Chokigod Short Trek
[ 4D-3N / 05th May 2018 To 08th May 2018 ]

Chokigod is a very special and close to heart place for us as it is a HustleTurtle discovery. The place is so untouched, real and far away from the commercial world that it feels like it has been evolved especially for you. We ensure you, you will encounter nature at its best here, amongst the lush greenery, alpine mountains, snow, variety of trees as that of pine & maple, pure and cheerful surroundings. What more can we say, just come and experience the refreshing, isolated, parallel beautiful world!

Activities

Camping

Hiking

STAR GAZING



Difficulty Level

Easy

Medium

hard

Region: Manali
Highest Altitude: 9,500 feet
Average Temperature: 8°C
Duration: 4D/3N

Reporting and Acclimatization: Your journey to the mountains will begin from Patlikuhal. The Hustle Turtle team will pick you from Patlikuhal anytime between 8 am to 10 am. On prior notice, an exception can be made for participants who happen to come post 10 am but before 12 noon. Once you freshen up, there will be an introductory and welcome session which will be followed by a team lunch, some rest and acclimatization walk, preferably before it gets dark. Upon return, we’ll have a technical session to discuss the precautions and preparations to be followed for the entire trek and about the next day’s schedule. This will be followed by a bonfire. 01

Day 1

Trek to Sorogin: Away from the city-noise and the thought of getting somewhere, we all wake up with peace to the beautiful sounds of nature. While nature kisses you good morning, breakfast will be served so everyone is geared up for the day. We start moving to the mountains as we start our first trek of the trip from Hustle Turtle Base Camp to Sorogin, a beautiful experience. On the journey, apart from the thrill of the challenging treks, you’ll experience lovely meadows & pine trees. Before we sleep, we’ll have a chit-chat about the day and a few performances alongside the bonfire. 02

Day 2

Trek to Shedopathar – Chokigod: With this day, comes the most special day of the trek. Be ready to experience the memory of your life. As said, these parts of nature have been untouched and raw, giving you an experience of a lifetime. Today, we’ll begin early towards Shedopathar, 3 to 4 hours from Sorogin, with the most beautiful combination of lush greenery and snow, best justified during noon. As we have lunch and regain our energies, we move towards Chokigod, the ultimate destination, which is just half an hour from Shedopathar, however the time can differ depending on the participants, as the trek can be a little challenging. We then come back to Shedopathar for an overnight stay. 03

Day 3

Back to Base Camp: Unlike other treks, this trek is a special one, as we take a different descending route when in comparison to the ascending one, offering you two different breathtaking experiences as we trek back from Shedopathar to Hustle Turtle Base Camp. The rest of the day can be utilized to either go for local sightseeing or you can choose to go for adventure sports. There’s always the option of taking a well deserved afternoon nap in the shadows of apple trees in our base camp. A private drop to Patlikuhal will be provided, we can also assist you with the bus timings from Patlikuhal. 04

Day 4

The Trek starts from the Hustle Turtle Base Camp which is located in Hallan-i-village. The village can be reached by road as it lies in between Manali and Kullu.

All the buses travel from Kullu to Manali via 'Patlikuhal', a small Village Tehsil in Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh State, founded by an eminent traveler and Historian, Sushil Yadav.

Hustle Turtle will organize transport for trekkers from Patlikuhal to the Hustle Turtle Base Camp in private vehicles on Day 1 of the trek. The vehicles will be available for pickup from morning 6 am to 10 am as this is when most of buses from Delhi and Chandigarh cross Patlikuhal to reach Manali.

Manali is well connected to Delhi and Chandigarh. If you take an overnight bus from Delhi, it will take you 12-14 hours to reach Manali. An overnight bus from Chandigarh will take you around 8 hours to reach Manali.

Tickets can be booked online at www.redbus.in or www.hrtc.gov.in. Choose government buses such as HPTDC and HRTC as they usually run on schedule. The last government bus leaves ISBT Kashmere Gate at 8.30 pm.

On the last day of the trek, to go back from Hustle Turtle Base Camp to Patlikuhal, we'll arrange private transport post-lunch. You can also extend your stay with us if you wish to stay back for a day and relax, we can offer to drop you the next too. We'll also help you with the bus timings as per the day's schedule.
The last Volvo bus from Manali to Delhi leaves Manali Depot at 8 pm.

At Hustle Turtle, we want you to have a great trekking experience with best of the gears at negligible pricing. As every Himalayan Trek requires a plethora of types of equipment and gears which are costly and very unlikely to be of any daily use.

Aspiring trekkers often argue which are the necessary gears and which ones can they successfully trek without. This leaves them confused and clueless about the essentials to carry. In confusion, sometimes it so happens that trekkers tend to miss the basic important ones.

To tackle this situation, we at Hustle Turtle have come up with a brilliant and cost-efficient solution that will enable every trekker traveling with Hustle Turtle to have best in class gears and equipments at their disposal.

Beyond your personal clothes and trekking shoes, everything else will be provided by Hustle Turtle for free. There will be a safety deposit that you’ll have to submit at the Base Camp as you collect your gear.

This deposit will be returned to you once you return all the gear in the condition it was given to you. The deposit will be mere Rs. 1500. If you damage or lose any of your gear, a price equivalent to the gear damaged/lost will be deducted from your deposit money.

Things you'll be provided by Hustle Turtle in the HustlePack:

BACKPACK - An excellent quality backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame containing everything you require for the Himalayan trekking experience will be provided. The backpack will also come with a rain cover to help you keep your stuff dry in case it starts raining.

SYNTHETIC HAND GLOVES - We'll provide you with a pair of waterproof hand gloves for trekking along with fire snowballs at your companions without having to worry about your gloves getting wet. We recommend you bring along a pair of woolen gloves to keep you warm in the nights.

SUNCAP/BALACLAVA - To keep you safe from the UV lights as you reach high altitude.

TREKKING POLE - Trekking pole is a very important and yet often neglected piece of equipment for having a great trekking experience. A trekking pole will act as your third leg and will help you save 40 percent of your energy while climbing or defending the mountain.

CUTLERY -Appropriate cutlery will be provided to have your meals while on the trek. You’ll be expected to wash your cutlery yourself as it will be unfair to make one person wash so many people’s utensils in that extreme cold water.

HEADLAMP/ LED TOURCH - A headlamp is a very useful gear to have while in the mountains as it lets you have both your hands free to work and also help you light up your way if you’re to travel to the washroom alone in the night or go around the camp looking for your friends.

PONCHO - It can rain anytime on any of the treks in any month while you are in the Indian Himalayas. Having a poncho that will cover you from your head to the knee and also your backpack is a blessing to have during such times. We'll provide you with a full-sized poncho that’ll be of a great assistance in case it rains.

WHISTLE - Emergency can pop up anytime and it is very difficult to call upon your friends or trek leader in such situations. Having a whistle tied up in your backpack or your clothing will help you stay one step ahead in terms of communication and ensure your safety in case you are lost. Blowing a high pitch whistle is way easier and sensible than calling out names in the mighty mountains.

Things you have to bring yourself:

Two to three warm layers - It will get extremely cold in the evening and that is when you will require at least two if not three layers of warm clothing. We suggest you bring a sweater, a fleece jacket, and a padded jacket to help you protect against the night chill. For the night is cold and full of snow.

Two collared T-shirts - It is advised to bring two full sleeve T-shirts the twill protect you from sunburns on the neck and arms. Also carry one extra T-shirt in case these two get wet. But please do not carry more than this as it will be you who’ll have to carry your backpack all the way to the summit and overload is only going to make that difficult.

Two trek pants - One pair of pants will take you through the trek but it is smart to bring two pairs of pants as one might get wet. Please make sure you bring cotton or synthetic trek pants and not jeans as your skin needs to breath and also they should dry up quick and be comfortable to help you trek better.

Sunglasses - Sunglasses are very important for trekking in the snow-clad mountains of Himalayas. Snow-blindness is one of the most common problems faced by trekkers because of the reflection of light from the bright white snow. Carry good quality sunglasses as they need to fight UV lights and not just look cool.

Socks - Carry 2 pairs of cotton socks that are thick and comfortable. Please do not carry ankle length socks as you’ll be wearing trekking shoes that extend till your ankles and you need to have a layer cloth between the skin and the footwear.

Woollen Socks and cap -A pair of woollen socks and a warm woollen cap to keep your feet and head warm in the night will be a great help to have a good night sleep.

Undergarments - Carry sufficient undergarments as it is important for you to switch them after a certain time to maintain personal hygiene.

Spare polythene bags and ziplocks - To keep your dirty clothes and socks.

Toiletry pouch -Carry a sun screen lotion (SPF 40+), petroleum jelly, hand sanitiser, mosquito repellent lotion, Face wash and a roll of toilet paper. Along with this, carry a pouch of medicines you take if you take any.

Water Bottles- Carry two - 1ltr water bottles and a Lunch box.

What is the style of accommodation in the treks?
What about washrooms and toilets during the treks?

We will setup toilet tents close to the trekking site to help you address the nature’s call. The number of toilet tents will vary according to the group size. There will be deep pits inside the toilet tents which will be covered up with soil and mud as we leave the site.We urge you to use toilet paper as these will be dry toilets.

What kind temperature we will experience?

During the daytime temperature is within 15 to 20 degree Celsius while in night it drops to 0 to -5 degree Celsius.

How is the food?

Hustle Turtle offers a healthy and nutritious vegetarian diet which is recommended for high altitude treks. Jain food will also be available. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner is included in the package.

Will there be snow on this trek?

There are very high chances of coming across snow on various occasions during this trek. The amount of snow accumulated will largely depend on the snowfall rate during the last winter.

What will we do in case it starts raining during the trek?

We will make use of ponchos and backpack cover to shelter ourselves and our rucksacks from rain. We won’t be stopping our treks because of rains until there’s a very heavy rainfall that might cause damage to us in any manner. This decision will be taken by the trek leader and trek expert with the group. All tents are waterproof and hence you need not of rain if you’re already tucked safely inside your sleeping bags in your tents.

At what time should we reach Patlikuhal?

Hustle Turtle will arrange for pick up from Patlikuhal from 6 am to 10 am on the first day of the trek as this is when majority of buses cross Patlikuhal to reach Manali. Please ensure you catch a bus from Delhi or Chandigarh to fulfil this time restrain. In case you miss the 10 am deadline to reach Patlikuhal, contact the number provided and someone from Hustle Turtle team will come along to pick you up.

When should we book our return tickets and from where?

As mentioned in the itinerary, the trek will end at the Base Camp of Hustle Turtle on the mentioned day. You can either book a return bus ticket for the evening of the same day or choose to stay back for another day of adventure in the Base Camp or Kullu. There will be activities like White Water River Rafting and Paragliding that you could choose from or set back and relax in the base camp for a good day of relaxation and serenity as you absorb the mountain air and chill.

What is the best way to reach Hustle Turtle Base Camp?

There are overnight buses from Delhi and Chandigarh to reach Patlikuhal. Patlikuhal falls between your journey from Kullu to Manali. Book a ticket straight to this destination and not for Manali or Kullu. We will have transport service from Patlikuhal to the Base Camp from 6 am to 10 am. Please ensure you catch a bus accordingly.

Are backpacks, raincoats and other equipment to be brought by us?

Backpacks (Rucksack), raincoats (Poncho), Trekking Poles, Balaclava, Headlights, Mugs, Plates and other equipment will be provided to you once you reach Hustle Turtle Base Camp. You do not have to worry about anything except for your clothes, toiletries, trekking shoes and multiple layers of warm clothes while you are trekking with us. We want you to spend minimum post your trek fees to be well equipped and geared up to complete a successful trekking adventure.

Is this a good trek for a first timer?

Yes. This trek is a Moderate level trek. Fit first timers can go for it. However, irrespective of your past trekking experience, mandatory fitness preparation is required before every high altitude trek. An ability to jog 5 km in 35 minutes should help with this trek.

Who will be there on the trek with us from Hustle Turtle?

There will be a trained and professional trek leader and a trek expert on every trek of Hustle Turtle. There will be 1 trek guide against every 8 trekkers for each of our trekking adventures. There will be porters, cooks, helpers and technical guides on every Hustle Turtle trek to ensure optimal experience and abundance of expertise and knowledge. These people will be trained in First-Aid and other emergency situation reaction qualities.

When it gets really cold can I consume alcohol?

Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially on high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead it opens your pores making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence consumption of alcohol is absolutely prohibited on all Hustle Turtle treks. Anyone found with alcohol is immediately removed from the trek. Smoking, similarly, is not allowed on Hustle Turtle treks.

What kind of food will be served on the treks?

Hustle Turtle will provide with vegetarian Indian food, fruits, desserts and soups. We use a well planned menu suitable for high altitude treks. Breakfast varies from bread and butter, sevaiya, poha to sandwiches and cornflakes. Lunch mainly comprises of roti or puri with sabzi. Dinner is complete with Dal, rice, roti, sabzi and occasional dessert. Dry ration of biscuits, dry fruits, and chikki will be provided as well. You need not carry any food on the treks as that will increase the weight of the rucksack you are supposed to carry on your shoulders for day’s length

Will I get mobile network on the trek? Are there any electricity charging points on the trek?

Hustle Turtle Base Camp would be the last place where you will find electricity and charging points on the trek. BSNL, Vodafone and Airtel networks are available up to some points in the mountains. We will use whistles to communicate in case of emergency.

How long do we trek every day? What is the distance covered?

We will travel as per the itinerary. Please refer to the trek itinerary for more details about how long will we travel each day. We plan to reach every campsite by the mid afternoon so that there’s plenty of time on our hands to rest for the next day and have quality connecting time with other trekkers in your group. There will be different distance to be covered each day depending on the terrain to be climbed and difficulties that lay ahead of us.

How do I manage the negative temperatures on the trek? Do I need special jackets?

At a 14,000 ft altitude, temperatures are sure to dip into negative at nights. For these extreme cold temperatures, you need to keep the rule of 3 in mind. The rule of 3 usually takes care of cold that dip to -10°C. It is a simple formula of wearing 3 layers of woollen, inners and lower wear.
Follow this guide:
Wear one thermal and two T-shirts, three layers of woollens (two sweaters and a jacket). For your lowers wear a thermal inner with two layers of track suit. If you are prone to more cold, just add a layer.
The temperatures dip only late in the evening and early mornings. During the day if the sun is out, then you may even be trekking in your T-shirts. Make sure you use your thermal wear only at night and not while trekking.
A woollen cap/balaclava and gloves are a must.

Do I need special snowshoes for the trek?

You don’t need special snow shoes. A good trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek. We recommend a pair that is water resistant. Keep sufficient spare socks for a quick change incase the snow wets the insides of the shoes. Hustle Turtle will provide gaiters and micro-spikes, if necessary, to prevent you from slipping on snow and to reduce the amount of snow getting in.

Is it safe to trek with Hustle Turtle?

All high altitude treks come with their share of risks. At Hustle Turtle, we pay utmost importance to safety of trekkers. While we do our bit to ensure a trekker is safe, we also expect any trekker who is enrolling with us to know what could go wrong, and if it does, how to tackle it. Before you go on the trek, make sure you’re thoroughly acquainted with the safety procedures followed on a trek. Study about AMS and other high altitude related diseases and make sure you’re fit to go on this adventure.

What are the interesting places to visit if I have time before or after the trek?

You can spend time exploring the popular hill station of Manali and surrounding places. We would recommend Adventure activities around the area if you haven’t experienced them all at least once if not many. You can visit many temples and places of historical significance around Naggar, Kullu, Manali and Solang Valley.