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    Pindari & Kafni
    A trek along one of the oldest trekking trails in Kumaon Himalaya where old Dak Bungalows still stand in the service of the present day trekkers. The views of Nanda Devi East, Nanda Kot, Nanda Khat, Pawali Dwar, Panchail group, Baljori and Changouh are breathtaking. Khati is the last village on the trail.
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    Karakoram Pass
    The trek along the summer route of the caravan from Central Asia to Ladakh. Also known as the skeleton trails due to large number of causalities on the route and the trail being littered with bones of the pack animals and humans. Goes across upper Shyok river valley.
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    Ladakh to Spiti via Prang la
    A trek from Karzok to Kibber across the snow covered Prang la. The walk is along the Tso Moriri lake to Kyangdom and then one reaches the Pare chu on the second day. Another two days walk brings one to the base of the pass. Half a days climb and you are at the pass and into Himachal. Kibber is only one and a half days walk away.
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    Tirthan Valley Trek
    The trek is along the Tirthan river flowing through the GHNP in Himachal Pradesh. One walks to the glaciers from where the river originates and the trail passes through Nada thatch which is one very scenic meadow.
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    Kamet Expedition
    The photos of an expedition to Kamet peak in the Garhwal Himalaya in the Uttarakhand state of India. At 7756 m it is the third highest mountain in India. The route followed was through the eastern side and Meade's Col, which was used by Smythe during the first ascent of the mountain.
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    Abi-Gamin Expedition
    The photos of an expedition to Abi-Gamin peak which is located next to Kamet peak in the Garhwal Himalaya. The height of the peak is 7353 m and is climbed from Meade's Col.
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    Rudranath Trek
    The photos of a small trek to the pilgrim sites in Garhwal which takes one to Kalpeshwar and Rudranath temples. The trek has lots of climb and descent and passes through deep jungles. The Ansuiya Devi brings some relief to the knees as one walks over a much flat trail. The views are excellent.
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    Goriganga valley
    The photos of the trek through the valley of Goriganga river, which originates from the Milam glacier. One gets stunning views of Himalayan giants as one moves towards Milam village. Nanda Devi stands tall in all its glory. The view of Trishuli and Hardeol are awe some.
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    Lakhamandal Trek
    The photos of a small trek which passes through the Jaunsar Babar region of Garhwal. The region used to be closed to the outsiders for long but is open now, though the network of roads through the region has taken away some of its charms.
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    Hemkund
    The photos of the trail going to Lokpal lake which is better known as Hemkund, where stands a big Gurudwara and on the side a small temple dedicated to Lakshmana. One walks along the Bhyundar ganga on the way to Ghangaria which is 13 km from Govindghat on the road to Badrinath. The path is well laid out and kept clean. At Bhyundar village the trail to Kagbhusandi tal splits from the main trail.
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    Tungnath & Chandrashilla
    The photos of a small trek which takes you to the vantage point of Chandrashilla from where one gets excellent view of mighty Himalayan giants.
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    Deoriatal
    The photos of the trail going to the tal and the scenic lake. The view of Chaukhamba from this place are worth the visit. At Bhyundar village the trail to Kagbhusandi tal splits from the main trail.
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    Rakhundi Top

    This is the story of a trek in Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) in Kulu, which takes you to the Shilt Hut deep in the seldom visited jungle via the Rolla hut situated on the right bank of Tirthan river.
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    Panchchuli East BC

    This is the story of the trek to Panchchuli group of peaks from the east side through the Dharma valley along the Dhauliganga river. The trek has villages right till the end of the trail. The sunrise on the group is excellent and can be seen right from the village of Daktu. The Sona and Meola glaciers come down from the peaks.
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    Tapovan

    Story of a popular trek on the pilgrim trail starting from Gangotri to Tapovan via Chirbasa, Bhojbasa and Gaumukh.
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    Kedartal

    Story of a popular and scenic trek starting from Gangotri to Kedartal via Bhojkharak and Kedarkharak.
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    Pindari And Kafni

    Story of very old and popular trek with good facilities and excellent views of some of the known Himalayan peaks. It starts at Song village on the road head and goes via Loharkhet, Dhakuri top, Khati and Dwali from where the trails separate out for the two glaciers. Khatia on the way to Kafni and Phurkia on the way to Pindari have the last shelter and food other then Babaji Ashram and a hotel one km short of Zero point on Pindari trail.
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    Auden's Col

    Story of a high altitude trek from Gangotri to Kedarnath/ Ghuttu via Rudugaira valley and Khatling glacier. After getting down from the glacier one can go to Kedarnath or Ghuttu. While in Rudugaira valley it offers excellent views of the Gangotri and Jogin group peaks.
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    Karakoram

    Story of a trek on the ancient trade route between Leh and Yarkand over high mountain passes. Today also one has to be very sure of oneself before entering the upper Shyok river valley. A tribute to the old traders and pilgrims who undertook this journey.
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    Nandi Kund

    This is the story of a seldom done trek in Garhwal which takes you from Okhimath near Kedarnath to Helang on the road to Badrinath from Srinagar (Garhwal) across the mighty Himalayan ranges and through the scenic Nandi Kund.
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    Karzok to Kibber

    This is the story of an age old trek which takes you from Ladakh to Spiti in Himachal. The trek starts from Karzok on the banks of the great Tso Moriri lake and ends at Kibber in Spiti Valley. It goes along Pare Chu river and crosses the famous Prang la (5450 m). The view of Gya peak at the junction of Ladakh, Himachal and Tibet is excellent, as you walk along Tso Moriri..
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    Tirthan

    Story of a trek through seldom used trail through the thick jungles of GHNP. Passes through Rolla, Nada thatch and Majhoni. More adventuress ones can go to Srikhand Mahadev.
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    Kalpeshwar and Rudranath

    This is the story of a trek to two of the Panch Kedars. The Kalpeshwar and Rudranath. The trek starts from Helang , which is 10 km short of Joshimath on the Srinagar to Badrinath road. One passes the villages of Devgram, Kalgot, and Dumak to reach Rudranath. The Toli and Panar bugyal are excellent places on the route.
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    Milam village

    Story of a tea house trek in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The trek follows the old trade route to Tibet through the Johar valley. It starts with the inhabited villages and then goes through the nearly deserted villages. The sight is quite heart breaking.
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    Kalsi-Lakhamandal

    This was supposed to be the cultural and historical trek through the foot hills of the Garhwal Himalaya, but has lost much of its charms due to the net work of roads. Still a good walk during the winter when you want to be in the hills on a long weekend. The temple at Lakhamandal is worth seeing and the views of Yamuna from there is good.
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    Hemkund

    Story of a trek on the pilgrim trail to the holy Hemkund gurudwara. The same trail goes to Valley of Flowers(VOF) and splits at Ghangaria. The place is visited by Sikhs in large numbers and also by the nature enthusiast visiting the VOF.
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    Tungnath and Chandrashilla

    The heigest of the Panch Kedars and the view of the high Himalaya Peaks you get is awsome from the top omost point of Chandrashilla. Though it is a few hours from the road head and does have only basis facilities, it is worth spending a night here to see the drama at sunset and then sunrise. The place is well linked by a concrete path and may be visited during winter , though the temple is close.
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    Deoriatal

    This is the story of a very small trek. Infact only an hours climb from the roadhead, but not to be missed if one is doing Tungnath.
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    Tapovan
    A trek on the pilgrim trail starting from Gangotri and passing through Chirbasa, Bhojbasa and Gaumukh.
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    Kedartal
    A trek starting from the pilgrim centre of Gangotri and passing through Bhojkharak and Kedarkharak. The trail is high above the Kedar ganga. One has to be self sufficient on this trail as nothing is available after Gangotri.
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    Harsil-to-Taluka
    This trek starts from Jhala village located on right bank of Bhagirathi and passes through Kiarkoti, Ratia and Ruinsara tal and across DhumDharKandi pass. It goes along Sian Gad for the initial two days and goes close to Yellow tooth and Kalanag peaks and offers excellent and close views of Bandarpunch peaks and the glaciers from camp at Arjun falls.
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    Panchchuli BC (East Side)
    You are alone yet want to do a trek, go for it. There is accommodation till the very last and offers unrestricted view of Panchchuli group from the east.
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    Auden's Col
    One of the big treks in the Gangotri region. One has to be fully prepared with the climbing as well as camping equipment. Takes one from Gangotri to Kedarnath or Ghuttu. Goes via the Rudugaira valley and crosses the pass on to the Khatling glacier and then goes through the villages of Gangi and Reeh along the Bhilangna river, before reaching the road head at Ghuttu.
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    Darcha-Padum
    It gets counted in the world's best treks and involves moving into the Zanskar region of Ladakh. One moves from Lahoul to Zanskar crossing the Shingo la. Some of the thrill of the trek has been lost as the old zhula bridges have been replaced with cement or steel bridges. Phuktal Gompa situated in a big cave above Tsarap Chu is a major attraction.
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    Padum Lamayuru
    The trek takes you from the headquarters of Zanskar to the Leh-Kargil road at Lamayuru. Goes over seven high passes goes through Zangla, Pishu, Hanomil, Snertse, Lingshet, Photksar, Hanupatta and Wanla villages. Visit to Lingshet Gompa is of interest and the view of preciously situated Photksar village is awesome.
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    Srikhand Mahadev
    A five day trek gives you all. The forests, the rivers, lake and high altitude terrain. You name it and you get it. The views are excellent and you can enjoy them without many to disturb you. There are three points from where the trek can be started.
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    Pindari-Kafni
    One of the oldest trekking trails in India. The views from the zero points on both the glaciers are awesome. Traill's pass is seen above the Pindari glacier.
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    Okhimath-Helang via Nandi Kund
    A seldom done trek with beautiful view of Chaukhamba till on crosses down to the other side. The view of Himalaya from the ridge above Bansi Narayan temple is excellent with snow covered peaks in front led by Nanda Devi.
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    Dodital
    This trek can be done throughout the year without much problem upto the tal and back. The Dodital is surrounded by thick jungle. Climbing up Darwa top one can go to Hanuman chatti following the trail on the mountain along the left bank of Hanuman ganga. At Dodital Forest rest house is available but not beyond it.
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    Karakoram Pass Summer Route
    A seldom done trek it takes one on the old trade route between Leh and Yarkand. The actual trek starts from Sasoma in Nubra valley and crosses the famous Saser la before getting down to the upper Shyok river valley. It reaches the famous camping ground of Kalon Chumik before entering the Murgo gorge. As one ascends the Depsang la the sheer vastness of Depsang plains hit you. The travel beyond DBO is along the river bed before one finally climbs to the KK pass.
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    Karzok to Kibber via Prang la
    The trek starts from Karzok the permanently inhabited villages of Chang pas on the bank of Tso Moriri. The mighty Chhamser and Lungser Kangri look at the village from the opposite bank of the lake and Gya peak can be seen in distance. Lake over, the Pare chu takes over and gives company all the way till Parang la. Across the pass one enter the Parilungbi gorge and then following a good trail reaches the Kibber village in Himachal.
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    Tirthan Trek
    A trek passing through GHNP and going to the glaciers from where the Tirthan river begins its journey. The huts of Rolla are next to the river and the hut at Nada Thatch gets the sun first thing in morning and an excellent location. The stay in the cave at Majhoni adds to the charm. Visit to Tirath is the ultimate high of the trek.
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    Helang to Mandal via Kalpeshwar and Rudranath
    The trek starts from Helang on the Badrinath route and finishes at Mandal on the Chopta to Gopeshwar road. It offers excellent views of the Himalayan giants like Nanda Devi. The jungles on the route are deep and dense and need to be travelled in company. All facilities of Lodging and boarding are available on the route except at Toli meadow where you will need camping equipment.
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    Milam Glacier Trek
    A trek passing through the villages of Johar valley. It moves along the Goriganga river which starts its journey from the Milam glacier. The route passes the famous villages of Bogudiyar, Rilkot, Burphu and Milam. The views are stunning and the walk is over good village trails. There are hotels and shops all along the route. Travel light unless moving to side valleys.
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    Lakhamandal Trek
    The trek actually starts from Goraghati, which is 12 km from Lakhamandal. By evening reach Lakhamandal from Dehradun and visit the temple. Next day reach Goraghati by morning bus and move on the trail.
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    Hemkund tal Trek
    The trek starts from Govindghat on the Joshimath Badrinath road, which is 18 km from Joshimath. It passes the village of Bhyundar and has lots of shops selling the eatables. During the vacations it sees heavy rush as it is a Sikh pilgrim trail in the Himalaya. The lake is located at an altitude of approx. 4300 m.
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    Tungnath & Chandrashilla Trek
    The trek is very small but gives you excellent view of Himalaya. It passes through the dense jungle in the beginning but then opens up. One does not feel unsafe a the walk is over a good pucca path. The trek can be combined with other nearby treks and one can get down direct to Mandal through a real jungle trail, for which do take a local guide.
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    Deoria tal Trek
    The trek starts from Sari village ahead of Okhimath a bit away from the main road. This trek can be done when the Tungnath trek is being planned. One can also go to Tungnath via Deoriatal. Horses can be utilized on this trail.
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