Area: Garhwal Himalayas
Duration: 09 Days (4 day travel/5 days trekking)
Best Season: Mid May - Mid October
Altitude: 4750 mts
Total Trekking: 60 K.M
Among all the Garhwal treks, this route is least known to the trekkers. The valley is having wide variety of flowers throughout and can be stated to be the best valley with so many floral varieties. The view of the Chenap Lake is unsurpassed in beauty, but the flowers all around makes the beauty amplified to several times. You will find the oak and deodar forest surrounding the lake from a close distance. Pass through the meadows and get to the trails with fresh and untouched water. The trek is not that much difficult. Although you will have to climb for a long time, but the altitude is gradual and thus will not be that much difficult for you. One thing is sure in this spot – you will find least number of trekkers, since it is only known to few. The route is best accessible from Joshimath.
The trek will be starting from Chai, the sole village in the area. It is having the least population, but the hospitality, you will get from them, is admirable. Soon after you cross the village rugged path, you will find the snow topped mountain peaks. Nada Devi will look to be the biggest among them, with Dronagiri and Nanda Kot, closely following her. After covering certain distance, you will find another village named Thaing. Greenery and lush meadows surround and protects the village life there. It is time to find the Brahma Kamal. Just cross some of the easy slopes and beautiful natural plantation field with poppies, oaks and the fabulous Brahma Kamal. Daisies, anemones and numerous serene looking flowers will nod their heads to admire your arrival at the valley. After crossing the teak forest, you will find a glance of the peaceful Swanu and Nandu Lake. In the valley, you will be bewildered to find a temple, where Raj Rajeswari is living a solace life with Mohan Nanda.
The flower variety of the land is really enigmatic. Hamlets chirping here and there are trying to get your attention, for their new colourful dress, nature has woven for them. As you continue to climb reminding of the ancient relation with the wild family, you will find white bed sheet in the form of snow is laid on the mountain top. Mother Nature is calling you for the best solace sleep, you have ever slept on the snowy bed. Swanu and Nandu are waiting for your glance, a few kilometers away. They will show their pleasure and gratitude for your arrival, with the warmth, endorsed by nature. You will love the trek route, since it is easy for the beginners and is warm with the heartily blessings of Nature God.
Godly stories will generate a divine sense: Local people will show you some of the temples at this place and will show you a trekking route at some distance. They will narrate that that is the valley where Mother Durga fought the forceful battle with Mahisasura to protect her son. You might feel top reach there in the next trip.
Perhaps the best time to visit the Chenap Valley trek is June to September. In this time the valley remains in full bloom as the snow starts melting and there is very less rain. By the end of the September, the flowers start drying up and put their seeds on the earth for the next season.
Located in the Chamoli district of Garhwal Himalaya, Chenap is a lush green valley, quite famed for its lakes and flowers that bloom in the region. To reach the Chenap Valley, trekkers will have to pass through grasslands dotted with wildflowers and remote villages.
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant in Dehradun is the closest airport, which is around 295 km from Joshimath.
Nearest Railway Station: Haridwar Railway Station, 296 km from Joshimath.
Nearest Road Head: Vishnu Prayag is nearest road head for Chenap Valley trek which is connected by most part of the Garhwal Himalaya like Joshimath, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun.
In the morning catch AC train for Haridwar at 06:50 hrs. Arrival at Haridwar by 11:25 hrs, here meet our guide and drive to Rishikesh. On arrival, check in to the hotel. If interested, one can go for witnessing the Ganga Aarti ceremony at the Ghat. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Post breakfast, we will drive to Joshimath via Devprayag. En-route, we shall witness the confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda River at Dev Prayag. By evening, we will be able to reach at Joshimath. Check in to a hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Today, we will drive to Vishnu Prayag, from here we will be trekking to Thaing Village. In order to enter the valley, we will cross the bridge at Vishnuprayag. Overnight stay in the camp.
Today, we shall start trekking early in the morning. Our trek will be to Dhar Kharak or Baidwa Kharak. Packed lunch will be taken to serve you on the way. The trek will pass through dense forests and along the course of several streams. We shall set our camp at Dhar Kharak for an overnight stay.
Post breakfast, we shall trek to Chenap Valley. There are around 500 species of flowers and numerous medicinal plants found here. From Chenap, one can head to Badrinath via Neelkanth Base Camp. Overnight stay in the camp.
The day is free for exploration. Overnight stay in the tent.
Optional: One can Trek towards Sona Shikhar which is 8 kms via Fulna and Maskyani Bugyal. In Sona Shikhar one can see the Braham Kamal and Fan Kamal.
Post breakfast, we shall trek back to Thaing Village. Overnight stay in a camp.
Early in the morning, post breakfast, we shall trek down to Vishnu Prayag and from there will drive to Srinagar via Joshimath, Chamoli and Rudraprayag. Once you reach Srinagar, check- in to a hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
After the breakfast, we will drive to Delhi via Haridwar. By the evening reach Delhi. Tour and Services end.
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You should book Chenap Valley Trek well in advance (at least 4 month prior) advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare well for the trek.
There shall be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry small knapsack.
Once you book your trek with us we will provide you a list of things to carry, which should not weigh more than 12 Kgs.
Our pick up and drop point for Chenap Valley Trek is New Delhi train station at platform no. 16. We will send you the train ticket and you can board train from there to Haridwar. At Haridwar our guide will pick you from train station and then from there your tour will start.
We always have an experience trekking guide who leads the trek.
Our group size is minimum 4 people and maximum 12 people with mix of men and women.
Chenap Valley Trek is a moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 13120ft (4000m) minimum age required is 12 years.
In the month of mid June – Mid September the temperature during the Chenap Valley Trek can go as low as 8 Degree Celsius and during the night and it can rain heavily which will further decrease the temperature.
We plan our treks in such a way that after 6-8 hours of trekking we reach next camp in between 14:00 – 15:00 hrs time and normally trek a distance of 10-15 Kms a day.
If we have to extend the trek due to reasons that are beyond our control then additional charge may apply, which includes hotel stay and food.
Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.
Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.
Good trekking shoes with ankle support are must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua is good shoes with value for money.
We serve nutritious simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies and local dishes etc.
Himalayan stream water is safe to drink as well as for cooking but we also have water filters, and chlorine tablets in case of an emergency.
Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller etc are used for transportation.
We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.
Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in wilderness and they carry necessary first aid kit. At each camp they asses your condition and can take relevant and prompt action in case a rescue is required. Please note in the case of a rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.
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