Uttrakhand Backpacking trip will take you on a journey to the land of gods or ‘Heaven in Earth’, which is how Uttrakhand is referred by everyone who has been here. The trip will cover some of the very popular destinations in Uttrakhand namely Rishikesh, Auli, and Kanatal.
Uttrakhand Tourism is a popular choice between the traveler and there are a ton of reasons to visit Uttrakhand, at least once in your life. The high mountain-tops, green surroundings, sweet smell of the air and lovely people, what more can you ask from a place?
Uttrakhand is famous for its natural beauty and the fact that being closer to the Himalayas, the place offers some of the best nature viewing sites in the whole world. The folklore and stories from locals will make you fall in love with the places and each destination has its own set of stories, which makes the traveling experience even more wonderful.
Rishikesh is famous for adventure sports and people from all over the country come over to Rishikesh in search of adrenaline-spiking activities. Apart from Rishikesh, Auli is famous for its Ski-resorts while Kanatal is famous for its 8500 feet high summit, which provides a never-to-forget kind of trekking experience.
The best time to visit Uttarakhand is during the months of March to April and September to December. During these months, the weather in Uttrakhand is relatively pleasant and one can enjoy all the activities without any hassle.
There are tons of places to visit in Uttrakhand and all these places add up to the already beautiful Uttrakhand. Laxman Jhula and Triveni ghat are some of the places to visit in Rishikesh While Tehri Dam and kaudia forest are some popular destinations that makeup to the list of famous places to visit in Kanatal.
The reasons you need to check out Uttrakhand Backpacking trip in 2019 are far more than many but if you still got doubts then let us clear them up while you are on a trip to Uttrakhand with Justwravel.
Day 1 : Overnight travel from Delhi to Rishikesh via Haridwar
Day 2 : Rishikesh Local sightseeing. Rafting. Camp stay. Night stay
Day 3 : Rishikesh to Joshimath. Night stay
Day 4 : Joshimath to Auli
Day 5 : Joshimath to Kanatal. Night stay at Kanatal
Day 6 : Kanatal Day activities. Start from Kanatal by evening
Day 7 : Return to Delhi early morning
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4th Jan to 10th Jan Open
18th Jan to 24th Jan Open
8th Feb to 14th Feb Open
22nd Feb to 28th Feb Open
14th Mar to 20th Mar Open
Approximately 230 km away from Delhi, Rishikesh is our first pit stop and will be the kick-off point of an incredible adventure!
The overnight journey would be around 5-6 hours long and you’ll reach Rishikesh in the morning the next day, crossing Haridwar on the way which is a famous tourist spot for its artistic feels and is also a humble city, famous being one of the holiest in our country.
Check in to the campsite
Today, after breakfast, we’ll head out for the sightseeing, covering the very beautiful and exquisite Beetle’s Ashram, Laxman and Ram Jhula among others and post the sightseeing, we’ll be doing the rafting that is actually one of the most famous adventure sports in the city of Rishikesh.
The white water rafting, although looks fun, but is actually quite hard to do and sometimes, the adrenaline rush is just too extreme and you cannot contain the excitement!
We’ll head for the gangaaarti around sunset along with thousands of other devotees who come from afar to be part of this incredible moment.
We’ll head towards our camps post that.
Bonfire Dinner and Night stay at the campsite
This is going to be a long day with a drive of around 300+ kilometers and 10-12 hours of the bus journey. This route goes beside the famous prayags of Uttarakhand such as:
Vishnuprayag, Nandaprayag, Karnaprayag Rudraprayag and Devprayag in the descending order of the flow sequence. These are the ‘PanchPrayags’ of the state of Uttarakhand that connotes the five sacred Garhwal Himalaya confluences.
Situated in the beautiful district of Chamoli is the town of Joshimath that serves as the winter seat of Lord Badri, who is brought to this town in idol form by the followers from the Badrinath Temple to the Vasudeva Temple.
Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel
Auli is 16 kilometers from Joshimath and can be called the capital of Winter Sports in India following the recent developments where athletes from all over the world have made their way to this scenic place in Winters to participate in the Annual Winter games held at Auli.
Auli is a Himalayan Ski Resort, surrounded by coniferous and oak forests, overlooked by the Nanda Devi and Nar Parvat mountains. The town of Joshimath and Auli are connected by long cable car links. The Badrinath Temple, Valley of Flowers National Park and the wildlife such as snow leopards and red foxes all lie North of Auli.
Post brief sightseeing of Auli, we’ll come back to Joshimath.
This long journey of around 300 kilometers will take us back through the PanchPrayag route and we’ll be going through the Chamba district of Uttarakhand, crossing Tehri and Dhanaulti to reach this small place called Kanatal that many people drive by without knowing what they are missing out on.
For this reason, Kanatal is less crowded than your regular Hill Station and gives you the peace that one needs when in the mountains. The journey is going to be of around 10-11 hours so we’ll be starting early in the morning and reach by sunset.
Kanatal is famous as being a very beautiful Swiss Camping spot and so, it is going to be a great experience for those who haven’t camped before.
Bonfire , Dinner and overnight stay at Camps
Kanatal is also famous as an adventure activity hub for people from all around. Activities such as Ziplining, Burma Bridge, Sky Bridge among others are on the to-do list for the tourists who come to Kanatal. Post our breakfast,we’ll be doing all the activities already planned for our wravelers.
Once we’re done with the activities, we’regoing to rest for a while before leaving for Delhi in evening.
We’ll return to Delhi early morning and end the tour!
Transport by Tempo Traveller
Stay on double/ triple sharing basis
Meals as per Plan 10 meals ( Day 2 Breakfast + Dinner , Day 3 Breakfast + Dinner , Day 4 Breakfast + Dinner , Day 5 Breakfast + Dinner , Day 6 Breakfast + Lunch
Sightseeing as per Itinerary
Adventure Activities - Burma Bridge, Zipline at Kanatal , Rock climbing in Rishikesh
River Rafting in Rishikesh
Trip Lead - Delhi to Delhi
Anything apart from Inclusions
Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances
Booking amount is non-refundable.
No refund of total trip amount will be provided on cancellation, 10 days prior to departure date.
50% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 11-20 days prior to scheduled departure date.
90% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 21-90 days prior to scheduled departure date.
100% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation, 90+ days prior to scheduled departure date.
For Cancellations/ Refund Request , kindly reply to the confirmation mail and get in touch with the Team. All cancellations will be considered only after the mail has been received.
Down Jacket /Main Jacket
Thermals (Upper & Lower)
Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes
Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)
First Aid Kit
Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID :: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
Mobile Charger / Travel Charger
Rishikesh - Wondrous Camp / Similar
Joshimath - Uday Palace / Similar
Kanatal - Little Jaguar Camp
Q. What will be the group size?
Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.
We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.
Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?
All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.
All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.
Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?
Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.
Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?
Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.
Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?
We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.
Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?
We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.
Q. Which shoes should I buy?
Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.
Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?
During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.
Q. What will be the type of accommodation?
It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.
Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?
Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.
Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?
It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.
Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?
After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.
Q. What type of food is served during the trek?
We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.
Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.
In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.
Q. Can we change the itinerary?
Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.
Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?
Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.
Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.
Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.
Q. Diamox is advisable or not?
Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.
Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.
Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?
It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.
Q. What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.
Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?
Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.
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