THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS is an initiative to promote ‘eco’ and responsible tourism in the Himalayan region. It is a cluster initiative under the aegis of “Society for Integrated Rural Development initiatives (SIRDI) Dehradun , a registered society under the “Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860”. Its having its regional base at Sanskari (Distt. Uttarkashi). It is a group of experienced Trekkers, Mountaineers, Environmentalists and Social Workers dedicated for promoting the cause over the last one decade.
Uttarkashi district is particularly famous for its two pilgrimage centres viz. Yamunotri and Gangotri, the source of river Ganga and Yamuna, respectively. There is yet another valley located in north – west part of the district, namely, Tons Valley, known for its splendid natural and geographical expanse and unique settlements. Situated in uppermost catchment area of the river Tons, Govind Wildlife Sactuary is particularly catching tremendous attention amongst tourists, trekkers and mountaineers of the world. Established in 1955, the Sanctuary spreads over 953 sq.km covering the whole catchment of Rupin and Supin, the tributaries of Tons river. Besides, having colourful flora and fauna, the area is particularly famous for its lush green alpine valley – “The Har-ki- Doon” , a popular destination for nature lover and trekkers. The faunal species of the sanctuary include snow leopard, black and brown bear, musk deer, Thar, Wild goat, Blue sheep, Serow, Monal, Tragopan, Koklas and Kalleej Pheasants. Trekking towards ‘Har-ki- Doon’ right from Naitwar, one can observe a gradual succession of sub-tropical, sub- temperate, temperate and alpine forest flora viz. Chirpine, Oak, Bluepine, Deodar, Fir, Spruce and finally Birch forest and alpine flora. Thus this area is equally important for educational trekking tours.
The Govind Wildlife Sanctuary is endowed with well known mountains ranges-
Bandarpunch, Black peak and Swargarohini peak, glaciers, mountain meadows, glacial lakes
viz. Ruinsara Tal, Bhararsar, Kanatal, Kedarkantha, Devkyara, Manji van etc.
A trekking route also leads to Baspa Valley (H.P.) and Yamunotri and Harsil (UK) via Changsil,
Kimloga and Barasu passes. The area is culturally very rich and known for wooden houses
and temple architecture and unique tradition and culture linked to Mahabharata legend.
The native of the area, still follow nature rules and live in harmony with nature.
Apart from the Har-ki-Doon, THE CRAZY MOUNTAINEERS has explored and developed a number of new treks
and places of tourist interest. Some of them are:
1. Sankri – Barasar (4260m) Sankri -8 days.
2. Sankri – Singa Ghati (5100m) Sankri – 9 days.
3. Sankri – Baslawa Thach (3960m) Sankri -9 days.
4. Sankri – Putong (Bapa Valley) via Singa ghati – 11 days.
5. Sankri – Obra Valley-Supin Valley – Sankri -12 days.
6. Sankri – Sangla, HP (via Rupin Valley) – 7 days.
7. Sankri – Kedarkantha – Sankri 3 days.
8. Sankri – Keadarkantha – Pustara – Mahanir – Banya – Tal Sankri- 12 days.
9. Sankri – Obra Valley – Maninda Valley via Obra pass (4850m) – Sankri – 14 days.
10. Sankri – Naitwar – Sangla via Rupin Valley – 8 days.
That has also identified a few wildlife watching spots too
Sankri is a small village town, situated at elevation 2000m. It is well connected by road with Uttarkashi, Mussoorie and Dehradun at distance of 170, 180, 190 kms, respectively. Regular bus service is available from Uttarkashi and Dehradun upto Sankri, the kast riad head.
Accomodation facilities are available only for the Har-Ki-Doon Trek. Forest, GMVN Rest Houses and paying Guest facilities are located at Sankri, Taluka, Osla, Har-Ki-Doon.
The Cray Mountaineers is commited to provide our voluntary service as well
as consultancy in order to faciliate and promote eco-friendly polution free tourism activities. It helps the trekking peoples by faciliating reliable guided and porter service and can arrange all round trekking tour right from Dehradun and Sankri.
It is well equipped with professionals and experienced instructors, porters and guided for mountaineering expedition and trekking route destinations located in Gangotri and Yamunotri Valley, Tapoban, Nandanvan, Raktvan, Dayara etc.
1. Do not listen to Radio, Tape Recorders or any other electronic entertainment equipment at high volume to avoid noise pollution.
2. Taking away of cuttings, seeds and roots is illegal in the Himalayas, avoid this practice.
3. Avoid using pollutants such as detergents in streams and springs.
4. Do not use wood as fuel to cook food at the camps site and do not destroy the forest wealth of the Himalaya which are our heritage.
5. Do not leave burning cigarette or make open fires in the forests.
6. Do not temp the local children by offering them foodstuff or sweets.
7. Respect local traditions. When taking photographs, respect privacy; ask prior permission and use restraint.