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Story by Daksha Johar
Reviewed: Pangarchulla Peak Trek Via Kuari Pass, Auli 2019

 Rated : 3.0

my first trekking experience on such a high mountain peak of Pangarchulla was amazing. Enjoyed overnight camping, it was an absolute fun with friends.

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Story by Dhanu Deshpande
Reviewed: Pangarchulla Peak Trek Via Kuari Pass, Auli 2019

 Rated : 3.0

Being a trekker, I am aware of all hardships that a beginner goes through. Trekking on Pangarchulla Peak trek is not so easy, since it is about 4700 meters high trekking so care must be taken in advance. The trails are moderate and contains bouldering rocks with steep slopes. It is a six days long trekking expedition which gives you an elegant opportunity to explore all nearby location and base points including Auli, Khulara, Kuari Pass and Haridwar off course.

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Story by Diptendu Patel
Reviewed: Pangarchulla Peak Trek Via Kuari Pass, Auli 2019

 Rated : 3.0

Panagarchulla Peak trek is a fantastic trekking point in entire himachal pradesh. Between kullu and Manali, it has some impressive locations that catches everyone’s attention. The snowy terrain fit for trekking and sheep grazing grounds at the basepoint is fit for camping.

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Story by Vasudha Bhattacharya
Reviewed: Pangarchulla Peak Trek Via Kuari Pass, Auli 2019

 Rated : 3.0

Guys, if you are starting out from Haridwar, then i would recommend you to visit some great locations like Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Pangarchullar Peak trek is an exciting trekking point and once you reach the summit point you will feel like an achievement.

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 Rated : 3.0

Apart from skiing sessions every morning, one get to have a nice camping and a good round of bird watching experience too. We also got evenings free to visit the local town for shopping and sight seeing. This is a week long vacation well spent. The food was good during the trip. It was in fact very tasty and good.

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 Rated : 3.0

The Day one of our trip started with a drive from Haridwar to Jayalgarh. After breakfast at Jayalgarh, we were taught about the basics of rafting, and after a brief session, we started to report to our leader. After lunch we had a basic rafting at the Lower Alaknanda. This was more of a teaching session. After sleeping that night in camp, the next morning we went to Chamoli where we rafter in the Upper Alaknanda until noon and moved to Nandaprayog. After a bit of sight seeing and knowing local culture of Nandaprayog, we spent the night again in tents. The Day 3 was the most challenging day, we rafted from Nandaprayog to Karanprayag. It was super tough and exhausting. However, it was fun. The next day was higher grafe rafting through 10-12 rapids and then stay at Gauchar. The final day ended with Grade 5 rafting at the Kakkar Fall, which is the show stopper of this adventure. After that we went back to Rishikesh.

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Story by Shresthi Sharma
Reviewed: Pangarchulla Peak Trek Via Kuari Pass, Auli 2019

 Rated : 3.0

Guys, be prepared in advance before starting you trekking on Pangarchulla Peak trek. The terrain is snow covered with bouldering rocks and has steep slopes . One week of trekking gives you all experience of embarking the trails, sight seeing and camping.

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Story by Kumari Pothuvaal
Reviewed: Pangarchulla Peak Trek Via Kuari Pass, Auli 2019

 Rated : 3.0

Saw the those mighty snow covered himalayas in peaks for the first time and it was a damn good experience. Spotted some wild animals in the trip. Trekking on Pangarchulla peak was not so easy but thanks to our guide whose instructions helped to complete the adventure.

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Story by Bhaswar Dubashi
Reviewed: Pangarchulla Peak Trek Via Kuari Pass, Auli 2019

 Rated : 3.0

Our journey started from the holy city of Haridwar and passing through Khulara, Kaveri Pass, Pangarchulla Peak, Dhak and back to Auli, we finished our trip. The base camp of Pangarchulla Peak trek is an ideal location for camping. You can visit many beautiful locations in your one week trip including some temples, small villages, snow covered mountains peaks of himalayas and small water springs too.

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Story by Anjushri Mehrotra
Reviewed: Chopta Chandrashila Trek, Uttarakhand

 Rated : 3.0

We had some really great trek here in Chopta Chandrashila Trek, Uttarakhand. I have never read or knew about this place until a colleague suggested and when we did go there, it was so nice and interesting. I really had a great time with this trek.

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Story by Saraswati Achari
Reviewed: Auli Skiing Tour, Uttarakhand 2019

 Rated : 3.0

I had a really great time here in skiing. It was quite good. Food options are not that great, but it was good definitely.

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Story by Narayan Pandey
Reviewed: Auli Skiing Tour, Uttarakhand 2019

 Rated : 3.0

The skiing by itself can cost you a bomb, so a tiny bit of advice here is to club a lot of places and then rent a cab or car and go around. Most of these places are in 400 miles radius so you can easily travel and enjoy the whole trip. We took this as a gang of 10 friends, 2 cars, it was just so best and worth it. Also, the skiing was just amazing. It was awesome. It was quite tough as it was my first time, definitely I did enjoy though.

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Story by Chandraayan Bharadwaj
Reviewed: Auli Skiing Tour, Uttarakhand 2019

 Rated : 3.0

The Auli skiing experience was really great. India is truly incredible. There are a lot it try here, but not many of us know about it. Once you try it, it can be simply the best. I totally loved it and it was the best skiing experience I have had.

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Story by Mangala Mishra
Reviewed: Auli Skiing Tour, Uttarakhand 2019

 Rated : 3.0

I loved the skiing in Auli. It was totally lovely. I had a really great time. I just want to do it again. Also, this trip is worth it if you cover other places like Rishikesh, Ladakh, Leh, together with this. Otherwise, the travel can be costly just to ski.

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Story by Bhima Mishra
Reviewed: Panpatia Glacier Trek, Uttarakhand 2019

 Rated : 3.0

Before you go on this trek, know everything about Uttrakhand. You won't be able to enjoy if you're not aware of it. And don't expect the guides to keep informing you about things because, they won't.

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 Rated : 3.0

The food was not so tasty and the lack of cellular networks when we reached the Deoria Tal point was quite dissapointing for me.

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Story by Lakhan Lakhan
Reviewed: Valley of Flowers Trek, Uttarakhand - 2019

 Rated : 1.0

This was a nice trek with medium difficulty. Trek exp was amazing overall. The sightseeing, valley, waterfall everything was amaizing. The Hemkund Gurudwara was par the best peaceful place I've ever scene. I am giving low rating, as the hotel staff, guide, hotel food was not meant to be consumed by humans. The ideal breakfast for hotel was paratha (plain) with tea. PAcked lunch was fried rice. Very disappointed with hospitality services. Very happy with the trip.

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Story by Vivek Sharma
Reviewed: Valley of Flowers Trek, Uttarakhand - 2019

 Rated : 1.0

This was the worst experience I had in 5 years of my trekking history. Still regretting the decision of booking this trek via Thrillophillia. The arrangement on the whole trek right from the beginning was totally awful and was far away from what was mentioned in trek package. 1. The bus used throughout the trek for surface transfer didn't have sufficient number of seats and we had to sit in the driver's cabin. Imagine sitting on some "SO CALLED" seats without any back and side support and that too while driving on hilly roads. My back is aching till date. 2. We were supposed to get stay at Govindghat on Triple/Quad sharing basis but we were put in a dormitory with 8 people in one room. Looks like you guys bunked your Mathematics classes in school. 3. The misery didn't end here and situation worsen after reaching the base camp at Ghangaria. As per your inclusions, we were supposed to get stay in Hotel with triple/quad sharing. But on the contrary we were put in tents that too with 8 people in one tent. The tents neither had enough space for 8 people nor did they were waterproof. Water kept on coming inside the tent throughout 3 days of stay at Ghangaria and we were just surviving/sleeping somehow within the water. What other option did we have??? My camera worth 50K also got damaged because of this rain water coming in. 4. The support staff and trekking guides weren't at all experienced and inadequate for the group of 34 people. There were only 2 guides for the group and one of them was going to this trek for the first time. They were hardly 20-21 years old and weren't able to manage the group. The people were scattered throughout the trek resulting in delays on every single day. 5. There was no proper representative of the vendor. Whosoever was present was unaware of the number of people coming and kept saying that we can't do much. I wasn't expecting such kind of experience after paying 10K for the trek. If I had gone alone, I would have surely managed it within 5K that too with a hassle-free experience. I still regret the decision of booking this trek via Thrillophillia. I would ensure that this doesn't happen again in future and will also put this via my social media channels to ensure that no one ever books a trek via Thrillophillia!

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Story by niharika.chandalia
Reviewed: Valley of Flowers Trek, Uttarakhand - 2019

 Rated : 1.0

Hi, just got back from a VOF trek. This is the experience of our entire team summed up. Dear Rohan, here is an account of what the trekkers had to face during our Valley of Flowers and Hemkunth Sahib trek from 12-17 Aug 18. There was no one to guide the trekkers to the bus at Haridwar station and none to brief us all as to where were we headed, what lies ahead and what to expect. Essentially there was no welcome feel at all. This started the tone for what was to follow. The delay due to natural causes was understood by the trekkers but the bus breakdown showed us the real casual and lackadaisical side of your company. I will also attach a video for you to see and the same will also be posted on other websites. The worst part was that your company people including you completely absolved yourself of all responsibility of the trekkers and were willing to put us through grave danger by continuing to ask us to drive till Ghangariya whereas it was clearly known to you all (and not us) that we will not be allowed to proceed beyond Gauchar. We finally spoke to you and halted at Srinagar for which we ‘paid directly’. A caveat which was amply used by the vendor at all conceivable places. It was sickening till the end that all vendor was interested in was money and the trekkers are damned. The next day ALL trekkers had boarded the bus at 0400 hrs as asked for. This showed our zeal and commitment but that was to be taken for a ride shortly. The accommodation at Ghangariya left much to be desired. Once again local restrictions were brought to the fore. But we fail to understand as to how arranging for good hygiene has anything to do with any place. It was lack of coordination and empathy at its best. The food served on all days except dinner on the last day was unpalatable and served in less than pathetic conditions. While the other groups were being looked after by their trek guides and teams we were left to fend for ourselves. The food was served in really bad and unhygienic casseroles and utensils and at one instance the cook even said ‘ pata nahi kyun aa jaate hain ye sab yahan par!!’ Need I say more. We were made to have food in an open corridor without any seating. I have already told you about the behaviour of one guy Ram regarding his reply to the hot water request from a trekker of another group. Mr Yogi too was very brash and all he kept reminding us of was that everything is ‘directly payable’ as if the trekker were a bunch of thugs who would run away. Except for day one, generic briefing, there was practically no briefing done, no interest shown and no guidance given. How much does it really take to keep an enthusiastic group looking forward to things and carrying back good memories. Valley of Flowers and Hemkunth Sahib both have a rich and fantastic story that the vendor team could have told us but alas! All they were ever interested in was ‘direct payment!!’ It is unfathomable that having paid over 10k each we still had to pay for a bucket of hot water!!! Incredible! Next up was the absolute lack of care and concern. During the trek, some of our injured or tired trekkers were helped by trek leaders of INDIAHIKES. On the last day when coming down to Govindghat, some injured trekkers were made to expedite saying that vehicles are waiting for long but on reaching the place there were no vehicles. All other groups kept leaving while our organizer's groups were left high waiting. The place where we were made to dine in Govindghat was an unfinished room. There was no place to even sit properly. People had to make do with broken camp tripod stools. Essentially everything points to the following:- 1. Lack of coordination. 2. Lack of empathy and interest in organising what could have been such a memorable and beautiful trek. 3. Pitiful lack of hygiene. The bathroom, buckets and the blankets at Ghangariya were prime examples. 4. Complete lack of ownership and responsibility. Other than you no one was in charge or answerable. Then pray what were they doing there?!! 5. Lack of even safety of the trekkers which was unnerving. 6. Only interest was shown in getting direct payments and that too in a manner as if the trekkers were goons or thugs who at the first moment would run away. Asking for extras could have certainly been done in a more polite and courteous manner. 7. No briefing of any sorts during the trek. 8. Unpalatable food which was paid for. On day-1, stale food was packed which all the trekkers had to throw and then were compensated by part Maggi at one stop. 9. One of the bus drivers Rawat was dangerous. He was rash and negligent putting all of us at risk. He needs to be removed immediately. The bus drivers treated the trekkers as cargo and not as customers or holiday group. They were only interested in delivery. The vendor is spoiling the name of this beautiful valley and trek and so is the town of Ghangaria, where people are only interested in fleecing customers and making the most of season. There is no service mentality and will ultimately effect the tourism to that area. People like the organisers whom we had to deal with are unprofessional, rude and irresponsible. This is a major accident waiting to happen.

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