This trek visits the remote holy famous picturesque temple of Budakedar and mountaintop temple Kailapeer, plus Alpine forests of bhojpatra (the famous "paper tree"), juniper, and the stately deodar. The famous Shesar Tals and Mashar Tal bugyals (Alpine meadow) . The trek goes through the high ridges of alpine meadows beautiful views of down valleys Vistas of spectacular close view ice covered peaks of the high Himalayas - Thalaysagar, Jonli, Srikhanth, Kedarnath peaks, Kedardome, Jogin Massif, etc. Enchanting Mashar Tal, Shesar Tals mountain lakes.
Frequent sightings of lithe and lively langoor (black faced monkeys) swinging through the tree canopy high above. Chances to see ibex, snow fox, mountain crow and eagles. Hardy bukeriwale (mountain herders) with their flocks of sheep and goats. Visits to picturesque mountain villages. End the trek in the fascinating spiritual and philosophical center of India - colorful Swagashram at Rishkesh .
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Day 1 : New Delhi - Rishikesh (225 kms/6 hrs)
In the morning drive to Rishikesh. Upon arrival at Rishikesh transfer to the hotel. In the evening visit the Aarti ceremony at Swargashram. Back to hotel for overnight stay.
Rishikesh : Rishikesh is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttaranchal. It's also starting point on the journey to the sacred sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna Rivers. According to legend, Prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to Sage Kapila's curse. The penance was answered and the river Ganga trickled forth from Lord Shiva's locks and its bountiful water revived the sons of King Sagara. In the tradition of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for the salvation of their ancestors.
Day 2 : Rishikesh - Uttarkashi (185 kms/6 hrs)
Drive to Uttarkashi, located on the Bhagirathi River in the foothills of the Himalayas. Upon arrival at Uttarkahi transfer check into the hotel.
Vishwanath Temple : One of the major Shiva worship centers for all India, this ancient and renowned temple is an interesting and important pilgrimage and touristic monument.
Uttarkashi Town : Situated on a new lake, this clean and nature-surrounded little city features a line of ashrams along the banks of the Bhagirathi River, an early branch of the sacred Ganga.
Nehru Institute of Mountaineering : World famous institution of instruction for the mountaineer.
Day 3 : Uttarkashi - shilla village(34kms/5hrs)
Scenic 30 k 1 hour drive along the roaring Bhagirati River, one of the source rivers of the sacred Ganges, through terraced fields, deodar forests, and villages to the village of Bheltipri across the Bhagirati. Camp is after a moderate uphill 5 k trek to the village of Shila.
Day 4 : Shilla-Bagee(10kms/6hrs)
10 k uphill trek through Alpine forest - oak, rhododendron, bhojpatra, (the famous "paper tree"), and the stately deodar. Frequent sightings of families of lithe & lively langoor (like a black-faced monkey) swinging through the tree canopy high above. Streams can be seen and heard amid the lush foliage all along the route. Past local mountain-folk huts with their friendly inhabitants. Camp at Bagee on ridge top in a bugyal (Alpine meadow) with views of snowcapped Himalayan mountains - Jonli, Srikhant, Thalyasagar, etc. Camp amongst oak trees.
Day 5 : Bagee- Kailapeer(7kms/5hrs)
Moderate 4 k uphill (along the ridge with views of the Ganga and Pilang valleys), then 2 k downhill, then 3 k uphill trek through Alpine forest - oak, rhododendron, bhojpatra, (the famous "paper tree"). Meet with hardy bakriwale (mountain headers) with their flocks of sheep & goats (june september). Meet villagers here with their cattle for the summer. Chances to see bear, marmot, snow leopard, ibex, and snow fox. Camp in Kailapeer - vast mountain meadow with streams and viewsw of the Himalayas
Day 6 : Kailapeer-Kyarkee(11kms/7hrs)
6 k uphill trek along sharp ridges, and 5k up and down trek through the ridgesintermittent copses of oak and bhojpatra trees with views of Pinswar and Pilang valleys and Himalayas to the camp at Kyarkee. Here is a mountain top meadow featuring bakriwale with their heards and high Himalaya mountain views.
Day 7 : Kyarkee-Dharamsala(8kms/6hrs)
Moderate 8 k uphill trek along the ridge with spectacular views of the high Himalayas and valleys. Chances to see ibex, snow fox, mountain crow & eagles, and hardy bukeriwale. Beautiful camp on the Alpine meadow of Dharamsala and spectacular views of Srikantha, Jonli and Thalaysagar .
Day 8 : Dharamsala-Parital(9kms/5hrs)
Moderate 6 k uphill trek through Alpine meadows, ridges, with spectacular views of the valleys below. Close-up views of the Himalayas. Past crystal clear tarns, to the Holy mountain lake of Pari Tal.
Day 9 : Parital- Shesartal(5kms/4hrs)
5 k uphill trek through the high ridges with spectacular views down the valley and close views of high Himalayas and Holy mountain lake Shesartal - famous for the enigmatic flat rocks lining its depths, put there in ancient times, and surrounded by rugged glacial moraine. Camp just below Shesartal with views stretching down the vast valley.
Day 10 : Shesartal-Dharamsala(14kms/8hrs)
14 k downhill trek to Dharamsala with spectacular views down the valley and waterfalls. Camp at Dharamsala Bugyals (Alpine meadows).
Day 11 : Dharamsala-Mashartal10kms/6hrs)
10 k downhill trek through ridges with spectacular views of Budakedar valley withMeet with hardy bakriwale (mountain headers) with their flocks of sheep & goats, and Gujars (generally muslim local mountain people) famous for their high speed mountain walking contacts with & their herds of buffalo. Camp at Mashartal mountain Holy lake.
Day 12 : Mashartal- Budakedar(10kms/6hrs)
Downhill 10 k uphill trek through the forest and summer huts of villagers along the Balganga river through the villages and traced fields and famous architectural piece, the Budakedar temple. Continue along the Balganga river to its confluence with the Dharamganga river. Camp.
Day 13 : Budakedar-Rishiklesh(200 kms/7 hrs)
Drive through Budakedar town - view thye famous architectural place, the Budakedar temple. Continue along the Balganga river to its confluence with the Dharamganga river. See the huge new Terhi Dam and the planned village of New Terhi to Rishikesh. Overnight in hotel. (Possible to reach Haridwar to explore this popular and beautiful shrine town as opposed to Rishikesh. One hour further).
Day 14 : Rishikesh - Delhi (225 kms/6 hrs)
Return drive to Delhi
Best time to visit Shesartal Trek : May, June, August, September and October