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  • 4 Days/3 Nights
  • Easy
  • 7000 ft./2133 m
  • 12 Participants
  • January-December
  • Uttarakhand

Himalayan Village Trip Overview

Himalayan Village Trip, in Barsu, is crafted for people yearning for an escape from the confines of enclosed spaces and the mindless scrolling we all are trapped in. The trip offers an opportunity to take a moment of respite, a chance to unearth inspiration, nurture positivity, and reconnect with yourself amidst the serene and picturesque village of Barsu. 

Join us for a tranquil four-day retreat, far from the constant notifications and immerse yourself in self-discovery, draw inspiration, and cultivate mindfulness in the serene village of Barsu, Uttarkashi. We extend our invitation to a community eager to pursue happiness amidst the embrace of nature.

The program is curated for people longing to live life differently though momentarily. You will discover yourself, encounter different cultures, and connect with like-minded people. Experience that lets you delve deep, gauge life from different perspectives, and derive peace and joy while you are at it. The experience aims to bring you close to nature and beyond clicking Instagrammable pictures.

When our team visited Barsu, we realized the need for a place where people could holiday as well as coexist in harmony with nature.

Barsu’s enchanting hills and diverse landscape provide a perfect setting for outdoor adventure. If you are seeking adventures like trekking, local experience and mountain life, this trip is especially curated for you.

Nestled amidst the Gangotri ranges of the Himalayas, the Himalayan village experience unplugs nature at its best to soothe your soul. Wake up to perched Himalayan ranges, green forests, rhododendron trees, and raw wildlife, and breathe fresh air around you.

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Inclusions 

  • Meals 
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners (Day 1 Dinner to Day 3 Breakfast)
  • Accommodation 
    • Tents, Homestays/Dorms
    • Cloakroom Charges 
  • Highly Experienced Leaders and Guides 
    • Trained and Qualified Guides
    • Certified Outdoor Leaders
  • Permits
    • National Parks and Sanctuaries
    • Forest Permits and Entry fees 
  • Camping Equipment
    • Kitchen Tent
    •  Toilet Tent
    • Dome Tents 
    • Sleeping Bags
    • Mattresses
  • Technical Equipment
    • Wilderness Medical Kit
    • Climbing Rope 
    • Climbing Accessories
    • Ice Axe
    • Microspikes
    • Oxygen Cylinder
    • BP Meter
    •  Oximeter, Thermometer etc.

Exclusions 

  • Cab charges to and from Barsu
  • Meals during transit to and from Barsu
  • Personal expenses 
  • Offloading charges 
  • Cost incurred due to change in the itinerary 
  • Additional services  (including mules, assistance, health-related support etc.)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions list. 

Himalayan Village Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Touch Down in Barsu and rest in your homestay

You will reach Dehradun early in the morning. On reaching, you will board a cab and move towards Barsu. This is a long journey and gets colder as you approach towards Barsu. On the way, you will experience the tall pine trees of Dehradun spread over huge acres of land, it almost feels like a forest paradise.

We will reach the homestay at around 4 pm. After resting for a while, the team gathers for dinner and indulges in locally grown nutritious dinners (veg/non-veg), followed by a brief introductory session.  

Day 2 : Exploring cultural aspects of Himalayan Village

The team sets out early in the morning to enjoy meaningful moments with a local family. Engaging in their daily routines, we’ll join them for tea amidst the mountains, assist in sowing seeds, work alongside them in farming activities, and share in the joy of cooking together.

Amidst these experiences, we’ll be captivated by tales that echo through the towering Himalayan peaks, delving into the richness of Himalayan culture. But our day doesn’t conclude there—we’ll also sway to the rhythms of local Pahadi songs and dance, further immersing ourselves in the vibrant spirit of the region

Day 3 : Excursion to Barnala Lake, a hike with sounds of Birds

Today’s journey begins early in the morning. The team relishes local delicacies and begins the hike to Barnala Lake. The route traverses dense rhododendron forest.

This is your time to just absorb nature. Take a stroll if you want to, journal if your heart says so, listen to the birds’ calls and together we will try to identify the bird, paint if the colour inspires you or just take a small nap in these wide landscapes.

The Himalayan Village trip helps the participants to practice mindfulness and discover their inner selves. Our forest activities for the day will revolve around mindfulness, exploring the energies that envelop us, and reflecting on our lives.

By afternoon, we’ll arrive at Barnala Lake to bask in its serene surroundings. A guided meditation session awaits us, followed by experiential learning activities designed to facilitate self-discovery. By late afternoon, we’ll return to Barsu around 4-5 pm, where the remainder of our time will be spent in the comfort of our homestay.

Day 4 : Drive back to Dehradun

We will get up early at 6am and have a delicious homemade breakfast. We will begin early at 7 am Start your onward journey from here towards Dehradun Airport and then forwards towards your destination.

How to reach Barsu for your Himalayan Village trip?

✈️Nearest Airport – Jolly Grant International Airport, Dehradun

🚉 Nearest Railway Station – Dehradun Railway Station

  • Reach Dehradun directly by air or train on Day 0
  • Fly to Delhi and board a bus or train to reach Dehradun on Day 0
  • OWLS pickup from Dehradun on Day 1 at ISBT, Dehradun

The Basecamp of the Himalayan Village Experience is Barsu, an ancient village near Uttarkashi in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas.

To reach Barsu, come by train or flight to Dehradun. OWLS organizes transport from Dehradun to Barsu for the participants. The pick-up is available at the Inter-State Bus Stand, Dehradun (ISBT Dehradun). Reach the pickup location at 6 am. You traverse meandering mountain roads to reach Barsu, the base camp. Barsu is around a 9-10 hours drive from Dehradun.

Here is a detailed guide to plan your travel to Dehradun. 

Travel Plan A – By Air till Dehradun

 If you are reaching Dehradun by air, here are a few options for planning your travel. Dehradun Airport is well connected with all the metro cities.  Book a direct or connecting flight to Dehradun. If you plan to reach Dehradun by air, ensure to land in Dehradun on Day 0. 

Dehradun city is 32 km away from the Jolly Grant Airport. It takes 1 hour to reach the city. You can opt to hire a cab/auto directly from the Airport. The other option is to exit the Airport complex and book an auto. The charges for prepaid cabs at the airport are exorbitant.  Another low-cost alternative to get to Dehradun city is to travel on a city bus. Walk towards the Dehradun – Rishikesh highway and hop on a shared auto or city bus. You will have to wait for the bus. Regular city buses run between Dehradun and Rishikesh almost every half an hour. 

If you land in Dehradun on day 0, book a hotel or dorm near ISBT, Dehradun.  Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam’s hotel is 10 minutes away from ISBT and offers rooms at reasonable rates. They have economical as well as deluxe rooms. 

OWLS pick-up will be available on Day 1 at ISBT Dehradun at 6. a.m. 

Travel Plan B by train/ bus from Delhi

This option will be economical for you. Flight to Dehradun will be slightly priced higher than flight to Delhi. To cut down your travel budget, fly to Delhi, then get on a bus or train from Delhi to Dehradun. 

You can book and find bus options at UTC Online or Red Bus. Another option is to go to Kashmiri Gate and book a bus offline. Board a bus or train arriving in Dehradun on Day 0 evening. Reaching Dehradun on Day 0 helps you to rest before your trek starts on Day 1. 

If you want to travel overnight, Nanda Devi Express runs daily and departs from H. Nizamuddin at 11.35 p.m. and arrives at Dehradun early at 5.40 a.m. Overnight Volvo AC buses also run frequently between Delhi and Dehradun. It takes 6-7 hours to get to Dehradun from Delhi. 

How to plan your return flight/train to Delhi 

Your Himalayan Village Trip is 4 days long, including travel to and from the base camp. The team will be back in Dehradun on Day 4. You reach Dehradun in the evening, between 7 to 8 pm. 

While returning, you can fly directly out of Dehradun to your city. The second option is to travel by bus or train to Delhi. 

If you go with the first option, you can book a direct flight from Dehradun to your city on Day 5 morning. 

The second option requires you to travel to Delhi by train or bus.  Once you reach Dehradun in the evening, you can head to ISBT Dehradun and book an AC Volvo bus to Delhi and travel comfortably. The other option to reach Delhi from Dehradun is to book a train. 

If you prefer the second option, book a flight that departs late morning or early afternoon. The overnight buses from Dehradun arrive in Delhi in the wee hours. Book a flight departing in the afternoon to avoid rushing. 

Some trekkers prefer to stay back for a day and use the buffer day to explore Rishikesh or Mussoorie. You can either stay for a night and explore Dehradun city or proceed home the same evening if flying out of Delhi.