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Higher Himalayas – Joshimath + Badrinath + Mana Village + Auli + Rishikesh

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4 days 3 nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

2 people


English, Hindi


This 5 day tour to the Higher Himalayas will be a cultural dose of the Uttarakhand mountains. Driving through the High Himalayan roads,  Joshimath township is worth exploring amid the Himalayan landscape. On your drive to Badrinath you will be greeted by the magnanimity of the Nar & Narayan mountains. At Badrinath the day is spent on the trail of the Pandavas where you will visit the Last Indian Village, Mana, known for its distinct culture; Vyas Gufa, where the Mahabharatha was composed by Ved Vyas & Bhim Pul which became the stairway to heaven for the Pandava brothers. After Badrinath, Auli will be a surreal experience with snow capped views of Nanda Devi, Hathi Ghoda peak along the 4 km long Gondola ride. The trip ends on a soothing note along the Ganges at Rishikesh, the Yoga Capital of the world.

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  • Explore Joshimath, the gateway to several Himalayan climbing expeditions.
  • Visit the surreal slopes of Auli, a premier skiing destination of India.
  • Dive into the cultural landscape of Himalayas with visit to Badrinath temple (Depending on the season); The Last Indian village bordering Tibet, the famous Vyas Gufa & Bheem pul at the confluence of River Saraswati & Alaknanda.
  • Dive into the spirit of Rishikesh, the Yoga Capital of the World.


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Day 1: Dehradun Airport – Joshimath (Drive/ 280 Kms/ 10- 11 hrs)

a. Arrive at Dehradun Airport & drive to Joshimath. (Early morning arrivals are recommended on this long day on road)

b. Drive past Rishikesh & witness the panch prayag (5 holy confluences), namely: Devprayag (Confluence of Alaknanda & Bhagirathi) ; Rudraprayag (Confluence of Alaknanda & Mandakini) ; Karnaprayag (Confluence of Pindar & Alaknanda); Nandaprayag (Mandakini & Alaknanda) & finally Vishnuprayag (Confluence of Alaknanda & Dhauliganga)

c. Check into the Homestay/ hotel at Joshimath.

d. Dinner & Overnight in Joshimath.

Day 2: Joshimath – Badrinath - Mana Village - Vyas Gufa - Bhim Pul - Joshimath (Drive/ 45 Kms/ 2 hrs one way)

a. Today after breakfast, depart for Badrinath temple/ Mana Village.

b. On arriving you will have to walk for about a Km to the temple premises & visit this famous Dham of Uttarakhand.

Badrinath temple, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu as it is here, Goddess Laxmi after seeing him perform intense mediation in extreme weather conditions, protected him in form of Badri tree. The temple dates back to the 8th Century when Adi Guru Shankracharya converted it into a temple.

c. After the temple visit, walk along the trail that takes you to Mana Village, the last village on the India Tibet border.

d. Here you will find the inhabitants engaged in knitting & selling handcrafted products which are of immense value.

e. The inhabitants here are Bhotia (Mongol tribes) who are dressed in their traditional attire.

f. Walk further from Mana & you will come to Vyas Gufa (Cave) where Ved Vyas wrote the Hindu epic, Mahabharata.

g. A little further from Vyas Gufa is the celebrated stairway to Heaven created by Bheem, one of the Pandava brothers.
Bheem pul is built over River Saraswati’s gushing presence & is a sight to behold.

h. From Bheem pul on your way back relish a hot cup of tea at the Last Tea Shop of India, as it connects Tibet/ China border.

i. Trace back the same route to the parking & be driven back to Joshimath.

j. In the evening spend some time soaking in the essence of this High Himalayan township.

k. Dinner & Overnight at the Homestay/Hotel.

Day 3: Joshimath - Auli Ropeway - Joshimath (Drive/ 15 mins)

a. Today Post breakfast set out on the ropeway to the Himalayas, in the slopes at Auli.

b. Auli, is one of its kind Himalayan ski resort & hill station offering up close views of snow capped Himalayas.

c. The 4.5 Km ropeway will take you on a Gondola ride 3,016 m above sea level. Cherish the ride as it gives you an eagle’s eye vision of the slopes at Auli.

d. Once you reach the slopes, you can do a short hike to explore the Himalayan landscape around you including the snow capped views of Nanda Devi Peak, second highest peak in India.

e. Spend some time just soaking the views or taking a nap in the lap of nature’s bountiful meadows.

f. At the slopes you can also eat at the cafe selling Maggi & a hot cup of coffee/ tea amidst the surreal views.

g. After your day in the lap of the Himalayas, return to Joshimath via cable car or a hike downhill.

h. In the evening explore Joshimath township & visit the famous Narsingh temple.

i. Narsingh Temple at Joshimath is worshiped as the winter seat of Lord Badrinath (Vishnu) & holds immense significance in our Vedas.

j. Spend time soaking in the backdrop of the temple premises, adorned by High Mountain ranges.

k. Return to the homestay/ hotel.

l. Dinner & Overnight in Joshimath.

Day 4 :Auli – Rishikesh (Drive/ 272 kms/ 11 -12 hrs)

a. From Joshimath, post early breakfast be driven to Rishikesh along the Ganges.

b. Check in to the homestay at Rishikesh & unwind your long journey.

c. Towards evening, spend some time along the riverside to take back much more than just the mountains.The flow of River Ganga here is said to soothe you of all troubles.

d. Return to the homestay

e. Dinner & Overnight at Homestay/ Hotel.

Day 5: Rishikesh – Dehradun Airport (Drive/ 20 kms/ 45 mins)

a. Today post breakfast, depart for onward journey.

b. Trip ends here.

Tour's Location


Trip Season
Auli + Joshimath + Rishikesh = Throughout the year
For visit to Badrinath Temple & around- ( May 8th - Closes in November)
Age Group
5 - 65 Years
Where & when the tour starts & ends?
Haridwar Railway Station/ Dehradun Airport
Do you arrange cab transfers?
Yes, on prior request, depending on the availability & season in which you are traveling.
Weather Update
This trip is in the Higher Himalayas, where an ideal time to travel is during summer (Apr - June), June 15 - Sep 15 are monsoons that can lead to roadblocks & landslides, so one can skip these months & travel from Oct to Dec during WInters.

MONTH DAY/NIGHT Temperature (In Joshimath/ AULI)

APR 16/ 5 °C
MAY 20/ 7 °C
JUN 23/12 °C
SEP 22/13 °C
OCT 18/8 °C
NOV 15/5 °C
DEC 10/ 0 °C

MONTH DAY/NIGHT Temperature (In Rishikesh)

APR 32/ 18 °C
MAY 38/ 21 °C
JUN 39/24 °C
SEP 31/22 °C
OCT 30/18 °C
NOV 27/15 °C
DEC 21/ 9 °C

NOTE - Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes.
Packing Checklist
As per the requirements of this specific trip, please ensure you carry these things while you pack:

For daily need as per 5 day Itinerary in the Higher Himalayas-
For Summers & Monsoons
3 Full sleeves Tee Shirt
2 Jeans/ Shorts
2 Trekking Pants
4 pair cotton Socks
1 Fleece (For sudden weather change)
Windproof Jacket with hood

For Winters
- 2 Thick Fleece
- 1 Down Jacket with hood
- 2 Full sleeve Woolen Sweater
- 2 Trekking pants (Water resistant, with inner liner)
- 1 Thermal Inner wear
- 4 Woolen Socks
- 1 Woolen Cap
- Scarf/ Mufflers
-1 Pair Warm Gloves
-1 Pair waterproof snow glovesComfortable waterproof) Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole and high ankles are recommended)
Day Pack
1 Sun Cap
Trekking/ Hiking shoes of good quality
Poncho/ Rain Cover
Rain cover for day packs
Water Bottle
UV protection sunglasses
Northern Pinnacles Travel Pvt. Ltd. will take all possible measures to provide you a safe & enjoyable trip. We believe in direct communication with our clients regarding the possibilities of unforeseen circumstances, like landslides, bad weather & natural calamities. So, incase of any such happening on the trip you choose, Northern Pinnacles will not be liable for any injuries caused during a mishap. All our trips require the clients to fill an indemnity bond
Which they will have to duly fill as per the norms of the High Court.
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