Youth Hostels Association of India has been organizing various adventure programs for the last 48 years. People from the poles apart cultures and regions participate in our programs and enjoy our economical and budgeted trekking adventures. A large number of volunteers work with dedication, and support us for running these programs. As a part of the Silver Jubilee Celebration of YHAI National Trekking, in 1995 we introduced the Family Camping Program for the families of our volunteer camp leaders and other functionaries. Encouraged by the success of this adventure and, on the request of our members, we repeated this program in many years till 2013. This year again, we are organizing the Family Adventure Camping Program in Leh, J&K.
The trek covered the areas with Udhampur as the Base Camp, Karimchi temples of heritage importance. First night halt Udhampur Base camp and 2nd night halt at Sankari Devta in Pancheri Forests with rich flora and fauna on way to 3rd night halt at Katti, 4th night halt at Sanasar a beautiful meadow with a lake in the centre and perched with Fur forests on all sides is also a hub for Para-droppers. Passing through Natha Top with barren hills and high velocity winds giving a varied experience to the trekkers, 5th night at the world famous tourist resort of Patnitop in thick Deodar forest; 6th night halt at Mantalai where Lord Shiva and Goddess Parwati were married via Gauri Kund where Goddess Parwati used to worship Lord Shiva and Sudh Mahadev where the lord Shiva killed the Demon who was chasing Goddess Parwati.
Hampta Pass trekking is appealing mostly due to the fact that it connects the beautiful valleys of Kullu and Lahaul. The awe-inspiring landscapes and natural foliage of the region itself draws trekkers a plenty, not to mention the abundance of rare Himalayan birds and orchids spotted here.
Meeting point behind Panvel ST depot near hotel Ratnadeep, around 06.30 AM. Leaving for Matheran base by ST bus/Jeep (vehicle), Matheran hill @ height from sea level of 850 Metres. Matheran is a lush green hill station during monsoon. Stay in shared five bed home stay Dormitory (Family rooms are available on advance request at extra charges) Sundar Villa, near Honeymoon Point or Matheran railway station. Day Trekking , option of horse riding (approx charges Rs 500-600) in select points of Matheran. Thennext morning, trek down to village Dodhani. Return to Panvel around 1 pm. Alternately one can return by taking shared Taxi from Dasturi Naka and take train from Neral to CST (extra charges for Taxi Rs 70 per head, Railway tickets at actual.