4 Nights/ 5 Days
As you know every mountainous excursion demands a precise planning, a planning with adequate pliability of observing and tackling situations, held all as by overcoming mind body and soul throughout the incredible Himalayan journey.
So here are some aspects regarding Hampta Pass Trek preparation:
Physically – A trek demands physical endurance, to prepare for each trek you should work out a month before joining a program. Build up the adequate strength in your legs by running and exercising every day to boost up your endurance. Stop smoking and boost your lungs doing breathing exercises at routine basis two times a day, which will help acclimatize the conditions while being resilient on the trek. Take active part in outdoor games, Yoga and any other cardiac exercises.
Mentally – Mental preparation is key, equally as important as physical training requisite for a trek. Before joining any trek take pleasure in your daily routines, eat well, take rest properly and relax. Do not stress your mind by unnecessary predictions about the trek. Be with your best friends to get motivated and relax your mind. Because pre trek assumptions are not worthy because once you join the trek and meet with rest of the pack will bring encouragement and excitement. The mental preparedness will build through the entire trek conditions. And the physical drawbacks will affect the mind. So pay close attention to various parts of the body and consciously let them loosen up as you trek. When you trek try to relax your body, especially your hips. If you’re on a winding downhill trail or on a panicking slant, think of each step as part of a simple dance and enjoy the natural rhythms that the terrain and your body can find together cautiously. Experiment with different ways of walking as a way of finding enjoyment beyond the goal of reaching a destination. The main key to stay mentally fit is to enjoy the route and not to pressurize the mind.
Technically- Gear up yourself with perfect size trekking shoes and walk with it. Use 60ltr. Backpack in a daily routine with some weight inside it, so you become used to carrying loads. Buy a trekking pole, water bottle, warm socks, thermals, fleece, feather jackets, trousers, poncho, flip flops, electronics such as power bank, camera (DSLR or digital camera).
Day 1: Arriving at Sankri from Dehradun
Sankri is the last village to be connected by a road, from where the perilous journey to Lord Shiva's throat begins. Sankri is the starting point for many other adventure treks, hence it is sometimes referred to as a trekker's paradise. The drive to Sankri from Dehradun takes 7 to 8 hours and covers over 200 kilometers. The exhaustion of the long travel will be washed away when you are greeted by the tall rising peaks, lush green woods, and, most importantly, the rich culture and warm smiles of the Sankri residents who will welcome you with open arms. Sankri will begin to astound you the moment you take your first step in the
Day 2: Sankri to Juda ka Talab journey
After refueling with a hearty and nutritious meal, you will go for your first stop, Juda Ka Talab. 'Juda ka Taal,' as the name suggests, is an incredibly long length of the mountain with a lake in between. It is the first stop on the lakefront when the camp is established. The lake will captivate you with its beauty and remarkable contrasts of green, brown, and white. On this day, you will travel approximately 3 to 5 kilometers, giving you plenty of time to be awed by the grandeur of 'Juda ka Taal.'
Day 3: From Juda Ka Taal to Kedarkantha Base Camp
After sleeping beneath the stars on the lakeshore in a tent, you will be even more interested to see what the voyage will bring as you move forward, and this hike will not disappoint you. On this day, you will hike 3 to 4 kilometers to the 'Kedarkantha Base Camp,' which is located at an elevation of 11,500 feet. In just 4 kilometers, you will notice a dramatic change in the weather.
Day 4: Kedarkanntha Base camp to Kedarkantha Top and Back to Hargaon
Every trekker is looking forward to this day because you will be reaching the summit of Kedarkantha. Breakfast and morning tea will be supplied to keep you warm. Kedarkantha is located at an elevation of 12,500 feet, and once reaching the summit, you will be witnessing one of the Himalayan wonders, the towering ranges before you will not fail to take your breath away and leave you spellbound. The sensation of being on a mountaintop with the world below your feet will leave you speechless, providing you with an experience of a lifetime or a narrative to tell your grandchildren about how you conquered the Himalayas. You will descend to Hargaon from the summit.
Day 5: Hargaon to Sankri
After spending the night in the tent, you will begin to miss the adventure of this walk. On this day, you will go over 6 kilometers downhill to the settlement of Sankri, from whence you will return to your typical days.
It is stated that nothing lasts forever, but the fun and adventure you had on this journey will be with you for the rest of your life. When you return to your normal life and reflect on the time you spent, it will still bring a great smile to your face, and everything you experienced will echo in your memories.
Distance by road:-
By road, drive to Sankri from Dehradun takes you through towns and villages like Mussoorie, Nowgaon, Purola and Mori. After gaining height at Mussoorie, we continue our drive inwards and, soon, are joined by the river Yamuna river. 190 km long drive takes around 8-9 hours to complete. Dehradun is well connected with major destinations of the country. NH72 connects Dehradun to Nahan (95 km) to the north-west, and thereon to Panchkula, Chandigarh and Shimla. NH 72 terminates at Haridwar, which is at 54km from Dehradun. Dehradun is located at a distance of 235 km from Delhi. NH72A links Dehra Dun to NH58 at Roorkee (67 km) and thereon south to Meerut (170 km) and Delhi (235 km). There is regular bus service from Delhi for Dehradun from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate.
Nearest Railway Station:-
An excellent rail network connects Dehradun to other important cities like Delhi, Mussoorie, Mumbai, Varanasi, Lucknow, and Kolkata. From Delhi- DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205)
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 25 km from the city. There is a daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun
Trekking Shoes: You need good trekking shoes with good grip & ankle support. Do not wear sports shoes.
Clothing: You need to have warm clothes with three-layer jackets, fleece or down feather jackets. Carry 1 or 2 full sleeves t-shirts. For lowers carry cotton pants suitable for trek. Do not carry jeans or shorts for trekking.
Thermals: Carry top and bottom thermals.
Socks: Carry 2 - 3 pairs of sports socks along with woolen socks to be worn at night.
Headlamp/Led Torch are mandatory
Sunglasses: To protect from sunlight in snow you require UV rays protected sunglasses.
Woolen Cap and Gloves are also necessary as the climate will be cold. Carry waterproof gloves as they get wet in snow.
Lunchbox & Water bottle: Every participant should carry a lunch box and water bottle of their own.
Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that one doesn’t get wet.
b)Medical Certificate (signed by a registered MBBS doctor)
c)NOC form (by trekker)
d) 2 Passport size photo
e) Photocopy of Valid id proof (PAN is not allowed)