Munsyari & Beyond
Venue - Shaama & Nachani
Nachani Beach Camp: Life around the blue river
A pristine sun soaked beach along the cool blue Ramganaga. Given its modest altitude, enjoying the warm sunny days and cool swims in the river, one can easily forget that the icy Himalayan peaks loom just around the bend from Munsiyari. We stay in neat alpine tents on the beach, ride mountain bikes, learn to guide Kayaks, catch fish in the river, hike along birding trails, explore vast caves, enjoy a delicious Kumaoni meal in the village and sleep every night under a star cluttered sky.
Camp Shaama: Peninsula in the sky
50 kms from Bageshwar, is the roadhead of Shaama, From here we hike along the ‘Gyandhura’ ridge for 2 kms to reach a small table top at an altitude of 7500 ft. Here you are in the heart of the Central Himalayan wilderness surrounded by the biggest indian peaks – Nanda Devi (7848 m), Nanda Kot (6861m), Trishul (7120 m). We stay is small stone cottages just above the beautiful Gyandhura village. The site offers a spectacular 270 degrees view of the Himalayas up close, as the land drops away on all sides into vast forested valleys of the gleaming Ramganga below.
Know Your Program
Gather at domestic airport and meet team Kshitij. Board in afternoon flight. Reach Old Delhi before 8 pm. Onwards travel by Ranikhet Express-Sleeper Coach. (Flight ticket charges are not included in program charges. Parents would have to book flight tickets on their own in flight number provided by Kshitij. Kshitij faculty will be traveling with participants in the same flight.)
Early morning drive to Ramganga beach camp, Nachni jeeps via Seraghat, Berinag and Thal. Have breakfast & lunch enroute.Reach Ramganga camp at Naachni by early evening. Freshening up, settle down in neat alpine tents on the beach.
Evening by the river – swimming with life jackets, introduction to river Kayaks.Walk through the Rigonia village and hill farms. Play several beach games. Camp overnight next to the river.
Spend the whole day by the river as per you interest in inclination:
- Learn to guide Kayaks in the river.
- Body surfing the river.
- Slithering from the bridge into the river.
Evening: Cook potatoes etc if you’re vegetarian
Mountain bike rides along the river road. Explore the surrounding valley. Hike through the forest to a huge cave. The cave has incredible stalactite formations. Return to the camp by evening.
The last night at the Nachani Beach Camp.
Breakfast and a last swim in the river.
Drive to Shaama (1 ½ hrs) and hike up the Gyandhura ridge (2 miles) to reach Camp Shaama for Lunch. Deep relaxation on sunlight terraces, clear blue skies and spectacular Himalayan sunsets. The world falls down steeply on all three sides of this peninsula jutting out into the Ramganga Valley. Surrounded by snow-covered peaks the ground below you slithers snake-like far away. Someone, who went there, called it “a floating island in the sea of mountains.”
Walk through the Gyanadhura village. Interact with local villagers – .Harvest your own veggies for your Lunch Salad, make and drink fresh buttermilk. Try traditional village based activities like manual grain grinders. Making mats using the Ringal creeper
Earn your meal: Do a chore for the village family in return. Enjoy a Kumaoni meal in the village.
Relaxed evening at the campsite , endless cups of tea. Warm campfire and barbeques on a cold nights.
Overnight at Camp Shaama.
Early morning bird watching and photography trail. Enjoy breakfast on sunlight terraces made from fresh organic high altitude farm produce.
Hike along the ridge to high ridge to reach the highest mountain top in the region (mostly hidden in the clouds) and a local shiva pilgrimage.
Participants can carry small back packs, tents and other rations for an overnight camp. Set up camp for the night, pitch tents, collect firewood. Camp overnight near the temple high above Ramganga river valley totally cut off from civilization.
Design your own treasure hunt
Pack up and walk down to the road head. Drive to Kathgodam (Lunch & Dinner enroute).
Board Ranikhet express at 8:00 p.m.
Day 10Arrive Delhi early morning and take flight post 11 am from Delhi. Arrive Mumbai Airport. (Flight ticket charges are not included in package. Parents would have to book it on their own. Before flight booking kindly get in touch with Kshitij to confirm flight number and time. Kshitij Faculty will be traveling with kids in the same flight)
This is a sample itinerary. Kshitij reserves the right to cancel or alter any aspect of our program as a result of unforeseen circumstances, including weather, environment or health hazards. To the best of our ability, substitution of activities will be comparable to, or better than the original activity.
Terms & Conditions
What to Bring!
Pair of Clothes (6-7 T Shirts & 2 Full Jeans + 2 Full Track Pants), 1 Haversack Bag & 1 Small Shoulder Bag, Safety Pins, Water Bottle, Handkerchiefs, 2 Night Suit, Sport Shoes & Floater/ Slippers, Toiletry Pouch, Towel, Cap, Sun Screen Lotion,Odomos Mosquito Cream, Cold Cream, Lip Balm, Dairy Pen, 4 Extra Pair of Socks, Torch with new Batteries, Sunglasses, Swimming Costume (Nylon T-Shirt & Shorts (for Boys) & Nylon tights with Nylon Round Neck T-Shirts (for Girls)), Full Sleeves Jacket, Electoral Powder and Camphor
Optional: Camera, Binocular
What not to Bring!
Expensive Jewelry, Walkmans or Radio, Cellular Phone, Electronic Games, Junk Food, Cold Drinks
01 May to 10 May
13 to 18 Years
13 to 18 Years - 23800 + 5% GST