The Great Himalayan Walkathon 2014: Walk for climate change 23rd June to 6th July

Fulfil your dream of experiencing the true beauty of nature by joining us for a lifelasting experience of a 200km Walk in the great Himalayan range starting from Rohtang Pass to Tanglangla. Let your lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery, air, mountains, trees, people while travelling through Kokhsar, Keylong, Tandi, Darcha, Patseo, Zingzing Bar, Baralachala Pass, Bharatpur, Sarchu, Pang, Nachungla Plains Muray Plains, Rumtse. In this journey we will be visiting several monasteries with great cultural heritage. We also observe the wildlife that is in existence at such a high altitudes. In this trip we provide an opportunity to practice Hatha Yoga at high Altitudes.

The glaciers of the Himalayas are called the Third Pole, as they are the third largest body of snow on our planet after the Antarctic and Arctic. Glacial runoff in the Himalayas is the largest source of fresh water feeding the giant rivers of Asia, and support half of humanity.The melting of snow in the Poles and climate change is reported frequently, but the melting of the Himalayan goes largely unreported. Himayalas are receding faster than in any other part of the world and the likelihood of them disappearing soon is very high.

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”. We are no climate change sceptic, and We have seen its effect on shrinking glaciers many times and every picture tells the true story. Join us on the journey and witness it yourself .

Collaborators:

The Great Himalayan Walkathon 2014

The Great Himalayas represent the apex of mountain ranges for all nature lovers, offering a very unique exquisite landscape ranging from high-altitude desert to dripping rhododendron forest with skylines of snow-capped glaciated peaks and vibrant mosaic of peoples, cultures and communities. The panoramic view of the mountain ranges bewitch the travellers all over the globe.

The Himalayas are the result of tectonic plate motions that collided India into Tibet and are one of the youngest mountain ranges on the planet. They affects air and water circulation systems, impacting the weather conditions in the region and also serving as a natural barrier for tens of thousands of years between the India and China, Mongolia. Hindu scriptures say that in "a hundred ages of the gods" you could not do justice to the Himalayas. So where do mere mortals start? Knowing where to go in an area 10 times the size of France is daunting, especially when just getting there is expensive. This 4,000km crescent, stretching from Kyrgyzstan to Burma, is a geography of superlatives – the highest mountains, the deepest gorges, tracts of wild forest, the rolling high plateau, some of the greatest biodiversity on the planet.

Spending time at Himalayas is the dream of every individual who loves to live close to the nature. But can we experience and have a reasonalbly good coverage of the himalayan range with in a period of around 10 days is a challenging task. This event provides an oppurtunity for every individual to fulfil their dream of experiencing the true beauty of nature by joining us for a lifelasting experience of a 200km Walk in the great Himalayan range starting from Rohtang Pass to Tanglangla. In this journey we will be visiting several monasteries with great cultural heritage. We also observe the wildlife that is in existence at such a high altitudes. In this trip we provide an opportunity to practice Hatha Yoga at high Altitudes. Let your lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery, air, mountains, trees, people while travelling through Kokhsar, Keylong, Tandi, Darcha, Patseo, Zingzing Bar, Baralachala Pass, Bharatpur, Sarchu, Pang, Nachungla Plains Muray Plains, Rumtse. This will be a walk of 20kms a day accomponied by vehicles. If you feel uncomfortable with the walk, you can board the vehicles. This trip will be an expedition to enjoy the scenic beauty of himalayas rather than challenging its wild nature. A person with good health conditions can participate in this event. This is once in a year event, so dont miss it. Click here to register.

Venue:

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH HOSTEL MANALI
PRINI VILLAGE (NEAR CLUB MAHINDRA HOLIDAYS), MANALI - 175131

Costs:

Indian: 30000
Foreigner: 60000

Equipments to carry:

  1. Ruck Sack
  2. Sleeping Bag
  3. Carry mat
  4. Cap
  5. Sun glasses
  6. Shoe (rubber sole) + walker
  7. Gloves (woollen and leather)
  8. Wind cheater
  9. Jersey pullover (high neck)
  10. Extra pair of socks
  11. Pair of cloths (jeans or cargos)
  12. Toiletries
  13. Torch with spare cell
  14. Sunscreen lotion & cold cream
  15. Plate & spoon(Plastic)
  16. Tumbler (needle & thread)
  17. Writing material
  18. Knee cap
  19. Camera (optional)
  20. Lip guard
  21. Electrol powder or glucose
  22. Water bottle
  23. Multi vitamin tablets
  24. Band aids
  25. Plastic bags 3lts
  26. Balcava cap
  27. Waist pouch
  28. Dry fruits.

This is a brief description of what to expect from an expedition in Himalayas. Though this walkathon is not as tough as an high altitude expedition, this description of my visit to Himalayas can help people be mentally prepared for what to expect. Having said that, this walkathon will be supported by vehicles nd bikes to cross over the difficult terrains. In short it would be fun. Find more about us @ Arindam Himalayan Expedition

This expedition is organised by Adventure Sports Association of India and Third Element

This Expedition is lead by SAILUM MARTIAL ART ACADEMY OF INDIA

*Pariticipant should be prepared to walk minimum of 10km in a day.

*After 10k we can provide lift by motor vehicle for the people who are unable to walk further.

*Reporting will be at "Manali" at 10.30am at youth hostel.

*The trek will get over at Leh on 6th July. Partipants can either take a flight from Leh to their destination or come back to Manali by bus at their own responsibility.

Event Schedule

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Manali (altitude 1,950 m (6,400 ft)) to Marhi at 3,300 m (10,800 ft). It is a steady climb.

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Marhi to Rohtang Pass at 3,980 m (13,060 ft). It is a steady climb.

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Rohtang to Gramphu at 3,200 m (10,500 ft). It is a steady descent. Turn left (towards west) at Gramphu on the highway along Chandra river. The right turn (towards east) at Gramphu leads to Spiti valley and Batal, Kunzum La and Kaza on a road along Chandra river that is paved for some distance and then unpaved.

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Gramphu to Kokhsar, the first village north of Rohtang Pass 6 km (3.7 mi). Foreign nationals have to show their passports with valid visa at the police check post here. (Anyone can visit Leh freely. However, special permission is needed to visit some restricted areas beyond Leh. This permit can be obtained at Leh.)

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Kokhsar to Sissu at 3,130 m (10,270 ft). There is a helipad at Sissu.

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Sissu to Tandi at 2,570 m (8,430 ft). Tandi is situated at the bottom of the river valley at the confluence of the Chandra river and the Bhaga river (flowing down from north) which merge to form the Chandra-Bhaga river (that later becomes known as Chenab downstream in Jammu and Kashmir). Cross the Bhaga river over the bridge towards the right, take the right turn at the fork and the road again starts climbing.

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Tandi to Keylong at 3,080 m (10,100 ft).

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Keylong to Jispa at 3,310 m (10,860 ft).

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Jispa to Darcha at 3,360 m (11,020 ft). All tourists have to register at the police check post here.

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Darcha to Zingzingbar 4,270 m (14,010 ft). The steep ascent to Baralacha La starts at Zingzingbar.

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Zingzingbar to Baralacha La pass at 5,030 m (16,500 ft). It is a steady climb. (Both the Bhaga river and the Chandra river originate from melting snow at opposite sides of Baralacha La, the former flowing southwest and the latter flowing first southeast and then northwest to merge at Tandi.)

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Baralacha La to Bharatpur 2 km (1.2 mi). It is a steady descent.

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Bharatpur to Sarchu at 4,300 m (14,100 ft). Sarchu is a military base and has a police check post. Register at the police check post here. (Himachal Pradesh state ends here. Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir state starts here.)

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Sarchu to Pang 4,600 m (15,100 ft) climbing 500 m through the Gata loops (22 hairpin bends) at 4,190 m (13,750 ft) elevation and traversing through Nakee La pass at 4,739 m (15,547 ft) and Lachulung La pass at 5,065 m (16,616 ft) elevations. Register at the check post at Pang.

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Pang to Tanglang La pass at 5,328 metres (17,480 ft) through a 4,700 m (15,400 ft) plateau called More plains or Morey plains.

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Tanglang La pass to Upshi 60 km (37 mi). Upshi has a Customs and Excise taxation check post before crossing the river. Stop here for checking of vehicles. Then cross Indus river to reach Upshi village on the right bank (north) of the river. An ancient trading road (right turn while coming from Manali and going to Leh) heads to the east from Upshi towards Tibet. There is a helipad on this road.

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Upshi to Karu 16 km (9.9 mi) After crossing Indus river, the highway is on the right bank (north) of the river from Upshi to Leh. Turn left at Upshi for Karu. Do not take the right turn that leads to the east towards Tibet.

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Karu to Leh at 3,500 metres (11,483 ft), Continue on the highway towards Leh. Do not take the right turn just before Karu that leads to Shyok.The distance from Lachalang La pass to the Tanglang La pass is 87 km (54 mi) via Pang.

Event Register

Ticket inclusive of:

  • 1. Professional handling fee.
  • 2. Tent Stay during the walkathon.
  • 3. Food which is prepared/arranged by the organizer during the walkathon.
  • 4. Complete medical attention during the walkathon.

Limited seats are available based on first come first served basis. So hurry up.

We are providing a discount of 15% for students and women.

We also provide group discounts.

Cost of the Trip and amenities provided:
Indians : 30,000 INR (Includes stay, food, transportation from Manali to Leh)
Foreigners: 60,000 INR (Includes stay, food, transportation from Manali to Leh)

Find more about registration here

Terms & Conditions:

  • During walkathon participant must communicate if suffering from high altitude sickness so that an immediate medical attention can be provided however organizer cannot be held responsible for injury or loss of life.
  • Confirmation is subjected to minimum participation of 40 people, climatic condition and medical condition of participant.
  • Participant should carry their ID proof.

Contact Us

The Third Element

Our Address

FD 1 Sai Krishna
Sowparnika projects, Sowpura gate
sarjapura, 562125
Banglore, India

FAQ

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Will I be allowed to join the trek if I don’t have medical fitness certificate?

No, it is important for a participant to be medically fit to reduce risk on life.

02

What preparation I should do before joining the trek?

Participant should keep up good fitness. To prepare themselves they can take up some kind of regular fitness training e.g. running, cycling, swimming, gym etc. The participant should be able to walk for a minimum of 10km everyday in Himalayas.

03

When should I submit the documents?

Documents should be submitted latest by 13th June.

04

Should I carry my ID proof?

Yes, participant must carry their ID proof. Non-Indian Citizen must have their passport and visa.

05

What if I am unable to complete the trek? Can I terminate in between?

Yes, you can take a retirement slip form us and directly travel to Leh on your responsibility. You will find regular transportation from Manali to Leh. Guidance will be provided by us.

06

What would be the maximum count allowed in the trek?

A minimum of 40 and a maximum of 100 will be allowed on first come and first serve basis with a little flexibility.

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Do I should have past experience of trekking in Himalayas?

Not necessarily but please let us know if it is your first time or if you have past experience. Write in “who am I?” in registration form.

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How should I travel to the starting point Manali?

There is flight base at Kulu. You can come to Kulu and then take a bus to Manali. Or You can travel to New Delhi by train or a flight. Travel from New Delhi to Chandigarh by train or a bus. Travel from Chandigarh to Manali by bus.

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How should I travel back from Leh?

There is a flight base at Leh. Participant can take a direct flight from Leh to your destination. Or you can come directly from Leh to Manali and to New Delhi by bus.

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What if I get a mountain sickness?

Mountain sickness is very common in mountains. Participant will be given a chance to acclimatize during trek however initial few days acute mountain sickness like headache is common. We expect our participant to communicate properly about these sicknesses even if they think it’s a small problem.

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Can we have our own objectives in the walkathon?

Yes, there are lots you can experience in Himalayas. We do not stop people being creative. You can have your own personal studies of flora, fauna, climatic condition, glacier, local culture etc. Please let us know if you have any other objectives so that guidance can be provided. Write in “who am I?” in registration form.

12

Can I have a word with the leader of the walkathon before booking?

Yes, this walkathon is lead by Acharya Babu T Raghu. Ph no. 9035436465 based in Bangalore. He had led more than 18 successful Himalayan expeditions in the past. His specialty is safety of the participants. Although Himalayan Expeditions are considered to be one of the most dangerous adventure sports, he had completed all the expedition without a single casualty or even an injury.

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Does the organizer take responsibility of life and safet

No, it is important for a participant to be medically fit to reduce risk on life.

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What is the last day of registration?

Registration will stop by 3rd June 2014 or on 100 participants whichever is earlier.