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Roopkund A Himalayan Mystery Lake Trek 20th May 2014

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Region :- Uttarakhand
Duration :- 10 Days
Grade :- Moderate to Difficult
Max Altitude :- 15,696 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 53 kms.
Max Participants :- 30 only 


    

The Roopkund Trek is to a Himalayan trekker what the movie 'Sholay' is to a hardcore Bollywood buff. Just like Sholay is the complete Bollywood entertainer (it has action, drama, comedy, romance), Roopkund is the quintessential Himalayan trek. This trek has snowcaps, meadows, lakes, forests, folklore; and yes, it has an intriguing flashback too. Roopkund is a mountain lake, lying in the Garhwal Himalayas in the Chamoli district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand.Situated at a high altitude, the lake remains frozen almost throughout the year. Roopkund is also called the 'Mystery Lake', or the 'Skeletal Lake', on account of the several hundred human skeletons found scattered in and around the lake.
A Forest Officer stumbled upon these skeletons in the year 1942, and this surprising discovery triggered a series of visits from scientists from all over the world who wanted to get to the bottom of this mystery. A lot of research went into finding out how so many skeletons came to exist near this lake, and eventually it was concluded that these skeletons belonged to a group of pilgrims, who were caught unprepared in a hailstorm( somewhere around AD850 ). The hailstones were as big as cricket balls, and with no shelter in site, they succumbed to injuries on their skulls. National Geographic aired a story regarding this lake, which made the lake a popular destination among trekkers. Aside from all this myth and mystery around the trek, the Roopkund Trek is the perfect route to showcase the surreal Himalayan beauty;and it the perfect trek to initiate you into high altitude treks. The trek starts from Lohajung, situated at an elevation of 3200 meters, and after gradually trekking uphill for 5 days you will reach Roopkund which lies at approximately 5000 meters above sea-level.
At this altitude the level of oxygen in the air is considerably lesser than what the lowland folks are used to, and the TTH team will give you various tips to enable you to effectively cope with this change. Being in good physical shape will ensure that you adapt to the thinning air quickly. Also, good fitness level will allow you more energy to enjoy the spectacular views without worrying about nagging bouts of altitude induced problems. So when you plan for this trek, also plan out a fitness regime for yourself.
There are two time windows in a year when you can do this trek – once after winter from mid-May to mid-June, and once post monsoon during September and October. You can choose the post-winter variant if you want to have some fun with snow, or you can choose the post-monsoon variant if you want to stroll through lush green Himalayan meadows. Whatever the season, the weather in the mountains is delicately balanced, and can go from sunny to cloudy in minutes. This adds another dimension to the adventure, and you should be equippedwith wind and water proof clothing to face these weatherchanges.
The first couple of days on the trek will take you through quaint villages, cheerful streams, and rapid mountain rivers. The sunlight streaming through the trees in the forests will make the entire mountainside glow golden. Trek some more, and you will soon leave the trees behind. Now you will be greeted by miles and miles of lush meadows, called 'Bugyals' in the local tongue.
The Bugyals are dotted with small and big lakes at intervals. The pure air, the poignant greens and the effervescent blues will make you forget all your troubles. Next is the summit stretch, where your stamina will be tested as the air gets thinner and thinner. At the end of the climb lies the coveted Roopkund, frozen, serene, and pristine. Near the lake you can still find lots of skeletons, which have been well preserved because of the cold after all these centuries. From here, you can spot a lot of other peaks – Trishul, Nandaghungti and Choukhamba.
The route followed on the Roopkund trek overlaps with a pilgrimage which occurs every year, called the Raj Jat Yatra. This festive pilgrimage is held each year to worship goddess Nanda Devi, and people from several villages of the Kumaon and Garhwal participate in this Yatra. This Yatra starts from a small village 'Nauti' near Karnaprayag, and goes beyond Roopkund to Homkund. If you are lucky enough to be on the trek during this Yatra, you will meet a lot of locals dressed in their traditional attire participating in the festival. Meeting these welcoming and warm-hearted people will be an unforgettable encounter. The Roopkund trek is a most enriching experience for the body and the soul. This time spent amidst the mountains will remove the cob-webs from your mind and will thoroughly rejuvenate you.



Brief itinerary :-
day 01 Kathgodam to Laohergang
day 02 Loharjung to Dedna
day 03 Dedna to Bednibugyal
day 04 Bedni bugyal trest
day 05 Bednibugya to Bhawaapassa
day 06 Bhagwapass to roopkund and back to Bednibugyal
day 07 Bednibugyal to Wan
day 08 Wan to Kathgodam


Things To Carry :-

1) Back pack (60 ltr -70ltr)- with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).
2) Waterproof Trekking shoes –Mandatory high ankle with good grips, (Recommended Quechua).
3) 2 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants (Do not bring shorts, tight jeans, Capris.)
4) T-shirts - 3 full sleeve.
5) 1 Fleece jacket will be a good idea; a woollen sweater would be an alternative.
6) 1 Wind proof jacket.
7) 1 Heavy jacket.
8) Thermal Inners.
9) 2 pairs cotton shocks and 2pairs woollen socks.
10) 2 pair water proof hand gloves.
11) Sun protection cream.
12) Woollen cap/ Balaclava.
13) Sun Cap.
14) Sun glasses – Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.
People who were spectacles-
(A)- Use contact lenses.
(B)- Photo chromatic glasses.
15) Head Torch with extra batteries.
16) 2 Water bottle- one litre each.
17) Lip Balm/ cold cream.
18) Toilet kit/ toilet Paper / wipes.
19) Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.
20) Personal Medical Kit.
21) Walking Stick – Mandatory (At least one).
22) Gaiters advisable for Pre Monsoon Trek.


Total Trek Fee :-17500/-

Inclusions :-
1. Accommodation. (Guest house, Home stay, Tent Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Non-veg)
3. Trek equipments (Sleeping bag, mattress, Kitchen & dinning tent, crampon, utensils, tent)
4. All necessary permits and entry fees.
5. First aid medical kits, stretcher and oxygen cylinder.
6. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide and Support staff.
7. Porter to carry personal luggage.
8. Transport from Kolhapur to Kolhapur By 3-tier. AC 
train
9. Trekking Fee Of Uttranchal govt,service tax.

Exclusions:-
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Food during the transit.
3. Insurance.
4. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head
.

For More Info And Registration, Please Contact 
Sagar Patil 9579997111/8237079999


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Kolhapur Hikers Basic Adventure Activities Camp 2014

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+SAGAR PATIL
 KOLHAPUR HIKERS
    BASIC  ADVENTURE  ACTIVITIES  CAMP  2014



Dear Adventure Enthusiasts, 
We Kolhapur Hikers Coming With Our Basic Adventure Activities Camp On 5 th May To 9th May 2014 at Ratnadurg Fort

Region :- Ratnagiri
Duration :- 4 Days
Grade :- Moderate
Age Group :- 8 to 25 year 

Max Participants :- 30 only

Adventure integrates physical and mental challenges, promoting personal growth and mental acuity useful in other areas of life. It must focus on solutions that will get them to their destination while hazarding dangers that may keep them from it. The best routes, weather conditions, and health, all are subject to change; a new route must be planned or an effective way to ration dangerously low air supplies must be found. We offer activities to build-up self-confidence, Growth, Motivation and desire for a greater involvement. ( Age Group 8 to 25 )

ACTIVITIES OF ADVENTURE CAMP :

1. RAPPELLING.
2. ROPE CLIMBING.
3. VALLEY CROSSING.
4. JUMARING.
5. ROPE BALANCING.
6. RIFLE SHOOTING.
7. KNOT PRACTICE.
8. EQUIPMENT INTRODUCTION.
9. TENT PATCHING.
10. CAVING,
11. SEA SAFARI.
12. SNAKE HANDLING.
13. TREASURE HUNT.
14. JUNGLE COOKING.

IMPORTANCE OF THIS ADVENTURE CAMP IN YOUR LIFE:

"Without adventure, civilization is in full decay."-Alfred North Whitehead

The Willingness to Undertake Adventure is a Necessary Part of a Happy Existence … Successful lives grow out of successful adventures. The adventure of our life is so important that it demands the best of your attention, and the most of your energies, on a daily basis, so that it can be lived well.

The Buddha went on a quest. Mohammed lived an adventure. Moses, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Columbus, Gandhi, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart, Martin Luther King - so many of the names that represent to us lives fully lived are those of adventurers, inventors, discoverers, liberators, creators, people who were not content to just measure out their days, but who threw themselves into a dynamic process of change for the sake of others as well as themselves.

When you take part in Basic Adventure Activities Camp, you can improve:

1. Leadership skills
2. Cooperation and teamwork skills
3. Confidence
4. Time management
5. Appreciation of different abilities
6. Social interaction skills & physical skills
7. Team goal-setting skills
8. Physical Health Benefits
9. Strong mind power
10. Becoming Active
11. Discipline
12. Courage
13. Quick Decision Making
14. Respect for team mates/ opponents/officials
15. Resilience through sharing positive and negative experiences.
16. Be less selfish and to think of other people
17. Deal with losing as well as winning.
18. Overcome shyness by putting into situations where need to communicate with others & so on. 

THINGS TO CARRY:

1) Full sleves T-shirts (no black colour)
2) Loose trousers or track pant (no tight jeans, no shorts, no ¾ pants)
& other necessary clothes
3) Extra pair of clothes to be changed after adventure activities
4) Good sport shoes
5) Extra pairs of chapples & sandles to be use after adventure activities
6) Extra 3 pairs of socks
7) Good sun cap & goggle
8) Small towel/ napkin to be utilised on the adventure activities & 1 extra
9) Water bottle (to carry at least 2 L)
10) Torch with extra batteries
11) Personal medicines (as per requirements)
12) Sleeping bag/ sleeping mat, blanket
13) 1 plate, 1 spoon, 1 cup, 1 glass
14) Book and pen to write camp information

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS:

1.The leader's decision will be final & binding on all participants. No arguments will be entertained.
2.It is important for all participants to stay together in the group,
3. In the event of any mishap, Kolhapur Hikers will not be responsible.
4. Each participant will be responsible for his/her own safety & baggage.
5. Avoid wearing gold or other ornaments.
6. Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.

Camp Cost is Rs. 4000/- Per Person.

(Includes stay, food (veg), instructor’s & expertise’s charges, equipment charge etc…)

Registration fee Rs.1000/- (Non Refundable)

Registration Date: Before 15th April 2014

So Don't Think Much "ONLY 30 SEATS AVAILABLE".

Interested Participants are requested to call well in advance and in order to confirm their seat for Basic Adventure Activities Camp. (Registration on first come basis)

So Hurry up Book your seat as soon as….

For More Info And Registration, Please Contact

Sagar Patil 9579997111 / 8237079999

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Kolhapur Hikers Bike Expedition Leh - Ladahk 2014

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                                  For More Info And Registration, Please Contact 
                                           Sagar Patil 9579997111/8237079999


Regards
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We at Kolhapur Hikers Invites you all for Jungle Trek On Full Moon Night to Vasota & Koyna back water Camping on 15 th to 16 th Feb 2014

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              We at Kolhapur Hikers Invites you all for 

                   Jungle Trek On Full Moon Night to 

                 Vasota & Koyna back water Camping 

                         on 15 th to 16 th  Feb 2014       

     




Vasota Fort


Information about the Trek

Type : Jungle Fort
Height : 4267 ft approx
Region : Koyna wildlife Santuary
Difficulty Level: Easy
Endurance Level: Medium
Max Participants : 30 only


The cost for the trek is INR 2600/- per head for


Cost Includes:

Transportation Kolhapur to Kolhapur 
Accommodation in Tents on Multiple Sharing Basis
Vegetarian & Non Vegetarian Food from Day 1 Lunch to Day 2 Lunch
(2 Lunch, 1 High Tea, 1 Dinner (NV), 1 Breakfast)
Selected Activities and Instructors/ Expert Charges 
Boat and Forest Entry Charges for Vasota Trek 
All Taxes and Service Charges

Cost Does not Include:
Food ordered other than included meals in the Cost
Personal Expenses like Soft Drinks, Mineral water, etc.
Dinner on last day of trek 


Schedule :

Saturday 15th  Feb 2014

 Depart for Satara by 06:00 am
  •  Reach Camp site by 11:30 am 
  •  Fresh'n up and have a lunch on camp site at 12 :30 pm
  •  Kayaking and Swimming in the Koyna Backwaters till evening 
  •  Around 06:00 pm reach at Camp site and have evening tea/snacks.
  •  Enjoy evening at the Camp site. Dinner will be served by 09:30 pm
  •  After dinner Camp-fire, Games playing.

Sunday 16th Feb 2014

  •  week up call at 6 :00 am in morning 
  •  Fresh'n up and Breakfast in the morning by 08:30 am
  •  09:30 am Start the boat ride to base of Vasota Fort with packed lunch
  •  Around 10:30 am start the trek to Vasota Fort which takes around 2 hrs to reach at top of the Fort.
  •  Around 12:30 pm Have lunch and fort exploration,
  •  Around 03:00 pm Head back to the base of fort and reach by 05:30 pm for return boat ride.
  •  Around 06:30 pm reach at Camp site and have evening tea.
  •          Start back journey at 7:00 pm.
  •  

Things To Carry :

  •  A Water Bottle (Minimum 2 Liters)
  •  Ready to eat food (Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.)
  •  Medicine those you require usually (Optional).
  •  Personal basic medical kit (Containing an antiseptic, few bandages, Antibiotics for stomach infection, 
  •  Enerzal/Electrol powder , Glucon D, Lemon etc)
  •  Keep an extra pair of cloths.
  •  Torch with Extra Battery
  •  Sun Cap, Sun Glasses.
  •  A Day Pack (Small Sack) to carry thing on the trek.
  •  A haversack to put all these things.

Limited Seats are available, kindly confirm your seat by paying your trek fees as early as possible. Last date for registration is 10th Feb 2014

    Kindly note : 

    Please avoid wearing gold ornaments and do not carry any valuable things.
    Consuming Alcohol, Tobacco and Smoking is strictly PROHIBITED 
    • Kolhapur Hikers will not be responsible for any type of injuries during trek

    • For  More info and Registration, please contact

      Sagar           9579997111        Rakesh    8888801299
      Shashank    9881618100        Rohan      9623319026
      Prachi          9762080297        Pallavi     8484013265



    •                                                About Vasota Fort
    •                                    
    •                                      

    •  Vasota Fort (also calles Vyaghragad) is located in Satara District in the Indian state of Maharashtra It
       was famouslv defended by Tai Telin a mistress of Pant Pratinidhi a killedar of the fort when he was
       captured.Vasota fort is attributed to the Kolhapur Shilahara Raja Bhoja II (1179-1193) of Panhala .
       Vasota always remained with Marathas, Shirker & Mores in 16th century & then incorporated in Swarajya
       by Shivaji  Maharaj in 1655 during the conquest of Javli. Shivaji Maharaj named the fort "Vyaghragad"
       ( Vyaghra - means tiger), owing to its difficult natural defense.

       After Shivaji Maharaj, the brave Maratha Bajirao Peshwa carried on the swarajya mission of ousting the
       Mughal invaders from our country. In 1818 however, British bombarded the fort with heavy artillerv
       therebv destroying many buildings on Vasota ( Chandika mandir,Daru-kothar,etc.)& looted property
       worth 5 lakhs.
       Today the fort stands in a diplapidated condition in a thick jungle with remnants of Shree Mahadev mandir,
       the plinth of ahuge"sadar" (discussion place), the fallen ramparts & spectacular view of Nageshwar
       peak & Shivsagar lake (Koyna backwaters). It is located about 170 km from Kolhapur, it is a protected
       natural reserve and a national treasure nest .

       The blue-green expanse of Koyna backwater, the evergreen forests of Koyna wildlife sanctuary, hike to
       Vasota fort hidden in thick jungle, the spectacular view from top of the fory along with the beauty and
       serenity of the place leaves one spell bound.


    •          some beautiful pic's of our Camp site & Vasota Fort Trek 


    Camp Site 
    Enjoying Kayaking in Koyna Back Water

    Camp Fire at Camp site 
    On the way to vasota by Boat 



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