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30°43'33.9"N 78°48'30.9"E

Sahastra Tal Trek

Sahastra Tal is located on the western end of the stunning Khatling Glacier. It is a cluster of seven lakes near the glacier, about 30 kilometres away from Mala. The journey to these lakes passes through the panoramic Bhilangna River valley.
  • Uttarakhand
  • 9 Days
  • 75 KM
  • 15,100 FT
  • Moderate
  • ₹ 18500
    $ 250*
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    The price is for a group of 16 people. The charges will be different for a tailormade private trek. The charges in dollars are more as the permit fees are different for non-Indians.

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  • Event Type

    Trekking

  • Best Time

    June, Sept-Oct

  • Base Camp

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    Bhatwari, India

  • Pickup Point

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    Railway Station, Dehradun

  • Minimum Age

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    For this trek, we only allow children above this age to ensure the safety of everyone joining this high altitude trek.

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Highlights

  • Chance to visit Rishikesh, Chamba, Dharasu.

  • Visit the evergreen forest.

  • Hike amidst oak forests.

Overview

Sahastra Tal lake trek is also known as "the lake of the gods" and the seven lake trek. It is situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The trek is surrounded by beautiful valleys on the west and the east, on the west you will find the Bhagirathi valley and on the east, you will have the Bhilangana Valley. On the north of this lake, there is a high ridge called the Kush Kalyan Plateau which is surrounded by various other small lakes on both sides. The lake is situated at the top of this ridge. The lake is considered to be very auspicious by the locals and so they carry out an annual ritual by carrying their deity on their shoulders through this lake. Another local fable related to this lake is that once a king after performing a ritual in this lake, offered a thousand sahastra flowers to lord Vishnu. Trekking in Uttarakhand is a must go for any enthusiast trekker as this trek offers you a view of the beautiful green meadows, wild fauna, and flora along with the chance to view some great peaks like Jaonli, Srikanth and other high Himalayan ranges. This place is often isolated and not very frequently visited by tourists or trekkers.

Brief Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Our day one will begin with our drive from Haridwar to reach Bhatwari, at a height of 5000 ft. The total distance covered by us will be 220 km and the time taken to reach our destination would be somewhere around 10 hours. We will be crossing Rishikesh, Chamba, and Dharasu on our way. Bhatwari is also the local tehsil headquarters. Our journey will be alongside the Bhagirathi river. After reaching our destination we will be staying overnight at a lodge.

Meals : Dinner Only
Accommodation : Hotel/ Homestay
Time Taken : 10 hours
Altitude : 5000 ft.
Distance : 220 km

Our trek will begin with descending from Bhatwari to Malla following the Uttarkashi- Gangotri road for 45 mins. Malla is a tiny village and surrounds the Bhagirathi River on both sides. After we've crossed the bridge over the river we will reach the last village called Silla. After crossing the village we will climb up a trail passing through the evergreen mountain forest. After hiking for 4-5 hours, we will reach our campsite called Gairi, the only place having water after Silla and a cattle ground for farmers in monsoon and summers. We will be camping here for the night.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 5 hours
Distance : 8 km

We will begin our trek by climbing up in the jungle for an hour till we reach an opening with covered hut-like structures, providing an amazing view of the north. On crossing this opening we will be entering into Oak forests. The climb becomes steep from here. We will climb for 3 hours to reach Chuli La pass. After crossing the pass the path becomes tricky and descends down into the meadows. An important thing to be noticed is that there is no water source for a long stretch until we reach Kush Kalyan Plateau. The Kush Kalyan top is near our camping ground. The total trekking distance for this day is 12 km which can easily be covered in 6 hours.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 9 hours
Distance : 12 km

On our fourth day, as we will climb further up, the tree coverage area starts to reduce and the meadows become more prominent. We descend for a while and then climb till we reach Bhowani Bugyal, from this place our destination is just 2 hours away. After we have crossed the pass we will descend to reach our camping site. The distance covered by us is 12 km and will take around 6-7 hours. On reaching we will retire for the night to take a much-needed nap.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 9 hours
Distance : 12 km

Today's trek will be a short one. We will climb up to a trail which is above Kyarki campsite. In June you will start finding snow from this point and in monsoon, you will find this place covered with flowers, mainly Brahma kamal and Fen kamal. After passing this ridge we get into another ridge, which initially has a lot of bends but at later stages, it widens up to form a track called "chhe Phuti Path", meaning six-foot-wide path and was constructed during the British period. After a while, you will be able to see small and medium lakes starting to form like, Kokuli Tal and Lamb Tal. the total distance is around 6 km and can take somewhere around 4-5 hours. On reaching our destination for the day we will rest at our camps.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 5 hours
Distance : 6 km

On this day we will be undertaking a relatively challenging climb to Sahastra Tal. we will be beginning with a zigzag climb towards the ridge. The climb initially will be easy but would turn from easy to moderate at the later stages. In summers since there will be snow, trekking becomes even more time taking and challenging. The ridge is called Kokuli Dhar and the view from the top is amazing. The climb to the ridge will not be more than an hour, usually, we can clearly see the Sahastra peak from here but if it gets covered with clouds then the visibility of this peak becomes difficult. From this point, we move on to Dhoni Tal, which is a medium shaped lake. After this we climb the rocky trail to reach Sahastra Tal, the lake is huge and has crystal clear waters. After spending an hour or two we will be returning back to our camps. Total distance trekked by us would be 12 km and may take 7-8 hours.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 8 hours
Altitude : 15,100 ft.
Distance : 12 km

The distance that we will cover is 28km and the total time taken will be 7-8 hours. We will descend from Kyari Bugyal to Kyari Khal and then move towards our destination, Kush Kalyan.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 8 hours
Distance : 28 km

We will descend through the meadows initially and later enter the dense coniferous forests. While we are trekking we will be crossing a village called Pinswar. Distance covered will be around 10 kms and thus would take around 5-6 hours to reach the point from where our car takes us to Ghansali. The drive will be for 3-4 hours. Ghansali is a low altitude town and is as a result very congested. We will be reaching by evening and will thus stay in our lodge.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Tents
Time Taken : 10 hours
Distance : 10 km

We will be moving towards Haridwar from where we began our trip. The total distance is 150 km and should take 8 hours to reach.

Meals : B, L, D
Accommodation : Not Included
Time Taken : 8 hours
Distance : 150 km

How To Reach

The base camp is Bhatwari for this trek. You will have to reach Dehradun from where we will pick you up and take you to the base camp.


How to reach Shastra Tal Trek Pickup Point:

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, it is just 40 km away from the city. Daily flights from New Delhi are available to this airport.


By Train

Dehradun railway station. Overnight trains hail from Delhi to Dehradun at regular intervals. People often prefer railways over airways because with trains you get to see the landscape in its full glory, it is also cheaper and you will definitely enjoy your way till Dehradun.


By Road

Regular bus service is available from Delhi ISBT Kashmere Gate which plies government buses that are safe and you can rely on them more than the private buses.

Why Trek With Us ?

Twin Sharing Tents
Eco Friendly & Paperless
Finest Guides
Just Right Group Sizes
Commitment to Safety

Inclusions

  • Accommodations at Trek: All accommodations on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel will be in a budget hotel.
  • Trek Leader and Guides: An experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek. The team will have years of experience and well equipped for any emergency situation.
  • Transportation from Dehradun to Bhatwari and back to Dehradun is included in the package.  Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
  • Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
  • Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five-course meal plan.
  • Camping and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
  • Trek Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee, etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
  • A Life-Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life-changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one. 


Note: Prior to booking any adventure with Trekmunk, it will be mandatory to sign the waiver form and get a medical certificate from a doctor in due time, without these, you will not be allowed to start the trek. All this will be done online without using any paper.

Exclusions

  • GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They are subjected to change according to the government rules of India.
  • Accommodation and Food in Dehradun: Food and stay in Haridwar and during transit to Bhatwari and back are not included in the package. You can book your hotels or homestays in Dehradun, we can recommend a few good options.
  • Flights and Transportation to Dehradun: Flights or other means of transport are not included in the package.
  • Personal Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to the weather and difficulty of the trek.
  • Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason, if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures. You can buy insurance from us while booking the trek, it is optional.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (Laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, Snacks, Orders at tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides, Camera fees, etc) are not included in the package.
  • Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.

Cancellation Policy And More Information

Booking Terms:


1. Confirmation Policy:

Upon Booking, An invoice will be sent to your mail & within 12 to 24 hours the booking confirmation with additional details will be sent to your mail.


2. Cancellation Policy:

(a) 10 percent of the prices of our trips/treks/tours or product or service is your deposit and is not refundable, in any case.

(b) Cancellation received 45 days or more: 90% refund

(c) Cancellation received 30 - 44 days: 60% refund

(d) Cancellation received 30 - 15 days: 30% refund

(e) Cancellation less than 15 days: No refund

For more details, go to https://www.trekmunk.com/cancellation-policy


3. Refund Policy:

Any refund applicable will be processed within 10 to 15 business days as per the company policy.


4. Postpone/Transfer of a booked trek:

1. You can postpone your booked trek for a period of two months (61 days) but we will charge a 20% processing fee. The last date for the postponement will be 15 days before the start of the trek. Failing to book the slot in 2 months (61 days) time, would be considered a cancellation with no refund of any kind. Postpone of a booked trek can only be done once.

2. You can transfer your booked slot for the trek to any fit person till 15 days before the trek. You just have to mail us the request and rest we will handle. The new person has to get all the mandatory documents duly signed for the trek.


More Information: 

1. We Trek for a Cause: For overall development of the areas we run our operations in, we donate Rs 100/- per booking from our profits which are used for the upliftment of the local people and conserving nature. We have named this initiative as - Trek for a Cause. For more details, follow: https://www.trekmunk.com/trek-for-a-cause


2. We are paperless: We are focusing on Sustainable Tourism and to do that we are trying all measures to convert our trek operations to be Eco-Friendly. Going Paperless is one step closer to our aim.


3. Single-Use Plastic: Trekmunk does not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We are ensuring that our team is working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We will send you instructions on how to go plastic-free on your adventures.


4. Preparing for your Holiday: Getting some additional exercise makes a lot of sense to spend time before coming on a trekking adventure. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Hiking in the hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardiovascular fitness and stamina. To read more on how to get fit, follow: https://www.trekmunk.com/get-fit-for-trek


5. Electricity Supply & Plug: You will get electricity supply till the starting point of the trek. If not Indian, We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at: http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/


6. Currency: The unit of currency in India is the Indian Rupees.


7. Health & Vaccinations:

Severe Allergies: If you have a severe allergy please inform the Trekmunk office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment on trekmunk trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by our leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on the arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations: You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however, if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary.


8. Passport & Visas/Identity Proofs: If foreigner, Validity for 6 months, should have blank pages, and should be kept with yourself all the time.


9. Water: If you are on a trekking or cycling holiday, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled or filtered. Additionally, you should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a LifeStraw, Sawyer Filter) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single-use plastic bottles.


10. Altitude: This adventure involves going to a very high altitude. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. We will send you the information in your mailbox about Acute Mountain Sickness and trekking in high altitudes. On this trip, we carry bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.


11. Guidance on Tipping: Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the guide and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. The main guide will make sure that the tip is appropriately distributed among all the staff members on the trek.


12. Spending/Emergency Money: Approximately Rs. 8000-10000/- (in Indian Currency)should be carried for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks, soft drinks, etc. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash as the availability of ATM is less in these remote areas. This can also serve as your emergency spending money.


13. Travel Insurance: It is recommended to have travel insurance for these kinds of adventures. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary. We will ask for the Travel Insurance Details over a mail. Indians can buy insurance from us while booking the trek.

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