Death Valley Trek

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Death Valley Trek

Trek the surviving remnant of Aravali hills

  • The trail takes you to a man-made lake inside the sanctuary.
  • A perfect family trek
  • Out of the eight nearby lakes, Bhardwaj is the largest.
  • The lake is a result of mining inside the sanctuary

Death Valley Trek is a 4-hour trek from Delhi apt for beginners and families

Trekking is not a popular sport in Delhi despite its proximity to few of the most lovely treks in India, such as this one. This jungle trail is laid out in the ecologically fragile Aravali Hills. It’s a simple trek, apt for families who want a few hours out of the urban landscape.

Delhi is surrounded by a large, surviving remnant of Aravali hills. This forested Delhi ridge comes under the protection of Asola Wildlife Sanctuary. The semi arid forest has some of the most adventurous and least-trodden-upon nature trails. They make for interesting day hikes. The exhilaration of trekking through a semi arid jungle trail, with a chance to site a wild leopard, is good enough to get you on  your feet and set you off delhi.

The total distance of the Trek is around eight kilometres. It takes about 3-4 hours to cover this distance. It takes an hour and a half to reach the start of the trek from Kashmiri Gate metro station.

The trail starts exactly opposite to the college of traffic management.  The trail is also called Pali Road and it ends at Gurgaon. However, locals there don’t know much about lakes, although they know about other lakes around the region.

 

Death Valley Trek Guide

The total distance of the Death Valley Lake Trek is around eight kilometres. It takes about 3-4 hours to cover this distance. It takes an hour and a half to reach the start of the trek from Kashmiri Gate metro station.

The trail starts exactly opposite to the college of traffic management.  The trail is also called Pali Road and it ends at Gurgaon. However, locals there don’t know much about lakes, although they know about other lakes around the region.

 

Staying true to the trail, keep walking till you find second secluded house on the left of the trail. The trail now splits further into two. Take the one that stretches straight ahead, ignoring the one heading right. Keep walking along the trail. Avoid taking any side trails on the way. Ahead of you, look for two lakes that can be seen from a distance. The lake on your left is Death Valley lake. The one on your right is last Bhardwaj lake.

Walk towards last lake. There are multiple trails that take you to the lake’s shore. The lake is large and beautiful. The water is surprisingly clear and abundant with fresh water fishes.

You can spend the day here. Trace the same route to return.

Where to pack

Bottom Sleeping bag: Make this your base layer. Sleeping bags tend to be voluminous, but do not weigh much. They’re perfect for the bottom of the bag. Tent: Just like the sleeping bag, even tents are voluminous and light. Keep the tent poles separately and place the fabric at the bottom of the backpack. Middle Heavy jacket: Roll up the jacket in a tight ball and place it in the middle of the backpack, close to your back. The middle region of the backpack should always have the heaviest items. You can store other things like ration or mini stoves in the middle. Other clothes: Roll other clothes and place them in the remaining space, to fill air gaps.

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Backpack essentials

Top Water: Water, although heavy, needs to be easily accessible. So put it in the top most region of your backpack. Medicine box: This is another component that you wouldn’t want to be scavenging for when in need. Poncho: It could rain at any time in the mountains. So, ponchos should be accessible easily. Also, having a waterproof poncho at the top of the backpack provides additional waterproofing to items in the bag.

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