Overview
Region :- Uttarakhand
Duration :- 6 Days
Grade :- Easy To Moderate
Max Altitude :- 13,260 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 56 Kms.
Description

Vijay Top lies at an elevation of 3878 metres in the famous Govind Wildlife Sanctuary of Uttarkashi district. It is not known much by people but this trek has all the qualities which Kedarkantha Trek possesses. But the only difference is, the trails are untouched and not traversed by many, if you want to be away from the cacophony of cities and other groups of trekkers on the trek routes, then this winter choose “Vijay Top”.

The real beauty of the magnificent mountains is revealed here, it remains engulfed by the snowfall in winters. A thick snow sheet covers this mighty peak making it pristine and in summers the scenery changes from white to all green which resembles the wonderland not traversed by many. This trek is hidden beauty among the Himalayan Mountains not known by the trekkers and can be called a true gem.

It starts from the village “Bhitri” which is the last on trail and you go through many Himalayan villages located uphill and the people with their smiling faces seems to be the happiest. The houses made of wood, well designed temples and food cultivation amidst the crude nature will ignite a craving to know them in close proximity.

Vijay Top was explored by team “HPMA” in 2006

This virgin trek lies in Govind Wildlife Sanctuary of Uttarkashi district at an altitude of (3878 m) which was explored by “Har Ki Dun Protection and Mountaineering Association” in 2006. A not known trek with few traces of footsteps “Vijay Top” is the real paradise overshadowing all other mighty peaks in Garhwal Himalayas.

A Real Paradise in Winters

The real beauty of the magnificent mountains is revealed here, it remains engulfed by the snowfall in winters. A thick snow sheet covers this mighty peak making it pristine and in summers the scenery changes from white to all green which resembles the wonderland not traversed by many. This trek is hidden beauty among the Himalayan Mountains not known by the trekkers and can be called a true gem.

Last village “Bhitri” in Vijay Top Trek
It starts from the village “Bhitri” which is the last on the trail and you go through many Himalayan villages located uphill and the people with their smiling faces seem to be the happiest. The houses made of wood, well-designed temples, and food cultivation amidst the crude nature will ignite a craving to know them in close proximity.

Unparalleled Summit Views in Vijay Top Trek

Vijay top is at an altitude of 3878 m and from there Kedarkantha peak (3,800 m) can be clearly seen. The panorama sight of snow-covered mountains is spectacular.

One can see Swargarohini – (I) (II) (III) (6300 m), Bandar poonch (6316 m) and Black peak (6387 m) all together. One can also see Rupin & Supin valley, Baraadsar range, Kanasar Lake, Phulara ridge, Bali Pass and Sarutal. The panorama views will make you add Vijay top in the list of your favorite treks.

About Vijay Top

  • This virgin trek lies in Govind Wildlife Sanctuary of Uttarkashi district at an altitude of (3878 m)
  • It remains engulfed by the snowfall in winters.
  • It starts from the village “Bhitri” which is the last on the trail.
  • The houses made of wood, well-designed temples, and food cultivation amidst the crude nature will ignite a craving to know them in close proximity.

One can see Swargarohini (I) (II) (III) (6300 m), Bandar Poonch (6316 m) and Black peak (6387 m) altogether. One can also see Rupin & Supin valley, Baraadsar range, Kanasar Lake, Phulara ridge, Bali Pass and Sarutal.

Highlights of this Trek

This trek was explored by team HPMA in 2006 since then not many trekkers have known about this trek, but this is the real paradise overshadowing all other mighty peaks in Garhwal Himalayas. A thick snow sheet covers this mighty peak making it pristine and in summers the scenery changes from white to all green which resembles the wonderland not traversed by many.

  • Duration – 06 days (Dehradun to Dehradun)
  • Best Season – March April, May, June, July, August, September, and October
  • Level – Easy to Moderate
  • Highest Points –(3878 m)
  • Summer Temperature – (5°C to 15°C)
  • Winter Temperature – (-2°C to -5°C) (-5°C to -10°C)
  • Starting point – Dehradun Railway station

Altitude you are going to cover

  • Himari (5,100 feet)
  • Sarutal (2000 m)
  • Badang (2600 m)
  • Vijay Top (3878 m)

These points should not be avoided

1. Proper conditioning and training of body required

2. Proper gear and clothing for sub-zero temperatures

3. Sturdy hiking shoes are important

4. High altitude requires proper acclimatization

5. Intermittent or no signals

6. Carry travel light

7. Weather is unpredicted so the itinerary is flexible

Day 2 Day Itinerary

Day 1 : Pickup to you from Dehradun railway station drive to Khanyasni camp

Total distance 235 km – 9/10 Hours journey

 Mode of journey – By taxi

 Altitude – Khanyasni camp – 1878 Meter

 Night stay – Our Campsite – on twin share basis

Himalayan Hikers organizes transport for trekkers from Dehradun Railway Station in the morning which will leave for Khanyasni camp around 6:00 am to 7:00 am.

Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand and one of the most beautiful places in India. The main attraction of this place is Rajpur road go through it and get a glimpse of Dehradun’s beauty. Reach Mussoorie after an hour which is also known as “Queen of Hills”. People visit it heavily during vacations with their family and friends.

After half an hour, stop at kempty fall. Have breakfast there and witness people from different parts of the world. The break will be of maximum 1 hour. Ahead the peaks are visible and further you will come close to holy Yamuna River. If you want, then take a short break of 20 minutes and enjoy being around it.

Further you will cross the small markets of Nainbagh, Damta and Naugaon. Reach Purola around 1:30 pm and take a break there for lunch. After having lunch proceed to Sankri via Jarmola. From there the back of Kedarkantha is visible. Go through the picturesque zig zag road amid pine forest of Jarmola.

Reach Mori and after 1 hour you will come across a check post Naitwar, reaching the Khanyasni camp site you will enjoy the tea or snacks.

Day 2 : Khanyasni camp to Sarutal camp

 Total distance 08 km – 4/5 Hours journey

 Mode of journey – On foot

 Altitude Sarutal camp – 2000 Meter

 Night Stay – Our Campsite – on twin share basis

Post breakfast start your trek by following the right of river Rupin (1500 m) to Pujali and Bitri village. There are many apple orchards and fields at Bitri which lies at an altitude of 2000 m.
You can see traditional values and local life of the villagers. Wheat and cultivation of red rice is done here. Now, the trail takes you through dense pine forest from where Himachal Mountains will be visible and also Changsheel valley can be seen from the top of Bitri village.
We will setup our camps a kilometer further at a wide meadow “Sarutal”. After setting up the camps and having food retire for the night.

Day 3 :Trek from Sarutal camp to Badang camp

 Trek Distance  08 km – 5/6 Hours journey

 Mode of journey – On foot

 Altitude – Badang camp – 2600 Meter

 Night Stay – Our Camp site – on twin share basis

Have breakfast at the camp and then start you trek towards Badang camp . A high ridge divides the valley of Rupin and Supin valley which gives panorama views of the mountains.
Towards the north you can see peaks of Himachal with amusing views of a unique mountain with 4 peaks Swargarohini. Go through dense forest sections and gradually gain height. Rupin and Supin River are visible on the meandering course, you will come across streams on the way where you can take breaks.
Badang is a green wide meadow and a great camping spot. Setup your camps and retire for the night.

Day 4 : Trek from Badang camp to via Vijay Top (3800 Meter) back to Badang camp

 Trek Distance 12 km – 5/6 Hours journey

 Mode of journey – On foot

 Altitude – Vijay top – 3800 Meter

 Night Stay – Camp site – on twin share basis

Today you will be reaching Vijay Top by ascending all along the journey, there are no descends. In winters the trails get covered in snow and the ascend get difficult but the adventure gets doubled and traversing the summit gives more satisfaction.

The trek is through forest, go through the trails which not many have seen and are hidden. You can spot animals traces because this is home to a number of species. As you go higher the mountain views get clearer and the first glance of the summit will push you to climb for more enthralling views.

The climb to the top is moderate but some parts are challenging because of steep ascent and snow on trail. But, once you finally climb up the first thing which your eyes would notice are the 360 degree views of Kedarkantha (3800 m), Bandarpoonch, Black Peak, Swargarohini (I) (II) (III), Baraadsar Range, Phulara Ridge, Rupin and Supin valley, Kanasar Lakeand Sarutal.

Spend some at the top and be at peace, then start descending towards the wide meadow “Badang” where you camped last night. Reach there and get a chance to stay there one more night.

Day 5 : Trek from Badang camp to Bhitri village (8 km) (4/5 Hours) same day drive to Sankri (33 km) over night stay hotel

 Trek Distance – 08 km – 5/6 Hours journey

 Mode of journey – On foot

 Altitude –Sankri – 1920 Meter

 Night Stay – Our Hotel – on twin share basis

Do not miss to see the rising sun in such serene environment, have a cup of tea and let all the hostile things flow out and be totally at peace watching the pristine beauty. You will again notice Swargarohini, the beautiful mountain amongst all is staring at you with magnificent eyes.

Bid a warm goodbye to this place and head for Sarutal, again you are going to Bhitri village here. The trek is going to be descending till you reach the Tal, go through the forest sections and wide and small meadows. The beautiful sights will accompany you until you reach the Bitari road head.

When you reach Bhitri village, same day drive to Sankri market, relish the beauty of nature. Explore nearby places and then wait for delicious food to be served. After having dinner sleep comfortably in hotel

Day 6 : Drive from Sankri to Dehradun by taxi

 Total distance – 210 km – 8/9 Hours journey

 Mode of journey – by taxi

Today – It is your last breakfast on this trek with Himalayan Hikers team. The certificates will be given and after some beautiful photos we will bid you all a goodbye from Sankri.