Adventure

Trekking

Placed amid the mighty Himalayas, Uttarakhand boasts of owning some of the best trekking routes and allures trekking enthusiasts from all around the globe. The hilly terrain of Uttarakhand provides plenty of opportunities trekking. The trekking routes in Garhwal and Kumaon (Uttarakhand) are categorized under easy, moderate and strenuous section. The easternmost hill district Pithoragarh, bordering Nepal and Tibet, often dubbed as ‘Miniature Kashmir’, is abundant in natural beauty, making it the perfect base for many an exciting trek.

Best Season: March–June, September–October

Things to Carry/ Equipments : Water Bottle, Munching Items, Trekking Shoes, Swiss Knife, Torch, Hand Sanitizer, Hat, Sunscreen, First-aid Kit, Sunglasses, Sleeping bags, Portable charger, Power bank.

Rafting

Rafting is the most popular adventure sport in Uttarakhand. Swift-moving rivers offer a thrilling experience for white water rafters. These rivers flow through deep forests, rocky terrains, mountains and sometimes even along snowy slopes. Stretches along Alaknanda, Dhauliganga and Kali rivers have several challenging rapids. It is perfectly safe for non-swimmers to go rafting in Uttarakhand.

Best Season:  September to mid November, March – April

Things to Carry/ Equipments: Bathing suit, Sunglasses, Eye Glass Straps, Sun block and lip balm, river shoes, Energy drink, Zip Lock Baggies, Clean set of towels.

 

Camping

The Uttarakhand Himalayan region in India is one such place that offers fantastic range of camping. Whether it is wildlife camping or normal camping, Uttarakhand topography offers everything for the adventure enthusiasts. It can prove to be very beneficial for the growing and budding mind of the children. Camping is a recreational activity and there is no age limit. Anyone who likes to explore nature can take up this camping expedition.

Things to Carry/ Equipments: Tent, Sleeping bags, Sleeping pads, Camping pillow, flashlights, Lantern.

 

 Skiing

Skiing is one of the most popular recreational activity and winter sports in the world. The thrill of gliding downhill on snowy slopes is sure to keep adventurers wanting for more. Uttarakhand Tourism offers thrilling skiing holidays and is untouched by crowds and developing plan for ski resorts in the state Snow-covered slopes aren’t just to be admired, but to be enjoyed. Skiing has gained popularity as an alternative sport in the winter months.

Things to Carry/ Equipments: Sunglasses, Neck warmer, waterproof ski jacket, Waterproof ski trousers, Waterproof gloves, fleeces, thermal tops.

 

Paragliding

Uttarakhand is an adventure-junkie’s delight. This high-low contouring offers a picturesque atmosphere for paragliding. For learners, experienced trainers are available and apart from that the Uttarakhand paragliding clubs are the best places to enjoy the sport, learn it and polish your skill. Paragliding is a recreational sport and the closest way for humans to achieve their long cherished dream of free flight. The paragliding clubs in Uttarakhand provide the tourists with all kinds of equipments and safety is of foremost importance in the list, so tourists can trust the clubs and enjoy the thrill of the sport.

Best season: May to September

Things to Carry/ Equipments: Light weight cloths, No need to carry unnecessary weight.

 

Kayaking

Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. Uttarakhand Tourism offers Kayaking adventure sport around the world that gives thrills and chills similar to white water rafting. Uttarakhand has various rive where tourist can enjoy white water and flat water kayaking. Kayaking is just like backpacking on an off beaten path, except that this time your adventure is on the sea. This sport provides the best opportunity for sports lovers to come close to nature. While canoeing presents quiet a unique combination of exploration.

Best Season: April to November

Things to carry/ Equipments: Paddle, Canoe or kayak, Lifejacket, Helmet, Attire, Dry Bag, Float Bag.

 

Rock Climbing

Uttarakhand is replete with opportunities of relishing the adventure of rock climbing. The state, in fact, boasts some incredible places where this activity can be enjoyed to the maximum. Besides, all the adventure sport including rock climbing is performed under the expert supervision and with proper precautions. Rock Climbing is one of the charming and fastest rising sports in Uttarakhand because it combines physical agility with the theoretical skills of problem solve the way up routes new to you. Rock Climbing attracts a broad range of participants. For thrill seekers who want to test their staying power, strength, agility, balance and will power, Rappelling & Rock Climbing are the best activities to indulge in.

Best Season: March to June

Things to carry/ Equipments: Rope, cord and webbing, Carabiners, Quickdraws, harness, Belay devices, Ascenders, sling, Daisy chain, Helmet, Belay gloves.

 

Bungee jumping / Flying fox

Uttarakhand Tourism offers Bungee jumping in Rishikesh to give tourists a memorable experience. Bungee jumping – Bungy Jumping is an activity that involves jumping from a tall structure while connected to a large elastic cord. The tall structure is usually a fixed object, such as a building, bridge or crane; but it is also possible to jump from a movable object, such as a hot-air-balloon or helicopter, that has the ability to hover above the ground. The thrill comes from the free-falling and the rebound. When the person jumps, the cord stretches and the jumper flies upwards again as the cord recoils, and continues to oscillate up and down until all the energy is dissipated.

Best season: Around the year.

Things to carry/ Equipments: Comfortable Clothes and Shoes.

 

Mountain Biking/ Cycling

Uttarakhand provides umpteen cycling trails and bicycling is a great way to explore the area. Mountain biking is all about speed, control and thrill and is one of the latest ways of exploring and discovering new vistas of the Himalayan landscape. Mountain biking and cycling can be great ways to explore the towns and villages that fringe the foothills of the Himalayas. It also gives tourists the opportunity to understand the challenges that mountains have in store for them. Many long and short route options are available for cycling in Uttarakhand. However, the long routes require more care and precaution.

Best Season: October – December

What to Carry/ Equipments: Helimate, Sport Shoes, Sunglasses, Gloves, Water Bottle.