Marchoi Winter Trek Kashmir
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Kashmir—the land of breathtaking beauty and widespread natural spectacle invite you for a 4-day Marchoi trek from the ancient village—Naranag. On the trek, you will stroll through the wonderful meadows, scenic lakes, Sindh River and, of course, the mighty mountains. Marchoi trek is one of the most picturesque treks in India. Although the path is easy, the temperature, which plummets to less than 0 degrees celsius, makes it moderate.
Naranag serves as the base or start point for many treks in Kashmir. As you trek from Naranag to Dumail, Wangath river—a tributary of Sindh River accompanies you, and the ever-noticeable glimpses of flowing water heal every doubt and crack you up—with love! Not just for the picturesque views, Naranag is also a spot for architecture and history lovers. Here, Naranag Temple is the key attraction for tourists. The temple is said to be 8th century old and is believed to be dedicated to ancient Nagas, who used to do their sadhana her; the village gets its name from this only. Today, only faint memories of that time remain, but the history laced up in ruins reveals many stories.
The Naranag-Dumail-Marchoi trek is an offbeat one and takes you from one authentic experience to another. From experiencing the Wangath river flowing on the side to looking at the confluence of Pulastya River and Betar Nullah at Dumail to crossing bridges, this winter trek will give you the warmth of a lifetime.
With that being said, Plan the Unplanned team invites you on this 4-day offbeat trek. Check out the itinerary and book your next slot. We are already excited to have you on board with us real soon!
All of us will meet in Srinagar. Naranag is our base camp for acclimatization.
Most of the Gujjars live here. As you might know, Gujjar is a tribe originally from Central Asia that shifted to Gujarat. Some of them brought their culture, sheep and goat, to this breathtaking location and settled here in Kashmir.
Snaking through the roads, you will witness the charm of the river Sindh and paddy fields on the way and the mountains surrounding the whole area. Upon reaching Naranag, you can take a stroll of the nearby locations. Naranag, situated on the foothills of the Pir Panjal range, is a simple and peaceful place. It is a part of the Wangat Valley, named from the river flowing by the village. The village is surrounded by a picturesque landscape consisting of mountains and meadows. This place has a beautiful Naranagh temple, an unknown river fed by a waterfall, and friendly villagers who will invite you for a cup of gossip. It is going to be your home for a day, where you will acclimatise and stay overnight.
Dumail, primarily unheard, is a virgin and alluring camping site at the confluence of two rivers. It can be reached by a 2 hours trek from the Naranag village. On the way, mud houses, grazing horses, local children welcome you. The whole trail is decorated with evergreen coniferous forests, walnut trees, a few Gujjar settlements, and streams of rivers. You will also be awarded with a manufactured bridge where clicking a picture of two comes as a halt.
You camp at Dumail at night and will start for Marchoi top in the morning.
This day, you start with a trek that winds further up to Marchoi Top. The walk is a beautiful one. En route, our team will tell you about the myths and legends associated with the mountains and trout-filled lakes situated atop the hills.
Additionally, the snow gives a different perspective of things on the trail. You will hate the cold but would look forward to the warmth of Kahwah, noon-teas, and local food served on the whole trek.
On the same day, you will head back to Dumail campsite. Later, you will camp and get lost in the pristine nature for the rest of the night.
This is the last day of the trek. You will trek back from Dumail to Naranag. From there, a vehicle will accompany you to Srinagar.
With that, the trip comes to an end. You will depart with hundreds of memories and views of the most beautiful state of India—“Jannat-e-Kashmir”. Most of you will start as strangers but will leave with dewy eyes in the end.
We would love to see you again—check out our other itineraries and ring us soon. It would be a pleasure to see you again. Till then, take care and love life.
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What’s life without adventure? Isn’t the real purpose of life to travel, to experience new places, and witness the sunrise from new mountaintops?
This thought is what united Jatin and Tarun over a cup of chai, in spite of being from two unrelated backgrounds (CA and IT). They knew each other since the time Jatin was helping Tarun learn the ways of the wilderness through weekend treks and outings with another traveling group. Their love for traveling and trekking together motivated them to start something of their own. Thus was born “Plan The Unplanned”, where travel goals come true. Under the Companies Act, Plan The Unplanned is incorporated as Unplanned Journeys Private Limited
They started their journey on unsteady ground, much like any other company, but they shared an infatuation for travel and adventure with their customers, which amplified their determination, and thus, Plan the Unplanned family keeps getting bigger every day!
Just about any travel idea can come alive with Plan The Unplanned…treks, adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking trips across the country, cultural outings, photo walks; everything that fellow travelers need, to explore the great outdoors together.
Well now that the wanderlust has kicked in and you can already see a vacation in your nearest future, here’s what we have to offer!
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for all days
Activities – Hiking, Trekking
Bonfire, Camping at Homestay
Tour Leads and Driver allowances
First aid kits, Oxygen cylinders, Infrared thermometer, Oximeter
Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusion
Beverages on all days
Insurance, including travel, health, and more.
Additional expenses added to unforeseen circumstances such as cancellation/roadblocks/landslides/strikes or any other natural causes would not be covered.
We would not be liable for theft/misplaced items.
THINGS TO CARRY
- Down Jacket /Main Jacket
- Thermals (Upper & Lower)
- Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes
- Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)
- First Aid Kit
- Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID :: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
- Sun Glasses
- Water Bottle
- Power bank
- Mobile Charger / Travel Charger
- Hand Sanitizer
- Cold Cream
- Lip Guard
- Sunscreen Lotion
Policy and Terms
Himalayan/ Backpacking Trip Refund/Cancellation Policy
|Intimation Period*||Cancellation Fee**|
|30 days or more||10% of the total invoice value|
|Between 15-29days||50% of the total invoice value|
|Between 0-14 days||90% of the total invoice value|
- *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start
- **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering a refund.
- Last-minute cancellations due to work, health issues, etc., any kind of emergencies will not be entertained and no refund or transfer shall be allowed for the same.
You can transfer your bookings to anyone who is willing to join the event to avoid loss of money!
The tickets once booked cannot be moved to any other dates.
In the pandemic everything is unpredictable, and we are doing our best to give you the finest services. We are also abiding by guidelines laid by government for everyone’s safety. In this, if the government issues a lockdown notice 48 hours before the departure date, we will issue full refund. The money will be directly credited to your account.
In another scenario, if lockdown notice is imposed on the departure date, we will secure your amount in the form of credits that you can use for further bookings. Consider it your bank for future bookings. Your money is safe with us.
In the rare event that we cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:
During/After the Trek: In case of extreme weather conditions, considering trekkers’ safety, a day can be cut or the trek can be called off altogether. There will be no refund in any case whatsoever.
Before the trek: In case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, forest department orders, Plan The Unplanned shall issue a VOUCHER for the full amount of your ticket.
Note: The Voucher has a validity of 1 year and it can be redeemed at any point in time.
A prior intimation as regards which trek you wish to join can be communicated to us over mail or phone
In a case where we cancel your trek, due to a limited number of bookings for a particular batch or we do not have the minimum number of required people:
PLAN THE UNPLANNED shall offer a 100% refund of the trek fee ( No transactional/internet handling charges shall be deducted)
On/After the Trek