Healing Himalayas provides a unique opportunity to volunteer for a great environmental cause while participating in a trek in the Himalayas. The volunteers can participate in cleaning and awareness drives based on the event location, while getting to experience the terrain and beautiful Himalayas. The events are of varying degrees of difficulty and fitness level, so make sure you pick one that suits you.
Duration: 6-7 Days
Start Date- End week of July ( 28th July to 3rd August )
Start Location: Joan
End Location: Joan
How to get there:
By Road: Semi luxury buses are available from Delhi and Chandigarh to Rampur
By Air: Flight from Delhi to Shimla airport .
By Rail: Train can be opted up to Chandigarh.
Fitness level: The trek route is a little difficult. The trail has steep ascent through glaciers and rocky path. First time trekkers or the people with less High altitude trekking experience should not attempt this trek. One must have a basic medical checkup within 15 days of coming for the trek.
Accommodation: Tents on the camping site for all the six days.
Essentials to carry: Trek pants , shoes , one heavy jacket that can bear up to minus 10 degree, Torch,3-4 pair of socks, one backpack up to 35 liters.
Rest will update via email 30 days prior to the event.
Day-1 Rampur to Jaon (27th July)
Reaching Rampur on the first day, from there it will take 3-4 hours to reach village JAON . The trekking starts from here. The 4 km trail would take us to our destination for the night, SHINGAARGH . Dinner will be served at 7:30pm. This is also the check point and the registration centre for the trekkers.
Day-2 Shingaargh to Thachadu (28th July)
Early morning at 6:30 am After breakfast we will start from SHINGAARGH to THACHADU (Distance covered – 12 km). The Team will clean along the way and interact with the camping owners. We will also make sure that they are using jute bags for collecting dry garbage (Plastic bottles, wrappers or any other form of dry waste) which is given to them the previous month during Solid waste management workshop in NIRMAND. Team will also clean along the way up to THACHADU which will be our night stay.
Day- 3 Thachadu to Kuncha (29th July)
After the daily chores in the morning, the breakfast will be served at 8 am. Today, the amount of garbage along the trails will decide our speed. The distance covered from THACHADU to KUNCHA, our next camp, is 7- 8 km. This place has the most spectacular view and that's the reason why we are staying here tonight.
Day- 4 Kuncha to Bhim dawari (30th July)
The distance from KUNCHA to BHIM DAWARI is only 6-7kms. Team will follow the usual routine and if the team gets tired by this time we will leave this trail for the next team as we have teams coming up every week.
BHIM DAWARI is the biggest camping settlement , more the 100 camps are set-up here and thus the amount of garbage is also in huge quantity. Hence, engaging the camping owners is really important for the long term sustainability.
Day-5 Bhim Dawari – Shreekhand top – Bhim Dawari (31st July)
Today will be the longest day to trek as we have to reach on the top and come back by evening. Terrain today will be really tough plus cleaning at certain points (नयनसरोवर) with increasing heights and less oxygen makes it even challenging. There are 3-4 glaciers which one has to cross to reach top. In order to make it possible team has to start early and has to follow timeline as adviced by the guide. BHIM DAWARI – Parvati baag – nayan sarovar – Kailash khand top – back to BHIM DAWARI.
Day-6 Bhim Dawari to Shingaarh. (1st August)
Today we have to reach back to our second base camp that is SHINGAARGH. So the amount of garbage depends on the individual how much he/she wants to carry. It will be a long day again and almost 10-12 hours trekking. After breakfast team will start descending.
Day-7 Shingaarh To Rampur (2nd August)
After walking 4kms today we will reach village Jaon. From where all the volunteers are dropped to Rampur. Volunteers will have to manage their transport from there on.
Rs 3000 ( For Students provided if they show ID. Use code- STUDENT)
Includes: Food (breakfast ,Lunch & Dinner ) , Accommodation, Transportation (Rampur to Rampur ).
About Shrikhand: Shrikhand Mahadev Kailash Yatra is one of the five most important Kailash Yatra in the world. The trek is one of the toughest and full of difficult terrains and that is the reason it is considered as one of the toughest pilgrimages in India at an altitude of 18570 Feet / 5100 metres above the sea level. Every year thousands of Lord Shiva devotees participate in this yatra between the scheduled dates as per the suitable weather conditions.
The key attraction of this trek is the breathtaking view of the Himalayan ranges from Parvati valley of Kullu, Jorkandan, Rangrik ranges of Kinnaur and Hansbeshan and other surrounding peaks in the south east of Satluj river.
Note: Please be sure of your physical strength, trekking with a purpose demands lots stamina and experience in Himalayas.