What’s your GREAT NEXT?

Wow! Look at you, sitting there, lookin’ sharp, reading this on a shiny device, making a little time in your busy day for the things that interest you. Maybe you’re reading during a coffee break in office. Maybe you’re surfing last thing at night, before you turn over and go to sleep.

Wherever you are, you clicked on this because it’s something that makes you tick. Adventure and travel and pushing yourself – all these things excite you. You’re reading this because, admit it, there’s a fire burning somewhere inside you. A fire to be out there, not just travelling and seeing the world, but actually experiencing it from the driver’s seat.

And yet, you’re relegating it to a distant dream, a ‘some day’ plan. You’re letting your small picture get in the way of the big picture. And that’s no good. If you don’t exercise your adventure muscles, they’ll atrophy and become vestigial memories of the past.

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Desperately seeking snow?

It’s the end of the year, and you can already smell winter in the air. In the mountains, trees are dropping leaves and preparing for a long snowy season. The air is crisp and evenings are cold. It’s time to start planning your winter treks. This year’s best adventures: skiing classes in Auli, snow treks to Har Ki Dun, Chopta, or Kuari Pass.

Skiing classes in Auli – INR 21,200 per person, 6 days

Auli is beautiful at any time of the year, but during the winter, once the snow has begun, it turns into a winter wonderland. The skiing slopes here are some of the longest and finest in India, and attract skiiers from around the world. The snow here is soft and fine, and it’s a real thrill to ski here, especially in the earlier weeks of the snowfall. This is where you’ll be learning the basics of skiing and and doing some snow boarding too.
Read about this trip here.

Snow trek to Chopta, Chandrashila and Deoriatal – INR 9950 per person, 5 days

For the mountain lover, the winters are a great time to be travelling in the Himalayas because of the clear views and sunny days. This winter trek gives you the opportunity to scale Chandrashila Peak, a small peak in the Garhwal Himalayas that stands 13,123 feet high. You’ll also visit Deoriatal, a beautiful high altitude lake, and see Tungnath, the highest Shiva temple in the world.
Read more about this trip here.

Snow trek to Har ki Dun – INR 12,800 per person, 7 days

Har ki Dun is one of the best loved trekking routes in Uttarakhand, and attracts adventurers from around the world. It offers trekkers a chance to walk through the protected habitat of Govind National Park, where dozens of species of flowers and trees abound. There are apple orchards, green valleys, wildflowers, and streams everywhere, and you’ll be camping in open meadows with sweet grass under you. The trek to Har-Ki-Dun valley is mix of peaceful walks, and adventurous ascents. It offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers in the Banderpoonch range.
Read more about this trip here.

Snow trek to Kuari Pass – INR 11,000 per person, 6 days

The Kuari Pass trail takes you through endless green meadows, alpine forests, and past towering Himalayan peaks. As you approach the scree-covered slopes near Pangarchula, you’ll receive the full mountain experience of roping up and clambering over boulders. At night, you and your group will stop at magnificent campsites, enjoying delicious hot meals and sleeping like babies in fresh, warm sleeping bags. This is an experience you don’t want to miss.
Read more about this trip here.

Snow trek to Kedarkantha – INR 8900 per person, 5 days

Kedarkantha is one of the easiest treks to take you into thick snow. It’s accessible for most of the year, so is popular with other adventurers, but it’s great fun in the winters. You’ll get to camp in snow, trek through snow, and you’ll discover what the famous Juda ka Talab looks like when frozen over. Your drive to Sankri, the start point of the trek, is a highlight by itself, taking you through Mussoorie and along the Tons river. You’ll be camping at a vantage point on your second day, where you’ll wake up at dawn to watch the sun drench the snow-capped peaks in golden light, after which you’ll tuck back into your bags for a couple of hours of beauty sleep more!
Read more about this trip here.

Snow treks for beginners
If you’ve never been trekking in the snow before, here are some options to start off with. These treks are shorter in duration, and will give you a winter trekking experience in a short dose, so you can decide if you like it. They’re also easier routes, so you’ll be able to enjoy the fun of the snow without too much effort.

Snow trek to Triund – INR 6700 per person, 3 days

This is a great trek for beginners as well as experienced trekkers who love the snow. On this 3-day, easy intensity trek, participants visit sacred mountains, ancient temples and quaint ‘pahadi’ villages hidden in valleys, waiting to be explored. You’ll trek for a day, camp at the top with spectacular views all around, and make snow angels or build snowmen. There are rocks to scramble over, peaks swathed in mist, snow crunching under your feet, and cold air all around.
Read more about this trip here.

Snow trek to Nagtibba – INR 6700 per person, 3 days

For a short, easy adventure that gives you an experience of snow, this 3 day trek to Nag Tibba is a great option. It’s a moderately challenging trek and is perfect for newbies and participants with some experience. You’ll camp in tents in the snow (with mattresses and sleeping bags to stay warm), and trek through snowy trails and forests blanketed in white. At the peak of Nag Tibba, you’ll have layers of fresh snow to jump in, and spectacular views of the snowy peaks of Himalayan giants like Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, Srikanth and Black Peak.
Read more about this trip here.

Snow trek to Dalhousie – INR 5000 per person, 5 days

If you’re looking for a snow trek, there’s no better place than Dalhousie. For decades now, this scenic hill station has attracted those looking for a winter experience. The snowfall in Dalhousie is said to be the most beautiful, and you’ll be visiting at the perfect time. Passing through dense pine, oak, and deodar forests, this trail is packed with adventure and excitement. You’ll also get to explore Khajjiar, popularly know as the mini Switzerland of India. This small hamlet is gorgeous any time of year, but in the winter, when it’s almost buried in snow, it looks just like a Christmas postcard.
Read more about this trip here.

The possibility of snow on all these treks varies, depending on the weather conditions this year. Check with us once before you make a booking. You can ping us on chat at our website, www.thegreatnext.com or call us. When you speak to us, ask us about the discounts we’re running. We might have a promotion going!


Reluctant IT Analyst turns into enthusiastic mountain girl!

Richa Joshi booked with us before, and we were all super impressed with how early she planned her trek, and how much research she had done. But when she called us for the second time to book her NEXT trek, a couple of months before departure, we decided that we had to know more about this avid trekker who plans so well in advance.

TGN: Tell us a little about yourself. What do you do for a living? What kind of adventures do you like? What do you do for fun?
Richa: I am a 27 year old IT analyst working in Hyderabad. The tag of IT Engineer was a choice I had to make, under the painful circumstances of not being happily allowed to go for Aeronautical engineering or Aviation school.

I was brought up in a small city called Haldwani near Nainital. My hometown is surrounded by the hills, and all my weekend getaways with my family were in Nainital and all the other nearby lakes and hills. I remember those weekends as the most blissful memoirs of happiness that I couldn’t find anywhere else till I started travelling again. When I moved out of my hometown to pursue higher studies, I wanted to travel as much as I could but it was difficult to do so in the monthly allowance that was provided strictly to meet the needs and requirements, not the wants. I would save some money every month for my travel goals.

It took 6 years of struggle through B.C.A. and then M.C.A. to get to where I am now. Part of me enjoys the work I do, but the life of an IT analyst is not adventurous. I’m working in a cubicle every day, and that’s where travel becomes my saviour and keeper.

Breaking the monotony of a metropolis life with the rush of adrenaline and anticipation amidst the mountains is my favourite adventure. There is something strangely comforting and refreshing in scaling mountains and going on road trips. It’s as if I belong there.

When I am not travelling, I pick up my bike and camera, and through the lens I see all that I missed out around me. My books are another one of my mates; reading about places, people, and their adventures puts all the more sense in seeking my own adventure.

TGN: How often do you manage to get away and travel? You always make your enquiries a couple of months (or more) before your actual trip. How early does your planning process start?
Richa: In a job where there is no limit to working hours, planning in time is the key to chalk out your travel. The holiday calendars come in very handy in planning a vacation. My New Year resolution list is a travel list; I plan and book my travel 6 months in advance, this helps me go on a trek twice a year. Every 3 to 4 months I go for smaller travel plans and they don’t require so much planning. All of this is great, but it’s never enough.

TGN: A lot of travellers tend to make last-minute bookings for adventure travel. You’re one of the few who plans ahead, and we love it because it lets us find you the best trips and operator for you, and book you for the dates you want! Why is it important to you to plan in advance?
Richa: I can’t say what it means for others, but for me, travel gives me time to find myself. With the strictly limited time that I get for something that gives me the joy of living, I want to make sure there are no last-minute hiccups. I am also a well-organised person, so maybe that also adds to the need of planning in advance.

TGN: How do you decide on your next adventure?
Richa: Sometimes it happens when I read about the adventures of other trekkers. Sometimes it just clicks. There’s no particular answer that I can pin onto.

TGN: What kind of adventure equipment do you use? Do you have a favourite brand?
Richa: Decathlon is my one-stop store. There are not a lot of options in our country for adventure equipment. One of my favourite brands is Keen.

TGN: Do you travel solo for adventure?
Richa: Sometimes, yes.


TGN: We love seeing women heading out on solo adventures. What advice do you have for women travellers who want to travel on their own?
Richa: You deserve it as much as anyone else out there. Go for it!


TGN: Do you have an adventure travel bucket list? What do you plan to do next?
Richa: I do have an adventure travel bucket list and it gets improvised every year. A road trip to Ladakh is next in line.

TGN: Do you have a favourite moment from your adventure travel? One moment when you’ve stood in wonder and realized you’d never forget that precious experience.
Richa: There is actually one such moment. Gazing at the breathtaking panorama of the view of Hampta Pass at the altitude of 14,000 ft. I felt no camera lens could do justice to what I saw. It was a view reserved for the Gods. My heart was in my mouth, awestruck with the majestic serenity of this landscape. The aura of this scenic beauty I beheld can’t be put down in words. I was consumed by the scene before my eyes.


But there was more to learn in this journey. We were trekking down towards Shia Goru from Hampta Pass when some loose rocks started falling from above us and my guide pulled me under a huge rock and we were saved by an inch. That’s when I thought for the first time how lucky I was to be alive. Living in a city you tend to take for granted the life you have and whine about what you do not have but it is good fortune alone to be alive.

TGN: You’ve travelled with The Great Next a couple of times now. What makes you come back?
Richa: I keep coming back to The Great Next for the exemplary support you guys provide. There are people like Venkat, who are extremely polite when explaining the options, even when I raise a doubt again and again. He’s helped me to plan my last two treks. Your operational customer support is commendable too. Your work ethics, your people represent an image of a passionate travel agency helping people live their adventures.


Richa shares pics of her travel on Instagram here, and it’s a beautiful feed full of travel inspiration!

If you’d like to book an adventure, we’ve got something for everyone: scuba diving, cycling, trekking, rafting, rock-climbing, kayaking, and lots more. Get in touch if you need help finding something that suits you.

Want to read about other adventurers? Here are some you might like:
Interview with an adventurer – Snigdha Bawa, Open Water Diver
Interview with an adventurer – Abhishek Iyer, solo long distance cyclist
Interview with an adventurer – Reena Talawar, solo female Chadar trekker

Family adventure holidays in India

Wouldn’t it be fantastic to put aside your job for a few days, leave your troubles behind, grab the people who mean the most to you and take off into nature for some family adventure?

It is said that travel is the best teacher and adventure – the greatest way to learn. Family adventure vacations will give your children a chance to admire and appreciate environments outside of their little “life bubble” and will give them a broader perspective on life. Every day on a family adventure will present opportunities to see new places, meet new people, be exposed to new cultures and try different food etc.

Family adventure vacations try to cater to the different preferences and interests each family member. You can choose from multi-adventure trips that offer kayaking, rafting, and zip-lining to ones that offer snow-treks or night-treks. There are also more relaxed holidays where you can go camping and fishing and sleep under the stars.

What’s the difference between these family adventures and a regular adventure holiday?
Family adventure vacations are curated to give you a fun, active holiday in the outdoors with safety and adventure being top priorities. You’ll be looked after by experienced instructors and a caring team, all of whom are trained to work with children of all ages. Younger kids will be entertained with nature walks, or lighter activities, while the older kids get to try their hands at different sports with you. Everyone in the family, from young children to grandparents will enjoy the activities and you will have plenty of chances to bond as a family.

Another great advantage is that you might have up to 6 families with children traveling with you on these family adventure holidays and your children will make new friends and you will meet like-minded parents from around India.

Here are some of the top family adventures that you can book today:

Family adventure in Kund, Auli, and Jayalgarh

Camp Jayalgarh, Uttarakhand

Camp Jayalgarh, Uttarakhand

This family adventure takes you on a wonderful trek through pine forests to Chopta, the Switzerland of India, to visit Tungnath and dip your feet in the cool blue water of the Deoriatal Lake. You’ll sleep in Swiss tents and stay in charming lodges, and get to try rappelling, rock climbing, valley crossing, and you’ll do one thrilling of whitewater rafting on the Alaknanda.
View this trip here.

Family adventure in Chopta and Jayalgarh

On this adventure-centric family holiday, you will visit Chopta, also known as the ‘mini Switzerland of India’. Your family will enjoy easy treks through sprawling meadows of Chopta, camp in tents or stay in cosy mountain lodges, and head to Jayalgarh to battle the rapids of the Alaknanda river. You and your children will try out a range of activities, from rafting, cliff jumping, kayaking, and bridge slithering on the river.
View this trip here.

Family adventure in Manali
This family adventure lets you go wild in Manali. You’ll hike through apricot orchards, cross wooden bridges over bubbling rivers and camp in the gorgeous Chika meadow. You’ll go rafting on the Beas river, hike through Old Manali where the kids can see traditional wooden houses and fruit growing on trees; you’ll drive up to Rohtang Pass to get spectacular views, do rope activities, and you’ll do a short trek to Chika, where you and the children will sleep in alpine tents and see how a campsite is set up.
View this trip here.

Family adventure in Chakrata with Nagtibba trek

This family adventure holiday combines a short easy trek to Nagtibba, a host of exciting adventure activities in Chakrata: a 12-14 kms stretch of whitewater rafting on Grade II to III currents, duckie rides, kayaking and rappelling, as well as hiking, river crossing and bridge slithering. You will stay in charming lodges, and spend two nights in alpine tents on the Nagtibba trek, so the kids can experience setting up and sleeping in tents.
View this trip here.

Family adventure in Tehri, Jayalgarh with Chopta trek

This family adventure trip offers one of India’s most beautiful treks, the Chopta-Deoriatal trek, where you’ll see Tungnath, the highest Shiva temple in the world, and visit the sparkling Deoriatal Lake. You’ll stay in charming lodges and Swiss tents on this trek, and spend evenings around campfires, with the sounds of the forest all around. You’ll also head to Jayalgarh, where you’ll stay in a riverside lodge and go for a fun session of whitewater rafting. This package also includes activities such as kayaking, river crossing, bridge slithering, cliff jumping, body surfing, camping, jungle safari and nature walks.
View this trip here.

Family adventure in Chakrata and Tehri
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This family adventure takes you into the gorgeous environs of Chakrata, where you’ll explore pine forests, try rappelling and rock-climbing, go rafting on tthe Yamuna, and gather around bonfires every evening at your mountain lodges. This package also includes activities such as hiking, duckie rides, jungle safari, kayaking and camping.
View this trip here.

Family adventure in Tirthan Valley and Manali
This family adventure takes you into the alpine meadows and pine forests of the Great Himalayan National Park and Tirthan Valley. Every day, you’ll set off to try your hand at bird-watching, or go on nature hikes to discover secret waterfalls and dip your feet in sparkling streams. You will stay in charming guesthouse or lodges, and will spend one night in alpine tents in Rolla, where your kids will learn how a campsite is set up. You’ll end with a day of adventure activities and sightseeing in Manali.
View this trip here.

Backpacking trips in India

These backpacking adventures in India introduce you to the world of travelling to experience a new place, but give you the ease of a guide and instructor so you don’t have to plan it. You’ll visit some of the most beautiful locations in India, enjoy laidback itineraries that give you time to soak in the atmosphere; you’ll dig into flavourful local cuisine, and roam freely through the country. On these backpacking adventures, you won’t find cookie-cutter hotels and packed schedules, but you’ll end up doing and seeing plenty of fun, new stuff.


When you go backpacking in India, you’re travelling light, always ready to head out to the next unusual location you heard of at the last coffee shop. These backpacking adventures take you deep into the most stunning locales and world heritage sites in India. Imagine exploring dreamy riverside towns and ancient temples inhabited by monkeys, or feeling just like Indiana Jones as you walk through red sandstone canyons and caves that stretch for miles, leading you to an underground waterfall. All these backpacking trips in India are yours for the taking.

Beach backpacking trips in India
When you’re a hippie at heart, it’s either the sea or the mountains that call to you. If you’re the type that feels the pull of the ocean, you should consider skipping the crowded beaches of Goa and heading instead to the pristine beauty of Gokarna or Malpe in Karnataka. You’ll spend days with the sea breeze in your hair, exploring deserted islands, trekking across white sand beaches sipping coconut water, and swimming in the clear blue ocean, and you’ll end your evenings with bonfires and spectacular sunsets.

Mountain backpacking trips in India

Regions like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are perfect for backpacking tours in India and are beautiful any time of the year. What better way to spend your day than wandering through verdant green forests, or crossing rickety wooden bridges that go over sparkling streams? Head to the mountains for that pine-scented fresh air. These easy backpacking adventures in India are perfect for beginners who want a taste of mountain life. You’ll trek for a few hours each day, spend cold nights gathered around a crackling bonfire, and retire to your tents at night.

Other backpacking trips in India
With a country as vast as India, there are plenty of places where time slows down too. Take a short break from the world of laptops and deadlines and sign up for one of many laidback backpacking tours in India where you will join other like-minded travellers with wanderlust in their hearts.

Backpacking in Hampi

You’ll love the backpacking adventures in Hampi, one of the hidden gems of Karnataka, and a big draw for wanderers and truth-seekers. Here you’ll find the most fascinating landscape: giant rock formations that lie in the midst of paddy fields alongside a river. You’ll be able to trek to the top of craggy cliffs, cycle through the swaying paddy, and go on a coracle ride in the river. And on top of all that, there are ancient temples to peer into and hippie cafes in which to while away a couple of hours.
View this trip here.

Nature backpacking adventures across India
If you’re a nature lover (and who isn’t, really?), you’ll love these backpacking trips in India that take you to some of the most magnificent destinations.

Gandikota and Belum

Visit the Grand Canyon of India, a spectacular red stone gorge in Andhra Pradesh. You’ll stand on the edge and peer down into the bowels of the earth, over landscape so rugged and primitive, you can almost imagine dinosaurs ambling about. You’ll also descend 150 feet into the earth to visit the Belum cave formation, where you’ll see stalagmites and stalactites, as well as an underground stream.
View this trip here.

With dozens of backpacking trips in India to choose from, you could be stuffing your backpack this very weekend, and heading out for a fun, relaxed trip to somewhere interesting.


How to prepare for the Chadar trek

Located in the magnificent high altitude kingdom of Ladakh, the Chadar trek is a surreal trek that takes you over the frozen Zanskar river during the deepest freeze of winter. Over hundreds of years, the Zanskar river has carved a path for itself through the rocky landscape of Ladakh, with the gorge walls going up to 2000 feet high in some places.

During the summer, the Zanskar river is a perfect location for rafting, and during the winters it transforms into a sheet of ice. The ice on the river forms such a thick layer that the locals use it as a road. Chadar trekkers will walk over this frozen river, camp in caves and in tents on the ice and trek past towering waterfalls that are frozen in mid-flow.

The trek route winds along the river surface, with very few inclines, so it isn’t a tough trek. However, the challenge lies in the high altitude and the extreme cold. The altitude is about 11,400 feet, and temperatures can drop as low as -25 degrees Celsius.


All routes above 8,000 feet are considered high altitude treks because the air pressure and moisture in the air decreases at this level. Reduced air pressure means there is less oxygen to breathe and this causes your body to work less efficiently. There are serious risks involved with high-altitude trekking such as pulmonary oedema and acute mountain sickness (AMS or altitude sickness).

Get physically fit
Before you go on a high-altitude hike, you need to train your body to work efficiently and build stamina. Begin at least 2 months in advance and focus on cardio and stretching. You should strengthen your calves, glutes and back through a series of simple exercises that can be done at home. Here’s a good reference:

Month 1:
Mon/Wed/Fri: Jogging/Running: 3-4 kms
Tues/Thurs/Sat: Do 15-20 surya namaskars + 10 squats
Sun: Rest day

Month 2:
Mon/Wed/Fri: Jogging/Running: 5-7 kms
Tues/Thurs/Sat: Do 20-25 surya namaskars + 10 squats + deep breathing exercises
Sun: Rest day

If you go to a gym or have a personal trainer, talk to them about getting stronger in time for your trek. You can also do cycling or swimming to get fit.

Practise breathing exercises
Learning how to control and maximise your breathing will help you on the trek when the oxygen is thinner and less available. But learning these exercises will also benefit you if you’re going scuba diving or snorkelling, during your regular exercise, and to deal with stressful times. There are a number of guided deep breathing videos on Youtube that you can use to help you learn the basic techniques of kapalbhati and pranayama.

Get a medical check-up
If you have asthma, cardiac conditions, and spine or knee problems, you might not be able to manage a high altitude trek like this. Consult your doctor and get a medical check-up to ensure you have no pre-existing conditions that could be exacerbated during the Chadar trek. Make sure you explain the weather conditions of the trek, how many days it will entail and the distance you plan to trek each day.

Pack like a pro
Pack your bag in advance so you have time to check all your gear and try out your packed bag. All operators will provide you with a packing list. Break in new shoes, check the fastenings and zips on your jackets, put on gloves and hats, and pack everything into your bag and weigh it. This will give you an idea of what you’ll be carrying every day, and you’ll have time to buy or replace any gear that is not suitable for use.



Know what you’re dealing with
It’s important for you to familiarise yourself with the symptoms of altitude sickness: Some of the more common symptoms are headaches, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping and nosebleeds. More serious symptoms include cough, persistent severe headaches, nausea, loss of coordination and disorientation. If you feel unwell, inform your guide and you may have to stop at your current altitude and descend if the symptoms don’t improve over a day.

For the Chadar trek, you’ll be flying in to Leh. From most places in the country, this is a considerable height gain, and you should plan to spend time acclimatising. A good itinerary for the Chadar trek includes a day or two of very little activity to help your body adjust, but try and fit in some time on your own schedule if not. For the first day, you’re advised to rest in your hotel room and take a short walk in the evening. Take small sips of water and do some breathing exercises. Avoid alcohol and smoking while acclimatising.

Don’t rush the trek
While you’re trekking, take your own time and walk slowly, breathing deeply and evenly as you go. Eat well, and make sure you take regular sips of water. Avoid alcohol and smoking on the Chadar trek.

Dress like an onion
Dressing in layers ensures that you have enough clothing to keep you warm throughout your trek. The higher you go, the colder it gets, and it is imperative you have layers of clothes and the right gear to keep warm. Wear a snug, dry-fit inner layer to help keep you dry and add layers like woolly tops and fleece, insulated jackets etc that you can take off once you get warm while trekking. Avoid cotton, which gets wet and takes time to dry. The top layer should windproof and waterproof for both pants and jackets. Do remember to carry a hat and gloves to protect extremities.


Protect yourself from the elements
Wear sunscreen, hats and sunglasses during the day, and use a moisturiser and lip balm too.

Choosing the right Chadar trek for you.
You can choose from whirlwind itineraries of the legendary frozen Zanskar river trek that gives you a Chadar Trek experience, without taking too long. It’s perfect for those who are not sure they’ll be able to handle longer durations in the freezing weather, or for those who have time restrictions. There are longer itineraries too, that will give you enough time on the Chadar. All itineraries will include at least a day’s stay in Leh to make sure you are fully acclimatized before you start the trek. Check out the different Chadar trek packages here, or call us to talk to an advisor who can help you find the right trek for you.

Top trekking tips that beginners don’t know about, but should!

If you’re a beginner to the world of trekking, you won’t know this stuff, but that’s what we’re here for.

1. You’re only as good as your gear.
Your gear is what will make or break your trek. Invest in a good pair of trekking boots or shoes, and plan to break them in before you start your trek. It’s always advisable to buy your gear from an adventure brand in your country, because you’ll have the benefits of warranties and free repairs. The right shoes will equip you for any type of terrain, and should last a few years.

Just as important as your shoes is your bag. Buy a sturdy rucksack and check that it has the features you need. Everyone needs a strong set of adjustable shoulder straps, a rain-cover that folds away inside, and a set of pockets and pouches on the outside to store essentials.
Check out our gear list here.

2. You’re going to be peeing (if not doing more) in the great outdoors.
Most Himalayan adventure operators will arrange a toilet tent with dry pit toilets for your trek. Some operators even have separate toilet tents for men and women. They’ll set them up a good distance away from your campsite and from water sources. But all that is only set up when you get to camp. During trekking hours, you’ll be ducking behind the nearest bush or boulder if you have to go. Make sure you have hand sanitiser and wet wipes on hand at all times.

3. You’re going to overeat.
All that fresh air and exercise means you’re going to have a roaring appetite. The food will always taste great. When you’re on a trek in the Himalayas, you’ll be fed all the time. Apart from your main meals, you’ll also get hot chocolate, soup, or lemon tea. Most operators will carry snacks for your trekking hours too, but keep a few energy bars, baggies of dry fruit or trail mix, or chocolate bars in your day pack too.
If you’re thinking about carrying your own snacks, check out this Dummies Guide to Adventure Eats.

4. You don’t really have to do anything apart from trekking.
On a Himalayan trek, you’re going to be spoiled silly. All you have to do is wake up and trek. When you get to your campsite, the crew sets up your tents, rolls out your sleeping bag, and cooks for you. Once you’re done with the day’s trekking, all you have to do is sit around a fire and chat, or read, or walk about and explore the campsite.

5. You’ll go back to childhood sleeping patterns.
Up in the mountains, you’ll find your body clock reverting to your days of early-to-bed, early-to-rise. You’ll be tired by the end of the day, and those sleeping bags look mighty tempting. You’ll probably be going to sleep by 10 p.m, and you’ll start waking up early every morning.

6. Your personal hygiene and grooming is going to suffer a bit.
You never really wear all those extra tees or tops, unless it’s cold. Just make sure you carry enough underwear and socks, and of course, wet wipes. All you need is a quick swipe of the underarms, groin, and feet before you go to sleep. You’re not going to take showers, and you’re in the mountains, so you might as well just jam a woolly hat or a bandana over a bad hair day and consider yourself groomed. And hey, what happens in the mountains stays in the mountains!

7. It doesn’t matter if it’s cold. You still need sunscreen.
Sunburn isn’t the only concern for your skin on a trek; you need to be protected against windburn and snowburn too. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 40 and above, but you should also keep your skin moisturised and your body covered. Get a pair of polarized sunglasses for days when you’re trekking through snow, because the light reflected off the white surface can be intensely bright. Keeping your face covered will really help prevent chapped lips and cheeks, but keep your lip balm handy.

8. You’ll have new best friends.
Your lip balm, scarf/bandana, wet wipes, and energy/chocolate bars will get you through the day. Skip lip balms with menthol (too drying) and choose a balm with an SPF. Your bandana will double up as many things on the trek: wet it in a cool stream and lay across your neck during a summer trek; wrap it around your neck and pull up over your face during a winter trek; use as a pillow cover, light sheet, or face shield when you’re sleeping or taking a nap…the list goes on.

9. Wet wipes. Wet wipes. Wet wipes.
Some trekkers choose not to use wet wipes, and some swear by them. We say, carry a pack anyway; choose something soothing and not too heavily scented, because you’ll be using them on very sensitive skin. At night, before you slip into your sleeping bag, wipe down armpits, groin, and feet, and any other parts that are sweaty. Store the used wipes in the ziploc bag, and carry them home to dispose of them.

10. Trekking becomes therapy (if you do it right).
You’ll find that trekking can really help you work out the knots in your mind. There’s something about being out in the mountains, without your daily lives and routines to distract you, that really puts you in an introspective mood. Over the 4-5 hours of trekking that you do, you’ll alternate between admiring the views, turning your thoughts over, and enjoying the physical experience of the trek. We see quite a few trekkers carrying speakers and playing music while they walk, and we’re not big fans of that. Instead, while you’re here, listen to the wind whistling, the tinkkling bells around the necks of cows grazing on the slopes, and the birds chirping around you.

Trekking is a big favourite here at The Great Next. If you’re a beginner looking for a trek that suits you, we can help you find a short or long trip, with a really easy trek or a slightly tougher one if you want to challenge yourself. Get in touch with us at www.thegreatnext.com and we’ll hook you up.

camping maharashtra

Best campsites in India

Why camp when you can stay in a hotel, you might ask. The question you should be asking yourself is: why not camp instead of staying in a hotel? We live in a country with spectacular natural beauty, and there are few accommodation options that let you get as close to nature as camping does.

From the great Himalayas, where you can set up camp in the snow or in a fragrant pine forest, beside a clear mountain lake or with a view of a glacier; to the sand dunes of Rajasthan, where you’ll camp under the desert stars; to the rolling hills in Maharashtra where you’ll camp in the green Sahyadris, India has it all. So where do you start?

Here’s a list of the best campsites we’ve found:

Camp Water’s Edge, Lonavala, Maharashtra

Camp Water's Edge, Lonavala

Camp Water’s Edge, Lonavala

This camp is not far from Mumbai, Pune and Lonavala, but it nestles deep in the hills and away from the crowds. You’ll be surrounded by nature, on the banks of a large lake, with plenty of greenery to explore. You’ll spend the day on a sprawling 18-acre property, enjoying swimming, kayaking, river crossing and nature walks. There are also charming gazebos to while away a few hours, and a plant nursery and well-manicured gardens for you to spend some quiet time at. There are clean and large restrooms and changing rooms, with separate blocks for men and women for your use. A large dining hall provides a comfortable place to eat your meals, which a team of chefs conjures up for you.
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Camp Purple, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand

Camp Purple, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand

Camp Purple, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand

Located in Mukteshwar, high in the Kumaon hills, this camp is an idyllic getaway. Camp Purple is a dreamer’s paradise, named after the colour of the clouds at sunset. In the spring months, the orchards around the campsite blossom with gorgeous flowers, turning to luscious peaches and plums as the summer months come along. During winter, the morning mists lie low on the mountains, turning all shades from baby pink to blazing reds and purple. You’ll be staying in American safari tents, equipped with cots, mattresses, blankets/sleeping bags, and lamps.
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Bull’s River Camp, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Bull's Riverside Camp, Rishikesh

Bull’s Riverside Camp, Rishikesh

This riverside campsite is located in the midst of nature, with the Tons river flowing by right outside. At 4500 ft, the campsite also allows you stunning views of the valley and forests around. You can take kayaks out to battle the rapids, race mountain bikes over the hilly terrain, or go swimming in clear freshwater pools and waterfalls. It’s your own little paradise, with mist floating in in the morning, boulders to sit on and admire the river, and forest trails to explore. Every evening, you’ll gather around a campfire, enjoy a few snacks, and wish this trip would never end.

You’ll stay in cosy tents with cots, mattresses, thick blankets and a carpeted floor. For your comfort, there are separate toilet tents and shower tents. This campsite is only open for three months of the year, from April to June, so don’t leave it till too late.
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Letscampout, Pavna lake, Maharashtra

Pavna Lake Camping, Maharashtra

Pavna Lake Camping, Maharashtra

Camping by Pavna lake offers you the chance to get away from the city with just a short drive. The campsite has a perennial lake on three sides, giving you beautiful views at any time of the day. While the campsite turns lush green during the monsoon, it is also gorgeous during the winter months, when mist descends on the lake in the early morning and there’s a nip in the air at night.

This is one of the best campsites in India and when the temperature drops (Nov-Mar), the chilly nights make the bonfire even more fun. You’ll camp in weather-proof tents with foam mats to ensure you get a good night’s sleep, with comfort facilities like dry toilet tents with Western commodes.
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Camp Suryagaon, Nainital, Uttarakhand

Camp Suryagaon, Sattal, Nainital

Camp Suryagaon, Sattal, Nainital

Camp Suryagaon perches on a hilltop about 22 kms from Nainital, at an altitude of 4500 feet. This campsite allows you to explore fragrant pine forests, swim in a beautiful lake fringed with greenery, and splash at the base of a waterfall with water so pure that it leaves your hair and skin silky soft. The views from the campsite are spectacular, with the seven lakes that Saat-taal is named after.

At the campsite, you’ll spend evenings around a bonfire and sleep in cosy American safari tents. During the day, you can hike through oak and pine forests, go rock-climbing, or head for a spot of kayaking or fishing. At night, you can go on a moonlight trek to a haunted lake, or you can stay tucked in your sleeping bags in a tent.
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Aspen Camp, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
This campsite is nestled at a peaceful location along a tributary of the mighty Ganges, away from the city and the crowds. You’ll love the freedom and peace at this beautiful riverside forest campsite, in the middle of a national forest. Every morning, you’ll wake up wishing you could just live here forever. The skies are clear, the birds chirp happily, and the blue river gurgles all day. You can choose to head to the river for swimming, or try your hand at high-adrenaline sports like rock climbing and rappelling, or you could maximise your time in nature with a waterfall trek, nature walk, or bird watching.

You’ll be staying in Swiss tents with attached washrooms and electricity. Each tent is equipped with carpeted flooring, towels, personal utility kits, electric heating bags, fans and lights. The beds have thick mattresses, and pillows and blankets. Apart from this, your campsite has delicious buffet meals in a variety of cuisines. There are barbeques every night, bonfires, and lots more.
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Riverside Camp, Jayalgarh, Uttarakhand

Camp Jayalgarh, Uttarakhand

Camp Jayalgarh, Uttarakhand

This delightful lodge lies about 90 kms from Rishikesh, along the banks of the Alaknanda. The emerald waters contrasts perfectly against the white sand beaches, with the greenery all around and blue skies above. And you’ll be right in the midst of all this beauty, enjoying bonfires and falling asleep to the sounds of nature outside. The location offers you temples, forest trails, local village walks and more, but the highlight is the adventure activities available. The river has stretches of tumbling rapids on which you can go whitewater rafting, but there are calmer stretches where you can try kayaking, body surfing or swimming.

You’ll live in Swiss tents, with a permanent roof and ensuite washrooms to shelter you from the elements. Inside your tent, you have queen size beds, luggage racks, side tables, and a coffee table and chairs. However, you’ll probably spend most of your time on the delightful private sit-out that looks over the river.
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Camp Kyari Sat, Corbett, Nainital, Uttarakhand

Camp Kyari Sat, Corbett, Uttarakhand

Camp Kyari Sat, Corbett, Uttarakhand

Camp Kyari is located in the foothills above Kotabagh, on the periphery of Jim Corbett National Park. It lies at an altitude of 2800 feet, with spectacular views of the Baur river and the Kotabagh valley. This wild campsite is one of the best campsites in India and distant call of the leopard often punctures the peace and quiet, and the rustling of wind in the leaves. It’s Corbett country, and your campsite brings to mind all the books you’ve ever read as a kid. You can climb into machaans, ramble through thickly forested lanes, go on bicycle rides through charming villages, or take a dip in the stream nearby. You’ll be staying in American safari tents, equipped with cots, mattresses, blankets/sleeping bags, and lamps.
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Camp Ramganga, Munsiyari, Uttarakhand

Camp Ramganga, Munsiyari, Uttarakhand

Camp Ramganga, Munsiyari, Uttarakhand

Camp Ramganga is located at Nachani village on the banks of the river Ramganga. The river has clear, sparkling water and white sand beaches dotted with banana trees. From the campsite, you can go mountain-biking to small villages, or hike out to secret caves, swim in hidden natural pools, and go on forest walks. Munsiyari is a short 30 kms away from the camp site. The camp offers accommodation in alpine tents, as well as a host of activities like kayaking, trekking, fishing, swimming and more.

You can hike to an emerald-green lagoon surrounded by forest, and go on a peaceful swim. In the evening, you’ll light a campfire and dine by its warmth. Fall asleep to the rhythm of the river and wake up to the sounds of birds.
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All of the above are permanent campsites, set up to cater to those looking for a stay in the wild. But if you’re looking for a stay that is truly close to nature, you can’t beat the cosy alpine tents set up in the middle of the wild when you’re on a trek. These are some of the best campsites in India, and you can only get to them by doing these spectacular Himalayan treks.

Juda ka Talab, Kedarkantha trek, Uttarakhand

Kedarkantha campsite, Uttarakhand

Kedarkantha campsite, Uttarakhand

On the Kedarkantha trek, each trek is prettier than the last. You’ll camp at Juda ka Talab on your first night, a small pond amidst oak and pine forests that is frozen in winter. After that, you’ll be camping at the base camp of the Kedarkantha peak. This campsite is one of the best campsites in India, and offers stunning vantage points of snow-capped peaks all around.
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Nagtibba top camp, Nagtibba trek, Uttarakhand

Nagtibba Top campsite, Uttarakhand

Nagtibba Top campsite, Uttarakhand

At the top of Nagtibba, your campsite will be set up for a complete outdoors experience, with basic comforts like tents, sleeping bags, toilet tents, all led by a friendly team of guides and porters. The ground is covered with wild mint, which the cook will pluck to make you a deliciously refreshing cup of tea. You’ll eat meals with views of the mountains around. Then you can explore the campsite, and fall asleep in a tent under the stars.
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Triund camp, Triund trek, Himachal Pradesh

Triund campsite, by Whitehatguru on Wikimedia Commons

Triund campsite, by Whitehatguru on Wikimedia Commons

The Triund trek has one of the best campsites in India. Set in the midst of an alpine meadow at Triund summit, it rewards you with absolutely breath-taking, 180-degree views of the mountains and the gorgeous Kangra valley. Just the view of the evening sky from Triund is a reason enough to pitch a tent here for the night.
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Bakarthach campsite, Beaskund trek, Himachal Pradesh

Bakarthach, Beaskund, Himachal Pradesh

Bakarthach, Beaskund, Himachal Pradesh

The trek to Beaskund is one of the best treks for beginners: it starts from Manali (so it’s easy to get to), it’s not too steep, and it takes you into some of most gorgeous terrain you’ll see. You’ll be camping in the midst of a wide open valley, so you can look back and see how far you’ve come. You’ll also camp in Bakarthach, a high altitude meadow with shepherds guarding their flocks. All around you, small streams of glacial water criss-cross the land, avalanches rumble in the distance, and you’ll be able to see glaciers and famous peaks.
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Dodital lakeside camping, Dodital trek, Uttarakhand

Dodital Lake | Image credit: Seekpeak.in

Dodital Lake | Image credit: Seekpeak.in

Dodital is a freshwater lake that is home to the rare Himalayan trout called Dodi, after which it is named. It’s one of the most picturesque lakes in the Western Garhwal Himalayas, and is surrounded by oak and rhododendron trees. You’ll be camping beside this lake, nestled amidst an amphitheatre of mountains.
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Kareri lakeside camping, Kareri lake trek, Himachal Pradesh
Image by ENVIS Centre, HP
Situated at an altitude of 10,500 ft, Kareri Lake is fed by the melting snow from the Dhauladhar Mountains. The campsite at Kareri Lake offers captivating views of alpine forests, sparkling streams and mountains all around.
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Deoriatal lakeside camping, Chopta trek, Uttarakhand
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Deoriatal is a small lake but what it lacks for in size, it makes up for in sheer beauty. It is surrounded by mountain peaks that reflect in the still waters, adding to the splendour. You will love camping here and just soaking in the natural beauty before you head into your tents for the night.
Meadow camping on the Dayara Bugyal trek – This trek is considered to be one of the most scenic Uttarakhand, and you must stop for a night of meadow camping here. From this high altitude meadow, you’ll see beautiful valleys dotted with wildflowers, sparkling streams running past, and woolly sheep grazing in grassy highlands.
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Sarchu camping
Sarchu Campsite
At a soaring altitude of over 14,000 feet, Sarchu stands at the boundary of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh. It is 222 kilometers away from Manali on the Leh highway and is a popular stop over for those travelling on this route. Sarchu offers spectacular views of stark landscape with some small oasis-like spots around water bodies, the shimmering Tsarap Chu river in the distance, and a chance to escape the crowds of Manali or Leh during season time. During the summer and monsoons months, this is a popular stop for motorbiking trips between Manali and Leh, but it shuts in winter due to heavy snowfall.
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If you’re looking for something else, or want to talk to someone, get in touch with us, and we’ll help you decide.

Top Sikkim getaways

If you’re looking for a magical getaway into the distant hills, try Sikkim. Home to vast lakes with mist rising off the surface, therapeutic hot springs, rumbling glaciers, bridges formed from the twisting roots of ancient trees, and white peaks in the distance, any Sikkim getaway is a wonderful Middle Earth-esque destination. One of the most popular places to visit in Sikkim is Kanchenjunga, which, until the discovery of the Mt. Everest, was considered to be the highest mountain in the world. It is now at Number 3, after Mt. Everest and K2.

Trekking in Sikkim
Darjeeling is considered to be the doorway to Sikkim, and from here, you can set off on fabulous adventures, including some of the best treks in India. Trekking in Sikkim is a totally different experience from trekking in the northern Himalayas, partly because it is one of the cleanest and least populated states. The landscape here is unique, and while you’re unlikely to meet too many people if you’re trekking in Sikkim, the people and culture are a world apart too. The climate here ranges from subtropical to high alpine, and of course, we think the best way to explore all this is on a trek!

Trekking in Sikkim – The Dzongri Goechala trek
One of the top things to do in Sikkim is the Dzongri Goechala trek, and although it is a moderately difficult trek, it involves many long days of trekking, and a couple of days of pretty steep climbing. Nestled amidst vibrant flora and fauna, the Goechala Pass trail is also the way to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park. The Kanchenjunga is considered sacred by the people of the North East. Covered in mist most of the time, the peak plays hide and seek with anyone wishing to see it.

It is a thrilling journey for adventure lovers and nature enthusiasts alike. The popular Dzongri Goechala trek route starts from Yuksom, and winds upwards to Dzongri, and then to the dizzying Goecha La, at an altitude of 16,000 feet. On this Sikkim getaway, trekkers camp in the gorgeous meadows of Dzongri, soak in the serenity at Lake Samiti, cross beautiful dense rhododendron forests, and finally, stand in awe as they stare up at the Kanchenjunga mountain range. It’s a complete experience and definitely one of the best places to see in Sikkim.

The best season to hit the trekking trails of Dzongri-Goechala is in the summer from April to June and even in September to October, when temperatures range from 15 degrees C to 22 degrees C during the day, and drop to 7 degrees C to sub-zero, during the night.

Trekking in Sikkim – Sandakphu trek
Image credit: Solarshakti on Wikipedia
Sandakphu is one of the top things to do in Sikkim and also one of the most sought after trails. The star attraction of this trek is that it shows you majestic views of the 4 tallest mountains in the world: Mt. Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse. It’s a thrilling experience, and you’ll also get views of the Three Sisters range.

The Sandakphu trek is a moderately challenging one, and involves some long days of trekking. However, fit first-timers can attempt this if they have good stamina and endurance. This Sikkim getaway is best in summer, from April to May. During this time, the weather in Sandakphu is cool and the skies are clear, especially if you choose to go in April. The trail is in full bloom during this time, so you’ll see rhododendron flowers carpeting the trails, as well as orchids and primula flowers dotting the landscape.

Trekking in Sikkim – The Barsey Rhododendron trek
Barsey Rhododendron trek
This is easily one of the best places to see in Sikkim as the Sandakphu trek is a riot of colours. It is set among blooming rhododendrons and the grand panoramas of the Kanchenjunga range. This trek is an easy one, perfect for a relaxed Sikkim getaway and for trekking newbies, but it involves some long hours of trekking. The route to Sandakphu takes you through conifer forests and soft green meadows, along flowing rivers, with magnificent views of the many snow-capped mountains around.

When to go trekking in Sikkim
Trekking in Sikkim is utterly gorgeous, and you should pick your season depending on what you want to see. If you go in the summer (Apr-June), the slopes of the Sikkim Himalayas are peppered with the bright hues and warm fragrance of thousands of blooming rhododendrons. The weather is milder, and the nights are not as cold. However, the reduced visibility and low clouds of this season get in the way of the views, and you might not get to see the main peaks.

If you travel during October-Nov, you’ll see less greenery and flowers, but thanks to better visibility, you’ll see views that stretch into the horizon, and glorious sunsets and sunrises. However, it’s very cold during this time, and there might be occasional snowfall, so do carry the right clothing and gear. There are fewer people on the trails, so you’ll have the land to yourself, if some solitude is what you’re looking for.

Find out more about the Dzongri-Goechala trek.
Find out more about the Barsey Rhododendron trek.

Group adventure packages

Top group adventures for gangs of friends

If you’re thinking of travelling in a group, whether it’s with a gang of friends, a family outing, or with your team from work, doing a bit of adventure travel will make for an unforgettable experience. Adventure can be customized to suit all ages, stamina levels, and enthusiasm, and we’ve got a whole list for you.

Go on a trek!
These moderate treks are great to get a group of friends or colleagues out and into the mountains. They’re not too difficult, and can be done by families with older kids too. Please note: if anyone in the group has knee or spine problems, or asthma or heart problems, do get a doctor’s opinion before booking the trek.

The Valley of Flowers trek, Uttarakhand
Image credit: WIkipedia user Kushaal
The gorgeous Valley of Flowers is a must-see world heritage site nestled deep in the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand. When the snow melts and the rainy season arrives, the valley bursts into a riot of colours, covering the entire valley with wildflowers. You will get spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks on this trek. It is a perfect adventure travel group trek for nature lovers, trekking enthusiasts and photographers alike. Most itineraries also include a trek to the emerald-green Hemkund lake and Hemkund Sahib, the highest Gurudwara in the world.
Best time to go: Mid-July to mid-Sept
See treks to Valley of Flowers.

Trek to Dayara Bugyal, Uttarakhand
Image credit: The Alternative.in
This trek takes you up along an easy trail to an altitude of 10,000 feet to the gorgeous alpine meadows of Dayara Bugyal. You’ll trek through some of the most scenic locations, with the landscape filled with wildflowers, gurgling streams and fluffy sheep dotting the highlands. You’ll camp at beautiful campsites, and will have nature all to yourself.
Best time to go: Summer months like Apr-June (for lush greenery and flowers) and winter months like Dec-Jan (for snow trekking and skiing).
See treks to Dayara Bugyal.

Trek to Chopta Chandrashila, Uttarakhand
Camping at Deoriatal, Chopta trek
The trek to Chopta, Chandrashila takes you to the ‘Mini Switzerland’ of India, and is one of the prettiest treks in the country. It’s a moderately easy trek, with a challenging climb on one day to Chandrashila peak. This peak is 13,000 feet high, and has a good steep climb to get to Tungnath, the highest Shiva temple of the world. You’ll be camping along the banks of the pristine Deoriatal Lake, and you’ll get stunning views of magnificent Himalayan peaks like the Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba and Trishul.
Best time to go: April-November for greenery and pleasant weather, Dec-Jan for snow trekking
See treks to Chopta Chandrashila.

Trek to Sham Valley, Leh
Image credit: Amit Thaker
If you really want to do something epic, head to Leh. This easy trek takes you from Leh, through apricot orchards and past ancient villages that time has left behind. You will also visit the famous monasteries of Lamayuru, Spituk, Likir and Alchi. It is a perfect option for families and corporate travel groups looking to break away from urban civilization.
Best time to go: May-July
Treks to Sham Valley coming soon. Call us for details.

Trek to Nagtibba, Uttarakhand

Nagtibba Top campsite, Uttarakhand

Nagtibba Top campsite, Uttarakhand

This short trek in the Garhwal Himalayas is the perfect introduction to trekking, and can comfortably be done over 2-3 days. You’ll trek to an altitude of 10,000 feet, to the top of a ridge peak in the Nagtibba range of the lower Himalayas. The trail is a pleasant and easy one, and will take you through pine woods and over bubbling streams. You’ll eat your meals with views of spectacular snow-capped Himalayan peaks, surrounded by the sharp fragrance of wild mint that grows underfoot.
Best time to go: Year-round
See treks to Nagtibba.

Trek to Triund, Himachal Pradesh

Triund campsite, by Whitehatguru on Wikimedia Commons

Triund campsite, by Whitehatguru on Wikimedia Commons

Nestled in the heart of the Kangra Valley, Triund is an adventurous weekend getaway into the foothills of the Dhauladhar range. It is an easy trek that starts from the town of McLeodganj, and takes you through rhododendron forests and over rocky terrain to the summit. From the top, you’ll get a magnificent 180-degree view of the mighty Dhauladhar range, the southern boundary of the Himalayas. You can choose to camp here for the night and experience the magical view of twinkling stars over the gorgeous snow-capped peaks.
Best time to go: Year-round
See treks to Triund.

Trek to Beaskund, Himachal Pradesh
Trek to Beaskund, Himachal Pradesh
An ideal trek for first-timers, Beaskund is a delightful option for families and groups looking for a taste of the Himalayas. You’ll start the trek from a village that is a few hours away from Manali. The trail goes along the banks of a river and through a boulder-strewn valley. You’ll camp at beautiful locations, and will be able to hear avalanches rumbling in the distance. The emerald-green Beaskund is the highlight of this trek, however, and lies in the middle of a spectacular high altitude grazing meadow dotted with woolly mountain sheep.
Best time to go: May-Oct for pleasant weather, Dec-Jan for snow trekking
See treks to Beaskund.

Trek to Lohagad, Maharashtra
Trek to Lohagad, Maharashtra
The trek to Lohagad fort is one of the most popular treks in Maharashtra, especially in the monsoon and in the winter. It is an easy trek up to the summit, at an altitude of 3,400 feet and is quite popular for families and groups of friends. The Western Ghats are lush green during the monsoon, and this trek lets you get muddy, scramble over slippery rocks, and climb through the mist to the fort at the top. The highlight of the Lohagad fort is the famed Vinchu Kata, a rampart of the fort that is shaped like the tail of a scorpion.
Best time to go: Monsoon (mid-July to mid-Sept) and winter (Dec-Feb)
See all treks in Maharashtra.

Trek to Korigad, Maharashtra
Korigad fort stands at about 3000 feet high, and is an easy trek that takes you just 3 hours to complete. Your trail is lined with stone cut steps through most parts and takes you into the rain-drenched Sahyadri forest. It was constructed around 1500 AD and you’ll have fun exploring the vast top, with natural pools, ancient cannons, and crumbling arches. A relaxed trek, it is perfect for families and corporates looking for a single day getaway.
Best time to go: Monsoon (mid-July to mid-Sept) and winter (Dec-Feb)
See all treks in Maharashtra.

Andharban Trek
This is a unique trek because it has one of the few full-descent routes in Maharashtra. The trail takes you down into the tropical Sahyadri forests, with such dense vegetation that the sunlight barely gets through. The trek is moderate, but can be difficult in the monsoon because it gets slippery and the water gushes down under your feet as you walk. But it’s a beautiful ecosystem on its own, and you’ll see streams and waterfalls, and spot rare butterflies and birds. This day trip is a thrilling getaway, and is a good idea for corporate groups, families and groups of friends.
Best time to go: Monsoon (mid-July to mid-Sept) and winter (Dec-Feb)
See all treks in Maharashtra.

Kaas Plateau Trek
Image credit: Wikipedia user Apoorva Karlekar
Kaas Plateau is Maharashtra’s very own Valley of Flowers. For a few short weeks each year, just after the monsoon, the plateau springs to life, and the floor is carpeted with colourful wildflowers. During this time, these nectar-filled blooms attract beautiful tiny birds and iridescent insects. You can trek down to the lake, or visit the nearby Thoseghar waterfalls, but you’ll probably spend most time amidst the flowers. This trek is fit for a family, because it’s not difficult at all. It is also a great weekend getaway for corporate groups looking for a picturesque retreat not far from the city.
Best season to go: Post monsoon (Early Sept)
See Kaas plateau trips here.

Dudhsagar Waterfall Trek
Image credit: Chaitanya Varma
Dudhsagar Waterfall is one of the highest waterfalls in India, cascading down from a height of 1015 feet. It is a relaxed train with no steep ascents or descents and you will trek through dense forests. You will trek along railway tracks and through dusky tunnels to get to the base of the Dudhsagar waterfalls. You can take a dip in the milky-water pools at the base of the waterfall before heading back. It is an ideal weekend trip for corporates and families looking to get drenched in the cascading waters of the milky waterfalls.
Best time to go: Monsoon (mid-July to mid-Sept) and winter (Dec-Feb)
See all treks in Maharashtra.

Lonavala Hill Top Camping
Camping in Lonavala
Your campsite is set up amidst lush green environs surrounded by hills, 8 kms away from Lonavala. It is located halfway up the Rajmachi fort, with views of towering hills and scenic valleys. While it is easily accessible from the city, you will leave behind the noise and crowd. In the monsoons, the campsite is a paradise with sprouting waterfalls, bubbling streams, natural ponds and fluffy clouds all around. The winters are chilly with delightful barbeque-bonfires and fog covered environs. You can choose to trek nearby and explore viewpoints close to the camp. You will be camping in waterproof tents with facilities of dry toilet tents, sleeping mats and bonfires, to make your stay comfortable. It is an ideal weekend getaway for a corporate group that wants to sleep under the stars.
Best time to go: Monsoon (Aug) and winter (Dec-Jan)
See more about camping in Lonavala.

Group adventures that are perfect for family reunions or corporate groups
When you go travelling with a lot of people, you need to make sure that you’re staying at a place that can cater to a group of your size. Here’s a list of adventure trips you can book for large getaways.

Rafting in Kolad
Battling the raging rapids in Kolad
Your group will clamber into inflatable rafts, and set off down the Kundalika river. You’ll get to practise your technique on peaceful water, and then the rapids begin! The rivers froths and churns beneath you, and you’ll have to paddle with all your might to get through. Your group can also try out adventure activities such as Burma Bridge, kayaking, Tarzan Swing and ziplining.

As far as accommodation goes, you can choose from Swiss tents, rustic huts, cabins, dorms, caravans, bungalows, and air-conditioned tents. It’s an ideal adventure getaway with multiple activities for all ages, so families and corporate groups will love this.
Best time to go: Year-round.
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Camping and rafting in Rishikesh
Camping in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is one of the best places for large groups to go, with sprawling campsites and plenty of accommodation options, from Swiss tents to bamboo huts to cottages. You’ll stay at idyllic campsites sheltered by amphitheatres of mountains, not too far from the river or its tributaries. A camping package here usually involves all meals, a campfire in the evening, and a session of white water rafting the next day. Apart from that, you can also try bungee jumping or Asia’s longest flying fox ride, or go mountain biking.
Best time to go: Year-round, except for the monsoon months of June-Aug.
See all rafting and camping trips in Rishikesh.

Tons River Camping
Tons River Camping
This 2N/3D camping adventure gives you an easy escape from the city, and gives you a chance to rediscover your childlike wonder. You’ll camp in comfortable tents beside the Tons river, take kayaks out to battle the rapids, race mountain bikes over the hilly terrain, or go swimming in clear freshwater pools and waterfalls. It’s your own little paradise, with mist floating in in the morning, boulders to sit on and admire the river, and forest trails to explore. Every evening, you’ll gather around a campfire, enjoy a few snacks, and wish this trip would never end.
Best time to go: April-June
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Rishikesh Bull’s retreat
Camping at Bull's Retreat
Head to this idyllic adventure resort, for a short taste of a mountain paradise, and TWO thrilling rafting sessions on the Ganges. Surrounded by blooming landscaped gardens and forests scented of pine, this retreat is 30 minutes away from the crowds of Rishikesh, and just a 10 minute walk from the Ganges. This is the section of the river where the water runs clear and cool, and you’ll be tempted to go for a paddle. The resort has a fun ropes course, plenty of trails for solo rambles through nature, and the mountains in the distance.
Best time to go: Year-round except the monsoon (June-Aug)
See more about camping here.

Lake Andra Camping

Camp Water's Edge, Lonavala

Camp Water’s Edge, Lonavala

Head out to this green campsite that lies along the banks of the Andra lake, in the middle of the Western Ghats. The campsite is about 2 hours from Mumbai, 1 hour from Pune, and 1 hour from Kamshet. It’s also about 25 kms from Lonavala. You’ll stay in Swiss tents with a sprawling 18-acre property to play on. Enjoy swimming, kayaking, river crossing and nature walks in this package.

You can also choose to pay for and participate in activities like Burma Bridge, rock climbing, rappelling, archery and rifle shooting. In the night, when it grows cold, bundle up in warm clothes and sit on your private sit-out and admire the views, or get together around a campfire.

Best time to go: Year-round except the monsoon (June-Aug)
See more about camping here.

A day at Della Adventure Park near Mumbai/Pune
Della Adventure Park
If you’re up for a day of high-adrenaline activities, what better than an extreme adventure park? With over 50 thrilling activities to choose from, we bet you’re wondering which one to try first! Are you going to do the 100-foot swoop swing or the longest flying fox in India, or you can also choose to go rock climbing, rappelling, and zorbing? The adventure park has 5 restaurants, 3 bars, ATM machines, a baggage counter and medical centre. It would make a thrilling ice-breaker for corporate groups and an extreme adventure family package.
Best time to go: Year-round.
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Atali Ganga, Uttarakhand
Atali Ganga, Uttarakhand
Combine the best of adventure with a luxury stay in independent cottages in the valley of the Ganges. These hillside cottages are surrounded by the reserved forests around, and provide you with views that stretch into the horizon, and an adventure playground like no other. Your package includes one session of white water rafting, as well as two activities per night of stay, so you can choose from wall climbing, river kayaking, hiking, kids’ pool, Giant Swing, or Giant Ladder.

In addition to this, you’ll have a yoga centre, plenty of routes for a nature ramble, mountain biking, astronomy, and other activities. In the evenings, you’ll watch the sun setting over the valley from your private deck before heading to the campfire for pre-dinner snacks.
Best time to go: Year-round (Some activity options might be limited during the monsoon.)
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Group adventure trips can be customised to suit your specific requirements. If you’re planning a family reunion with members from infants to grandparents, we can find something that suits everyone. If you’re looking for corporate group holidays, we’ll help you plan an adventure trip with time for team-building activities and some time off in the evening for everyone to bond and have some fun.

If you’re looking for help planning your next group adventure, fill out this form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

paragliding maharashtra

Looking for India’s top paragliding adventures? Here you go!

Paragliding as an adventure sport was introduced in India in 1991-92, when a team of foreign pilots decided to explore flying possibilities in the Kullu Valley. Since then paragliding has seen a tremendous increase in popularity and in the last few years, paragliding places in India have mushroomed all over. From the mountains in the Himalayas, to paragliding over the Rajasthan desert, and from the hills of Karnataka to the coastal regions and hill stations of Maharashtra, there are plenty of great paragliding places in India for you to kit up and fly like a bird.

What exactly is paragliding?
When you go paragliding, the pilot/flier takes off from the ground in a lightweight, free-flying glider aircraft that is lifted by the wind. The glider has a harness beneath it, and the pilot is safely strapped in, with the controls in hand. The pilot does a short running start and then is lifted off the ground, and can gain altitude by using air currrents. If you want to fly solo, you’ll need to be certified, but if you’re looking for a joyride, you can go tandem paragliding.

What is tandem paragliding?
For an unlicensed, inexperienced adventurer, tandem paragliding is a fun ride with no responsibility. The glider has two harnesses beneath, and you’ll be seated in the one in front. A certified instructor is strapped in behind, and will take you up and control the glider. All you need to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

Paragliding in India: Paragliding in the Himalayas
The Himalayas are rife with ideal paragliding places, thanks to the high hills and mountains, and the long valleys that direct the winds upwards. The best and most popular paragliding place in India is Bir Billing in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. Bir Billing has an altitude of 2600m and is surrounded by beautiful tea gardens.
Find paragliding trips in Bir Billing.

Solang Valley and Marhi are two of the other most prominent spots for paragliding in Manali. Here you can do tandem paragliding, expedition paragliding and trans-Himalayan paragliding flights. Paragliding is available throughout the year except during the monsoon.
Find paragliding trips in Solang.

Another great place is Nainital as paragliders take off from 2000 meters up and fly over Nainital’s famous lakes, Naukuchiatal and Bhimtal. You can soak in the crisp mountain air as it gently caresses you, and get views of the spectacular landscape below.

Paragliding can also be done in Bedni Bugyal, one of the prettiest alpine meadows in Uttarakhand. This take-off spot offers you spectacular views of the Himalayan mountain ranges and meadows around, which makes it a dream destination for high flyers.

Paragliding in India: Paragliding in Maharashtra
Paragliding over the rolling landscape of Kamshet is an unforgettable experience. The weather and wind conditions here are favourable almost all year round, and there’s plenty to look at below: the green landscape dotted with hills and lakes, and the railway tracks running across. You’ll also get a bird’s eye view of the Western Ghats, which is quite a sight just after the monsoon when it’s lush green.
Find paragliding trips in Maharashtra.

Other places for paragliding, India
Kerala, or God’s own country as it is better known, is legendary for its natural beauty. Criss-crossed with sparkling rivulets, the land also features dense forests with high waterfalls and emerald green fields. At nearly 6,000 ft above sea level lies Vagamon, a hill station that is ideal for paragliding. The paragliding Grand Prix is held here during September and it brings together paragliders from across the world.

Nandi Hills, 65 kms is outside Bangalore is the perfect terrain for paragliding. These hills attract a lot of adventure enthusiasts from the Silicon Valley, especially those interested in light aviation.

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