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No, there is no way without hiking from base camp at least. I have had extensive talks with three people who went up there either as a tourist or even as a professional Sherpa. The one and only helicopter landing that is cited on Wikipedia was an extreme stunt and not something that is done in any kind of routine for tourists. The helicopter neither touched ...


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A few things to understand about trekking in the Himalayas, especially in re: everest base camp trekking: While it is true that if you trek from Lukla to Base Camp, you will have ascended and descended more than the 8848 meters that Everest is, this is not cumulative. You will be hiking between mountains, not over them, for the most part. (Where you draw ...


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My first reaction on reading this question was to wonder if it was a joke or an attempt to satirize the concept of "extreme tourism." If so, then well done. If not, then I would like to correct an apparent misconception stated in the question. "Hiking too far" is not a good description of what it takes to climb a mountain that's over 8000 m high. Climbing ...


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I don't have any experience on the Eastern side of the Himalaya, but I did some travelling on the Western side in China, in areas with high numbers of Tibetan people. As usually I did not plan or book anything but mostly stayed in hotels in towns, but a few times I also just walked in the mountains through some villages and when I asked people for a place ...


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Duration Is it feasible in six days? Certainly. Is if feasible for you in six days? That depends on you. In general the organised treks will take a few days longer than what you propose. But those are meant to be accessible for overweight, middle aged, European coach potatoes. If you are in reasonable physical shape, six days is fine. If you are really fit ...


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There is not a lot to find about permits, but you can find where you need to pay for entrance, and photo and video cameras. In the extended text you can find the text: Govind Wildlife Sanctuary Information Center Wildlife Warden Govind Pashu Vihar Sanctuary, Purola, Uttarkashi. and Divisional Forest Officer, Tons Forest Division. ...


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You do not need a permit for Har Ki Dun trek. There is only an entry fee for Govind Pashu national park (that is where Har ki dun trek is). You would need to pay a little extra if you are carrying a still camera or a video camera. It is not mandatory to hire a guide, these travel companies make it look like it is mandatory but it is not. These companies ...


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It is possible to land with an helicopter on top of the mountain, even though this is very uncommon and also a little bit dangerous. Additionally, there are no commercial flights. So you would have to find a suitable helicopter, and adventurous pilot, and obviously also the permissions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HckQcNNoJc The only other way I could ...


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THere are two base camps - North and South. South is what is usually meant by the term. North is accessed from China / Tibet and you can, all going well / luck holding / YMMV / ... , drive there. Without using a helicopter (as you specified) that's probably as close as you'd get without "hiking".


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Warning: as of June 2016 in the comments here in the post you link to, the route is out of bounds for tourists currently. Do enquire with the guy who entertains the blog as he seems both informed and responsive. Looks like a nice trek. Besides the report that you could find, here is another trip report as of 2007 from Zero Point to Cholamu lake that I came ...


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Everything we want to know about Spity Valley trip: available in this blog. Quoting few important points I have noted in this blog In early November, when the temperature dips down to -10˚C, the hotels are closed for the tourists and the first spell of snowfall stops the government bus service from Kinnaur. The road from Manali closes much before that. ...


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I get coordinates of 35.6828376,76.1651133 when I type in 'Great Trango Tower' into Google, and the 3D view looks like it might be right. Google maps link


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I've travelled to India many times, lived there a few years, often travelled to/lived in remote areas not visited by the usual tourist/trekker/hippytrail crowd, so this is based on my experience. I'm not a trekker or mountaineer. If you contact a hotel that does a lot of business with trekkers, has a website, you can raise the owner by phone and they speak ...


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November is actually not a bad time to be in Spiti. It will be very very cold though, but still bearable. And roads from Kinnaur side are completely open at this time but not those via Manali/Rohtang. I'm pretty sure you won't have any problem with public transport reaching Kaza. The local buses within Spiti might not be as frequent, and so about that best ...


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November is unfortunately a wrong time to visit Spiti, as most of the routes that lead you to Spiti will be blocked due to snow. Rohtang pass closes for travelers in November. The most ideal time to visit in my opinion is after monsoons - July-August or before that. I hope this helps.


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If you like real adventure (with the possibility of getting stuck), yes it is a good time. According to me April/May is the best time to visit as you will see snow and clear sky. The transition from cold harsh winter to moderate climate is worth visiting. Check the blog. It captures the experience nicely. https://www.adventuren.com/blog/blogdetail/4816


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Last November we went and it was awesome. The sky was clear snow started in the end. Got places to stay everywhere. Less crowded. I am planning to go on this November as well. Last time visited Chitkul, Pin Valley, Kaza, Langza Vallley, Chandrathal, Kunzum Pass, Rothang Pass and returned via Manali. Beautiful and amazing journey.


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July is the best time to visit Spiti valley. November is not recommended.


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According to Booking.com, Hostelworld.com and Tripadvisor, the closest proper hotel to Kedarnath is Shivalik Valley Resorts, which is approximately 19km away on foot. Tripadvisor reviews confirm that it's a good starting point for a trek to Kedarnath: We had a wonderful experience here. Slept well, ate well and felt fully ready to make the climb to ...


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Albeit obscure, this was the only information I was able to find on your issue, Manali-Kaza: When this 210 km route is open, there are two daily ordinary buses leaving from Manali Bus Stand to Kaza at 5.00 AM and 5.30 AM. These buses are run by Himachal Roadways and fare is approximately INR 200. The bus passes through Rohtang Pass, Batal, Kunzum Pass, ...


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