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sushma
sushma
2021-11-08
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Bandaje trek with PTU A very well organized trek. It was my first trek after the pandemic and I am so glad that I chose the Bandaje trek with PTU. The itinerary was well planned. Our trek lead Akshay was very friendly and motivating. I have met great people through this trek. Everything in the trek , the amazing places, homestay, food and the people was perfect. Overall I had a great weekend. I strongly recommend Planned the unplanned for an organised and fun trek.
Nitish Rathore
Nitish Rathore
2021-11-03
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First trek Went for the Gokarna Trek with them, being my first trek it went smooth, overall was a wonderful experience, got to meet amazing people on trek and special mention to our trek leads Krishna Tulasi (KT) and Jaidev for helping us out throughout it.
Keerthi
Keerthi
2021-11-02
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Kodachadri Trek Kodachadri trek was my first trek with Plan The Unplanned and with PTU, it was really an amazing experience which I could cherish throughout my life. The moment we get into the bus complete responsibility/care of us has been taken by our leads Kavya Bhat, Anurag Chatta and Mohit Sudhakar, everything was planned and organized so well as no where I felt like we are missing something. Leads were so friendly, caring and their motivation was like a energy booster while few of our friends were about to give up in between the trek, hats off for the patience of the leads. Leads had taken all the safety measures and instructed us the do's and don'ts for having fun filled safe trek journey. They were arranged many activities which kept everyone engaged and enjoying throughout traveling in the bus, due to the activities I never felt like as I'm traveling with the stranger. I got to meet so many new personalities like a caring brother, sister, painkiller friends, inspiring personalities in few of them. It's not only the destination was beautiful even the journey was wonderful because of activities organized by the leads. Treking to the peak of Kodachadri is like doing 500 Surya namaskar in a day but surprisingly it was not painful though because of traveling with amazing fellow mates and energetic leads while enjoying the beauty of nature. I just lost myself in the mesmerizing beauty of the mother nature at the top of the Kodachadri peak which was worth of all the effort in climbing to the peak of the hill, the top view of Kodachadri just remainded me one of the saying "Janani Janmabhomischa swargadapi gariyasi". The 2 days of trek just got over like a blink of eye. Thanks for all the people who were part of the trek, overall it was an amazing experience. I will definitely recommend Plan the Unplanned with PTU to all and will definitely plan the next trek with this
Seya
Seya
2021-11-02
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Gokarna - a perfect escape The Gokarna beach trek organised by the group was an amazing experience. From beaches to caves, the itinerary let us cover Gokarna in the best way within 2days. Kudos to our leaders Krishna(KT) & Jaidev for being a charm.
Purushotham
Purushotham
2021-11-01
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Wonderful Kodachadri Trek Experience This was my first trip with plan the unplanned, overall it was a wonderful experience for me. First of all I would like to thank our trip leads Anuraag chatta, Kavya Bhat and Mohit Sudhaar for the great planning, coordination and utmost care taken throughout the trip. These guys were so friendly, helpful and motivating each person to complete the 17KM kodachadri trek, they ensured that we all know about each fellow travellers well when the trip started. All our fellow travellers were great personalities, I didn't feel like travelling with strangers for the first time. Home stay was neat & clean, we had campfire also in home stay post completion of the trek. Hidlumane falls, Kodachadri peak point, Jeep ride was fantastic, I had the best moments to cherish throughout my life. I would definitely recommend Plan the Unplanned for best in class trip experience and it's completely hassle free. Finally thanks to all who were part of this trip❤
Harshit
Harshit
2021-11-01
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Gokarna Trek I went to the Gokarna Trek with PTUP. Had a very good time exploring the Trek and spending some time with the group. Jaidev and Krishna Tulasi have been amazing Trek leads getting the whole group together.
Tri
Tri
2021-11-01
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Kudremukh trek We visited the Kudremukh Trek on Oct 2021. The team was very organized and the leaders Akshay and Sushmita were an amazing duo filled with lots of energy, motivation which they spread it to the whole group. They made the trip fun , exciting and very memorable. The leaders turned strangers into friends, cheered on us to complete the journey and most importantly they were very understanding. Kudos to Akshay and Sushmita and the whole PTU group! I would highly recommend this to any solo or group trekkers. From food to the journey , you would not have any complaints except your body aches!
Ananya
Ananya
2021-11-01
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Amazing and unforgettable!! For the first timers who are sceptical about choosing Plan th Unplanned, I would like to say, Go for it. My friends and I went for Kudremukha Trekking which was a package of 2 days and 1 night. Our trek leads were Akshay and Sushmitha, who were entertaining, energetic, friendly, helpfull and off course motivating. They coordinated everything such away that there was no disruption of plans. On the first day we visited Hanging bridge, Elaniru Waterfalls and Tea estate. Night we ahd campfire and lot of games which was thoroughly entertaining. Second day was Trekking day, everyone in our batch completed the Trekking and recached the peak which was amazing!! Thanks to our ever motivating trek leads amd local guides. Incase you dont have necessary trekking items, like Trek pole, Leech socks, Trek Shoes, Rain coats etc. They will be providing it as rentals. Overall it has been an amazing experience with Akshay, Sushmitha and PTU. I will cherish this trip with these amazing bunch of people. I would definitely recommend PTU if you are looking for an affordable and enjoyable trip!!
manjusha rani M
manjusha rani M
2021-11-01
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Best energetic trek ever!! In simple words, this trip (kodachadri trek) that we have been to was motivational, inspirational and very fun. The trek leads @anurag @ kavya @ Mohit were an amazing set of people we got, and they made the trek all the more exciting. Their patience level is off the roof, hats off to them. I really recommend this organisation for anyone who is an adrenaline junky and who likes treking often. This has been an amazing experience.

Let’s pack! This one is important: we invite you on an exciting, fun-filled, adventurous, peaceful 8-day rendezvous in the ‘Fruit Bowl of India’ or ‘the Land of Gods’: Himachal Pradesh. Say goodbye to a small holiday where initially you are filled with excitement, visit the place, and come back eventually.

Eight days! We reiterate, you will get eight complete days to spend time amidst nature, soothing rivers, enterprising adventures, rolling on the righteous roads, touching heights while paragliding, trekking to the most scenic village, enjoying camping, spiritually satisfying your soul, locally soaking the positive energy, and knowing about customs and culture of this beautiful state. Out of everything else, food is the most you will savour. 

You will conquer your fears. Himachal will change your outlook. Most importantly, it will propel you to take up new challenges with grace. Narkanda, Jibhi, Grahan (near Kasol), Bir Billing and Dalhousie are the places we will visit on this 8-day New Year Epic Himachal Trip.  Plan the Unplanned team invites you to get on board with us on this enchanting journey this new year. Read the complete itinerary of the New Year Epic Himachal Trip for a comprehensive plan and book your tickets at the earliest. 

Note – This is a perfect new year plan for you and your family. Seats for New Year 2022 are filling up fast. Before it gets exhausted, avail it.

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Trip Details

  • Trip Duration – 8 nights/9 days
  • Start Point – Narkanda
  • End Point – Pathankot

Short Itinerary

Day 01 – Pick up from Chandigarh and drive up to Narkanda
Day 02 – Narkanda to Jibhi
Day 03 – Jibhi to Grahan
Day 04 – Grahan
Day 05 – Grahan to Bir
Day 06 – Bir
Day 07 – Bir to Mecleodganj/Dharamkot
Day 08 –Mecleodganj/ Dharamkot to Dalhousie
Day 09 – Dalhouise to Pathankot

Price Inclusions

  1. Transportation for all 8 days from Chandigarh to Chandigarh.
  2. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for all days
  3. Activities – Hiking, Trekking 
  4. Bonfire, Camping at Homestay
  5. Tour Leads and Driver allowances
  6. First aid kits, Oxygen cylinders, Infrared thermometer, Oximeter

Price Exclusions

  1. Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusion
  2. Beverages on all days
  3. Personal Expenses
  4. Insurance, including travel, health, and more.
  5. Additional expenses added due to unforeseen circumstances such as cancellation/roadblocks/landslides/strikes or any other natural causes would not be covered.
  6. We would not be liable for theft/misplaced items

Medical Declaration

  • All participants are required to submit a medical certificate approved by a registered medical practitioner prior to the trek.
  • Apart from this we highly recommend you having an adventurous spirit and willingness to undergo the joys & hardships of outdoor camping, in addition to good physical and mental fitness, to completely enjoy the trek. If you suffer from severe muscular, chest, heart or bronchial ailments, we advise you against participating since most treks happen in remote areas with limited access to medical services & hospital facilities.

Things to Carry

  • Trekking Shoes ( Do not carry sneakers/ sports shoes. Carry shoes that has good grip and ankle support)
  • Backpack (40 -60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for a backpack is essential.
  • Daypack 20 litres: On the day of the summit, you’ll need a smaller backpack to carry water, snacks and your medical kit. Bring a foldable backpack.
  • Layers/Warm Clothes/Thermals
  • Trek Pants/T-shirts/Undergarments as per your convenience. Carry the actual number required and stay light
  • Sunglasses, Suncap, sunscreen.
  • Hand gloves, socks 2 pairs and woollen socks
  • Headlamp/LED Torch is mandatory
  • Trekking Pole
  • Poncho/Raincoat
  • Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. ( Mandatory )
  • Personal Medikit
  • Toiletries: moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes.
  • One 1 litre water bottle.
  • Plastic covers: carry a few extra plastic bags for wet clothes. Make sure you take them back and not litter the mountains.

New Year Epic Himachal Trip - A Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Narkanda

Narkanda (2760mts) in Shimla hills, a small snow town with Ski slope and full with apple orchards is just 70 kms from Shimla and is still unexplored. The snow covered valley, houses and farms make it a good place for acclimatize for the trip. Its virginity intrigued us and hence we have introduced a camping.
• Upon your arrival at the airport you will be picked up towards your journey in to the mountains.
• A small town will introduce you people to snow and more closer to the mountain.
• On arrival at Narkanda you will be staying in the Glamping camps with all the warmth inside. Evening will be lit up with bonfire, music and storytelling.
• Enjoy the warm Pahari style homely cooked food in the café.
• Unzip your tent to enjoy the sunrise in the morning.

Day 02: Jibhi

Some beautiful places are not much known Jibhi is one of them. Jibhi a small village surrounded with the thick pine and cedar forest lies in Tirthan valley on the river bank of Tirthan River. We will cross the very famous Jalori Pass (10,236ft) on our way to Jibhi village.
• After hearty breakfast, will start our road trip moving towards Jibhi.
• We will drive towards Sutlej River and will take an ascent after crossing the river towards Jalori pass the gateway to Tirthan valley and Jibhi village.
• Will stop on Jalori top; enjoy the breathtaking view of snow covered peaks and trees all around you are always there to give you the dose of freshness.
• Reaching the small town will give you the feel of warmth after crossing the pass.
• Check in or explore the place around. O/n Jibhi

Day 03: Grahan - A Hidden treasure valley (Find Peace)

“Grahan” A place where one feels like migrating and staying here for the rest of their life. A small village hidden in the Parvati valley. The most interesting thing about the people of the village is that they have kept alive their old age traditions, customs and cultural values till date. One could spend his entire day sitting and looking at the mountains.
• After breakfast we will start our journey to the next hidden treasure and charm of the trip is Grahan village.
• A day which is little adventures, we will start our trek after a short drive up to Kasol.
• Have your lunch at Kasol and will start a hike of 08Kms to Grahan Village.
• A beautiful homestay awaits you there to give their hospitality at its best.
• A cut off for 02 days from the digital life and you will have time for yourself.

Day 04 Grahan

Explore the village with the locals and see the living style, how do they celebrate festivals, customs, rituals and their attire.
It will be an experience for you guys to be in this cultural village.
• Start off the day with healthy breakfast and give an explore in the village.
• Walk around, talk to locals sit in the café’s and take a village walk.
• Learn to weave with local people.
• Evening to leisure with music,
• Go to bed for a tight sleep.

Day 05: Grahan to Bir Billing (Explore local)

| 101kms | 04-05 hrs |1525mts|
Bir is a rural village located in the west in the state of Himachal. It is also the location of Bir Tibetan Colony founded in the early 1960’s as a settlement for Tibetan refugees after the 1959 Tibetan Uprising. Bir Billing is now the spot for adventure lover who likes to fly and jump. One can trek up to the Barot valley too.
• After breakfast we will take a descent back via the same road and start our journey to the Paragliding paradise Bir Billing.
• A perfect place to end up the trip is Bir.
• Check the cafes out here, do paragliding and take a walk around and chill.
• Evenings will be lit up with bonfire and party mood will be on.

Day 06:Grahan to Bir (Your adventurous affair with nature.)

Bir Billing is Paragliding Destination in the heart of Kangra Valley. It is also called Paragliding Capital of India. Bir is amazing place for you if you wish to rejuvenate your body and soul.
‘Sobha Singh Art Gallery’ in Andretta is must visit place near to Bir. Most of the paintings here are influenced by Kangra School of Art and done in Western Classical techniques of oil paintings. Andretta is also famous for its pottery work and workshops.
Kangra Valley is full of culture and heritage. Baijnath temple is one of the most historical places in the valley. Clear view of snow-capped Dhauladhar ranges from the
temple complex. Nagar style temple which is dedicated to the Lord Shiva.
• Day will start with the dose of Adventure. It is worth to do Paragliding at Bir.
• After Paragliding have a Lunch at Bir.
• Visit to Baijnath Temple.
• Visit to ‘Sobha Singh Art Gallery”
• Attend pottery workshop at Andretta.ing paradise Bir Billing.

Day 07: Bir Billing to Mcleodganj

Home to Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism in the country, the small town of McLeodganj also known as ‘Little Lhasa’ has a lot to offer to its visitors. From monasteries, museums, temples, waterfalls, lakes, and Tibetan settlements this peaceful town has something for everyone.
• Visit Masroor Temple located 45km south west of Mcleodganj. This architecture marvel built in the early 8th century is a magnificent example of rock cut temple in the north and thus is popularly known as ‘Ellora of Himachal’ or the ‘ himalyan pyramid’.

• On reaching Mcleodganj check in to your place get freshen up.

• Visit Namgyal Monastery, Sit there chant, pray and meditade. Give the time for your soul.

• Walk up the local Tibetan Market and shop souvenirs for your loved ones. • Enjoy sunset from the loan of your hotel.

• Dinner with the hot delicious serving and talk of togetherness.

Day 08: Mcleodganj to Dalhousie (The warmest day of the whole trip)

Named after Lord Dalhousie, the popular hill station of Dalhousie is a popular halt for all visiting the state because of its pleasant weather and natural beauty. Rich in colonial architecture the town also preserves some beautiful churches. The mighty Dhauladhar ranges with perennially snowcapped peaks continue to mark the horizon.

• Check in to the hotel and get ready for a short drive to Khajjiar.

• A scenic drive to the tiny hill station of Khajjiar. Popularly known for its verdant meadows, dense deodar forest, and the views of the snow-covered Kailash, Khajjiar is a nature lover’s heaven. Visit Khajjiar lake and experience the solace of the mesmerizing landscape.
• Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary skirts the village Khajjiar and offers spectacular view of dense Cedar forest with moments of wildlife sighting. Travel back to Dalhousie whilst driving alongside sanctuary area.
• Evening to leisure in Dalhousie

Day 09: Drop to Pathankot

The last and happy leg of this memorable year.
• We will EXPLORE Dalhouise a little more or relax under the sun and drive back to Pathankot after healthy breakfast.
• Time to celebrate the happy moments on the way back and say good bye to this year.

Advisory

  • Please be informed that trekking is an adventure activity and a lot depends on the weather conditions in the mountains. In case of bad weather or health issues of any trekker at any point during the trek, the trek itinerary will be changed by the Trek Leader after evaluating all the available options.
  • We make sure that our trekkers are informed at all the times and a common consensus be arrived after discussing with the participants, however, the decision of the Trek Leader will remain final.
  • Also, in case of any unforeseen circumstances like landslides or bad weather, we promise to provide services only for 7 days. It will remain the responsibility of the Trek Leader to get the trekkers back to safety irrespective of the number of days, however, the cost will be borne by the trekker themselves.
  • Please be clearly informed that we are committed to providing a safe, secure and a magical experience in raw nature and hence, smoking, drinking and littering is completely prohibited during the trek and on the campsites. People found to be indulging in any of the above activities will be abandoned from the group.

Safety

  • We take a lot of pride in providing the best safety standards to its trekkers while trekking along with supporting sustainable tourism.
  • Experienced Trek Leaders will be leading the group with a full-fledged first aid kit along with an oxygen cylinder. The Trek Leaders will also be carrying medication pertaining to high altitudes.
  • Our Trek Leaders are experienced mountaineers and we trust their judgments. If during the trek, the Trek Leader advises you against continuing on the trek, we request you to respect his judgment and follow his instructions.

How to Reach

  • The best way to get to Manali is to take an overnight bus from Delhi or Chandigarh. The travel time from Delhi is 12-14 hours and from Chandigarh is 8-10 hours. Hence, Chandigarh is a better option.
  • Tickets can be booked online on www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in. HRTC or HPTDC buses are usually on schedule.
  • Ensure you book your bus early the previous evening, so even in case of unexpected weather/road related delays, you are still on time for the pick up.
  • The other option of reaching Manali is to take a flight to the nearest airport, the Bhuntar airport. This is around 50 km from Manali and takes one and a half hour in a cab.
  • However, this is not a recommended option as the flights are infrequent, expensive, and get cancelled on short notice if adverse weather condition prevails.

More Information

Who can Go – Climbing a mountain is physically demanding and an easy trek does not mean it can be easily done if one fails to prepare for the trek. For all easy graded treks, the participants must be fit and have the stamina to cover a distance of 5 KMs within 45 minutes while carrying a backpack weighing not less than 10 Kgs.

Best time – Hampta pass is an ideal monsoon and post monsoon trek. The trail has a lot of exposed rocks during the summer months making it a little difficult to climb. However, the settings during the monsoon change completely and the months of July and August would be ideal for this trek.

Established Market – Manali is the last established market. Some last minute shopping can be done here.

Phone Network – All major networks are available at Manali and Prini. It is advisable to make all the phone calls here before starting the trek as the network would not be available during the trek. Weak connectivity is observed at some sections of the trek however, we would not recommend relying on it while planning your travel.

Internet Connectivity – Internet is available at Manali and Prini however, When it is available, one would also be able to make online transactions albeit, with a little patience (to give you an idea of the speed).

ATM Facility – Manali and Prini is the last point where ATM is available.

Medical Facility – Prini has a primary health center and Manali which has a hospital.

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.

 

What will be the group size?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 4 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

Here’s the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips

  • If you cancel before 30 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 20 -30 days – 75% % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 15-19 days – 50%  will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 7-14 days – 25 % amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0- 7 days before the departure date – No amount would be refunded.

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

Notes

    1. The minimum number of travelers required for the event to happen is 5. 
    2. As most destinations in the itinerary are remote and isolated, the food options(especially veg options) will be limited. We expect your understanding regarding the same.
    3. The itinerary is subject to change during the trip due to severe weather conditions, keeping your safety and accessibility to locations.
    4. You can check the cancellation policy by clicking on the cancellation tab.
    5. The camera entry fee to tourist spots is not included.
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