See and experience what it takes to traverse and live in the high altitude, snowy terrain of the Garhwal Himalayas. Learn techniques of effectively walking in snow using clampons, creating snow routes, self-rescue and see just what it takes cook a meal when it's so cold and windy. Pitch tents in the snow and wake up to a wonderfully white world, everyday. This expedition is the real deal!
The group prepares for the coming snow expedition in an intense planning session. From menus, ration and utensils to a thorough checklist for braving the cold. Divide and share the load of supplies ('khachchars' help with the big stuff). As the days progress, instructors take a step back as the group takes initiative. Learn to work as a team in a new environment—look out for each other, learn to be considerate and share responsibilities of cooking, cleaning, firewood collection and resource management.
DAY 2 Arrive at the campus by lunch. Jump into a session on basic camping skills and pitching tents
DAY 3 Safety briefing followed by an acclimatisation trek. Plan and pack for the expedition
DAY 4 Reach Sankri and begin trekking through rocky terrain and meadows to reach Juda ka talab at 9,500ft. Pitch tents and set up a campsite
DAY 5 Learn how to walk, self-rescue and create routes in the snow. Another short trek to get used to the altitude
DAY 6 Trek to the base camp at 12,000ft. Pitch tents and set up camp with a view of the Kedarkantha peak
DAY 7 Start early to summit Kedarkantha at 12,500ft. Trek down and camp out at Juda ka talab
DAY 8 Back to Tons campus by lunch. Rest, bathe and get ready for a real special dinner
DAY 9 Leave campus after lunch
The expedition starts and ends at our Tons campus where accommodation tents. During the trek, campsites are set up at different locations everyday. The group pitches the hardy, weather proof tents and sleep in specialised sleeping bags provided by us. They're small tents that comfortably fit three people. A pop-up toilet tent is also taken along.
Being well fed and hydrated is crucial to staying energised for the demanding days. There is wholesome and nutritious food for every meal, on campus and in the course of the expedition. Water, soup or juice provided during hydration breaks through the day. Our instructors take care of the rest. They're all certified outdoor experts who go through extensive training and assessment before working with us. For the comfort and special needs of girls, there is a female instructor assigned to each activity group. A doctor is also present on campus at all times to attend to medical needs.
Groups depart from Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 2 at 7:00pm by AC buses till Paonta Sahib. The next leg of the journey takes you to our campus in non-AC buses, just in time for breakfast. The road can get a bit bumpy over some uneven stretches, so be prepared! On the way back, we reach Indira Gandhi International Airport at 5:30am.
Outstation participants fly into Delhi on the departure date. Inme provides airport pick-up-and-drop service and meals at an added cost. Contact us for details.
This program might be more demanding than the usual physical activities you're used to. We recommend a little jogging, stretching and exercise a few weeks before the departure to gain the flexibility and agility needed to truly enjoy the experience. Do this wearing the shoes you want to carry for the program—it'll help break into them.