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Create an experience where individuals with limited or no backpacking skills can safely and confidently venture into the rugged beauty and tranquility of our Uttarakhand Himalaya .

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In the Himalaya Uttarakhand we deliver one experience, over one trail, and do it extremely well. All of our experiences are incredibly inspirational, but they are physically, and mentally demanding. This could be among the most difficult, and rewarding experience you ever take on.

You will hike 8-12 miles a day at varied elevation with your pack, food and shelter on your back (we provide all, as needed). And while everyone hikes at their own pace, making through a Challenge is a team effort ! Nobody gets left behind. We have experience helping motivated individuals of all ages and experience levels reach their goal, and we firmly believe that you can do it, once you commit to succeed !

Frequently asked Questions

How do I know I am bringing the right gear?

After registering for a Great Northern Himalayas experience, you will be provided an official backpacking gear checklist with recommended items for your trek. The evening before you hit the trail, your guides will walk you through a pack - check to make sure you have the basics and help with any adjustments. This is our opportunity to help you lighten up your pack so you have the best experience possible.

Whats involved with in pack check?

At the pack-check, your guides will literally pull everything out of your pack to ensure you have all that you need, and more importantly, they will work with you to lighten up your pack. If you will be using a Great Northern Himalayas provided pack, bring your items in a duffel bag ; we will size you up and fit you at that time. Pack - checks should take no more than 10 minutes.

What about backpack, sleeping bags, sleeping pads and tents?

If you have indicated you will need a backpack, sleeping bag or tent on your registration form, it will be provided to you. Your gear will be waiting for you at the trailhead. If you will be bringing your own backpack, sleeping bag or tent, please bring it with you to the pack-check. Final gear arrangements will be confirmed at your pack-check.

Can I bring my own gear?

Yes. You are welcome to bring your own gear like tent, sleeping bag and backpack : we just offer to provide them for those who might need them so its as easy as possible for new backpackers to join us in the back country. When you complete your personal questionnaire, please describe the gear you plan on bringing. At the pack - check before your hike, we will review the gear together to make sure it will work.

Do I need to bring my own stoves, pots, water pumps, bear can or food ?

No. Please leave that gear at home. We have all group gear and food covered. Please refer to your gear checklist for personal items you will need to bring.

What about snacks?

At the trailhead, each hiker will receive a personalized snack bag (energy bars, trail mix, dried fruit etc.) and drink bag (coffee, tea, cider etc.). A snack / drink grab box will also be available for you to add, subtract, or swap snacks based on preference. These are yours to keep and ration while on the trip. If you want to bring a few of your favorite snacks from home that is ok - however , donot go overboard !

All together, we plan for 2-3 snacks per day.

Do you accommodate special diets?

We do our best! We have become pretty skilled at managing around certain food allergies, vegetarian diets, and a few others. If you have a specific concern, please contact us directly to discuss your requirement.

What is the average weight each person will be carrying?

You can expect your fully - loaded pack to start out between 30 - 40 lbs, including group food, fuel and your personal water. For youth, we try and keep packs closer to 20 - 25 lbs. Your pack will naturally get lighter each day.

I want to bring some items that are not on the gear checklist, is that cool?

What we generally say is if there is one luxury item you really want to take, bring it. But please limit it to one. Every ounce really , really counts. If you are a novice backpacker, you wo not realize your mistake of over packing until the end of day one. And by then you will be wishing you left that - solar charger, 3lb tripod, extra clothes, sun umbrella, bulging first aid kit, full stick of deodorant, War and Peace novel (unless it doubles as toilet paper) - at home.

How do meals and cooking work while on the trail ?

Your guides will be responsible for preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, cooking is a great social activity; your participation, help and curiosity are always welcome.

It says everyone goes at their own pace, how does that work out ?

We usually have a guide at the front and the back of the group for support and safety. With everyone hiking at their own pace, there can be 30+ minutes from front to back on any given stretch. There are scheduled stops / break points throughout the day, and those who are at the front take longer breaks than those at the back. Once we start the trail however, making it to the end is a group effort. Nobody gets left behind.

How far will we hike each day ?

Most days are full hiking days - on the trail by 8am, at camp between 3- 5 pm, with plenty of breaks in between. Depending on the group pace, trail conditions, etc. some days could be as short as 5-6 miles, while others could be 12-14 miles.

What is the elevation change each day ?

Elevation change can range from about 1000 to 4000 feet (up or down), depending on the day.

What is the temperature at night and during the day likely to be ?

Temperature can vary widely. If you follow the items outlined on our gear checklist, you should be well prepared for all situations. Generally, you can expect 60 - 90s during the day and mildly cold to freezing evenings. However, it can be hotter, and it can be colder.

Are there any communications with home while on the trail ?

Not in the traditional sense. If you would like to bring your phone, OK with us, they are great for pictures ! However, there is zero reception for 99% of the trip. We will however be using a GPS messaging device. We will use our GPS messenger to check-in with home and post our progress on Facebook each night.

Will we be able to fish ?

Yes! You are welcome to bring a pole, light tackle and your license.

What hashtags should we use to share our experiences on social media ?

Tag us with facebook page. Thanks for sharing !

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We plan a limited number of uttarakhand trek outings each summer, and multiple Grand outings each spring and fall. We hope you decide to join us.