Lost in Woods Camp

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1. About the camp


Millions of beautiful places in India & you are still staring at the four walls of your room?

Do you love snow but the only icy thing that you can touch lies in your freezer?

Do you love twinkling stars more than club lights?

Do you want to celebrate the beginning of the year 2022 but not with loud music in a crowded place?

Do you want to travel to the mountains but feel that Manali, Kasol, Bir, Shimla are as overcrowded as your city?

Do crowded hotels & tourist places are robbing you of the feelings of being in the lap of nature?

Then  LOST IN WOODS camp is for you!

People who reach out to mountains for peace and being closer to nature want to travel to parts of the Himalayas still untouched by general tourists and experience the culture of Himachali hamlets. Such villages are hard to reach and usually don’t have places to stay. It resulted in the idea of creating a nature camp for people like you in a shepherd village of Kullu Manali called Bhanara Village. This village is small in size but rich in culture, traditions and natural beauty. 

This camp will help you experience the adventure of trekking and camping but with the comfort of some basic needs (bedding, proper toilets, the warmth of blankets & the happiness of a pillow. 

The idea behind this camp is an attempt to create a new community of responsible travellers.

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2. Who should Join

Before you make up your mind, I would like to tell you that this camp is only for:

  • Who travel due to their love for nature which is missing in cities
  • Who travel not just to explore places but the culture too
  • Who prefer to travel solo and meet strangers with the same interests & mindsets
  • Who craves peace and silence  
  • Who choose wild nature more than the comforts and luxuries of 5 star hotels
  • Who love to read books and listen to stories of old people
  • Who will choose a forest to get high rather than a crowded club
  • Who feel music is recreational and calming not a mean to party and make noise
  • Who travel to experience the never before seen landscapes and admire the beauty of mountains
  • Who want to explore places that are hidden from mainstream tourists
  • Who want to start their morning with a book and a cup of tea

In a nutshell, those who are looking for peace with happy and positive vibes.

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3. About the location

The location of our camp is a small village between Naggar and Manali. The village name is BHANARA and it is a preserved village as outsiders can’t cross the barrier on approach road without permission/invitation. It is located only 17km from Manali but far from the modernisation of Manali.

The old but colourful wooden houses here will give you the feeling of Malana village, while the sheep & Himalayan horses strolling in village will give you the feeling of being in the meadows of Dhauladhar mountain range.

The campsite is an apple orchard on a cliff edge leading to a valley overlooking Kullu Manali & Beas River. You will find fewer humans and more birds here. What else? Well, visit and tell me in your own words.

Travel Options :

Kullu Airport – 2 hours drive from Bhanara Village

Chandigarh Airport/Railway station – 7 hours drive or 9 hours Volvo journey from Bhanara Village

Delhi Airport/Railway station : 12 hours drive or 14 hours Volvo journey from Bhanara Village

Bhanara is an old village of Gaddis (shepherds)
The campsite has a view over the valley of Kullu & Manali

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4. About the trek

  • It is a beginners level trek where we will pass through the pine forest and touch the starting point of glacier
  • Uphill – 2hours
  • Downhill – 1 hour
  • End Point – Snow line
  • Peaks visible from View Point
    • Hanuman Tibba
    • CV14 Peak
    • 51 Peak
    • 52 Peak
    • Makarvey Peak
Popular peaks visible during trek
Meadows during trek

Hiking Route
Leave only your step marks & memories behind

At the end of trek, you will experience this
Trek is not only about adventure but fun too

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5. Amenities

Car Parking – Yes

Toilets – 2 ( 1English & 1 Indian each) + 1 camp toilet

Shower – Yes

Hot water – For face wash & refreshment ( for shower, depends on your daring & availability)

Luggage Room – Yes

Medical facility – Doctor on call available (chargeable)

Bedding – 3″ thick mattress with warm bed sheet

Pillow – Inflatable pillows for each one

Sleeping Bag – Sleeping bags with washed & clean inners for each one ( blankets available if needed)

Sleeping bag which turns into quilt

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6. Itinerary

  • Check in time : 12 PM
  • Check out time : 11 AM
  • Pickup & drop will be arranged from Manali bus stand on advance request
Itinerary : 3 DaysItinerary : 4 Days
Day 1Day 1
Welcome DrinkWelcome Drink
LunchLunch
Nag Temple VisitNag Temple Visit
BonfireBonfire
Drinks & Music (mild)Drinks & Music (mild)
Kullu-Manali Folk danceKullu-Manali Folk dance
Dinner – Veg/Non VegDinner – Veg/Non Veg
  
Day 2Day 2
BreakfastBreakfast
Hiking till snow pointHiking till snow point
LunchLunch
Rest Rest 
Evening SnacksEvening Snacks
BonfireBonfire
Story Telling / Get TogetherStory Telling / Get Together
Dinner – VegDinner – Veg
  
Day 3Day 3
BreakfastBreakfast
Group photo at RiverGroup photo at River
DepartureVisit to Rohtang view point
OR sight seeing
 Lunch
Sunset Point visit
Bonfire
Dinner – Veg/Non Veg
 
Day 4
Breakfast
Departure
 

The itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions

If you are a musician, bring your instrument, we would love to listen to your music under the starry sky

7. Dates

New Years Nature Camp

  • A customised camp can be organised for your preferred dates if you are in a group of minimum 5 people

This camp is decorated with love, colours & care

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8. Package details

Category 1 : Bridge Tents ⛺️ ( Triple Sharing )

These are double layered tents which stays warm and each tent has thick mattress and pillow combined with blankets & sleeping bags

  • 3 Days/ 2 Nights : 6,000 INR per person
  • 4 Days/ 3 Nights : 7,000 INR per person

Category 2 : Wooden Room (Triple Sharing)

Rooms will have a king size bed and space for 1 extra mattress accompanied by a pair of double blanket and quilt

  • 3 Days/ 2 Nights : 8,000 INR per person
  • 4 Days/ 3 Nights : 9,000 INR per person

Category 3 : Couple Tents (for 2 people )

These are double layered tents which stays warm and each tent has thick mattress and pillow combined with blankets & sleeping bags

  • 3 Days/ 2 Nights : 10,000 INR per couple
  • 4 Days/ 3 Nights : 12,000 INR per couple

These are introductory prices. Will be revised in December.

** Discounts for group bookings available **

The package includes :

  • Accommodation
  • Winter protection for camping (excluding clothing)
  • 3-times meals, evening snacks & Tea/coffee in between
  • BonFire + Music
  • Folk Dance – Himachali Naati
  • Village walk + local heritage temple visit
  • Trek by professional guide
  • Transportation for waterfall / Sight Seeing depending on number of people ( 4Days package)

Note :

  • For booking, deposit 50% advance and rest on arrival at camp
  • Transportation from Delhi/Chandigarh can be arranged (on extra charges)
  • The addition of a day in this package or dates other than specified camping dates will be 1500 INR per day per person in all types of accommodation
View during hiking
Half Frozen river near Bhanara village

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9.Things to Carry

  • Small bag pack / sling bag
  • Non breathing Shoes with good grip (Snow/Gum boots if you want to play with snow)
  • Floaters
  • Woolen Socks (at least 2 pairs – you can buy handmade socks from village too)
  • Towels (Let’s not share these in the times of Covid19)
  • Thermals (both upper & lower)
  • Full Sleeve T-shirts (preferably dry fit)
  • Fleece
  • Jacket
  • Gloves
  • Woolen Cap
  • Sunglasses (See good + Look good)
  • Bluetooth earplugs if you love music while hiking ( though birds sing better than any human singer )
  • Torch
  • Toiletries Kit
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen (Sunlight on mountains is strong and tend to cause sunburn)
  • Tissue Papers
  • Water Bottle (preferably thermos to keep water warm)
  • Camera (You would like to click a picture at every step during your trek)
  • Old Monk 😁
  • Note:
    • The key to fight the winter air and cold weather is layering. Instead of 1 jacket of 0 degree, wear 3 layers of clothes – Thermals, T-shirt (better if with collars), & Jacket
    • There is no shop in this village, not even grocery store (nearest shop is 30 mins away)
    • Gum boots can be arranged on extra charges if requested a week prior to camp dates

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10.Things not to Carry

  • Food – Once you have checked in, your tummy is the responsibility of our Himalayan chef who cooks to make others high on food
  • One time use plastic – Please don’t carry any disposable plastic, not even chips packet. Help us to keep environment plastic free
  • Stress and worries – Leave them behind in cities and start the new year afresh with positive vibes and happy thoughts
Fresh Healthy food with the touch of local culture

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11. COVID-19 protections

The scariest thing about travelling these days is mingling with crowds. If you too have this fear, rest assured, you will not have it at this camp

  • The staff will follow all covid protocols
  • There will be ample space between the tents to keep travelers separate from each other (physical contact) yet they can enjoy the open view together
  • The zero-contact check-in & check-out will be observed
  • The open area around the camp and the village will allow you to stay in your self-quarantine but under the blue sky

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Places to explore around

(Not included in package)

Adventure Activity (Not included in the package but can be arranged on demand) : Paragliding over the snow-covered Himalayas in Kullu Manali will not just make your adrenalin run like a horse but also fill your eyes with amazement.

  • Preventive medicines (If you are new to mountains)
  1. Diamox: For mountain sickness    
  2. Combi flam (5 tablets): It is a pain reliever. It also contains paracetamol. 
  3. Avomine: For motion sickness. Pop one half hour before you start your road journey.
  4. Digene: To tackle digestive problems which may occur due to height difference
  5. ORS: In case you have loose motion
  6. Knee Brace: If you are prone to knee injury or have known issues of knee pain
  7. Moov/Volini

Note:

  • All medical ailments should be declared before the trip
  • Any kind of food allergies should be notified beforehand

For more details, follow Instagram stories of himalayandrives & lostinwoodscamp

For booking, contact :

Dheeraj Jha – 9873993129

Tharwan Thakur – 9816825092

Instagram :

@Himalayandrives

@Lostinwoodscamp

Email id : dheeraj.jha148@gmail.com

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Know Your Organisers

Host

Amma – She may be double your age yet when it comes to hard work, she is as young as a 21-year-old. The recipe of traditional food served to you will undergo her inspection and the apple orchard you will stroll in is developed by her quarter a year ago.

Trek Leader

Thakur Bhai – This man will be the ‘Hanuman’ during your stay – solution for everything whether it is difficulty in the trek, need more wood for campfire or craving for hot chocolate after dinner, he has a solution for everything. With a certified degree in hiking, he has worked with leading trek companies in India and knows almost all the trek routes in upper Himalayas. He has experience of 10 years in handling group trek of more than 50 people at a time, whether they are kids, old age or foreigners.

Curator

Dheeraj Jha – I planned to spend few months in the Himalayas and explore hidden meadows but the mountain valley had only one-way passage and I decided not to return to Delhi. This camp is my attempt to bring all nature lovers together!

एक ऐसा गुलिस्ताँ बनायेंगे,
जहाँ पंछियों संग सुस्तायेंगे,
होंगी ना शहरों की चकाचौंध,
बस ज़रूरत का सामान सजायेंगे,
तकनीक से ना होगा कोई वास्ता,
किताबें ही होंगी विलासिता,
झूमेंगे हम पेड़ों के संग संग
और हवा के संग गुनगुनाएँगे,
एक ऐसा गुलिस्ताँ बनायेंगे।

Let’s meet and create a world of dreams.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. travelbuffyashi says:

    A spectacular camping site in Bhanara Village, Himachal Pradesh. Thank you @himalayandrives for such a lovely, homely, and local experience.

    @lostinwoodscamp
    It’s home to centuries-old pine/deodar trees.
    You can sit on a hilltop while the sun paints the sky with its hue.
    And you can watch the snow-clad mountains blushing when they soak in sunrise colors and turn orange from your room window/camp.

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    1. Thank you Yashika. It was a pleasure to host travellers like you who travel to explore nature instead of just partying in mountains. Lost in woods camp will wait for your next visit 🙂

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  2. Satya Dantala says:

    I came to know abt lost in woods camp through insta, aft having few conversations with Dheeraj I made my mind to go for it. It was a life time experience , bhanara village is a beautiful and unexplored place with lot of peace. This camp is not for ppl who are addicted to loud music nd dance. If u are looking for a camp, to meet like-minded ppl with lot of mee time plz do go for it. I got to meet ppl who r friends for lifetime now
    , it’s like we r proud members of LOST IN WOODS FAMILY.

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    1. Thank you, brother. You are right, we all met like strangers but the bonding over the bonfire and trek route made every one of us friends forever.

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  3. Manu Khanna says:

    Its one of the most beautiful and peaceful place I have seen and been in my life.
    Far from the chaos of city life, I wanted to be on a place where I can relax myself from my daily routine. Dheeraj , who is my school friend and own this camp suggested me to visit here on new years, and m really thankful to him for this.
    I really enjoyed the beautiful scenery around, mind blowing views, chirping of birds , sunrise & sunset from the camp, delicious food and heart-touching culture , kind people around , awesome weather, beautiful sky, Moon View at night and ofcourse the SNOW which is actually the highlight of this place.

    I really really enjoyed here , far away from my daily routine for few days and refreshed and relaxed my mind.

    Such places are rare in our country and do need some recognition. A must visit!

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