Duration: 6 days
Difficulty Level: easy
Highest Altitude: 3,658 m / 12,000 ft.
Trekking Distance: 30 Kilometers
Temperature: In summer - Day time temperature: 8°C to 15°C and Night time temperature: 0°C to 7°C. In winter (December - January) - Day time temperature: -2°C to 5°C and Night time temperature: -12°C to -5°C
Gulabi Kantha is situated at an altitude of approx. 12,000 feet above the sea level. It is a lush green Bugyal (meadow) which lies on the way to famous freshwater lake trek popularly known as Dodital. Dodital is also known as the birthplace of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god in Hindu mythology. Gulabi Kantha provides a 360-degree view of the Himalayan mountain range such as Bandar Poonch peak, Kalindisirkala, Shivalik mountains, and Chaukhamba peaks. The place offers a panoramic view of sunrise and sunset. A wide variety of flora and fauna is also found here.
The place is untouched and lesser known to the trekking communities in India in spite of lying enroute Dodital trek. Recently few media channels discovered the place with the help of local guides and villagers and made a news piece on the same. The place offers wide adventure related opportunities all year round. A team of ITBP, Matli (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) team came on a visit to explore the possibility to develop it for winter games such as skiing and other games.
Best Time to Visit: Gulabi Kantha Trek is pleasant for all the year to visit. Best time of year include December to April, Expect trekking on the snow in the mid of December. During winters, Gulabi Kantha covered in the thick blanket of snow best for skiers.
Day 1: Arrival at Hanuman Chatti (7,000 ft.); 162 Km drive from Dehradun
The drive from Dehradun to Hanuman Chatti is an enchanting hill drive of 7-8 hours stretching over 162 Km ride via Mussoorie, Damta, Naugaon, Barkot and Syana Chatti. You will see the beautiful valleys and forest cover throughout the journey. Hanuman Chatti is a small village within the Uttarkashi district of Uttrakhand and the last road head to Janki Chatti. You can also visit the Holy Shrine Yamnotri Temple after the trek on own expenses and the temple is 5 Km away from Janki Chatti and it’s open in the month of April-May and closed in October-November. Stay will be in Guest House/Home Stay/Camp on sharing basis. The trail will commence the next morning at 07:00 AM with light breakfast and a brief session of Gulabi Kantha trek by Trekkaro team. The cab will be arranged at an additional cost from Dehradun Railway station to Hanuman Chatti (One Way) at 06:30 AM. Cost of the cab – Rs. 5,500/- per vehicle.
Day 2: Hanuman Chatti (7,000 ft.) to Kandola (8,500 ft.)
Initially, the trek from Hanuman Chatti to Kandola will give you altitude rise of about 1,500 ft., this is about 3 hours of the trek through the dense forest trees and the thick carpet of maple and pine leaves all brown in colour and witness the captivating beauty of nature. The trail goes through Nishni village and which is a mild climb. Kandola campsite will be surrounded by tall pine and oak trees and mountain slopes. Camp here for an overnight stay, enjoy the serenity scattered around this place with evening sunset and glittering sunrise in the morning.
Day 3: Kandola (8,500 ft.) to Seema Thatch (10,500 ft.)
Today, we will start our trek to base camp of Gulabi Kantha Trek i.e. Seema Thatch and you will gain an altitude of 2,000 ft. It is a little bit steep trail and takes around 3 - 4 hours to get there which is the end of the forests, hidden mountains Bandarpunch peak, Shivalik Mountains, Kalindi Srikala and Chaukhamba peak become visible. The Seema Thatch campsite is the completely open area which is quite windy as compared to stay at Kandola. Spend rest of day exploring the meadows.
Day 4: Seema Thatch (10,500 ft.) to Gulabi Kantha Summit (12,000 ft.) and back
Today is a long day and we will start our trek with packed lunch, but the excitement of the journey and conquering the peak would be far greater and much more worthy in compared to the challenges that lay ahead for the visitors. The climb is steep however absolutely worthwhile and one with rewarding views. It takes about 2-3 hours to reach there. On the summit, you are surrounded by mountain valleys and ranges. Panoramic sights of mighty Himalayas range mixed with dark blue and white clouds scattered like a painting sketched by nature just for you. You will see the Shivalik Mountains, Kalindi Srikala and Chaukhamba peak. Swargarohini also comes into view along with Black Peak and Bandarpoonch. Some of the other peaks you see include Gangotri, Jaonti, Yamnotri, Jorkanden and Draupadi ka Danda. After spending some time on the top and lunch over there, you head back to the campsite. After a wonderful day, spend the night in tents.
Day 5: Seema Thatch (10,500 ft.) to Hanuman Chatti (7,000 ft.)
Get up early by 6:00 AM. The day is easy and long. After having breakfast, start walking to Hanuman Chatti from Seema Thatch followed by some steep descending trail. It takes 5-6 hours to trek down to Hanuman Chatti. In about 2-3 hours, you reach Kandola where you can have your packed lunch. After reaching Hanuman Chatti by 2 PM, then drive (at an additional cost) or trek to Garam Kund which is 3 km where you can take natural hot water bath and release all your tiredness. After having bath, back to Hanuman Chatti and get settled in for an overnight stay in guest house/camp/homestay. Roam around this quiet village and learn few words of the local language, this is appreciated and often results in getting more out of the experience.
Day 6: Drive to Dehradun from Hanuman Chatti
Sign off from Hanuman Chatti early in the morning, preferably before 07:00 AM since the journey takes 8-9 hours. The Cab will be arranged at an additional cost from Hanuman Chatti to Dehradun Railway Station at 07:00 AM. Cost of the cab – Rs. 5,500/- per vehicle.
How To Reach
Jolly Grant airport is located 25 kilometers from the city, serving to Dehradun. Daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun.
Take the train from Delhi to Dehradun overnight
Nanda Devi Express(12205):- Departure:- 23:50; Arrival:- 05:40
Dehradun Express(12687):- Departure:- 21:10; Arrival:- 05:00
Regular bus service is available from Delhi (ISBT Kashmere Gate) to Dehradun. We suggest that you take only government buses from the ISBT Kashmere Gate. Private buses run from outside ISBT Kashmere Gate and they are not trustable.
Usually, the buses left you in the Dehradun ISBT. From there you have to come to Dehradun railway station via Ola/Uber Cab/Auto Rickshaw/Shared Three Wheeler.
There is no direct bus to Hanuman Chatti run by the Uttrakhand Government, so you have to share a cab with Trekkaro co-trekkers.
Things To Carry
• Backpack & Rain Cover (40-60 Litres)
• Trekking Shoes (included in FTG)
• Trekking Pole (included in FTG)
• LED Torch
• One Water Bottle (one litre)
• Basic Medications (or prescribed if any)
• Trekking Jacket (included in FTG)
• Three (Five in winter) Warm Layers
• Two trek pants (one Wear and one carry)
• Two collared t-shirts
• Sunscreeen Lotion (SPF 50/70)
• Lip Balm (SPF 30)
• Sun cap
• Synthetic hand gloves
• Two pair of Socks
• Daypack (20 litres), if you opt to offload your backpack
• Plastic cover (for wet clothes)
Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Passport, Aadhaar Card, Driving license or voters ID)
Terms & Conditions
1- Accommodation: Full load camping arrangements on the mountain with a large mess tent, tables & stools. Stay from Day 1 to Day 5 (Hanuman Chatti to Hanuman Chatti). In Hanuman Chatti, Stay will be in Guest House/Camp/Home Stay on sharing basis. You will camp on the trek (2-3 per tent).
2- Meals: All meals during the trek starting with dinner on Day 1 till Breakfast on Day 6. (Veg/Non-Veg food + Egg)
Tea/Coffee/Soups/Snacks will be served throughout.
3- Camping charges: All trekking permits and forest camping charges are included (if any).
4- Leaders & Guides: Trek leaders assisted by certified and experienced local guides.
5- Free Trekking Gears: Shoes, Jacket(-10°C) and Pole.
6- Trekking Equipment: High-quality tents, sleeping bags, ice axes, roped, microspikes, gaiters etc. as required.
7- Safety Equipment: First aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, stretchers etc. will be available at all the campsites to deal with emergencies.
1- Transport to and from the base camp: We arrange shared taxis for trekkers from Dehradun to Hanuman Chatti and drop you back from Hanuman Chatti. This will cost approx. Rs. 5,500/- one way per 5-6 seat vehicles. You will have to share this value with the other trekkers.
2- Food during transit to and from the base camp.
3- Backpack offloading charges: Rs. 1050/- for the full trek + 5% GST. The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. Suitcases/trolleys/duffel bags will not be allowed. Please note that charges will vary for the last minute offloading in case you decide to offload your bag after reaching Hanuman Chatti.
4- Anything apart from inclusions.
Cancellation requests are not taken over the phone.
In case you wish to cancel your trek please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1- Cancellations up to 21 days prior to departure date - 70% refund
2- Between 21 days to 14 days prior to departure - 50% refund
3- Between 14 days to 10 days prior to departure- 30% refund
4- Less than 10 days of departure – No refund or you can transfer your trek (same batch date & same trek) to your dear one.
a) Change of trek batch date is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
b) In case of transferring a trek to your dear one, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements lay down by Trekkaro.
c) Trekkaro holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.
The applicable refund amount will be processed within the 10 working days.
If we have to cancel/suspend your trek before the date of departure or at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, curfew, etc.), then you will get the TrekCash Voucher of the total fee you have paid to us and you can redeemed it within a year on any trek but where this is of a higher price, you will be expected to pay the difference. The TrekCash voucher will be generated within 3 working days and sent to your email address by us.
Note: In instance of exchanging a TrekCash Voucher to your dear one, he/she ought to fulfill all the obligatory necessities set around Trekkaro.
When you take an adventurous trek with us, then be assured that whatever we do is more than your expectations. In fact, our wish to excel goes beyond the point where your boots hit the trail – it begins the moment that you get in contact with us, and it never ends. There is nothing more satisfying than hearing from our trekkers that they’ve just had “another trip of a lifetime with Trekkaro”.
Of course, this is a non-negotiable. Safety is embedded in our business and it’s something that we take very seriously in all our treks. It's the primary reason we're very popular in just a year.
• Personalized Service, Care, and Attention to Detail
For some organizations, this is, surprisingly, negotiable. But it isn’t for us. After safety, if we can do one thing right, every time, it’s to ensure that we sweat the small things.
• The Best Guides
If you are already trekking with us, then you’d be forgiven for thinking our guides are superhuman. It doesn’t mean feat to entertain, cook, guide and facilitate, but for our guides, they handle it with grace and all the while the attention is on you.
• The Best Itineraries
It takes a lot of refinement to make a perfect trek, from dawn to dusk there are a LOT of moving part and potential for things to go awry. From last one year, we’ve balanced on the tight rope of offering the right amount of activity, flexibility and trek time. Whilst utilizing the best lodgings in the most unique places.
We’re not in the business of making money and provide you nothing. Our treks aren’t expensive, they represent excellent value for money and for those seeking to maximize their time, there is no better way.
It may come as a surprise, but the reality is that it is a two-way street (or trail), you are ultimately responsible for the nature of the experience that you have with us. And not only that, but you also have an influence on the experience of others’ in your small group.
This is your vacation, and the attitude that you bring will set the tone for your experience. We get that at times it’s difficult (we plan to challenge you) and we get that at times it’s a bit uncomfortable (this is not a cruise trip). All we ask you to keep an open mind, a big smile on your face and readiness for the unexpected.
• Physical preparedness
Our treks are designed for everyday people. You definitely don’t have to be an athlete, but to be fair for yourself and your group members, you do need to be ready. Worried about it? Do not stress it, our team is 100% dedicated to helping you pick the right trek, bring the right gear and be physically and mentally prepared.
• Know who’s in charge
As we’ve mentioned, you rightly expect when you join our trek to be in good, safe hands. For us to ensure the entire group’s safety, we suppose you, as our guest, to listen to your lead guide. They are the expert when it comes to decisions made on the trek.
Trekkaro team will specifically ensure your safety with...
1. Daily oxygen saturation & pulse reading (if required in trek)
We do treks which have a different environment than our daily life. We live in an environment where we less care about a healthy lifestyle. When it’s come to do treks or survive in the not so pure environment for more than a day our body should accept the changes. What oxygen saturation is the fraction of [oxygen]-saturated hemoglobin relative to total hemoglobin in the blood. So we insure about the specific balance of oxygen in your blood.
Our team ensures the health condition by oxygen saturation and pulse reading before trekking so everyone should aware about the health.
2. Oxygen cylinders and medical kit
When it comes to high altitude trek the body doesn't get enough oxygen. It’s not always that you cannot survive in high altitude treks but for a safer side if your body not adjusted with the environment we always ready with the oxygen cylinders. Our team member carrying the portable oxygen cylinder on the trek.
To prevent high altitude conditions -do more exercise and cycling. The more you practice it’ll easier for you.
Our team also carries all the basic medicines including high altitude sickness specific medicines - Diamox, Dexamethasone and Nifedipine.
3. Stretchers on every campsite
Although we are physically and mentally ready for the environment there are chances of accidents or uncertain things. In those situations, we have stretchers every campsite so in an emergency, the porter will safely drop you at base camp where we can do further treatment.
4. High Quality Trek Gears and Equipments
Trekkaro is the only trekking company in the world which is providing Free Trekking Gears(FTG) at no charge/rent only for use during the treks. Expensive FTG includes Decathlon Quechua Trek 100 Shoes, Quechua SH 100/300 Jackets, Hiking Pole/Stick, Gaiters, Crampons and Headlamp. Now, before registering the trek, there is no need to think about the expensive trekking gears and also, do not need to buy or rent expensive trekking gears to go on a trek.
Trekkaro team will ensure you with quality tents and sleeping bags where you can survive in extreme cold. We provide sleeping bags which can hold cold up to -5 to -20 degree Celsius. It’s always warmer in tent so we ensuring you with quality shelter.
So even we are ready for the storm you should tell us if anything bothers you regarding safety.
5. Radio (for communication in between camps and guides)
Our camps our bit far from each other. But they connect through radio though network is the issue in hills. Although you miss anything or the weather is not good or we need medical help from the base we can communicate through radios.
6. Technical team on all snowy slopes
All the treks are come up with an adventure. But safety is important in all trails and treks. Wherever we find the risky slopes or area we ensure the turn with the technical team. As we already mentioned earlier we have well-trained team having knowledge of handling hustle in emergency and even know how to take care of the trekkers.