Garhwal: Rishikund Trek

  • Duration
    14 Days
  • Region
  • Category
  • Best Time
    • May - June
    • October


Trek Grade: Medium

Rishikund, as the name suggests, its believed to be a very sacred and secluded high land for the ancient saints and ascetic souls who used to live here to avail its serenity and tranquillity for meditation and attaining enlightenment. Rishikund is situated at an elevation of 4090 M, opposite to the core area of Nanda Devi National Park on the left flank of the Dhauli Ganga, in the Niti valley.

Rishkund is a spectacular trek, offering wide stretches of panoramic views of the mighty Himalayan ranges with Mount Nand Devi (7,816 meters) in the east and the towering peaks of Badrinath range in the west. Amongst the most prominent, are Mounts Kamet (7,756 meters), Abi Gamin (7,355 meters), Mana (7,274 meters), and the twin peaks of Nar (5,855 meters) and Narayan. No other place can offer such a Himalayan beauty of high lands offering such majestic views. Ages gone back, our great sages and holy souls believed to have been through harsh penance and meditation and eventually, attained enlightenment for wellbeing of the human race. The fertile and climatically suitable land is home to hundreds of precious high altitude medicinal herbs and plants that have been used to cure even the most incurable diseases and there are various alpine flowers which come to full bloom in July and August.

It is an ideal habitat for a great variety of wildlife and mainly home to musk deer in the lower forest thickets. You can witness herds of Blue sheep, Himalayan Thar, and the elusive Monal pheasants, and various species of Himalayan Vultures are seen freely floating in the air.

Tours Highlights

  • A 14 days adventure with 6 days of trekking staying in tents with spectacular views of Mount Nanda Devi from Saidhar at 4,145 meters and touching the Rishikund at 4,100 meters
  • Camping, trekking guide and ponies including personal baggage of maximum 20 kgs.
  • Sightseeing of Old & New Delhi & Rishikesh as gateway cities with flight in and out of Rishikesh
  • Arrival & Departure transfers with Representative and transport by SUVs
  • Prices on request

Destinations Covered

Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Arrive Delhi


    After clearing Customs and Immigration, step into the receiving area, where our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel.

    On arrival, check into the hotel.

    Overnight at hotel (No Meals)

  2. Day 2 Delhi


    Delhi is a dynamic city where the past coexists with the present. While historic evidence shows that the area around Delhi was first occupied around 2,500 years ago, Hindu mythology predates that by another 500 years. The British captured the city in 1803 and when they decided to make it the capital of India in 1911, they commissioned Sir Edwin Lutyens to draw up the plans. The result is slightly surprising with spacious tree-lined avenues punctuated with architecture which is among the most striking in the world.

    On the tour of “Old Delhi,” you will head out to explore this exotic locale with its narrow dirt roads, myriads of people and inexpensive and colorful bazaars that keep alive the traditional workmanship for which Delhi has always been famous. Drive past Red Fort and visit the Jama Masjid, one of the largest Muslim mosques in India. A bicycle rickshaw will take you into the heart of Chandni Chowk (the silver square - so named because of the silver merchants).

    Drive past India Gate, a 42-metre archway built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War and Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy. Today, it is the official residence of the President of India.

    Thereafter, visit the most prominent Sikh Gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi. It was originally a bungalow belonging to Raja Jai Singh, a 17th century Indian ruler. It is open to people of all faiths, castes or creeds. The premises house a sacred pond in which devotees bathe. They believe that this would wash off their misdeeds and thus allow them to attain peace of mind. The 'Langars' or the community kitchen proves to be the ideal example of prodigious hospitality of the Sikhs. Anyone and everyone can have scrumptious meal irrespective of caste, color or class.

    Conclude the day by visiting the Delhi's most striking monument, The Qutub Minar, which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was constructed in 1192 by Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak. Built in red sandstone and marble, it has a height of 72.5 meters (237.8 ft) and contains 379 stairs. A Soaring conical tower, it is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture and is the tallest minaret in India. Overnight at hotel (B)

  3. Day 3 Fly Delhi – Deharadun & Drive To Rishikesh


    (Indigo Flight # 6E-7334 Delhi/Dehradun ETD: 07:20/ETA: 08:20 Hrs.)

    Early morning check-out from the hotel and drive to Delhi airport to board the flight to Dehradun.

    Meeting and assistance upon arrival thereafter transfer to hotel.

    After lunch sightseeing tour of Rishikesh, Laxman Jhoola (a large suspension bridge) to visit the 13-storey temple on the other side and visit perhaps Triveni Ghat, Bharat Temple, and/or the place Lord Rama bathed at Rishikund.

    In part of the town is called Muni-ki-Reti and refers to the silver shores of the river where the rishis of old meditated. Across the Ganga, large, sprawling but well-maintained ashrams teach yoga and publish books on the scriptures. At sundown each evening there is a service at the side of the river, at the bathing ghat in the middle of Rishikesh at which tiny candle rafts are lit and let out into the choppy water to float away into the dusk. This is highly recommended as it has a very special ambience at this time.

    Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

  4. Day 4 Drive To Joshimath (1,890 M)


    After breakfast drive to Joshimath another early start for the long drive up the Ganges and Alaknanda rivers to Joshimath. We travel along an asphalt road that now takes the pilgrims in buses and cars, but many holy men still walk.

    The road is often tortuous but full of spectacular views of the Ganga, Alaknanda and their ever steepening surrounding banks and hillsides Along with a lunch stop we may have time to get in a swim in the river, an auspicious thing to do.

    Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

  5. Day 5 Drive From Joshimath To Suraithota (2100 M) 1 Hour & Trek To Sainjgetha (2850 M) 4-5 Hours


    Morning after a good breakfast, drive for your trekking point at Suraithota 2168 M (a small market where remote villagers buy their daily needs).

    Reaching Suraithota, cross the Dhauli Ganaga over a suspense bridge on its western flank. The trek starts with a gradual climb, crossing through old village of Suki, where people are very friendly and they will love to offer you tea, which is a must to beat up your fatigue.

    Later the climb is tougher takes you through upper Suki, an old deserted village, most of houses are ruined because people have left it in search of modernity.

    Eventually the trek leads through a patch of abandoned terraced fields at Saijgheta camp.

    Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

  6. Day 6 Trek To Kanthela (3540 M) 6 Hours.


    Morning after breakfast, the trail meanders through a handful of seasonal houses just 1 km away from the camp, people stay here for raising their cattle during the summer months.

    Later the track ascends ahead through a lovely forest patch. The forest is considerably a good home to wildlife and various kind bird species. Musk deer, blue sheep, Himalayan brown bear and leopard can be seen roaming frequently.

    Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

  7. Day 7 Trek To Rishikund (4100 M) 4 Hours.


    Immediately after leaving steep climb followed with Zing Zag trail leads to the Rishi Kund.

    Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

  8. Day 8 Trek To Saidhar (4145 M) – Trek Back To Kanthela (6-7 Hours)


    Today your day starts early since it's always rewarding to catch the first light in the east on crest of the towering peaks for a spectacular view and the beauty of mountains are found in its peculiar form in the morning before clouds cover this magnificent view.

    Later walk a mile toward the south to catch a mesmerising distant wide spread view of Dhauli Ganaga and Alka Nanda Valleys, nestling with Tapovan, Auli, and Joshimath towns and again a glistening full view of Nanda Devi and its adjacent peaks.

    Later trek the same way back to Kanthela Camp for overnight stay.

    Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

  9. Day 9 Trek Back – Suki Village (2400 M) 5-6 Hours

    Suki Village

    Morning after breakfast, trek down to Suki Village via Sainjgheta camp to experience staying in a local house. ‘has set a trend to give the best experience to its trekkers by using the local community as host in the Himalayas. It always ended up with a huge appreciation from both host and guest and the local community is simultaneously getting benefitted with our tiny efforts. It’s a kind of unique mutual interaction that sets a platform to understand two different worlds.

    Overnight at Camp (B, L, D)

  10. Day 10 Trek Down To Bhalgaon Road Head And Drive To Auli – 2 Hour Drive


    Morning after a good local breakfast with your host, trek down to Bhalagaon road head and then drive to Joshimath.

    Arrive and check-in to the hotel.

    Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

  11. Day 11 Auli – Badrinath – Auli 2 ½ Hours Drive (One Way)


    Today you will have detouring from Joshimath to Badrinath, one of the most revered abodes of Lord Vishnu in the Himalaya. It’s settled 45 km north of Joshimath, in the pristine lap of mount Nar and Narayan.

    The destination is officially known as Mana valley, apparently the last settlement on the Indian side of Tibet.

    After visit, drive back to Auli, arrive, and check in to the hotel.

    Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

  12. Day 12 Auli To Rishikesh (8 Hours Drive)


    After a relaxed breakfast we set off for a long drive to Rishikesh. We reach our hotel in the late afternoon and get our much needed showers and some rest.

    In the evening we will get time enough to explore the bustling township of Rishikesh and attend the famous Ganga Aarti – prayer ceremony on the banks of the river Ganges.

    Overnight at Hotel (B, L, D)

  13. Day 13 Rishikesh To Dehradun & Fly To Delhi


    (Indigo Flight # 6E-726 Dehradun/Delhi ETD: 15:25/ETA: 16:10 Hrs.)

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the Dehradun Airport in time to fly to Delhi.

    Arrive Delhi, you will be transferred to the hotel.

    Overnight at hotel (B)

  14. Day 14 Delhi & Departure


    On time check-out from the hotel and transfer to the Airport to connect with the departure International flight.


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