The notion of traveling is expensive or a good holiday costs a lot is firmly ingrained in our minds – so much so that we often cancel our travel plans or wait for a time when we can save money to travel. To rescue are a couple of trekking & camping sites that offer great 2-3 day trips on a budget which will not only satisfy your wanderlust but also make your wallet love you some more. Here are couple of suggestions to get your wanderlust kick-started:
International Youth Club
Founded by an ex-advertising professional, Laviral Kalra decided to quit his corporate career in Delhi to start International Youth Club, a membership based wanderlust site that offers short and long trips in Northern India. Some of the short – budget trips by International Youth Club include:
Every day trek to Triund (ex-McLeodganj, Dharmshala) – 1 night/ 2 Days for Rs 1,500/- (Rs 1800/- for non-members). Trip is ex-McLeodganj and includes two meals, stay on twin basis in tents & guide. Triund is situated at 9432 feet, is an easy 4 – 5 hours 9 Kms of trek and the summit offers stunning 180 degree views of the mighty Dhauladhar Himalayas , Pir Panjal range, Indrahar Pass, Lahesh Caves and the entire Kangra Valley.
Every day Kheerganga trek (ex- Kasol) – 1 Night/ 2 Days for Rs 1,999/- (Rs 2,499 for non-members). Trip is ex-Kasol and is inclusive of meals and stay. The short but popular trek to Kheerganga through the waterfalls and bridges by the tremendous river flow of Parvati will make you see the panoramic skies, vast greenery & dense forest.
Indrahar Pass Snowline trek (McLeodganj – Triund – Dharamshala) for Rs 5,999/- (Rs 7,999 for non-members). Trek is ex- McLeodganj and includes all meals, tea, snacks and stay on twin sharing basis. The trek is a beautiful walk through mixed forests of the deodar, oak and rhododendron. Triund is situated on a ridge with a beautiful view of whole Kangra valley on one side and Dhauladhar mountain range on the other side.
International Youth Club website: www.internationalyouthclub.org
Contact number: +91-8010224422 / firstname.lastname@example.org
International Youth Club also organises transhimalyan Jeep Safari and Sustainability rides across Ladakh for longer duration trips and details are available on their website.
Located within The Great Himalayan National Park, Woodrose Forest Camp offers guests great location, including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the forest area. The camp also organises quick treks on a budget for avid trekkers:
Jalori Pass Sarloyskar Lake Trek – 1 night and 2 days package for Rs 2250/-. Trip is ex- Delhi and includes stay on shared tent basis and meals. Located at a distance of approximately 75 km from the Kullu district, the famous Jalori Pass is seen as a gateway to the attractive Tirthan valley. Another attraction of the Jalori Pass is the Saryolsar Lake. From this lake tourist can witness an amazing view of the inner as well as outer Seraj.
Kasol & Kheerganga – Pin Parvati Trek – 2 nights and 3 days trip for Rs 3,999/-. Trip is ex- Delhi and includes stay and meals. A very popular trek, the hot springs at Kheer Ganga are extremely important for Hindu and Sikh pilgrims as well as many others who believe the waters have sacred healing properties. From Kheer Ganga to the site of Tunda Bhuj village (3285m), the Parvati Valley cuts a steep-sided gorge through the mountains and as the altitude increases, the thick, coniferous forest gradually makes way for patches of meadowland scattered with boulders.
Kullu Rafting and Bijli Mahadev Trek – 1 night and 2 days package for Rs 2999/-. Trip is ex-Delhi (perfect for weekend) and includes night stay on shared basis, meals and Kullu to Kullu transfer, which means Delhi to Kullu could be your expense (please check website for details). The highlight of the trip is river-rafting with intermediate level trek.
Contact details: + 91 8988493818 / 011-47354739
Triphippe is a unique platform connecting global adventure seeker with remote local organisers. The company organises international and domestic trips including quick weekend trips:
Kasol Camping and Backpacking Trip – 1 night and 2 day trip for Rs 1,750/-. Trip is ex-Kasol and includes stay in tents on twin/triple sharing basis and two meals (breakfast and dinner). Kasol is a heaven for backpackers with its pristine, unadulterated natural Himalayan beauty. Itinerary also includes backpacking to Manikaran and leisurely stroll through the Kasol market which is a major tourist attraction.
Malana Chanderkhani Pass Trek – 3 nights and 4 days trip for Rs 5,500/-. Trip is ex-Kasol and includes guide, stay in tents on sharing basis and all meals. Trip is of ‘challenging grade’ and recommended from April to November months. Chanderkhani Pass is one of the most beautiful and serene pass, at an altitude of 3660 m located in the Kullu valley. Chanderkhani Pass offers fabulous views of the Deo Tibba peak, Pir Panjal and Parbati range of mountains. The trek begins from Kasol, located about 21 km from the town of Manali. The popular trek route of Chandrakhani Pass involves a route from Kasol to Chanderkhani Pass and back to Manali via Malana
Malana Trek & Camping from Kasol – 1 night and 2 day trip for Rs 1900/- Trip is ex-Kasol and includes homestay at Malana, two meals in a day and transportation from Kasol to Malana and back. Kasol is famous for its hippie culture and presence of Israeli population. It is the most attractive place in Manali to the traveler who loves to explore hidden jewels of Himalaya. Malana is a quint and heavenly beautiful village near kasol which is a perfect weekend trek destination.
Contact details: email@example.com/ +91 9819891996
Blogger note: I travelled to Ladakh with International Youth Club this year and can add confidently that being a part of such trips is quite fun, you get to meet new people and see some great landscapes, so time to leave the ifs and buts behind this year and kick-start 2017 on a happy traveling note with quick-budget trips! PS: I will also do a sequel to this post so please keep visiting the blog! Cheers