TRIP CODE : ED03
DURATION : 10 Days
DIFFICULTY : Tough
SEASON : May – Jun & Sep – Oct
REGION : Uttarakhand
MAX ALT : Garuda Summit 6000 m
Garuda Peak is one of the few lesser-known peaks in the Garhwal Himalayas of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Having Jumma, situated nearly at 45 km from the town of Joshimath as starting point, this adrenaline pumping, exhilarating excursion gives you a golden glimpse of the tranquil views of numerous Himalayan peaks, like Hathi Parbat (6507 m), Gauri Parbat (6708 m), Satminal (6911 m), Dunagiri Parbat (7066 m), Trishul Parbat (7120 m), Mt. Kalanka (6931 m), Changabang Parbat, and countless others.
Perched atop at an elevation of 6000 m, Garuda peak demands 8 days of strenuous hiking to climb. What’s more, is that this expedition grants you an unmissable opportunity to revel in the charming beauty of Uttarakhand where you will tread through the remote villages of Ruing and Dronagiri. Douse in a peaceful frenzy when you witness the untouched beauty of Garhwal Hills and Chamba Glacier, located at 4400 m from the mighty peaks of Garuda. This expedition will also enable you to witness the slow life of the rurals, while you mingle with the local folks who are warm and welcoming to anyone who visits their land. The experience is guaranteed to leave you speechless, breathless, and asking for more!
At Goclimbup, we have the best packages while ensuring the quality and safety of your expeditions. Our priority is to satisfy the smallest of your needs when you trek with us for Garuda peak. We carry a well experienced trekking crew along with above par quality of gear and equipments for highest level of security.
A journey once taken with Goclimbup is never forgotten.
Day 01: Rishikesh / Haridwar – to – Joshimath (245 Kms / 9 – 10 Hrs Drive)
We will start our Garuda expedition from a base point in Rishikesh from where you will be greeted by our executive, and thereafter, will board the Jeep journey to Joshimath which will take 9-10 hrs. On arrival, you’ll be escorted to Guest House where you’ll be free to enjoy your evening and to have an overnight stay.
Day 02: Joshimath – Jumma (45 Kms / 2 Hrs) – Ruing Village (3 Kms Trek)
After a delectable breakfast, we’ll start our 2 hrs drive to Jumma trek point with packed lunch. From Jumma, we’ll begin our easy trekking journey for today to Ruing Village, which is also our base point for an overnight stay in a tent.
Day 03: Ruing Village – Dronagiri Village (10 Km)
Today, after a healthy breakfast, we’ll resume our trekking expedition to Dronagiri Village (with packed lunch) which would take around 5-6 hrs to reach. Dronagiri is the highest village in this valley, and thus, the trekking trail to Dronagiri Village is steep. In the trekking course, you’ll get the chance to witness the majestic beauty of might Himalayan Peaks. At evening, we’ll explore the village and visit local houses . Dronagiri would be our next base point for an overnight stay in tents
Day 04: Dronagiri Village – Garuda Peak Base (10 Km)
After having breakfast, we’ll begin our trekking excursion from Dronagiri Village to Garuda Base Camp which will take around 5-6 hrs to reach. Since it would be a long trekking route, packed lunch will be carried. After leaving the campsite, we’ll reach a winding path which leads us to a high hill from where you can spot the first view of the Garuda Base Camp Valley. Around 30 mins of trekking after leaving the Dronagiri base camp, we’ll reach a concrete bridge over the BaganiNala. Once we’ll cross that bridge, the winding path begins again.This whole area is almost flora less but, the place is replete with boulders, and thus, becomes a perfect landscape for trekkers. Moving further, after trekking for two hours from the bridge, you will land at camping ground of Longa Toli, which will be a halting place to rest for some time. Thereafter, we’ll reach Changabang and Kalanka Peak which is our campsite for the night.
Day 05: Trek to Camp One
In morning, after having the breakfast, we’ll start the trek from Base Camp to Camp One. It is a steep trek that will take 4-5 hrs to reach Garuda Peak and the route will be filled with moraine. Thereafter, we’ll reach the Camp One campsite where you’ll be accommodated in tents to have an overnight stay.
If you do not want to climb Garuda Peak, you can simply perform 500m climb and can get back to the base camp for the overnight stay in camp
Day 06: Climbing Garuda Peak (6000 m)
Today would be a hard day as we’ll start climbing to Garuda Peak around 3 AM after having a light breakfast and tea coffee to reach the top of Garuda to witness the beauty of the sunrise. On this day, we’ll cover the distance of 6 km which will take around 5-6 hrs from Camp One to top of the summit. After enjoying the view from the top for some time, we’ll head back to our Camp One.
Day 07: Return From Base Camp to Toli (10 Km)
The day will start with delectable breakfast, after which we’ll resume our 10 km long trek along with the packed lunch in order to reach Toli campsite. This would be an easy day as you’ll be trekking downwards. Once you’ll reach Toli, you’ll be accommodated in camps near the river for an overnight stay.
Day 08: Return From Toli to Raj Kharak (10 Km)
On this day, post breakfast, we’ll start our returning journey from Toli campsite to Raj Kharak which is a 10 km trek, and thus, it’ll take 5-6 hours to reach. After hours of trekking to Raj Kharak, we’ll reach to the campsite where you’ll rested overnight in the camp.
Day 09: Raj Kharak – Jumma – Joshimath
Today, after having breakfast, we’ll resume our trek to Jumma via Garpak Village along with your packed lunch. The trek will take 5-6 hrs to reach Jumma. After one hour of trekking from Raj Kharak campsite, we’ll reach BaganiNala. After further trekking, you’ll reach the Ruing Village and will continue trekking for around 1 hour to reach our destination, Jumma. Once you’ll reach Jumma, our executive will take you to your hotel in Joshimath in a car for an overnight stay
Day 10: Joshimath – Haridwar – Delhi
On day 10, after having the breakfast, you’ll be headed towards the Haridwar Railway Station in a car from your Joshimath hotel. Thereafter, you’ll board your train to Delhi at 18:05 hrs. Arrival at Delhi by 22:45 hrs.
End of the trip and services
AT LEAST 2 guides for the group of maximum 12 trekkers so 1 guide for 6 group members. This will ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
Accommodation in Hotel Wild Orchid Inn in Sankri on single/double/triple occupancy basis.
High quality Camping arrangements
We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn’t mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek:
3/4 season imported alpine tents
Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality
Good quality camping mattresses
Hot water in the night (during the trek)
Toilet tents with portable toilet seats
First Aid / Medical kit
All meals starting from dinner on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 7. A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and a menu of vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly. Tea/coffee will be served throughout.
Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee
First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)
* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true
GoclimbUp takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However, in the case of any unforeseen mishaps,GoclimbUp will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.