Trek to Dronagiri AKA Sanjeevani Parvat
Trek to one of the most beautiful and unexplored places, famously known as the Sanjeevani Parvat - Dronagiri!
Dronagiri, 3,658m (12,000ft) – is one of those little and ancient villages with a mere population of 70-80 people and just one satellite phone. Far away from the digital world and its advances, this village is very close to mother nature. Dronagiri is the only peak which has lent its name to a village in the vicinity or in India for a matter of fact. Dronagiri also happens to be the same mountain that Lord Hanuman lifted to save Lord Laxman in the Indian mythology, Ramayana. Interesting facts about the mountain, do not end here. A popular belief among the locals in Dronagiri is that Lord Hanuman, while taking the Sanjeevani mountain with him, accidentally broke the arm of the local deity there. This is the reason why Lord Hanuman is not worshipped in Dronagiri village.
After due considerations and after understanding the guidelines and precautions set by the respective State Governments and the Government of India, we have decided to resume our operations and reopen our treks, ensuring the full safety and security of our Nomads and our on-ground staff.
- Click here more about the safety protocols followed by TrekNomads before, during and after the trek.
With the changing travel advisories and newer regulations coming into the picture, we understand that deciding and booking a trek can get tricky. We have relaxed our cancellation policy, read our new terms and conditions for cancellation here
What is included in the tour
- Transportation to & fro from Rishikesh in a private vehicle
- 2 nights 3-star hotel stay with breakfast at Rishikesh
- 2 nights resort stay at Auli
- 2 nights hotel stay at Joshimath
- 2 nights tented accommodation
- Accommodation on a double/triple sharing basis
- Trek equipment: Sleeping bags, Mattresses, Utensils, Ropes
- Tents: Trekkers tent (twin/triple sharing), Kitchen & Dining tent, Toilet tent
- Porter for 1 - 60 ltr Bag (Max 10 kgs)
- Entry Permit Fee, Guide Fee & Driver Bata
- Standard vegetarian food for breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, and dinner during trek days
- 5 days trekking with an experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide and assistant trek guide (Number of guides depending on the group size)
- 1 Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader
- Insurance, meals, transportations daily salary of guide & porter
- Nomads are allowed to carry only 10 kg personal luggage on trek
- Basic First aid Kit
- Personal accident insurance
- All government, local taxes and service charges
- TrekNomads Fee, Trek Captain support and expertise
- 40% discount on Fast&Up products
- Personalized Dri-Fit T-Shirt
- TrekNomads goodies
What is NOT included in the tour
- The cost to reach Rishikesh and back
- Airport Pick up and Drop Off
- Personal trekking gear
- Tips for guide, chef, porter, etc (calculated per person)
- Excess baggage charges, if it exceeds 10 kg
- Local sightseeing and entrance fee, camera fee, etc
- Mineral water or any type of soft drinks
- Hot water for shower, etc, during the trek
- Extra meals apart from inclusions
- Food during travel days
- Lunch and dinner at Rishikesh 3-star hotel stay
- Any other expenses incurred apart from inclusions
- Any other tickets like cable chair, cable car, etc.
- All personal, medical, evacuation and emergency expenses like extra day stay or vehicle charges due to delays, landslides, evacuation
- Spend a day in Rishikesh and catch a glimpse of the sacred Ganga Arati
- Travel to Auli, the Ski Capital of India via the 4 Holy Confluences of River Ganga
- Stay in Auli for 2 nights
- Acclimatization trek to Gorsan Bugyal
- Get a good view of the revered mountain, Nanda Devi along with the Hathi and Ghoda Parvat
- Day trek to Dronagiri village via Rwing
- Camp in Dronagiri for 2 nights
- Day trek to the sacred Nandi Kund. Check a detailed photoblog on our trek to Nandi Kund here.
- Visit the Badrinath Temple, one of the four Char Dham Pilgrimage Site
- Travel to Mana, India's last village on the Indo-Tibet border
- Explore the caves of Veda Vyas, the origin of River Saraswati and Bheem Pul and Ganesha Gufa (The cave where Lord Ganesha wrote the Mahabharata)
- Stay in Joshimath for 2 nights.
- Joshimath: 6,150 ft (1,875 m)
- Auli: 10,544 ft (3,214 m)
- Jumma: 7,500 ft (2,286 m)
- Rwing: 7,851 ft (2,393 m)
- Dronagiri Village: 12,001 ft (3,658 m)
- Nandi Kund: 13,000 ft (3,962 m)
- Badrinath: 10,828 ft (3,300 m)
- Mana: 10,561 ft (3,219 m)
- Trek Gradient: Moderate
- Trek Distance: 60+ Km
- Assembling Point: Haridwar
- Average Temperature: -5°C to 20°C
- Travel Distance: 700+ Km
- Best Months to trek: April, May September, October
- Day 1 - Arrive at Rishikesh, sightseeing
- Day 2 - Travel to Auli via 4 holy confluence on River Ganga (Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag, Nandprayag). Stay at Auli
- Day 3 - Trek to Gorsan Peak
- Day 4 - Travel from Joshimath to Jumma around 45km. Then 3km trek to Ruing village. Further trek 8km from Ruing village to Dronagiri village base camp
- Day 5 - Trek to Nandi Kund.
- Day 6 - Descend to Jumma and then travel back to Joshimath.
- Day 7 - Visit Badrinath Temple and Manna Village (Travel via the 5th holy confluence of River Ganga - Vishnuprayag). Stay at Joshimath.
- Day 8 - Departure from Joshimath early in the morning to Rishikesh.
- Day 9 - Travel back to your city.
Day 1: Rishikesh
Elevation: 1,030 ft (312 m)
Arrive in Rishikesh and check in to the hotel. Meet your fellow trekkers in a meet and greet session where you will also be prepped for the upcoming trek. In the evening, head out to witness the magnificent Ganga Arati and explore the authentic local cultures of India. Stay the night at Rishikesh.
Day 2: Auli
Elevation: 8,202 ft (2,500 m)
Travel Duration: 7-8 hours
On day 2 you start your journey from Haridwar to Auli. Witness the four confluences of the sacred River Ganga (Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandprayag) en route and also get the very first glimpse of the snow-clad peaks when you're about to arrive in Auli. Check in to the hotel and stay the night at Auli.
Day 3: Gorsan Bugyal
Elevation: 10,544 ft (3,214 m)
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours
On day 3, wake up early in the morning and head out on an acclimatization trek to the extremely beautiful Gorsan Bugyal. Pass through one of India's high altitude man-made lakes - Chenab Lake and also get a good view of the revered Mt. Nanda Devi along with other peaks such as Hathi Parvat, Ghoda Parvat and Mt. Dronagiri. Stay the night in Auli.
Day 4: Dronagiri Village
Elevation: 12,001 ft (3,658 m)
Trek Duration: 8-9 hours
On Day 4 you start your journey from Joshimath to Jumma. After you arrive in Jumma, you start your trek towards your first base point, Rwing Village. The trail till Rwing is considerably easier. The ascend gets more challenging as you start trekking towards Dronagiri Village from Rwing. While the trail may be tough, but it is just as mesmerizing. You will arrive in Dronagiri Village by evening, you will camp the next two nights in Dronagiri Village.
Day 5: Nandi Kund
Elevation: 15755 ft (4805 m)
Trek Duration: 8 hours
Wake up early in the morning to witness the magnificent sunrise that lights up the Garhwal mountains. Today you trek to the revered Nandi Kund. This high-altitude lake remains frozen through the winter seasons and opens up with crystal clear waters during the rest of the year. The trek to Nandi Kund is about 4 Km long and is a steep climb from the Dronagiri village. Owing to the high altitude, this trek is strenuous yet thrilling with some amazing views of the Garhwal mountains, including the mighty Dronagiri Peak.
Day 6: Joshimath
Elevation: 6,150 ft (1,875 m)
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours
Today you start your trek back to Joshimath from Dronagiri Village. You will arrive in Joshimath by early evening and you can spend the rest of the day relaxing and unwinding.
Day 7: Badrinath/Mana
Elevation: 10,828 ft (3,300 m)
Travel Duration: 7-8 hours
Today depending on the weather** you travel from Joshimath to the revered land of Badrinath, one of the holy char Dham's and Mana, India's last village. The travel will also show you a good glimpse of the 5th Prayag, Vishnuprayag on the way to Badrinath and Mana. Stay the night in Joshimath
Day 8: Rishikesh
Elevation: 1,030 ft (312 m)
Travel Duration: 7 hours
On your last day, you travel back to Rishikesh from Joshimath via road giving you the final few glimpses of the white peaks and the beautiful Himalayas. Stay the night at Rishikesh
Day 9: Your City
Today you travel back to your city.
**Travel to Badrinath and Mana depends entirely on the weather conditions during November. If there is a chance of snowfall or there has been snowfall, we will move towards Rishikesh from Joshimath and spend the night there. This will be decided by our Trek Captain during the course of the trek.
Trekking in the Himalayas comes with its own set of risks. While adventure is fun and can be extremely thrilling, nature can be unpredictable, and to help secure you during your trek, it is of utmost importance that you are covered with insurance.
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Risk and Liability
We will endeavor to make your program smooth and as pleasant as possible. However, the entire course of trekking depends on the ranges of the mighty mountains, physical health, and environmental conditions. Therefore, TrekNomads shall not be responsible for any changes in the itineraries due to unavoidable circumstance and natural disasters such as landslide, road blockage, flood, snowing, cancellation of flight and delay, any types of sickness including altitude sickness.
High-altitude/Himalayan treks require every participant to maintain a certain form of physical fitness that will help them trek with ease. A good fitness regime followed by a healthy diet can help you get fit for a Himalayan/high-altitude trek. However, it is advised that you consult with your doctor and then participate in a Himalayan/high-altitude trek.
- Begin your training about 6 weeks before your departure
- Focus on building your stamina through Aerobics, Running, Stair Climbing, Swimming or Cycling about 3 - 4 times a week
- Build your core strength with resistance training through Squats, Lunges, Hip Hinging, Step Ups, Planks at least 3- 4 times a week
- Work on developing a breathing rhythm and expanding your lung capacity with deep breathing and Yoga
- As your trek approaches, head out on smaller treks to help you acclimatize yourself
- Don't miss out on exercising if you can help it, even a 30-minute workout regime followed religiously can take you a long way.
Do’s and Don’ts:
- We believe in leaving the mountains in a better condition, which is why we follow a no-litter policy on our treks. Each trekker will have to bring back the waste that is created during the trek.
- Trekking is best enjoyed when you’ve worn comfortable clothes. Try and avoid wearing Jeans, bright colors and heavy apparels as much as possible.
- A lighter backpack always helps you have a better trek, try and carry just as much as needed.
- Always be in sight of your trek lead, if you feel the need to stop for any reason at all, please keep the trek lead informed.
- If you do come across any reptiles, animals or even insects during the trek, please keep your calm and let it patiently pass by. Any kind of noise and panic will scare them as well.
- Do not venture out into the forest/waterfalls on your own as it may be dangerous.
- Trekking is a good adventure, having said that, it is our primary responsibility to take good care of ourselves and be compassionate towards fellow trekkers
- If, at any point, during the trek, you feel uneasy or unwell, please inform the trek lead immediately
- Tune in to the sounds of nature while on a trek and avoid carrying speakers or playing music during the course of the trek
- To help you enjoy the trek to the fullest, we avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol, and other intoxicants during the course of the trek